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Comment: Re:Not a measure of quality (Score 1) 131

by business_kid (#48665957) Attached to: Does Journal Peer Review Miss Best and Brightest?
You're on to something here. This is actually one of several things that seem to be wrong in the system. The metrics seem to have been devised by personnel demons ('scuse me, They are HR now :).
1. Science is conservative. The 'higher' you get, the more conservative you have to be.
2. Scientists in many fields do not read enough papers. They don't have the time. They grab abstracts and conclusions and read a section or two. They also might read a paper to contradict it destructively. Look at the evolution/ID debate if you don't believe me.
3. Papers are too long anyhow. Length is equated with depth, but it might more properly be equated with obfuscation.
4. As you said, counting citations is a joke.
Much more relevant might be a system where papers consisted of
1. Background was relegated to an appendix. Maths in another. Statistics to a third (if required). The briefest of introductions
2. Next an experimental discussion which set out only information necessary for the understanding the experiments, and their results.
3. Next a section on implications of experimental results.
4. All tripe about work done to be reserved for the lecturers who are marking student papers.
Each chapter would be a generous summary of the drivel currently making reading papers such a boring job.

Comment: Re:News for nerds!?! (Score 1) 91

by business_kid (#48308285) Attached to: Photon Pair Coupled in Glass Fiber

Have to agree. This is on the scale of "That old lemur we found could be _the_ missing link in human evolution." Which one of the 1000s of missing links?

Can't blame the guy (who obviously worked hard) for trying to make his work sound interesting. But it's significance is that it may be one of the lower steps in someone else's future ladder.

Comment: Good & Bad News (Score 1) 427

The Good news is they are getting tough with OEMs. Let them start in China. Companies like Rockchip, a chinese SoC manufacturer, sell their boards into tablets, cubes and all sorts of gimmicks, but never update. I have such a tablet with Android-4.2.2. No update available, and there are shameful holes in security. It has proprietary modules which prevent using CM or other software. As for the bad news - 20 google apps - well, that's a shameful waste of memory, but I can always delete the shortcuts :-). Perhaps even the packages too.

Comment: Re:Circular "reasoning" (Score 1) 795

by business_kid (#47975397) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything
I disagree with a lot of what's being said. I have faith in God. But I don't regard anyone involved in WW2 or any war as Christian. Christ is not a pacifist, but he was not involved in THESE wars, which are about keeping leaders in power more often than not. BTW, has anyone noted the original logical flaws? If science has 'high priests,' it's a religion, or some chancers are putting one over on people big time.

Comment: Re:A few hundred extrasolar planets (Score 1) 80

by business_kid (#47975313) Attached to: Astrophysicists Identify the Habitable Regions of the Entire Universe
Mark Twain made my point, so I'll just quote him: In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles. Therefore ... in the Old Silurian Period the Mississippi River was upward of one million three hundred thousand miles long ... seven hundred and forty-two years from now the Mississippi will be only a mile and three-quarters long. . . . . There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesome returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.

Comment: Beyond the Big Bang (Score 2, Interesting) 226

At the moment before the Big Bang, science doesn't claim to know what was happening. There was no observable universe, except possibly for a massive singularity, which gravity would lock together with unimaginable force. Do you feel the subsequent events were caused by something, or Someone? If so, what or who?

Comment: Re:Uncertainty/fear? (Score 1) 550

by business_kid (#47529481) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
No direct experience myself, but my friend accompanied his sister to a pre-op meeting with a surgeon. All seemed to go well, and she was reassured. He noticed the guy had glasses. "If eye surgery is so great, why don't you get it done yourself?" he asked. There was an embarrassed pause, and the guy started into possible issues, what might go wrong. No operation proceeded.

Comment: Never mind possible: (Score 1) 308

by business_kid (#44917995) Attached to: To Boldly Go Nowhere, For Now
Never mind, I say whether long distance space exploration is possible. _Think_Of_The_People_We_Can_Send: That life assurance guy who won't take no for an answer; Politicians on huge pensions; Corporate bosses who screw people over or muck up the planet for profit; Militant 'anyone's rights' activists; the animal rights crew; Selected "Entertainers;" Dangerous Convicts; etc. etc. If they hit a sun or starved to death half a light year away, would any of us toss in our beds?

Comment: Peter Principle yes - but who gets fired? (Score 1) 331

by business_kid (#43964795) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Prove an IT Manager Is Incompetent?
I accept the Peter Principle logic.It was also in Gilbert & Sullivan's 'Pinafore' "When I was a lad," etc. The chief of the navy had never been to sea. I'm just wondering who should be fired - the IT manager or consultant. You are a consultant being paid big bucks. You are eminently expendable. You see the facts, and 1. Don't know what to do. 2. Can't assess incompetence. 3. Need to ask total strangers for advice Why on earth did they hire you?? :-)) I know little about software, and less about management. I would report as follows: A. Initial goals and target budgets of recent projects vs finished results, (They wanted X - they got q). Compare with 'going rate' for subcontracting same. B. Reasons in the company for poor relations with IT dept. What do the other workers say? C. Analysis of the working spirit of each IT employee and opinions as to what contributes to poor environment. No names - a table with %s. D, Capital expenditure critique. E. Work practise critique. My son is a senior developer; he writes a test for his code, writes the code, and tests it. Messy, but bug free. F. Steps in place to: save money; check project meets goals; rein in developers wanting to add unnecessary crap or rewrite interfaces with no advantage; budget checks, etc.. G. Lastly, interview the IT manager and find an appropriate alternative post for him in the company if possible. Can he do Java? Manage the office? Train noobs? The company are more likely to act if they can offer alternative employment. Write your conclusions. Then scatter your conclusions in the report like spice so when they look at the conclusions they are not surprised. Take care with the executive summary - it's all most of them will read. Make it long enough and jargon free. Now you've consulted us for free on how to earn your money. We have told you. Give something back to charity.

Comment: Re:Windows 8 and Failure (Score 1) 913

by business_kid (#42724143) Attached to: Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure
I believe the expression comes from the Wild West of the USA, where 'toting' six guns was a common practise. One chamber of these was commonly left unloaded lest the hammer bounce and fire the gun in it's holster, and you'd shoot yourself in the foot. When drawing to shoot, the hammer had to be cocked at the same time, and shooting yourself in the foot was entirely possible if your thumb were to slip off the thing, as cocking rotated the barrel one notch.

Comment: Re:Windows 8 and Failure (Score 1) 913

by business_kid (#42713907) Attached to: Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure
I'm not defending Vista for one second. You could, and I did make it look and behave somewhat normally. Windows 8 comes with an inoperable and permanently broken UI, It also forces on manufacturer a restrictive form of the UEFI interface which is aimed at preventing dual booting with linux or bsd. This is ignored in the horror at the UI buit is going to end up with people locked out of their own PCs

Comment: Windows 8 and Failure (Score 5, Interesting) 913

by business_kid (#42708739) Attached to: Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure
If windows 8 hasn't failed yet, it will. It is certain to fail. It is such a dreadful experience that it makes even (spit!) Vista look good. It's been forced out by manufacturers, and bought by rote, not by people choosing it. I have an install for a 17.3" screen that thinks it's on a mobile phone and has a minimum of 5 consecutive menus to navigate before you can do squat. I couldn't abide it even as the other os on my box. And then there's that EFI B.S. locking people out of their own PCs - plenty of fun to be had there yet. I've seen M$ shoot themselves in the foot before, I have never seen them do it with such a large canon

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