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Comment: This ! (Score 1) 400

by tomxor (#49353959) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

... Such a waste... it's like a computer that has too many processes and spends all its CPU time doing context switching rather than actually processing meaningful work... ...If people were allowed to work on a small number at a time, knock them out, and then move to the next thing, I think they'd actually get more total projects done in a year than the "work on them all at once" method that seems way to common.

This! and context switching is the same analogy I use, i'm not sure it's even an analogy, you quite literally have to context switch in your head. I hate multitasking, It feels like this stupid buzzword that pretentious people like because it makes them look capable...

When it comes down to the task at hand it will be performed better in almost all respects if you give it your full attention. I'm a single tasker all the way and ultimately we all are, multitasking just means jumping in and out of tasks in quick succession and the reality is that even with the time lost for those context switches your brain is not a CPU and it will not full save the context and not fully restore it, instead your head stays filled with multiple projects and and your capacity to be thoughtful and careful with your code greatly decreases.

Comment: Re:Psychotherapists not Statistician (Score 1) 351

And the data would seem to actually support that. There's an increase in reported suicide attempts, but not in actual suicides. The two ways of explaining it that I can think of is that teens are trying to kill themselves more, but have become less competent at it, or that teens behave the same, but are more likely to get help.

This (with more modest reservations and only brief investigation) holds far more weight than her presumptions, and i don't even like smart phones.

Comment: Psychotherapists not Statistician (Score 2) 351

'In the 1990s, I would have had one or two attempted suicides a year – mainly teenaged girls taking overdoses, the things that don't get reported. Now, I could have as many as four a month.'

It's not exactly thorough from a statistical point of view to jump to her conclusion. There could be all kinds of reasons, for her localised increase in cases, even if the change is national.

I could easily pull a counter argument from thin air if no one is going to bother doing studies... for instance phones and increased internet access could be making children more likely to reach out for help when they would not have before.

Comment: Lies can have positive and negative impact (Score 1) 447

by tomxor (#49250111) Attached to: Homeopathy Turns Out To Be Useless For Treating Medical Conditions

Placebos are just that, lies... so the question is what the net positive impact of a particular placebo is. I guess homoeopathy has a net negative impact for the world...

Placebos administered by a professional are the least adulterated form of lie, you are told it is real medicine and it is not (nothing more). The potential negative impact is loss of trust in the person or organisation who administered it.

Placebos from a pseudo-science background on the other hand have a greater potential for weighing on the harmful side because they come with a huge back story that attempts to create a false sense of trust in place of reality. This has the potential to greatly mislead and confuse people.

Comment: Absolutely agree... i like my electrons fresh! (Score 1) 447

by tomxor (#49249873) Attached to: Homeopathy Turns Out To Be Useless For Treating Medical Conditions

for instance: i found this high end solid silver, gold plated, diamond encrusted ethernet cable greatly improved the quality of audio that i recieved from my super fast 28k fibrous broadband modem. I know all those nay-sayers... those common people with their primitive untrained ears, who don't encode their vinyl at 5.6448 MHz sampling rate because of that unproven "nyquist shannon sampling theorem", say the ethernet frame check sequence, CRC-32 and ultimately transport layer protocols mean that data transmission loss at the physical layer is completely invisible before it gets anywhere near the DAC.

Now i don't claim to know what all that stuff means, but i Dooo know that electrons are electrons, and electrons are like water and water has memory, and those other electrons know they are clones, and my ears can tell those electrons are not the original electrons from my 28k modem that's downloading my 5.6448 MHz encoded flac files over a TOR network to my $1 a year shared server located in some kitchen in Russia on top of which somone is making toast... you know how i can tell? i can smell the toast when i use my new high end solid silver, gold plated, diamond encrusted ethernet cable, that's how good it is, it acutally induces a state of synaesthesia.

high end solid silver, gold plated, diamond encrusted ethernet cable: better than crack cocaine.

I also heard on the pedoaudio forum that they are going to release a limited edition version that is made from conductible water with 10e-1073741824 percent gold aparently this makes it a billion times more conductive than pure gold and will sell for twice the price, with a limited edition of made from water blessed by the Pope.

Comment: Fuzzy inspiration (Score 1) 698

I also have memories of my father from a younger perspective. I too would like to learn more about him from my perspective now, to ask questions and have conversations i would not have as a child. However... perhaps the fuzzy memories of a child are more flattering and leave the adult mind with some wonder compared with the more lucid and analytical memories created by your present self.

My dad is quite creative and technical in a variety of ways, he shared some of that with me when i was young, that provided great inspiration for me and gave me some happy memories of the time i spent with him. The silly thing is that he's still alive... but has always lived far away, now further than ever in an isolated part of another country above the clouds (literally not metaphorically).

I guess the nugget of wisdom to be extracted from this is: memories are good, so spend your time and effort being together. The better the time and the stronger the emotion - the more potent and lasting the memory will be.

Comment: Bad tools are always bad (Score 1) 320

by tomxor (#49127227) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

... even when used with good intentions.

It may do good in the short term for some people, much the same as a placebo, but unlike a placebo it brings with it a whole load of baggage (like homoeopathy and it's pseudo science research that was government funded in the UK until only recently).

The last thing anyone wants to see is astrology becoming more widely accepted as anything other than fiction... Stick with the placebo pill, it has the same effect and is a plain white lie with no baggage polluting minds of the mass ignorant.

Comment: Re:Non-news.... Bug is in CURRENT not STABLE (Score 2) 105

by tomxor (#49083307) Attached to: FreeBSD-Current Random Number Generator Broken

Bleeding edge software has bugs?? what

Many people run CURRENT, so if they put their pubkeys on servers they could possibly be guessable. Try reading the article next time.

Yes they do, yes they could, no it's not news, it's on the current branch... In true BSD style i'm going to say RTFM: Current is not intended for production, end of.

Comment: Re:Consequences: Redefine and Enforce Law and Poli (Score 1) 44

...Ultimately action needs to be taken against individuals, though.

I did not say that individuals involved should not be punished, i said that the consequences for a government agency (in it's entirety) should not be the same as they are for an individual, and this ruling is for the GCHQ's actions not "higher up at [spy agency] and his obedient minions"... I don't think individual punishment alone solves issues that span an entire organisation either.

It would make sense that individual trials result from this ruling to determine individual liability.

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.