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Comment Problem with blocking (Score 1) 368 368

It looks like there is some unaccounted for variance in their design: "The listeners would be asked which audio sample (electronica, male vocal, female vocal, or instrumental) they wanted to audition. The requested sample would then be played through one cable, then we'd swap and repeat per the test protocol."

They should have either made people listen to the same audio sample or made everyone listen to all the samples.

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 1) 92 92

I'm surprised no one's posted this yet.

Actually, I've always been surprised at how reluctant many developers have been to accept regular expressions as a part of their trade. They are very useful shortcuts for string manipulation, and to Perl's credit they defined regex conventions for other languages, like Java and R, to name a couple.

Comment Article is Hype (Score 5, Informative) 266 266

I read the article, and I'm not buying it.

I can see programmers in some small, well-understood niche markets replaced by complex applications (which require more programmers to write!) and causing some programmers to go looking elsewhere for jobs. But new technologies for computer-aided software design are not going to cause structural unemployment any time soon in the IT profession.

Some reasons include the cost of miracle software-building robots will be at a premium, which means only the biggest players would be able to afford them. And after they purchase them, they will only be able to work well within a limited number of tasks.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 185 185

I agree with the above about R. But as regards to reliability, I would prefer SAS to R, even though I hate SAS even more than R. Yes, R has lots and lots of features, good documentation, better libraries than any other out there. But sometimes I find discrepancies between R and SAS in performing the same operations, and when I test which is right SAS always seems to win. That is to say that R as an open source platform has the same problems open source platforms tend to have -- buggy code, sometimes inconsistent or barely-there documentation. Vendor-supported software like SAS does have a quality advantage.

Also, Matlab / Octave rocks when it comes to matrix manipulation. It beats R hands down in working with matrices.

Comment The new rule is compassionate (Score 1) 566 566

I mean, please, let them do what reasonable people should be expected to do to make a life for themselves!

If you see the conditions some of the families of H1-B visa holders live in, through no fault of their own, you would agree to let spouses work if they can and are willing.

This is a question of decency, and dignity.

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