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Comment: Re:Information density (Score 1) 148

by Grishnakh (#48645143) Attached to: Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

Everything I've ever seen in both English and Spanish looked about 1.5-2 times longer in the Spanish version.

Don't take my word for it; some linguistic researchers actually looked into this, which you can read about here.

Here's an excerpt:

For all of the other languages, the researchers discovered, the more data-dense the average syllable was, the fewer of those syllables had to be spoken per second — and thus the slower the speech. English, with a high information density of .91, was spoken at an average rate of 6.19 syllables per second. Mandarin, which topped the density list at .94, was the spoken slowpoke at 5.18 syllables per second. Spanish, with a low-density .63, ripped along at a syllable-per-second velocity of 7.82. The true speed demon of the group, however, was Japanese, which edged past Spanish at 7.84, thanks to its low density of .49. Despite those differences, at the end of, say, a minute of speech, all of the languages would have conveyed more or less identical amounts of information.

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 0) 181

by Grishnakh (#48644603) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?

but I'm guessing a lot of it is from open source fanboys that love to hate Microsoft and have never taken time to use the recent (last 3-5 years) iterations of it's products.

All you have to do is try out Windows 8/Metro to renew any hatred for MS products that may have subsided.

Comment: Re:Make it easier to hire people? (Score 1) 419

by Kohath (#48644043) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

That sounds like generalized complaining. Are you arguing for anything, or just saying everything anyone might think about trying is off-limits because ... slogan time ... "race to the bottom"?

Isn't it possible that we don't need The Davis Bacon Act, which was enacted to protect white union members from having to compete with black workers on highway construction projects? Is "race to the bottom" really a counter-argument to the re-examination of The Davis Bacon Act?

Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 1) 322

Accountants look at the operating costs of a retail store as part and parcel of that store's profitability. Locks on doors, anti-theft devices on displays - those security systems and the people who maintain and support them are costs that impact the profitability of the store. Nobody running a real business pretends that the costs of operating that retail store aren't part of that store's profitability picture. Multi-store overhead (like, say, a loss prevention specialist who spends time at all of the stores) is still part of that store's P&L - her salary is charged to multiple accounts, so that each store's bottom line feels that cost.

Comment: San Diego (Score 3, Informative) 156

by ShakaUVM (#48643879) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

I live in San Diego, some of the time, and similar results were posted here, too. The increase in rear-end collisions from people slamming on the brakes negates any benefit from reduced T-bones.

San Diego also reduced yellow light times, sometimes to below the legal limit, in order to boost revenue.

A judge looked at the program in 2001, said, "That's bullshit", and banned it for a year, and then the government finally ended it on its own in 2013.

Comment: Re:Country that forbids use to internet (Score 1) 177

They could have smart people that would make talented hackers. But good luck finding them because they most likely don't even own a computer.

So you don't think that the North Korean state is able to identify people with strong STEM skill and potential, provide them with access to computers, and train them in hacking over a period of years?

That leaves me with just one question ..... where can I find the smart people here?

Comment: Re:people still watch that crap? (Score 2) 71

by Grishnakh (#48643693) Attached to: Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

Enterprise was actually surprisingly good, with a few exceptions; I only watched it a few months ago, since I had turned my nose up at it when it was new. It did start out a big rough and had a little too much gratuitous sexuality at first, but when it settled down it was pretty good. The main problems with Enterprise are: 1) the opening theme music. It's absolutely horrible. I don't know WTF they were thinking with that whiny emo crap. But there's an exception here: the two mirror-universe episodes in Season 4 had excellent music and intro scenes of humans blasting everything and conquering. And 2) the whole Xindi attack plot arc in Season 3 was too much. It was an obvious parallel to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and just didn't go over that well.

I also didn't bother with the second Abrams movie; the first one was too much of a disappointment.

"No job too big; no fee too big!" -- Dr. Peter Venkman, "Ghost-busters"