I know that both Microsoft and Richard Stallman have gotten a little older and a little wiser…but I certainly never expected a meeting of these two minds.
If you haven’t been fortunate enough to undergo corporate training about security, then you’ve missed the opportunity to be bombarded with outdated lessons about archaic technology and methodology. But aside from the irrelevant points about using Web Scarab on that hip new browser Firefox, you also haven’t been exposed to the plethora of ridiculous imagery that is supposed to illustrate the darker corners of the Internet. It’s comparable to images of the 1920s, where all bank robbers wore eye masks made from black cloth and carried money in bags with a huge dollar sign printed on the side.
But, thankfully, I’m not alone! Somebody has finally decided to do something about it. To that I say: huzzah! I wish them the best of luck.
Over at The Outline, Adrianne Jeffries has written a piece about the all-too-common banality of the interview process for software developers and engineers. You know the drill: invoke bubble sort from memory, balance this binary tree, etc. You know, all of that stuff from college that you did once and never repeated in your career.
Well, as it turns out, there appears to be a growing movement of developers on Twitter addressing and ridiculing that very subject (including notables like David Heinemeier Hansson). I’ve heard a few humorous stories from friends who have undergone that very process with Google and Amazon (though with no serious intentions of working for them); the most amusing anecdotes come from those who have challenged the interview process, getting only confusion and irritation from the interviewer in response.
In any case, after holding the same viewpoint for years, it’s good to know about the multitudes who are on the same page. Hopefully, all this press will create a different mindset, ushering in a new era for the interview process…
But I wouldn’t bet on it.