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Ask Slashdot: Are Timed Coding Tests Valuable?

dward90 Re:I dunno... (776 comments)

While you're absolutely correct that a fizzbuzz test is not a good way to determine if you *want* to hire someone, I think you're missing the point of these kind of exercises. It's purpose is to weed out candidates who are a complete waste of time. Trivially simple programming tests don't tell you if a person is a good developer. A passed test means basically nothing. However, a failed test means that to spend any time interviewing that candidate is a complete waste.

Note that I'm talking about really simple stuff, with no real time limit and not caring about bullshit syntax (You forgot a semi-colon! Go home!). I would never expect an experienced developer to code out complex sorting or search algorithms from memory. Those tests, for sure, don't tell you anything.

about 2 years ago
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Third 2012 US Presidential Debate Tonight: Discuss Here

dward90 Bingo! (529 comments)

Somehow, I don't suspect we'll see anything different than we saw in the first two: heated exchange of cliches and platitudes, punctuated with awkward smiles. Enjoy it while you can.

Play logical fallacy bingo! It also makes a great drinking game.

about 2 years ago
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Quantum Experiment Shows Effect Before Cause

dward90 Re:Paradoxical (465 comments)

I'm not sure how serious you are, but I'll point out the problem at the risk of killing the joke. The issue is in step 2. Photons travel at the speed of light (by definition). Because we cannot send information faster than the speed of light, the photons arrive at Victor strictly before any message from Alice and Bob.

more than 2 years ago
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Internet Responds To Racist Article, Gets Author Fired

dward90 Re:This seems a bit one-sided... (1208 comments)

>>>avoid conversation with unknown [...] people.

This is a wiser way of life (IMHO).

So....never make a friend outside your own family? You can develop meaningful relationships based on a certain level of trust. You can (and should) trust that any person who engages in a civil conversation will not shoot you without provocation. You should not, however, give that person your SSN or credit card information. There's a difference, and isolationism and skepticism of every other human on the planet will not allow you to function properly in society.

more than 2 years ago
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Tennessee Passes Bill That Allows "Teaching the Controversy" of Evolution

dward90 Re:Simple solution... (1108 comments)

Name a single set of global average temperature and global average CO2 observations, past, present or future, that would falsify Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming.

You clearly have your mind made up about this, but I'll respond anyway.

A set of temperatures taken over a long period of time (say 50 years) that show a statistically significant decrease in average global temperature in addition to a significant increase in average global CO2 levels over the previous 50 years would falsify this hypothesis. It's really not that complicated. It falsifies global warming at least as much as finding a modern fossil dated to a time when it shouldn't exist falsifies evolution.

You might be making some sort of argument that science can't actually make large scale predictions about the future based on past data, which is a giant sweeping argument about the philosophy of science that I doubt you're trying to get at that here. I'll leave that possibility alone, but if that's what you're talking about, you can go argue about those meaningless definitions with someone else.

more than 2 years ago
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Tennessee Passes Bill That Allows "Teaching the Controversy" of Evolution

dward90 Re:Simple solution... (1108 comments)

Global warming certainly qualifies by any realistic definition of a hypothesis. You might disagree with the hypothesis, but it's at least as falsifiable as Evolution.

Contributed to, at least in part, by human activity, a steady increase in global average temperature will have negative effects on the environment and human society at large.

It's possible that you're talking about some ridiculous exaggeration of that ("OMG we're all gonna burn up in flames because Tom's car only gets 12 MPG!!"), but GW is a pretty clear statement that has plenty of measurable criteria. You can be pedantic and demand exact definitions for human contribution, temperature increase, and whether negative effects are caused by the former, but all are still clearly testable.

It's most definitely science. Much of the disagreement about it comes on disputing the validity of data acquired and how it's interpreted. However, the fact that data is being acquired and interpreted, and the fact that it is under scrutiny, is what makes the entire process scientific and worthwhile in the first place.

more than 2 years ago
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Users Spend More Time On Myspace Than Google+

dward90 Re:LOL ... (310 comments)

Google isn't going to let its foray into the most profitable market... possibly ever (sales of personal information of others), just fade off into obscurity.

Can you provide a single example where Google has ever sold personal information to any third party ever? I get that privacy is important and Google might be pushing the boundaries on it, but spreading FUD like this isn't helping your cause.

more than 2 years ago
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James Randi's Latest Debunking Operation

dward90 Re:Lot's of possibilities (498 comments)

Do you actually know any Mormans? Their religion in strange, but so is all of Christianity. They are no more "pseudo" religion than any other religion I've encountered, and the vast majority a better people than the average asshole.

more than 2 years ago
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Obama Pushes For Cheaper Pennies

dward90 Re:We did it in Holland (825 comments)

I'm an American, and I think getting rid of pennies entirely would be a great idea. Until we can convince everyone of that, though, making them cheaper to produce seems like the right move

more than 2 years ago
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The Google+ Name Game Continues

dward90 Re:Android phone (171 comments)

My android phone uses my main account, so I'm not sure what you're talking about there (unless you're just saying that you wanted an account on your phone not tied to you). And my girlfriend just got an iphone, and you absolutely do have to have an apple account to use it (at least we couldn't find a way around it).

more than 2 years ago
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The Google+ Name Game Continues

dward90 Re:Google Inflating User Amount (171 comments)

Going to invalidate my mod points (I already modded you informative) just to give a clarification:

I tested this out myself, and it's true that it takes you to a page to create your google plus account, and does not give you the option to skip. This is terrible design.
However, if you just leave the bloody page, you have a google account without g+.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Candidates For Geek Issues?

dward90 Re:same old same old (792 comments)

This is a very well-reasoned approach to the issue that would largely solve the problem. However, it does not coincide with the reality of country in which we live. "Marriage" is defined by governments and has been since the inception of the nation. Changing it now would be next to impossible, as you would literally have to "abolish marriage" in the process, which neither party would allow you to do. I agree with your ideal, I just wish that it was possible to get there.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Candidates For Geek Issues?

dward90 Re:same old same old (792 comments)

While I can see an argument for Democrats heavily favoring culture and entertainment, can you please cite any examples in recent memory where Democrats act in the interest of financial services any more than Republicans? The current democratic president has created an entire oversight body to attempt to reign in the corruption rampant in that industry, and Republicans in congress have blocked it from becoming fully operational until the looming recess appointment of its director.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Increases Dominance of Mobile Shopping

dward90 Re:Self-fulfilled research (136 comments)

Legitimate question: are you exaggerating? Average household income in the U.S. 31,000 dollars (in 2007). The countries I see with 1/6th of that are Turkey and Mexico. Are you from either?

more than 2 years ago
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Star Wars: the Old Republic Launches

dward90 Re:$100M really? (389 comments)

Napkin math:

200 employees (random guess, but my gut says that's a low number)
x $75k per year (another random guess, but I don't think it's absurd)
x 5 years in development
= 75 million. Add in marketing, management, and server costs, and you might be there.

Oh, and don't forget license fees. I won't speculate on what Lucas is charging them, but I bet it's mindboggling.

more than 2 years ago
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Star Wars: the Old Republic Launches

dward90 Re:WoW 2.0 (389 comments)

I don't understand who you're talking to. It's the best leveling experience I've ever experienced in an MMO. Sure, it's not a completely new genre. If you were looking for something that doesn't play like an MMO, then you were looking in the wrong place. You can downplay the effect that the conversations and story have all you want, but it doesn't change the fact that those elements make leveling feel extremely different from World of Warcraft (unless you spacebar every conversation, in which case you're missing the point of the game).

What you seem to be saying is that you don't enjoy MMOs. That's a valid opinion, but it's not a valid criticism for this game.

more than 2 years ago
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India To Cut Out Animal Dissection

dward90 Re:Stop and think (145 comments)

There aren't a shortage of animals to dissect, I'll give you that. There is, however, a shortage of time and money. Lab quality preserved animals are not cheap, and doing a dissection lab takes a lot more time and effort from professors and their assistants than alternatives.

more than 2 years ago
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India To Cut Out Animal Dissection

dward90 Stop and think (145 comments)

Please, before responding with an idiotic "But how will my doctor know what they are doing?!?!", think about this for more than 2 seconds. The vast majority of students in undergraduate biology classes will never in their lives have to cut open and dissect another animal of any kind, and the knowledge they gain from it could easily be gained by simulation. For the very small minority of students who will require surgical or dissection skills (doctors at vets), there is ample time to get them that specialized experience in their respective graduate programs. This is a good change to focus resources where they will be the most useful.

more than 2 years ago
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NFL: National Football Luddites?

dward90 Re:the pro in pro sports (257 comments)

Please cite examples of this. I think you're factually incorrect. There might be a small number (single digits) of players in all of American professional sports who act the way you are describing. The vast majority act (shockingly) *professional*. They say things like "We've worked hard and we're going to try to get better every day. I'm happy to do what I do for a living." I would put my foot in mouth and consider myself humbled if you could cite one example of a players acting like "a bunch of prima donnas" without finding a dozen where they act like (again, shocking) professionals.

more than 2 years ago
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24-Year-Old Asks Facebook For His Data, Gets 1,200 PDFs

dward90 Re:It should be illegal..... (291 comments)

Self reply, your you're there their they're etc.

more than 2 years ago

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Google Buys Motorola Mobility

dward90 dward90 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dward90 (1813520) writes "In perhaps the biggest mobile news since the iPhone, Google has purchased Motorala Mobility, Inc. The move also had large patent motivations. From Gizmodo (and the Google blog):
Crazy news just in—Google is acquiring the handset division of Motorola, Motorola Mobility, for $12.5 billion. This means Google is now officially in the hardware business. From the press release (below), "the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business." HTC, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG and the other Android manufacturers must be quaking in their boots today. More news as we get it."

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NY Court strikes down FCC "indecency" regulation

dward90 dward90 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dward90 (1813520) writes "Television networks experienced a major victory in fighting FCC regulation and fines for expletives in live broadcasts. The LA Times reports: "A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down the government's longstanding prohibition against indecency on broadcast television and radio, ruling that the policy was "unconstitutionally vague" and created a "chilling effect" that violated the 1st Amendment protection of free speech." The FCC policy can be traced back to the late George Carlin and his "seven dirty words". George would be proud."
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George Lucas C&Ds "Lightsaber Laser"

dward90 dward90 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dward90 (1813520) writes "George Lucas thinks that bulky, handheld lasers shouldn't be produced because they are his intellectual property.

From CNN: "George Lucas wants to force a laser company to stop making a new, high-powered product he says looks too much like the famous lightsaber from his classic sci-fi series.

Lucasfilm Ltd. has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Hong Kong-based Wicked Lasers, threatening legal action if it doesn't change its Pro Arctic Laser series or stop selling it altogether""

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Guggenheim Thinks YouTube is Art

dward90 dward90 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dward90 (1813520) writes "The Guggenheim museum in New York has begun a program to submit YouTube videos to be declared High Art.

From PCW: "Are your YouTube videos so good they deserve to be in a museum? Thanks to a partnership between Google and the Guggenheim Museum in New York your you stand, at least, a remote chance. The search giant and one of the most famed museums in the world for modern and contemporary art are collaborating on a new project called YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video. The project will showcase up to 20 video works submitted to YouTube at the Guggenheim in New York on October 21, and online at YouTube.com/Play""

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Facebook Helps Promote Responsible Net Use

dward90 dward90 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dward90 (1813520) writes "In the wake of controversy about its privacy policies, Facebook is teaming up with the National PTA to teach children, parents and teachers about responsible Internet use. The partnership was announced Thursday at the PTA's national convention in Memphis.

The collaboration will create a comprehensive program that will reside on both web sites, and will include such subjects as cyber-bullying, Net safety, and "online citizenship." The National PTA said it will actively reach out to its 24,000 local PTAs to reach every public school in the country. Facebook is committing an in-kind contribution valued at $1 million for promotion on its site.

"Irony" isn't exactly the right word. Perhaps "hilarious"."
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Open Source Utilities for Facebook Privacy

dward90 dward90 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dward90 (1813520) writes "Cnet has an article about 2 online projects that will scan and edit Facebook privacy settings for maximum protection: ReclaimPrivacy (reclaimprivacy.org) and SaveFace (untangle.com). The article says:

"Several new applications have launched this week that are designed to easily reset a Facebook member's privacy settings, following new changes from the company that make a sizable chunk of profile content public by default when it was once kept under lock and key.""

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