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Comment US has always placed well !!! (Score 1) 214

Okay they won in 2015, congrats! But these are their results going back to '74 when they first participated:
1 2 3 3 2 3 6 3 5 5 2 2 3 3 2 3 10 3 4 2 11 1 7 2 5 3 5 6 5 1 2 4 2 3 1 5 2 1 3 3 2
They pretty much always were top 3. Looking at other countries, only China has a better track-record coming in 1st often. Other countries placing well historically are Russia and South-Korea, but on average the US seems to do better (historically I would say 2nd after China).
So really, the are making a moot point. It's like saying the US must have really fit and healthy people, since they win a lot of medals at the Summer Olympics.

Comment How About Google? (Score 1) 180

Google has been collecting this type of data for years from every type of driver. I'm pretty sure by now they have machine learning algorithms that can predict if a particular driver is a Taxi, delivery van, private person, etc ... Probably they can even predict if a Taxi driver is an actual Taxi driver or an Uber driver (since Taxis probably spot themselves at particular Taxi hubs whereas Uber drivers will have other behavior).

Comment Social Engineering (Score 1) 54

In any of these systems, the weakest link is the human factor. Selfies in control rooms give these types of attacks plenty to work with. The name of an employee with access to these rooms, where exactly he's working and some info about his job. The next step might not be to "hack the system", but to give the company a call and go with "Hi, this is Engineer Jef Jefferson from the System X company, could you pass me Employee Z" ... "Hello Z, we've noticed that your system may still be configured with the default settings for blablabla ... ".

Comment Re:How ? Probably the same as with other classes (Score 1) 317

Indeed, but it would still need to be very basic. In Belgium the Science students (so, usually the 'smarter' students) had a CS class. I think the furthest we went were some different sorting algorithms ( insertion, bubble, quicksort).
Back in the days, everyone used to have a Commodore 64 and the like. Some claim that sparked interest as well in people, since you booted directly into BASIC, so you could program straight away. Yet all the other boys also had a Commodore 64, but that really didn't push them into CS. They could all do the 10 PRINT "PROFANITY" 20 GOTO 10, but that's as far as it went.

Comment Proprietary Math Libraries (Score 1) 208

You would be amazed at some of the 'low level' libraries that GPU manufacturers have and license to other such companies. These companies have Math Phd's still trying to get better precision and faster computation at Sine and Cosine functions, etc... I'm sure they are not in a hurry to open source this type of research which took plenty of money and time.

Comment Re:Oracle is bleeding-edge (Score 2) 122

Yes, but in that case you're running more than one "instance". The difference is that the "instance" is the set of processes that run and do the "database server" stuff ( handle memory, operate on the database, ...). A "database" is just a bunch of physical files containing the database data. You can have many such physical databases on your server, yet one "instance" can at most operate on one physical database. You can run more instances (thus having the "different databases" effect) on one server, but those are different processes running on the same server. So basically, you have two distinct instances running in that case which each have connection to a different physical database.
Anyway, you can create different schemas in one database, so that kind of gives the effect of having different "databases" in one "database" too. I guess it's just a matter of convention.

Comment Re:it's not the smart people, it's the PHB (Score 1) 247

There's actual proof that some parts of the Bible were actually made up ( I totally get the irony of that statement :-)). The original scriptures were written in Greek, and only translated to Latin 3 centuries later. The famous Pericope Adulterae from the gospel of John (let him who is without sin cast the first stone) only appeared in the Latin version in the 4th century I think, and was not present in the original Greek scriptures. This is a well known fact agreed upon by most biblical scholars. They just kept it because 'cool story, bro'. But I bet they don't tell you that in church.

Comment Re:Hype (Score 2) 207

I know a guy who worked at CERN and seriously it's only a place you want to stay if you're a hardcore physicist. These guys do research because they love it, not for fame or big money. How many persons of the general public can name a theoretical physicist next to Stephen Hawking? These guys easily find their way into other areas like Software Development, R&D, All forms of analytics like statistics and machine learning.
Here are some official stats for the last couple of years ( 45% engineering, 24% Computer and Information Tech, 10% phys/astronomy, 14% STEM and 7% non-STEM.

Comment How about asking about her actual work? (Score 1) 370

This was a serious non-conversation. She never encountered sexism on the work-floor nor has the need to profile herself by causing a shitstorm against a big name in the development world. Actually, she states she'd rather stay distant from those polemics in like the first 2 minutes and her co-workers are cool and supportive. Why keep on hammering on that subject?
Loggly seems like an interesting SaaS platform, with probably cool technology behind it. Cloud based, big data, data mining, load balancing, noSQL databases, web development, etc...
Maybe it would have been more interesting to know what she's actually working on, how that relates to the big Loggly picture and where her interests lay in the development realm.

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