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Comment Any actual research? (Score 1) 134 134

The Uncanny Valley wikipedia page lists very, very little research (one "study" was based on five monkeys; because n=5 is totally statistically significant). Perhaps we should determine in the uncanny valley is actually a thing before we start speculating about how to cross it.

Comment Re:It's enough for many Rubyists. (Score 1) 123 123

Before I came on board at my company, they outsourced a small project to a freelancer who had taken a short intro to Rails course. Before I saw his code (it was running on heroku, and we didn't have access yet), I called him up just to talk to him about how he did it. It was clear that he didn't understand some very basic questions I was asking him to the point of giving me answers that were just plain wrong. Also, this was a light-weight web scraper, so Rails is about as wrong an approach as you can get. I junked his code, rewrote it in Python, and removed his number from my contacts.

Comment MarkLogic = NoSQL (Score 4, Interesting) 334 334

A little googling turns up that MarkLogic's offering is NoSQL. Without getting into the whole SQL/NoSQL debate, I can't help but noting that this is clearly relational data with a fairly limited number of records (clearly there can't be more than 300M people listed) and for which ACID is (or should be) a major concern.

Comment Re:Too bad there wasn't a legal route. (Score 2) 666 666

Traditional $10K? I'm not a traffic cop, but this tradition of paying $10K to shut down 2,200 miles of interstate is new to me. Also, why should we encourage people to take risks just to take risks? Having a bankruptcy system encourages the risk taking involved in entrepreneurship, which is generally a good thing. This, however, is just taking risks to look cool while shutting down roads for his stunt would inconvenience many others.

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