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Comment: Hopefully you enjoyed doing your PhD (Score 1) 471

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.

Comment: Re:ANY stress "alters the DNA" of a fetus. (Score 1) 155

by spads (#47560685) Attached to: Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children
Your points are very interesting over-all, but this seems fallacious:

Another way we are finding this is children of women who are obese and/or hyperglycemic (gestational diabetes or poor diabetes control) are more prone to obesity or type 2 diabetes themselves, independent of post-gestational life. And if their mothers happen to have a gastric bypass and lose significant weight, then have another pregnancy? The children conceived after the weight loss seem to be no more likely to have weight issues or diabetes than children of non-obese women.

Of course, children born to mothers having gastric bypass should be more prone to obesity (and diabetes), than non-obese mother (irrespective of (pre-) pregnancy behaviors), because their having got the bypass in the first place is indicative of their predisposition to obesity.

Comment: "Learn how to learn." Let go any naive delusions (Score 1) 509

by spads (#47459707) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?
...of permanence. Perhaps such is normally willed to us by well meaning superiors (making themselves feel good in the process), but it is a serious delusion.

First, one should identify a field which generally appeals. From there, the field needs to be constantly analyzed to see what makes it work (i.e. current "skills"), but always keeping one's eyes to what new skills (or a new field, for that matter) might soon come into play. It's not about her career. It's about what needs doing in the world.

Comment: My company has one, ... (Score 1) 131

by spads (#47377121) Attached to: Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks
though it neither seems seriously pushed, nor does it divert from other, more practical modes of communication. It is mainly just there, perhaps as a pleasant, occasional distraction. My company places too high a premium on actual, focused activity to push it.

If I was tempted to experiment with a SN, it would likely be a somewhat contained one, like a CSN, because I don't believe in just "opening my (actual) self up to the world".

Comment: Re:Anyone who knows street parking in San Francisc (Score 1) 404

by spads (#47309425) Attached to: San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App
Ok, then the city should implement it and maintain a queue. Then they just need to install a sensor on all the spots which only allows the correct user to plug the meter (or simply activates a sign marking as "Occupied" if cost free) when the correct cell phone is identified to be proximal to it.

The first Rotarian was the first man to call John the Baptist "Jack." -- H.L. Mencken