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Comment: Anonymized From The Start (Score 1) 141

Sure, a set of anonymized, randomized set of users at the beginning and ensure they remain anonymous throughout the study, then do the study. The question is whether FB can truly anonymize the data they are studying. I would place a wager that they cannot. There is so much information creep in FB that anonymizing the data may not be possible.

Second solution, give the research projects to people who truly have no interest in the data or the results.

Comment: Face Palm (Score 3, Informative) 131

by lsllll (#47976555) Attached to: The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

Looking at their example conversation, I had no choice but to face palm. Having never looked at Ruby code before, I was able to deduce perfectly well what the first iteration was doing. Do we really need to expand a function that can accomplish its task in one line into a function that may be a little more readable?

I wonder how today's programmers would make do with resources that were available in the early days of computing, or even when the IBM PC came out. Having to deal with small amounts of RAM caused programmers to be extremely creative in their programming. Granted that we do not have to go to such extremes today to write programs, reading about such practices is still very inspiring.

Comment: Re:One bad apple spoils the barrel (Score -1, Troll) 1134

by lsllll (#47825653) Attached to: Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture
Boo hoo for you. This is what is happening throughout the world. There are bad apples everywhere and some happened to be in your school. I'm not saying what they did was okay. They should have been dealt with accordingly. But to say that the whole school system promotes bullying, or that misogyny of this magnitude is prevalent in the gamer culture is wrong. Those are bullshit blank statements.

Comment: Re:Can we get a tape drive to back this up? (Score 2) 316

by lsllll (#47762121) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive
I don't think it's necessarily geared towards the old geezer crowd, although I would be one of those. There are instances when tape is still the way to go. For long retention periods (less than the life of the tape), nothing beats tape. Once it's done and shipped to offsite storage, it doesn't generate heat, doesn't burn electricity, doesn't take any room in the data center, and is offsite.

Comment: Re:Performance improvements have helped it survive (Score 0) 511

by lsllll (#47744247) Attached to: If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?
Woosh! That was the sound of his comment over your >30y assembler skills. What he said was correct. Instructions in Java are encoded into bytecodes, which must still be interpreted and by the JVM and executed as machine code on a processor. All this translation takes time. You cannot tell me that adding two integers in Java is "directly" translated (without overhead) into the same machine code the a C compiler would generate.

Comment: Re:Real Problem (Score 1) 264

It's hard to come by any hard stats for this, but here's an article that may shed some light on the issue.

According to the article, out of 800 positions created under DOJ's COPS program, 629 MUST go to veterans who have served at least 180 days of active duty since 9/11. Although this does not provide statistics for the existing law enforcement population, it does provide some insight. There are also numerous articles on the web that talk about transitioning veterans to local police forces.

Comment: Re:Real Problem (Score 4, Insightful) 264

Actually many (not all) of the policemen and policewomen in the U.S. are ex military. They've been trained on the equipment that was donated to the police departments. What we should be asking is why have we come to a time/place that we think we need a swat team knocking on a door for an eviction, or even a low profile drug related arrest.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 200

by lsllll (#47538811) Attached to: Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

I'm not sure if I would blame my ISP (Comcast) for that. If I'm paying for Netflix, I would expect that they release their packets to my network. This works the other way as well. If I'm paying Comcast for my Internet service, I would expect them to not filter any packets coming to my network. Once I pay for service, my vendor would be obligated to do everything it can do to make sure I can use the services I'm paying for. So, in this case, I would be calling Netflix and complaining.

Having said that, I wouldn't switch my ISP over something like this. I use my Internet connection for WAY too many different things to cancel it just over lack of Netflix. I would cancel my Netflix service instead.

Now, if I had a different, equivalent in speed, option as my ISP (which I don't), I MAY consider switching, but that would be giving in to Netflix's wishes and that's a bad thing in this case.

Going back to TFA, I think the ISPs are full of shit. This could be a prelude to them hiking their rates, even if Netflix doesn't turn to charge them. As it is, in the U.S., we are paying the highest premium for Internet service in the modern world. I don't understand all this corporate bullshit and crying with "we're losing money." Corporations (all the big ones) are raking in money hand over fist. Just look at the dividends they're paying their stock holders.

Comment: Re:Another ignorant fearmongering article (Score 1) 91

by lsllll (#47536149) Attached to: The Truth About Solar Storms
And I suppose you have calculated the magnitude of the solar storms and the voltage that will travel over lines and the distance in the breaker? How can you be sure that it won't arc across the metal underneath the breaker after you've pulled the breaker? I'm not saying it will. I'm not even saying that it'll arc across the breaker, but just saying ...

Comment: Maybe Apples and Oranges? (Score 0) 529

by lsllll (#47488277) Attached to: US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers
I haven't read the detail of the 18,000 M$ is laying off, and I doubt they have the detail anyways. But it could completely be that they're laying off all janitors and hiring an outside firm, or they're laying off a whole bunch of non-skilled or low-skilled workers. They may still need high-skilled workers with H-1B visas.

Comment: Why (Score 1) 203

I have no idea why ANYBODY would even consent to logging in to his Facebook account on a computer or unlocking his phone while in custody, let alone post a coerced message like that. I'm sure lawyers will hash all this out in court, but my according to the article

Jamerson was charged with two counts of simple assault and one count of obstruction against the officer, all misdemeanors, Lyon said.

I am for civil liberties, but I'm not sure I disagree with the charges.

Having said that, his case is about being coerced. Who's to say he didn't offer to write a nice post himself and the officers laughed and said "sure!"?


Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet 365

Posted by timothy
from the these-low-low-prices-come-with-a-trail-of-blood dept.
WIth an interesting followup to the recent news that Germany's power production by at least some measures was briefly dominated by solar production, AmiMoJo (196126) writes Germany is headed for its biggest electricity glut since 2011 as new coal-fired plants start and generation of wind and solar energy increases, weighing on power prices that have already dropped for three years. From December capacity will be at 117% of peak demand. The benchmark German electricity contract has slumped 36% since the end of 2010. "The new plants will run at current prices, but they won't cover their costs" said Ricardo Klimaschka, a power trader at Energieunion GmbH. Lower prices "leave a trail of blood in our balance sheet" according to Bernhard Guenther, CFO at RWE, Germany's biggest power producer. Wind and solar's share of installed German power capacity will rise to 42% by next year from 30% in 2010. The share of hard coal and lignite plant capacity will drop to 28% from 32%.

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