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Comment Re:Coordination, not more text (Score 2) 178

what we need is a way to flag up fake news and opinion marketed as news.

To pile on to what you said, I think opinions taken as news are the biggest problem. They aren't technically fake news because they aren't news, but people treat them as though they are. You get most of the talking heads doing exactly this -- spewing their opinions all over 24-hr 'news' networks. It's not that I don't believe opinion has a place in news, but it matters whose opinion is being reported, and how clearly it is indicated as opinion. When Trump gives an opinion, like it or not, it's probably news and it matters. When Joe Reporter from 24-hr news gives an opinion, it doesn't & shouldn't carry nearly as much weight. If they bring in an expert in a particular field for an opinion in that field, sure it matters, but these days everyone seems to think their opinion on everything is supposed to matter as much as anyone else's (myself included).

Comment Re:I was most frustrated by ... (Score 2) 149

I totally agree with the parent -- I also have the 'luxury' of being in a FDA regulated field so there even if your systems aren't in SOX scope, they are often still in FDA scope which is just as bad. Then you have overzealous compliance folks who think every system is somehow within SOX or FDA scope, who make the situation even worse!

Comment Re:Rust (Score 1) 245

I hear you about Rust, maybe... but Scala, Ruby, and Swift aren't pretty far from "flavour of the year" languages.

If you did mean this as written, then I just don't get your point.

If you meant are pretty far I disagree with you. 'Flavor of the year' is a figure of speech meaning they are a fad, and indication is that GP is very correct about a lot of these. Ruby is already yesterday's news, with the MEAN stack and even newer ideas taking its place. Swyft is very new and replaces Objective-C with a C#/Java-like language, which begs the question why don't we just use those?

My advice to the OP is not to chase languages, but instead to learn what skills make a great developer. It's not what language they know, because that can be learned quickly. It's what problems they know how to solve quickly, how to keep code clean & readable even when that code is doing something complicated. It's about making sure you're not just duct taping things together, but instead you really understand how things work and know how to fix the underlying problem instead of just hard-coding a quick fix for someone to deal with later. Then, move on to more complex architecture. Dev languages aren't what make a candidate for an architect.

Comment Alternative headline? (Score 5, Insightful) 301

38% of kids in regular television homes don't know what commercials are

Isn't that the more surprising figure? 2/5 kids in a typical home (which has a TV which children watch ~24hrs/week) don't know what a commercial *is*. Oh, I see, the question was to the parents, "Do your kids know what commercials are?" -- This is a survey on parents' opinion about what their kids 'know'. The headline maybe should read "82% of Exstreamist readers who are parents in netflix-only homes think their kids don't know what commercials are" because technically that's all they've indicated.

Comment Re:Perhaps a better method... (Score 1) 1001

The colored marbles question I know is very simple and is not statistical. "You have a jar with three colors of marbles. You can't see the marbles until you take them out of the jar. How many do you have to pull out of the jar to guarantee you have at least two of the same color?"

The question is to help me understand if you know how to look at the worst case scenario. There are three colors of marbles. The worst case is that you pick one of each color as the first 3, therefore the 4th must be the same as one of the first 3. I've gotten answers ranging from 2 to 27 to this question, and some who said it can't be solved because you don't know how many total marbles there are.

I'm not certain this is the question you're referring to, but if it is and you're approaching it as a statistical problem rather than logical, that's exactly the problem I'm trying to uncover by asking the question.

YMMV -- other interviewers may actually care about the answer and not how you got there (which I think is dumb), or you may be thinking of a different colored marbles in a jar question -- but the above is my experience on both sides of the table. Also, I sure hope this isn't the only question they ask in the interview. I have a whole list of questions that test various thought processes and for most of them, it's not the answer that matters, it's how you approached the problem and how easily you gave up (or not) that matters.

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