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Comment: An oldie, but a goodie (Score 1) 305

by NoMaster (#47356769) Attached to: How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

A Fortune 500 company was interviewing for a CFO, and narrowed the field down to 4 candidates - a mathematician, a market researcher, a statistician, and an economist. Because they were so close in every other respect, they brought all 4 in together for an executive panel interview.

The CEO asked the interviewees "What's 2+2"?

The mathematician replied "Four".

The market researcher said "Ha! I heard you asked the tricky questions! So..." - and here he rustled through the pile of paperwork he'd brought with him - "...yesterday I surveyed 100 second grade teachers, and the most common answers ranged between 3 and 5".

The statistician looked sideways at the columns of figures in front of the market reseacher, spent a few minutes jotting on a napkin, and said "I can state with 95% confidence the answer is four".

The economist glanced at the rest of the candidates with barely-disguised pity, leaned over the desk, and whispered in the CEO's ear...

"What would you like it to be?"

Comment: Re:hmmmmm (Score 2) 669

Nothing wrong with Windows 2...

Overlapping windows! A control panel! VGA support! The first Windows versions of Excel & Word! The first use of 'minimise' and 'maximise' for windows controls! An Apple lawsuit!

Not to mention 2.10, which brought Windows/386 and a proper protected mode (and Windows/286, which brought ... ummm, something, I'm sure).

As far as Windows goes v2 was actually alright, and at least equalled (if not surpassed) the competition of the time (e.g. GEM, DeskMate).

Comment: Re:So, really... (Score 1) 83

by NoMaster (#46847159) Attached to: Man Builds DIY Cellphone Using Raspberry Pi

Were you expecting him to fab his own chips? Maybe he should grow his own silicon wafers while he's at it. Although, if he really wants to make a DIY phone, he must first invent the universe.

Oooh, sarcasm!

You're being stupid, but yes - I do expect a bit more from a so-called tech site than "Man Builds Cellphone By Plugging Together Bits From Adafruit & Micro4You". Maybe a little bit of soldering, or at least a reasonable bit of commentary on how it all plugs together & works?

In case you didn't realise, the GSM module is pretty much the complete phone by itself; it's got the radio, controller, mic input, & speaker output all on one board. All that's missing is something to send it AT dialling commands.

And it's not like the same thing hasn't been done several times before, using everything from arduinos and MSP430s up to ARM chips...

Comment: Re:QWERTY Keyboard (Score 1) 276

I particularly like the one built around a generic 2x20 text LCD.

This one?

That's the uWatch, an open-source open-hardware DIY scientific calculator watch by Dave Jones of EEVBlog fame. He designed it simply because his old Casio CFX-400 calculator watch finally broke, and the only replacements were all basic 4-function models.

It also plays chess...

Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 5, Insightful) 1037

by NoMaster (#46675507) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

The fruit of knowledge. There was a reason the bible described things as it did. Knowledge isn't just the anti-christ, it's the anti-god.

If your 'knowledge' of the Bible only extends as far as an ignorant half-remembered version of Genesis, then yes.

Specifically, it's not "the fruit of Knowledge" - it's "the Knowledge of good and evil".

The Bible is actually quite encouraging of knowledge, even showing something of a kickarse attitude towards deliberate ignorance:

"An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels. Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions ... The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating ... Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. To answer before listening - that is folly and shame ... The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out."

-- Proverbs 18:1-2,6,12-13,15

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