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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

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

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

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

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.

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