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Comment: Re:Both can be equally bad (Score 1) 403

by amorpheous (#39455017) Attached to: Do Women Make Better Bosses?

I've had many male bosses and two female bosses. The male bosses have ranged from excellent to OK, but no one really bad, just a bit flakey. The two female bosses are night and day though.

My worst boss was my first female boss; she was an overbearing bulldozer who seemed more concerned with building her empire than anything else. She actually drove one of her suboridinates crazy and almost got herself killed by him; he's in prison now.

My current boss, a female, is the best I've ever had. She is a former engineer, so she knows technology, and how to manage projects. She builds strong working relationships with partnering groups. She actually listens to me and acts on many of my suggestions. She knows her subordinates well and figures out how to motivate and reward us for our efforts, especially when we go beyond the call of duty.

She's the kind of boss that I would switch jobs in order to continue working for.

Comment: Me Too! (Score 1) 6

by amorpheous (#38959747) Attached to: Making JavaScript Tolerable for A Dyed-in-the-Wool C/C++/Java Guy
I too am a C programmer (embedded) who is learning web programming. I liken C programming to weaving fabric (a program) out of a single type of yarn (c language). Web programming is like making your own yarn out of HTML, CSS, JavaScript/PHP/whatever, then weaving it into the fabric. It's taking some getting used to. I've been searching online for free tutorials and getting books at my local library, which has some recent good additions. I have the luxury of a wife who knows nothing about internet technology and doing her own blog; I get to provide technical support so along with my bookwork I'm getting some practical hands-on experience too. I also have taken up the hobby of writing web based video games which gives me more hands on experience. I think that basically it takes some project(s) to pursue in the area you want to learn and then making the time to pursue them.
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1928 Time Traveler Caught On Film? 685

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-hate-time-travel-stories dept.
Many of you have submitted a story about Irish filmmaker George Clarke, who claims to have found a person using a cellphone in the "unused footage" section of the DVD The Circus, a Charlie Chaplin movie filmed in 1928. To me the bigger mystery is how someone who appears to be the offspring of Ram-Man and The Penguin got into a movie in the first place, especially if they were talking to a little metal box on set. Watch the video and decide for yourself.

Comment: Re:Yay for common sense (Score 1) 612

by amorpheous (#32769876) Attached to: Zoho Don't Need No Stinking Ph.D. Programmers
While somewhat humorous, that is a pretty uninformed statement. I would hazard to say that a majority of people coming out of HS these days do not know how to learn at a college level (I didn't) but there are classes as college that do teach you how to learn (effective reading, how to study for various tests, how to think critically, etc.). After taking a study class my sophomore year in college I went from being a 2.0 student to a 3.5+ student (I'm now back in college going for my MS degree and am at 3.95 for my grad classes). Lots of this is due to knowing how to study, which I was taught when in college.

Comment: Cops are good at estimating speed (Score 2, Informative) 636

by amorpheous (#32451960) Attached to: Guess My Speed and Give Me a Ticket, In Ohio
I used to be a cop and I did a LOT of traffic stops. In training and certification to use a radar gun they train you to look at the vehicle whose speed you're going to measure and make an estimate of their speed before using the radar, then compare the results. This was a practice in Washington state but I would not be surprised if it is common everywhere. After a while you get very good at estimating speeds and find yourself generally guessing the correct speed +/- 1 MPH. When you write your subsequent traffic stop summary you include a sentence stating that your observed a vehicle that appeared to be speeding and your visual estimation followed by the radar measured speed. This gets the officer trained to look at what's being measured rather than just sitting there with the radar pointed back over his shoulder waiting for something fast to come through which then builds credible speed estimation and descrimination into his testimony and also gets past the problem of accidentally radaring the Cesna 150 that flew overhead at 80 mph while erroneously attaching that speed to grandma who was doing the speed limit. In short, anybody who does a lot of anything reasonably well gets good at it - cops do a lot of speed estimation and get good at it.

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