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Comment: Re:Time for an for IT Union (Score 1) 74

by i kan reed (#47510541) Attached to: Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

I'm truly sorry, but an IT union isn't happening, until at least my generational cohort is out of the system.

A. Too many libertarians.
B. Too many people convinced of their own prowess and respect
C. None of us are at much physical risk
D. We get quite a bit more than a living wage, in general

Those factors add up to an insurmountable barrier, even if I personally think the idea is wise.

Comment: Re:Hooked up to all the equiptment (Score 1) 74

by i kan reed (#47509735) Attached to: Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

Checking the methodology section of the paper, they didn't feel it was necessary to include any sort of experimental control.

Now it can be hard to come up with controls for this sort of experiment, when you test the ability of an algorithm that tests for kind of nuanced data, like "where in this block code might there be bugs?", but it should've at least gotten a mention in the conclusion that it wasn't comparative to other methods.

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 500

Right, but since you're making that argument, I'll engage like the GGP should have:

Why are a couple essays by a dead philosopher the only definitions of communism we should accept?

They were happy to call themselves the communist party. They were happy to declare communist ideals the only acceptable ones. Certainly the things they did were colored by the ideals of communism. Is it reasonable to dismiss allegations that they weren't communist as inherently facile?

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 500

I get what you're saying, but their intent wasn't really to avoid acknowledging the awful, awful things the soviet union did.

Their intent was to make the same argument that the soviet union did: that they weren't actually communist, "yet". Now, I can get why you don't want to argue with that point: it's fuzzy, it's impossible to prove either way, and it doesn't actually make a meaningful point about communism. Your response, however, doesn't actually address the argument presented.

Comment: Re:Extremophile (Score 2) 83

by i kan reed (#47502803) Attached to: UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

There's a couple things here:

1. Extremophiles evolved progressively to more difficult ecosystems. They came from organisms that could manage in chemically unreactive of mostly water/salt water. It's unlikely the precursors to life, like prions or unbound mRNA chains would've "made it" in arsenic lakes or boiling lakes. But some prokaryotes could manage in environments with a little arsenic, and evolution could work its magic.

Like the creationists say, getting something as complex and robust as a modern organism "randomly" would be a bit like a tornado blowing through a junk yard and assembling a car.

2. The utility of radio waves for communication wouldn't hinge much on the physic form of an organism, just something much like sapience.

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