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Comment: Re:Accepting a story from Florian Meuller? (Score 2) 108

People can be skeptical to be skeptical, but, as you eluded to, this is not the Microsoft of old.

I remember the Microsoft of old singing, "developers, developers, developers......" Sounds like the same old song to me.

Microsoft has been giving stuff away free for a long time to get an edge on competition. There was a huge lawsuit about that with IE.

TBH I'm not sure exactly what you think has changed.

Comment: Re:Graphing the data would help a lot of the time (Score 1) 180

by phantomfive (#49496907) Attached to: Social Science Journal 'Bans' Use of p-values

They have no clue in the first place what their data really look like, and know good knowledge of how to properly analyse data and make graphs. Before they even teach stats to undergrads they should be making them learn to plot data and read graphs. It's obvious most of them can't even do that.


Explains why some people struggle horrifically in statistics, and others can sleep through class and still get an A.

Comment: Re:I Call BS! (Score 1) 46

Calling Bullshit here that it's as 'easy as a call to the Hospital Administrator'.

Please note, the summary says getting the rollout started only takes a couple days. I presume these are hospitals that are already getting plenty of money from the NFL (the NFL pays a lot for healthcare), so they're willing to spend some extra money on IT costs if that's what it takes to keep their biggest paying customer happy.

Comment: Re:Now if only he'd deal with blatant cheating (Score 1) 46

Now if only the NFL could use their amazing abilities to rapidly get EMR interoperability to actually punish a team that's been caught repeatedly cheating and fraudulently "won" this year's Superbowl...

Heh, you can always recognize the bitter Seahawks fans.

Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 698

by phantomfive (#49478621) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status
What state organized employment discrimination is there against Scientology in Germany?

I looked into Scientology a few years back. It has weird mythology, which I can deal with, but I was struck by the lack of any real, non-trivial falsifiable predictions.

Comment: Re:Hate to tell them, but... (Score 1) 101

by phantomfive (#49476057) Attached to: Fifty Years of Moore's Law

Well within 5 years (try 2 years), both Google and Uber will be running low speed taxi services in dense city areas using their respective vehicles.

If they are lucky, within five years they will have the algorithms necessary to self-drive a car. From there, expect another 5-10 debugging the software and making it safe enough for the public.

Go look up how long it takes to build flight-safe airplane software, and then realize that car software is much more complicated.

Comment: Re:Isolation!? (Score 2) 137

by phantomfive (#49475117) Attached to: Road To Mars: Solving the Isolation Problem
Yeah, but according to the summary:

The technology and the missions themselves will probably come together long before we know how to deal with isolation.

That is very optimistic. There are a lot of problems more difficult to solve than the problem of isolation. As mentioned, it's similar to the problem of a long-term sea voyage.........

Comment: Re:Wouldn't a re-write be more fruitful? (Score 2) 207

by phantomfive (#49471025) Attached to: Linux Getting Extensive x86 Assembly Code Refresh

I don't really know why. Users will say "But it works, we don't want to change waaagh scary" while simultaneously reporting 237 bugs all of which are OMG critical.

Because if you did it wrong the first time, there's no chance that you're going to do it better the second time. You'll end up leaving out crucial functionality or something.

If you don't know how to clean up a codebase in-place by rewriting a little at a time, then you aren't skilled enough to do a rewrite from scratch.

Comment: Re:Outsiders will forever be outsider if ... (Score 1) 147

I am a Chinese, born in China In the US of A I am an *outsider* --- and if I want to forever remain an *outsider*, I can

I could be wrong about this, but I feel like Chinese immigrants contribute paradoxically to their own feeling of outsiderness by calling everyone else an outsider when they speak their own language (wai-guo-ren - the best I can do on Slashdot). It seems like that only reinforces the 'otherness,' and others would actually be more accepting of them.

Comment: Re:Should be micro kernel (Score 1) 207

by phantomfive (#49468249) Attached to: Linux Getting Extensive x86 Assembly Code Refresh

It's like software layers. You'll see some groups that are utterly adamant about keeping things strictly in layers, yet there are often very noticeable barriers between the layers that are inefficient both in run time and in developer productivity

Everyone builds things in layers. At a minimum, you have the layer between the CPU and assembly language, between the kernel and userland, and between storage and the 'file' abstraction. There are plenty of other layers because they are helpful.

If the layers get in the way instead of helping, it means that the layers were designed poorly.

"I am, therefore I am." -- Akira