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    [–] 5 Kill I Got Today! quasifun 4 points ago in DvaMains

    I like how the enemy Rein jets out, like a cockroach when you turn the light on.

    [–] Biased ex-colleague torpedoes my candidacy at a big corporation which currently employs him. Anything I can do? quasifun 2 points ago in cscareerquestions

    It sounds like you're already doing the research, so you should hire a lawyer experienced in labor law, instead of relying on anecdotal stories from peers like most of us in this thread. A lawyer is going to say the same thing I am, possibly with more nuance or disclaimers. Good luck.

    [–] Biased ex-colleague torpedoes my candidacy at a big corporation which currently employs him. Anything I can do? quasifun 5 points ago in cscareerquestions

    Sure, but you were making a case that "a near future in which all technology work is controlled by a handful of trillion-dollar behemoths". We're a very long way from that being even a distant future, let alone a near future.

    Also, 3 out of 4 of these companies didn't even exist when I started my career. I think it is premature to think these companies are going to stay on top forever. If I had to handicap it, I think Amazon has the biggest chance of still existing in 50 years, and Facebook has the least.

    [–] Biased ex-colleague torpedoes my candidacy at a big corporation which currently employs him. Anything I can do? quasifun 7 points ago in cscareerquestions

    Benedict being a Google employee wouldn't matter, in terms of Google's liability in this hiring decision. It's legal to decline to hire a candidate because of an adverse professional reputation, even if that reputation is undeserved. Employers can decide not to hire based on just about any criteria they choose, as long as it isn't because of the candidate's inclusion in a EEOC protected employment status.

    OP only has a case against Benedict, and even then, it's a slim one. OP would have to show that Benedict made untrue statements, knew they were untrue when he made them, and had intent to harm. That's a really high legal standard. And I can almost guarantee that OP's story is not being told completely accurately. There are two sides to every conflict, and this is pretty bizarre behavior by Benedict, as told by OP.

    [–] Biased ex-colleague torpedoes my candidacy at a big corporation which currently employs him. Anything I can do? quasifun 8 points ago in cscareerquestions

    Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook combined are maybe 1% of all software jobs in the US. We're a long way from a handful of companies controlling the whole industry.

    [–] Biased ex-colleague torpedoes my candidacy at a big corporation which currently employs him. Anything I can do? quasifun 9 points ago in cscareerquestions

    Google isn't even breaking the law. Google is 100% allowed to solicit and act on feedback from one of their employees on prospective hires. As long as Google has no reason to believe the feedback is given in bad faith, they are in the clear here. There is no right to be hired in US employment law. Maybe there should be, but employers are able to use wide discretion in hiring choices. Employers are only required to comply with the EEOC, which generally prohibits hiring discrimination on sex, race, religion, age, disability or pregnancy.

    OP might have a slander case against Benedict, but as others have said, it's nearly impossible to prove. Unlike a lot of employers, Google internally documents no-hire decisions, and this process might be slightly easier with Google than a generic small software company.

    [–] Biased ex-colleague torpedoes my candidacy at a big corporation which currently employs him. Anything I can do? quasifun 26 points ago in cscareerquestions

    This has happened to me before. A guy who was a solid average performer but was kind of a creep asked me for a reference.

    This is the kind of awkward social situation where it's okay not to tell the whole truth. Just say that you normally don't act as a reference to peers, only to direct reports, and recommend that they seek references from their current or former managers.

    [–] Installed Kenriko's Satin Black Chrome Delete quasifun 1 points ago in TeslaLounge

    Looks nice. I'm afraid I might be too clumsy to install it correctly.

    [–] The G7 is going great quasifun 75 points ago in pics

    I put it 50/50 that Melania is still married two years after leaving Washington. Trump cuts his middle aged wives loose, and Melania would probably prefer a partner with erections.

    [–] The Old Switcheroo quasifun 3 points ago in polandball

    Spain is like the divorced parent that you were supposed to see every other weekend, but they never showed up for visitation and you just spent time with your friends instead.

    [–] Steve Jobs hiding in Egypt after faking his death quasifun 1 points ago in pics

    Well, it's fair to say that a child of immigrants, born in the US, still has an immigrant experience. It's not the same as first-generation immigrants, but there's some overlap.

    The point is that Jobs, being adopted, not growing up with his immigrant parent, and having an ambiguous ethnic identity, has essentially no connection to the immigrant experience.

    [–] Steve Jobs hiding in Egypt after faking his death quasifun 1 points ago in pics

    It's very common. Have you attended college in the US? Lots of classes are taught partially or fully by teaching assistants, who are generally grad students.

    [–] Steve Jobs hiding in Egypt after faking his death quasifun 6 points ago in pics

    Nobody is denying that Jobs has Syrian ancestry. His father was a grad student who knocked up one of his students, a caucasian woman, who gave up the child to a white couple to raise in the Bay Area. Jobs did not grow up with Syrian customs or traditions, and wasn't Muslim.

    [–] This storm in Wisconsin looks like The Upside Down quasifun 23 points ago * (lasted edited 13 hours ago) in interestingasfuck

    Technically, 5 hours from most of Wisconsin is another country as well.

    [–] Titanic miscue quasifun 6 points ago in Wellthatsucks

    Also, this is clearly not Leonardo Dicaprio.

    [–] Janis Joplin with her dog George in her 1965 psychedelic Porsche. quasifun 1 points ago in OldSchoolCool

    It's a famous club, including, among others, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.

    [–] Burrowing animal got into my dirt floor basement - what to do? quasifun 15 points ago in homeowners

    In order to conquer the animal, you have to learn to think like an animal. And, whenever possible, to look like one.

    [–] Am I the only one who can't understand lyrics? quasifun 1 points ago in NoStupidQuestions

    I'm sure there are great many interesting things in "Stairway to Heaven", but I'll be damned if I understand a third of the words