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Comment: Re:The genius of EPIC (Score 1) 240

by SBJ95 (#48041479) Attached to: Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records
Well, I know a lot of people who work for Epic, and I even spent a summer or two there myself. I have to say that this myth of burning people out is just that, a myth. It seems to be coming from a very vocal minority. Nobody I've spoken to seems to feel this myth is true and in fact most people genuinely enjoy working there. Yes, sometimes people work 60+ hour weeks. But I think that's true just about anywhere you'd look when you're coming up to a release or a large bug. Nobody seems to mind. I know people who have been there for 10+ years and they have no plans to move on. I worked with veteran programmers and fresh college grads. Epic's not as bad as public opinion of it seems. If you're ever in the Madison area, I recommend stopping in for a tour - the campus is incredible.

Programmer Privilege 353

Posted by Soulskill
from the overlooked-inequality dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Philip Guo, an Asst. Professor of Computer Science at the University of Rochester, has written a thoughtful article on his education in programming. Guo explains that he was no particular coding wizard while growing up, but when he jumped into a CS major when he went to college at MIT, he received all sorts of passive and active encouragement — simply because he 'looked the part.' He says, 'Instead of facing implicit bias or stereotype threat, I had the privilege of implicit endorsement. For instance, whenever I attended technical meetings, people would assume that I knew what I was doing (regardless of whether I did or not) and treat me accordingly. If I stared at someone in silence and nodded as they were talking, they would usually assume that I understood, not that I was clueless. Nobody ever talked down to me, and I always got the benefit of the doubt in technical settings.' Guo compares this to the struggles faced by other minority groups and women to succeed in a field that is often more skeptical of their abilities. 'I want those people to experience what I was privileged enough to have gotten in college and beyond – unimpeded opportunities to develop expertise in something that they find beautiful, practical, and fulfilling.'"

US Students Suffering From Internet Addiction 314

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the also-high-on-sheen dept.
PsiCTO writes "American college students are hooked on cellphones, social media and the Internet and showing symptoms similar to drug and alcohol addictions, according to a new study. This probably falls under the no-big-surprise category. CBC Radio 1 played a couple of interviews with students that took part in the study. I especially liked the quote in which the student felt like he had a phantom limb experience with his cell phone."

+ - Japan Earthquake Causes Apple iPad 2 Shortages->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "If you think that the iPad-2 is in short supply now, wait for the effects of the Japanese tsunami and earthquake, which has put vital components in jeopardy:

'The recent earthquake in Japan has shuttered its manufacturing plants, putting on hold the fabrication of critical components for Apple's iPad 2, potentially creating shortages worldwide...'

Apparently there are five key components in the iPad that will be running out soon, causing Apple to scramble for second sources, and perhaps boosting Android tablets."

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+ - Sludge in Flask Gives Clues to Origin of Life-> 1

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "In the 1950s, scientist Stanley Miller conducted a series of experiments in which he zapped gas-filled flasks with electricity. The most famous of these, published in 1952, showed that such a process could give rise to amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. But a later experiment, conducted in 1958, sat on the shelf--never analyzed by Miller. Now, scientists have gone back and analyzed the sludge at the bottom of this flask and found even more amino acids than before--and better evidence that lightning and volcanic gasses may have helped create life on Earth."
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+ - Linus on Android headers claims ->

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the100rabh writes "So finally Linus Travolds has cleared the FUD being generated by so called expert Mr Florian Meuller. He also pointed out that he has said making use of the kernel's system call interfaces, as described in the headers, does not "in any way result in a derived work as per the GPL". Torvalds said he wished "those people would release their own sex tapes or something, rather than drag the Linux kernel into their sordid world"."
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