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Comment: Re:Leading question (Score 1) 350

by redfood (#48380715) Attached to: Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

The issue is that the sample population is small and the effects of bias is often subtle so the suggestion that the image is "inappropriate" by overwhelm what my already be a "weak signal."

I don't think the goal was to determine of one image is considered more or less inappropriate it was to determine bias. So why not - "Our university is developing promotional material to attract more women. Would you use this image?" Or even better, show both images and then say "Which image would you choose for promotional material (1) image a, (2) image b, (3) neither images."

Bias is something rarely acknowledged and (thankfully) discouraged. As a result it is difficult to study. But there is a large body of rigorous research that consistently shows that even the most enlightened of us have implicit biases that effect our decision and actions on a daily basis. A very quick google came up with this literature review (http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2014-implicit-bias.pdf). I haven't read and I'm not familiar with the Kirwan Institue but it looks like a good survey to my quick skim.

Comment: Leading question (Score 1) 350

by redfood (#48379705) Attached to: Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

Your question mentions a work context and already suggests that the image is inappropriate. The wording is hardly impartial and may sway respondents who might otherwise be unsure how to answer and thus influenced by internalized/unconscious bias.

Also, this is a delicate topic. If you want to people to take your writing seriously, you should work hard at using respectful language. Referring to to the two graduates/mothers as "girls" is belittling.

Comment: free-market rewards (Score 1) 291

by redfood (#47501809) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

the phone's shortcomings actually raise more interesting questions — about why the free-market system rewards companies for pulling off miracles at the hardware level, but not for fixing software bugs that should be easy to catch.

It doesn't. Apple is taking over half of the smartphone profit share while LG is loosing money on smart phones. Apples hardware is good but it isn't so much better than its competitors. The differentiation that makes it so profitable is software.

Comment: Exercise vs Pollution and Catastrophe (Score 1) 947

by redfood (#45228601) Attached to: How Safe Is Cycling?

I commuted for years by bicycle in LA. I've always wondered if it was increasing or decreasing my life expectancy.

On the one hand, my heart and body were getting a lot of exercise. On the other hand, I was sucking in a lot of pollutions and despite being a pretty careful rider I seem to get into an accident with a care once every three years.

(If you are curios, I walked away from all the accidents but a few of my ribs may never be the same again.)

Comment: margins (Score 1) 348

by redfood (#44867189) Attached to: Did Apple Make a Mistake By Releasing Two New iPhones?

I don't think its a good assumption that the 5c is lower margin relative to the 5s.

Apple has always sold last years model at a discount. The 5c is essentially a 5 engineered to be cheaper to produce - Plastic (err Polycarbonate) vs Aluminum and I'm guessing other tweaks as well.

The 5s on the other hand has two brand new processors the 64 bit A7 and the M7 (anyone know if the GPU is new too).

I wouldn't be surprised if the 5s is the lower margin device. I think the allowed for preorders on the 5c but not the 5s so they could sell as many 5cs as the good to improve their overall margins.

Comment: Style != formatting (Score 2) 479

by redfood (#41791041) Attached to: Does Coding Style Matter?

Almost all the posted comments are talking about formatting (tabs vs spaces, indentation, line breaks, etc).

While its good to be consistent with these. Style is so much more.
    Consistant naming schemes for variables/functions/classes/methods etc.
    Useful and meaningful comments.
    Handling non-expected input and states gracefully
    Catching and handling of exceptions
    meaningful feedback to the user if there is a problem.

I would call all these things and more "style." These are the things that make it easy to maintain code after it is written. They also help to reduce the incidence of bugs.

Comment: Nothing to come clean about. (Score 1) 221

by redfood (#40880427) Attached to: Apple Comes Clean, Admits To Doing Market Research

There is nothing for Apple to "come clean" about. They never said they didn't do market research (especially how it was described in the trial as tuning their marketing). What they have consistently said is that they don't use focus groups for product development.

"It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them."
-- Steve Jobs, BusinessWeek, May 25 1998

Comment: Re:free at last? (Score 1) 202

by redfood (#35957964) Attached to: Novell Completes Sale

In Novell's case I think its inertia. There was a time that Novell offered a suit of solutions that worked together well and made things easier. Eventually, industry surpassed Novell.

Good IT managers are conservative. In the short term, "If it ain't broke don't fix it" is a good motto. But sometimes sticking with the old becomes a burden and its good to be proactive. Knowing when to migrate or upgrade (and when not to) is what separates the good managers from the great ones.

I'm guessing you are an engineer. The willies you get from sales is your BS detector going off. The sales people are selling product they don't completely understand. The management making the buy decision is buying a product they don't completely understand. But the sales people and the management speak the same language. The engineers usually do not. So the management trusts the sales people and the "monster" is purchased.

Comment: old news (Score 3, Interesting) 112

by redfood (#34749848) Attached to: French Use Space Tech To Find Parking Spots

They have had something like this at BWI for years. Even better - you don't have to look at your phone while driving. There are red and green lights marking open spots and the number of free spaces listed at the head of each row.

Similarly, the parking structure at the Grove in LA lists the number of free spaces per floor.

Comment: Re:claims of suspicious are suspicious (Score 1) 406

by redfood (#31178170) Attached to: Owners Smash iPhones To Get Upgrades, Says Insurance Company

Great response - if I could mod you up I would.

I wasn't as clear as I could have been. The 50% could have been people waiting to report their broken phone until after a new one was released. (Was there a dip in claims in the preceding months? No way of knowing from the article).

What found problematic was the 'Four in ten of the iPhone claims received by Supercover is deemed "suspicious."'...Korina said that iPhones are very difficult to damage, making the false claims are actually easy to spot.' My iPhone was pretty dented up from normal use and the screen cracked when I dropped it from waist height (somehow missed my pocket). It sounds like they would say my phone was "suspicious" but I was pretty careful with it (drop not-withstanding).

 

Comment: claims of suspicious are suspicious (Score 1) 406

by redfood (#31176018) Attached to: Owners Smash iPhones To Get Upgrades, Says Insurance Company
I don't know how they define "suspicious." I had an original iPhone with a cracked screen. It wasn't pretty but still worked so I held on to it until the 3Gs came out. Then I got a new iPhone. I'm sure that would have looked suspicious to the insurance company but it actually would have saved them money.

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