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Comment: Re:It's just a tool I guess (Score 1) 294

by bob8766 (#46360391) Attached to: Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

I don't presume to know how close you've ever been to full-on drug addiction,

but in my own admittedly small sampling,

many an addict's confinement is the only time in their adult lives they're not using. A great friend passed last year at the ripe old age of 48, but his life was probably extended a decade by frequent periods of abstinence as a guest of the County and State.

At a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars to the taxpayer. So tell me: Is that a better deal than rehabilitation which would not only cost less, but allow him to stay in the work force contributing to the tax base instead of drawing from it?

Comment: Re:Comments (Score 1) 238

by bob8766 (#42339487) Attached to: How Experienced And Novice Programmers See Code
I disagree with this to an extent. Comments in the code answer an important question:
What was the author trying to do here.

From there I can answer two other questions:
Is this a logically correct solution to the problem?
Is the author's code doing what he intended it to do?

I find it much easier to analyze code if I can get inside not only the original author's head, but the heads of the two other people who came after him and spliced in updates

Comment: Re:So... tell me how to be more explicit? (Score 1) 369

by bob8766 (#42266375) Attached to: Google's Image Search Now Requires Explicit Queries For Explicit Results
I really wish they had done the opposite of this. IF the filter is set to allow all then assume all searches are for explicit the it should assume you want all results. If you don't want porn (getting a lot of noise on a search, for example) then the user would include "-porn". This is how it works for all other searches, I'm not sure why they would be inconsistent like this.

Unfiltered is how I have my searches set at home because I don't want to miss results on the off chance that the search engine thinks it's pr0n and I don't mind if I see the occasional adult content.

Comment: Khan Academy is a huge win for teachers (Score 1) 110

by bob8766 (#41223701) Attached to: Khan Academy Pilot Educators On Khan Academy
Khan Academy teaches a topic to a classroom, then tests and generates reports on who knows the particular lesson and how well they know it. The teacher can then spend time with the few students who are having trouble with it and let the 80% of students who grokked it move on to other material. Teachers can spend their time teaching to the students who need help learning, instead of a largely bored classroom of people who got it the first time.

It also tells you how good the software is. If 80% of the people are getting it, that's good. If only 25% of the people are getting it, it's time to rework that lesson.

Comment: Re:an Oracle DBAs perspective (Score 2) 306

by bob8766 (#40667507) Attached to: SQL Vs. NoSQL: Which Is Better?
As a DBA my solution to this is first and foremost, to make sure the developer and tester are on call. If I get a call in the middle of the night because of their code, they are going to get one as well. The developer is going to check in and build the fix I create, and the tester is going to test it. Losing sleep for a few nights waiting for the build to complete and tests to finish tends to cure these kinds of issues. They also tend to be a little more dilligent about letting their DBA review their code before they check in.

Comment: Re:Irony alert! (Score 1) 264

by bob8766 (#40204301) Attached to: DirecTV CEO Scoffs At Competition From Apple TV
What this model fails to take into account are people who do not consume the content under the current model. For example, I will not pay a monthly cable fee for one or two channels I would watch occasionally.

Secondly, it opens up opportunities for other shows that didn't make it on CC or another major network. Couldn't get another season of Babylon 5 on the air? No problem, if you can get enough direct subscribers (and on that show, I suspect you would) you can release episodes directly to them.

This could be a great opportunity to add new revenue from people who either aren't subscribing now, or are pirating the content out of frustration.

Comment: Re:NIT (Score 4, Interesting) 200

by bob8766 (#39942799) Attached to: US Air Force Can 'Accidentally' Spy On American Citizens For 90 Days
Yeah, this would go over really well in court:

Lawyer: So How did you obtain this footage?
Drone Operator: We accidentally left the camera equipment on when we took off from American soil
Lawyer: How many times has this happened?
Drone Operator: Several, in fact I think it happens most times when we launch
Lawyer: What disciplinary action have you received for leaving them on?
Drone Operator: None. I think I read something once that says we aren't supposed to, but out commander tells us to do it anyway

At this point it's pretty obvious that it wouldn't be a case of "accidental" espionage (Disclaimer: IANAL)

Comment: Re:Remember this is an initial report (Score 2) 449

by bob8766 (#36269086) Attached to: Flight 447 'Black Box' Decoded
The pilots have to keep the plane within a pretty strict speed range to both keep the plane together and avoid a stall. Even when the speed sensors fail and the pilots have no airspeed indicator, there is a standard procedure that allows them to keep the plane within that narrow range by setting the throttle and controls at specific settings until it unfreezes. Frontline even aired a special where two flight instructors demonstrated this after being presented with this exact scenario in a simulator. The problem happens because the pilots don't have a lot of time to react, and if they panic or misinterpret the situation it's all over.

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