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Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-16 05:01 • by Peter (unregistered)
341083 in reply to 341057
Arvind:
"Your one o'clock is here"

But your manners are not here. Why can't you refer to a person by his name? Receptionist, my ass.

Option A:
"Your one o'clock is here"
"Okay, ask him to wait"

Option B:
"Tyson is here"
"Who's Tyson?"
"Your one o'clock interviewee"
"Okay, ask him to wait"

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-16 05:06 • by Peter (unregistered)
341084 in reply to 341031
Junior:
Remy's Sick and someone is posing for him. The number of Easter Eggs is far below his quota....

"posing for him"? Why, is Remy getting into portraiture?

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-16 06:16 • by anon (unregistered)
341085 in reply to 340939
Turning up 1.5 hours early for an interview is a WTF. Him still being there after waiting until the scheduled interview time is not a WTF, clearly he needed the job.

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-16 08:27 • by Bert Glanstron (unregistered)
Dear Roberto,

I could cite you for age discrimination. I saw who you intended to hire: a student right out of college. You could have had the best, now you'll have to settle for the rest.

Go away and grow up

Sincerely,
Bert Glanstron

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-16 10:09 • by Bill's Kid (unregistered)
341129 in reply to 341083
Peter:
Arvind:
"Your one o'clock is here"

But your manners are not here. Why can't you refer to a person by his name? Receptionist, my ass.

Option A:
"Your one o'clock is here"
"Okay, ask him to wait"

Option B:
"Tyson is here"
"Who's Tyson?"
"Your one o'clock interviewee"
"Okay, ask him to wait"

Option C:
"Tyson is here for his one o'clock interview."
"WTF? Tell him what time it is and remind him the interview is at one."

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-16 12:39 • by Childish (unregistered)
341182 in reply to 341002
frits:
Tyson's interview suit looked like it was last washed during the Nixon administration, with motor oil for detergent.

Seriously? Who doesn't wash their clothes in something like this?

It's basic chemistry "like dissolves like."

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-16 12:56 • by fritters (unregistered)
A T1 line? Do we still consider those fast? They're only 1.536 Mb.

My cable modem connection at home is 5 times faster than that.

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-16 13:18 • by Pointed Hairy Boss (unregistered)
I'm still waiting for the end of that article to load ...

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-16 15:53 • by Owen Two (unregistered)
341251 in reply to 341056
hoodaticus:
masturbating on the clock

Doesn't the clock get all sticky?

Captcha: nimis - something you use to mastur...oh, never mind

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-16 15:54 • by anon (unregistered)
341253 in reply to 340940
Capt. Obvious:
your name:
The only WTF I see is that they iced him for 1.5 hours and he was *still* there for the interview at 1pm.

Hey, if you come 1.5 hours early for an interview, what do you expect? I mean, if I have nothing else going on, I probably don't mind moving it up. If I have a meeting or something... well, I'll get to you when I told you I would when we made plans. And if you move it up around lunch time, so I am hungry when I interview you, that may not be the best thing for you.


Unless you brought lunch!

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-16 16:57 • by DeaDPooL
Forget opposable thumbs, apes downloading pornos is clear proof they have evolved to our level!

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-16 18:12 • by Earp (unregistered)
341299 in reply to 340954
If an interviewee showed up for his interview early, and asked if I was available earlier, I would pretty much not hire him. Nothing pisses me off more than someone showing up before I'm ready. Of course, as you say, someone sometime might be very grateful - but I wouldn't do this personally if you wanted the job.

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-16 18:55 • by SQLDave
341307 in reply to 340931
some guy:
Well, they were looking for a junior network admin. Sounds like they found one.

Yeah.. Junior Samples.

Re: Kick 'em When They're Up

2011-03-16 19:07 • by SQLDave
341309 in reply to 341032
Anon:
C-Octothorpe:
JayC:
kastein:
"circled the drain" or "circling the drain" is a common turn of phrase. "swirled the drain" is clunky and just sounds wrong.


This sounds too much like questioning which of pop/soda/coke should be the common name for carbonated drinks. They're all fine in different areas of the US.

Swirled sounds just fine to me. Besides, a combination of liquids going down the drain doesn't "circle". "Swirl" is more accurate, as the liquids are mixing in swirls just before they're in the drain.


True, however an object being flushed down a ceramic throne "circles", not swirles, the drainage point.


I'd say "swirl" is the better word here. Swirl suggests circling in an ever tightening circle rather than just staying the same distance from the center point.


No, he didn't claim that the common phrase is "concentrically circling the drain". Hmmm... perhaps it's "spiraling the drain"?

Re: Kick 'em When They're Up

2011-03-17 13:22 • by Mike (unregistered)
341360 in reply to 341014
kastein:
"swirled the drain" is clunky and just sounds wrong.


What the hell is "clunky"? Try using English. Maybe you mean "awkward"?

</sarcastic> <!-- Grammar/usage/spelling Nazis come across like people who just discovered that the internet and think people on it give a damn about grammar/usage/spelling. -->

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-17 14:38 • by Rob (unregistered)
341388 in reply to 340945
Anon:
Pro tip:

Shitting on your former boss in an interview is not endearing to anybody. If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all.


I've heard that tip, many times. But I have to disagree. I'm not saying you should go on a rant about how horrible your old boss/coworkers/job was. Still, the fact remains; if you have a job and are interviewing for a new one - they will almost certainly ask you why you are looking to move.

The honest answer to that question is, almost always, because you want a better job. And better is a relative term. Compared to the job you want, your old job is lacking. Otherwise, you wouldn't be changing jobs.

People try to put a positive spin on it, but it just sounds fake and hollow.

"Yeah, it was a great place....but now I want to find a new opportunity" <-- What the hell does that mean? Your old company had zero opportunity? You couldn't take advantage of it? Maybe you suck, and they realized it and won't promote you?

I might be wrong, but I still feel like honesty is the way to go.

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-17 14:44 • by poutines (unregistered)
341392 in reply to 341388
Rob:
Anon:
Pro tip:

Shitting on your former boss in an interview is not endearing to anybody. If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all.


I've heard that tip, many times. But I have to disagree. I'm not saying you should go on a rant about how horrible your old boss/coworkers/job was. Still, the fact remains; if you have a job and are interviewing for a new one - they will almost certainly ask you why you are looking to move.

The honest answer to that question is, almost always, because you want a better job. And better is a relative term. Compared to the job you want, your old job is lacking. Otherwise, you wouldn't be changing jobs.

People try to put a positive spin on it, but it just sounds fake and hollow.

"Yeah, it was a great place....but now I want to find a new opportunity" <-- What the hell does that mean? Your old company had zero opportunity? You couldn't take advantage of it? Maybe you suck, and they realized it and won't promote you?

I might be wrong, but I still feel like honesty is the way to go.



Nah Dude, you should totally lie and say something about the commute and how the company you're interviewing for seems like a super-stimulating place to work.

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-18 01:08 • by Ro (unregistered)
This is what happens when one "IT Guy" ends up doing a lot of things he is not qualified to do because there isn't enough staff to do it, and he ends up using it on a resume later. Clearly he didn't understand enough about networking to try that sort of solution, but because he had done so much other networking stuff in the past that didn't fail miserably, he thought he knew exactly what he was doing.

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-19 19:53 • by Omnifarious
341611 in reply to 340936
nonA:
I don't see a big WTF here. The guy was telling the truth: "Get a better connection upstream".


There are several WTFs here. First, if one really needs to trash a former employer in an interview, one should be a lot more diplomatic about it. And really, you should consider not doing that at all.

Secondly, the problem wouldn't be solved by a better connection. One of the problems doing things that way introduces is latency. In these days of Ajax, that can really effect how responsive a website is to the point of it being nearly unusable.

You aren't going to get rid of latency by getting a faster pipe. Latency is governed by the speed of light. It's why all the big companies want data centers scattered all over creation.

And the combination of those two traits means you have an employee on your hands who won't admit any fault of any kind, and who will be a complete jerk about it and blame you for problems.

Re: Kick 'em When They're Up

2011-03-19 23:28 • by Jay (unregistered)
341613 in reply to 341023
JayC:
This sounds too much like questioning which of pop/soda/coke should be the common name for carbonated drinks. They're all fine in different areas of the US.


If you use the word "coke" as a generic word for soft drink, you will be receiving a visit from the Coca Cola Company's trademark lawyers.

Re: Kick 'em When They're Up

2011-03-20 00:15 • by The real frits (too lazy to sign in) (unregistered)
341614 in reply to 341613
Jay:
JayC:
This sounds too much like questioning which of pop/soda/coke should be the common name for carbonated drinks. They're all fine in different areas of the US.


If you use the word "coke" as a generic word for soft drink, you will be receiving a visit from the Coca Cola Company's trademark lawyers.


You've never been to the Southeastern US, have you?

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-21 17:44 • by Anonymous Coder (unregistered)
341739 in reply to 341073
J.D.:
Bushea:
Not too shocked at the proxy concept. When I was working for a big multinational, this was their corporate policy - and they used to audit regularly.

Yes, our company has the same policy, although the proxy server doesn't even reside in the same country. For whatever unknown reasons, most of the sites the proxy blocks are necessary, especially for or hardware developers, but the pr0n seems to flow freely. Oh, and as a bonus, they've also blocked ssh-traffic at a packet level. It's not like we're designing anything with Linux here or something.


Are you working where I am working? Seriously. Off site proxy and blocking sites like:
www.google.com (not www.google.fr though - hint)
www.source-forge.org (for downloads - category "productivity" - oh yeah! I kid you not)
Various sites to do with "networking" (i.e. ethernet, TCP/IP - that kind of networking is apparently bad for you - hmmmm)
Benchmarking sites like EEMBC - no we don't do CPU cores which require to be benchmarked, do we?
What you said in your post sounds so familiar, we may actually sit in the same office.

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-22 12:16 • by nonpartisan
341811 in reply to 341280
DeaDPooL:
Forget opposable thumbs, apes downloading pornos is clear proof they have devolved to our level!


FTFY.

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-27 00:52 • by Wyrdo (unregistered)
The glass-half-full here was that the interviewers successfully avoided hiring someone who would have been a big liability instead of an asset.

--
Furry cows moo and decompress.

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-03-28 19:35 • by Network Engineer (unregistered)
342348 in reply to 341611
Sorry, but here you are dead wrong. What you're talking about is propgation delay. Another significant delay is transmission delay, and upgrading from a T1 to a T3 can reduce this.

However, the real culprit on a loaded T1 line, is Queuing delay. This occurs when the pipe is fully loaded, and can only be resolved by either 1) upgrading the bandwidth avilable, or 2) introducing QoS so that important taffic is not queued for long (as well as shaping or policing unimportant traffic).

In this example, the interviewee is quite clear that the problem is a fully loaded T1... and has asked for the budget for a faster connection.

Re: Kick 'em When They're Up

2011-04-15 12:18 • by ChaosD (unregistered)
344583 in reply to 341309
SQLDave:
Anon:
C-Octothorpe:
JayC:
kastein:
"circled the drain" or "circling the drain" is a common turn of phrase. "swirled the drain" is clunky and just sounds wrong.


This sounds too much like questioning which of pop/soda/coke should be the common name for carbonated drinks. They're all fine in different areas of the US.

Swirled sounds just fine to me. Besides, a combination of liquids going down the drain doesn't "circle". "Swirl" is more accurate, as the liquids are mixing in swirls just before they're in the drain.


True, however an object being flushed down a ceramic throne "circles", not swirles, the drainage point.


I'd say "swirl" is the better word here. Swirl suggests circling in an ever tightening circle rather than just staying the same distance from the center point.


No, he didn't claim that the common phrase is "concentrically circling the drain". Hmmm... perhaps it's "spiraling the drain"?


Now you've gone and done it, you've thrown the whole paradigm into chaos.

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-04-20 03:54 • by Leon (unregistered)
My company actually still does this. All our network traffic goes through a central location before coming back to us. Same reason too.

Re: Dirty Laundry

2011-04-23 08:16 • by spamspamspamspam (unregistered)
345179 in reply to 340981
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Re: Dirty Laundry

2012-06-13 08:59 • by Sayer (unregistered)
383077 in reply to 341129
Bill's Kid:
Peter:
Arvind:
"Your one o'clock is here"

But your manners are not here. Why can't you refer to a person by his name? Receptionist, my ass.

Option A:
"Your one o'clock is here"
"Okay, ask him to wait"

Option B:
"Tyson is here"
"Who's Tyson?"
"Your one o'clock interviewee"
"Okay, ask him to wait"

Option C:
"Tyson is here for his one o'clock interview."
"WTF? Tell him what time it is and remind him the interview is at one."


Option D:
Stop bitching about the minutiae of imagined slights. If a receptionist not using the name of an interviewee, in an exchange the interviewee will never hear, gets your panties in a bunch, you might not be suitable for human interaction.
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