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Ask Slashdot: Are Timed Coding Tests Valuable?

Thuktun Re:I dunno... (776 comments)

On the one hand it seems kind of lazy.

Programming is pretty much Applied Laziness, so that is probably a good thing too.

Assuming that at least some people haven't previously seen this. From Larry Wall, of Perl fame.

http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?LazinessImpatienceHubris

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Timed Coding Tests Valuable?

Thuktun Re:I dunno... (776 comments)

I never believed the whole "95% of interviewees fail the FizzBuzz test" until I started interviewing candidates. People with 15 years of "experience" on their resume would regularly fail or give up.

This is absolutely true, and mind-boggling.

Our company has been hiring senior-level Java developers for years and I've been in on them for much of that time. Few of the applicants actually get through the [literally] sophomoric coding exercises we do. (We have the same problem with junior-level ones, too, so it's not the amount of time elapsed since school...)

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To React To Coworker Who Says My Code Is Bad?

Thuktun Re:Your code IS bad (507 comments)

"Oh, wait, this is my code? Well, I know better now."

about a year and a half ago
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NASA DTN Protocol: How Interplanetary Internet Works

Thuktun Re:Repeater/router stations (109 comments)

While on the subject, when are we going to establish repeater stations around the solar system so that space probes don't need massive transceivers and line-of-sight to communicate with the Earth?

IIRC, isn't that what the Mars orbiters are effectively doing for all the rover missions?

about 2 years ago
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NASA DTN Protocol: How Interplanetary Internet Works

Thuktun Re:Why are we wasting money on this? (109 comments)

Shouldn't we spend tax dollars on stuff that is useful, such as not being beholden to our #1 creditor, China?

My, don't we sound talking-pointy.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/biggest-holders-of-us-gov-t-debt.html

That’s right, the biggest single holder of U.S. government debt is inside the United States and includes the Federal Reserve system and other intragovernmental holdings.

about 2 years ago
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NASA DTN Protocol: How Interplanetary Internet Works

Thuktun Re:As an Alaskan... (109 comments)

I've always thought things got smaller in the cold.

about 2 years ago
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D&D Monster Study Proves Eyes Have It

Thuktun Re:Not the Vorpal Sword! (196 comments)

A 20 is a critical hit. I can't imagine the vorpal blade's effect to become a complete miss if it's not applicable. I'd expect just a solid hit, not a fatal blow.

about 2 years ago
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D&D Monster Study Proves Eyes Have It

Thuktun Re:B-b-but Asperger's! (196 comments)

There were reports in the last year or so that Asperger's folks tended to fixate on the mouth, not the eyes, during conversation.

Not sure why you just noticed that in the last year. That's been part of the diagnostic criteria for Aspergers and Autism Spectrum Disorder for a while.

This is the first thing I thought of when I read the summary, but then I and my kids all on the spectrum to varying degrees.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Install Their Software Themselves?

Thuktun In summary... (288 comments)

Looking over all (heh) of the posts already here, then adding my own $0.02, the answer can be summarized as follows:

IT DEPENDS

about 2 years ago
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Can Anyone Become a Programmer?

Thuktun Re:Short answer: No. (767 comments)

We regularly give trivial problems (like FizzBuzz) to our applicants. Ever since we went from hiring only referrals from other developers, a large percentage of them can't even handle the trivial problems. How in heck are they supposed to be able to solve real problems with bugs in deployed production software?

about 2 years ago
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Can Anyone Become a Programmer?

Thuktun No (767 comments)

Judging by the number of applicants we get for junior (and senior!) software development positions that can't code their way out of a wet paper bag, I'd have to say no, not everyone can become a programmer.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It a Good Idea To Incorporate?

Thuktun Re:As soon as you have anything to take (293 comments)

I should add that protection from investors is not absolute. If an investor thinks that you defrauded them, they can still sue you personally.

Anybody can always sue you personally. They won't necessarily win, but will generally cost you legal fees just to address it, even if it's spurious. (I don't disagree with you, in case it's unclear. Also, IANAL.)

about 2 years ago
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EVE Online CSM and Diplomat Killed in Libyan Consulate Attacks

Thuktun Re:Batshit Crazy! (680 comments)

I don't buy that. The contents of my speech do not make me liable for the actions of others in response to that speech.

[In a crowded theater.]
FIRE!!! FIRE!!!

about 2 years ago
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EVE Online CSM and Diplomat Killed in Libyan Consulate Attacks

Thuktun Re:Batshit Crazy! (680 comments)

You can say anything you want about Jesus and no Christian will kill you.

...anymore.

about 2 years ago
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The UK's New Minister For Magic

Thuktun Re:Devil's advocate here... (526 comments)

A basic precept of science is that you can't prove a negative.

Can we please stop circulating this little bit of folk "wisdom" now?

Proofs of non-existence by reductio ad absurdum are common. Euler's proof of the non-existance of a largest prime number is one notable example.

More discussion here.

about 2 years ago
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Bethesda: We Can't Make Dawnguard Work On the PS3

Thuktun Re:Of course they do (371 comments)

For me, using a keyboard+mouse will always trump using a multistick+button controller. I'll put up with crappier graphics to have better, faster controls.

about 2 years ago
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Bethesda: We Can't Make Dawnguard Work On the PS3

Thuktun Re:Consoles are at their limit (371 comments)

And before anyone argues otherwise, posting to Slashdot is totally like playing an immersve FPS.

about 2 years ago
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Large Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Collapses With a Loss of $5.6 Million

Thuktun Re:Is Bitcoin trace-able ? (327 comments)

The scheme was promising 7% return per week. Even among the gullible and greedy it takes a special breed of idiot to believe such guarentees can be anything but a scam.

That's really not a special breed. That's the garden-variety idiot, right there, and we have a lot of them.

about 2 years ago
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White House Pulls Down TSA Petition

Thuktun Re:Two can play at this game (638 comments)

Have you missed the last 3 years of Obama's pandering to the 1%? What do you think the bank bail-outs, Wall Street bail-outs, etc. were? And do you not understand that the Obamacare bill was written by the insurance companies that are supposedly being taken to task?

TARP was signed into law in the Bush Administration. A majority of the big bailouts occurred during the Bush Administration. Roughly 85% of the TARP disbursements have been paid back.

The Affordable Care Act was based on published Republican plans and was brought in because the Democrats figured (wrongly) that they could get compromise support for it. I'm sure insurance companies couldn't wait to be forced to cover pre-existing conditions.

You're remarkably ignorant.

about 2 years ago

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Best Buy continues to suck

Thuktun Thuktun writes  |  more than 6 years ago

On Sunday, my wife and I dropped into our local Best Buy to look at the computers.

I'm not sure why we continue to go there, with all the annoyance they've caused us in the past, but we did anyway. We were looking for some cheap replacement computers for our kids. Their current ones are handoffs from us that are old enough, parts are starting to fail. Old enough that I won't mention which CPUs those are running to avoid embarrassment.

Anyway, in the PC desktop aisle, we were looking at an inexpensive eMachines with a Sempron, a gig of RAM, and multi-hundred GB disks. Since our kids mainly play Runescape, Adventure Quest, and other online games like that, or Freddy The Fish type things, and occasionally write papers, these machines don't need a lot of horsepower. One of the salesdroids approaches us and asks if we need assistance. My wife asks if they have any of that model in stock.

What followed was one of the most impressive examples of anti-sales I've ever seen. The droid spends 5-10 minutes trying to keep us from buying that machine, never actually answering whether they had one. I realize the droid was actually trying to upsell us something else, but he never moved beyond putting down the one we had picked.

  • He pointed out that it only had a Sempron in it. I tried to point out that moving from 600-700 MHz Pentium III class machines to a 2.2 GHz Sempron was going to be quite a step up, but that appeared not to impinge on his awareness, so determined was he to downplay this system.
  • He pointed out that it didn't have any built-in security software. I explained I already had a subscription and planned to extend it to those machines.
  • He pointed out that "it doesn't have a graphics card". I was stunned. I asked if it didn't have a graphics card, how was it running Vista right now, in front of me? "Okay, it has a video card, but no graphics card."
  • Not only did the integrated NVidia GeForce 6100 not qualify as a graphics card, it didn't have any memory. He was on a roll, so I didn't get to point out that the DDR RAM on this system that the GeForce 6100 shared with the CPU was probably faster than the dedicated VRAM on one of the systems being replaced.

My wife had already bailed early on. I finally said, "You're right, you've sold me. Thanks!" and walked off. I felt briefly like complaining, but past history has suggested that wouldn't be at all fruitful.

Are they on commission again? Bonuses for department-wide higher-tickets items? Or just utterly clueless?

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Useful moderation addition

Thuktun Thuktun writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I think I've come up with a compelling idea to add to the slashdot moderation system, though I'm unsure if anyone has thought of this before or whether the Powers That Be would consider such a modification.

I think moderation should allow a comment to be added along with the moderation as a justification for that moderation. That is, when a troll copies someone else's comment and reiterates it as their own, it may get rightfully marked Troll but other mods and metamods may not know why and second-guess that moderation. Plus, the moderator isn't allowed to post a comment to that topic justifying it due to the exclusion between moderator and poster in a given topic. Mods and meta-mods could view previous moderation comments in support of previous mods, which would allow better communication and make their jobs easier.

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