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Comment: Re:Trade one BS method for another? (Score 1) 207

by blanck (#33401826) Attached to: Skipping Traditional Recruitment, Going Straight To the Source

you are skewing your results toward single people, mostly men, who may or may not have any social skills outside work

I think this is exactly the point. RethinkDB seems to want the most productive individual they can get. By going after someone who does dedicate him/her self to coding outside of work, they will more likely find somebody willing to go the extra mile outside of work hours. The slight of "well-adjusted people" appears intentional to me.

Medicine

What US Health Care Needs 584

Posted by kdawson
from the velluvial-matrix dept.
Medical doctor and writer Atul Gawande gave the commencement address recently at Stanford's School of Medicine. In it he lays out very precisely and in a nonpartisan way what is wrong with the institution of medical care in the US — why it is both so expensive and so ineffective at delivering quality care uniformly across the board. "Half a century ago, medicine was neither costly nor effective. Since then, however, science has... enumerated and identified... more than 13,600 diagnoses — 13,600 different ways our bodies can fail. And for each one we've discovered beneficial remedies... But those remedies now include more than six thousand drugs and four thousand medical and surgical procedures. Our job in medicine is to make sure that all of this capability is deployed, town by town, in the right way at the right time, without harm or waste of resources, for every person alive. And we're struggling. There is no industry in the world with 13,600 different service lines to deliver. ... And then there is the frightening federal debt we will face. By 2025, we will owe more money than our economy produces. One side says war spending is the problem, the other says it's the economic bailout plan. But take both away and you've made almost no difference. Our deficit problem — far and away — is the soaring and seemingly unstoppable cost of health care. ... Like politics, all medicine is local. Medicine requires the successful function of systems — of people and of technologies. Among our most profound difficulties is making them work together. If I want to give my patients the best care possible, not only must I do a good job, but a whole collection of diverse components must somehow mesh effectively. ... This will take science. It will take art. It will take innovation. It will take ambition. And it will take humility. But the fantastic thing is: This is what you get to do."

Comment: Re:Lysenkoism makes your argument look foolish. (Score 2, Informative) 213

by blanck (#31843400) Attached to: New Russian Science City Modeled On Silicon Valley

USSR not producing enough grain and having to continually import it (with exceptions of course).

While there were certainly droughts and other organic factors that affected output, the main reason for lack of grain in the 1930s was Stalin's forceful drive to convert the USSR from a primarily agricultural economy to an industrial one. Through collectivization, grain was gathered from the peasantry and traded abroad for heavy industry. This led to an industrial boom in the cities, at the immense cost of mass starvation in the countryside. Ukraine was a notable victim of this process.

Java

After Learning Java Syntax, What Next? 293

Posted by timothy
from the nice-hot-bath dept.
Niris writes "I'm currently taking a course called Advanced Java Programming, which is using the text book Absolute Java, 4th edition, by Walter Savitch. As I work at night as a security guard in the middle of nowhere, I've had enough time to read through the entire course part of the book, finish all eleven chapter quizzes, and do all of the assignments within a month, so all that's left is a group assignment that won't be ready until late April. I'm trying to figure out what else to read that's Java related aside from the usual 'This is how to create a tree. This is recursion. This is how to implement an interface and make an anonymous object,' and wanted to see what Slashdotters have to suggest. So far I'm looking at reading Beginning Algorithms, by Simon Harris and James Ross."
Graphics

Photoshop 1.0 Recreated On iPhone 103

Posted by timothy
from the when-time-loops-collide dept.
Dotnaught writes "Photoshop co-creator Russell Brown asked Ansca Mobile to re-create Photoshop 1.0, originally introduced in 1990, for the iPhone. The resulting app, created in three days using the Corona SDK, was distributed to 50 attendees of an event celebrating Photoshop's 20th anniversary. Programmer Evan Kirchhoff in a blog post explains that Ansca took the project on to prove its claims about how Corona makes iPhone development faster."

Comment: Re:Rules 1 through 7 of using a Cell Phone (Score 1) 585

by blanck (#30902416) Attached to: The Cell Phone Has Changed — New Etiquette Needed
The other week I was behind a person at a stop sign at a T-intersection. The person in front of me seemed asleep in the center of the lane. After a gentle honk on my end, she slowly crawled forward, turned left, and stopped in the center of the perpendicular lane.

As I passed, I noticed she had a 'Hang up and Drive' bumper sticker plastered to the back of her car and was talking on the phone. Some people seriously can't even pull over correctly.

Comment: Re:It seems (Score 1) 318

by blanck (#30818140) Attached to: Blizzard Adds Timestamps To <em>WoW</em> Armory
>Many of the bots are not simple. They are quite sophisticated, and allow not just harvesting, but questing, rep grinding etc.

Out of curiosity, has light ever been shed on how these bots are implemented? Has the source ever been released? It would be interesting to learn how the bot-creators developed this level of sophistication.

Comment: Re:Not all that awful of an idea (Score 1) 271

by blanck (#30693016) Attached to: France Considers 'Pirate Tax' For Online Ads
>taxing online ads to help fund cyber-enforcement isn't such a bad idea.

Why is it a good idea to put the burden of supporting a failing industry on an adjacent successful one?
Even if we assume the money will pass through the bureaucracy to the artists and record companies, will it really help them improve their business model in a productive way?
I would bet that it would only embolden them to pursue further tactics against adjacent industries, until they too are no longer profitable.

Comment: Re:As an intern? (Score 1) 325

by blanck (#30363840) Attached to: What Can I Expect As an IT Intern?
> learn how to make a damn good cup of tea or coffee.

Don't be discouraged by this opinion. There are definitely internships out there where you do real work.

I took a 3-month internship for a larger corporation for similar pay a couple of years ago. Using PHP, I worked on some relatively small-scale web-based projects for internal use. The stress level was low and I made some good friends. I haven't used PHP on any serious level since, but what I learned about web programming has definitely come in handy in my two jobs after that one. On top of that I put a little bit of money in my pocket. It beat sitting on my ass and playing video games all summer.

Comment: Re:Since when is Bioware going hardcore? (Score 1) 49

by blanck (#29327655) Attached to: SOE Also Making a New Star Wars MMOG?
Interesting points, but I think you downplay the role of role of playing time in the 'hardcore' mentality.
The challenge in raid content is getting the entire raid force to work cohesively together as a group. In a 'hardcore'-leaning game, this cohesion needs to be very tight for the group to succeed. In a casual-leaning game, a more rag-tag group of players is often able to succeed.
Hardcore groups of players rely on their members to consistently show up for raid times and to pay attention during raids. Both of these points correspond to play-time - hardcore players are both more likely to be playing on a given night and less likely to need to AFK at a critical time.

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