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Comment Re:Hit the 2nd hand bookshops (Score 1) 550

American curriculum that embodied this country's values,

i.e. Giving a stakeholder a job to write a local version.
On the other hand I had to memorise stuff from a terrible series of books through high school written by a couple of teachers with political connections and didn't actually get to understand high school calculus properly until university - suddenly it made sense from first principles instead of just regurgitating bits of the textbooks. The library had those old books that didn't muck about.

Comment Re:Do I need one thousand and two examples? (Score 1) 550

You answered it yourself with your job not being 100% coding with only a basic high school level maths required:

I know all that stuff too and occasionally work in that position,

How many jobs are 100% coding? Most rely on some understanding of what is being worked on in some part of the job or other.

At best, you can talk to a system engineer to maybe offer suggestions, but often they have a wider visibility into a particular problem than you do and could have reasons for wanting things a certain way,

Yes but you have enough background to have an idea of what is going on instead of being completely in the dark and of less use.

Comment Do I need one thousand and two examples? (Score 1) 550

99.8% of people are not doing what Carmack did.`

Do I need one thousand and two examples for the slow and/or lazy who cannot relate to the one I gave?

Carmack was doing entertainment and not designing a filter for seismic data or a finite element analysis mechanical design tool. My point is that even doing entertainment he has an advantage due to his depth of understanding.

Comment Re:Programming (Score 1) 550

I've used much less than 5% of what I learned there

Yes, me too, but really only because I learnt shitloads in the place and my 5% is a bit different to the 5% other people needed. No I don't need to design a gearbox, or a footbridge, or a high conductivity wear resistant material, but I can use those specific cases as a base for general understanding for things I do need to do or even as a process to design other things. One unexpected thing is a segment on optimising models to use on analogue computers applied very well for optimisation in general even though I've never actually used an analogue computer. It gave me a different way of thinking about problems. So the 95% may not be cut and pastable into the specific workplace situation but it can still give an advantage due to being adaptable to a situation with a bit of work instead of having to start from scratch.

Comment Re:Depends on what you're doing (Score 1) 550

Tell me about it. The guys here have only just got their stuff working in 64 bit, twenty years since we've had some 64 bit stuff on site, and now they are trying to wrap their heads around the idea of multiple processors about a decade after even kids handheld game consoles had more than one core. Enough race conditions to need people to muck out the stables.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 550

Consider the growing numbers of massive cost overruns with large civil engineering projects.

My favourite along those lines was a pedestrian bridge that was relocated 100 metres downstream by a committee after the pilings were built. The engineer was still blamed for the cost overruns and not the committee that changed it's mind. As an added bonus one of the original pilings was just out the window from a university mechanical engineering building.

Comment So? (Score 1) 550

"covers gender and health"
I know a microbiologist that later went into journalism who covered travel and lifestyle for a few years. Then he did political and crime reporting (same thing for a while). Meanwhile the science reporter at that paper was an idiot with a long list of obvious mistakes but he had been in the role for a while. Sometimes the science reporter went on holidays and the microbiologist got to do a few science articles, despite being the "travel and lifestyle" guy.
Drilling down into sub-specialities of journalism isn't going to do anything other than make you feel smug based on limited information.
There is enough in the message to attack without going after the messenger. In many cases she's probably right despite the others where it's completely wrong (eg. the reason why I have scientists here churning out crap code that at least does something instead of CS grads that don't even have high school calculus in their heads so would not know where to start).

Comment Funny thing (Score 2) 550

In Australia the girls are getting better scores at high school mathematics than the boys by a wide margin. There was a bit of an effort in the 1980s to do something about the almost complete non-existence of girls in the advanced maths classes in co-ed schools while the effort to promote mathematics in general was reduced. Over the last few decades it's become a weird cultural thing where mathematics is seen as "girly" by the boys that are trying to be the alpha males via sport and peer pressure discourages the boys just like the girls were discouraged before.

Comment Hit the 2nd hand bookshops (Score 1) 550

A lot of relatively old calculus textbooks in the USA, UK etc resemble those Russian ones in effectiveness.
Plain descriptions.
Lots of exercises.

Those books of the 50's, 60's and 70's were good enough to get the NASA guys going and that part of mathematics has not changed at all at the textbook level since then. Sure, many kinds of numerical solutions are practical now but the textbooks then and now are about analytical methods.

Comment True for some things - but physics ... (Score 1) 550

That is true for some things, but if you want to do something related to modelling just about anything in the real world a lack of understanding of geometry and calculus is going to get in the way. In other situations a lack of understanding of probability and statistics will mess you up.
For example, Carmack is considered awesome for (among other things) both understanding what a CPU could do quickly and what he was modelling, thus getting an effective approximation quickly without precision that was not required. You can't do that with 4th grade mathematics.

Comment Re:Lead the horse to the source (Score 1) 1039

Your shotgun "inexperienced" thing is a textbook case of attempting to bully the kiddies and hilariously having utterly no idea that you are discussing things with someone older than yourself.
As for "unintended consequences" - are you so really so narcissistic that you think anybody is going to bother to read down this far apart from you or I? We both know what is going on and nobody else is going to care.
Also - debate? You really think this is a debate? For a debate both participants are expected to have something worthwhile to say.
I am not debating you so what's with the "completely inadequate and incompetent efforts at debate"? There is no debate here. Above I was just correcting what appeared to be deliberate misdirection and misinformation on your part and you got very insulting about it.

If "debating skills" are petty bullying that relies on being older than the other debater then you can keep those skills. This isn't supposed to be a "mass debate", it's not supposed to be a silly game of trying to convince others via bullshit and insults, it's supposed to be a discussion about issues that crop up. You may have some meta-game you are playing via slashdot at my expense but it comes across as a rather pathetic thing detached from reality.

Comment Re:Would prefer to know before the transplant. (Score 4, Informative) 21

That's exactly the point of this, isn't it? The article says (bold added): "The new sensor can predict, before transplantation, which donated lungs will malfunction."

According to the article, the previous tests took too long, so by the time test results came back, the lung would no longer be viable to transplant. This one can get results faster, so surgeons can wait around 30 minutes before deciding whether to go ahead with the transplant or not.

Comment Re:Actually, the common saying... (Score 0) 339

Actually it is what drove me to linux. Due to a sound bug I never managed to properly shut down Win95, it would bluescreen on exit when playing the default exit sound. I only found that out in hindsight long after I had given up on it and moved on to better things.
Start me up ... it makes a grown man cry.
There was a long list of other things that rendered it a disappointment compared with OS/2, Macs, linux and even Ataris and Amigas FFS. I powered up an old laptop at work with Win95 on it last year and that reminded me of what a pile of shit it was - and ugly too.

Two percent of zero is almost nothing.