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Comment: Re:More... (Score 1) 210

by Shadow of Eternity (#49383417) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology

This is because problems in the real world (and especially in real time) are arbitrarily complex (and corresponding solutions are approximate) and not amenable to the clean set of prerequisites necessary to "solve" them using mathematical techniques.

In other words we don't get to work with perfectly spherical cows.

Comment: Re:Don't worry actors (Score 1) 103

by catchblue22 (#49383125) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

To my mind, the difference is clear. It's Lucas.

I agree. I felt so sorry for Natalie Portman in Episode III. "Oh Ani! YOU'RE BREAKING MY HEART!" Seriously. I cringe. That is no one but the director.

Watch Natalie Portman in Black Swan. She is utterly brilliant.

Not that I hate Star Wars. Far from it. The broad story arcs echo many ancient myths and stories. George Lucas has said that he read Joseph Campbell's "Hero with a Thousand Faces" which surveys many ancient myths for commonality. The idea of a young boy escaping his mundane life to find his "hero's journey" is primal, as is the story of a son of facing the sins of his father. In my mind these things elevate Star Wars into the pantheon of cinema, in spite of the horrific dialog.

Comment: Re:Copper and alcohol (Score 1) 68

by Carewolf (#49382793) Attached to: Thousand-Year-Old Eye Salve Kills MRSA

Idiot, "resistant to antibiotics" does not mean "immune to all antibiotics."

It is immune to some classes of antibiotics, yes. Other classes of antibiotics continue to be effective. Vancomycin, for example, is effective on most MRSA infections. So no, homeopathic remedies are NOT going to be "as effective as any modern medicine."

Go try to sound smart somewhere else.

It was a joke, which is why I used mentioned something as funny as homepathics medicine. I agree with some of the other posters that they probably didn't test against the best modern medicine, which is why the description is vague, and if they tested against something not effective. Well, then something equally effective is not very effective.

Comment: Re:Copper and alcohol (Score 1) 68

by Carewolf (#49382565) Attached to: Thousand-Year-Old Eye Salve Kills MRSA

A couple of pretty toxic ingredients there. I suppose as a topical remedy you could use it. But saying it's as effective as any modern remedy sounds like a bit of a stretch.

Considering the MRSA is resistant to modern antibiotics I would assume pretty much anything is as effective as any modern medicine on it. Hell homeopathics might work as well.

Comment: Re:Seems like this will work... (Score 1) 184

Never mind cost effective: how on earth do you find somewhere to land? A drone capable of hefting 2kg over any appreciable distance is not small. You need to find a big enough clear area then be really really really REALLY sure it's actually clear. And that includes clear of things which are hard to spot, such as overhead wires.

It will probably work OK in large spread out suburbs (range issues aside) because people tend to have large enough tracts of land. I don't see how it will work in cities.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 3, Insightful) 238

Hm good point.

Might be best to have a hybrid strategy of some sort then. I, personally think it's dickish and stupid to freeze out an employee who resigns on good terms with the company: they're no less trustworthy after then before.

So yeah, careful decisions are required. Probably best to play it by ear. It's almost certainly worth disabling his accounts and switching off his computers for at least one day just to see if anything breaks. They can always be re-enabled the next day.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 238

then shut him off now and pay him to "work" his last few days out at home.

Actually, I think that's a good idea anyway, coupled wioth switching off any of his computers: it answers the question of precisely how much the shit will hit the fan when he leaves. It will reveal if there's anything unexpected which is dependent on him which no one has realised, like some cron job running on his machine which does something unexpectedly important and etc.

If it's not the kind of ortanisation where things like that can happen (e.g. more on the research end of R&D), then there's not much to do.

Comment: not official (Score 1) 148

by gl4ss (#49378927) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who's Going To Win the Malware Arms Race?

either you bought an already compromised tablet or you installed something suspect from the appstore.

and you can find out the offending app with free programs available from the appstore too, if you really can't remember what shit game you installed that it came with. if you don't have anything showing up on the application manager that you would guess to be the culprit, then your tablet came with the malware to begin with.

you know what's funny? slashdot runs apps on the mobile side that occasionally just forward you to another page that tries to get you to install a malware .apk.

if you want a system into which you can't install any apk if you so wish after setting the setting to do so, then too bad, buy an iphone or a microsoft phone.

anyways, you could report it to google. at least report what they're advertising. it is against the rules to do such popups you know.

(and if you can't take care of it wtf you're doing on slashdot anyways, if you can't uninstall 2015's purple monkey from your machine)

Comment: Re:This whole issue needs to be buried (Score 1) 347

As to your request for citation that we are told all the time about how hard it is for women to be in stem... you must be fucking kidding me:

That only indicates that some women look out for others. It doesn't do anything to support your case that on average, women are biased positively in favour of other women. It's incredible how you demand fully audited statistics from my claimes but make the most half-assed unsupported claims yourself.

As to unconscious bias, there is a theory for anything. Psychology itself is one of the weakest sciences and unconscious bias is a weak theory in quasi science. You're half way into astrology with that garbage.

Well, this is veering into ad-homenim, frankly. Don't bother to argue the point, insult the entire disciplin and use that as a way of dismissing the arguments.

BTW: if psychology is bullshit, then all of your claims that "women want to help other women" must also be bullshit because that too is psychology. Cuts both ways, you see.

My personal income tends to go up between 20 and 50 percent within the first few months on a new job. So yeah. that happens.

And you're an academic are you?

As to rigorous auditing... I WAS DOING THE FUCKING AUDITING. How can you apply MY auditing to anything I'm not auditing? What I required was that I be ABLE to audit them.

Did you ask the authors to send you the raw data for you to audit? Did they refuse you?

Now, do you want the statistics or should I not bother because we both know my stats are valid?

Go ahead. I'd be interested to see your auditing results too.

Because you know my stats are valid. You know it and I know you know it.

No, I really don't know it.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"