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Dale_Cotton
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« on: September 30, 2007, 03:31:31 PM »
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The information age has brought many a synergistic boon, but not the least of them is this one.

I happen to work for a 40,000+ employee corporation. We hire a non-trival number of consultants annually, let alone regular employees, and in many areas. Let's say Joe Chromegoic applies for an advertised consulting position. If his resume is in the ballpark, the next thing I do is type his name into Google and see what there is to see.

Sure, I'll see some technical stuff. It may be very impressive to those in the know. But if I had the technical skills to evaluate it, there's a rather good chance I wouldn't need to hire in the first place. What I can evaluate is general intelligence - and that's where the public fora come into play. I figure if someone has an IQ even slightly above the reptilian, he or she will realize that the ability to work with other people is prerequisite in a corporate setting. Ad hominem attacks, smacking down the little guy, temper flare-ups, show-boating - not hiding but actually flaunting these on the public record is simply a wonderful give-away as to the intelligence level of many whose resumes might otherwise sound promising.

The GI tract has two main orifices: the anterior and the posterior. Slowly but surely evolution is selecting for those who use the anterior orifice for communication. It won't be in our lifetimes, folks, but one day...
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2007, 02:18:31 AM »
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I read an article about this the other day. What is scary is the amount of information which pops up, especially if the subject uses a social networking site like facebook or myspace. It can literally tell you where someone lives, their phone number, relationship history, recent photos etc.
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2007, 06:50:09 AM »
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I read an article about this the other day. What is scary is the amount of information which pops up, especially if the subject uses a social networking site like facebook or myspace. It can literally tell you where someone lives, their phone number, relationship history, recent photos etc.
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That would only apply though to cases where the user has allowed their information to be shared though. I can see it being an issue though with people who are ignorant of what sharing too much information on the web can actually mean in the long run.
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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2007, 02:08:40 PM »
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I avoid social networking sites for two reasons, they will suck even more of my valuable time and also for privacy reasons mentioned above.
I like LL, it's a welcome break when computer is busy rendering or similar. I often find out useful information, as the discussions/debates here usually involves people with brains, knowlege and some impressive photographic talent. The fact they sometime have a differing point of view is not always a bad thing.
The Adobe Photoshop/Bridge/Lightroom forums seem to have too many people who do nothing but post in those forums. I'm surprised they have time to take photographs or even use the programmes they witter on about, judging by their prodigious posting. They are probably going through Cold Turkey at the moment, as Adobe updates forums to the new and probably very buggy version, judging by recent software releases.
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