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@davepaz it's not legitimate help. It would be like if someone started selling bulletproof children's clothes, 'for when the schoolday comes to a sticky end'. It's in horrible taste and comes with the implied message that 'you should expect to have men try to rape you'.
I don't think people are outraged, so much as they are astounded that there are people tone deaf enough to think this is a good idea.
1 month, 1 week ago on High tech anti-rape panties are pissing people off, despite best intentions
The only surprising thing about that Max Read tweet is that someone who works at Gawker is capable of spelling the word 'beautiful'.
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"Automattic hires by trial. They don’t care what degree you have or what skills you list. Instead they ask candidates to do actual work on a trial basis."
So Automattic takes on every applicant on a trial basis without any sifting beforehand?
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Tim Cook is safe because there is no one else in the tech world the board would want to replace him with. You probably wouldn't want to replace him with another Apple exec because they might be seen to be part of the problem (and who else on the board is high profile enough to prevent a stockholder panic?).
3 months, 4 weeks ago on It has not been a good week to be Tim Cook
@g8Rojas @jholyhead Ok, so rather than try to come up with an N tier system for all of STEM, I'll just list some software/IT jobs that are not the top tier - that is, those jobs for whom there is no shortage of qualified applicants.
Tech Support Networking (except in certain industries like finance)Information Security (except in industries like defence/finance etc)DBAs (except in certain industries (I'm sure FB/Google's DBAs are all smarter than me, but they are the 1% of DBAs))Webmaster/Website Administrator/Manager etc etc etcFront End DeveloperWeb Designer (except for the few (very few) rockstars)System Admin (again, except in a few industries)
If it's not already obvious, I think there are top tier exceptions to all the above job titles (except Tech Support, I can't think of an industry where you need to be a genius to be a Tech Support worker), but in the main, the people with these job titles are not the people that SV CEOs are trying to get into the country on H-1B visas.
And as someone said above, there's nothing wrong with doing 2nd tier work, I was doing 2nd tier work before I decided I'd rather kill myself than write another line of CRUD code.
4 months, 1 week ago on STEM talent: It’s a distribution problem
@rabidwombat Which is odd given that it doesn't really belong on a site about startups. (i get why it's here, I'm just saying it's strange that you would cite an off topic article as the reason you keep reading the site)
4 months, 1 week ago on Olivia Nuzzi won’t defend herself against the latest lies, so allow me
@factchecker2000 @jholyhead Neither. But believe what you will.
For the record, I don't think the majority of H-1B workers belong to that top 10-15% either. They just represent a cheaper source of second tier workers.
@LonnyLot @jholyhead Experience as a STEM graduate and person responsible for hiring STEM graduates for technical roles. It's a conservative estimate.
These studies don't take into account the fact that most STEM graduates are not well suited to STEM careers. In a typical Computer Science cohort, maybe only the top 10-15% of graduates are actually capable of becoming competent developers. The rest are left with a choice between 2nd tier STEM jobs (for which there is no shortage of applicants) or getting out of STEM entirely.
@david pratt @jholyhead No one is talking about legitimate patent infringement suits - inventors absolutely have the right to enforce their patents. Patent trolling is completely different and no amount of homework will protect you from them.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on How to slaughter a patent troll in 5 steps
This is fine for people who can afford to throw $1m at lawyers, but how is this relevant to a small just-seeded or bootstrapped startup where the founders can barely afford to pay their rent?
Don't get me wrong, I love that you are taking the fight back to them, but this isn't an option for new-to-the-game founders without access to expensive lawyers. How do they avoid settling frivolous lawsuits if not settling will bankrupt their business?
@The Expert RTFA
4 months, 2 weeks ago on For Whom the Bell Trolls: Life for a startup on the receiving end of a patent lawsuit
@Teenseagull It's not a zero sum game. Men are allowed to experience societal pressures without minimising the problems women experience.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on For men, “leaning out” just isn’t an option
@WordTipping Men have to choose to be failures? That's an incredibly dumb thing to say. Please choose not to suck so hard next time.
@MiaMcNabb @jholyhead @BrianZ1980 I don't think you can make that assumption based on a collective memo. If they all came out publicly denied the story, that would be different. Is it OK to burn a source if that source is burning you?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on How we’ve responded to BeachMint’s most recent demands
@BrianZ1980 how do you know that none of the sources are on the board?
Sounds like they are trying to make the story go away by destroying PandoDaily's reputation. Davis gets Sarah to refuse to print a retraction, he runs to the LA Times to tell them that Sarah is being completely unreasonable. I particularly love this line from the LA TImes piece - " 'I thought I could reason with her and didn't want to humiliate her or embarrass her' " - he says as he attempts to deliberately humiliate/embarrass her. What an ass!
@darrellsilver @chonapuch @jholyhead I'm not convinced I'm an edge case, but regardless, I bet that the largest group of students are those who sign up because they are generally curious about the subject of the MOOC and want to investigate it a bit. Most of those people wont finish the course because they satisfy their curiosity and move on to the next MOOC - I don't see why that is a bad thing. Those people achieved their own personal learning objectives and therefore their experience was a successful one.
There is a genuine issue with people falling behind. I'm enrolled on half a dozen MOOCs (or more) at a time and it is impossible for me to complete all of the requirements of those courses in the time I allot to them. If sites like Coursera open their courses to a more open-ended learn at your own pace model for those students who are not interested in earning formal credit, I think they would see much higher completion rates across their courses.
Thinkful might allow people to jump around at their own pace, but the costs mean it's not accessible to those of us who just want to satisfy our curiosity.
There's certainly room in the market for all the different approaches we are seeing, but I don't like it when people make unreasonable comparisons between those models. How would you like it if every time someone wrote about Thinkful they implied you are failing because your enrolment numbers are an order of magnitude smaller than Coursera's?
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Learn-to-code site Thinkful is carving out a niche between MOOCs and expensive schools, with retention rates to prove it
I dont understand why 'retention' is a useful statistics for assessing MOOCs. Isn't the percentage of people who got out of the course what they wanted a more useful statistic? I don't sign up to earn a PDF certificate, I often sign up because I'm interested in a specific part of a course. I make use of those materials and I'm done and satisfied with that.
@Todd Dunning @MatthewCase If the gap was a result of the rich getting richer and the poor getting less poor, then I'd agree, but that's not what's happening. If the poor continue to get poorer, who will buy the products the rich are trying to sell?
Capitalism works when everyone benefits. And if you think that nobody is asking the question of 'how do we make the economy work better for everybody?', then you're even more clueless than I thought.
5 months ago on Silicon Valley’s ugly rich-poor gap: What’s the tech world gonna do about it?