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Comment Re:How's Irvine, CA? (Score 2) 464

>I'm in SF working in tech (of course) and I've been thinking about moving south... Irvine seems like a pretty decent destination.

Or you could move east. Fresno is very affordable, and in the last five years has really started building a good tech scene. Lots of companies, ranging from startups to incubators to established firms like Decipher.

It sounds weird to say, but there really is a tech renaissance going on in Fresno these days.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 104

>The Intel of 2015 still has a very solid competitor eating into its profits: the Intel of 2010-13. I am typing this on a 2600K I bought in 2011, and I have no intention of upgrading any time soon. I have went from 8 GB of RAM to 16 GB, from a 128 GB SSD to a 480 GB SSD, and I upgraded my monitor setup. But my desktop processor is still more than twice as fast as my 4300U work laptop, which I never worry about being slow. I wouldn't be that surprised if this processor lasts me until 2020, unless it stops working before then.

Ditto. Last week, a nagging voice in the back of my head told me it couldn't be possible for my 2600K to still be a viable CPU and to look into upgrading. After checking out CPU benchmarks for the latest round of CPUs, I was sort of surprised to see there not being any significant improvement. I'll probably wait another generation or two before my next CPU upgrade.

Comment Re:funny. (Score 1) 246

>"So", you ask, "what does he think of that?" I'm glad you asked!

I just went to one of his talks at the end of September. He has nothing against working with other people, per se, in fact he spoke repeatedly about needing to match people of different strengths together. Such as on the invention of the Disk ][, he partnered with a person who was better at OS stuff than himself (since he wasn't a wizard in that area), and together they got the thing built in record time (why? because Woz says they'd bribed him with a Vegas trip if he could get it to work) and drastically cheaper than any disk drive done before.

He also said Steve Jobs was invaluable in the success of Apple, despite him having (this is almost a direct quote) no technical skills, no real education, and never having achieved anything technical in nature in his life (all of his projects were failures). But Woz said that Jobs knew how to look at things from a different perspective, even very simple things like reordering the colors on the Apple logo so that they were more balanced (ever notice it's not in ROYGBIV order?) or knowing how to market and sell the product and make people believe in it. Woz never wanted to have anything to do with that world, so he found the partnership very valuable. Even before founding Apple, Jobs would come down from Oregon a couple times a year and see what Woz had invented, and go around the country selling the products.

What you quoted was arguing against design by committee which is a very different thing.

Comment Re:funny. (Score 1) 246

>He made the Apple I and II alone. Not in teams.

Have you ever read the story of the Disk II? (http://apple2history.org/history/ah05/) Woz used his brains to design a disk drive radically simpler and cheaper than how it had ever been done before. But it wasn't just him. He worked with Randy Wigginton night and day to get it worked for CES '78.

Comment Re:funny. (Score 2) 246

>It's probably funny to people who don't have to earn a living. I expect I'd have considered it hilarious back in high school... but now, if a colleague did this, I'd probably demand he be fired.

Great. You just fired young Steve Wozniak. I heard him talk a couple weeks ago, and the man was an inveterate prankster. He also encouraged all the young kids in the audience to try to think up clever pranks to pull on people as a way of honing their mental skills.

Comment What is the problem? (Score 2) 602

I don't see a problem with this -- as long as each employee gets a severance package worth $200,000. I'd view it as a retainer worth about 2 years of salary.

If the severance is not enough to act as a retainer for my services, then (as others mentioned) I would conveniently forget my old job if ever asked for help. I would suggest (off the record) that a substantial payment at that time could jog my memory, but without further compensation I just can't be bothered to try.

I did sign a 3 month retainer agreement when (voluntarily) leaving a job. It turned out to be a good deal for both parties. They needed me exactly once -- but wow, did they ever need me then, LOL. Of course, if you are leaving voluntarily, you are in a much stronger position to negotiate, since you have a waiting position and are not facing unemployment and needing a reference.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 563

> (Items of limited supply aren't really addressed by the show, like how do they decide who gets to live in the prime waterfront apartment in San Francisco?)

Captain Kirk owned a private cabin on public lands in Yosemite, grandfathered in from before it was a national park, that he inherited.

With no money to exchange items, the system would simply freeze the status quo in place for centuries. It's not good.

Comment Re:Burden of proof. (Score 2) 73

>(I'm betting that it's Very Few, since "alt med" that is proven successful isn't "alt med" anymore.)

While I acknowledge the meme, alt med is actually defined by every major medical organization in the world as something that is not used as part of mainstream medicine. It's not an assessment of effectiveness.

Quite a bit of the drugs in the alt med bible were wholly ineffective, and quite a few more had weak or modest medicinal purposes (tea alone had hundreds of studies showing its mild effectiveness in many different areas), and a fair number had significant medical effects.

Alt med is (or was, I haven't checked recently) a mandatory class at UCSF Pharmacy School, since even if the future pharmacists aren't going to be doing traditional medicine, there are a number of significant drug/drug interactions with alt meds.

Comment Re:Burden of proof. (Score 1) 73

>Exactly. A 99.95% failure rate is -- to say the least -- Bad.

1) When Western pharmaceutical companies are doing a screen, how many of those chemicals turn out not to work on malaria?

2) Where do pharmaceutical companies look when they're screening new chemicals?

3) How many of the TCM drugs were effective against malaria, just not "wonder drug" effective?

4) How many of the TCM drugs screened were effective at other diseases?

Until you can answer those questions, you cannot make that conclusion.

I've done contract work for P&G before investigating new drugs for treating ischemic heart disease, and have read through UCSF's "alt med bible" detailing all the thousands of studies on the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of various alt med drugs.

"No, no, I don't mind being called the smartest man in the world. I just wish it wasn't this one." -- Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, WATCHMEN