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Comment: Re:North Pole (Score 1) 481

by dcw3 (#49742695) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers

This seems an inventory question on one's ability to manipulate something 3d in the mind.

To me it seems more like a nonsense question used by an interviewer in order to make himself feel superior.

Which is why you just failed the interview. We often ask brainteaser questions, asking the interviewee to discuss their thought process out loud. We don't always expect the correct answer, but rational analysis and creativity score points.

Comment: Need a Better Data Set (Score 1) 605

by dcw3 (#49727481) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

The failure of this article is that it's simply focusing on the last two presidential elections. Why not look at a larger data set...all of the gubernatorial elections for example? Also, I'd argue that Obama's first election was a one-off. Many of those voting for him did so because of him potentially being the first "black" president. He was also able to stir up the youth vote with "Hope" and "Change". How many of those came back for the second? He was also advantaged in following the Bush years...it was his election to lose. I believe much of the 2012 vote went the way it did as more of an anti-Romney...he shot himself in the foot a couple times.

Comment: Re:Arrogance about a job you don't understand (Score 1) 386

by dcw3 (#49727335) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

You don't necessarily need to be smarter than the customer, you simply need to be able to make a convincing argument/case for your product or service. That doesn't require a higher IQ. We've all done this to certain degrees, making a pitch to a boss, or chief engineer, to convince them to do something. Now, if we're talking about a dishonest pitch (often the case in marketing), the fairy tale being told similarly needs to be convincing, but doesn't require the folks telling it be "smarter".

And on the seventh day, He exited from append mode.