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Comment: Re:Here is why you never chase what's "hot" in IT (Score 1) 197

by the_povinator (#48177583) Attached to: The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

1) By the time you learn it, it won't be hot anymore.

2) It's all about experience. Don't take my word for it, look at the job ads. Learn something all you want, if you don't have five years experience in it, your knowledge is useless.

3) These articles about what's "hot" are just standard corporate propaganda. IT employers always want people chasing their tails, studying everything, just so they have a larger labor pool.

4) Don't get constantly distracted trying to learn what is supposedly "hot" at the moment, just learn anything useful, and be very good at it. Being very good at anything useful is far more valuable than a superficial knowledge of the latest fad.

5) These articles don't tell you anything more than they tell everybody else in the world. Learning whatever is not going to give you any competitive advantage.

All JMHO, of course.

Disclosure: I worked in IT for over 30 years. I have held several jobs, at several companies. I have been through the hiring process a lot.

Your statement is not relevant here because Matlab is not hot. scipy/numpy are hot, Matlab is old. I work as a research scientist in a top university doing heavy data-processing (however I personally maintain my own C++ wrapper of BLAS so I don't rely on other people's wrapper code).

Comment: Re:Fine! (Score 1) 365

by the_povinator (#47995663) Attached to: Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway
I hate Microsoft as much as the next guy, but he has a point here.

Microsoft is a multinational corporation - albeit one that started in the US - and they have the perfect right to locate their operations wherever suits them. Immigration policies are a valid reason to make these decisions. I don't understand why American think it's their automatic right for all activities of companies like this to be located on their soil.

Comment: Re:Laugh all the way to the bank (Score 0, Flamebait) 83

Mod me flamebait, but I am with Microsoft on this one. As mentioned in their press release at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us..., Samsung agreed that "Microsoft will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform".

I don't know how Samsung thinks it can use Microsoft products without paying for them. I paid for my copy of Windows, and I expect Samsung to do the same.

Comment: Re: Coanda effect? (Score 2) 204

I don't believe he has published, but you might be able to get something from his patent:

http://patentscope.wipo.int/se...

the patent seems to talk in terms of surfaces for heat transfer, and does not mention anything about turbulence. When he first mentioned to me that he was working on it, I conjectured that it was vanes or ribs of some kind, and he told me that it was more complicated than that and had to do with the interaction with turbulence (I forget whether to increase it or decrease it). However, nothing like that seems to be reflected in the patent. I'll ask him to respond here on Slashdot if he can.

Comment: Re:BS (Score 5, Interesting) 293

I read TFA, and unfortunately the research is very weak. They did not do a proper randomized study, they merely trained a classifier to figure out how good they thought a post was, and then divided up posts into pairs where their classifier thought they were the same but the feedback was different. They assume that their classifier is accurate, i.e. really reflects the goodness of a post. The rest of their research follows from this assumption.

If it had been a proper randomized study (i.e. roll a dice and up/down vote posts) I could have believed it.

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