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Comment: Re:Good for greece (Score 1) 945 945

One size doesn't fit all, so it should come as no surprise that a currency made for industrial nations doesn't work so well for a tourist economy.

Umm... that wasn't what this referendum was about. The Greeks will never accept an exit from the Euro. Even though they thoroughly deserve to be booted out.

What do you think this referendum was about? A "no" vote is effectively the equivalent of Greece saying "We will not accept your bailout deal, so if you do not give us a better one we are leaving the Euro". Unless the EU caves, Greece could be off of the Euro this week.

While an argument could be made that the average Greek didn't fully understand what a "no" vote means, there is no doubt what it means for the economic future of Greece. Either the EU caves on Monday or Greece starts to print drachmas. (or some other lender comes to the rescue, but that is a very far fetched possibility)

Comment: Re:Now that was cool! (Score 1) 64 64

are you saying there exists some implementation that analyzes every resume in existence perfectly? it's "incomplete" in the sense that any such effort is incomplete and imperfect by nature of the problem. your criticism is invalid, you don't understand the task if you expect completeness is possible

The task is to determine which professional skills relate to each other (this goal comes from TFA, not just the summary). The use of resumes to accomplish this is an implementation decision. Any shortcomings of using resumes is not necessarily an inherent limitation to solving the task at hand. There are other ways to complete the task that do not rely on resumes at all, or that rely on them less.

For instance, you could use web search results to obtain data for your distributional semantics research. Websites that discuss MongoDB are probably more likely to use the term Database more often than Spring, even though the opposite is true for resumes. And in this case MongoDB has far more to do with databases than the Spring framework, so this methodology would return better results in this case.

I am not necessarily saying a web crawl would return better results overall, I am only clarifying why problems caused by implementation decisions should not be used to claim the problem itself will always suffer from this problem.

Comment: Re:We're All Dicks (Score 1) 257 257

Denying your kid is your own? That's something I think a lot of younger guys can relate to, if they're scared about becoming a father and everything it involves. Doubly so if you actually have grand plans for something like a business venture and fear that becoming a parent would decimate the free time and dedication you'd have to devote to it, to make it work.

I'm just going to assume you don't have kids since you are rationalizing how abandoning your child because it will hurt your career is somehow okay, or simply being immature. If I abandoned my wife and kids I could save up enough money in one year to work full time on my startup idea for two years. Instead I am working on it 15-20 hours a week when everyone is asleep and occasionally on weekends. This doesn't make me a great parent, it just makes me not a sociopath.

Comment: Re:We're All Dicks (Score 1) 257 257

You, sir, have very very low standards as to what a "positive impact" on the world is.

Mother Teresa and the countless number of volunteers helping 3rd world countries is a positive impact. Preventing a war is a positive impact. Donating to various charities and foundations is a positive impact.

Compared to you I guess I do have a very low standard. I think someone being a good parent has a positive impact on the world. I think someone starting a construction company that builds quality homes for people has a positive impact on the world. I think someone who corrects a cashier when they give them $20 in change instead of $10 has a positive impact on the world.

I also think that in most cases, for profit enterprises have a much greater positive impact on the world than charities. They usually reach far more people and move societal progress further ahead. Charities are usually more involved with helping the people that progress left behind.

It is very arguable which one is more commendable. Is it better to improve a billion people's lives by 0.1% or a hundred peoples lives by 10000%? I don't think the answer to that question is clear cut. I do however think it is clear we want both types of people in this world.

Comment: Re:We're All Dicks (Score 5, Insightful) 257 257

We're all dicks. It will inspire some to try to do it without dickness; others are going to be dicks regardless. Seriously, does anyone make it to the top without at least some dickness?

People call Steve Jobs a dick not because he was just a pushy businessman (like most other successful people) but because he really was a dick. He abandoned his daughter for years, which by itself is enough to show he was deep down not a good person. He chose financial success over his own child; other than murder or torture I cannot think of a worst act. It could be argued he became a better person later in life, since it appears he tried to rectify the worst thing he ever did. But financially supporting her after he had plenty of money is hardly a grand gesture.

The world is probably a better place because Steve Jobs existed, but that only goes to show even the most deplorable people can have a very positive impact on the world.

Comment: Re:Alarming Freedom (Score 2) 277 277

It's called a "push poll". It's a fancy way of asking questions to make some people seem stupid. It's grown-up name calling. That's all.

A push poll uses manipulative or loaded questions. Like asking "Do you like Obamacare" while not specifying if you think it goes too far or not far enough. A quick glance at these questions doesn't reveal any loaded or manipulative questions to me.

Someone people seem stupid because they are, not because a poll is being manipulative.

Comment: Re:Makes sense. (Score 1) 277 277

a) do you really trust any measure of intelligence?

Yes. I trust no claim of a 100% accurate measurement of intelligence, but trust that many measurements of intelligence are at least able to measure large differences in intelligence. A standard deviation is a big difference, so I do believe a 15 point difference in IQ is going to have a great deal of predictive ability regarding someone's ability to learn and understand information.

b) do you really think that scientists have higher intelligence?

Yes. I have worked with PhD students and professional researchers, and I have worked with "average" people, and there is a big difference in intelligence. It is hard to quantify the difference, but it is there.

c) do you really think that intelligence has anything but the most minor role to play in career success as a scientist?

I guess it depends on what you mean by minor role. There are likely very few prominent scientists who are less than one standard deviation smarter than the average person. In this context intelligence has a very major role. But once you are at least this smart, access to education and hard work will have far more to do with your success than raw intelligence. In this context it has a very minor role.

It is similar to how beauty impacted how I evaluated potential romantic partners. There was a minimal level of attractiveness before I would contemplate starting a romantic relationship with someone. This is probably a 7 out of 10 in quantitative terms. But after reaching this threshold, beauty has almost no impact on how overall attractive a woman is to me. Intelligence, humor, shared interests and beliefs, etc. are far more important. Success in most careers that demand a certain level of intelligence is just about the same in my opinion.

Comment: Project Management or Business Analyst (Score 5, Informative) 246 246

Two great careers for software developers who don't really like writing software are project management and business analyst. Both are very necessary in almost any IT group, and having software development experience will be an asset in both. Analysts that can write SQL and fully understand object modeling are rare and valuable, as are project managers who understand the software development life cycle from the viewpoint of developers.

Comment: Re:I wouldn't hire anyone with a U. of Phoenix deg (Score 1) 132 132

[Have a UoP degree] screams "Hey! I'm a moron!"

UoP degree holding candidates should simply be treated the same as self taught candidates. Up until recently there were no other options to get BS degrees online or at night school for the vast majority of majors, so students were forced to attend diploma mills like UoP or Devry. To get past HR filters schools like UoP were the only choice for many people.

I got my BS degree from UoP for these very reasons, but I followed it up with a MS degree from a real school. Even the MS degree wasn't that useful for someone self-taught and motivated (I could have taught all but 3 of my 13 classes), but I knew I wouldn't want UoP on my resume in the future because of employers that would just black ball me.

Comment: Re:Rumors and whisperings (Score 2) 132 132

As someone who did attend, you are correct that the degrees given by UoP are worthless as anything but a way to get past HR resume filters.

I had no other option in 2009 other than an online degree because I needed to work full time. Standard brick and mortar schools didn't offer online or night school BS programs in anything but a handful of degrees (oddly enough none of them IT related). Today that is no longer the case, so there really is no reason to attend UoP anymore. They simply prey on people with underhanded recruiting, and the world will be a better place when the school is just shut down.

They offered a much needed service 5 years ago because no worthwhile schools were doing it. I was already self taught so I didn't need an education; I just needed a degree. I also decided to get a Masters degree from a real school (plenty of colleges offer good nigh and weekend MS degrees) so I no longer even mention UoP on my resume.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 2) 132 132

Phoenix and other for profit schools are nothing more than diploma mills. They need to die.

And this is different from state run schools how?

If you actually attended both UoP and any state school, you would understand the difference. I already was self educated so the lack of rigor wasn't a problem (I literally just needed the piece of paper / diploma), but it was truly a waste of time for anyone trying to learn a trade.

To put it in context, here are the 5 assignments I had in my second semester SQL class at UoP. They constituted almost 100% of the grade (the rest was just participation in forums). One assignment was due each week of the 5 week class.

1) Create a database (literally just a CREATE DATABASE command).
2) Create three tables
3) Create foreign key relationships between the tables
4) Populate the tables with data from a CSV file
5) Create a report listing the data ina tabular format

Comment: Re:adjective choice (Score 1) 132 132

One wonders whether it's the "for-profit" nature of the institution, or its "lack of government subsidy" that puts it at relative risk.

It is neither, UoP is at relative risk because it provides little to no value to students. The only value it provides is giving a degree that can pass through an HR filter, and this usually only works when the filter doesn't pay attention to the institution name. Anyone willing to hire a UoP graduate is likely willing to hire someone without a degree as well.

The majority of government subsidies all private colleges receive today are in the form of government backed student loans. This is probably the majority of subsidies for public schools at this point as well. So UoP receives plenty of government subsidies. They price their classes so around 95% of the tuition can be paid with Stafford loans. They even do tricks like filing for student loans more frequently than once a year to get more money from the government (not sure why this works, but it does).

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke