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We Aren't the World: Why Americans Make Bad Study Subjects

Javagator Re:What? said Mr Pot To Mr Kettle (450 comments)

Actually, it should be "you're" not "your".

about a year and a half ago
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We Aren't the World: Why Americans Make Bad Study Subjects

Javagator Re:What? said Mr Pot To Mr Kettle (450 comments)

Being English, I think they are saying your Fat

You need some work on the proper use of American (you're not your).

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon Sells Out Predator Drone Toy After Mocking Reviews

Javagator Re:Awesome (147 comments)

Lincoln was worst than Obama, he killed all those American citizens in the 1860's without trial just because they were wearing Confederate Army uniforms.

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon Sells Out Predator Drone Toy After Mocking Reviews

Javagator Re:Awesome (147 comments)

Obama is almost as bad as Lincoln who killed all those American citizens in the 1860's without trial just because they were wearing Confederate Army uniforms.

about a year and a half ago
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Evil, Almost Full Vim Implementation In Emacs, Reaches 1.0

Javagator Re:Um, why? (252 comments)

Leaving the standard key bindings in place allows one to be immediately productive anywhere

I have a 90 line .emacs file that allow me to be even more productive on my computers. You win some and you lose some.

about a year and a half ago
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Evil, Almost Full Vim Implementation In Emacs, Reaches 1.0

Javagator Re:Um, why? (252 comments)

I thought the major argument ... for using vi/m over emacs was startup time.

Maybe 20 years ago, but I just opened a file in Emacs and it loaded in about a half a second.

about a year and a half ago
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Dozens Suspended In Harvard University Cheat Scandal

Javagator My Theory (264 comments)

I guess all of these students were planning on going into politics.

about a year and a half ago
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My cumulative GPA, thus far:

Javagator Re:OB CN (441 comments)

I you used that word in an interview, I would think you had sneezed.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Job Search Or More Education?

Javagator Re:Professional languages (182 comments)

managed some large business application development projects

There are business applications, and what I would call technical applications such as image processing, geographic information systems, numerical analysis, etc. I work for a large company that does the latter, and every project that I am aware of uses C++.

about a year and a half ago
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'Gorilla Arm' Will Keep Touch Screens From Taking Over

Javagator Re:Does Microsoft make bad versions deliberately? (610 comments)

Microsoft has an internal policy of deliberately making bad versions of Windows to increase sales

You make it sound like Windows 8 is a stroke of marketing genius instead of a case of user interface design stupidity. I’ll put my money on stupidity.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Developer Or Software Engineer? Can It Influence Your Work?

Javagator Re:Are you an engineer? (333 comments)

I live in the U.S where most software development related degrees are called "Computer Science". My current title is "Software Developer". I have seen companies where people doing the same thing I am have the title "Software Engineer". I don't think the title has any correlation with what you do at work.

about 2 years ago
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Should Developers Be Sued For Security Holes?

Javagator Re:Nah (550 comments)

You don't define the difference

Right. How are the lawyers going to make any money if everything is well defined?

about 2 years ago
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Teaching Natural Sciences To Social Science Students?

Javagator Re:My Experience (265 comments)

Perhaps you'll be good enough to propose several alternative hypotheses

  • 1. The good test scores were primariy made by the math and science majors.
  • 2. The good test scores were primariy made by the psyc majors.
  • 3. The good test scores were evenly distributed among the various majors.
  • 4.I'm delusional and I just imagined this whole thing.

I'm putting all my money on hypothesis one.

more than 2 years ago
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Teaching Natural Sciences To Social Science Students?

Javagator My Experience (265 comments)

I don’t mean for this to sound arrogant, but it probably will. I was a physics major who took a statistics course that was taught in the Psychology Department and meant for psychology students. A lot of science and math majors took the course as a way to pad their GPA’s. I could see from the books the other students brought to class that about one forth of the students were science or math majors. I think I made about a 96 on the first test and was embarrassed at the thing I missed. The class average was 48 or something. The grad student teaching the course said that maybe the test was too hard, but “there were a lot of very good grades”. I have a feeling that not many of the good grades were made by the psych majors.

If I were teaching the course, I would probably emphasize the purpose of the various statistical techniques for behavioral evaluation, and not make the math portion too detailed or rigorous.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Do Programming Languages Succeed Or Fail?

Javagator Re:C was the game-changer but C++ was too dense (201 comments)

Did that reduce complexity or increase complexity?

It helped manage complexity, but it increased the skill level needed to program effectively.

more than 2 years ago
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The Ugly Underbelly of Coder Culture

Javagator Re:Where? (715 comments)

We have a fair number of women where I work. The interesting thing is that they are all Asian. Whatever we stupid males are doing to drive away women apparently doesn't work on Asian women. Or it could be that there is something in Western Culture that discourages women from pursuing careers in programming.

more than 2 years ago
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What Does a Software Tester's Job Constitute?

Javagator Re:How is that a criticism? (228 comments)

I’m afraid I didn’t do a decent job of explaining myself. I didn’t mean to say that the tester did a poor job. She did a very professional job. It’s just that users will use the system in ways that can’t be predicted. This was a complex system with a flexible user interface. The kids (two of them, not a big group) used the system in unexpected ways, just as users sometime do.

more than 2 years ago
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What Does a Software Tester's Job Constitute?

Javagator Re:Developers often make poor testers (228 comments)

Developers often make poor testers

Sometimes professional testers make poor testers. I worked on a project with a professional tester who did her job conscientiously, wrote test procedures and methodically exercised the software. We also hired some college kids during the summer and assigned them to test the software. They just tried things. The kids found a lot more bugs than the tester.

more than 2 years ago
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How Does a Self-Taught Computer Geek Get Hired?

Javagator Re:Why do you want to be hired? (523 comments)

I hate marketing stuff, I hate business stuff, and I really hate "networking" .. what I love is building software.

Me too. And that’s exactly what I do. Where I work, management handles the business stuff. You just have to keep looking for the right company where they realize that a first rate programmer is a valuable resource even if they aren’t into the business stuff.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Do So Many College Science Majors Drop Out?

Javagator Re:High school doesn't prepare you for college (841 comments)

The problem lies in the fact that doing well in those types of courses requires a certain type of analytic thinking that is simply not that intuitive for most people.

When I started college I majored in Physics. It was hard. I switched to the much easier (but still hard for some people) Computer Science major. After I graduated I got a job in software development. It was hard. These disciplines are inherently hard. Making the curricula easier may help graduation rates but it is not going to prepare students for careers in STEM. Most of the people who drop out of STEM and major in something else are going to lead happier and more productive lives than if we somehow kept them in a discipline that they are not suited for.

more than 2 years ago

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