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Comment: Re:many girls are brought up to believe that (Score 1) 158

by rhyous (#47475987) Attached to: ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

I was constantly told growing up that girls are naturally better at math than boys. I was probably top 5 in my High School in Math as a guy. I heard this over and over and over again. The girls heard it too.

So why is this post saying the opposite?

Is my one experience just an anecdotal anomaly?

Comment: The wrong solutions (Score 1) 579

by rhyous (#47377243) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

I don't think the problem is what they think it is. Correlation does not equal causation. They've started off well. The lights with countdowns have an increase in accidents. That leaves the following questions:

1. Is it a significant enough increase to do anything about?
2. Why do these intersections have more accidents? Is it really the counter, or were other updates made the same time the counter was added?
3. Are the counters only added to busier intersections?
4. I often slow down sooner because I see based on the counter that I can never make the green light. (Yes, I speed up too when I do see that I can make the light.)
5. Also, I've noticed that because of these counters, the first car starts going sooner on a green light. This means one or more cars get through the light than before. This means more traffic is getting through the intersection. So is it the light or the increased traffic through the light causing the increase in crashing?

Anyway, I don't think we are ready to act yet.

Comment: Re:Bought one ebook from Amazon, will never do aga (Score 1) 72

by rhyous (#47351235) Attached to: Want To Resell Your Ebooks? You'd Better Act Fast

I believe in DRM free ebooks, too. My book, Fire Light (Trinity of Mind book 1), is DRM free. I also know a few other authors that sell DRM free books. However, I haven't even taking time to see if I can actually transfer them. I just click the box, DRM free when I publish.

Comment: Add one or two more classes to school (Score 1) 293

by rhyous (#47255243) Attached to: Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

I suggested we add an eighth, maybe even a ninth class to school. Most schools are somewhere between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm. Some start earlier, some start later. However, think what an extra hour would do?

Benefits
1. It would give the students another class to take.
2. It would keep latchkey kids out of trouble and off the streets for one more hour while their parents get home.
3. Some kids don't get breakfast or dinner. Since they are at school earlier and later, they could server breakfast and dinner. This will give the poor kids better food and kids who are well fed perform better in school on average than kids who aren't. It is hard to concentrate on school work with a hungry stomach.
4. A peer tutor hour could happen. This would be extremely beneficial in student grading. It has been demonstrated that teaching something is one of the best ways to learn a subject more deeply and permanently. The good students will get better themselves as they help raise up the struggling students.

Problems:
1. Money. If teachers work to teach an extra class or two, they also have more to grade, etc. So teachers salaries would need to be raised and a few more teachers hired.
2. Too much homework for the kids.
3. Sports players need that time.

Solutions:
a. Add one hour as a peer hour where top peers tutor lower peers in a library-like setting. Make this hour required for kids whose do not have supervision until they get home. Not required if the student has a stay-at-home-parent.
b. Make another class an "in class" only course. Where there is no homework. Many skill are beneficial to learn in one hour a day blocks with little or no homework. Typing, cooking, reading practice, Physical Ed, etc...
c. This hour may pay for itself as the amount of crime between 3pm and 5pm is rather high, and would decrease significantly, so lower juvenile court costs, etc...these costs will eventually be reallocated.
d. Making the sports team puts you in a "class" for that sports team from 3pm to 5pm.

With one or two extra classes, an intro to Computer Science course that has limited homework but is more of an in class training, can be mandatory for all. Then the AP Computer Science class would be the next logical course and those who took the intro would likely take the next course.

Comment: Surface Pro 3 (Score 1) 321

by rhyous (#47126359) Attached to: I Want a Kindle Killer

I just used a Surface Pro 3.

In my opinion it beats every tablet on the market. Once I replace my laptop with the Surface Pro 3, I am pretty sure that I will eventually stop using my Kindles e-readers.

However, I will still use the Kindle app. So are you wanting a different "e-reader" or are you wanting Amazon to have competition?

Comment: Publishers have to adjust (Score 1) 405

Look, Amazon is not a monopoly. They might be a large market share holder, but they have competition:

B&N
iBooks
Google Play Books
Kobo
Smashwords

The problem is that Amazon is doing a better job than all of them. They are selling 90% of the eBooks. I am not sure about the print books. The other companies aren't doing anything different. They are using DRM. If you buy ebooks through them, you are pretty much locked into using their app.

Amazon is making plenty of money off of indie authors and they don't need publishers. So this is not bullying. It is simply business.
Why should Amazon add books that will make them less money?
In what business does that make sense?

It is time that authors realize that publishers are no longer what they once were. Why?
1. Good editors are everywhere and cost $2000 or less.
2. Good book cover designers are everywhere and cost $500 or less.
3. Good print layout designer are $500 or less.
4. Good publicist/marketer is $500 a month ($6k a year)
5. Distribution is easy. Now distribution is done online through all the stores I just mentioned. The last remaining distribution channels that publishers have are brick and mortar stores (which are declining) and libraries, which are now including the ability to checkout eBooks, even from indie authors.

So publishers are realizing that their only value are these:
1. One time upfront cash infusion (cost of editor/cover/print layout)
2. They can send an email to their large contact list.
3. A sense of quality.

If an author builds their own contact list, then #2 is canceled out. That means all a publisher is anymore is one time service. Why would any author give up 80% to 90% of profits for nothing more than a one time service? Hire your own editor, your own cover artist and your publicist. You pay $9k and you own 100% of your work. You get %70 from all eBook sales on amazon.

The final feature, quality, is not going to last. Indie authors can write quality. Check out this: http://scififantasyreaders.com...
Pretty soon, there were be quality standards that indies follow. What will be left of the publishers? If they don't change and adapt, they will all go out of business and only their names in the books they once printed will remain.

Comment: Anthem (Score 1) 626

by rhyous (#47073701) Attached to: Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

Yes!

What will the candle makers do when electricity takes over?
What will the horse trainers and carriage makers do when cars take over?
What will the printers and mail deliverers do when digital documents take over?
What will the highway patrol, taxi drivers, other drivers do when autonomous cars take over?

The world will improve. Other jobs will be available. Some individuals will have personal struggles, but the rest of the world will grow.

Comment: Show us the evidence (Score 1) 293

I get annoyed reading lines like: "There is growing evidence that the center of the Milky Way contains a mysterious object some 4 million times more massive than the Sun."

What evidence do we have? How is it growing? How big is it now? How much does it grow?

I mean, are we talking a mustard seed of evidence here? (Yes, iron analogy to use in science, I know ;-)

After reading the article, science is making a guess that wormholes are smaller than black holes. There is no scientific basis behind this guess. It is just a guess. So this article assumes that because Sagittarius A is small it is a worm hole, not a black hole.

So basically we are in the hypothesis phase, not even in the theory phase yet.

Comment: Languages Course (Score 1) 177

by rhyous (#46950717) Attached to: Programming Language Diversity On the Rise

I think you might be mistaken.

Just because someone posts something to git hub doesn't mean that is "the" language they have chosen.

We now have classes in college that are called "Intro to Programming Languages" and the whole purpose is to learn many different programming languages. Some of these "class projects" will invariably end up on GitHub. Then they have a final in the language of their choice, with a requirement that the language be "other" than the big 4 (Java, C#, C/C++, PHP).

So first, remove all those homework project from your evaluation, then redo your evaluation. You might see what I everyone else sees in the market: Java, C#, C/C++/ObjectiveC for compiled languages and JavaScript and PHP for non-compiled languages and then everything else is sometimes used for a product here and there.

Comment: Enterprise tools (Score 1) 589

by rhyous (#46941021) Attached to: Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

I work for LANDesk, the premier desktop management tool in the world. There is much more to the cost of an operating system than, well, "the operating system". There are very few companies that have 100,000+ open source desktops. But there are many companies that have 100,000+ Windows desktops. Trust me, if it were cheaper to have an open source operating system, these companies would be the ones doing it.

How do you deploy the operating system?
How do you deploy software to the operating system?
How do you re-image the operating system when the user hoses it?
And when you re-image, how do you make sure that all the software that they should have is deployed to them with the new image?
How do many IT support calls do you take on the operating system?
How do you remote control these operating systems?
How do you manage security and patches on all these devices?
What is the cost to train an individual on these operating systems?

Windows is the most cost effective Operating System in all these areas.

It doesn't make sense to avoid the Operating System cost of $200-$300 for an OS license that you may even use for 10 years, but then spend $10,000 extra per PC per year to do all the tasks listed above. You will have to have more staff. Each FTE you add in IT is pretty much 100k after you factor in total cost of your employee (salary plus benefits, equipment, training, etc.). If it is a senior developer, the cost is closer to 150k.

Yes, all the above tasks can be done on Open Source platforms. But it isn't going to be as seamless as it is with Windows.

LANDesk's Management Suite helps IT departments manage desktops (and movile devices now) better than any other company, it is our job and our focus. We manage Open Source desktops better than most but all desktop management companies manage Windows more seamlessly.

And before you pass me off as just a Microsoft fan-boy, you should check out my blog, where you will see I am actually an Open Source fan-boy but I also have no hate for proprietary software like some do. I just love technology. The truth is truth no matter who you are a fan of.

Comment: I use C# (Score 1) 435

by rhyous (#46890149) Attached to: C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

I use C# in Visual Studio. C++, yes even C++11, looks like a dinosaur in comparison.

Even if I am working on FreeBSD or Linux, C# is better. Mono is easy to install and the MonoDevelop is already friendlier than any other open source IDE out there.

But both Java and C# make C++11 look slow. The syntactical bloat needed to code the same features in C++ compared to C# and Java is just not acceptable.

It isn't just the language that makes C++11 old. It is the fact that IDEs suck. Visual Studio is so far ahead of all other IDEs that everything else is abysmal. However, VS is not as feature rich for C++ so even C++ on Visual Studio is a pain.

#1. Fix syntax. If I were to fix C++, I would change the compiler to support hundreds of the C#/Java syntax. Sure it is syntactical sugar, but that sugar is what makes those languages awesome.
#2. Fix references. Make stupid simple. Check out NuGet and the Java equivalent and implement something. Maybe this is an IDE fix, I don't care. The language is does not stand alone, but the tools around it are important too.

Now for all Langauges, C++, Java, C#, and others. Make the same freaking libraries with the same signatures.

Comment: Very little found in books that isn't free online (Score 1) 247

by rhyous (#46842053) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Books for a Comp Sci Graduate Student?

Drop the books. Unless you are going to be tested on them or have to do exercises from the end of a chapter. And if you are going to do that, get a friend in class and share the book.

Books are awesome, but not for Computer Science. There are plenty of online tutorials/videos that are free.

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