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Comment: Re:MIT researchers? (Score 1) 70

by godrik (#46599343) Attached to: MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

Welcome to the world of PR and marketing. If there is any kind of involvement from a famous party, no matter how small the involvement, the famous party always gets the credit. MIT is more famous than University of Maryland so they get the credit.

Note that I have no clue how much each person contributed to this particular project. But if it is done by somebody famous (or at a famous entity), it becomes great, if you had done the same thing, nobody would talk about it.

Comment: Re:'Involve' is the key word.. very deceiving. (Score 1) 367

by godrik (#46598985) Attached to: More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

Well, there are two issues here. You might not be to blame for the accident in the sense that you are not the one initiating the collision, but you might have been able to avoid it if you weren't distracted. So the information of how "involvement" is still meaningful. Though, as pointed out by many slashdotters, the main problem is that we do not have a point of reference. Is the rate of cell phone use lower or higher than the rate of accidents involving cell phones?

Comment: Re:Another amazing fact (Score 3, Insightful) 367

by godrik (#46598933) Attached to: More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

Well, that statistic is not very useful because it does not take into account many biaises. It is not clear that male and female have the smae driving hours. If male were to drive more during peak hours, it would be logical that they tend to get into more accidents and more fatal accidents.

Not that GP was not a complete douche, but let's not use statistics to say what they do not say.

Comment: Re:Think you miss the point (Score 4, Interesting) 405

by godrik (#46510403) Attached to: Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

Let me way-in on that.

I grew up in Paris and the problem there is that the city is way too big for its own good. Every single mode of transportation is overcrowded: the subway, the trains, the streets, the circular belt ("peripherique"), the buses, the pedestrian/biking ways, the tramways.

This overcrowding comes from decades of political will to centralize everything in the country in Paris. The city was never designed to take that kind of traffic. The last major redesign of the city was by haussmann at the end of the 19th century. Since then, only minor adjustment has been make: subways, tramways, "les quais", circular belt. But they all contribute to bring more people in.

The only solution for Paris (and for French efficiency) is to push people, administration, businesses into other cities.

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 1) 427

by godrik (#46396703) Attached to: All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

Well, I think the study is still interesting. Because we still often hear that women are paid less for the same job. That study essentially proves it wrong. Before you can fix a problem, you first need to understand where it comes from. From this study, the problem does not come from discrimination in the hiring process. And this is good news.

Comment: Re:Bill increases, really? (Score 1) 206

by godrik (#46376031) Attached to: How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%

I miss my freebox... :(

The thing is that there is a serious lack of competition in the US regarding network providers. In my area, there is only one provider that can give me more than 3Mbps. So there is little you can do to fight. I believe the various internet operators see no interest in having too much overlap between them, as they know it would ultimately drops their profit margin.

Comment: Re:TIme for IT to do the same if only we had a uni (Score 1) 131

by godrik (#46351295) Attached to: Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

Well, it is not a union that is necessary in the field I believe. It is statistics. Detailled statistics of what gets paid here or there and for different kinds of seniority or field of application could definitely boost workers leverage during negociations.

A union will do that statistics for you, but with lots of other things that might or might not be good.

Comment: Free software lagging behind? (Score 1) 480

by godrik (#46348077) Attached to: Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

Dear RMS,

First of all, thank for your contributions to the world of software and agreeing on making that interview.

In the world of software, I am often under the impression that the "proprietary" world develop the game-changers and that the free software follows. Because of that lag, free software appears to always be in position where it has to adapt to the world around it, which diverts lots of efforts or causes lots of frustration. The only parts where free software appears to pioneer is the infrastructure kind of software. Do you have a similar impression? What are your suggestion to try to bring free software to a leadership position?

Erik

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