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Comment: Science? (Score 1) 178

by binkless (#39785713) Attached to: Harvard: Journals Too Expensive, Switch To Open Access

Note that nothing in the linked article says that *scientific* journals are the only problem.

A much more inviting target for cost savings would be the many specialized humanities journals that publish a steady stream of papers that nobody ever cites or even reads. We'd probably be better off if nobody bothered with them anyway - maybe then the philosophy and literature faculty can get back to doing something useful - like *teaching*

Comment: Re:Where? (Score 1) 715

by binkless (#39699865) Attached to: The Ugly Underbelly of Coder Culture

The problem is that this is a mostly fact-free article. There's one anecdote about women's experience in the workplace, and a note that female CS enrollment is down, and a link about "brogrammers". Really makes a compelling case - *not*. More revealing is the link that supposedly makes the case that age works against software talent. The linked cites some actual data - but it's about the *semiconductor* industry not software.

Really this doesn't deserve the response its getting here. It's just a third rate columnist blathering on about conventional wisdom.


Comment: An old, old story (Score 4, Interesting) 268

by binkless (#39552437) Attached to: Mobile Operators: Creating Artificial Demand For Capacity?

In ancient Rome, they would always say that food prices were too high, and there were ships full of Egyptian corn offshore, just waiting for the price in the marketplace to rise.

During the seventies the rumor was that Sixty Minutes had film of tank trucks of gasoline being dumped in the desert to keep prices high.

Now mobile providers are holding back on capacity in order to raise prices.

Sound familiar?

Comment: Re:US-Europe cultural difference ? (Score 2) 1271

by binkless (#39050523) Attached to: Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

The choice not to take drugs for your own illnesses is really not equivalent to choosing to skip vaccinations. You only risk your own health when you decline drugs, but the community is put at risk when you turn down immunizations. Further, some of the immunizations for things you may consider minor (chicken pox or rubella for instance) can have a devastating impact when communicated to those with weaker health, or who, in the case of rubella, are not yet born.

A LISP programmer knows the value of everything, but the cost of nothing. -- Alan Perlis