Programmer's conundrums

Roy J. Tellason rtellason at
Mon Apr 3 17:41:25 CDT 2006

On Monday 03 April 2006 11:11 am, John Foust wrote:
> At 09:33 AM 4/3/2006, Jim Battle wrote:
> >If they get it right, is it because they've heard it before or because
> > they are clever?  If they get it wrong, does it mean that they aren't
> > smart?  I've also found in most situations there isn't an oversupply of
> > applicants.  Tossing them out based on a trick question is capricious.
> Companies feel free to waste entire days with applicants this way.
> It's rude.

Indeed.  There's a certain casual labor temp agency that I've used from time 
to time over several decades.  But now because I'm "not in their system" they 
want me to come in and spend several hours going through some stupid 
"orientation" which involves watching videos (which I *hate* having to do) 
before they'll work me.  So this agency isn't going to be seeing me any time 

Others all seem to feel quite easy about wanting me to come in and fill out 
paperwork and similar nonsense without promising anything in return and being 
totally unwilling in the process to handle some of the process over the 
phone,  when it would save _me_ a nontrivial amount of time and gas.

I get the feeling sometimes that they're looking for "good drones" or 
something in this market.  :-(

Member of the toughest, meanest, deadliest, most unrelenting -- and
ablest -- form of life in this section of space,  a critter that can
be killed but can't be tamed.  --Robert A. Heinlein, "The Puppet Masters"
Information is more dangerous than cannon to a society ruled by lies. --James 
M Dakin

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