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Comment: Re:Alternative theory: Alternative Reality (Score 1) 226

by GargamelSpaceman (#49793455) Attached to: In a 5-star rating scheme, the new Mad Max film ...

Haven't seen the movie, but from the trailers it looked to me to be a reboot of The Road Warrior, which is the obvious favorite of 90% of casual Mad Max fans and the one modern special effects has the most to offer. It was my favorite too but eventually I grew to like the first movie the best. Thunderdome reeks of the late 1980s. Like Malls.

So The Road Warrior never happened, and this movie is the new canon?

Comment: Re:business models (Score 1) 105

However making programmers cheap increases the tendency for those who pay for coding to want linear increase in human resources to result in linear output. Well designed software does far better than linear output for input effort.

The only kind of coding that conforms to this is spaghetti coding. That is the crappiest code possible. The crappier the code base the smaller the bit of code each developer can work on. The cheaper the coders the crapper the code base will become. This is 'ok' because the deficiency can be mitigated by hiring more coders.

Imagine running a factory full of broken machinery and as many workers as it would have without the automation each babysitting their own rusted bolt because people are cheaper than new bolts.

Comment: Re:So far so good. (Score 1) 211

Meh, promote from within, promote from without, same diff.. People switch jobs because either they were good at their job and earned a promotion, or because their skills and talents did not align with their current position so they pounded the pavement to get another job. ( or perhaps they saw the writing on the wall and were merely dodging the axe ). There is no guarantee these people from without would make better managers than whatever they were doing before - that thing they've lied a bit on their resume about so that it looks like more serious 'management' than it really was. Or if they really were managers, were they any good? How do you know - and here's the kicker - even if you knew they were 'good' how do you know you're defining 'good' correctly? Can you see into the workings of that other company they last worked for though the lens of the resume they presented to you written to make things look the way they want it to look - AT ALL?

At best you can interview them and see if it seems like they can speak fluently and don't drool much. Beyond that its random chance.

If you promote from within, you either select someone you think would make a good manager, ( and you might not know as much as you think ) and promote them, or you select the 'best' worker by whatever measure and promote them. If you select the 'best' worker, you are out your best worker. If you select someone else you may be wrong, and also, everyone sees that being the 'best' isn't actually best. But either way, at least the manager wasn't randomly picked from a resume pool.

Comment: Re:Three (Score 1) 301


1) USB Hub, and as much stuff as I want
2) Backup in case stuff connected to 1 gets knocked around and unsolders 1 from the motherboard. In this case I still have a place to plug in the hub.

Note: using a hub with a flexible wire decreases the odds that 1 will be bumped hard enough to damage something.

Comment: They were just late (Score 1) 359

by GargamelSpaceman (#49562013) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed

Everyone who wanted social networking is already on Facebook, and is already invested of time and energy there. Maintaining another network with less of their friends on it is a total lose for them.

Linked-in is for work and not really social. It exists so you don't have to maintain even a semblance of a social connection with the people you work with so they can be used for references in case you want to switch jobs. The evidence that you are who you say you are is there in your LInked-in associations.

The rest of us don't want to be on a social network. We don't want to leak information unwittingly and we use google for other things, so if Google+ gets leaky/grabby with our private info we'll stop using Google for anything at all.

That said youtube comments are easy to follow with Google+ so I have my throwaway google account tied into Google+ and my real name google account also tied in with only my family and close respectable friends in my real name circles. I don't communicate with nut-cases with my real name account.

I live in fear that I could accidentally click a button on my android phone that knows about both accounts which would create a link between the two accounts somewhere public. I may have to think about switching away from google for either real name stuff or fun stuff if it gets too scary. They'll end up like linked-in and be used exclusively for business if they get leaky. Good luck getting people to use anything new then..

This fear might have something to do with why people are leary of using Google+ as well.

The people who don't care are already on Facebook.

Comment: Re:artificial sweeteners spike insulin (Score 1) 630

by GargamelSpaceman (#49561667) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

artificial sweeteners being associated with insulin resistance regardless of BMI has been well-established

You didn't do anything invalid with that factoid, but it's worth noting that it stands to reason that people feeling the need to watch their weight for whatever reason would be more likely to consume artificial sweeteners, and that feeling the need to take measures such as drinking diet soft drinks is likely due to the perception that without those measures BMI ( and liklihood of Diabetes ) would be worse.

Comment: Re:better education (Score 3, Insightful) 352

by GargamelSpaceman (#49560573) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

The biggest problem with education is trying to make a horse drink water - the horses that don't feel like drinking at the moment monopolize the resources of everyone and dictate the techniques used. Everyone is led by the teacher in a ritualistic dance at the end of which, if the dance steps are followed, mastery is supposedly achieved. Those who can be engaged by this kind of thing and dance along with the class do well. Those who don't care to dance are unteachable - labeled dumb.

When first introduced, compulsory education was compulsory because the compulsion was necessary to force parents to give up the labor of their children so they could be educated. Education was an opportunity, and there were few who would not compel their children to take part if they could afford it.

Today child labor laws and the general way society is configured make children worthless as labor. Time in school is if anything is the financial equivalent of 'free babysitting'.

After a certain age it's impossible to keep someone in school and learning if they don't want to be there and the level of compulsory education should therefore be low anyway. K-6 makes more sense to be compulsory than beyond.

The idea that there should be a diploma at the end of it all and that that diploma should 'mean something' undermines the value of that diploma. By insisting that it certify a minimum standard, we guarantee that the standard is very low. If graduation rate is a priority than that priority is at odds with not only the level of the standard, but the possible level anyone can achieve. Catering to students who don't want to learn deprives everyone else. Dragging people kicking and bucking into education sets people against anything to do with it. The process of having education shoved down one's throat even turns people who would otherwise be receptive to education off to it.

What would be better would be for a certain number of years of education be paid for, and students can go as far as they want. They don't get a diploma, they get a transcript. They learn basic skills, not because they must, but because they are prerequisites to a class they are interested in taking. They want to pass for lots of reasons, such as peer pressure not to be the oldest kid taking the class, but also because they want to take some other class. If someone is behind in some area they can concentrate their efforts there.

Grades aren't important. Make classes pass/fail but keep the standard for passing high enough that students who pass have demonstrated enough understanding to succeed at the next level. Students who excel would have a broader transcript, or complete the courses offered early. But there is no need to penalize someone who struggles in a certain area if they have demonstrated mastery eventually. If they have truly mastered whatever it is, then they should be as able as anyone else who has mastered it to apply it in the future.

Can older, engaged kids benefit from well produced virtual classes? Sure. Will fourth graders watch the screen intently enough to learn Long Division? Will a 'tech' necessarily be able to answer a frustrated student's questions in a helpful way? If they can, then they aren't too bad at teaching... Couldn't they conceivably do as well as the video teacher? Yep, better probably. And does the video get paused every time one of the kidnergarteners has a question? Does it then become impossible to engage with?

That's one of the problems with the ritual dance method of teaching. Everyone brings certain things to the table before the class. It's hard not to fall asleep and miss the stuff you need to hear, or waste your energy doing useless ( for you ) dance steps and be too tired from that to learn anything difficult. It's better to be engaged in learning and spend your time on the stuff you don't know. When people do this they apply the sharpest edge to their problems and tend to cut through difficulty like a laser.

School should make that possible.

Comment: Re:Allow me to be the first to call bullshit. (Score 1) 285

it has to be a wage high enough to lure people out of the city to do the job


So the farmers would end up stuck paying more for less, the workers would be stressed and unhappy, and everybody loses.

The migrant laborers who do this work year after year actually know what they are doing, and their labor is woefully undervalued.

No, everyone doesn't lose. Anyone lured out of the city by high pay who decides to stick it out for the high pay ( or the country lifestyle together with enough pay to make up the difference ) wins. You know they win because they don't quit and move back to the city. If too many do this, then the wage wasn't high enough, and should be raised. If it is truly impossible to pay enough then other alternatives should be considered such as using the land for something other than that crop, or robots.

And if it ends up being cheaper to use robots, then so be it. Robots are coming soon anyway. I realize migrants go home, but it's better they not be given the chance to put down roots. Less people is always better. That means you need less robots to make life good.

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Comment: Re: Who cares? (Score 1) 72

by GargamelSpaceman (#49525613) Attached to: I predict that by next Earth Day Bitcoin will ...

That will be it's downfall. As soon as nobody Is talking about it anymore, speculators stop going into it, a steady trickle leave (or more than a trickle) and it fades into oblivion. And only speculators are in it because Gresham's Law that bad money drives good money out of circulation is working against it.

Ubiquitous replacements for current money must be *worse* than current money yet still be stable enough to use and be as easy/cheap.

Comment: Death penalty is humane. (Score 1) 591

I support the death penalty for humanitarian reasons. Life in prison is the most protracted method of torture to death possible. Any other method is more humane, even Medieval ones.

Nitrogen asphyxiation is probably ok. It'll be over in less than a day for sure.

I think the world record for holding your breath is like 17 minutes?

That's why I don't buy the 'loses consiousness in 10 seconds'

They ought to use CO instead. Still. whatever. A firing squad or hanging, or a gullotine would be fine. Breaking on the wheel, being hung drawn and quartered, even the brazen bull, would be better than life in prison. Life in prison vs Now that's a hell of a choice...

A CONS is an object which cares. -- Bernie Greenberg.