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Comment: Re:Look at the job postings (Score 1) 391

by g01d4 (#47920979) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

I think the CEOs would prefer a liberal arts major who has demonstrated they can self teach the IT bit. It's really the ability to self teach rather than which field your degree is in. When hiring someone w/a CS degree you can't be sure they're able to go beyond what's spoon fed to them in class. When hiring someone w/a liberal arts degree w/self taught skills, they've demonstrated they're able to learn new things on their own, even outside their field of study.

That being said it's possible the industry's matured enough that there's less self teaching involved as fads replace durable technology improvements.

Comment: Can it be a *useful* standard (Score 2) 152

by g01d4 (#47817791) Attached to: Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?
The Bolton-Christie argument, to me, boils down to: you can have too much of a good thing, e.g. documentation. This can impose unnecessary costs and defeat the purpose if, following the above example, onerous documentation doesn't get read. Too much of a standard means unnecessary cost goes out to the standards industry (rent seeking).

Comment: Re:What happened to just drinking water? (Score 1) 133

by g01d4 (#47785655) Attached to: Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone
This is a good point but I think it's not just diet. There's genetics to some extent, lifestyle and the type of work being done. I would hypothesize that an individual, starting at the same 'alert level', would tire at different rates depending on the task. When a person's energy level starts to flag, for whatever reason, little tricks like this may help them to be more productive.

Comment: Re:Influence vs. similarity (Score 1) 74

I would agree w/some of the other posts that the algorithm seems a bit primitive. Perhaps on refinement it may point out correlations that may either be influence or perhaps represent certain stylistic archetypes hitherto unknown. I think asking and knowing make a "difference" but the question is somewhat subjective.

Comment: The real error (Score 1) 189

by g01d4 (#47567567) Attached to: An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

Is that Ms. Dickson didn't correct her attempt(s) at humor after she sobered up. That no one else ever bothered could be taken as an indication of the significance of the subject. While the books may be popular, the author's life clearly isn't (yet).

The contexts in which her entry was cited ("Jews and Jesus" - really?) probably also indicate a lack of significance.

Comment: Re:Doesn't give warm fuzzies (Score 1) 162

by g01d4 (#47325675) Attached to: Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

Your basic point is correct but a tad misanthropic. I'd suggest most doctors care, but that care is so diluted that it's not in your best interest to put any reliance on it. We recently discovered our medical group, which we've been in for many years, could not be bothered to transfer the kids immunization records from the pediatricians office to their primary doctor (all in the same group) when the kids became adults.

As other posts have noted, the only care you can rely on will come from the insurance company.

Comment: Unit tests are just one tool (Score 1) 116

by g01d4 (#47018743) Attached to: Finding More Than One Worm In the Apple

Compiler and static-analysis warnings also could have detected the unreachable code, though false warnings might have drowned out the signal if such tools weren't already being used regularly.

I'd purpose that these tools weren't being used properly rather than turning the issue into a nail for the unit testing hammer.

Comment: Re:How about telling the Light what to do instead? (Score 1) 364

by g01d4 (#46642209) Attached to: Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

But we can't coordinate sensors across the city to prevent me (and 30 others) from having to stop at a red light so that one car can pass, and then watch the intersection go unused for another 90 seconds

I'm not too far from you. I emailed the all-our-lights-are-synchronized LADOT about this last year and after a few months the reply I got was a short comment saying the system "worked as it was designed".

Comment: Re:Wait. (Score 1) 364

by g01d4 (#46640271) Attached to: Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light
I regularly drive a main artery with a timing system and several sensors, including some that seem to keep the light green a little longer after countdown if there's heavy traffic. Since it's not well designed, the only way to make each light is by speeding or crawling between them. The best you can reasonably do is to minimize the waits.

Comment: Re:Bad news for ecologists--new license needed (Score 1) 136

by g01d4 (#46341185) Attached to: Major Scientific Journal Publisher Requires Public Access To Data

There are plenty of scientists out there who poach free online data sets and mine them for additional findings.

I think the additional findings are part of what science is all about. How do scientists 'poach' something that's free? Did you think waiting many decades for the Dead Sea Scroll results was acceptable?

If data is that expensive to collect, then its collection and publication should rank as an end in itself.

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton