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Comment: Re:social network / free webhosting (Score 1) 25

by m00sh (#47780845) Attached to: State of the GitHub: Chris Kelly Does the Numbers

GitHub has become a facebook.com alternative for the 1337 haxxor set and alot of people use it for free hosting to put up a personal site

that's my experience anyway...the idea is great, a website that hosts code for coding projects...but the whole abstraction layer of calling it a 'Git' still irks me...it's not a 'git' it's a computer file that contains code...

any frequent uses of GitHub care to comment? what does /. think?

No the git comes from the fact that Linus is a git.

Comment: Re:business model (Score 1) 25

by m00sh (#47780831) Attached to: State of the GitHub: Chris Kelly Does the Numbers

Not all of the code on GitHub is open source, but the majority is -- handy, when that means an account is free as in beer, too.

I'm not privy to any details of GitHub's finances or business model, but most likely it's a good thing that there are non-open-source projects using GitHub, because that's probably what's paying for the free open source use. I've recommended to several clients developing proprietary software the use of GitHub rather than running their own in-house repositories, because the interface is easier for them to use and they don't need as much in-house expertise to manage things. Because Git is distributed, they could of course do both, or easily transition away from GitHub later, and that's a selling point.

Wasn't the whole point of git to not have central servers and such? That you could use a directory or any other source as a repo instead of centralized server repos.

Comment: Re:Biased (Score 1) 130

by m00sh (#47780723) Attached to: Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

"[O]nly 25% of Canadians surveyed agreed with the statement "We depend too much on science and not enough on faith", as opposed to 55% in the U.S. and 38% in the E.U."

Seriously? I was expecting a survey of scientific literacy to be about, you know, scientific literacy, not asking people the relative merits, as it were, between science and religion.

I'm not sure how this proves, quote, "Canada is a nation of science geeks." It's a complete non-sequitor. It doesn't even match the data, in which 58% of Canadians couldn't understand basic science concepts from newspaper stories, and in which Canada ranks 19th out of 29th in science degrees (by percentage).

Contrawise, Americans, sure, value religion probably more highly than other countries, and might even think that we could use more religion, but that is not a question of scientific literacy or attitudes towards science in and of itself. It seems to presuppose the long-discredited Conflict Thesis, which states that religion and science are inherently always in conflict.

The clincher for me - which indisputably shows the authors' bias - is that Canada ranks #1 in people protesting GMOs and nuclear power, and the authors consider this a good sign that their population is scientifically literate!

The authors should get back to ...

Well, Canada is top of the science-something from the data.

For the purposes of the study, science-literate is a new term which means tops in those criteria studied.

For the matter of however it correlates to whatever way you define literacy is not the author's problem. They collected the data and Canada is at the top in the data they collected. Science-literacy is not laid out, well defined term so you go

euphorically sniffing their own armpits, and stop pretending to be scientists. Or whatever you call the people that work at science museums.

Comment: Re:Age Discrimination (Score 1) 119

by m00sh (#47761023) Attached to: The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

It is sad to see that Mr. Pendleton had an experience similar to my own. I was laid off the year I turned 48. Unlike him, however, I stayed in management despite hating it and still became unemployed. I hope Mr. Pendleton finds success and happiness in whatever he chooses.

From the stories I hear, I think I will have to figure out an exit plan by 45-46.

I really hope I can get my own business as consultant or something else with a bunch of people who are in the same boat as me. I really hope I can strike out as a startup and hire young programmers and not be firable.

Comment: Re:Incredibly wise advice (Score 1) 119

by m00sh (#47760973) Attached to: The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

I think the reason there's no job security in programming is because basically, nobody's really doing any "programming" these days.

Modern programmers know less about machines and languages than they do APIs and UIs. Everything is so object-oriented and encapsulated, and there are so many square pegs developers are asked to fit into round holes, they're not really designing stuff as much as working on an assembly line sticking various parts-pieces together with no real sense of oversight of the big picture.

Yes, the big picture.

The big picture is what gets one person fired and another a promotion.

The big picture is what gets a guy a multi-million dollar salary while the other one is glad he gets to keep his job for another month.

The best way to get the big picture is to connect, talk to people and see where everything is and looks like is going. Our lives have become so isolated and compartmentalized now. We do our thing in the cubicle and come home and watch TV and Netflix and ponder about what to buy next. No wonder we end up becoming disconnected husks who can't see anything outside their own shell.

Comment: Re:Burners (Score 1) 74

If anonymity with a cell phone was important you'd be spending that subscription fee on a new burner every week.

Don't they do this with SIM cards? You buy a SIM card with x number of minutes with cash and then burn it in a week and pop in another one.

Or leave the phone at home but have it call you in your new sim and relay the call.

Comment: Re:Congratulations, India ! (Score 1) 67

by m00sh (#47744063) Attached to: Mangalyaan Gets Ready To Enter Mars Orbit

I can teach you: pay people smaller salaries. Compare average income in India and The West to see why cost of building stuff is different. The cost of a potato is the income of the person who grew it.

Total BS. With high tech projects, countries with lower per capita cannot compete because they cannot afford to buy the component pieces. Even if you have lots of people with low salaries in a warehouse, they can't just create the parts needed in a short time. Even if you have the components, you cannot just train people in a short time to integrate components that nobody in the country has used before.

You say the cost of potato is the income of the person who grew it. But, what about oil? The price is about the same throughout the world. Even making parts would cost a lot more since the even the raw materials are a larger portion of the budget.

I'm not an expert on India but what seems like a out of nowhere thing is usually a project started decades ago with lots of vision, leadership and direction. It's not just a lower salary so cheaper product thing.

Comment: Compete with Google? (Score 4, Informative) 83

by m00sh (#47742365) Attached to: Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

Google tracks a large portion of the websites you visit, including slashdot. They have a more detailed browsing history. If you use gmail, they probably have all your purchasing history as well (including Amazon). Not to mention your search history. So, Amazon has a fraction of the data that Google would have on a person.

The only thing that Amazon has over Google is that you use Amazon ads and if a visitor buys something, you get a nice 4% commission. But, I don't know if big money will come from that - it's just blogs.

Comment: Re:Why only on iPad ? (Score 1) 16

by m00sh (#47741225) Attached to: The Making of the Making of Nihilumbra

There was a previous blog entry on that topic that claims to explain why it is currently only on iPad.

FTFY. In short, that post says that they'd lose a lot if they made a pdf instead of their magazine app, and thus they only make it for the iPad because... well, just because. Personally, I'm going to assume they chose to use some platform specific toolset(s) and either lack the time or expertise to port to other platforms or do cross platform development... of a magazine.

The interactive features they'd lose is the ability to click on a title and have it go directly to the app store on your device and have you playing with minimal interruption (according to their post). I don't see why that'd be lost. Just have different links in each platform specific version and leave the content the same, so the iPad version links to the app store; the windows version links to the homepage; the android version links to the google play store; etc etc.

Whatever. It's their business decision. No real reason they don't support other platforms.

Isn't the common understanding that iPad and iOS device owners are richer?

By limiting the experience on only one platform, they probably make their product more attractive.

Imagine their shiny and gaudy product being used on a cruddy cheap Chinese Android tablet. That would ruin an appetite.

This isn't the stuff for the common masses. It is for refined tastes only.

Comment: Re:Still not adding up (Score 1) 243

by m00sh (#47741173) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Not equal, just dependent on other things, like definition of "success" for one. Intelligent but sleazy gets you further than intelligent but honest.

Also, depends on the environment. Sleazy will get you further if you are playing a zero sum game. If not, co-operation and honest will get you further.

For example, in software development where a lot of people need to contribute, sleazy and selfish will have a negative impact. Honest and team-players will enable lots of code and features to be written to the common goal of making a good product.

However, when the number of promotions in the office are fixed, then sleazy will get you that promotion. Here, honesty won't work because everyone is competing for a common prize.

Comment: Re:Still not adding up (Score 2) 243

by m00sh (#47737231) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

If this is true, why do psychologists continue to focus so much on IQ? Why do they insist there is a strong, undeniable link between IQ and success that must be catered to? Why has funding for students who, as they say, "are merely bright, but not gifted" entirely disappeared in favor of a fully mainstream approach? Why are the hard working students who achieve but who are not obvious savants lumped in with the merely average, and worst, the probably hopeless (whatever the reason)?

Psychologists said that over 50 years ago but they do not say that all anymore. There was a famous experiment where the kid's IQs were tested and later on after 20-30 years their success measured. The higher IQ were no better off than the average IQ. In fact, a randomly selected group of kids were as successful as the high IQ group.

Psychologists actually say there isn't a strong link between IQ and success. There is a minimum IQ (which is fairly low) and above that IQ everyone has an equal chance. The most used analogy to this is height in basketball. There is a certain height after which height is not an advantage. Basketball is not full of the tallest people and successful people are not the people with the highest IQs.

Is this real science, or feel good "also-ran" science for the ignorant and unspecial, as one might be led to believe if one actually believed psychology was anything like actual science? We all want to believe articles like this are true, IQ is a bitter pill to swallow and one that seems even murkier the more one reads about it, however it represents our cultures mindset towards success. No company wants a merely bright hard-working person, they want a genius, they worship that genius. Give an academic institution a test, and they will run off with the truly exceptional students (the SATs allegedly correlate to IQ at 0.82, so they actually DO this). Give a corporation that test and they'll probably rather do without than hire anyone with an IQ below 120, which of course, represents the majority of people.

Companies do not want geniuses, they want people who are team players and will fit in the company culture. Even Google has published reports that they cannot correlate the success of an employee to any measurable metric like GPA, or how good they were at the brain teasers. It has been well known that the highest IQ, GPA or what-not employees are not the most successful.

I prefer to believe what is in this article in the same way that I prefer to believe in Free Will, but, however disappointing this may be, this does not reflect the prevailing attitudes of people that matter. Nothing in this article is substantial enough to use as a weapon to change education, and ultimately it's just feel good drivel, much like I think the IQ studies to date are, although sadly they represent the established convention. From a magazine like Scientific American I want something I can USE to make change.

If you have a really low IQ, you're too dumb to care. If you have a medium or high IQ, it does not affect your chance of success.

Another analogy is that IQ is like speed. A higher IQ can person can get somewhere faster than a person of lower IQ. It does not mean a higher IQ person can get to places that a lower IQ person cannot. So, what is more important is the direction that you go rather than the speed.

Comment: Re:Some people are too stupid (Score 1) 131

by m00sh (#47692703) Attached to: Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

It is a good thing that intelligence is not determined by genetics.

Citation needed --- and not to a stupid failed experiment that drew the wrong conclusion.

Yes. I know. It's politically incorrect to think that intelligence does have a genetic component. My anecdotal examples certainly leads my belief that there is a causal relationship.

And no. I'm not saying that genetics is everything; nor am I saying that all children of two intelligent people are intelligent. Anyone who has even the simplest understanding of genetics knows that not all children of brown haired parents have brown hair. But only someone who has baked their brain in a politically correct stew would think there is no genetic component.

IQ has some heritability. However, intelligence can mean anything. If you measure intelligence by IQ, you are right. If you measure intelligence by achievements, then the original poster is right.

Comment: Re:Not going to work (Score 1) 167

by m00sh (#47684541) Attached to: Knocking Down the Great Firewall of China

I do not want to be negative, but networks being based on "trust" and "people you know" work only to a certain size, then it breaks down under the own weight. So this sounds like a pretty good thing while it's small, but it cannt be a big alternative or solution.

Networks based on "trust" and "people you know"? Works for facebook and makes billions of it.

Hell, even works for human society.

Comment: Meh. the time limit is still there (Score 1) 174

by m00sh (#47683075) Attached to: Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

So they removed the mileage limit but they still have the time limit of 8 years.

It's not like people are going to use a Tesla car to go cross-country driving. They have to charge the car after use and so has to remain near a viable charge station. So, the removing the mileage limit seems pointless.

If they removed the time limit of 8 years, then it would be something.

I don't see this as a big deal. Sure sounds good but the service centers probably realized that the mileage of the cars coming in for service was nowhere close to getting to warranty mileage and just dropped them.

Comment: Re:Separate Testing and Education (Score 1) 81

by m00sh (#47681581) Attached to: Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?

Remote education such as the internet is very good at distributing materials and information. However, it is very bad at testing individuals' comprehension and understanding for a variety of reasons. Currently, Universities do both and they bundle the costs together in one large tuition package. I think a good solution going forward would be one that offers these two services separately.

If you mean testing at the end of the semester, then the school will still have to test students during the semester to give them feedback.

If yo mean weekly testing or testing after each lecture, then what is the point of decoupling education with testing at this point? There is no way all universities are going to agree on a weekly or daily course guideline. It makes every curriculum the same.

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