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Comment: Re:One small problem (Score 1) 509

by deodiaus2 (#49640237) Attached to: What To Say When the Police Tell You To Stop Filming Them
I am white and affluent. I was arrested for a drug charge and did not cooperate by refusing to answer any of their questions. They put handcuffs on my wrists facing palm outwards and tossed me into the back of a cruise.
After 20 min, I was ready to confess to both of the Kennedy assassinations.
I told my lawyer (former DA of the town) about pressing charges.
He told me "Do you want to make this any more difficult than it already will be?"

+ - AI Experts Are in High Demand->

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An anonymous reader writes: The field of artificial intelligence is getting hotter by the moment as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and other tech companies snap up experts and pour funding into university research. Commercial uses for AI are still limited. Predictive text and Siri, the iPhone’s voice-recognition feature, are early manifestations. But AI’s potential has exploded as the cost of computing power drops and as the ability to collect and process data soars. Big tech companies like Facebook and Google now vacuum up the huge amount of data that needs to be processed to help machines make “intelligent” decisions. The relationship between tech giants and academia can be difficult to navigate. Some faculty members complain tech companies aren’t doing enough in the many collaborative efforts now under way. One big gripe: Companies aren’t willing to share the vast data they are able to collect.
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Comment: reverse algorithm (Score 1) 210

How about an algorithm which tells you if it is time to leave your current job and where there might be greener pastures.
The factors involved might be:
Your salary compared to those around you.
Contracts landed or performance of competitors and market.
Your performance relative to others.
Your leverage (favors).
Ability to relo.

Comment: Re:THIS is a "golden age"? Yikes. (Score 3, Interesting) 71

by deodiaus2 (#49383303) Attached to: We're In a Golden Age of Star Trek Webseries Right Now
Shatner was a lousy actor, egotist, and greedy bastard who would steal smaller actors lines, according to Takei, Doohan, and others. I didn't realize this until I was 17. I re-watched my favorite episode, "City on the Edge of Forever" when I just realized how campy and overdone was his acting style. Stuff that appealed to me when I was 14 just fell out of favor later on in life.

Comment: Re:We need agents (Score 1) 145

by deodiaus2 (#49120003) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent
1) I don't know how many top companies that I have worked for that think that they have work which requires a rockstar? Half the time, the the programming job is not all that. By the time the job is spec-ed out, all the creativity has been beaten out of by a BA.
2) Many times, I see jobs advertised for which I apply. About 2 days later, a recruiter will call me about the job. I'll say that I applied, but they will retort that the can get you in due to their established business connections. Half the times I feel that they are using me to make contact with a hiring manager rather than the other way around. Within 4 days, I get a 10 calls from recruiters half way across the country wanting me to represent me.

Comment: silos within the profession (Score 2) 323

I see that there are lots of silos within the SW profession. The 2 biggest camps are MS dotNet and Java EE based tech. Then there are lots of sub types. At one time, I use to be a Jovial programmer working on big DoD projects until I got laid off. Most of the interviews questioned lots of language specific stuff. However, I felt that my biggest strength was in SW design and analysis, and SDLC. No one asked me questions about that, as I suppose they thought it was hard to evaluate an answer.
Lately, I have become a Java programmer and had a C++ interview. I use to know C++ quite well, but after being away from it for a while, I even forgot a lot of that. My first observation was that if you don't keep up, you fall behind quite rapidly. On top of that, it is easy to juxtapose knowledge between the two. For example, while working on Generics in Java, I could not keep my syntax straight and used patterns from C++ templates.

Comment: GLUT of CS (Score 1) 120

by deodiaus2 (#49023365) Attached to: Arkansas Declares a High School CS Education State of Emergency
There is NO shortage of teachers trained in CS. There is a GLUT of middle aged people who were former programmers and engineers [in old programming languages which are out of date] who have decided to become teachers. I don't think that most of them are incapable of picking up Java or C# in one year to be able to teach kids. Maybe after learning a new language, they again become employable and leave.
Visit your local IEEE or ACM meetings.

Comment: give credit where credit is due (Score 1) 259

by deodiaus2 (#48995685) Attached to: Washington May Count CS As Foreign Language For College Admission
Actually, while as I think that both programming and knowing a foreign language is important, I also believe that if students know more than their peers, that knowledge should be reflected in his/her GPA. For example, if a student takes Calculus BC in her/his senior year, that grade should weigh more the student who took Calculus AB and more than the students who took pre-Calculus and a lot more than those who did not take math at all. My high school clumped everyone in the same basket. One of my friends was Hispanic, and took Spanish. He would joke as to how that was his one and only easy "A". Indian and Chinese kids take Spanish, but do not get an "A," grade nor are able to get credit for their specialized language knowledge. Actually, the foreigners were punished twice, as they had difficulty understanding the fine nuances of expression. One of the Indian kids joked around that Americans did not speak English properly [e.g. did not know the difference between who and whom and used I instead of me and wear a "Think Different" logo], and thus should have had their grades discounted. I often pointed out that I knew a lot of things that weren't tested for on exams. Even looking at trigonometry class, I saw that the exams were too limited. The questions asked were standardized. The are lots of problems to be investigated which are just a bit more challenging. My biggest reasons for my lack of great success was that I would make careless mistakes. I have a learning difficulty [creative hyperactive] in being able to work with routine and mundane problems. I think I could have done much better had they thrown in some moderately difficult problems. Interestingly, I would take the "math geek" exams. The biggest drawback on those is that they were too difficult. However, I think everyone should have taken them too!! Just north of NYC, Orange and Rockland county gerrymandered sections of town to be Jewish districts and the curriculum was taught in Hebrew. If it is a good idea, then why stop there. I am sure that sections of LA could be Chinese districts, parts of Harlem be Spanish districts, parts of Oklahoma be Cherokee, and parts of Alaska be Inuit!

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