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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

JimboFBX ap cs tests a joke (119 comments)

Ap cs is a joke. It's a programming test you hand write. If the person misreads your handwriting or is just wrong about their understanding of the language you get it wrong. And nobody is there to prove otherwise. Oh yeah, the test is 120 bucks to have what is clearly a non professional grade it. How do I know this? Because I knew every answer on the test, finished early, then got a 3. I had to argue for credit the intro to cs course I'm college, then complained that the data structures class was too easy and too slow. I then proceeded to graduate with a 3.65 gpa and have programmed better than almost everyone I've encountered.

When AP has transparency in their grading I'll take them more seriously. Until then, they are a sham company enjoying their lucrative monopoly in the education testing market.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

JimboFBX Re: Yes (379 comments)

You forgot your closing sarcasm tag. Nobody prefers Perl to Python unless they are a masochist.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

JimboFBX Re: As a 40 something programmer recently intervie (379 comments)

Fresh out of the job market (and into a job) almost none of the interview questions had anything to do with what was in my resume. They should be seeing if I'm a liar but instead they want to know what I do in my free time or ask me new grad questions for which nothing similar has ever came up in my career...

And see how I think? I think differently than you do and solve problems my own way. Does that make me unqualified?

about 6 months ago
top Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt

JimboFBX Re: Train the kids in valuable skills (271 comments)

I put my resume on and got bombarded by phone calls for jobs the next day. In contrast, I've gotten very few responses for jobs that I applied. Apparently that is how job hunting works now. Publicly listed jobs get overwelmed so you need to get first dibs on a subset of the job market via a recruiter.

about 8 months ago

The public sector in direst need of reform is ...

JimboFBX law enforcement (405 comments)

Law enforcement and the justice system needs an overhaul. Long delays for trials, a system where you must show up in person to defend trivial offenses or even ENTER YOUR PLEA, even if you don't live in the same state, one where your own state won't help defend you but they'll help arrest you for outstanding warrants or FTAs. That's a system where it can be more expensive to defend your innocence than to falsely admit guilt. One where you can call up a clerk and they literally won't give any assistance at all because "they aren't allowed to give legal advice". A system so complex and full of contradictions you need a degree to understand it, and even then a lot of it is up to interpretation. A system where laws are intentionally set against social norms (speed limit) or are ridiculously outdated with the only purpose to rob people for the purpose of filling coffers (speed cameras in a school zone near a high school).

The definition of highway robbery now means I got pulled over for doing something trivial that people violate on a daily basis (such as speeding when the flow of traffic is over the speed limit) and given a completely unfair and expensive ticket ($115 for 1 mph over the speed limit), rather than being robbed by actual criminals.

about a year ago

Valve's 'Steam Box' Console Is Real, Says Gabe Newell

JimboFBX Re:Meh (298 comments)

The point is to standardize the system. For example, will the walking dead play on my sister's 4 year old laptop if I give it to her this christmas?

about 2 years ago

Valve's 'Steam Box' Console Is Real, Says Gabe Newell

JimboFBX Stream still didn't work behind a firewall (298 comments)

I had the privilege of trying to install stream from behind a hotel firewall/router. Still doesn't work. Would download at under 16 kb/sec and there is hundreds of megs to download. I seen to recall that this is because it only uses a single tcp connection when there is a firewall and basically steam wasn't designed with this in mind. Remember, steam is fundamentally a web browser and file downloader. I know a few games where the stream based server browser also is very spotty. Firewall/NAT issues are pretty common, so if valve is aiming for mainstream then they have so far failed miserably. You need system administrator privileges to get stream to work.

about 2 years ago

Steve Jobs Was Wrong About Touchscreen Laptops

JimboFBX Re:Its stupid on a laptop or desktop (526 comments)

Why stop at 10? I can think of 21 points on my male body to poke the screen with.

about 2 years ago

Nintendo Wii U Teardown Reveals Simple Design

JimboFBX 2 gigs of ram (276 comments)

Has half as much ram as my work laptop and twice as much as my cell phone. Since a lot of games already reach 2 gigs easily this again will be the wii u downfall when it comes to porting games across consoles.

about 2 years ago

Just In Time for the Holidays, Nintendo Wii U Gets Its US Release

JimboFBX 32 gb deluxe? (174 comments)

With flash memory dirt cheap and hdd even cheaper I'd say I'm surprised they went skimpy on the storage except it's nintendo so I'm not surprised at all. With consoles as old as they are is it really that hard to imagine not having one concession?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Developer Or Software Engineer? Can It Influence Your Work?

JimboFBX Same thing (333 comments)

They are the same thing. Lot of job titles are software development engineer so that they get applicants who call themselves one or the other.

Better question is what constitutes a senior engineer...

about 2 years ago

Google's Engineers Are Well Paid, Not Just Well Fed

JimboFBX Re:128k seems low. (342 comments)

A fool and his money are soon parted. 160k salary but no relocation package?

about 2 years ago

Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You

JimboFBX Stupid... (497 comments)

My hotmail password was truncated to 16 chars over a decade ago. This isn't news. Amazing that there is 350 posts on this article and nobody pointed this out

about 2 years ago

Two Teams Win the BotPrize

JimboFBX Easy game to fake it (56 comments)

Ut2004 is a chaotic game. Very bot friendly especially since you never see a player's perspective (judging was done in game using a tag gun). I'd be more impressed if a bot could recreate the muscle memory twitch and intelligence of a counterstrike player via the first person perspective.

about 2 years ago

Is a Computer Science Degree Worth Getting Anymore?

JimboFBX Re:CS is not = IT and IT needs more trades based l (630 comments)

I agree, most "CS" or software engineering jobs are actually IT jobs, and most IT jobs seem to require a lot of depth in someone else's technology or a series of technologies. It doesn't help that companies don't let you do your own on the job training. Most CS graduates with proven job experience can learn anything if you give them the chance.

Maybe there wouldn't be such a mercenary culture if companies wouldn't all conglomerate in Seattle or San Fran. $90k can go really really far in most of the US.

about 2 years ago

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low

JimboFBX Re:Cooling mechanisms (370 comments)

Stupid swype, evaluation should be evaporation

about 2 years ago

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low

JimboFBX Re:Cooling mechanisms (370 comments)

There's no way the planet got to where it was without a cooling mechanism. More cloud cover is likely one. More heat means more evaluation means more clouds. The ice caps don't cool the planet, they help keep the temperature stable.

about 2 years ago

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low

JimboFBX Cooling mechanisms (370 comments)

As earth heats up, cooling mechanisms should increase. It's not instantaneous of course. Until the cooling mechanisms outpace the heating mechanisms, ice is going to keep melting year after year. The speed ice melts probably has more to do with surface area, ice depth, and cloud cover more than ambient temperature.

about 2 years ago

Video Purports To Show Successful Hover Bike Test Flights

JimboFBX Re:Air ballast (112 comments)

Yes there is, because you could create it on demand rather than carrying the gases with you all the time.

about 2 years ago


top still being hit by DDoS attack

JimboFBX JimboFBX writes  |  about 7 months ago

JimboFBX (1097277) writes ", a popular website for forming groups and arranging meetups (I first used it for airsoft), is once again down due to an ongoing DDoS attack that no doubt must be causing their engineers fits. It started on Thursday, February 27th and has been going on through the weekend despite meetup overhauling their infrastructure to counter it. For many users, this goes beyond just being an inconvenience as a lot of users rely on the site for communication and to find the address of a meetup."
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Contest for Guessing When Ice will Melt Has New Record in 97 Year History

JimboFBX JimboFBX writes  |  about a year ago

JimboFBX (1097277) writes "The Nenana Ice Classic is a contest held in Alaska where a tripod is placed on the Tanana River in the winter and for the past 97 years the winner(s) is whomever is closest at guessing the exact date and time it will fall over from the ice underneath it melting in the spring. This year a new record was set as it melted on May 20th at 2:41 pm, the latest ever. The Ice Classic has been a barometer for climate change as one can see it has on average melted earlier and earlier, especially in the past decade. To put things in perspective, the last time it fell on May 8th or later was in 2001. This is the first time in the past two decades it has lasted longer than that. In 1992 it melted on May 14th and that was a freakishly strong winter. Seven of the past ten years the ice melted May 2nd or earlier. Does this start to mark the turning point for climate change, or is it more proof of the extremes that are to come as the Earth continues to heat up?"
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Baseball Software Can't Score What Jean Segura Did Friday

JimboFBX JimboFBX writes  |  about a year and a half ago

JimboFBX (1097277) writes "Interesting piece of baseball history happened on Friday. Jean Segura of the Milwaukee Brewers stole second, tried to steal third too early, but made it back to second before being tagged. The problem was that teammate Ryan Braun already made it to second on the steal attempt. After tags were applied to both baserunners, Segura started trotting to the dug out before realizing that he wasn't out, Braun was, and his only option was to make it back to first. He then of course proceeded to try to steal second base again. The software for keeping the box score? Doesn't (yet) support someone running backwards on the bases. Looks like that will have to change."
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Apple Calendar Alarms Still Don't work

JimboFBX JimboFBX writes  |  more than 3 years ago

JimboFBX (1097277) writes "Amazingly I'm seeing little info about this... But my calendar alarm on my iphone still doesn't work properly (4.2.1, the latest version for my 3G). If you set an alert for an event on your calendar it will occur an hour later than what you wanted. So for example, a "half hour early" alarm will give you a warning a half hour after the event started. Clearly another day-light savings bug, which makes you wonder how incompetent the QA department must be at apple to fudge this up time and time again."

The Toyota Shuffle

JimboFBX JimboFBX writes  |  more than 4 years ago

JimboFBX (1097277) writes "I've had my 2007 Camry for a while, but it wasn't until recently I took it in for the recalls and scheduled maintenance that I remembered "Oh yeah, I wondered if they ever released a firmware update for my sound system because the shuffle mechanism is defective". Making a long story short, the 2007 Camry and likely other Toyota vehicles have a poorly designed shuffle algorithm that barely could be called a shuffle at all. Its the sort of thing I'd expect a first semester Computer Science student to turn in and hope the instructor doesn't play with long enough to find how poorly designed it was. Basically, if you insert a CD, it creates 8 playlists from the CD, and never veers from it. When you turn on the car, it always goes to the beginning of the next playlist after the current song finishes. I tried newer model years and saw deja vu, although the issue isn't as pronounced if it still exists on newer vehicles. Please see the youtube video for a demonstration and for a longer description of how it works. Sound is completely unnecessary, just watch the song number.

After some phone calls, seeing a dealership, and frustration, I'm throwing in the towel for getting this fixed and decided just to embarrass Toyota instead by putting up a video. Enjoy. Maybe they'll fix it now if it gets enough attention."

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The Gate's Grant Exposed

JimboFBX JimboFBX writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JimboFBX (1097277) writes "One of the things that constantly comes back to frustrate me is my girlfriend's experience with the Washington State Achiever's Scholership, also known as the "Gate's Grant" (as in Bill and Melinda Gates). You'll have to excuse any inaccuracies in my story as I am only going off of the (limited) information I have available to me.

The Gate's Grant is an all expenses paid full ride into a Washington (the state) university designed for poor high school students in select areas. The qualifications for the grant supposedly go to individuals whom have high academic performance. However, my girlfriend's school does not offer AP no honors classes and instead took college classes at the local university using Washington's Running Start program. It is ours and her high school counselor's belief that in pure ridiculousness this disqualified her for receiving the grant. Besides grades, the only other factor that grant officials use to choose applicants is an in-person group interview. Here is an e-mail I sent a while back to the organization, and never received a reply:

Hi, I have been dating someone who applied for the Gate's grant in 2004. She grew up in a small, poor, rural town. That individual at the time had a 3.8+ GPA and was attending Running Start. She was denied the Gate's grant. Her advisor, who was so certain she would get it, did not have her apply for any other scholarships (in order to give it to others), and by the time she found out that she was denied the grant, it was too late to get those others. This individual, on top of exceeding many of her classmates in school, also was in basketball. Her family contributed nothing to her education — her mother and stepfather (not married) were both in college, and their only income was student loans for themselves. Her Father was in nursing school, and was divorced. The individual was living with her mother. This year, this individual's sister received the Gate's grant, with a 3.2 GPA in the same high school. She participated in vollyball and softball. She was not in Running Start.

To put things in perspective, that same year, a friend of this individual who received the grant in the same class had barely above a 2.0. Another friend, an illegal immigrant, also received the Gate's grant, and had a 3.2 GPA. However, she can not use it due to her status. Another individual received it, and had a 2.8 GPA. Another individual also in Running Start did not receive the grant, and was one of the top students in the class. Another individual did not receive the grant, and had about ~3.5 GPA. That individual was also in several sports and extra-curricular activities. Because she did not get the Gate's grant, she could not attend upper education.

Many of the individuals who received the grant either failed out of college their first year or did not even try.

Since starting college, my girlfriend's family's contributions to her education has been in the negatives, since she has had to pay money to them. In her first year of college, she was unable to afford her living conditions and all of her books, and did not receive sufficient loan money at WSU because $1000 of it was a "Parent Plus" loan, which her parents could not qualify for because of their credit. Without her books, she had to share with others, and the financial stress ended up with her doing very poorly her first semester. On top of her financial issues, she was forced to live in dorms, although we were able to waive that for the second semester so that she could share an apartment with another and save money. Because of her poor grades the first semester, she was denied the only scholarship she received, $500. I finally stepped in and helped her financially and have since contributed thousands for basic things like food, school books, and living conditions.

Simply put, if it wasn't for me, she would not have been able to afford attending college. She currently has since done well in school and will be attending Nursing school in ######. She had also applied to others, but was denied on at least one occassion due to the barely passing grade she received in chemistry that first semester at WSU. If she did not make it this semester, those Running Start classes she took would expire as being "too old" in many schools, and she'd have to retake several of them. She still has to pay back her student loans, of course.

When her father died in late December, her brother and sister both qualified to receive $600/month. She didn't get anything.

The only reason we can find that my girlfriend was denied the scholarship was because she took Running Start. In my opinion, the method the foundation uses to distribute awards has been very poor.

I would like an explanation as to why she was denied. I find it very hard to believe she did so poor at the in-person "conference" that she deserved to be denied the grant.

At the end of the e-mail I give my name and my girlfriend's name.

To say we've lost sleep over this is just the tip of the iceberg. To elaborate since the letter, her father died December of a year ago, not last December. Only two people are in higher education on that list of unnamed award winners. The first is the illegal immigrant who has been paying for school out of her own pocket and would be a great individual in the professional field she wants to enter. It is a shame she has to fear being deported despite being in this country since age 6 and has attended school that entire time. The other is my girlfriend's sister, who as of recently wanted to go into the subject of "science" because "she's good at it" or maybe join the Piece Corps. She has no idea what she wants to be in other words.

To elaborate on my girlfriend's sister, she has received thousands of dollars in free money and lives with her mom. She has spent that money on a new computer, a 32 inch HD TV, and a lot of clothes. She also used it to help pay off an ~800 dollar cell phone bill she racked up via instant messaging when the plan didn't support it. When she took antibiotics recently, she didn't know that your supposed to take the whole bottle and not stop when you feel better. Apparently, the local high school never taught her that. She also has avoided getting a job like the plague.

Since leaving WSU and attending another university and now a community college, my girlfriend has fortunately received almost enough money to support herself through loans she will have to pay back. I say almost because it does not cover car repair that I've had to put thousands towards. Apparently, WSU likes to underpay people in financial aid. When my girlfriend said to the financial aid office at WSU, "this isn't enough to live on", their only response was "I'm sorry but I wish you the best of luck". She couldn't get a job. She applied at the limited positions available, she never got hired, and nobody was hiring for work study.

So now with the ask slashdot part.... HEEELP!! Seriously, this has to stop, if you're going to give out free money and extravagant scholarships at least give it to deserving individuals. What about our illegal immigrant friend? She has been in this country since age 6 and is 21. Isn't there anything for her? She's afraid that if she graduates she won't be able to get a job for fear of the repercussions if they do an extensive check on her SSID (which belongs to a dead individual). Is this all just a huge flaw in the system that someone important needs to be told about so it gets fixed? Who to tell?"

Spore creature creator released

JimboFBX JimboFBX writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JimboFBX (1097277) writes "The spore creature creator has been released. Its a limited demo, but it lets you make a full creature and test drive it a little. It gives some insight on what you'll be able to do with your creatures. Personally, the novelty already wore off within 10 minutes. From what I can tell, the full creature creator is a seperate purchase from the actual game. Gotta love EA."

Hillary unravels health care plan

JimboFBX JimboFBX writes  |  about 7 years ago

JimboFBX (1097277) writes "Democratic senator, presidential candidate, and former first lady Hillary Clinton recently gave information about her health care plan. Essentially, everyone would be required to have health insurance, and health care providers would be required to give more affordable insurance. Taxes would be raised on individuals earning $250,000 or more to help pay for the plan. Insurance companies would be banned from turning down individuals with pre-existing conditions, and most businesses would be required to provide health care. Sound familiar? Massachusetts is already doing something rather similar. The question is, would this kind of system work?"
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