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"Additionally, even though patch B did protect against the kind of input errors observed during testing, the actual race condition produced a different form of error in the configuration, which the completed rollout of patch B did not prevent from being accepted."

This reminds everyone that even the top-notch engineers that work at Google are still humans. A bugfix that didn't really fix the bug is one of the more human things that can happen. I surely make much more mistakes than the average Google engineer, and my overall output quality is lower but yet, I feel a bit better with myself today.




> "even the top-notch engineers that work at Google are still humans."

A top result in a Google search tells me: "According to 2016 annual report as of December 31, 2016 there was 27,169 employees in research and development and 14,287 in operations."

With that many people, it is unreasonable to flat-out assume that everyone who works at Google is top-notch. This kind of stereotyping is insidious in the labor-market for people who are otherwise excellent but do not have the magic fairy dust of Google sprinkled on them.

It is important to remember that no matter how impressive the machinery looks from the outside, everything eventually traces back to a human being typing some text in some editor with an imperfect model of how some lego pieces fit together.


This exactly. I work at FAANG and am so tired of the stereotype. Lots of very mediocre people everywhere


I beg to disagree, I have been through a couple of processes with FB/Google and the bar is insanely high. I have to say that I've no college degree and just years of work experience, and I'm not the type that will study to prepare an interview, I think that I should know everything requested by heart because I'm familiar with it or used to do it. I guess that maybe there are people that prepare for this and then once they are in... relax.


2016 was a very long time ago.


I didn't dig deep. It doesn't matter if the correct number is 40,000 or 80,000. The argument remains the same.




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