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Comment: Re:Let's try this on for size... (Score 1) 586

by twistedcubic (#47416915) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software
Actually, this is what people have always felt about mathematics. In community colleges around the US, intermediate algebra is being removed as a requirement for getting a degree. The topics in intermediate algebra are what you'd get in 9th or 10th grade algebra 2, so in the near future most Americans won't be expected to know any high school level math at all.

Comment: Re:A small problem... (Score 3, Informative) 154

by twistedcubic (#47388439) Attached to: Oklahoma's Earthquakes Linked To Fracking
The increase in earthquakes over time is definite. And it's NOT generally where the actual injection wells are.

If you look at the charts again, you'll notice the earthquakes occur generally near the fault line, which is not surprising, is it? And the stations are near the fault line too, which probably is a good idea, don't you think?

Comment: Re:His choices... (Score 1) 194

by twistedcubic (#47351911) Attached to: The Internet's Own Boy
What JSTOR especially provides, and part of what Aaron was reaping wholesale, was its organization and links, basically the indexing and cross-indexing. _That_ is what makes JSTOR so useful, and what people pay JSTOR for: the breadth and searchability of the data.

This is not true. All of this existed before JSTOR. For example, the big databases for mathematics back in the day were SilverPlatter and then MathSciNet. JSTOR is just a small evolutionary step above these, which publishers starting using for convenience. It was never some amazing revolutionary tool. Essentially everything on JSTOR shows up in a Google search anyway.

Comment: Re:You still won't get a job in my field (Score 2) 376


If you are woman or minority that got into tech through Codeschool and the like, you won't be working in my shop.

If you even have a "shop", you might consider hiring someone to filter you careless comments. Taken by itself, this statement suggests you discriminate against women and minorities, but not white men. If you really meant to exclude everyone who "got into tech through Codeschool and the like", you would have said so, right? I see you clarified your statement below, but from the perspective of a potential investor in your company, I hope you agree this is not a good way to get your point across.

Comment: Re:CS grad, took both, and working as a programmer (Score 1) 155

by twistedcubic (#47295975) Attached to: Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

...In relation to programming, stat is very nearly worthless...

Have you ever needed to make an informed choice of pseudo- (or quasi-) random number generator? The first 200 pages of Knuth volume 2 (Seminumerical Algorithms) is highly enlightening for programmers, in my opinion, and reads better if you know the standard statistical distributions. Also, the more you know, the more likely it is for you to establish important relationships between concepts which are seemingly unrelated. People seem to miss this as the dumbing down of education continues...

Comment: Re:Over 30yo+ you won't see the difference anyway. (Score 1) 186

by twistedcubic (#47260347) Attached to: 4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon
Everybody says this. It has been repeated hundreds of times on Slashdot. And it is just wrong. Fuzzy text looks fuzzy whether you're 2 inches away or 2 feet away. You might not be able to see individuals pixels, but you can clearly see the resolution is not sufficiently high to allow clear and crisp font rendering. I'm over 40 and my eyesight is worse than most people, but I sure as hell know that zooming out does not make a fuzzy picture look smooth.

Comment: Re:So says the richest man in the world... (Score 1) 284

by twistedcubic (#47256013) Attached to: Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: Don't (Only) Focus On Profit
Some people would rather spend their taxes on charities than the war effort, even if it costs more money to do so. I suppose you could call this "altruism", but some just consider it the lesser of two evils, the "evil" being spending money at all, not donating to charity.

Comment: Re:You make it... (Score 4, Insightful) 519

by twistedcubic (#47209011) Attached to: Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California
Of course, now the best teachers will flock to the poorest schools since they no longer have job security. It's about time! I refuse to work for any Wall Street firm which gives year-end bonuses. How can you attract the best and brightest by making the job more attractive? That's insane.

Comment: Re:You make it... (Score 2) 519

by twistedcubic (#47208975) Attached to: Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California
In real life, the opposite is true, unfortunately. Even without tenure, incompetent teachers will never get fired, UNLESS they either get active in union politics or express mildly controversial opinions. An obedient drone who doesn't do his job is nevertheless an obedient drone, and thus is not threatening to administrators.

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