[JOB] Sr. Python Developer, Northern VA

John J. Lee jjl at pobox.com
Sat Mar 24 16:15:21 CET 2007

Chuck Rhode <CRhode at LacusVeris.com> writes:

> John J. Lee wrote this on Thu, 22 Mar 2007 21:16:13 +0000.  My reply is
> below.
> > I sympathise but conventional wisdom (which surely has a lot of
> > truth in it) is that employers are not faced with the problem of
> > minimising false negatives (failing to hire when they should have
> > hired).  They are faced with the problem of minimising false
> > positives (hiring when they should not have hired).  That's a gross
> > simplification of course, but I'm sure you appreciate the point --
> > if you're hiring employees, being fairly risk-averse is probably
> > quite rational.
> ... so what's this we hear of employers' (in the US) being so starved
> for talent that they're willing to bring in young men from overseas
> with 3.5 kids and 1.5 wives?

I honestly don't follow the connection between my statements about the
way things are and the ethical (?) position you appear to be pushing.
Please don't take offence when I ask you not to bother to elaborate,


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