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Comment: Re:Do you plan to work in the real world? (Score 2) 173

by slashsloth (#38148134) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Ph.D For Work In Applied Statistics / C.S.?

A PhD is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, employers immediately assume you are mature, intelligent, and highly-motivated. On the flip side, they are generally not willing to pay PhD salaries.

Potential employers do make immediate assumptions about an applicant who has a PhD on their CV for sure; however those assumptions are not always as positive as you suggest. When I'd completed my PhD the only jobs for which I could even get an interview were junior developer positions, same as I'd have gotten if I'd just come straight from primary degree to job market. The PhD counted for nothing & was in fact a bit of a sticking point. Interviewers seemed to think that getting a PhD involves sitting on your ass wasting time & that you'd do the same on their dime if they hired you. Of course, that's Ireland for you -- go figure. Not that I'm bitter or anything :D

Comment: Has the Internet become too centralised? (Score 1) 109

by slashsloth (#37753202) Attached to: Ask Internet Visionary and Pioneer Vint Cerf
That is to say do you think that too much power & control now lies in the hands of the Internet Service Providers, thereby making it, at least in terms of control if not routing, too centralised & too easily manipulated by the powerful few. I guess this question stems from a viewpoint that it should be somehow democratic & free (as in free speech). Also do you share my pedantic belief that the public Internet should be spelt with a capital 'I'?

Comment: Re:Who? (Score 1) 701

by slashsloth (#32755490) Attached to: Knuth Plans 'Earthshaking Announcement' Wednesday


Yes, there's a lot of giant shoulders he stood on. But he gathered plenty of pebbles on his own -- boulders, in fact. Wrote lots of papers. Invented TeX, Metafont, literate programming, perfect shuffles. Dozens if not hundreds of original papers outside of his books.

Do one thing for me. Spend five minutes researching before posting. Or even just one minute THINKING about what an idiot you might appear if your post is wrong.

Am I the only one who followed this link & found that you'd managed to get the spelling of his name wrong in the search query: this DE Knut guy is some bio/med research type. On the up side I guess I can say that I've heard of both of 'em now.

Comment: Re:Why the scare quotes? They ARE seeing (Score 2, Interesting) 73

by slashsloth (#32459588) Attached to: New Radar Device Helps Blind People 'See'
Yes the system maps the surrounding to sounds, i.e., it is a sonfication system. The big question is: how to effectively and meaningfully map a complex, dynamic visual scene (the immediate world around a person) to sounds such that it makes sense to the listener and communicates useful information? There is a good amount of research to show that, especially those who are blind from birth, have a very distinct and unique perception on the physical world; consequently a mapping that may work for a sighted person may not be any help to a visually impaired user. There have been a number of such systems developed in the past: some based on raster scanning, mapping snapshots of the current scene to a soundscape, and others that attempt to do qualitative analysis of scene images and express these with mappings developed in conjunction with visually impaired users. In all cases the issue is mapping images to sound in such a way as makes sense to a person who has never been able to see.

Comment: Re:easy. (Score 1) 842

by slashsloth (#32181792) Attached to: How To Behave At a Software Company?

A little self-respect, and enough spine to refuse to be exploited into giving up your personal life to further your bosses ends. Every time you work long hours, you create expectations that your co-workers should work long hours too, and they will despise you for it.

I don't entirely agree with this. I take the view that what I do in a given situation (be it work overtime or whatever) is my choice in that particular situation and any manager that makes the mistake of thinking that I'll always react in the same way every time an issue arises will find out in time that this is not the case. I guess it helps that I don't really care what my co-workers/managers think of me, nor do I feel any pressure to behave like them.

If you have a job to do then do it. I don't think personality traits can be adopted at will to fit in: be yourself, and if you are a jerk, work from home.

Comment: The issue should be content not personality. (Score 1) 263

by slashsloth (#32129072) Attached to: Wales Supports Purging Porn From Wikipedia
Okay, apparently everybody hates this Wales guy. At last we agree on something here :o) Seriously the original issue was whether porn has any place on wikipedia. I don't believe it does (& I like porn at least as much as the next guy). Wikipedia is supposed to be an encyclopedia, isn't it? Do you usually find (what most sane-ish people would deem to be) porn in an encyclopedia? I shouldn't have thought so & I'd have hoped not. It's not as if we are talking about banning porn entirely; the point is to remove it from wikipedia, just like anything else that doesn't serve its objectives of bringing useful information to people should be removed from wikipedia.

+ - SPAM: Air Force phishing test transforms into problem

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "Security testers at the Guam Air Force base's 36th Communications Squadron had to send out a clarification notice on Monday after an in-house test — called an operational readiness exercise (ORE) in Air Force parlance — of how airmen would respond to a phishing e-mail worked out a little too well. The e-mail said that crews were going to start filming "Transformers 3" on Guam and invited airmen to fill out applications on a Web site if they wanted to work the shoot. The Web site then asked them for sensitive information.

"Unfortunately, many of Andersen's personnel responded to this inject and submitted their personal information to the Web site, and forwarded the information outside of Andersen," the Air Force base said in a statement.

The rumor soon spread to other Transformers fan sites, including Seibertron.com and Tformers.com."

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Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?