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Comment: either pole (Score 1) 463

by globaljustin (#49741609) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers

but you can start a mile north of the south pole (yes I looked it up!) and the solution still works.

exactly...

it's only a *semantic* difference...b/c of how lattitude is measured...

the *most logical* answer is near *both north or south pole* at w/e point the math says to be

it's not asking "north latitude" it just says "north"

it is an assumption based on semantics only and it is very revealing about someone's thought process

it's over-literal analysis of the question...it's a thinking error to say "only North Pole"...**however** let's note that most of the best descriptions of the why the answer works are from the over-literal "north pole only" types...

Comment: revealing south poles (Score 1) 463

by globaljustin (#49741599) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers

if you want to be pedantic, because "south of the south pole" would not make sense

it's only a *semantic* difference...b/c of how lattitude is measured...

the *most logical* answer is near *both north or south pole* at w/e point the math says to be

it's not asking "north latitude" it just says "north"

it is an assumption based on semantics only and it is very revealing about someone's thought process

it's over-literal analysis of the question...it's a thinking error to say "only North Pole"...**however** let's note that most of the best descriptions of the why the answer works are from the over-literal "north pole only" types...

Comment: ignore the hype (Score 2) 283

by globaljustin (#49719247) Attached to: The Auto Industry May Mimic the 1980s PC Industry

In 2015, we're on the cusp of a similar change: the computerized car.

no, we're not

i know alot of very wealthy people have invested alot of money and research into the idea that it is, but it's always been an over-reach to think they would be in general daily use...especially the google car with no steering wheel

self-driving vehicles are more advanced than ever, because *all automation is getting better*

i can definitely envision self-driving semi-trucks in dedicated lanes, or google car-type things at amusement parks and even in a central downtown area like Manhattan

i know it's hard to hear this but a truly autonomous car that interacts with daily traffic with no restrictions is much, much more complex than anyone other than the actual people who do the coding work will admit

talk to someone who actually codes the AI for this stuff...there's a bright future ahead, but the hype machine is in full effect

Comment: Re:It's not really about the code... (Score 1) 84

just write a program to slightly underbid and slightly overprice from your company's stream of bid and ask prices

yeah, that's what caused the "flash crash"...to many people doing exactly what you suggest

it became a tech war...who can have the fastest shortcut?

on other /. threads some commenters examined the code that Goldman-Sachs used as reported in the lawsuit and it was deemed "spaghetti"

it was all a hacked together mess...**at one of the top places**

Comment: it's all code (Score 1) 84

Open source isn't the issue. The issue is that, as a programmer for hire, the code he produced during his employment period was not under his own copyright. Any working computer programmer knows this, or if not, should.

that is the issue, i'm glad at least a few people are talking about it

it's not as simple as you make it out to be at all, however

if i have a modified version of a standard codebase that i use as a template on many jobs, if someone used then modified that template for a client, by your logic that template itself would be the company's copyright, because it was used

it's the "modified" part that is causing the problem...it's virtually impossible to do not modify code when...um...coding...

there has to be a rational limit...i don't know the specifics of the case, maybe you do...i'm interested to hear what you think the limit of the application of your principle would be in daily work

Comment: Re:Use the software (Score 1) 190

by globaljustin (#49458627) Attached to: How do you contribute to open source projects?

i see what you're saying, but i have a different perspective

compare to music

if i listen to an album alot, eventually my friends/family will hear it...if they like it, that's one more listener/customer/concergoer for the band

same with FOSS, imho

if i use GIMP and Audacity to make pixel/art for an Instagram to promote my graphic design side job, that's the same thing

"all images made by GIMP"

now, if you want to be over-litteral, i guess you could say that it's not *the act of using* but the "evangelism" that happens *when it is used*

so in that sense i guess we could agree

Comment: it's just a label for the "highest skill" (Score 1) 220

by globaljustin (#49406127) Attached to: How would you rate your programming skills?

What can be defined as an expert in programming skills?

we could have nitpicky, obtuse discussions about this question for infinity

we all know what the word "expert" means...and in this quiz it's the highest of many other options

if we ditch the semantics and just look at the math "expert" is just a label for the highest skill level

there's always a "highest" and this is the chosen word...it fits the common usages of the word, so it's a decent choice

Comment: all a "script" (Score 1) 220

by globaljustin (#49406103) Attached to: How would you rate your programming skills?

he distinction between a "scripting" language and a "real" language is quite arbitrary, and the lines are very blurry.

totallly

all code is instructions excuted by a machine in real time

the "scripting" disctinction is used to differentiate *within* that closed system...it's a type of command and over time users have found the distinction useful linguistically...

sort of like an animal trail that gets worn in...coders have to distinguish between functions of languages so that's how it evolved

Comment: intermediate == intermediate (Score 1) 220

by globaljustin (#49406057) Attached to: How would you rate your programming skills?

i'd rate you as Expert.

i put myself as Intermediate but what's funny is, even by your criteria i'd probably still be intermediate

i'm at that point where it's all just semantic differences between languages i use...the text is like a forrest i have to hack through to get the machine to do what i want

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