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Pouting that interviews suck without suggesting any improvements is just childish, and doubly so if you’re complaining not about the bizarre “puzzle question” or “culture fit” interviews, but about being questioned on knowledge and experience.

Technical interviews can be annoying and they can be done badly, but I’d still much rather work in an industry that does tech interviews than one forced to rely solely on CV reviews and personality-driven poking at “soft skills”.

Those aren’t the guys you’re going to bend over backwards to hire to frame your walls.

The whole story seems to be built on the premise that the only skill a carpenter has is the ability to drive a nail straight, making any notion of an “interview” farcical. There’s a hell of a difference between a framer, a cabinet-maker, and a furniture-maker. There is, however, a lot of brown stain, and brown shingling, and brown brick. Questions like this are exactly how a good interviewer separates a blinkered newbie from an expert with perspective.

In that sense it might be more of a long-term competitor to the Amazon Echo (and whatever Android variant Google is pitching at the same space) than to Tesla’s cars. Three points for clarification: The old “What if they hired carpenters they way they hire programmers?

From this perspective, maybe the thing that’s kept the Apple TV on hold for so long is that they were trying to go down this road, but they kept failing to pull it off (to their standards) in the living room. ” joke/commentary didn’t sit right with me the first time I read it, and after stumbling across it again I now see why.

If learning this stuff is so easy, then I’d rather hire someone who understands what the goal is of finish carpentry.

I don’t think we’re wired very well to reason about outcomes that result from many different inputs.

When Apple made a phone, it turned out it wasn’t really competing in the handset business; it was competing for the next dominant personal computing platform.

The more I think about an Apple car, the more I think that it might be the basis of their future “computing environment”: a space that is completely aware of and responsive to its occupant(s).

Inevitably the media seizes upon a single person, or a cohesive group all of whom are described as conspiring together to cause the event.

Blame seldom (if ever) falls on multiple villains: the finger should point in one direction and one direction only.

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