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Comment: Re:Those positions have always been there. (Score 3, Interesting) 373

by phrenq (#30786864) Attached to: How To Get a Job At a Mega-Corp

Wow. I don't know which Google you worked for.

Also speaking from experience, I work between 40 and 50 hours a week. I occasionally respond to an email in the evening, if I notice it and it's easily addressed. Otherwise I leave it until morning. Performance reviews are peer driven, and I've never even *heard* of anyone getting negative marks for taking vacation, let alone having it happen to me. I'm respected and trusted by my largely highly competent peers, and nobody expects me to kill myself working. Sure, sometimes there are emergencies and crunch times, and there are crappy parts of every job, but this is a *very* good place to work.

Comment: Re:Cheers for PETA (Score 1) 820

by phrenq (#30293018) Attached to: Scientists Create Artificial Meat

My perspective may be colored by too much science fiction.

I defined sentience as something like human-level self awareness and intelligence, and assumed that definition was more or less universal. However, at least according to Wikipedia, there's plenty of precedent for the way you're using it.

I think there's a philosophical (or at least semantic) argument buried in there, but it doesn't really matter in relation to your original point that animals can suffer, which is perfectly valid.

Please accept my apology for the derail. It wasn't really relevant and I tend toward the pedantic. ;)

NASA

NASA's LCROSS Mission Proves Lunar Ice Suspicions 177

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the water-is-wet dept.
NASA is reporting that preliminary data from the LCROSS mission indicates that there really is water in one of the permanently shadowed lunar craters, just as they suspected back in September. "'We are ecstatic,' said Anthony Colaprete, LCROSS project scientist and principal investigator at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. 'Multiple lines of evidence show water was present in both the high angle vapor plume and the ejecta curtain created by the LCROSS Centaur impact. The concentration and distribution of water and other substances requires further analysis, but it is safe to say Cabeus holds water.'"

Comment: Re:"there's many third variables" ? (Score 1) 284

by phrenq (#27572731) Attached to: Facebook Users Get Lower Grades In College

Third variables, also called confounding variables, are variables in an experiment that are not accounted for.

HTH. HAND, you smug asshole.

Wow. I'm guessing you use Facebook a lot, too, right?. I encourage you to read up after you finish posting the status update about how uncomfortable that stick is.

Comment: Re:Should have used PHP. (Score 2, Interesting) 324

by phrenq (#27498769) Attached to: Twitter On Scala

That's fine for the vast majority of web applications, but you clearly don't understand the scale of the traffic a site like Twitter receives. What do you do when one database machine, no matter how fast, isn't enough? When your load balancer gets overloaded? How about handling that massive search index?

Even a site as simple as Twitter will present you with problems you never expected once it gets that popular. Starting off with something like you suggested is exactly what gets them in the mess they're in now. It must be designed for parallelism and scalability or it will fall over.

That said, if it's properly designed, you can probably make it work in any language, although you can dramatically reduce the number of production machines it takes if you have an efficient compiler/interpreter.

Comment: Re:Solved? (Score 1) 774

by phrenq (#26701923) Attached to: New Paper Offers Additional Reasoning for Fermi's Paradox

Maybe God is everywhere, aware of us, and simply choosing not to communicate.

Disproving God deductively is the opposite of science. The lack of easily obtained evidence for God's existence is far from damning given the area that we are capable of observing with any real scrutiny.

Funny how an argument makes sense in one context but not so much in another. I'm not stating anything about the existence or non-existence of aliens or God, but rather that the argument of "they might exist because you can't prove they don't" is not a very good one.

With all the fancy scientists in the world, why can't they just once build a nuclear balm?

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