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Comment: Re:Tool complexity leads to learning the tool (Score 1) 161

by mattwarden (#47585857) Attached to: Getting Back To Coding

> Erm, if you want to point out that MS IDEs don't put stuff you work with into files, then say so.

Um, I already did. That was the point of my reply. You effectively cannot edit the SSIS output except in the IDE. Theoretically, could you? Yes. But you could also theoretically manually edit binary files, too. The point is that the SSIS "text files" might as well be binary and it's really only reasonable to find a recognizeable section (like a SQL query) in the garbage and edit that. Editing beyind that sort of thing is not doable.

Your "nonsense" claim was from a POV of limited exposure, and frankly it's not just limited by avoiding MS technologies. There are a number of IDEs, especially in the 4th gen language space, where you simply cannot edit outside of the IDE.

Comment: Re:1 or 1 million (Score 1) 271

by mattwarden (#47572137) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

You are splitting hairs. As with anything in law, there are exceptions. I would argue that the fact that the fruit cocktail exception is so well known is because it's an oddity. I don't think your referenced section on wikipedia would have ever been authored if it was just yet another example of the base case. But also I am not sure this is even an example of what we're talking about. We are talking about product names. You are giving examples of product categories. What you're saying is that a fruit salad cannot market itself as a member of the fruit cocktail product category unless it meets certain criteria. Could "fruit cocktail" also be in the name? Sure. But it could also not be in the name and still need to abide by the rule you cite, so it is not an issue of name. Likewise with cuts of meat and different fruits. These are not dealing with product names. They are dealing with assertions that a given thing is a member of a defined product category.

So for your examples to apply, you would need to argue that "Verizon's unlimited data plan" is a member of a product category called "unlimited data plans" that has certain attributes. You could certainly make this argument, but it seems to have a small chance of being compelling.

Comment: Re:Mod parent DOWN (Score 1) 501

by mattwarden (#47571969) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

No, actually it is a little bit of an odd comment, although I don't know if it's "racism". If there are companies who are willing to hire people incapable of doing their jobs well, then obviously they will hire cheaper labor who suck over expensive labor who suck. So the only correlation here is wage requirements. Dumber developers earn less money, news at 11.

To jump to generalizing H1Bs or Indian H1Bs is odd. I have worked with plenty of Indian H1Bs who were extremely intelligent and much better at their jobs than their peers at the company. They also were NOT cheap to employ.

Comment: Re:Flash panic (Score 1) 161

by mattwarden (#47563137) Attached to: OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

> which means they must have looked at the photos to determine if they were attractive or not

That is quite an assumption. I can think of a ton of ways they could have an attractiveness measure without themselves digging into people's personal profiles. In fact, I did 5 seconds of googling and found this, which clearly suggests that they are asking other members to rate attractiveness of profile pictures:

> I know what people will say, they uploaded their photos to a web site and have no expectation of privacy.

They certainly don't have an expectation of privacy from their photo being seen by other users of the site. That's why they uploaded it! So what's the beef?

Comment: business is all about experimentation (Score 1) 161

by mattwarden (#47554947) Attached to: OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

very few successful businesses are doing what they were originally founded to do. business is all about experimentation. you tweak and reset and change and reset again until you see the numbers going in the right direction at the desired speed. unsuccessful businesses usually do the same thing, too; they just don't ever find a combination that works.

see also: "Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model"

"To succeed, you must change the plan in real time as the inevitable challenges arise. In fact, studies show that entrepreneurs who stick slavishly to their Plan A stand a greater chance of failing-and that many successful businesses barely resemble their founders' original idea. ... Testing those assumptions and unearthing why the plan might not work."

Comment: Re:Flash panic (Score 2) 161

by mattwarden (#47554929) Attached to: OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

Do academic demographers get "informed consent" before processing census data? What about crime statistics? Network security incidents?

Showing a page with and without images and then processing access_log is not the same as monitoring someone's eating habits and stress levels for a week. Just because you call something "an experiment" (a) doesn't mean it is one, and (b) doesn't mean it's the same as all other "experiments".

Comment: Re:1 or 1 million (Score 1) 271

by mattwarden (#47545787) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

um, i think you made my point. the clowns here are whining that there are limits in "unlimited" plans. my point is: of course that is true, you friggin nitwits. same with the autobahn. just because there are no imposed speed limits does not mean there are no limits to how fast you can go.

> Either that, or you are an idiot.

not realizing you're making my point perhaps makes you a better fit for that category

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