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Comment: the article is bullshit (Score 1) 408

by joss (#49619877) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

And the reason it's bullshit is that it starts from the premise that if you could measure programming ability somehow, its curve would look like the normal distribution.

Programming ability is exactly the kind of thing that does not fall in a normal distribution. It's not even close to a normal distribution. It's more like wealth distribution, there is no meaningful average.

Comment: Re:Missing features. (Score 1) 222

by FreezerJam (#49487165) Attached to: Google Sunsetting Old Version of Google Maps

+1 to this!

I've tried the new version several times, and kept reverting to the old one for this feature alone. Drag to zoom allowed me to get from "whole planet" to "small city block" in about three steps - and under my control, and with very minimal bandwidth use. Search was only faster if you already knew either the name of your destination or the name of a nearby location. Drag-to-zoom is your special friend when you know where you want to go, but don't already have the labels for it.

Comment: No sympathy for Verizon (Score 1) 214

by ScrewMaster (#49005797) Attached to: Verizon Sells Off Wireline Operations, Blames Net Neutrality Plans
'Washington should be very thoughtful how they go forward here,' he said. 'This uncertainty is not good for investment, and it's not good for jobs here in America.'"

Why not? Uncertainty drives change, and uncertainty at this point was created _by Verizon._ Granted, something had to change, because what the big ISPs have been doing is abusive at best.

Besides, it was Verizon that started this mess by trying to change the rules for its own benefit. Complaining now is just sour grapes. Enjoy your new Title II status.

Comment: Allied (Score 5, Insightful) 242

by ScrewMaster (#48964459) Attached to: RadioShack Near Deal To Sell Half of Its Stores, Close the Rest
Most of you probably don't remember back in the sixties when Radio Shack was the retail distribution arm of Allied Radio (yes, it was known as Allied Radio Shack), a major components distributor. It was a real parts store the. Eventually Tandy picked up the chain, began selling branded parts, and it was never quite the same. The reality is that the advent of the personal computer, the death of manufacturing in the U.S., and an educational system that no longer valued engineering skills combined to kill the electronics hobbyist market that the Radio Shack depended upon. Their change of focus to consumer electronics was a reflection of that new reality, but unfortunately that is a saturated market. This was, alas, a long time in coming.

"Oh what wouldn't I give to be spat at in the face..." -- a prisoner in "Life of Brian"