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A problem faced daily by most folks working on computer systems.
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Couldn't agree more with this post. You always want to hire the smartest people you can find with a solid grasp of the fundamentals. For them, picking up a new framework, programming language, or yet-another-distributed-system will simply be a short matter of time.
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Better job ads. Before writing your next job ad, look at what companies who recruit talented engineers do. According to a recent Google job posting, here are the requirements to work at Google: BS or ...
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+Steven Wilson Completely agree. The usual excuse for companies is "We are too large, we need some basic filter" where the filter equates to GPA, years-of-experience in some-very-specific-X, etc., etc. However, if Google and Facebook can make this work, so can everyone else.
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While I really like some of the NoSQL stuff, I somewhat agree with this rant. For example, MongoDB didn't have the D (durability) feature till recently.
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Gotta love the NoSQL guys (http://bradley-holt.com/2011/07/addressing-the-nosql-criticism/). They start off by saying "We make the full set of ACID guarantees". Then they start back-tracking. "We're only ACID compliant within a single data item --- transactions that span multiple data items are not ACID" ... "Oh yeah, and if you want the 'D' from ACID (durability) you to need to know enough to change a default parameter --- but we don't recommend it because things will go SLOW" ... "and even then, it's your responsibility to make sure your OS deals with fsync the way we want it to".

So, uh, then you don't really guarantee ACID, do you?
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Thanks, Niraj! Will check those out.
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I must say I'm quite pleased to be one of the perpetrators (thanks to +Alex Loukissas!). Photo courtesy +Niraj Tolia.
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To quote +Alex Feinberg on Twitter,

"Every time I read a fawning node.js testimonial, I wonder whether entering the software engineering profession was the right choice."
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Evidently, to disprove my points, it looks like people are putting node.js to good use - http://venturebeat.com/2011/08/16/linkedin-node/
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This is a very cool interactive map by WSJ showing VC funding nationwide. If I am reading this correctly, in the first six months of 2011, ~$400 million was invested by VCs in Mountain View (we are based there).

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By way of an interactive map, we look at the distribution of venture-capital funding in the first half of the year.
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Applying to Maginatics is now easier than ever. Thanks to Apply with LinkedIn (developer.linkedin.com/plugins/apply), now live at http://www.maginatics.com/jobs.html!!
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