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Re: Anyone NOT looking for a job? (response to post by Rustyoldman) | Reply
Wow! Who do you work for?
Re: Anyone NOT looking for a job? (response to post by Krzysan) | Reply
Never ask questions like this.

Or those people will show up next to your door. Even in such friendly to USA government country as Poland.
Re: Anyone NOT looking for a job? (response to post by TAG) | Reply
Rustyoldman's rusty old nukes can never reach Poland much less find Krzysan's house... so I think you are safe.
Re: Anyone NOT looking for a job? (response to post by Rustyoldman) | Reply
What are you talking about? The US government is recording every packet that goes through the main internet backbone.

It's not just you their watching!
Re: Anyone NOT looking for a job? (response to post by harhazahavarye) | Reply
much less find Krzysan's house.

No needs to search for his house - nuke him while he is in Warsaw University.
Creative thinking - several targets (>3000 pts) with one nuke.
Re: Anyone NOT looking for a job? (response to post by Rustyoldman) | Reply
I work on TC stuff in my lunch hour. I don't think it's any worse than other web-sites; in fact since you're learning algorithms and practising fast, efficient coding it's almost educational!
Not that you could convince your boss.

And while they can scan everything you do, can they spare the man-power to analyse all this data?
Re: Anyone NOT looking for a job? (response to post by d000hg) | Reply
Try doing something illegal on your lunch hour using your company's equipment and see how that goes over with your boss. In any case, policies are set at a much higher level than individual bosses. What you can do on your job on your lunch hour in your tiny little company is quite different than what one would expect that can be done in a large secure government research facility.
If you are worried about spies leaking your data, can you afford not to analyse all the network traffic?
Re: Anyone NOT looking for a job? (response to post by harvey6ft) | Reply
Sure, I've got a great job :)

I won't go into many details, but if TC knows of any PHP programmers in Donetsk, Ukraine, I want to hear about them!
Re: Anyone NOT looking for a job? (response to post by Rustyoldman) | Reply
My company is large (about 300 in this building) and deals almost exclusively in government work. What I mean is, why is it worse for you to spend 30min solving an SRM problem than looking at random websites? Is it that they own all code you write at work?

Besides which, for the marathon problems you don't need much web-access. Do they examine all pieces of paper on which you did some thinking while eating your sandwich?
Re: Anyone NOT looking for a job? (response to post by d000hg) | Reply
It is illegal to play games on our machines. It is illegal to do anything which might result in receiving money. It is illegal to download or stream video or audio (because it hijacks bandwidth, which is a government resource, imagine if all 8000 of our employees at this site steamed music all day) unless it is work related. Similarly, chat programs are not allowed (although this is partly because of virus propogation). The above are specifically outlawed, but much of anything else falls under the umbrella of misuse of government resources. Equipment is for specific work related purposes and any other use is considered misuse unless it is specifically authorized. For example, SETI@home: misuse. Some incidental uses are specifically allowed in our writen incidental computer use policy, such as shopping, but TopCoder clearly falls under the games, money and chat restrictions. Even non-money matches could easily be considered practicing for money matches and I would not want to have to fight that in court.

The reasons for all these restrictions include:
Security: Lots people want to spy on us. Spyware is a whole different universe here. Our security guards carry machine guns. The computer I use to surf at work is very visibly marked "for unclassified use only" because there are other options.
Visibility: Newspaper stories on how we spend our tax dollars on toys for employees and how employees goof off at work are not welcome.
Accountability: Yes they do own all the code I write at work. They also own any code I write outside of work if they feel it is "work related." And they pretty much get to decide what is work related. Using a government disk drive to store a copy of my TopCoder development environment in itself would be considered misuse of government property.

Working for a small private company doing government work is not the same as working directly for the government. We have so many layers of regulations I don't want to think about them. Logic is not important. The regulations don't have to make sense, but I have to follow them.
Re: Anyone NOT looking for a job? (response to post by Rustyoldman) | Reply
I was expecting a rude retort but that's actually very interesting. Presumably you are forbidden from saying anything to do even about the field of CS which you focus on?

Do they also monitor your home PC at all - if they are really security obsessed then they might want to check you don't leak anything? Is it possible they know your TC handle and check what you say and code for TopCoder contests?
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