Ask HN: Joining a publicly traded tech company given the stock market situation?
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Ask HN: Joining a publicly traded tech company given the stock market situation?
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We recently started letting our 9 year-old walk down to a nearby park alone to meet and play with friends. It’s helping them build independence and confidence and I have no concerns about kidnapping, etc, because it’s only a couple of blocks away and we live in a safe neighborhood (they also have a phone they take with them and know to call/text us when they change their plans and go to another nearby park).
What I DO have concerns about, however, is overzealous adults who see a kid playing alone at a park and decide to call the police or child protective services.
I’ve been remote at least some of the time for the last 4-5 years and fully remote since the start of the pandemic (which is what I intend to do going forward).
I totally understand why some people would rather be in an office, even those who are “just” writing code. But I’m just not a very social person and I value time with my family over in-person social interactions with my coworkers (despite my current coworkers being very nice and awesome people).
There’s also just zero need for me to be physically colocated given the work that I do, so any benefits are greatly outweighed by the commute and lack of flexibility that comes with a requirement to be in an office everyday.
I would add that it’s not only expensive financially but also in terms of time.
I grew up very poor and was fairly poor as an adult until about 6-7 years ago. I constantly had to make time trade offs. Do I exercise or evaluate and cut coupons to make my meager grocery budget last longer? Do I meal plan to make my money stretch further or spend that time investing in a skill? Not to mention things like not having reliable transportation, which meant taking the bus to and from work which tends to be a 2-3x longer commute. And if the bus was ever late, minimum wage retail jobs don’t really care so you get a “mark” on your record and potentially written up/fired if it happens too many times.
I consider myself very fortunate that I was lucky enough to find myself a tech job and pull myself out of my previous financial situation. But I get the sense that a lot of people here haven’t been through that so they underestimate just how much more difficult it is to be poor, at least in the US.
This is one line, posted out of context, from a very large codebase. I don't agree that you can learn much about the culture at Twitch from this snippet.
In my case they didn’t. My former boss and I basically met up for lunch, talked about it, and then a few days later I got a new offer letter. I did have to do another round of background checks just to make sure nothing had come up in the months I was gone. They also hadn’t fully backfilled my role (they had hired a couple of contractors during my absence) so it was still technically an available position.
Another thing to note is that when I left previously I did so on very good terms and gave plenty of notice. I’m sure that played a part in how willing they were to have me come back.
I will say that for me, personally, the people I work with have a much larger impact on my job satisfaction than any of the technical aspects. I don’t currently work with the most advanced and interesting technologies but I do really like the people on my team and we all get along and work really well together.
An anecdote: I previously left a job to pursue what I thought would be a great opportunity to work with a “modern” and fun technology stack. However, my new manager turned out to be a totally manipulative jerk and my coworkers were rude and uncaring. I lasted about 9 months there (enduring stress and panic attacks like I’d never dealt with) before I reached out to my old boss and asked for my old job back, which is where I’ve been for the last 4 years and I’m very happy I made that decision.
So even if the stack is terrible, think about how other aspects of the job impact your mental health and stress levels. Can you live with a terrible stack (or maybe even think about ways to improve it) while working with good people? Does your compensation cover any downsides to working with that stack?
If you feel you’re underpaid, can’t stand the technology, and the relationships with your coworkers don’t balance either of those aspects out, then I think it’s time to pursue something else. But be warned that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
> they keep showing up asking if I need anything, refilling my glass unprompted
Generally in the US these kinds of things are “mandated” by management or corporate offices, especially in retail stores and chain restaurants.
When I worked in retail I HATED bothering people who seemed like they were fine browsing without any help. But of course one time someone complained because they weren’t greeted within 3 seconds and didn’t receive white glove service, so at the door greetings and constant check ins became the standard practice even when most people don’t care.
Regardless of the tool you pick for actually managing the data, first you’ll need to go through some data classification to determine what your dimensions are and how to reconcile them.
For example, if you have multiple data sets for Contacts, what dimensions should be used to say that a record from system A is the same as a record from system B? Is it email address, full name, some other identifier? From there you have to then decide which source system is more “correct” and how to determine that.
You’ll also need to figure out if reconciliation should be automatic, manual, or both. Does a “master” record get flagged when it’s out of sync for user review, does someone have to intervene to say which values are correct and merge those records, or are you relying on some keys and algorithms to make a best attempt? In some cases it’s helpful to have a set of “staging” tables for dealing with the source data and a “pre-merge” table for resolving conflicts before overwriting the master record.
This is why many MDM platforms can charge as much as they do. They’ve already figured out decent ways to manage this for some known platforms (Salesforce, ERP systems, etc).
Written communication, with a special focus on “writing for an audience” (and by that I mean understanding what your audience needs and not trying to impress them). My company is now almost entirely remote and my team works with a lot of internal stakeholders. Being able to write clearly in a way that makes sense to your target audience is seriously underrated. Some people may think it’s “just” IM and Email but it makes a huge difference, at least for me.
I don't think I've seen this mentioned here so far, but a big reason why I use (and pay for) native apps is because the subscription management process, at least in the Apple ecosystem, is quite a bit simpler and less user hostile than having to go through an individual site/company for each service.
If I subscribe through the App Store, I can easily cancel my subscription at any time by going to one place and just clicking "Cancel Subscription". Contrast this with some well-known news sites who make you place a phone call and then give you the run around just to cancel a basic subscription.
It would be a nightmare to subscribe to multiple different websites and then have to go through a user-unfriendly process to cancel through each one.
Your DNA Test Could Send a Relative to Jail
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I enjoy working on and solving technical problems, but the “core” thing that I’ve found I really love is working with other people to figure things out together (even though I’m fairly introverted). Once I realized that it shaped my perspective on a lot of work tasks and hobbies.
For example - a good friend and I regularly play battle royale and co-op games together after work in the evenings. The joy of those games, for me, is that we are communicating and working together to achieve something or win. I don’t get the same kind of enjoyment from single player games or games where I’m just grinding alone.
I think looking at “core values” and trying to extrapolate from there might be a good approach (or at least it has been for me). If you don’t have a sense of what those are, maybe take some time to reflect and see if you can find or create them.
For me it’s a tie between two:
- “Bloodmoon: I” by Converge and Chelsea Wolfe
- “Eternal Blue” by Spiritbox
Usually I am in the right lane. My area has laws where “slow moving” traffic should stay to the right, so I use the left lane for passing and move back over whenever possible.
Typically I am in the right-most lane. I was taught during drivers education that the left lane is for passing and that you should move back over to the right-most lane whenever possible, especially if you’re a “slow moving” vehicle.
But there are drivers who weave through traffic whenever they see an opening and those are the ones who appear to be angriest when they’re behind me in the right-most lane because they were impatient in the other lanes.
It’s similar in my area, but not just limited to truck drivers. It’s amazing to me how angry people appear to be when I drive exactly at the speed limit and refuse to tailgate the car in front of me.
They seem to think that I’m the one in the wrong for treating speeding hunks of metal that weigh thousands of pounds as dangerous things that can and do kill people.
Fair question. My general understanding is that the risk is very low for children, especially when it comes to severe disease and/or death (though there are still some questions about long-term effects), and even more so now that they have been fully vaccinated with two doses.
I’m mostly just curious if we’ll see booster recommendations for children as we have for adults and if the efficacy impact of Omicron is due to time or something inherent to the two-dose vs three-dose mechanisms at play.
And generally as a parent I’d prefer to see my child not get sick at all, though I know that’s basically unavoidable. That being said, I like to understand what the risks involved are if possible.
One thing I’m curious about and on which I haven’t been able to find any good data/information is whether the drop in vaccine efficacy is a function of time since last dose (i.e. due to waning over time) or whether the third dose drives up total antibody or T-cell activity and/or broadens the immune response which leads to it being more effective against Omicron.
My spouse and I have both had boosters but my child has only had two doses because they only recently authorized use for children ages 5-11. I think my spouse and I are fairly well protected but it’s uncertain if my child is well protected or not given the timing of everything.
I don’t have any good advice for you but I do sympathize. My wife runs a small coffee shop and about a month ago Instagram flagged her business username as spam without any warning which prevents anyone from tagging and sharing her business. She’s had the username for over a year, and does NOT spam other pages with it. The closest she ever gets is people taking pictures of their drinks in their stories and posting with the business tagged in them.
We’ve tried and tried to get in touch with someone at Instagram but it’s impossible to do so. The only reason we could figure out it was a spam issue is because I opened the Chrome developer tools at one point to review the network request made by the “Report a Problem” button and there was a property in the POST body labeled “spam=true” (the message on the screen was a generic “sorry we couldn’t do that please try again” error). Eventually we gave up and changed the username to get around it, but all of her branding material has the old username.
It’s incredibly depressing and frustrating that there are no avenues to get these kinds of things resolved, especially for small businesses that depend on word of mouth and social media to grow and succeed.