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Comment: Re:Dunno about that, I still suck at programming. (Score 2) 347

by Xest (#49621001) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

The fact you think you suck already means you have drastically higher potential than a large number (perhaps even a majority) of developers

Far better to think you suck and know that you can improve than to think you're awesome and stay shit forever.

Humility is the number one most important defining trait shared by the world's genuinely great developers. I've met plenty of developers who think they're great, claim they're great, but repeatedly prove their development ignorance when they start talking about the subject. In contrast, I've never met a humble programmer that isn't either awesome, or well on their way to being awesome.

Comment: Re:School me on well water (Score 2) 248

Depends on the water quality. Just a particulate filter and softener are pretty common in my area. A softener will remove small amounts of iron, but there are systems ("iron filters") which will remove higher levels. But none of the above will remove organic chemicals or biologicals.

Comment: Re:The Curve on Academic Courses (Score 2) 347

by Orgasmatron (#49620061) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

One of my friends (who now has a masters in CS) was asking me why his programming 101 course was so heavy on pointers when nearly everything in the 200+ range was taught using pointerless, or nearly pointerless, languages.

The reason, of course, is to figure out as early as possible which camp each student was in.

I've used a similar technique with cousins and nephews who have come to me, as the adult in the family that works with computers, for advice when trying to decide to start (or sometimes quit) a CS course.

Comment: Re:Stop calling it AI. (Score 1) 73

by Xest (#49619083) Attached to: AI Experts In High Demand

Well I'm glad we have you here to arbitrarily define intelligence. It's about time, the human race has been struggling to define it precisely for hundreds of years.

Where have you been all this time of self-declared definer of terms?

But just to clarify, basically, what you're saying, is that intelligence is a form of magic that we have inside us? Where inside us does this magic exist? Where does it come from? Are you saying it's a special undetectable thing? Your comment seems to imply it disappears in adults, but we can't detect it in babies either.

We can't do any of the things you suggest because we don't have computers even remotely as powerful and capable of rapid complex processing as the human brain. I also can't teach a dog to do any of the things you suggest, so are you declaring dogs as being unintelligent? Your examples seem to suggest that intelligence is unique to human beings and nothing else has the capacity for intelligence.

Comment: Re:Sort of dumb. (Score 2) 514

by jcr (#49618715) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

They didn't seem to think there was anything unusual about asking an interview candidate to spend an entire day doing pair programming with them on their own codebase.

Heh... I had a similar situation a month or so ago. Headhunter cold-called me, told me how hard they're looking for people with serious amounts of Mac experience, so I went to see the customer (startup over in Mountain View), product wasn't terribly interesting, and then the recruiter says they want me to come in for a "coding exercise" that should only take about four to six hours. I told him my rate for very short term projects, and he actually expected me to give them six hours of my time on spec.

I quit taking his calls.


Dynamically binding, you realize the magic. Statically binding, you see only the hierarchy.