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Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 1) 718

by spads (#48635107) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'
The function for reccommending caution contains more than just a member for truth vs falsehood. It also contains a member for risk. If the coefficient of truth is high, but the coefficient of risk remains low, the reccommendation for caution still might be low. However, if the truth is moderate and the risk is very high, caution well might be reccommended.

Comment: Sheesh, this is a no-brainer! (Score 1) 220

by spads (#48634929) Attached to: Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday that the Obama Administration is viewing the Sony attack as a "serious national security matter" and is considering a range of possible options as a response, which could turn things into a contest of U.S. Superpower vs. Coding Superpower.


Comment: Hopefully you enjoyed doing your PhD (Score 1) 479

by spads (#47975827) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?
If you are still interested in academics at all, check into some post docs or professorships. Otherwise, try to brush up your C++ and anything else which might look interesting and in demand. More and more I would discourage anyone from expecting any concrete advantages from advance degrees, particularly in computer applications.

Comment: This strikes me as spectacularly unhealthy. (Score 2) 154

by spads (#47680387) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?
Are you sure you have realistically evaluated this activity as quality with your wife AND children? Just be sure everyone's on board with this!

Note: this is opposed to the original (snarky) response which occurred to me, which was that probably a recliner would not afford significant relaxtion in comparison to a quart of whiskey! :)

Comment: Re:The drugs are terrible (Score 1) 200

by spads (#47680291) Attached to: Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD
I would try elavil. It turned out to be the key for my insomnia. I had to adjust to very low dose (10 mg, 2 nights/wk) in order not to develop a tolerance, though. Had profound effects at higher dose, which was quite interesting, but just not sustainable, unfortunately. Insomnia is the leading killer I contend with. I think AD(HD) is a reality, but not much to be done but training oneself and as much as possible leading a balanced and productive life. ("balanced" <=> not pushing oneself unhealthily).

Comment: I would tend to agree they are magnificent fliers (Score 1) 51

by spads (#47615325) Attached to: Researchers Make Fruit Flies Perform Aerobatics Like Spitfire Pilots
A number of years ago I once clapped trying to kill a fruit fly, and (unintentionally, of course) cleanly severed its abdomen and one wing. As animals sometimes do in the face of mortal calamities, it tried to regain itself. I watched while it took several steps forward on the kitchen counter and then flew upward a few inches in a perfect, conic cork screw before landing squarely again, and then repeat the exact same steps and attempted flight two more times.

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.