Classic WTF: Trouble With Founders, the Lost Candidate, and More

by Mark Bowytz in Tales from the Interview on 2015-07-07

I think Tales from the Interview are always a special treat, in part because we don't run them very often. It may also be because at my last job, I was notorious for once making a candidate cry and have a panic attack, but I'm an incredibly nice interviewer! I swear!

Enjoy this veritable smorgasbord of terrifying interviews from 2012. - Remy

Trouble with Founders (from Ben C.)
A few of my friends (all CS people) were attending a startup mixer hosted at a little airport near our university. At one point, we all got kind of bored of talking with everyone, so we stepped outside to look at the planes. Soon enough, some business people in suits noticed the nerds talking outside so slowly started approaching.

They started talking with us, trying not to be too obvious about their intents. They asked where we were from and we told them our college. We asked what brought them here, and they said they were starting a company. We asked what it was for and they responded "Data Analytics". At this point, we were a little curious, so we tried to get some more information, and then they gave us their wonderful pitch.

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A Defined Sense of Taste

by Mark Bowytz in Error'd on 2015-07-03

"This was in the appetizers section. I wonder if they do 1920x1200 for an entree," wrote Semaj.

33 Comments - Last Comment @ 2015-07-05

I'm Not Married to the Idea

by Remy Porter in News Roundup on 2015-07-02

A bit more than 15 years ago, the software industry was barreling straight into a crisis: the dreaded Y2K bug. Vital software was going to fail in odd ways, banks weren’t going to handle transactions, planes weren’t going to fly, nuclear reactors weren’t going to react, cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria, real wrath of God type stuff.

The software industry rallied, software got patched, and at the stroke of midnight, not much actually happened. Over the past week, a different bug has been keeping a small pool of software developers up at night. Welcome to the world of Y2Gay.

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Mistakes Were Made

by Remy Porter in CodeSOD on 2015-07-01

As a general rule, “dead code” should never be commented out, but instead, should be replaced. If you ever need to review the history, source control contains that information.

But sometimes, the “I’ll just comment it out” lets us see the moment of realization, when a developer discovers that they’ve done the absolute wrong thing. Clara sends us this:

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We All Float Down Here…

by Dan J. in CodeSOD on 2015-06-29

When Maarten first saw the utility function below, he couldn’t imagine why converting a number from float to double required a string intermediate. Fortunately, whoever wrote this code followed best practices: their comment not only explained what the code is doing, it also explained why.

Pennywise in the sewer

95 Comments - Last Comment @ 2015-07-07

What, What?

by Mark Bowytz in Error'd on 2015-06-26

" looks like someone is testing in Production as every link on starts with this helpful alert," James writes.

97 Comments - Last Comment @ 2015-07-01
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