CategoryGeneral Tech

14 Job Interview Questions That Might Just Make You Sound Like You Are Trying Too Hard

Not sure if it is a cultural thing and questions like this are more applicable in US to here in AU, but if I was interviewing someone and they started peddling out questions like:
‘What behaviors does the member who struggles most on the team exhibit? Please give me an example.’
…I think I’d be more worried than impressed.
But question 8, that one’s much more like it.

Sony SmartEyeglass

So much gold here, as reported by VentureBeat and Re/code.
Sony’s new SmartEyeglass developer edition glasses seem like an April Fools video accidentally released a few weeks early.
My favourite comment is from Kenneth Li, editor in chief at Re/code:
It’s like wearing a kick-me sign. … And nothing says “future” like a HOCKEY PUCK.

Google Project Zero = Zero fucks given

Via BBC News: Google’s Project Zero seeks to find bugs in popular software and then give the manufacturers responsible 90 days to fix the problem. This bug, which affects Windows 8.1, was revealed by Google to Microsoft on 13 October 2014. On 11 January, Google publicised the flaw. Microsoft said it had requested that Google wait until it released a patch on 13 January. Read Chris...

Terrorpolitical football

Oh the lols, as reported by the New York Times on a comment by UK Prime Minister David Cameron: Mr. Cameron, who has started to campaign ahead of a national election in Britain in May, said his government, if elected, would ban encrypted online communication tools that could potentially be used by terrorists if the country’s intelligence agencies were not given increased access. and “Are we...

How to survive the robot age

Just spout bullshit: Be a multi-disciplinary, insatiably curious person who knows how to use the tools to model ideas and create prototypes. Possessed of an open mind and few fixed ideas about how things should be done, you nonetheless have a strong conscience and can operate outside of your comfort zone to achieve win-win outcomes. You are known for your integrity and resilience. (via: The...

Jeff Bezos will never win

An illuminating article about Jeff Bezos and the Amazon Fire Phone fiasco. Well worth a read. Will be interesting to see how this pans out over the next 5 years. If Amazon do get a future version of the phone right (and all indications are that they are continuing to invest heavily in R&D for it), then this period will be looked back on as being valuable learning, and a tribute to...

Dan Lyons Bloody Predictions

Hindsight is always easy, which makes the first part of this post pretty lame. But the forward-looking predictions are pretty spot on I think. The closing remarks about the impending crash are what resonate most though: And now the stock market is hitting all-time highs, and Facebook is trading at 72 times earnings, and Twitter has a $20 billion market cap even though it is losing huge amounts...

Remote and Great Programmers

From Matt Mullenweg, responding to Paul Graham’s post: If 95% of great programmers aren’t in the US, and an even higher percentage not in the Bay Area, set up your company to take advantage of that fact as a strength, not a weakness. It’s always easy to oversimplify this issue, but there’s good points on both sides here, plus the Hacker News discussion is useful reading...

PewResearch findings indicate 46% of bosses block access to some web sites

There’s no real surprises in the overall findings in PewResearch’s latest study on the impact of technology on workers: email and internet are very important, office landline phones are important, cell phones not so important. But in the remarks down the page there is a finding related to website access that I found surprising: Just under half of those surveyed say their employer...

Rental economy

From Fred Wilson’s post reflecting on 2014: 3/ the “sharing economy” was outed as the “rental economy.” nobody is sharing anything. people are making money, plain and simple. technology has made renting things (even in real time) as simple as it made buying things a decade ago. Uber and Airbnb are the big winners in this category but there are and will be others. See also Steve...