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Curious Perversions in Information Technology



Last Build Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2017 05:02:14 GMT

 



Error'd: These are not the Security Questions You're Looking for

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:30:00 GMT

"If it didn't involve setting up my own access, I might've tried to find what would happen if I dared defy their labeling," Jameson T. wrote.

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"I think that someone changed the last sentence in a hurry," writes George.

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"Now I may not be able to read, or let alone type in Italian, but I bet if given this particular one, I could feel my way through it," Anatoly writes.

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"Wow! The best rates on default text, guaranteed!" writes Peter G.

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Thomas R. wrote, "Doing Cyber Monday properly takes some serious skills!"

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"I'm unsure what's going on here. Is the service status page broken or is it telling me that the service is broken?" writes Neil H.

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Representative Line: An Array of WHY

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:30:00 GMT

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Reader Jeremy sends us this baffling JavaScript: "Nobody on the team knows how it came to be. We think all 'they' wanted was a sequence of numbers starting at 1, but you wouldn't really know that from the code."


var numbers = new Array(maxNumber)
    .join()
    .split(',')
    .map(function(){return ++arguments[1]});

The end result: an array of integers starting at 1 and going up to maxNumber. This is probably the most head-scratchingest way to get that result ever devised.

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The Interview Gauntlet

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:30:00 GMT

Natasha found a job posting for a defense contractor that was hiring for a web UI developer. She was a web UI developer, familiar with all the technologies they were asking for, and she’d worked for defense contractors before, and understood how they operated. She applied, and they invited her in for one of those day-long, marathon interviews.

They told her to come prepared to present some of her recent work. Natasha and half a dozen members of the team crammed into an undersized meeting room. Irving, the director, was the last to enter, and his reaction to Natasha could best be described as “hate at first sight”.

Irving sat directly across from Natasha, staring daggers at her while she pulled up some examples of her work. Picking on a recent project, she highlighted what parts she’d worked on, what techniques she’d used, and why. Aside from Irving’s glare, it played well. She got good questions, had some decent back-and-forth, and was feeling pretty confident when she said, “Now, moving onto a more recent project-”

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“Oh, thank god the letter through the customer window, especially after they canceled their home insurance with us.


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They should send a real Canadian hero

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