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I could name some companies where you don't need to be an "innovation hero" to feel like the "innovation hero" from the anecdote and "Please ask next quarter" seems to be the motto :)

Not in LCoL countries. I am a developer with 20+ years experience, I'm starting a new job in September and I only interviewed with this company, plus another one who emailed me halfway through the process. The trick is that I'm living in Warsaw, Poland.

What's a reasonable wage like for a developer with 20+ years in Warsaw? Somewhere in 5-10k USD monthly ballpark?

I'm currently slightly above that band pre-tax and counting the monthly stock vesting but I may be an outlier, so I'd say 5-10k USD sounds reasonable.

Let me quote the quote from Robert Townsend "Up the organization", quoted in turn by DeMarco and Lister in their "Peopleware" (needless to say they quote it to say its pure crap):

"If you've inherited (or built) an office that needs a real house cleaning, the only sure cure is move the whole thing out of town, leaving the dead wood behind. One of my friends has done it four times with different companies. The results are always the same: 1) The good ones are confident of their futures and go with you. 2) The people with dubious futures (and their wives) don't have to face the fact that they've been fired. "The company left town," they say. They get job offers quickly, usually from your competitors who think they're conducting a raid. 3) The new people at Destiny City are better than the ones you left behind and they're infused with enthusiasm because they've been exposed only to your best people." — Up the Organization

I think "RTO to make people leave" has the same idiotic thinking at its base.


Sounds like tips a narcissist would offer on life.

"Pack up and leave once people are on to you, only the true believers will follow and the people at the new city will only interact with them so they will think you are great as well!"


The center of displacement is always below the center of mass, so the iceberg never gets the stability of a rock hanging on a thread (ships can do that with ballast).

The only way for an iceberg to achieve stability is "differential" - every infinitesimal movement needs to move the center of displacement in a way which counters the movement. This basically means flat bottom.


Modeling identity doesn't end with synthetic keys though. "Generate own keys" only solves the problem of identity ownership. You now own the identity but it doesn't mean your identities are as they should be.

Say a customer used a different government-issued ID to re-register with your bank. A year down the line you notice that you have two identities for the same person. It might be a meh for an online game but if you are a bank this can make you run afoul of regulations. Can you handle the merge of all the relevant data? And merging is usually the easier of the two glitches - can you handle a split?

The point is that identity just like security requires thought from the start of the design.

For a domain where identity is really hairy (although admittedly with less consequences for screwing up) see https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4493959 "The music classifying nightmare". Also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identity_(philosophy)#Metaphys... for some philosophical perspective.


The fit/culture/soft skills/ is actually a fall back to "where did you go to college and tell me about how good you are", which was the pre-leetcode standard.

It is a downgrade in my opinion.


I've had good and bad soft skills interviews. They're harder to get right than tech interviews.


Joel Spolsky, whose influential articles started the Leetcode-style interviewing, agrees we need something better:

"But today Spolsky has mixed feelings about his guide — and its impacts on hiring in tech. “So this idea that you’re going to have a rigorous interview where you bring people in on the whiteboard and you say, ‘Show me how to copy a string while deleting the letter Q. In C, on the whiteboard.’ That was a big step up, I think, from, you know, ‘What college did you go to and who do you know and where did you work?’” [...]

“It’s a great way to hire 10 developers. It’s a very bad way to get developers in a scarce environment where you’re trying to find the people that might be good.”

A lot of good programmers end up getting rejected — while, even worse, companies end up hiring people who are good at passing tests, but underperform in the real world. “I think that method is definitely state-of-the-art 1995. It was even good for 2005. For 2018, I think you need a better system, and I think it’s probably going to be more like an apprenticeship or an internship, where you bring people on with a much easier filter at the beginning. And you hire them kind of on an experimental basis or on a training basis, and then you have to sort of see what they can do in the first month or two.”

Article: https://thenewstack.io/joel-spolsky-on-stack-overflow-inclus...

HN discussion thereof: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=39748546


I believe Wikipedia has a good overview, in particular "the aggregate of non-governmental organizations and institutions that advance the interests and will of citizens" is probably the definition that best matches the one used in the article.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_society


ssh -t -A yourhost.com "tmux attach -d"


So what's the current non-enshittified phone? Preferably at non-flagship price.


Fairphone 5. Yes it's expensive, although not quite as expensive as a flagship, but it's by far the most consumer friendly phone there is.


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