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How many race heats are needed to find the 3 fastest pinewood derby cars out of a field of 8, if only 4 cars can run at a time (assuming that every car will always run the way/speed and each lane is exactly equivalent)?

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Each heat rules out 1 car (that cannot be one of the 3 fastest).

so is the answer 4 heat 1 (first 4 car) + 1 (4 second set) + 1( Top 2 from first + Top 2 from second set) + 1 (3 car heat among the 3rd placed car)

Only two races of four cars in each. Get the times of all cars and sort them. You don't need any more races because the times will be the same in subsequent races. :)

If you have a 600 digit number with only 0's and 1's, and exactly 300 1's, can the number be a square?

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Given a series of strings, find the biggest common prefix.

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What is "void" and how is it used.

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Do you consider yourself a team player?

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How do you reverse an integer value (e.g. 1234 => 4321)

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"how many years you work with *insert some Java technology here*?

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Remote, Skype interview. moderately technical and domain (Graphics, game engine and GPU debugging) specific. Questions were more about problem solving and ideas than tech quiz format - which I liked.

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Write code to draw a circle.

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