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Comment: Re:Current Slashdot Poll (Score 5, Insightful) 388

by molafson (#31694280) Attached to: "Supertaskers" Can Safely Use Mobile Phones While Driving

"The Dunning-Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it."


"People tend to hold overly favorable views of their abilities in many social and intellectual domains. The authors suggest that this overestimation occurs, in part, because people who are unskilled in these domains suffer a dual burden: Not only do these people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it."



Comment: Re:Software engineering is not a new concept. (Score 1) 436

by molafson (#28520177) Attached to: Does the 'Hacker Ethic' Harm Today's Developers?

Interesting. You can look at it as analogous to the creation of TV cartoons, i.e. the creators are artists who design the story and the key cells. The workers are the ones who ink the cells as per the artists' design (by hand or by computer imaging). The workers are also artists in their own way, but not to the same degree.

Comment: Re:Malware? (Score 5, Informative) 318

by molafson (#28459605) Attached to: AV-Test Deems Windows Security Essentials "Very Good"

"AV-Test also examined the program's anti-rootkit skills and its ability to scrub a system of malware it finds with a limited number of samples and "found no reasons to complain," Marx said. "[Security Essentials] is able to remove found malware very well, but further tests against larger sets of samples are required before we can come to a final conclusion."

Comment: Re:I just hope they fix the controllers (Score 1) 322

by molafson (#10185517) Attached to: Atari To Release Old Games and New Console System
I remember the Colecovision controllers to have been adequate if not good. The fire buttons were kind of weird, with their "springy" action (as opposed to the "clicky" fire buttons on the Atari controller). I liked the Coleco's round directional stick... The number pad was pretty much useless though.

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky