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Comment: "Humans don’t want accuracy;they want reassu (Score 1) 347

by mdgreene (#49144391) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates
Humans don’t want accuracy; they want reassurance. The Nobel laureate and retired Stanford University economist Kenneth Arrow did a tour of duty as a weather forecaster for the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Ordered to evaluate mathematical models for predicting the weather one month ahead, he found that they were worthless. Informed of that, his superiors sent back another order: “The Commanding General is well aware that the forecasts are no good. However, he needs them for planning purposes.” Source: JASON ZWEIG, WSJ

Comment: Place Holders for Pirated Windows Install (Score 3, Insightful) 441

by mdgreene (#39922913) Attached to: Ubuntu Will Soon Ship On 5% of New PCs
Good for the author (Michael Larabel) for highlighting the issue being seen in the Asian markets where these machines are being wiped and installed with pirated Windows as soon as they arrive at the customer. I am willing to bet as many as 4.9% of these PCs are wiped for Windows by the customer.

The world is not octal despite DEC.