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Comment: While we're on the subject... (Score 2) 288

by ggraham412 (#48652589) Attached to: Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

Not handling hyphens, minus signs or whatever: it doesn't surprise me in the least.

Why don't eBook publishers use a typesetting system based on TeX or LaTeX? Good grief. I was formatting complex mathematical formulas and pretty printing them to Postscript and PDF before the lot of you were born. And not just text with mere hyphens.

Is there something I'm missing, or are eBooks a major step backwards in formatting? Really. I can't tell you how many computer science and mathematics eBooks I've returned to Amazon or B&N because of the sh***y formatting of code and math formulas. Not just when eBooks first came out, but on and on, year after year, and it doesn't get better. It strikes me as the laziness of corporations.

Comment: A better experiment... (Score 1) 123

by ggraham412 (#48410497) Attached to: Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

A better experiment would be to have participants choose to shock themselves or shock other people "for the greater good".

People are primed for all kinds of oppressive behavior as long as it doesn't hit them and if it makes them feel morally superior: true or false? Let's find out.

Comment: The best way to promote critical thinking is... (Score 2) 553

by ggraham412 (#48223387) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

... stop whacking people for thinking outside the box.

This implies a greater tolerance for dissenters, and more time to think critically on the job. You can't think critically about anything if you are so jammed up with work that you don't have time to take a break.

This has nothing to do with education reformers favorite whipping post: memorization. Good memorization skills actually help critical thinking because you don't have to suck time looking up obvious stuff you should already know.

Comment: There need to be costs (Score 5, Interesting) 349

by ggraham412 (#47384335) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

There needs to be a cost for issuing overbroad DMCA takedown notices.

If a court finds out later that a company had no standing or no good reason to make a DMCA claim that resulted in a takedown, there should be statutory damages. Let's start at $10000 per infraction.

Comment: Now that Lewis's 15 minutes are up... (Score 4, Insightful) 382

by ggraham412 (#47175045) Attached to: High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

...time to spam us all with another article on HFT.

it allowed the high frequency traders to peek at the ballots others were sending in to the newspaper before they arrived, in turn giving them the ability to cast their votes using information not yet available to the rest of the market.

Front running is not High Frequency Trading. The existence of front running is not an argument to limit "High Frequency Trading" any more than phishing is an argument to end high speed internet.

Until people can recognize the difference between front running (a biased ordering of particular market events) and high frequency trading (low latency response to available market data) then there really is no point in responding to this nonsense. Not as much fun as donning the tinfoil hat, I know...

Comment: Mr. Kettle meets Mr. Pot (Score 1) 255

by ggraham412 (#47148901) Attached to: A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

The manner in which the team members and project leader treat its weakest member is a symptom of the team culture, and a mark of its health. If you treat people well, they respond – and that always shows in the results you produce.

So let's pen an article referring to said weakest members as "idiots" and "dummies".

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