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Ask Slashdot: Best Approach To Reenergize an Old Programmer?

sam0737 You are good at perl... (360 comments)

...and it being the sexiest language out there, you are saying you couldn't adopt to C, Java, Python?

All your times digging perl doc and modules aren't wasted - it makes you a better spec reader. Now I think all you need is to get your hand dirties - just get write something interesting!

about 2 years ago
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China To Cancel College Majors That Don't Pay

sam0737 That's BS. (463 comments)

At the end of the day, graduates will "be forced to be employed.", and data will be made up.
Only those that do real science will die, but there aren't any. So nothing really changes.

That's the Chinese solution.

more than 2 years ago
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Toronto School Bans Hard Balls

sam0737 Hard balls? (319 comments)

Now it must be a girl only school.

more than 2 years ago
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Tough Tests Flunk Good Programming Job Candidates

sam0737 I was interviewing SDE in MSFT (743 comments)

Yes we do brain-teasers, especially asking questions which are sometimes quite ambiguous, deliberately.

The point is not to get to the super optimal O(1) solution in a few seconds - in fact, I would question if anyone could do that withing breaking a sweat that he might have encountered the question before...but to watch how he responses, process the information, communication skill to get the requirement and question clear, explaining the train of thought on the way, all those little interactions. If writing code is needed, I would just tell them not to care too much how to make a API call because I would lookup Google^wMSDN for that too.

Getting the answer correctly is a bonus, of course you can't fail too much...but we are more focus to hire someone who can make sense, able to learn on the job, passionate about the job...hardcore skills are really not that important for entry level, I don't really care if you can or cannot prove P=NP, we are not in the research department.

more than 2 years ago
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Tough Tests Flunk Good Programming Job Candidates

sam0737 Re:the way to go (743 comments)

Interview does not go one way, but two. At the same time you are interviewing the future employer. Ya---in a world where both employee and employer could be suck.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Scientists Working On Laser To Rip a Hole In Spacetime

sam0737 Re:Fuhck yeah! (575 comments)

It took so much more to rip the economy apart, so $1.6b to rip the spacetime is a really good deal

more than 2 years ago
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China Says Its Internet Policies Are Open and Clear

sam0737 Yes, Clear! (181 comments)

The policy has been very CLEAR that anything against the party are blocked.

about 3 years ago
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EU Debates Installing a Black Box On Your Computer

sam0737 Re:The title is BS (459 comments)

Plus, it is not technically feasible, even with deep packet inspection...

That's not the point. You do think the whole point is about the abused children issue?

about 3 years ago
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Lego NXT Bot Beats Rubik's Cube Record

sam0737 Re:3x3? (50 comments)

Just to differentiate it from 2x3 or 3x4 configuration, for that matter...

about 3 years ago
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Android Phones Get Dual Accounts

sam0737 Apple (109 comments)

Because they want you to have one phone for personal, and another phone for the business...to boost the sell!

Is that so hard to understand?

about 3 years ago
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HIV Vaccine Trial Shows 90% Immune Response

sam0737 Re:awesome (386 comments)

Just needles? After all HIV is infamous for STD...

about 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Copyright Terms For a Thesis?

sam0737 do you own it? (211 comments)

Before proceeding, Please check you are the copyright owner. IANAL and IIRC, by default these papers' copyright goes to the school , not the student.

about 3 years ago
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Gang Used 3D Printers To Make ATM Skimmers

sam0737 Magnetic strip? (212 comments)

Why ATM still relies on magnetic strip card...that the data (key) could be easily replicated?

We have smart card for years, NFC card for years...Couldn't the bank phase out all those magnetic card with NFC one?
I presume sniffing the NFC air traffic does not compromise the system, of course.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Preps Devs For One-Size-Fits-All Android

sam0737 Re:Biggest thing is SUPPORT (228 comments)

Yes they are damned. They chose to bundle the phone and the contract, and brand the phone etc etc.

If people were just buying the phone themselves, and get SIM card from the carrier, complaints won't be directed to the carrier.

So yes, they are damned anyway.

more than 3 years ago
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DigiNotar Goes Bankrupt After Hack

sam0737 What else do you expect? (136 comments)

With major browsers kicked its CA cert out of the trusted list, the CA by definition and practically could generate no profit...

What else do you expect, huh? Of course it could only get closed!

more than 3 years ago
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Toshiba Adds Two-Way Wi-Fi To SD Card

sam0737 Re:Summary misses the point. (77 comments)

Eye-Fi is a real SD card, and appears to be a storage SD card to the camera. Instead of Wifi card using SD as interface.

Consider this is a USB Flash drive - but it can do two-way sync to the Wifi (Wifi configured separated, not with convention tools, and you cannot get network connection with that Wifi either). And this is not USB Wifi stick. Now s/USB/SD/g and you see the different.

more than 3 years ago

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