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Comment: Re:What next? (Score 3, Insightful) 107

by Samantha Wright (#49776657) Attached to: Hot Topic To Buy ThinkGeek Parent Company Geeknet
Yep, you've hit it on the head: the fashion world heavily depends on hyperspecific brands. A parent company may own an immense number of outlet identities that aim to cater to a specific submarket. Hot Topic is a good parent company for ThinkGeek because their model is already built around faddish, meme-driven trends (as you said), but the two target audiences have little enough overlap that this will be a substantial diversification to their marketing reach.

Comment: Re:Null hypothesis (Score 1) 417

by orgelspieler (#49776013) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?
The null hypothesis is the assumption that things don't have a relationship. That is because far more things are not related than are. The size of my shoes is not related to the velocity of the solar wind. The frequency of web forum posts is not related to the life span of dolphins. Pick any two random measurable things, and they will not be related in any provable fashion most of the time. That's why it's so interesting when things are related. The whole point of any scientific research is to disprove the null hypothesis, i.e. prove correlation, for some set of data. If you want to do away with it, you will send us back to the dark ages, where adultery causes fishing shortages, and Jews cause the plague.

+ - Jason Scott of Wants Your AOL & Shovelware CDs-> 1

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes: You've probably got a spindle in your close tor a drawer full of CD-ROM media mailed to you or delivered with some hardware that you put away "just in case" and now (ten years later) the case for actually using them is laughable. Well, a certain mentally ill individual named Jason Scott has a fever and the only cure is more AOL CDs. But his sickness doesn't stop there, "I also want all the CD-ROMs made by Walnut Creek CD-ROM. I want every shovelware disc that came out in the entire breadth of the CD-ROM era. I want every shareware floppy, while we’re talking. I want it all. The CD-ROM era is basically finite at this point. It’s over. The time when we’re going to use physical media as the primary transport for most data is done done done. Sure, there’s going to be distributions and use of CD-ROMs for some time to come, but the time when it all came that way and when it was in most cases the only method of distribution in the history books, now. And there were a specific amount of CD-ROMs made. There are directories and listings of many that were manufactured. I want to find those. I want to image them, and I want to put them up. I’m looking for stacks of CD-ROMs now. Stacks and stacks. AOL CDs and driver CDs and Shareware CDs and even hand-burned CDs of stuff you downloaded way back when. This is the time to strike." Who knows? His madness may end up being appreciated by younger generations!
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Comment: Re: Yeah, disappointing (Score 1) 776

...well, maybe they weren't happy with the specifics of the Nationalist-Socialist platform. (I bet it was the anti-smoking mindset.) It's not quite as if neo-Nazis have a monopoly on profound racism, or even a monopoly on holocaust denial. Sometimes it's just desirable for the sake of some local variety of nationalism to pretend the Jews weren't as abused during World War 2 as they actually were.

Comment: Seems easy to me. (Score 1) 258

by scorp1us (#49689697) Attached to: Online Voting Should Be Verifiable -- But It's a Hard Problem

If we have a machine-readable and human readable paper record, then the paper record could be imaged, then submitted to a independent system to verify that all the votes are accounted for, and that what is printed is what is read by machine. It is up to the voter to verify what is printed is what was voted.

What's more is the voting verification system does not need to be from the same manufacturer of the voting machine itself.

Comment: Native is here to stay, the web will fail. (Score 1) 276

by scorp1us (#49666059) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Future of Desktop Applications?

Without a doubt, web is s crapshoot of browser inconsistency and standards. Imagine this hypothetical scenario: No more local apps, but you have a web server running locally, which when you install an app, installs to the local web server. Your entire desktop is in a browser. What are the problems with this? Many: 1. Serialization to HTML/CSS/JS is slow and unnecessary. The code path to put a red rectangle on the screen is absurd 2. Those interfaces prevent direct access to local hardware. 3. Operational Latency - the back and forth across the web-client/web server barrier is prohibitive for many apps. 4. Start-up Latency - downloading 3D textures and meshes and other assets can take hours.

What is more likely to happen is we have local clients that use web content within the local client.

And then there is the"fog". I call private clouds the "fog" because it's around you, not up in the sky. The web does have the ease of software distribution on it's side. I think eventually when all this NSA stuff shakes out, we'll move to local clouds with self-hosted data as a way to protect and manage our data. There will be an industry standard super server you install apps to which will mimic local apps. Then for your data to be accessed rather than serve a warrant to your hosting provider, they have to serve the warrant to you directly.

Really, I see the privacy and 3D (coming virtual reality) to bring back focus on local apps.

Comment: No talk is complete without Dunning-Kruger Effect (Score 3, Insightful) 429

by scorp1us (#49639405) Attached to: Why Companies Should Hire Older Developers

I'm showing my age here, 38, but no talk is complete without mentioning the Dunning-Kruger Effect. I have witnessed this first hand, even with myself. When you are young and full of vigor, you charge forth into the great unknown t eagerly writing lots of code. As you gain experience the code decreases but is of higher quality. I've now taken to assign a valuation to each line of code as liability vs added value. because in a few years some kid will come behind me other the other side of Dunning-Kruger and change this without really knowing what it is doing. I also spend more time doing research on what I am doing so my execution is flawless. Experimentation is rare. In the Art of war, the battle is only the last step and the preparation is really what determines the outcome. Similarly, code is only written when the planning is complete. This is the difference between code monkeys and engineers.

But older engineers often get complacent. I too went through this phase. Many get comfortable with one technology, (Java, .Net) and no longer keep up with new efforts. But in the past 2 years alone, I've taken to learning Machine Learning, Node.JS, mobile platforms, Big Data.

My advice is if you're old, don't get complacent, keep learning. If you're interviewing one of us veterans, keep an open mind. We might not be as cheap on paper, or outwardly enthusiastic. But if we're still in it after 20 years, we love what we do just as much as a new guy, and we will pay dividends in the long run.

Even bytes get lonely for a little bit.