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Comment: Re:Got one of these once (Score 1) 249

by romons (#47779791) Attached to: TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers
When they called me, I was overcome with passion, and yelled "You are a lying cunt" into the phone. Man, I hate these parasites. The other guys I hate are the robocallers who pretend to be the IRS. Sadly, it is a generated female voice, and so can't be usefully yelled at. Dialing their number may be dangerous, so I haven't just called them up and yelled at them. Assholes

Comment: Re:Not so sure it's harmless (Score 1) 249

by romons (#47779681) Attached to: TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

I rather like telling them to hold on while I go into the other room so I can hear them better, then setting the phone down with the line still open and going back to whatever I was doing before they called.

At a prior employer, we were in a cube area. Somehow, a scumbag cold calling salesman had gotten our number, in which all the phone numbers were (xxx) xxx-12. They had already called three people in cube number order when they got to me, so, I pulled this 'tell them to hold, put the phone down' gag on the guy, and told everybody else to do it. It took him 5 more calls to figure out that we were on to him.

Comment: Re:Mandatory panic! (Score 1) 421

by romons (#47744639) Attached to: South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

High school age kids are just coming into their psychosis at that age. Full blown schizophrenia happens in about 1 in 100 individuals, so, if you have kids in high school, and your high school has 1000 kids, 10 of them are probably fighting incipient insanity. Many more will end up in jail.

I'd go with being more, rather than less, paranoid in this situation if I was a teacher or administrator.

Comment: Re:Must be an alternate earth. (Score 1) 441

by romons (#47744379) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers
It is all about short term gains. "Next quarter, our payroll will be lower." This problem has been brewing since the 80s, when people found out that gutting companies and looting their pension funds was wildly profitable, and that nobody would put you in jail if you did it. In fact, they run you for president.

Comment: Re:Must be an alternate earth. (Score 1) 441

by romons (#47744355) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Most of the people I know from india (and I worked at cisco for 10 years, so I know a lot of them) really like the united states. They like it. They like the schools, the houses, the stores, the people. They like it.

They can also make enough money to send it home. Many build houses for their parents, and for themselves (in India), while they are working in the US, but most just like it here so much they move their parents over as well, or have extended visits.

Much of India has a terrible climate, horrible traffic, and a corrupt government. Indians like it in the U.S. because they can pick someplace like Silicon Valley, with arguably the best climate in the world, best schools, best roads, housing, and they don't have to bribe officials to get things done.

At least, that is what they tell me.

Comment: Re:Feeding the PR engine, (Score 1) 441

by romons (#47744251) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Only up to a point if you have seen some of the stuff that employers get away with in India you would not be surprised they want to run a way - also not having property stolen by AK toting gangsters is a plus as happened to a college of mines family back in India - or if your a Muslim or a low caste person American even on h1b term seems like the promised land

Is this still true? I thought caste was a thing of the past, at least in the cities.

Comment: Re:Big Data (Score 1) 181

by romons (#47723771) Attached to: Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem
Remember that ATT didn't let other people connect to their lines until the 1960s. They have a shared monopoly. Business 101 suggests that they suck as much cash as they can while the government lets them get away with it. Their business isn't supplying you with netflix. It is picking your pocket in any way they can.

Comment: Re:Beards and suspenders. (Score 1) 637

by romons (#47627797) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

the use of sizeof on pointers isn't the worst, but it is near the worst. The worst is the fact that bitwise operators don't do what you expect in boolean expressions, because their precedence is incorrectly specified, or that '=' is allowed in any expression (including those you may have wished to type '==' in)

I'm happy I use python or matlab for everything these days. Using "C" was just getting annoying, living in terror of forgetting to initialize a pointer, having it then pick up crap from the stack, use it to silently corrupt memory, and then attack me several billion instructions later.

There are entire teams of people dedicated to finding things like that at cisco, where the collision of 30 million lines of C code with newly minted java programmers invariably produces hundreds of these untraceable errors per year. No wonder nobody wants to install the newer release trains anymore.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 172

by romons (#47604039) Attached to: Psychology's Replication Battle

General Relativity predicted that light would be affected by Sun's gravitational field, which was later observed during a solar eclipse, which is a naturally occurring event.

Actually, that experiment has been replicated many times. The sun and moon were both part of the apparatus used to conduct the experiment.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 172

by romons (#47603989) Attached to: Psychology's Replication Battle

I grant that some fields have difficult time with replication. Consider economics. There are 'natural experiments' that occur because of policy changes. However, replicating them can rarely be done, due to the complexity, and also due to the ethical implications.

However, this is rarely true in psychology. Those experiments can be redone cheaply again and again. The fact that they aren't replicated has more to do with lack of will than anything else.

Someone needs to start a journal of 'reproducible results', that will only publish articles about experiments that have results which have been replicated by three independent teams. To hell with reviewers, they just push their hidden agendas anyway.

Comment: Re:correlation, causation (Score 1) 387

by romons (#47603785) Attached to: Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

This isn't how evolution works. It doesn't work on groups, it works on individuals. So, unless high-T folks got less food than they needed, and thus did not reproduce as often, high-T-ism would not decrease in the population.

If it is true that high testosterone increases one's ability to compete for food and mates (which it does) then it should increase over all, since the high-T guys would reproduce more often.

So, having testosterone levels drop suddenly is a puzzle. There was probably some unrelated mutation that conferred a benefit, like disease resistance, that swept through the population, and that had low-T as a side effect. That would have allowed the small groups to coalesce into larger groups, due to lowered levels of competition.

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