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Comment: Liberal Arts (Score 1) 307

by tommeke100 (#49379499) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous
Except for maybe hardcore nerds, I've noticed most people in STEM actually are very interested in Liberal Arts ( Literature, Music, Anthropology, History, Graphical Arts, ...) and enjoy experiencing and learning about it on their own time. Of those people who were into STEM in high-school, most achieved higher grades in the Liberal Arts courses given in high school than the so called liberal arts students.

Comment: Re:I find it interesting we are bashing tech (AGAI (Score 1) 346

Indeed. I know a 40 yr old woman who's Director in a technology company (a real director, not a startup 10 man company 'director', meaning big payout, big BMW company car) and she's also complaining about the glass ceiling because all collegues she works with at about the same level are VP. She doesn't seem to get that in the last 7 yrs she got promoted from Software Engineer to Project Management to Director. That's a pretty steep promotion curve, and she still has a long career in front of her to make it even bigger. I'm sure of the former software engineers she worked with most are still just that.

Comment: Re:It's just hard work and machine learning (Score 1) 68

by tommeke100 (#49334443) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happened To Semantic Publishing?
Well, Machine Learning doesn't exclude the use of Semantic Tools like Ontologies. You can still use them to gazeteer your ML indexing process, inference over the Ontology hierarchy etc... Both aren't really mutually exclusive. However, I do think the idea of everyone annotating their webpages semantically is never going to take off. The closest thing we have successfully achieved on the interwebz in that sense is WikiPedia.

Comment: Re:It's just hard work and machine learning (Score 1) 68

by tommeke100 (#49334429) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happened To Semantic Publishing?
No you didn't :) It was a valid argument.
However this semantic enhancement requires a couple of things: the model (ontology) must be defined by consensus. A model is by definition an incorrect representation of reality. Hence even with a manually crafted model ontology, it still won't be 'exact'. If you apply this on big medical ontologies, you're really in trouble, as they may have hundreds of thousands of concepts. So this is the ontology part. Next you have the actual semantic annotation part of the document where you put actual trust in the annotator that his knowledge of the ontology is perfect and he's doing a good job of annotating the document. This requires plenty of training.

Comment: It's just hard work and machine learning (Score 1) 68

by tommeke100 (#49329233) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happened To Semantic Publishing?
I think there are two reasons why the whole rdf(s)/owl annotated web pages never really gained traction. First of all it's hard work if you have to do it manually, but most content management systems now offer some kind of key word adding feature though. The second reason, IMO, is that the current Big Data and Machine Learning techniques (and more computing power / persistence media / bandwidth than 15 years ago when the whole rdf/owl thing took off) trump the whole categorization and knowledge extraction / data mining process anyway.

Comment: Today's youth collapsed the Roman Empire! (Score 4, Insightful) 353

As Socrates once said around 500 bc : "Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers."

Comment: Arab Spring and Western Muslims (Score 1) 533

This time it's different though.
Because of the Arab Spring, Western Muslims started to be more engaged around freedom in the Arab countries.
The civil war in Syria (where at first freedom fighters started fighting against the Assad government) succeeded in actually engaging young and influenceable Western Muslims on the field who struggled with their mixed Western and Muslim identity.
ISIS was very successful in utilizing that momentum to draw more young Western Muslims into their ranks later on and many tens of thousands European young muslims (many of them under-age) are now fighting with ISIS.
This is very worrisome because these can get back into Europe since they have passports and under the Visa-Waiver program could just board a plane to the US for example.
In that sense, this is now a global conflict. It's not just some tribes fighting against each other and the US intervening to keep control of the oil. It's an exodus of young people who are getting brainwashed and are ticking time-bombs when/if they get back to their actual Western home country.

Comment: Re:your observations are spot on (Score 1) 323

I don't know exactly which CS curriculum these people went through that didn't have to "work hard enough to understand something", but I'm pretty sure if you have to take (distinct) math classes like Differential and Integral Calculus, Abstract Algebra and Group Theory, Linear Algebra and Geometry; and next to that some other fundamental CS theoretical classes including Lambda Calculus, etc... all in the first year of your CS curriculum (which at least was the case here); you probably encountered a couple of hard nuts to crack.
Add to the mix in the later years a couple of more "applied" CS courses like compilers, interpreters and parsers; and of course; what everyone here is referring to as "good programming" some "easier" classes about Software Engineering, OO programming, Design Patterns and Databases, Networks, and that's basically what a CS curriculum looks like here (except from some possible AI, Machine Learning, Management, ... courses).
Of course, this still doesn't guarantee you a good Software Developer/Engineer (passion and motivation is very important), but the basis is as good as it gets.

So, Again, unless you guys have some university level CS curriculum where you graduate building a website in PHP, or unless these Javascript weenies actually had no CS background at all, I'm a bit weary of your statement.
Mind you, I hold EEs in high regard and would definitely hire even if not up to par with latest Node.js FizzBuzz framework.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"