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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: September 27, 2022, 10:15:35 pm »
I have to search for vegan stuff because kiddo has allergies to dairy and eggs, well maybe just egg now, but whatever.

Anyway if I don't kill add tracking it gets me some of the dumbest woo shit ever.

Like "high energy water". WTF.
If you aren't giving your kid unstable fused deuterium you are an irresponsible parent

Apple Talk / Re: Hamish Howl is dead on Facebook.
« on: August 29, 2022, 10:09:52 am »
Help: Didn't read the guide fully, I've got a horseshoe lodged in my sternum, I keep winning at the craps table and finding money and avoiding anvils falling out of windows, and I don't know what to do with this new found responsibility

Apple Talk / Re: Forgetting Eris
« on: August 17, 2022, 10:13:25 am »
Eris walks into the wedding, she is pissed off because she thinks everyone forgot her, instead they have all been brutally murdered. Its up to her to find out who the culprit is

Apple Talk / Re: Hamish Howl is dead on Facebook.
« on: August 17, 2022, 10:12:14 am »
Any other accounts on the go? I fully deleted my account a few weeks ago after leaving it deactivated for over a year. Glad to be rid of it

Aneristic Illusions / Just to all the American Spags
« on: June 28, 2022, 05:08:05 pm »
Five years ago if you told me there was going to be a systematic and targeted attack, dismantling of women's / LGBT / Minority rights I would have taken it as a bit of hyperbole.
Now I would be surprised if interracial marriage is still legal within the next two years.

I am terrified at the thought of any developed nation, deliberately driving its own populace to poverty, and embracing full on fundamentalist values but here we are.

Be safe, wherever you are.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: June 22, 2022, 09:24:44 am »
*convulses on floor, stands up wearing RWHN beard*
Did your near death experience make you are born again pastafarian

Me:  "In any case, the file you need is already loaded in your computer, under the file name 'anaerobic threat'."

Bacterial existential threat? Sorry sorry, one of the bacterial existential threats?

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: May 26, 2022, 11:56:25 pm »
It sounds like for the most part this is temporary, hopefully the cancer meds will do their job, and the bloods  will stay stabilised, hang in there

Aneristic Illusions / Re: UNLIMITED American gun slobber thread.
« on: May 26, 2022, 11:53:05 pm »
Is it really bad that when I saw this in the news I was numb to it. Over the years, every time its happened, I've said there is no function or utility for the average person owning a gun other than they are fun. If you are a farmer or have a hunting licence, there's an exception but even then, a slow single shot rifle is plenty at most. Seeing this happen again and again leaves me cold

I'm not against fun, as long as someone can justify it. As a society the US has chosen that, yes this is an acceptable cost for fun, the human sacrifices that come with it are the cost.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: May 04, 2022, 11:18:23 pm »
That's hopefully good news, bloods can mess with the brain bad, but at least if it's corona that should subside once its run its course

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: May 01, 2022, 02:48:11 pm »
I'm so sorry, that's up there with my worst fears.

Apple Talk / Re: A thought experiment
« on: April 27, 2022, 09:58:31 am »

I don't think the race of the people on the floor should be a significant factor.  My monkey brain says "maybe the black dude will get along better with the floor employees, or feel more responsibility towards them"... but that's racist/tribalist bullshit, and my monkey brain needs to SHUT UP.

yeah, thats a bias: "We hired the guy because he speaks Black, which most of our floor staff speak"

Apple Talk / Re: A thought experiment
« on: April 27, 2022, 09:56:30 am »
Hrm, doesn't it depend on the role? If the engineer was responsible for critical systems, was there an expectation of familiarity with those kind of systems or a proven record of responsibility with them?

When we are hiring, its the right person for the right job, unfortunately with software devs: the resume doesn't matter a shite, anyone can put a shopping list of technologies on it. Sometimes years of experience don't show it either, you often get people who on the resume looks like they were working on some complex systems where in fact they might have been pigeonholed into a small task role. Even personality isnt often a good indicator beyond people skills and communication: have had people in interviews who come off as strong communicators but when put to the test are donkey's when it comes to making something.

What we do is a small project, done on the candidates own time, which tests a few common dev skills they would be using in the job. It is the number one way we judge candidates ability and I haven't seen a better way to do it yet, could something like that apply to your two candidates?

The other thing you said that sticks out in my mind is the responsibility of the role: I wouldn't ever put a graduate on a product that carries high risk unless they can show their approach with similar risky work (volunteer projects, github portfolios etc instead of employment).

What you can end up getting then though is a fear of hiring people without experience and stagnation in the industry (people only hire tried and tested people as opposed to those fresh out of college), so its really important to have multiple roles:
Roles for graduates
Roles for intermediates
Roles for very experienced seniors.

On race: I prefer to hire the best candidate for a given job (this does not always mean having experience but its definitely weighted that way, the ones with experience and ability that did not get the job have effectively talked themselves out of the job in the interview by raising red flags).
But to not address race and the difference in the role would be misleading: For us, anyone coming in from a non EU country they need to get a critical skills Visa, this creates overhead for the company up front BUT it is a pair of handcuffs: the candidate cannot work at another company without starting the visa application process again, it effectively means if you get someone good from abroad you are guaranteed to have them for the 4 years of their visa, in an industry with high turnover as such it is a benefit to the candidate. However if you were to put two candidates in front of me with similar experience and ability and one comes via critical skills visa I wouldn't use that as a deciding factor, it wouldn't be fair on either of them.

But you could argue there is a bias in there, subconsciously, because our dev team is a mix of about 50% Non EU to 50% EU. However that is pretty much in line with the proportions on applications we get.

On the ethics of the thought experiment:
For me in the example you have given, safety would trump all, so if the guy had no experience I wouldn't be hiring him for the job, just as I wouldn't if any of the the experienced guys referees came back saying he was sloppy or cut corners in working.

I have the privilege of not having much interest in race in hiring, and get the benefit of all candidates competing on skill alone. However that may not be the case in the US based on its history: I know America is a country that for a long time removed the opportunities for black people in desirable roles, so it would be ethically good to do something towards helping reduce that imbalance first, make a level playing field before asking all candidates to compete, but even that is secondary to the ethics of safety.
If you have multiple roles you can tackle both, if you cant have both (cheating the thought experiment), safety through demonstrated ability with the risky system trumps all.

If this is a real scenario and you want to hire someone to support affirmative action, create a graduate role for the graduate, or wait for enough resumes to come in with a black candidate with experience comparable so there is a good pool of candidates to compete.

Apple Talk / Re: OH NO
« on: April 20, 2022, 11:54:46 am »
Too goddamn beautiful for this world

Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: April 15, 2022, 10:25:35 am »
I did a double take when I got to "Bones", cant fault that knowledge of his process control though, takes someone who really loves their system to think of ways to improve them like

Well, it's not our system, we just get paid to make things more efficient.

It went really well, too.  We got a whole cow through the grinder in less than 5 minutes.
A whole cow, thats like 5-6 People a minute!

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