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Comment Time investment (Score 3, Insightful) 121

I set to work and solved the first problem in a couple hours. Each time I submitted a solution, foo.bar tested my code against five hidden test cases." After solving another five problems the page gave Rossett the option to submit his contact information

Curious: what prompted Max Rossett to spend hours solving programming puzzles before being even given the opportunity to submit contact information for a job consideration?

Comment Re:Lieberman 2.0 (Score 1) 950

I'm old enough to remember when television, Arcade Games, and stickers were the new moral outrages that were grotesquely warping the impressionable minds of America's youth. I also remember when it was supposedly a huge problem that telephones were killing letter writing. Now that more interactive media is killing TV, Ma Bell is dead and people are writing to each other again, you think they'd be happy. But no. Clearly its just always pretty much whatever is new that older folks don't understand.

Can you furnish a link to research which supports your contention that people are writing letters to each other once again? I'm assuming you don't claim that tweets and Facebook posts are the equivalent of letters?

Comment Re:Why it did not go further (Score 1) 134

The fact that they reached for the nearest beer bottle as a weapon is unsurprising.

We don't know from this article that it was in fact the nearest beer bottle which was reached for - perhaps there had been a previous equally spirited debate on beer and/or beer bottle quality. Given the evident discerning nature of the combatants I would guess the two reached for that beer bottle which, when broken, is the superior weapon.

Comment Re:You cannot understand the ocean through a camer (Score 1) 160

The difference is vast between standing somewhere and looking through a webcam and it will never become otherwise. It doesn't matter how good your camera is. You seriously are pretending that you know what the ocean is like because you looked at it through a camera? It's not even close to the same thing. What does it smell like? What does the breeze feel like?

Unfortunately immediately after having smelled an alien ocean or after feeling the Martian breeze a human will need replacing, whereas a robot will remain functional. A human standing on another planet will be sensing everything through mechanical mediation. Gazing through a visor may be preferable to viewing via a remote screen, but you are unlikely to ever be feeling that breeze on your cheek.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?

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