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Comment: Re:Sounds like what Sun did (Score 1) 525

by ssyladin (#48374349) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform

Visual Studio Express has been free to download and to use to develop products with for nearly a decade. That series is a fully usable IDE for developing .NET applications. Yes, the Standard, Professional, etc. line added more features like extensions and ALM integration, but they were definitely market features.

This is just the next step in the race to the bottom. Microsoft intends to make money via the Azure path, but it'll be through ease-of-use or ease-of-transition to use Azure features in Visual Studio for the whole world of .Net developers out there. I very very very much doubt they'd do it via the explicit extortion scheme you're talking about.

Comment: Re:Human models (Score 2) 140

Anecdotal evidence, not scientifically controlled. A company seeks & the FDA has approve a chemical for the treatment of a specific condition. If they find additional uses, there is a whole additional battery of analysis on dosing, side-effects, etc. that needs to be done. 8mg of asprin a day to help improve heart health for some folks, but 400mg every 4 hours to treat clotting conditions. Same drug, very different uses, separately validated & approved.

+ - It's Dumb to Tell Kids They're Smart 1

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Over at Khan Academy, Salman Khan explains Why I'm Cautious About Telling My Son He's Smart. "Recently," writes Khan, "I put into practice research I had been reading about for the past few years: I decided to praise my son not when he succeeded at things he was already good at, but when he persevered with things that he found difficult. I stressed to him that by struggling, your brain grows. Between the deep body of research on the field of learning mindsets and this personal experience with my son, I am more convinced than ever that mindsets toward learning could matter more than anything else we teach." According to Dr. Carol Dweck, who Khan cites, the secret to raising smart kids is not telling kids that they are. A focus on effort — not on intelligence or ability — says Dweck, is key to success in school and in life"

Comment: Cheap Headless version (Score 1) 681

I know this is flame-bait, but I'd love to get a headless / CLI-only version of Windows 9 for a discounted price. My company has a very small IT department and the whole company is Windows-based. We literally don't have the resources to learn & maintain Linux, especially since most of our vendors' hardware is also based on various flavors of Windows. Easily 30-40% of our Windows licenses are for headless devices controlling various bits of machinery, and it pains me to pay $100+ on a $500 computer for something we'll never hook a monitor to after the first day.

Comment: Re:Chaos (Score 1) 277

by ssyladin (#42985711) Attached to: How Sequestration Will Affect Federal Research Agencies

The concept is to set up a painful BATNA - best alternative to negotiated agreement - so that if the parties *fail* to come to a compromise, then this ugly thing will happen. It builds a common ground and an incentive for all parties to NOT let negotiation fall through. The idea is that you'll all put your big boy pants on and it will never come to pass. But because of the myopic needs and wants of the electorate who put these jarheads in power, the Congress is playing chicken to serve primarily the needs of the few that elected them and not for the betterment of the entire country. Hell, we still manufacture bayonets for the army because it is some stupid pork for a congressman to placate his district with "jobs".

Comment: Re:Cool idea, but never happen... (Score 1) 368

by ssyladin (#42985435) Attached to: NASA's Basement Nuclear Reactor

Nuclear energy was supposed to usher in an era where electricity was too cheap to meter based on per capita consumption at the time. Not quite what happened, but use has exploded ( Probably the same thing will happen if this approach ever takes off - people will continue to consume, either at home or via proxy in industry, transportation, and commerce, more and more energy to support 1st world lifestyles.

Comment: Re:Just happy to see a Republican supporting scien (Score 1) 457

by ssyladin (#41909897) Attached to: Tuition Should Be Lower For Science Majors, Says Florida Task Force

Financial aid is "need-based" If you can't pay the tuition, they kick in to help you. This is NOT a factor of just household income - more of disposable income.

Point and case, I attended the 10 year reunion at my alma matter. The chancellor had a slide in his presentation showing the total $ of financial aid (vertical) by reported income (typically parents, on the horizontal). I was flabbergasted to see families making $300k+ annually getting aid, but .... if they are sending 5 kids to college and have a mortgage that breaks them, then yeah, they have "need" too. Doesn't mean the rich get a free ride, but not everyone needs to be dirt poor to need a helping hand.

Comment: OR - Dropped off my ballot yesterday (Score 2) 821

by ssyladin (#41897113) Attached to: U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

I live in Oregon and registered voters were mailed ballots about two weeks ago, along with a nice booklet with candidate-, party-, and interested-party-provided information. I was able to read and research in depth each of the candidates and measures and make an informed decision for each of my choices. Best and easiest ballot experience of my life. I could have mailed it in, but decided to drop it off at the local library instead. No lines, no muss, no fuss, no hanging chads or mis-calibrated touch screens. No pressure to vote quickly.

Comment: Re:It says they priced the IPO PERFECTLY... (Score 1) 471

by ssyladin (#40066447) Attached to: Facebook Shares Retreat Below IPO Price

A particular company is "worth" so much. That worth is usually defined by the vast majority of professional investors as the time-value of all future earnings (or some finite horizon, like 5 years) plus the market value of all assets including land, inventory, intellectual property, trademarks, etc. less actual (accounts payable) or expected (lawsuits) amounts due. Divide that over the number of shares outstanding and voila you have a stock price.

In FB's case, the future earnings may be pretty dang low, but think about their assets: the voluntarily provided demographic specifics several HUNDRED MILLION people. That's a marketer's wet-dream. That's a huge asset that would be almost impossible to (legally) obtain in any other way, making it an incredibly valuable resource. They just haven't figured out how to /really/ tap into it without causing an uproar, thus expected earnings are low.

Love it or hate it (and I personally hate it), they do have some potential for big big earnings, even if they just hock their user list & details.

Comment: Means a perfectly priced IPO. (Score 0) 471

by ssyladin (#40065551) Attached to: Facebook Shares Retreat Below IPO Price

An IPO is where a company sells shares in order to raise money - ideally to fund expansion or let early investors cash in on profits. If the IPO price hasn't moved, it means that the finance nerds priced it EXACTLY where the market thinks the company is valued right now. Give those guys a bonus, as the investors didn't leave any money on the table.

Comment: Global warming shills (Score 0) 877

by ssyladin (#38769346) Attached to: 2011 Was the 9th Hottest Year On Record

I think the global warming shills have quit denying the obvious (that "the Earth is getting hotter"), and have moved on to point #2: that the cause is man-made. The point #3 is "the human race can do something about it". As I understand it, it's this #3, which would (in their minds) invariable mean taxes, or an upset to the business/government status quo, that they largely want to avoid.

Comment: Re:Idea (Score 2) 200

by ssyladin (#38385856) Attached to: How 3D Printing Could Help Keep the ISS In Orbit

Well, if you are shipping up a spool of feed material wire (a la MakerBot), or even powder cartriges, then they'll likely be able to better tolerate a brutal high-g launch than delicate, precision tuned parts manufactured on earth. Now you can use linear induction launch methods (rail gun launchers) and high-g launch systems to more cheaply get the raw materials into orbit, and transform them once they're up there. Plus, its very likely you'd save on packaging overhead (less padding & whatnot), lowering your overhead further.

Nothing in progression can rest on its original plan. We may as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant. -- Edmund Burke