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Comment: Re:How much of a vested interest do they have? (Score 1) 405

How much of a vested interest does Gartner have in this technology?

Your conspiracy theory is backwards. If they had a vested interest in more automation, they would want to keep it low profile.

Unless Gartner themselves are robots! Quick, spread the word before it's too late!

Comment: Re:America = snowball (Score 1) 126

by Kittenman (#48070409) Attached to: Diners Tend To Eat More If Their Companions Are Overweight

So obesity in America is a snowball effect and cannot be stopped.

Look at photographs from the sixties and seventies of Americans or even earlier. Normal people. From the eighties onward they've become walking Bibendums. It's tragic if you think about it. An entire people incapable of eating healthy food. Children are obese, parents are obese. It's clear something went wrong between the seventies and the eighties. What ?

Marketing. I watched a show "The man who made us fat". Someone in a fast food chain (ok, I didn't pay a lot of attention...) worked out that if you gave out bigger portions and charged more, people still ate it all rather than leave it half-finished and 'waste it'.

Makes sense, if you think of it. When's the last time you just said "that's it, I've had enough" and didn't finish a meal that you'd paid for? (Especially a dessert...)

Comment: Come again? (Score 3, Insightful) 534

by Kittenman (#48032575) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?
" He realized that people's reactions will be heavily influenced by their religious beliefs," Really?

The religious will do this because they can't distinguish between their god and an alien?

Even as an atheist, I'm insulted for the believers among us....

And yes, is this a slow news day, I guess.

Comment: The American Dream? (Score 1) 192

by Kittenman (#48023151) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise
Not snarky - but I've noticed that some Hollywood movies explicitly (or implicitly) state that if you want to do anything really, really well, you just have to practice, practice, practive. This sounds like a restatement of the 10,000 hour rule. Oh, and you have to really want it.

I suspect everyone always knew this was nonsense. But is this (Gladwell) where it came from?

Comment: Re:It doesn't take a genius (Score 1) 113

by Kittenman (#48016533) Attached to: Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

You guys make it sound like making millions in the stock market is dead simple. All your posts are missing is a link to an ebook that tell you all the secrets.

Maybe downplaying his gains makes you feel better about yourselves? But making that kind of scratch doesn't happen by change. Even best advisors from open hedge and mutual funds average around 25%.

Count the hits, ignore the misses. Maybe he was just lucky. And yes, someone can be that lucky. People win lotteries (not me!). And slashdot wouldn't have an article along the lines of "Several normal people played the stockmarket and on average did so-so".

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 96

Totally agree. But it's akin to a pub/saloon/nightclub having a 'beer pong' game or some other drinking game set up. You 'have fun' and they sell booze.

Nothing wrong with that if you want to drink like a fish. Likewise, if the Central Americans want to learn to program, sign up ...

Comment: Re:Computers computers computers... (Score 1) 209

by Kittenman (#48016209) Attached to: My toy collection is ...

I'm sitting right now in a room with about a dozen 'obvious' computers. Let's see: 3 PCs, one laptop, one Mac Mini, 2 Raspberry Pis, 3 Android tablets, one iPhone, one iPad. Yep that's 12. And of course there's also the wireless router and cable modem. And I'll go ahead and count my LCD TV since it's clearly a computer as well (especially when it locks up). Oh, and I shouldn't forget the Wii and PS2 even though I don't use those very often. Clearly computers -are- my toys.

I take it you're single? No slight intended. Whenever my PC count got above , where was the number I could keep off the floor, my wife would suggest that I 'pass on' a few to deserving homes.

Comment: I know one... (Score 2) 275

by Kittenman (#47969729) Attached to: Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light
My brother-in-law is a Apollo hoax believer. He challenged me once to debate the arguments for and against. I replied (quoted someone) 'You can't have a rational argument with an irrational person".

By the way, he's also into water divining... but that doesn't always work, for some reason. Now, there's a thing...

(Americans - the moon landings were among your finest achievements. In my opinion, history and the human race in general owes you a debt).

Your code should be more efficient!