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Comment: Software development managers knew this already (Score 1) 181

by Hussman32 (#48023229) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise
I know the study did the work and examined the actual performance of the subjects, but most development managers know this already. How many software development managers keep seeking the '10X coder,' that person that just sees the most elegant way to solve the problem with the code. Yes, they work hard, they spend time learning, but they make fewer mistakes and their code is just more elegant.

I keep remembering that line from 'Searching for Bobby Fischer,' "for all his natural talent, Bobby Fischer worked harder than anyone." Talent+time = the elite.

Comment: The car doesn't win the race, the driver does. (Score 1) 51

I gotta bad feeling about this. The proposed equipment (which does look like existing technology) may work just fine, but then the new practitioners will make every possible mistake and invalidate the measurement and have useless data. Here are some hypotheticals:
  • Wearing sunscreen while collecting a sample.
  • Not washing the sample container.
  • Not cleaning the container/laser.
  • Improper reference comparison.
  • Blatant misrepresentation trying to cash in on bad publicity and getting on the news.

Then there will be a lot of extra work trying to validate and verify the inconsistently taken data, which would drain resources. The equipment is important, but more important is the consistency of the practitioners.

Comment: Re:Everyone loses (Score 1) 474

by Hussman32 (#47950289) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence
I wonder how broad your social circle is, a lot of the people I spend time with view the world with a more global eye. Regarding the US citizens that haven't traveled, yes, quite a few cheerlead a lot, we live in Generica and even though there are cultural differences between California and Georgia, they are not nearly as extreme as the cultural differences between the Brits and the French, their world is here to them.

Most people believe that gun violence won't happen to them because it doesn't; gun violence is troubling and it always makes the news, but when you look at actual risk, it's the drunk drivers that will kill you.

One note you had about sensible views on gay marriage, it passed the first time in California in 2008, and it passed in the UK in July 2013.

I've lived in Europe for about a year (Germany and France), and there's a lot I admire about it. What I do know is that I wouldn't have came from my background (very poor) to where I am now because I would have been filtered to lesser schools because of my address, regardless of ability. One can create opportunities here that they wouldn't get elsewhere, and you probably notice that American culture is supportive of innovation and risk taking. That's special, and what draws people here. But it isn't always pretty.

Comment: Re:Everyone loses (Score 1) 474

by Hussman32 (#47947221) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

Having lived in the US for a decade now, I'm missing the UK more and more.

- A real non-half-assed health service, that provides long-term care without exception - A dearth of mass-murders, especially school-shootings - A police service which uses policing-by-consent rather than by-fear - A university system that doesn't do its best to keep you in debt for life - A foreign policy that doesn't make them hated around the world - An attitude that doesn't revolve around "why should my taxes pay for you, just because you desperately need help" ? - A church that isn't entirely based around making money for the "reverend" and isn't overwhelmingly politicised. - Sensible views on evolution, science in general, abortion, gay marriage, and womens rights. - And of course, the marked lack of guns in the general populace. An armed society is a polite society my arse. It's a *fearful* society.

As I said, I've been here for a decade now, and I work for a big company with great perks. It's been good for me, but now that I have a kid, the school-shootings thing is getting more and more worrisome. There's literally nothing I can do to prevent some moron raiding his mother's arsenal and killing my kid if that's how he wants to end his life.

The money is good, the people I meet are friendly, the weather is nice, and that used to be sufficient. But as time goes by, it's seeming more and more like a Faustian bargain.


Are you reading the news or talking to the people? I'll give you university system and foreign policy (although the UK is one of the four eyes), and I agree while access to health care needs to be improved, the quality is excellent. The rest are the exceptions that make a 'bleeds and leads' news media cycle. Most police do protect and serve. As a California citizen, I pay 52% of my income to taxes, more than my fair share, and I accept it. I'm not sure anyone can say their church isn't motivated by money, and as far as the evolution, women's rights,'ll find that most people here shake their heads at those loudmouths too. I can understand missing home, but don't forget the UK has it's share of troubling issues.

Comment: Riddle me this Batman (Score 1) 504

by Hussman32 (#47938649) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police
I'm cruising along and a brick smashes into my windshield, causing me to wreck and I'm unconscious. The local Public Servant wants to contact my wife, but the iPhone is locked. Do they have a way of getting that minimum amount of information? I'm all for privacy, but sometimes the Public Servants truly are that, and they are trying to help. (by the way, the brick part is true, but it was my wife's car and she was lucky enough, and had the presence of mind, to get off the road safely).

Comment: Re:NFC isn't used for just payment (Score 1) 335

by Hussman32 (#47937823) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only
It seems your statement declares Apple said that they won't use NFC for other purposes. I don't believe they've said that, they've just finally put the NFC hardware in, more applications will come later. Presumably in a controlled-experience fashion.

My guess is they didn't have the real estate to handle the NFC hardware footprint before, but now that the phones are bigger...

Comment: If true, it's probably a good thing for Space X (Score 5, Interesting) 200

by Hussman32 (#47917145) Attached to: WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS
When you get a government contract, you get government accountability requirements, especially with the high visibility contracts. I'm not kidding when I say the accountability requirements are often more than the technical requirements, and I wonder if SpaceX would be able to shift their business model to handling them. The second source contract may be perfect so they can use it as bridge money before they start doing private space flights.

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.