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Comment: You get what you measure (Score 1) 260

by JeffOwl (#47872011) Attached to: Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use
This may slow them down a bit, but they will learn how to trick it... they will learn to shoot off-hand; they will use lighter, lower velocity ammunition; they will drill ports in the top of the barrels; they will add weight to the front of the gun; they will learn to shoot with the gun inverted using the pinky to pull the trigger (I saw it in one of the Bourne movies so it's real)...

Comment: What should they be teaching (Score 1) 359

by JeffOwl (#47824611) Attached to: How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms
Why are teachers teaching how to use a specific calculator? Why isn't it simply a homework assignment? Teach the problem and then tell them to go home and figure it out for their calculator. Have students gotten that spoiled by technology that they cannot read and comprehend a manual on how to use a calculator to solve a class of problems? I used an HP-48G for those classes that required it (still have it 20 years later) and used a cheap scientific calculator for those tests where the HP wasn't allowed. The Casio users and the two of us HP users got along in class just fine.

Comment: Re:Business decisions (Score 2) 371

by JeffOwl (#47688443) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

The biggest problem I run into is that the management assumes that the engineers are completely unable to talk to customers and look at outside non-technical specifications. I have found that engineers tend to be better at it than managers and all but the best business analysts.

I think that the generalization has gone too far both ways. There are certainly engineers that are very good at talking to customers. There are some that absolutely should not be talking to customers... Example, we have engineers that panic at the slightest bump in the road and will tell everyone who will listen how screwed up things are. If you press them on it, most of the time they haven't done their homework and when they do, it isn't such a big deal after all. A lot of the time it is a couple of hours rework on a year long project, yes it needed to be fixed, no it wasn't something that needed to be brought to the customer before being investigated. We have learned by experience which engineers should be put in front of the customer and which ones shouldn't. Same goes for which ones to put in front of executive management, put the wrong one there and suffer needless extra work for the next month.

Comment: Re:Pointless (Score 1) 214

by JeffOwl (#47452465) Attached to: Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most
Not at all. You asked the question "How many movies do you have to download to make the economics work?" (Note that you are the one that said "economics" not morals) and I was pointing out that it is completely dependent upon the individual situation. Not only that, but there may be other than economic factors that drive people to do this. I didn't say anywhere that it was morally or legally justified.

Comment: Re:Pointless (Score 1) 214

by JeffOwl (#47449839) Attached to: Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

You don't know why each person does it.

Is it financial? How many people are going to watch it? How many times? Do they have time to actually go when the prices are cheaper? Do they already have the computer and high speed internet for some other reason so the delta cost is just time? Or is there some other reason that makes it difficult to go to the theater? Do they have kids that are of an age where they can't behave for two hours and you have difficulty finding babysitters, for example? Do they just hate being around people?

People are always available for work in the past tense.