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Comment: Re:Fridge door handle (Score 1) 162

by Altus (#49128231) Attached to: Should a Service Robot Bring an Alcoholic a Drink?

Its not about judgement, it is about programming. We are not asking the robot to make a judgement call we are asking who's judgement the robot should follow.

If I buy my elderly grandfather a caretaker robot and I program the robot to bring him juice but not beer (because I know he shouldn't be drinking due to meds), what should it do when he asks for a beer. I would say that the robot should obey the wishes of the owner, not the patient in this case but it should probably not prevent the patient from getting a beer themselves.

Comment: Re: But, but, you're using logic and science (Score 1) 328

by Altus (#49075643) Attached to: Federal Study: Marijuana Use Doesn't Increase Auto Crash Rates

Even old stoners... maybe especially in some cases... have a really hard time believing that there are a ton of capable professionals who go to work every day and are very productive and also like to relax with a bowl and an episode of (insert your favorite stoner show here).

Comment: Re:Sweet, sweet karma (Score 2) 257

by Altus (#49061891) Attached to: Tesla Factory Racing To Retool For New Models

Not that far. Admittedly the Tesla's are nice cars but the thing is the other manufacturers are not standing still. A lot of the traditional manufactures will have their own, lower cost, electrics with similar ranges. Sure the Tesla might be a nicer car but most people cannot afford high end or even midrange luxury sedans. They need something serviceable and ideally at least somewhat nice, but not necessarily the top of the line. This could bite them if their margins are not similar to a company like BMW. If they cannot corner the market then 10 years from now they are just another luxury car manufacturer and might even struggle under their costs. They could find them selves being bought up by someone like VW. Not the worst fate but not the success that i suspect they want.

Just because they are cool does not mean they will prevail.

Comment: Re:Your company is probably shit (Score 1) 809

by Altus (#49049949) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

I develop for iOS. We use ssl for communication and the binary is cryptographically signed. And I don't actually need to understand how that works in detail to do my job. I understand it a bit because 20 years ago I took a class but if you wanted me to implement a system that does that I would be hard pressed without doing a ton of research.

The problem can easily be the way the question is asked. If you are looking for an answer like "pop" then maybe ask what tool you would use to send a file securely instead of asking a question that sounds like it is from a crypto course final. Interviews are stressful and people seize up. It happens. The number of engineers who are competent and also so good at dealing with people that they don't get flustered in an interview is quite small. Don't set them up for failure and then complain when most do.

Comment: Re:It's a vast field.... (Score 1) 809

by Altus (#49049777) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

To do what you want you have to do both. If you encrypt with your private key anyone could use your public key to decrypt it. That is signing. If you do that and then encrypt with the recipients public key then only they can decrypt and they can use your public key to confirm that you sent the message

Comment: Re:It's a vast field.... (Score 1) 809

by Altus (#49049759) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

I could give you that, but in an interview asking this question makes a dev think that you want much more in depth information which often causes people to choke. I implemented a public/private key encryption system once. In college. I couldn't tell you the first thing about how the math worked now. That was 20 years ago. I could research a turnkey solution if necessary though but if someone hit me with this kind of question in an interview I might thing they wanted me to explain how to implement a solution. Asking the right questions is critical. A good dev can be sunk by a poorly worded question and interviewers don't think nearly enough about it.

Comment: Re:Tech needs more women like... (Score 1) 254

by Altus (#49049181) Attached to: What Intel's $300 Million Diversity Pledge Really Means

The thing is these discourage to take place well before these programs. I'm not saying that there are not barriers later in life but so much of it is formed very early including the tendency for some men to think that women are not able to manage this stuff. For every young girl discoraged there are young boys hearing the same thing. They both learn early that " Girls aren't good at math or engineering."mIf we don't change this at a very young age then a highschool aged program will have little to no effect.

Comment: Re:Tech needs more women like... (Score 1) 254

by Altus (#49049143) Attached to: What Intel's $300 Million Diversity Pledge Really Means

While I disagee about the two genders thing you clearly don't understand what cis means. A cis man was born genetically male and identifies as male. A cis female was born genetically female and identifies as female. The opposite is trans. A trans man was born genetically female but identifies as a man. A trans woman was born genetically male but identifies as a woman.

The prefix is derived from the terms trans and cis as they are used in chemistry. Cis is not a gender, it, like trans, it refers to the dynamic between genetic sex and gender identity.

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