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Feb
24
comment How did programmers work back when a computer was very expensive, rare, as big as a room?
@Louis Rhys: Will this link help? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punched_card
Feb
24
comment How did programmers work back when a computer was very expensive, rare, as big as a room?
Also numbering punch cards was a very good idea for cases like dropping the cards pack.
Feb
24
asked Is it true that first versions of C compilers ran for dozens of minutes and required swapping floppy disks between stages?
Feb
18
comment What to do if you find a vulnerability in a competitor's site?
@user17610: Okay, an adjusted variant: tell them and see if they fix it. If they don't fix it in reasonable time don't send your resume to them.
Feb
16
comment Why are SW engineering interviews disproportionately difficult (vs. research interviews)?
@Xepoch: I guess because they are very simple and knowledge of their inner working indicates well whether you care what happens inside or just paste lines of code together.
Feb
15
comment Why are SW engineering interviews disproportionately difficult (vs. research interviews)?
@Rob Z: We try to ask very simple questions about C++ - mostly about pointers and recursion, we provide snippets that are about five lines of well-formatted code and ask for details on what and how they do. Surely we don't ever ask about multiple virtual inheritance and order of base classes initialization in case of virtual inheritance.
Feb
15
answered Why are SW engineering interviews disproportionately difficult (vs. research interviews)?
Feb
15
comment Why are SW engineering interviews disproportionately difficult (vs. research interviews)?
@Péter Török: Yes!!! Funds that give grants then require to file a report and the key thing they look at is the number of published papers.
Feb
10
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Feb
3
comment Why is Reflector such an essential utility?
@Pierre 303: I'm not sure where Russian Federation Civil Code can be found in English, but if I'm not mistaken it contains such exception. Of course this is specific to each country, but again I only meant to provide an example.
Feb
3
comment Why is Reflector such an essential utility?
@Pierre 303: AFAIK copyright laws often have an exception saying that reverse engineering for the sake of interfacing with the otherwise legally used software is allowed. The example in this answer is from that category.
Jan
27
answered Stopping endless technical discussions and making a decision
Jan
27
comment Compiler Jobs - How Much Education Is Needed
@Jetti: I definitely would once they bring evidence they have real knowledge. For example, if they wrote tests for a compiler optimizing code generator they are likely worth more than an average university graduate.
Jan
26
answered Compiler Jobs - How Much Education Is Needed
Jan
20
comment Do computer glasses work?
+1 ...eye interaction with digital devices ??? LOL, I'm under my table if you need me. The image coming from the screen is purely analog. That's the worst example of marketing speak I've seen this year.
Jan
14
comment How much time do you give an interviewee to prepare before the actual meeting?
@artjomka: At least that would be relatively fair. I know of a company that enforces an interview at about midday and then makes the interviewee wait for maybe an hour before he is exposed to a one-hour interview. In this case he effectively wastes a whole day yet only one hour is spent in an actual inteview. That's much worse.
Jan
14
comment Are these company terms good for a programmer or should I move?
Think of practical limitations this imposes on you. Say you use Tortoise SVN at work (that's just an example and it could be any other open-source tool) and you know that you could spend five hours to fix some annoying behavior of that program and submit a patch and make the whole world better. This would not hurt your employer in any way - you would gain experience, you would do useful work, you would make a tool your colleagues use better. Yet you can't do that because of those terms. Do you like that? There's a gazillion other examples when that will shoot you in the foot.
Jan
14
answered Constructive ways to answer “What was your most challenging project? and why?”
Jan
12
awarded  Civic Duty
Dec
27
answered Why Garbage Collection if smart pointers are there