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Comment: Re:I am a report writer (Score 1) 179

by TyFoN (#48000969) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

My brother, uncle and boss is actually colour blind, and I always make sure to not put colours they have issues with where they could be confused.
It's not what I was talking about.

If I make a mistake in this area and a manager comes to me with that I will change the format immediately and without a word.

Comment: Re:I am a report writer (Score 1) 179

by TyFoN (#47996873) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

I used to be in a laaaarge international bank as an analyst/reporter/model developer and I can concur with a lot of this.
Usually we had all the data/reports but then had to redo them to change format or whatever.

I've been flung "your cash-flow analysis is wrong" since it didn't match up with marketing expectations.

I remember we build one score card using dummy variables instead of weights of evidence like the rest in the company, and only because of that we got more questions about this scorecard than the others combined even if it performed just fine.
It had to be redeveloped using "corporate standards" all the while another card developed with "corporate standards" with a ks of 10% and psi of .30 would live on.

I left and now work as the sole analyst for a startup bank along with a lot of others in our old department.
Much better :)
I can use postgres/shiny/R/python and not worry.

For the OP: Management will want reports (and they want it in that font and that colour). Just get along or change field of work.

Comment: Re:costs (Score 1) 169

by TyFoN (#47982035) Attached to: South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

That's true, in the night we often turn off the hydro plants and import coal power from Germany or whatever since they cannot just turn off the plants overnight. And then we sell hydro power back in the day so the export is slightly higher than the imports.

We often laugh about the fact that while we have a lot of electric cars, they are all coal powered.

Comment: Re:costs (Score 5, Interesting) 169

by TyFoN (#47981613) Attached to: South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early
I live in Norway, we pay around $.12 including taxes and "line rent".
The price fluctuates with rain and season, but $.12 is about as high as it gets. I've seen as low as $.05

Most of the electricity comes from hydro plants (98.5%) and I think other renewables will have similar cost structure. High investment, very low marginal cost pr kwh.
In Hawaii for instance I'd guess you could build some geothermal plants like in Iceland

Comment: Re:R still in heavy use (Score 4, Insightful) 387

by TyFoN (#47862309) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

R is on the upswing so I wouldn't call it "still used" really :)

That said, you can make money knowing R. I am doing it, but you really need some database experience and possibly some python, c++ and the like.

SAS won't die in a _long_ time either, in the banks I've been too except for this last one have been using SAS almost exclusively.

The problem with SAS/R code is that neither is usually written by a programmer but a statistician that want something to work there and then.
It can be a nightmare if you inherit too much legacy code.

Also, you actually need to know statistics to be effective :)

Comment: Re:Slower games (Score 1) 181

by TyFoN (#47790139) Attached to: Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory
As you can see from the feature list of the pre-release of the next major version of minecraft, it does indeed support multiple cores now, at least for chunk rendering which has been the biggest performance problem before, and they are now using vbos instead of the old opengl interface.

https://mojang.com/2014/08/minecraft-1-8-pre-release-the-bountiful-update/

These changes consist of both new features, and large game structure changes such as replacing the hard-coded "block renderer" with a system that is able to read block shapes from data files, or performance enhancements such as multi-threading the client-side chunk rendering. We hope you will enjoy it!

Comment: Re:cretinous because (Score 1) 316

by TyFoN (#47612077) Attached to: Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"
Wire-line ISP, you mean the ones connecting fiber and copper?
If so, my provider sells me 100/100 mbit 24/7 unlimited that I pay about $80/month for.
My record is 15 TB data transfer in one month, which according to the logs averaged out at about 50/50 for the whole month.

I have never heard them talk about caps or limits when I am on the phone with them. I even called them to cancel their TV service since I am only streaming and downloading. They said nothing but cancelled the TV.

My $30/month mobile plan only allows for 5 gb before throttling the speed. But that is in the contract and I have agreed to it. I never agreed to unlimited. If I had and they throttled me, I'd be pretty POd too.

Comment: Sysops and programmers (Score 0) 509

by TyFoN (#47459465) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

will be in demand as long as we have computer that can break.
If someone invents a completely self programming, self healing, self building computer then maybe not.
Even if that happens I think you would need system operators for even these machines as someone has to tell them what to do even if it's only by spoken word or brain waves or whatever is the current input method.

Comment: I made the switch (Score 4, Informative) 143

Personally at least.
I used to work in one of the largest banks in the world, and everything we did was SAS/MSSQL.
I had some personal stuff in R, but most of the other analysts didn't seem too interested except using what I made for them except for one phd in the German department. I never pushed it though since there was so much legacy code, including code I had written my self.

Now I have switched to a start-up bank, and I am the only analyst.
I've used R/RStudio/Shiny with PostgreSQL in the back very successfully, with all code in git. Now I can bring good analysis forth much faster than I used to in SAS that can be viewed on any device with the option of downloading the source data in excel and csv.

The management loves this.

If you show them a few good ones they will want more, but I wouldn't start to rewrite all the legacy code. SAS isn't bad when you have it set up properly.

But another good thing about R is that you get access to innovation in the statistics fields faster, and you don't have to pay huge sums of money for extra features.

RStudio and Shiny is a bit expensive for the pro versions, but nothing compared to SAS, and the open source versions are free.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?

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