won tens of thousands of dollars and the adulation of Google executives by beating out hackers all over the world in Google's Pwnium security challenge. It's important to note that this young man had previously applied for employment at Google and didn't even receive a response.
Pie's big win shows that the young man has incredible talent and the
ability, even at his age, to monetize his talent. But Pinkie's gifts
were tragically overlooked either by an HR computer or a living,
breathing HR "computer", both of which are linearly-programmed to weed
out candidates based on rigid criteria, not look for talent.
computers, both living and non-living, serve but two functions: 1) to
make sure new hires don't "make waves" in the established corporate
structure, and 2) to minimize the possibility of additional litigation or
liability to the company. In 2005 Keith Hammonds, former Executive
Editor of "Fast Company", wrote an excellent, if not controversial, piece on the matter. In a follow-up interview
with totalpictureradio, Hammonds reiterated the arguments he made in
his piece: "HR people aren't the sharpest tacks in the box...HR is there
to protect corporate assets."
While small business is the
cornerstone of the American economy, much of the hiring needed to get
the unemployment rate down to acceptable levels will unfortunately have
to come from Corporate America. And, unless the linearly-programmed
corporate HR computers are smashed, many talented young men like Pinkie Pie
will stay unemployed or underemployed longer than they should be.