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Tom Limoncelli
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If you think flag burning should be illegal, do you have a Memorial Day cake with a flag on it that you refuse to cut?
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IIRC, burning is the only correct way to dispose of a flag, correct?

One of life's little ironies I found amusing while seeing all of the tattered car-window american flags in the remarkably depressing months after 9/11

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Take that, Hydra! I turned all your water into wine! Haha

Oh, wait. 

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Is android 5.x super slow for everyone?

I have a Nexus 7 mini tablet that I only use once or twice a month. I finally got the 5.x upgrade notice and installed it.

Now it is so slow pressing a button or tab takes 10 seconds to respond. I e to highlight and indicate it is being pressed.

I've reset it to factory default. Same problem.

WTF?? It can't be this way for everyone, right?

This is my only android device so I don't have other devices to compare against. 
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5.1.1 is out for the newer N7

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And supports the death cult PETA: http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=15160

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I'm glad HilLary announced so early. This way she can flame out early and there will be enough time for O'Malley or someone else to build up momentum and win.

Oh... And I say this as a Hillary SUPPORTER. 
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Whether she flames out or not, it's already sucking up a lot of GOP campaign $$ "to fight Hillary"

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I'm kickin' it old school with the non-cloud kind of PaaS! #thecloud #devops #devopsbunny http://t.co/lNAUqqGE8k
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Marty, don't egg him on!

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Happy Birthday +Kyle Brandt! Hope it's a great one!!!
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Chris Urmson, director of Google's self driving car program, reports that after 1.7 million miles (over a million driven by the car itself), there were 11 accidents, all minor, no injuries.  And not one was Google's fault.  The problem is that human driver are pretty crappy (my reading of what he says between the lines here).  He illustrates the post with amusing graphics that show that Mountain View drivers must have Boston DNA.  HIs big message is that the sooner we drive by wire, the better.  I was happy to let him present this data on Backchannel.

 https://medium.com/backchannel/the-view-from-the-front-seat-of-the-google-self-driving-car-46fc9f3e6088
After 1.7 million miles we’ve learned a lot — not just about our system but how humans drive, too.
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+Paul Glick Maybe, but I never let someone with a bad exhaust system stay in front of me. 

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Great python talk.

it's a shame I'm moving from Python to golang :-)
 
Learned few new things. Plus it's really a good checklist for optimizing your code.
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Tron, you have arrived!
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Dear +Volvo, you are awesome. Please make a two seater electric car with 100 km range @ 80 kph and freeway capable (with reduced range, natch) so that I can buy it and tell you thank you via COLD HARD CASH. ☺

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Interviewer patterns and antipatterns
aka how to lose candidates before you even make an offer

Not all from the same company. Experiences collected over various phases of past 2 months of interviewing, before I ultimately decided to stay at Google when moving to NYC.

The bad:
* Interviewer walks into room unprepared, and starts reading candidate resume for the first time with the candidate sitting right there, then hesitantly asks questions about "what was your favorite project at [foo]?"
** Bonus points for previous interview before that being about work history, and this interview supposedly being about coding/algo
* Interviewer pitches wildly unrealistically planned project ("we're starting a team of six engineers to implement mapreduce!")
* Interview loop has zero women
* Interview loop for SRE fails to test systems design
* Interview loop for SRE fails to test troubleshooting
* Hiring manager states a desire to hire only senior candidates, then blames the pipeline for poor diversity.
* Initial contact is a lukewarm unscheduled phonecall with no prior email coordination
* Screening process for SWE-focused SRE begins with a pure Chef exercise
* Hiring manager answers question about diversity with "I wish we could all just be people..."
* Recruiter goes on vacation for a week with no alternate contact listed in autoresponder
* No set interview schedule, with candidate left alone by themself for 5-10 minutes while previous interviewer fetched next interviewer

Some innovative and great things I saw:
* Allowing candidate to write code on their own device in their own IDE and looking over shoulder to see how they develop during an onsite interview
* Actually having organized training to build a pipeline by bringing people up into SWE/SRE roles through from support or hwops roles

Some things I had mixed feelings about:
* Screening involving multiple hours of preparation/coding/exam-taking. Some of these were fun, but some of these were so frustrating and discouraging that I gave up because I couldn't be bothered due to lack of spoons after I'd gotten home from work.

The only company I interviewed with that got every single aspect of the candidate experience right was Dropbox. Every other company I spoke with hit at least one of the antipatterns, sometimes multiple.

NB: I reckon Google probably isn't perfect either (especially on the latency between phone screen and onsite or onsite and offer), but obviously I didn't have to interview for anything other than informal project matching for an internal transfer.
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Author, sysadmin, LGBT activist, traveler, time management guru.

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Computer System Administrator, Author
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Python, Puppet, Linux, Public Speaking, Writing
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  • StackExchange.com
    SRE, 2013 - present
  • Google
    Computer System Administrator, 2006 - 2013
    7 years of feeling like "the new guy that is still trying to figure out how to fit in."
  • Cibernet Corp (now MACH)
    Director of IT, 2004 - 2005
  • Lumeta Corporation
    System Administrator, 2000 - 2004
  • Bell Labs
    MTS-1, 1994 - 2000
  • Mentor Graphics
    Fool for staying so long, 1991 - 1994
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