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Comment: Re:Suck it and see, it's not for everyone (Score 4, Interesting) 318

by Jane_Dozey (#41154691) Attached to: The Programmers Go Coding Two-by-Two — Hurrah?

Yes, I've worked with people who are great at pair programming and those who are not so good. I find that when working with someone who really gets PP you end up with two programmers (or more!) working together, both of them on the same page, catching mistakes and improving how the code is written.
When working with someone who just starts coding and expects their partner to magically understand what they've decided to do then it can be impossible to keep up or figure out what on earth they're doing. At that point you have a programmer programming and another programmer wasting their time scratching their head.

PP works wonderfully when you pair people up correctly and train everyone involved how to effectively work like that, but if you don't then you waste resources and frustrate your coders.

Comment: Re:If you have to ask... (Score 1) 615

by Jane_Dozey (#41057591) Attached to: Are 12-16 Hour Workdays Productive?

I'm another who would keep on working if I won the lottery. It not that I have no imagination, I just honestly like what I do. I like the people I work with (they also happen to be friends), I like the work (most of the time) and I would be doing something similar at home as a hobby if I wasn't doing it professionally. Though doing stuff at home by yourself when you could be working with other like-minded people is not nearly as fun.

That said, I'd definitely have more exciting weekends and holidays :)

If you ever find work that you love doing then I would think you'd change your mind about the whole having no imagination thing.

Comment: I actually have prior art for this (Score 1) 323

by Jane_Dozey (#38090962) Attached to: Apple's New Patent Weapon — Location Services

My final year project for my CS degree was pretty much doing what this patent describes, and it was submitted in 2008, two years ahead of this patent being filed. I even have a conference paper (published with my project supervisor) published in the same year, so there's lots of hard evidence. I also know that there's a few other projects that could claim prior art to this patent, and precedes my own work. I'm pretty sure there's more than enough prior art in the world to blow this out of the water should it be challenged in court. Heck, I'm surprised the USPTO had the gall to allow this one through at all.

Comment: Re:Do you want a job as a software developer? (Score 1) 520

by Jane_Dozey (#37515990) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: CS Grads Taking IT Jobs?

IMHO you should change that to just "Do something on the side to improve your skills and experience in the area you want to be in." :)
Even if it's the area you currently work in. If you don't love the thing you're either already working in or want to work in enough to do so, then it's the wrong thing for you.

Encryption

Tunny Code-Breaker Rebuilt At Bletchley Park 47

Posted by timothy
from the weighty-name dept.
Jack Spine writes "Engineers at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park have rebuilt the Tunny machine, a key device used in decoding German High Command messages during the Second World War. The Tunny machine took a team of three people three years to rebuild. At the end of the war, Tunny machines were broken up and the components recycled, while the original circuit diagrams were destroyed or hidden. The team had to piece together plans for the machine from odd pieces of circuit diagram that had been squirreled away by engineers, as well as from the recollections of some of the original builders."
AI

+ - Can You Beat A Computer At Rock Paper Scissors?-> 1

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tekgoblin writes " It looks like the New York Times has created a game that uses artificial intelligence to outsmart you. It uses a simple game called Rock, Paper, Scissors which is pretty much known by everyone on the planet by now. The computer tries to mimic human reasoning by building on simple rules and statistical averages. So based on the rules of the game and your previous moves, the computer tries to make predictions on your next move. The game has 2 modes, the first being Novice where the computer learns the game from scratch, and veteran where the computer has experience of over 200,000 rounds of previous experience."
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