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Comment: You are good at perl... (Score 1) 360

by sam0737 (#41638631) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Approach To Reenergize an Old Programmer?

...and it being the sexiest language out there, you are saying you couldn't adopt to C, Java, Python?

All your times digging perl doc and modules aren't wasted - it makes you a better spec reader. Now I think all you need is to get your hand dirties - just get write something interesting!

Comment: I was interviewing SDE in MSFT (Score 1) 743

by sam0737 (#37950056) Attached to: Tough Tests Flunk Good Programming Job Candidates

Yes we do brain-teasers, especially asking questions which are sometimes quite ambiguous, deliberately.

The point is not to get to the super optimal O(1) solution in a few seconds - in fact, I would question if anyone could do that withing breaking a sweat that he might have encountered the question before...but to watch how he responses, process the information, communication skill to get the requirement and question clear, explaining the train of thought on the way, all those little interactions. If writing code is needed, I would just tell them not to care too much how to make a API call because I would lookup Google^wMSDN for that too.

Getting the answer correctly is a bonus, of course you can't fail too much...but we are more focus to hire someone who can make sense, able to learn on the job, passionate about the job...hardcore skills are really not that important for entry level, I don't really care if you can or cannot prove P=NP, we are not in the research department.

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Meet Siri's Little Brother, Trapit 183

Posted by timothy
from the ai-always-knows-what-you-want dept.
waderoush writes "Virtually overnight, Siri, the personal assistant technology in Apple's new iPhone 4S, has brought state-of-the-art AI to the consumer mainstream. Well, it turns out there's more where that came from. Trapit, a second spinoff of SRI International's groundbreaking CALO project (Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes), is preparing for a public beta launch this fall. The Web-based news aggregator lets users set up persistent 'traps' or filters on specific topics. Over time, the traps learn to include more articles that match users' interests and exclude those that don't. Philosophically, it's the exact opposite of social-curation news apps like Flipboard or Pulse, since it uses adaptive learning and sense-making technologies to learn what users like, not what their friends like. 'Just as Siri is revolutionizing the human-computer interaction on the mobile device, Trapit will revolutionize Web search as we know it today,' the company asserts."

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