Rob P.

Chicago, IL

RobPaulson.com

Age: 32

About Me.

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comment Is the UK 'Cycle to Work' scheme worthwhile?
Similar system here in Ireland. Maths work out on paper, but in practice I was unimpressed. The 'scheme provider' shop I had to purchase from charged more for the same bike I could find elsewhere. And, naturally, they didn't sell any used bicycles. I got a 500eur bicycle and only paid ~250 - but my wife got an equivalent bike for 300eur from another shop. Add to it the hassle with paperwork and monitoring the deductions from my paycheck were correct, I'm not sure I really saved anything, if you consider the time spent.
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comment Why can't Natasha Romanoff be pregnant?
Just saw Age of Ultron this weekend. The audience was filled with small children. There was a constant stream of adults escorting those children to the restrooms during the movie. I can totally understand how someone might miss something that is 'like literally seconds' after they left the theatre. :)
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comment How do you feed a picky eater?
This encourages all sorts of terrible dietary habits though. My parents did this for years, I'd just not eat until we had a meal I liked. And then I would overeat in preparation for an unknown time until the next meal. Since I never could count on a breakfast or dinner I would like, I'd eat as much as I could at school - and if dinner was edible, I'd just go ahead and eat as much of that as I could. I'd even hide food I liked for later. It took years before my parents gave up, I'm still just as picky of an eater but it's a preference, not a problem. Why subject a child to all this?
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comment Is it possible to add hit detection to elements in a canvas? - Windows Phone 8.1
Not an answer because I don't know - but msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/br243041.aspx
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comment How difficult is it for International IT graduates to get a job in Silicon Valley?
@easymoden00b - I'm not sure that's universally true. There are plenty of countries that limit the number of foreign workers and have laws making it illegal to pay an immigrant less than the prevailing wage. You could argue that any increase in supply will lower wages, but many countries struggle to fill open positions with qualified applicants, stagnating growth. In many cases it costs a company more (in time and money) to hire an immigrant than a local.
May
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comment Responding to VP of HR's confession of illegal hiring practices?
@teego1967 - I think it's much worse. Non-competes are clearly stated and agreed upon before employment. Not the same as later learning taking a job has blacklisted you from other companies. Also, non-competes are severely limited by the law in an attempt to keep them fair and reasonable. And finally, I've had a former co-worker who spent a year at home receiving his full salary because of the non-compete clause - that's far nicer than simply not being able to get hired somewhere else.
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comment Indicating That Company XYZ Is 'Kind Of A Big Deal' On Resume/CV?
@Dopeybob435 - I can only speak for myself but I haven't heard of at least 10 of the 30 biggest public companies in the world (using this list: forbes.com/global2000/list/)- and I have been involved in screening resumes and interviewing developers. Anyway, certainly how we define if a company is a 'big deal' is subjective, but for any metric other than 'recognizability' I feel like there are lots of leading companies hiring/interviewing people won't be familiar with. Same with leading Universities - commonly ranked in the top 30-50 globally, I would not recognize.
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comment Indicating That Company XYZ Is 'Kind Of A Big Deal' On Resume/CV?
It was hard to pick an answer, I went with the most upvoted as a general reflection of the communities beliefs. Thanks everyone.
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comment Indicating That Company XYZ Is 'Kind Of A Big Deal' On Resume/CV?
@JoeStrazzere - I'm not trying to express an opinion on the matter. I'm asking the question in good faith. I absolutely appreciate your response and experience.
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comment Indicating That Company XYZ Is 'Kind Of A Big Deal' On Resume/CV?
Google is both an industry leader and a household name. So it's very recognizable. There are lots of industry leaders who are known and respected, WITHIN their industry but that aren't well known outside of it. A lot of people wouldn't recognize 'Bethesda' or 'Valve' on a resume, but they are huge names in their industry both known for being highly competitive/desirable places to work. (just examples)
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comment Indicating That Company XYZ Is 'Kind Of A Big Deal' On Resume/CV?
@KentAnderson - Sure, if he was not a fit for your company. I'm not suggesting otherwise. I'm not disagreeing, but I am attempting to clarify. Your comment indicates that we're not quite talking about the same thing. If I say, 'All other things being equal' and you say, 'If he wasn't a good fit for my company....' I think we're talking about different things. I'm not advocating hiring someone because they worked at X.
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comment Indicating That Company XYZ Is 'Kind Of A Big Deal' On Resume/CV?
@MaskedMan - Certainly. But are you saying they are mutually exclusive? Two candidates who both became the go to technical person before being promoted to team lead....one does it at Google and another at Generic Software Company. I'm willing to admit that I might be completely wrong, but I think, all other things being equal you certainly wouldn't take Generic Software Company over Google. Maybe you'd interview them both and see what differences come out...and if you had time/budget constraints and had to cut down the interview list, I don't think anyone would say 'Eh, drop the Google one'
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comment Indicating That Company XYZ Is 'Kind Of A Big Deal' On Resume/CV?
@KentAnderson - I think it's an achievement some hiring companies would care about. I might be wrong, but here's an example of what I feel like exists: quora.com/…
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comment Indicating That Company XYZ Is 'Kind Of A Big Deal' On Resume/CV?
I think #3 would be something to address in a personal statement or in the interview. I've been involved somewhat in hiring at two previous companies and whenever someone had Microsoft or Google on their resume, it always got extra attention and question #3 was always something that was asked. I agree with you on point #2, not everyone is amazing, but again, it seemed like everyone involved was more likely to want to interview the candidate with the prestigious company.
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comment Indicating That Company XYZ Is 'Kind Of A Big Deal' On Resume/CV?
@JoeStrazzere - possibly a poor example. Say it's a software developer who used to work in the gaming industry. I might be qualified to interview software developers, but not be familiar enough to know the difference between a notoriously bad gaming company and the most well respected companies in the gaming industry. Working for Blizzard, Bethesda, or Valve would be considered an achievement by most people. Updated question to clarify.
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