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Comment Re:Because (Score 4, Insightful) 65

For the most part, corporate executives are schooled in business, not engineering. They know planning, reorganizing, finance, merging and acquiring, and (maybe) marketing. Their path to success is through doing those things. Initiatives that originate among the engineers have a long wait to see the light of day -if they ever do - because they first have to be championed by one of the aforementioned executives. That's why innovation in larger companies is done by acquiring products and technology from the outside, and usually not by developing ideas from within. The silver lining is that it creates opportunity for smaller companies that are more focused on their customers' needs and the technologies for satisfying them.

Comment Re:Question (Score 1) 138

Software/web development is the only field I can think of where practitioners delight in ridiculing people outside of their specialty for not knowing everything that they do. I don't see that with medical doctors or lawyers or pharmacists or physicists. Every profession seems to have its own standards for basic maturity.

Comment Re:Or the Gordon Dickson approach (Score 1) 115

I'm trying to imagine, at the time the postal service was organized, what the public reaction would have been if it was announced that your mail would be opened and read, and the information so gained would be sold to merchants, employers, and police in your area. Would people have accepted that in exchange for free postage?

Comment Re:Hosts file (Score 1) 296

I use a different one, but the principle is sound and it works great; no Adblock needed. One change I'd make to yours is to uncomment some lines, like these:

# # breaks some sites

So it "breaks some sites". Haven't noticed that myself, and don't care if it does.

Comment Re:How is this news for nerds (Score 1) 320

Both refugees and migrants want to find a place where they are safe, can build decent lives, and can provide for their families. Exactly like you would, under comparable circumstances. This idea that they should have no preferences about where they might best do these things is more than a little bizarre (but typical of the dehumanization by many people of others they perceive to be unlike themselves). "Gee, honey, it's a shame that we lost our home and you and the kids are going to be tortured and starved, but Hognoxious says it just wouldn't be right to try moving the family to a better place." This would make them fools in addition to being migrants or refugees. Whether they can satisfy those preferences is another matter, of course.

Comment Re:Not even wrong (Score 4, Informative) 118

Correct. Even if you specify your subgroups beforehand in the experimental design, you still need to modify your interpretation of statistical significance (downward) to account for the consideration of multiple hypotheses. If you're going on a fishing expedition by identifying subgroups post hoc, then you ideally need to base this correction on the potentially large number of conceivable subgroups that are available to be drawn. It's very hard to achieve real significance under those circumstances. On the other hand, you might find a subgroup result suggestive and conduct a separate follow-on study to test it independently; that's perfectly legitimate.

Comment Re:Influence from Skype (Score 1) 316

A lot of people are still running Windows XP (and earlier) for much the same reason. It works as well as it ever did for them (not considering the security issues), they've acclimated to it, and who knows what may go wrong with an update? Will their old familiar apps still work, or will they have to shell out hundreds of $$ to update those too?

Comment Re:Influence from Skype (Score 3, Insightful) 316's the momentum that keeps people choosing this crapware.

Unfortunately true. It causes most people a great deal of anxiety to acknowledge there's a problem and that there are things they can do to mitigate it, because that means they have to learn about those things, which they fear will be outside their experience and abilities. As long as they're in the same boat as their friends and family, they feel the safety of numbers and can ignore the issue. The FUD mantra against Linux has always been that you have to be an elite geek to install and use it; of course that's nonsense but people believe it. It creates a lot of fear and trepidation that they'll be in over their heads if they even try, and so they don't.

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