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I think you should take this down. It doesn't make you look good. So you think the coding challenge is beneath you and are offended you were not their first choice, don't do it then. Maybe you're an ace with job offers left and right, but at a time in the industry when many are looking for work who would give their right arm for any decent opportunities, it makes you look whiny, entitled and lazy, and like you're looking for an excuse not to complete the challenge because you're incapable of doing so. My 2 cents.

Or maybe companies shouldn't be outsourcing labor to applicants, asking them to do two weeks of work for free. This is not a reasonable take-home challenge by any means, for any company, and I'm glad they're being named and shamed I respect the OP for recognizing boundaries and sticking by them.

You know there's an "edit" link right next to your comments right?

My 2 cents as someone with a related masters. Imo a masters is a quick way for someone without experience or no viable way to get that experience to quickly gain rough and dirty exposure in the hope that that will open doors to gaining said experience. That is a sentencious way of saying I think it is inferior to actual experience in the field building products, learning from that and maybe doing some self learning on the side to cover the gaps in your knowledge. A masters will not provide you with very deep theoretical knowledge - if what you want is deep expertise you should be looking at a PhD. That said there are benefits from doing one at a school like Stanford or MIT as they tend to be quite rigorous and you might pick up intangible benefits such as new study habits or whatever one picks up from being around a lot of smart motivated people, if you didnt already attend a prestigious school for college. Also a lot of employers value a masters degree so independently of wether it actually improves your skill or knowledge the paper might be worth having. I do think you can self teach though. These days its easy to find an online course or mooc that will give you enough to be reasonably well versed if you're not looking for deep phd level knowledge.

I think its partly about making day to day existence hard enough in the hope that they will self-deport, without making the laws outright inhumane

That may be the case, but it is self-defeating in that it makes things worse for everyone else, as examples in my comment show.

You're reading the term too literally. USCIS has set the terms for what it means and the same USCIS has determined that op meets the criteria regardless of what you think it should mean.

When a site is as entrenched in the culture as twitter/x is it usually takes a loooong time to die - craigslist, yahoo mail are still very much around. That said Id be curious to know what the numbers are. Elon seems to be experimenting and he might yet pull this off

Im going to guess your politics are probably right of center. My experience is very different. I'm not very political and it used to be that I could mostly avoid politics. Now my feed seems to mostly full of right-wing trolls and relentlessly so even though I hardly engage. If I was a conspiracy nut I would go as far as saying Elon is trying to force a 'diversity of political opinion' or at least his version of it on my feed.

My politics are pretty moderate, neither left nor right for the most part. I would be annoyed if Twitter turned into a right-wing echo chamber but I like that it is now at least not dominated by the censorious side of the left. And I am probably a bit more into reading about politics on Twitter than you are, by the sound of it, and I am pretty used to seeing hardcore left-wingers and right-wingers yell at each other, so it does not bother me much. Another difference is that I do not use the feed, I pretty much only use Twitter when I follow links from other sites and then maybe jump around a bit browsing related threads. So if the feed is full of spam, it does not bother me.

I think this could be more useful to most people as a prompt/RAG testing service rather than an llm testing service. If I ran a test and found out the llm I was using is 60% accurate on some topic what would I do with this knowledge - build a more accurate llm? Switch to another? On the other hand if a service offered me suggestions to improve accuracy by providing a score for various prompt or RAG inputs, I think this would be very useful to many people. It could even uncover a general prompting strategy depending on the underlying Llm or inputs available which would be really useful

A charged experience so to speak

One that hertz.

Gp's point is about how there are many things worth learning even if you can't immediately see how they will be useful, and not about urgency or timing. Sure you can pick up a book and learn about b-trees if you have to but you might not even know that a b-tree is what you need in a particular problem if you never learnt it in the first place. Most algorithmic problems in the wild don't present themselves cleanly with a signpost saying 'this is an X algorithm problem'

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