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Comment Re:Coding IS the new slide rule (Score 1) 142

Programming high-level languages is the slide rule of the current era. Despite what many people think(cough cough Excel cough), you simply cannot be a scientist or engineer if you can't write decent code in, say R or python or Matlab.

I know lots of EE's and they don't write code, they spec turbine sizes, and transformers, and other such things. Most civil engineers and mechanical engineers don't need any coding knowledge either.

Comment Because... (Score 1, Insightful) 217

Trump is an extremely vindictive and extremely vain man - if you stroke his vanity then he will likely provide benefit (influence government contracts; direct regulators to do favorable actions) and if he feels he has been slighted he will be highly vindictive.

So giving him credit plays into his vanity.

Comment Re:I wonder if this could apply to human players a (Score 2) 191

I don't play poker enough to know, but I wonder if many human players at the top level also try to win through discerning tells and weaknesses of opponents... if an AI can win so consistently is is using a technique that a human could also learn to get a step ahead of todays other human players?

These are all online pros (4 of the top 10 in the world). So their game is essentially entirely based on discerning patterns of betting behaviors and action frequencies.

Comment Re:And spin is important? (Score 1) 186

I think what's important is the reality, not the spin. The important bit from the article is that we get 100,000 more jobs.

It will probably be a net 10,000,000 job loss for the US. Amazon is substituting for less efficient stores, by having automated stores that should replace people at least 10 to 1, and likely as much as 100 to 1.

Comment Re:Google can tell me the definition of hypocrisy (Score 5, Informative) 350

I've work for Google for 2 years now. Without a court order, why does the government get to have my name, contact info, salary history, and God knows what else?

It is a legal requirement to in order to get any federal contracts. As part of the contract they are required to prove compliance with equal opportunity laws. They have the contracts, so they are required to abide by the terms.

Comment Re:NYT is Fake News (Score 3, Informative) 333

Yesterday, Washington Post ran a story that the Russians hacked our power grid. What happened was a laptop, not connected to the grid, owned by the power company had malware on it. It wasn't even a valid news event, but they reported the Russians did it. Fake News.

The way you hack a system that is off the internet (air gapped - as most of the hardware that is directly connected to major infrastructure such as refineries and power generation) is that you leave USB sticks with malware on them where a victim will find them.

The victim then goes 'hmm I wonder what is on this USB stick' - plugs it into the computer, and the malware you put on the USB stick is transferred to the laptop.

Then once the laptop is used by a technician on the air gapped hardware, the infrastructure gets infected.

They 'hacked the power company', which is what the story claimed, they simply were unable to bridge the air gap because someone caught the infection in time.

Since the malware bore the signature of Russian hackers, it wasn't a 'fake' news story, you were simply not well enough informed to understand what was going on.

Comment Re:Calling this a study is giving it a lot of cred (Score 1) 476

That isn't what is typically done in these studies. Rather than using a valid method (statistical correlates of names with race) they instead use forced choice ratios.

They ask a sample of 100 people is __name__ black or white?

Then based on the forced choice percentages they assign a 'race' to the name.

They tend to also use extremely common 'white' names and extremely uncommon 'black' names (The studies that have used common black names such as Ebony; show that the common black name ends up with better response rates than the less common white names).

Comment Re:BS study (Score 1) 112

Also many of the competitions are for money for amounts that in the US are quite small, but for a hacker in a foreign country are a significant sum - so there simply isn't motive for top US programmers to compete.

If they want a realistic sample - put a substantial sum of money in contention and such that it isn't 'winner take all' (ie payout the top 20 or so slots).

Comment BS study (Score 1) 112

Complete beginners in the US are far more likely to try hackerrank; whereas on average more experienced coders from other nations are likely to compete.

Also in the US graduating from a good school is adequate for employment prospects, so many good programmers don't use hackerrank and other competitive programming platforms.

Comment Re:This is called the Shock Doctrine (Score 2) 660

Are you seriously suggesting that if we repealed drug laws, use of dangerous drugs like crack and heroin would not increase?

I'm not the person you were asking, but yes, based on the experience of other nations - that is exactly what happens. The dangerous drug usage goes down because people get help for their addiction without risking jail. Also people switch to less serious drugs.

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