Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


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.

Comment: Re:The problem is the "social sciences". (Score 2) 493

> The biggest problem in the social sciences isn't their practices, it is that their findings are inherently political

No, the biggest problem in the social sciences is their (often) feeble understanding of Statistics and the heavy publication bias towards positive papers (where significance was found, as opposed to negative papers supporting the null-hypothesis) at conferences and in journals.

Comment: Re:"mandatory minimum" 20 years, minus 13% (Score 1) 257

by tommeke100 (#48987985) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht Found Guilty On All 7 Counts In Silk Road Trial
If you really don't have a driver's license (as opposed to not having it on you while being pulled over) in Belgium, you will definitely go to police court and probably get a somewhat big fine ( at least 1200 euro). However, you won't get any jail time unless you ran over some school kids.
Belgium is rather lenient considering jail time though, other Western European countries might have you spend the night in jail as well, but probably not get you convicted to actual jail time.
If, in Belgium, you are convicted to jail time but that jail time is less than 3 years, you usually don't have to do them and may get an electronic ankle bracelet instead.

Comment: Re:Don't let perfection be the enemy of good enoug (Score 1) 60

by tommeke100 (#48953907) Attached to: Test Shows Big Data Text Analysis Inconsistent, Inaccurate
I always liked the HIV test example.
If you have a test that is 99% accurate, you would think that's a pretty good test.
However, if only 1 in 1000 people actually are HIV positive, this means you get 10 false positives per correct positive.
So that's not a very good number falsely claiming people have HIV 9 times out of 10!

Actually, even 99,9% would be bad, since that means you're wrong 1 time out of 2.

Comment: Again,a very scientific psychology study (Score 2) 219

by tommeke100 (#48849425) Attached to: Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others
Has anyone looked at the graphs and the "linear correlation" between RME and the "collective intelligence" from the study?
There's all kinds of wrong in there. First of all, looks like the dots of the study show a - very scattered - vertical pattern, with actually the best teams seeming to have a rather average RME (higher end though).
Also, who says there isn't a correlation with intelligence in general and RME? Seems to me people "who care" or "pay better attention" will be better at RME as well.
And what's the task to be solved? Apparently seems to be a sudoku puzzle. If you don't really know how that goes to begin with, you're already at loss (even if you're smarter).

fortune: cpu time/usefulness ratio too high -- core dumped.