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Comment Re: Yeah, the bubble will pop long before that (Score 1) 374

Instead of finanzing Mord military the US could actually make colleges and universities tuiton free and support students directly so they can pay for rent and food. Yeah I know a crazy idea. It would make all this stipeniums meaningless and poor/black/other minorities could study, but that would be socialism and does not work. Never. Expect in Europe but hey they suck big time. They do not even pay the US /sarcasm

Comment More Vaporware (Score 2) 58

As long as they do not have the concept worked out all those stories are pure fiction. It might be feasible it might be stupid. However, you cannot say, as the specs are not out. Yes I know there are some specs on the tech and some issues with the solution. However, this is not a solid concept, as there are so many missing pieces. Therefore, they should not come up with ideas where to build it, but with a general solution.

Comment Re: I'd fail that binary search tree test (Score 1) 553

Hey I had an exhausting flight and missed a corner case. I am a software engineer not a programmer.

But you are right. It is a stupid criteria. I want to know what they will ask me when I have to visit a conference in the US. I am from Germany, this evil country who let some refugees in.

BTW: How do they test computer scientist in software engineering and modeling? Will I get an UML question? Or will I fail ,let say ,with a B-tree optimization algorithm?

These Trump/Bannon guys are ruining your country. Now a lot of people will think twice whether they have to visit the US. Not the best situation for the sciences.

Comment Re:I'd fail that binary search tree test (Score 0) 553

You could solve this with a recursive function:

function balance (Node node) {
    if (node.left == null && node.right == null)
        return 1
    else if (node.left != null && node.right !=null) {
        val left = balance(node.left)
        if (left == balance(node.right))
            return left
            throw Exception("not balanced")
    } else
        throw Exception("not balanced")

Comment Is this a trick test? (Score 1) 1001

Looking up API info on the net is indeed a usual thing. Especially, in areas where you seldom operate. For example, making a string out of an object is a thing I do rarely, as such stuff is done by the logging framework for me. However, the one question about NP is valid. At least you should know what it means and why complexity matters.

Comment Will avoid the US (Score 1) 514

For the time being, I will not try to submit papers to US-based conferences, as a separate travel laptop for the US and a separate phone is (a) expensive and (b) I need the data on the phone. Shall I memorize all the contacts? Certainly not. As most international conferences are not every year in the US, I can work around this.

Comment Re:Pharmacists can be replaced now (Score 1) 369

You have a limited view on what pharmacists do. In case you refer to those only pushing boxes over the counter, they are expendable, but those who support you with your medication, check it for side effects (doctors are not that well verse in that department) discuss problems you have with your medication. These people have social skills which are hard to automate. Presently, we are not able to do so. However, the work pharmacists do today will rapidly change in the future.

Comment Research and research politics (Score 1) 369

My past job was doing research in computer science, especially code generation and software observation, analysis, adaptation and evolution, which both require model transformations. In a sense I build systems which can help themselves and know their limits. Now I moved on in the department of writing for research grants together with smaller and larger groups of researchers (even from other fields). This requires politics (I give you my Lego when I can have your Lego) and the ability to form compromises. Computers cannot do that. Present system would only try to reason based on logic, but this has nothing to do with logic. It has to do with ego and no one will give up his position to be replaced by a negotiation bot.

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