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BS Mechanical Engr.
PhD CS(AI)
CS Prof (4yr)
Numerous consulting jobs.
15 yr at http://www.pharsight.com
Published book on CS & several articles
4 kids, 2 grand
Pilot(student)

P.S. The picture is a Beta-prime distribution. It shows the program speedup factors you can get if you see a problem twice in 2, 3, 4, and 5 samples.


Nov
5
answered How important is the ability to touch-type?
Nov
3
comment What's the most absurd myth about programming issues?
@MarkJ: Well, OK, if you insist. I'm just trying to knock folks out of their rut where they believe rather than thinking. Another think I like to say is it doesn't matter where a program "spends its time", but why.
Nov
2
comment What is abstraction?
@Jason: "If a change in one place makes you have to make multiple changes elsewhere, then your abstractions are bad." I'm with you there. I seem to be surrounded by bad ones.
Nov
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revised What is abstraction?
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Nov
2
comment What is abstraction?
OK, you get a gold star for professorism :)
Nov
2
answered What is abstraction?
Oct
30
answered FizzBuzz - really?
Oct
27
comment What is a Ph.D. good for in the software industry?
@mlvljr: Minsky was my thesis advisor.
Oct
26
comment What is a Ph.D. good for in the software industry?
@mlvljr: I might point out that Isaac Asimov and Marvin Minsky both have Russian heritage.
Oct
19
answered How can I motivate myself to start learning more?
Oct
14
answered How do you deal with teachers teaching the wrong stuff?
Oct
11
answered Advantages of object-oriented programming
Oct
9
revised Is an architecture description document a violation of the DRY Principle?
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Oct
9
answered Is an architecture description document a violation of the DRY Principle?
Oct
8
comment What is a Ph.D. good for in the software industry?
++ Interesting that you bring up the issue of locale. I'm originally from the middle of the US, and there does seem to be a local perspective.
Oct
8
answered What is a Ph.D. good for in the software industry?
Oct
4
comment Why is Lisp useful?
++ Makes sense, especially the last sentence.
Oct
4
comment Why is Lisp useful?
@Mark: Great movie.
Oct
4
answered Why is Lisp useful?
Oct
3
comment I am in a rather difficult work situation. Should I stay or should I go?
Excellent question. Widely applicable.