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Comment: Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence (Score 0, Troll) 447

I get tired of seeing this theme over and over in the news.

The correct headline is that there is no clinical evidence that homeopathy is useful.
That is not the same thing as saying that homeopathy is useless.
If you are going to criticize people for being irrational, then make a rational argument.

Comment: Could be the green death (Score 1) 48

by anonymous_wombat (#48372175) Attached to: How Baidu Tracked the Largest Seasonal Migration of People On Earth

As others have said, 3.6bn people can't be travelling. I guess they must be counting individual, substantial journeys, but they don't say, which is a bit rubbish. I noticed that this number was unsourced, which also seemed a bit rubbish.

I was wondering how the Chinese were hiding all those billions of extra people.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 546

by anonymous_wombat (#47821977) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?
I got my masters degree back in the olden days, 1988. I didn't have any practical experience, and it took me 18 months and dozens of job interviews to get my first job.

In my experience, companies want BOTH a degree and experience if they can get it.

The main things that I acquired from school 25 years ago that I still use are an understanding of runtime complexity, and encapsulation.

There was lots of coding in the undergrad classes, but almost none at the graduate level. Almost all the useful stuff I learned was in the undergraduate classes.

Comment: Re:Every release is a rewrite? (Score 1) 199

by anonymous_wombat (#47672579) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?
It seems to me that a major problem here is only releasing once a year.

I realize you are not commercial, and that 2 - 3 week release cycles may not be realistic, but you should release no less frequently than once every 3 months.

Also, if there are so many independent pieces, why do they all need to be released at the same time? This sounds like more of a project management issue than a documentation issue.

Comment: Re:Confetti on the Charles (Score 1) 230

by anonymous_wombat (#46883713) Attached to: One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983
There was a dorm at U of Penn in 1979 where people would dump their cards from the indoor fifth floor balcony at the end of the term.
I avoided CS until my last semester, when they moved to terminals.
Still, it was satisfying watch the cards spin as they fell to the floor.

Comment: Groups tend to cluster (Score 1) 608

by anonymous_wombat (#44692295) Attached to: Could a Grace Hopper Get Hired In Today's Silicon Valley?
In my experience at a variety of jobs, some companies had a lot of female programmers, and others had very few or none.

This was also true of Indian and Chinese programmers; they weren't distributed randomly across companies, but some companies had a lot of one or both groups, and others had almost none.

I don't know what the reasons are for this, just an objective observation.

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