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Comment: Re:It's the hypocricy (Score 1) 319

by Karlb (#39911037) Attached to: Leave Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson Alone!

If he purposely put a CS degree on his CV thinking it'd give him the edge in getting the CEO position in a large multi-national (it's fair to say most of the skills required to do the job would be gained from experience rather than an undergraduate degree), then I think he's a few sarnies short of a picnic ;)

So, much more likely is he put it there to break into the industry 30 years ago, and has obviously proved himself capable in the meantime. Should he expect an easy time for not discretely removing the little fib a few jobs back? naah, I'm sure the board will use it as a humorous 'win button' for any disagreements for years to come.

Comment: Re:Torture Tools (Score 5, Funny) 83

by Karlb (#38971105) Attached to: Virtual Reality Helmet Designed For Deep Space Surgery

Then you'd have to listen to endless "damnit Jim, I'm a doctor not an engineer". Maybe if she's kinda hot in a milf-y way, but what if she has a pesky son on board... I suppose its inevitable, eventually.

Oh no, was not thinking that at all. Was more along the lines of an engineer who is also a surgeon, or a geologist who is also a surgeon, etc.

Wormhole specialist who is also a Gynecologist ?

Comment: Re:Missing Option : It already is (Score 1) 317

by Karlb (#38937495) Attached to: How long until the (first-world) classroom education model is obsolete?

I'm sure about payroll being a negative, but in the UK state schools mostly only care about targets, not appealing to individual creativity and motivation (which is surely one of the few benefits of 'in person' teacher led education).

I have two teenagers one in state grammar school the other in private school, the latter, somewhat ironically appears to concentrate more on catering it's content for the individual child. The state school are handcuffed by government targets and league tables, so seeks to shoehorn all it's kids into the same narrow path, this simply isn't sustainable and in my opinion results in a much higher percentage of students who are disillusioned and frustrated.

I am very much in favour of any change that can bring quality education with a student focused approach.

Comment: Re:No risk for me (Score 1) 280

by Karlb (#38851779) Attached to: Android Malware May Have Infected 5 Million Users

OK, car analogies. An automatic isn't just for those who don't know how to use a stick shift. A seat belt isn't just for those who can't recognise hazards.

Yeah, your post was good right up to here. Even if you are adept at spotting hazards would you trust others to ? The Malware door swings many ways.

Comment: Re:And yet... (Score 2) 188

by Karlb (#38752134) Attached to: Sir Tim Berners-Lee Speaks Out On SOPA

Indeed. It's almost impossible to fight corruption with common sense and logic, hopefully, collectively, we can seek to threaten the wallets of those who propel the state (I don't specifically mean just the USA).

I see the frist stage of the campaign against these bills as awareness, then potentially a subsequent stage being boycotts of the products which pro-sopa companies produce. Whether even this would be enough remains to be seen, combined with other strategies though it could well be.

Comment: Possibly not asking the right question. (Score 1) 672

by Karlb (#38610498) Attached to: Are Brain Teasers Good Hiring Criteria?

As an interviewee, I've faced a variety of interview methods, most of which are just too much for code monkey roles, but never the less one still gets thrown through the routine. Probably because a company/dept/interviewer has used said method for years and either feels it works or has no idea what will.

Personally I feel that there is no 'right' way to interview developers, because writing/debugging effective code is very much like skinning a cat, in that, there are many approaches to it. Naturally there are folks who try hard but are not really cut out for it.

The interviews I have most enjoyed are really just 'having a chat', the interviewer tries to get the measure of me and I can try and get a good feel for company I'm looking to spend my daylight hours in. Then if our two bits of the jigsaw appear to join, then there is the handy concept of a probation period just in case.

There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence. -- Jeremy S. Anderson