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Comment: moot with 4k monitors (Score 1) 563

by majid_aldo (#48573109) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

with 4k monitors you're going to have alot of vertical pixels. so you could just buy a big 4k monitor and just have a tall window for your text-heavy applications. one big 4k monitor is going to have functionality similar to having multiple "HD" (1920x1080) monitors.

but 4k monitors aren't ready yet..may take a year or two. in the mean time I have an asus PA248 which gives a bit more veritical space (1920x1200). i can flip it but it becomes too tall (physically) for normal desktop use. i also have a flipped "HD" monitor and alot of times it's not wide enough for some websites.

Comment: US immigration in a nutshell (Score 1) 284

by majid_aldo (#48264811) Attached to: Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

got family in the US to sponsor your green card? WELCOME! you have a right to everything including social security. you can flip burgers or work for nasa..we don't care. and you can get your citizenship in just a few years.

got skills? advanced stem degrees from the US? indentured servitude visa for you...maybe! green card is a dream. you must be employed in this specific thing or else! YOU MUST COMPLY! YOU ARE A FOREIGNER! YOU WILL BE A FOREIGNER FOR A DECADE! GET USED TO IT OR GO BACK HOME!

Comment: Re:Time for Solidarity? (Score 1) 284

by majid_aldo (#48264341) Attached to: Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

if you are lucky enough to get the capped h1b visas, once you get it you can get another employer to petition for another h1b while you are in the country so in that sense it is "transferable". however, the tie is established if the employee wants to get a green card. they have to do it through A (1) employer...which can take years. a decade is not unheard of. if the employees goes to another employer, he/she has to start over.

Comment: Re:Statistical Practitioners need to Modernize (Score 1) 115

by majid_aldo (#47777821) Attached to: Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

they got involved instead of a statistician in the first place: because the bottleneck was the size of the dataset, not the analysis scenario.

it's not just the data size, it's also b/c the data is unstructured and of various kinds..nothing nice and tabular. also this data is being generated by complex processes...where a fresh algorithmic and/or domain expertise can help.

this doesn't mean that stats aren't needed.

Comment: Re:Question, what does R do that other lingos cann (Score 1) 26

Question, what does R do that other lingos cannot?

Nothing. I'm sure other languages can do everything R can do.

Does it just have statistical functions built in and ready to go?

It does have that, along with an active community and growing popularity in scientific circles, so there is lots cutting edge interesting work being done with R -- and a lot of its free and open source. Plus it has multi-core support in several libraries places, and even gpu support in some.

since it has cutting-edge stat functions that's plenty of functionality that R has that other languages DON'T have.

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