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Metrics Mania and the Countless Counting Problem 138

mobkarma writes "Einstein once said, 'Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.' A New York Times article suggests that unless we know how things are counted, we don't know if it's wise to count on the numbers. The problem isn't with statistical tests themselves, but with what we do before and after we run them. If a person starts drinking day in and day out after a cancer diagnosis and dies from acute cirrhosis, did he kill himself? The answers to such questions significantly affect the count."

Submission + - Java's new G1 collector not paid-for after all 2

An anonymous reader writes: As a follow up to the previous /. story, Sun appears to have quietly edited the Java 6u14 release notes language to now say: "G1 is available as early access in this release, please try it and give us feedback. Usage in production settings without a Java SE for Business support contract is not recommended". So does this mean it was all one huge typo ? Or was Oracle/Sun tentatively testing the waters to see the community's reaction ? In either case it's nice to see Java's back on the right path.

"Spock, did you see the looks on their faces?" "Yes, Captain, a sort of vacant contentment."