Calling foul on Fact vs Crap questions



  • Is it just me or were several of the questions in this year's Fact vs Crap competition particularly ambiguous and linguistic rather than technical?


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    /me found the questions to be fun. They were meant to get people talking, and they did a good job for that, didn't they? We are even talking about them here:-)

    PS: Please do not provide specifics on the questions to not spoil them for the people traveling to the San Francisco DevDays:-).



  • do publish them somewhere AFTER San Fransisco ... ... ... PLSSSS !!! :)



  • Tobias: Yes, I certainly didn't want to spoil the fun for SFO, that's why I was as unspecific as I was in my posting :-)



  • [quote author="kalle" date="1286914806"]Is it just me or were several of the questions in this year's Fact vs Crap competition particularly ambiguous and linguistic rather than technical?[/quote]

    What's worse: the answer to the first question was just plain wrong. I am very certain of that, since I actually wrote the code... Another question's answer is also highly debatable.



  • I know, I know, I am talking to engineers... duck

    We will fix the first question somehow but after all it's nothing but a game for dinner entertainment. And now, tell me I wasn't entertaining with all my reading mistakes! ;)



  • [quote author="Andre" date="1287386921"]
    [quote author="kalle" date="1286914806"]Is it just me or were several of the questions in this year's Fact vs Crap competition particularly ambiguous and linguistic rather than technical?[/quote]

    What's worse: the answer to the first question was just plain wrong. I am very certain of that, since I actually wrote the code... Another question's answer is also highly debatable.
    [/quote]

    Since both DevDays are over, I can now savely tell. The first statement was the Qt is used for flying airplanes. The official answer was "Crap", and a guy from the EuroControl (?) came up on stage explaining that while Qt was using for the air traffic control systems, that does not count as that is not actually in the cockpit. However, years ago, I wrote an application called "Cumulus":http://www.kflog.org/cumulus/, which actually is used in cockpits. It is used mainly by glider pilots, and it works as a moving map, calculates winds and reachable airfields, keep track of logging, warns when getting too close to closed airspaces, etc. Originally written for the Sharp Zaurus (Trolltech even send me one for a developers competition, so they knew about the app!), it was ported to Qt 4 and is now used on the N8x0 and the N900.

    So, I say: FACT

    Proof:

    !http://www.kflog.org/fileadmin/user_upload/cumulus_images/screenshots/CumulusInUse.jpg(Qt based Cumulus in the cockpit)!

    Another question that is debatable, is the one on the Fibonacci sequence. According to Wikipedia, there is debate if it starts with 0 or 1.



  • Andre, Cumulus looks cool!


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