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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

tommeke100 income (371 comments)

average salary software developer in the US is 98k.
average business manager is 48k.
We might not get the respect we think we deserve, but the stats don't lie about our income.

5 days ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

tommeke100 CSS? JavaScript? PHP? HTML5? (306 comments)

To write better Apps and Websites?
Are these what the kids call programming languages these days?
It doesn't sound very serious.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

tommeke100 (Poor) kids get dumber during holidays (421 comments)

Research concluded that poor kids, where parents usually don't spend as much 'meaningful' time with the children, because they're busy working three jobs to get food on the table, actually lose knowledge (math, reading comprehension) during summer. Blue collar/middle class children usually were leveled whereas middle class/rich kids actually got a bit smarter during summer. (http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Summer_Learning_Loss/).
So for some children there may certainly be a benefit to less vacation.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

tommeke100 Re:Its Fine. - not (348 comments)

I've had to do the "port forward - tunneling - port reconnect" thing for Oracle, and I'm pretty sure you can put the reconnect and initial connection on the same port, or at least you can specify a specific port where that reconnect happens. Because indeed otherwise you're left with a range of open ports or you don't know which port to tunnel on.
The database had to be in a certain mode though (Don't know if it was shared or dedicated), and some changed to the ORA file or other were necessary too to specify the port.
Oh yes, and in good Oracle fashion, this was only possible from Oracle9i, or before Oracle10 or something like that :-)
And why it pays to be an Oracle consultants, folks :-) (I'm not an Oracle consultant for the record).

Next lesson: try installing Oracle on a linux platform...I hope you guys know something about library linking, compiler options and make files

about three weeks ago
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A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

tommeke100 F1 score, precision and recall (133 comments)

Sounds a bit like the f1 measure used in classification systems, where the F-score is the harmonic mean of precision and recall. (where trying to higher precision yields lower recall and vice-versa)
however, I'm wondering how stable this Weissman score is. Compression algorithms might not all perform O(n) where n is size of data to compress.
Or it may actually give a very high score to something that doesn't compress at all.
public byte[] compress( byte[] input) { return input;}
I bet this gets a high Weissman score ;-)

about three weeks ago
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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

tommeke100 Re:No, no unfair advantage at all... (175 comments)

I can't speak for long jump, but in high jump your shoes are definately regulated.
you're not allowed for example to have shoes that have a sole thicker than a certain amount.
I just looked it up and apparently it's the same for long jump shoes.
So yes, I don't think springs or a blade qualify as valid shoes in this case (especially if the blade is 18 inches longer than your other leg!).

about a month ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

tommeke100 Re:Or maybe you're not so good at math (512 comments)

Selective, maybe. However the chart is a bit outdated, as there are over 800 casualties already, and that was 2 days ago.
So, in that given chart, the Palestina conflict just climbed 6 places.

about a month ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

tommeke100 Why Math matters (241 comments)

No you don't need math to write an iPhone App or an interactive website.
You do need math to understand why looking up some keys in a HashMap is much faster than iterating over a vector.
You do need math to understand why some encryption algorithms are better than others
It just gives you the tools to better comprehend what's going on under the hood, so you have more information to make the right choices in how to implement something.

about a month ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

tommeke100 I want to care ... (552 comments)

But I'd probably have to start consuming more energy states recent research.

about a month ago
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Elite Group of Researchers Rule Scientific Publishing

tommeke100 flawed methodology (123 comments)

They took a publications database between 1996 and 2011, which contains about 15,000,000 authors.
There they found only 150,000 published every of those years.
Of course not all of those 15 million have been working in research for 16 years. Most graduate/PhD students are in research for 5 years and then they need to find another job.
Actually most people at my company were author or co-author of a paper at some point, and we only published because of some grants that required it.
So if you take out the people who really only have a couple of publications, or published for a small period of time, the picture will be completely different.
Take into account that you need people who's career actually span the 1996-2011 period (which filters out probably like 30% of people genuinely having a successfull academic career), and they actually paint a realistic picture of who the profs are or research leads.

about a month ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

tommeke100 Re:"Top Learning Language" ...OR... (415 comments)

You can implement a programming language in python.
We used Scheme (simple LISP derivate) at our university in the nineties (good old Abelson and Sussman).
Didn't even have classes (objects) back then!
Still it was perfectly possible to simulate objects (state and behaviour) by lambda expressions.

Same can be done with Python, I'm sure.
Writing a meta-circular interpreter in any language will teach you about memory allocation.
Maybe not pointer specific notation as in C.

about a month and a half ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

tommeke100 Washington Pi's (646 comments)

Apparently the PTO did not mind trademarking the symbol for Pi, so maybe they should call themselves the Washington Pi's from now on.

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask "The King of Kong" Billy Mitchell About Classic Video Games

tommeke100 Re:A Lost Era (122 comments)

Same question.
I grew up playing Wonder Boy, Double Dragon, Yie Ar Kungfu, etc...
Grew out of it after Street Fighter 2.
Most of these games could be played and beaten with a single coin (Double Dragon being my favorite).
Then something changed. Suddenly you couldn't even finish the first level without putting back money into the machine.

Did you also feel this transition (or maybe those games aren't classic enough), or did I just suck too much and these games were beatable after all?

about 2 months ago
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Turing Test Passed

tommeke100 Re:Turing Test Failed (432 comments)

I also sometimes think the test failed and is meaningless.

about 2 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

tommeke100 Inflation (1040 comments)

So, if all minimum wage people suddenly make 10$ more a day, rent will be raised > 200$ a month.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?

tommeke100 i did it for the women (153 comments)

Didn't work :p
But seriously...C64...seeing the cracked games...
Impressed by the whole demo scene and intro messages...
hex editors...decompilers....

about 3 months ago
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Data Center With a Brain: Google Using Machine Learning In Server Farms

tommeke100 Except for that one time .... (26 comments)

It's probably fairly easy to predict usage. They've been doing it for ages with the electricity power grid.
But what will happen when a singularity arises?

about 3 months ago
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Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

tommeke100 Re:Wait... (255 comments)

There was a girl in our first year of CS who was a very hard worker, but just couldn't handle the advanced math.
She switched to med school after she flunked and passed with flying colors.

It really depends on what you take as basis for a 'tough' curriculum.
Med school and veterinary school may require you to work 'harder'. But with CS and Math, if you don't get it, you just don't get it. No matter how hard you work.
I wouldn't be able to do Med school though, I faint at the sight of a needle ;-)

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

tommeke100 Re:Can't Tell Them Apart (466 comments)

Can we use Monte-Carlo or you'd rather see infinite series?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

tommeke100 Re:Possible TROLL (309 comments)

I started programming at the age of 8.

10 PRINT "1337", , ,, , , ,
20 GOTO 10

That was basically it for the next 8 years ;-)

about 3 months ago

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