Do the test first, then read on past the break....
After I completed the test (correctly), I read through the article and looked back at my thought process. I had 5 answers in a row where they were all correct. I was assuming the numbers must double. This is where my software engineer side kicked in: I wanted to break this. I wanted to make the test say "No, this does not satisfy the rule". Fiddled with it for another 20 answers before deciding I was initially wrong.
How'd you do?
Part of the problem with the TSA specifically is that it is an unaccountable bureaucracy which is simply incompetent and incapable of doing its job, but beyond that a mandate to eliminate all risk will always cause problems. By focusing only on not missing a threat, they ignore the very real costs of falsely detecting threats, and we can see this in many different facets of American life. Trying to prevent some real but small health risks has lead to pregnant women being told they can't eat or drink or do anything at all. Trying to prevent a handful of children from dying in hot cars has led to arresting parents who leave their kids in a perfectly comfortable car for 90 seconds, having their children taken by CPS, and generally ruining the lives of everyone involved (except whichever busybody called the police). Trying to prevent a very small number of police officers from being shot while interacting with suspects has lead to hundreds of innocent people being preventativly shot. Trying to prevent... something has led to the NSA collecting every phone call in the country.
Part of this is the law of diminishing returns, where eliminating the last 5% of risk can cost more than the first 95%, but that only becomes a problem with people are unwilling to admit those costs. When the people responsible for preventing Type-2 errors are unconcerned making Type-1 errors, you get a LOT of Type-1 errors. If you are a regulator who will lose her job if any new buildings have an electrical fire, preventing all new construction suddenly looks like a viable plan.
Of course these trade-offs are difficult, and reasonable people can disagree where lines should be drawn between missing real threats and flagging false threats. But when people focus their attention only on one side of the problem, when they only worry about catching all threats, they lose sight of the real risk of false positives.
The reviews for them do reflect that they can be frustrating. Lots of patience required -- the age suggestions on the packaging are definitely optimistic :)
This is a huge, unnecessary, and expensive loss of talent in a field facing a supposed talent shortage. Given that tech is currently one of the major drivers of the US economy, this impacts everyone. Any tech company struggling to hire and retain as many employees as they need should particularly care about addressing this problem.
Overall, I'd say this one was easier than the Lunar module. Amazon reviews agree — I apparently started out with the hardest model Fascinations/Metal Earth makes.
(Pictures from both models are now in: https://goo.gl/photos/gu6XHoifKeQbo47N7)
- University of AlbertaMSc - Computing Science, 2010
- University of AlbertaBsc - Computing Science, 2008
- Surgeon Simulator
My name is Jeremy Nickurak. Some time ago I completed my M.Sc in Computing Science at the University of Alberta, where was working with Paul Lu's Trellis High-performance and meta computing research group. My chief areas of research interest are filesystem and resource access in a distributed/cluster context, especially where involving virtualization.
Since then, I've been working as a software developer on EMC's Vplex high-availability storage solution.
My resume is available, and I'll give proper consideration to anyone with a suggestion.
If you're interested in getting in touch with me, you can email me at email@example.com (slightly obfuscated to prevent spam bots from seeing it). You can also reach me at the same address on Jabber/XMPP/GoogleChat
- EMC CorporationSoftware Developer, 2010 - present
- University of AlbertaResearch Assistant, 2011
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