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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There is a GLUT of middle aged people who were former programmers and engineers [in old programming languages which are out of date] who have decided to become teachers.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!

Comment: Re:To be fair... (Score 1) 388

by deodiaus2 (#48804405) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them
There are lots of things going on in CS. It is impossible for someone to know everything.
For example, my kid knows a lot about iPhones and various gadgets, but that that does not qualify him to be a repair man. He makes a good effort and is often successful, but really lacks a fundamental understanding.
It is rumored that Einstein was not exactly brilliant in everything. Often, he said, "Physics is easy, its the income tax calculations which are hard!" Similarly, Einstein let his marriage deteriorate. He could have taken easy steps to save his first marriage. Marriage takes work and sacrifice, and if one is really committed to it, then it takes compromise. I think he would have made the same contributions to his fame even had he taken care of matters. Otherwise, he could have just locked himself up in his office and not dated at all, and then he did not need to have a wife.
I know that the fore mentioned example is extreme, but is it any different than knowing any other obtuse bit of knowledge?

Comment: Our capsule got wet, get the towels!! (Score 1) 151

by deodiaus2 (#48739677) Attached to: In Daring Plan, Tomorrow SpaceX To Land a Rocket On Floating Platform
Somehow, I think that a component that pulled a 10 G when launched, went through a massive deceleration while being super heated and exposed to corrosive water and oxygen isn't going to be significantly damaged if it splashes down in the ocean?
That and the fact that landing on a carrier is not always going to be cushy and might miss during a wave swell?

Comment: 6th grader math ciriculum (Score 1) 169

by deodiaus2 (#48734613) Attached to: Better Learning Through Expensive Software? One Principal Thinks Not
I was reading a 6th grade curriculum for a private school. In order to show off, the book had a section on the 12 Chinese century proof of Pythagoras's theorem based on equivalent areas.
What nonsense to teach this to a 6th grader. First, a 6th grader has no concepts of primitive geometry, even having a difficult time understanding like dimensions and postulates. .
The time wasted on this topic should have been devoted to learning fundamentals of mathematics which are the foundations for understanding geometry instead of gee-whiz, look at this proof. I see that because I am a mathematician. I doubt that the text book authors understand the principles of axiomatic formulations of geometry, instead, just route memorized that Pythagoras's stuff is coming up!

Comment: 1970 car (Score 1) 840

My friend had a car in the 1970's having 2 spark plugs which could not be replaced without lifting the engine. I had a 1974 Subaru with a broken tail lens. I found the lens for a 1973, but holes were in different spot. When I redrilled new holes and put the old lends in, the lens cracked. This was designed to fail.

Comment: rehab fan (Score 1) 106

by deodiaus2 (#48643547) Attached to: Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot
I use to love this show as a teenager. In college, I stopped watching television. Afterwards, it just struck me as stupid and self righteous, but maybe that was a reflection of society as a whole. The dialogs were campy and the situations so contrived. Everything was just so fortuitous. Kirk would make a silly gamble and win. Just did not strike me as real. Especially when others would make the same gamble and lose. I think "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy " made fun of this in the improbability drive.
People would say it was the best SF. I thought Outer Limits was much better in terms of having stories and characters. For one thing, Kirk and the Enterprise would survive.

Comment: AP students (Score 1) 307

I took AP (chem and calculus) classes in high school. I think I scored a 3 on the AP exams, so did not place out of those classes. Instead, when I got to college, I was put into honor's versions of those classes. There were 2 problems with this approach. As a good student, I was punished twice. Once for having taken them in HS while many of my classmates took the easier regular version of those classes, some of whom scored better overall and got scholarships based on their academic grades. The time I got punished is when taking those honor's version in college, I was competing against a better candidate pool and thus had little time for other activities (girls). The other issue is that those classes were a time drain that could have been better used towards other academic classes. Later on, I learned how students would intentionally rig the game by taking easy classes to boost their GPA. I guess it was too late when I tried to play that game. One of my friends was fully fluent in Spanish, but took that just because he could do an easy course load. Similarly, I had friends who failed out of Biology, switched into Psychology, and got into Med School. I guess I lost faith in the fairness of the system by then.

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