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Comment: Re:Wonderful (Score 1) 138

by AkkarAnadyr (#47607791) Attached to: Harvesting Wi-Fi Backscatter To Power Internet of Things Sensors

My phone doesn't report to my employer when it knows I stop in front of a store.

That's only because the price of the data is too high. The economies of scale that IoT will provide will make it attractive for him to buy your data soon enough.

Or did you really think that such things "just don't happen"? First they had you peeing in a cup for them, then they demanded your Facebook password - why is this NOT next?

Comment: Want to get rid of those extra 'services'? (Score 1) 150

Just ask them to quote you the price. Even if they hem and haw about the price "varying between labs, subject to insurance adjustments" etc, the question alone has been enough to get my doc/NP to back down repeatedly in dictating which tests I should get. And if they shine it on that easily, I'm pretty sure it was non-essential to begin with.

Comment: Marketing Madness (Score 2) 150

Erm, in what spittle-flecked, buzzword-fueled delusion does *any* soi-disant 'businessperson' imagine that anyone would subject themselves to this? Even the clueless will be ripping this stuff out of their walls pronto once the (obviously irresistible) media sideshows get started.

Comment: Unhappy Programmer (Score 1) 121

by AkkarAnadyr (#47363455) Attached to: Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better

(1) providing a better understanding of the impact of affective states on the creativity and analytical problem-solving capacities of developers, (2) introducing and validating psychological measurements, theories, and concepts of affective states, creativity, and analytical-problem-solving skills in empirical software engineering, and (3) raising the need for studying the human factors of software engineering by employing a multidisciplinary viewpoint.

Buzzwords make me sad.

Comment: Re:Money quote (Score 1) 688

by AkkarAnadyr (#47069127) Attached to: Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

Your timeframe pick isn't random, and misses the point.

Leftists were doing this in the '60s and '70s.

The right plays one economic and social group off against the other.

And both play these groups against themselves, to extract resources for their cronies.

The right insists on stealing from us for things that go BOOM.
The left insists on stealing from us for things that go AWW.

And both serve the financiers by borrowing to do so (i.e., taxing our futures too).

So why do you abet the misdirection by leaving out most of the culprits with your 'random time frame'?

Comment: Re:I think more people would be interested... (Score 1) 194

We have trouble answering such questions because of the poor ways we pose them.

The semanticists have a rule I find useful here:

The verb 'to be' carries no information. It functions as an empty vessel into which we pour our assumptions.

When we reword the questions to make our assumptions explicit, they also become specific and (usually) falsifiable, lending themselves to rational inquiry to a much greater degree.

Also, the question 'why' admits an infinite recursion into the line of questioning.

The question "Why is there X ..." has both of these big problems. I call it unanswerable based on its structure, without needing to resort to its content.

Here, as in software projects, we produce the best results when we get the specs right at the beginning.

Even bytes get lonely for a little bit.