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Comment: Bad Statistics (Score 1) 519

by medv4380 (#48677239) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In
Only 5% of the excellent programmers are in the US if you assume that all the factors that contribute to excellent programmers are randomly distributed. It's a statistically fallacy. I wouldn't expect most of Africa to produce many excellent programmers due to the large uneducated population. I also wouldn't expect China, or India to produce a directly proportional ratio of excellent programmers ether due to the massive illiteracy rate in their populations. I also wouldn't expect Middle Eastern countries with massive uneducated female populations to be able to produce the same ratio to their populations. I would expect the US, Japan, South Korea, and Europe to produce most of the worlds 5% of assumed excellent programmers due to the higher rate of educated citizens. There are a lot of assumptions, and unless you know all the variables involved, or made the necessary measurements you could also assume that 90% of the worlds top programmers were born and raised the any random country you pick, including the USA.

Comment: They're asking for documentation. (Score 1) 141

Sorry, but when has anyone in the field been "good" at documentation? I'd say the best "history" we got is probably just to pull all the comments off of the Linux code, or the dev groups, but that wouldn't be safe for work. If someone were to look at the comments in any major program you'd probably come to the conclusion that we're all mental patients, and criminals being hired out of some asylum. Best to leave the history as Lovelace, then Tuning, and then nothing, but Chaos.

Comment: Re:Hardware Security (Score 1) 89

Being able to explain that when it rains the line goes static is one thing. It's another to say every day around 3 oclock the line gets static when there is no rain. All the line tests would say the line was wet, but no indication of where, or why. Arizona doesn't really get a lot of rain ether. We found out when the customer looked out at the pedestal during one of the trouble shooting calls, and saw a kid on his way home from school peeing into pedestal. The older models are ok for rain, but if someone's deliberately spraying liquid at the doors cracks it's going to get wet inside.

Comment: Re:Hardware Security (Score 1) 89

I'm glad my pedestal is in my back yard. Probably not comforting for my neighbors that the fence blocks their view of it. At least it's not near the road were a kid taking a leak on it would cause static on the line. I feel sorry for the tech that had to trouble shoot that one.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 580

by medv4380 (#48625959) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'
I did up until the latest round. The minor nothing threats from DPRK were free advertising, and I could see some PR rep trying to capitalize on it. However, once the film was canceled that moved it out of a Sony PR guy trying to get butts in seats. It's still probably just a bunch of hackers using NK as cover.

Comment: Re:Religious is better than philosophical? (Score 1) 1051

by medv4380 (#48582007) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?
If the people claiming Philosophical objection were actually able to write up a well reason and argued case I'd personally accept their objection. However, most if not all of these case are hysterical anti-vac nutters claiming something due to mass hysteria and not a well reasoned argument.

Comment: Seems more like a relationship with quantiy (Score 1) 53

by medv4380 (#48573829) Attached to: Study of Massive Preprint Archive Hints At the Geography of Plagiarism
I don't have there whole data, but they did put up 10 or so on their nice little map. Seems more like the fewer papers a country has the higher the percentage of plagiarism. However, the US has so many papers in this study it should be divided into smaller regions.

Comment: In the event I have to prove my innocents (Score 1) 99

by medv4380 (#48548399) Attached to: Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud
I don't like the Guilty Until Proven Innocent mentality. However, since some people are insistent on doing away with the basics of our legal system I do like the fact that my Wii FitMeter could be used to prove my general whereabouts since it records altitude information thought the day. I can easily see in my daily logs when I come home, and leave for work because there are substantial hills on the path. I'm fairly confident that between my phone and FitMeter I could prove my whereabouts with absolute certainty. Since I'm also pinned in a IT room in the back with only one other coworker who doesn't come in till 10, and leaves at 3ish I wouldn't have a provable alibi between 8 to 10 and 3 to 5 without my devices. I don't like having to do that, but since some people insist on Guilty Until Proven Innocent I'm happy that my devices do this.

Comment: Re:What service, exactly, is Nielsen providing? (Score 3, Interesting) 55

by medv4380 (#48421759) Attached to: Nielsen Will Start Tracking Netflix and Amazon Video
Yes, but not given publicly. This is so that shows can use the ratings as leverage in negotiating contracts with Netflix. Which is also why netflix doesn't release the data publicly. They don't want some show figuruing out that half the netflix audiance watches the same program every time it's pushed out. They might think they have an angle and try to get more money out of netflix, or more money out of one of their competitors by offering and exclusive deal. Like Downton Abbey giving exclusive rights to Amazon because they needed something to get people to watch Amazon over Hulu.

Comment: Re:Bad Headline as Usual (Score 2, Interesting) 335

That's how you read it? I read it as if you create a robot that tries to evaluate weather or not it should kill someone based on ethics the program will never complete. You can certainly make one that can always kill what you tell it to, but not one that can choose whether or not a given human is a rebel to be shot on site, or a human that is apart of the new world order. However, I'm more likely to have it kill all humans not holding an IFF tag.

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