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Comment: Re:Ok, they got ONE right... (Score 1) 257

by uslurper (#48372851) Attached to: Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

"I doubt they're going to try and end the war on [insert everything here] or roll back IRS harassment powers or end civil forfeiture or rein in the NSA or anything else that I'd really like the government to stop doing."

-Actually, thats exactly what they should do, expecting it all to be veto'd by the president. Then they can say say they are all for progress, but that we need a republican president to do it.

-Then when there is a republican president, and the republicans will have the opportunity to do whatever they want, they will line their pockets with money.

Adhoc tag: The future is not hard to see, but it takes balls to do something about it. -Me

Comment: Are there any precausions you must take? (Score 2) 35

Are there any precausions you must take to ensure you do not harm the organisms?

Photography is often thought of as a non-destuctive process. But as a nature photographer myself, I know that equipment like tripods, lighting units, and sometimes just being there can be harmful to wildlife.

Comment: If Recuiters are scum, what is HR?? (Score 1) 253

Actually, i would say that HR and Recruiters are at opposite ends of the same coin.

It is extremely difficult to get through the HR recruiting process.
Sending resumes to HR may as well send them into black holes (the information destroying ones)
The online application process is horrible and is only eclipsed by the paper application process.
Many IT departments, in order to justify their salaries, list 20 years experience in XYZ application-specific programming language which is not taught anywhere. But then HR departments include that in their screening process and come back with ZERO candidates.

And even with a large amount of technical experience, the reality is that half of everything you do is going to require business-specific knowlege that you wont learn in school. And 40% of what you are doing will be application-specific or environment-specific. So really only 10% of what you will be doing in any technical postition is relative to your previous experience or education!

So again, just getting an interview with HR is a major barrier to many otherwise qualified candidates.

-And really, how is HR going to verify ANY of what someone says on their resume? Do you really think they are going to call china or india to validate the diploma from a worker who studied abroad?

The candidates that finally make it through the HR screening process are either lying through their teeth, or the candiate will be asking 5x your entry-level salary anyway.

So I welcome the recruiters! Let them send me some warm bodies and I will decide in the interview whether I think they qualify.

"Kazeem was obviously less than worthy"

+ - Are Genes to Blame for Criminals Who Commit Violent Crimes?->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Scientists from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have genetically analysed 900 violent offenders in Finland and discovered that those with two particular genes are 13 times more likely to have a history of repeated violent behaviour.

The group of criminals had committed a total of 1,154 murders, manslaughters, attempted homicides and batteries. The researchers created a profile for each criminal according to their offences, classifying them as either violent or non-violent.

Their research, Genetic Background of Extreme Violent Behavior, is published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

The scientists discovered at least 4-10% of all violent crime in Finland was committed by people who had the monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) gene and a variant of the cadherin 13 (CDH13) gene."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Can the US survive 2 more years... (Score 3) 261

by uslurper (#47985427) Attached to: Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Hey if we slip into being a 3rd world country, we can call ourselves a 'developing nation' and ignore the kyoto protocol like china does.

Seriously, "China is running roughshod over us " is not accurate. WE are running roughshod over ourselves.
WE want our cheap stuff and our own companies are happy to invest in factories in China, Myanmar, Malyasia, etc. WE have financed their industrial growth. WE have voted on laws and politicians that enable 'free trade' with countries that cannot afford our own products.

If you want to say you think the US is going in the wrong direction, fine. But follow that up with REAL solutions. How do you suggest we reduce greenhouse gasses? -Gee-wiz, Mr. Keqiang, can you please stop using those coal-powered factories that we paid you to build? Ya, thats going to go real well.

Comment: The rating system on app stores are WAAAYY too g (Score 1) 113

by uslurper (#47751933) Attached to: Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

The rating system on app stores are too generic.
And considering 90% of all the apps get like 4.5 stars, the ratings are comepletly useless.
The top downloaded lists are much better, but that makes it near impossible for a new app to get any attention.

When you are looking for apps, you usually are looking for something specific.

For example, I was looking for a professional drawing/painting tool for my kid.
About 99.999% of these apps are more like coloring books for kids.
While there were some very nice tools, none on the top 100 downloaded had the right mix I was looking for.
And some had many of the features i wanted, but were severely lacking in implementation.

A good example may be to compare two top-rated drawing apps.
They are both highly rated and have a ton of downloads, but one is geared for kids and one is geared for professional.
Which app is 'best' for me depends on what I am actually looking for. If I want something for my 6-year old to finger-paint with, I definately do NOT want the pro tools.

I think Apple and Google should driving developers to produce better apps instead of more apps.
And the best apps should be sitting on the top of the hill.

One way I would suggest would be to have a Tag/Rating system. This would allow developers to tag their apps with all the different features they want.
Then users could rate each tag separately.

So for example a drawing app could have a tag for a blur tool (among others). Users could then give a rating specifically for that feature.

Prospective downloaders could then search for apps with that specific set of features and compare apps side by side.
search for: Drawing/painting apps
pick from most tagged:
kids
professional *
easy
color picker *
layers *
bucket fill *
brushes *
Blurr tool *
share on facebook
(and more)

App1
professional - 4
color picker - 5
layers - 3
bucket fill - 4
brushes - 3
Blurr tool - 1
-Total score: 20

App2
professional - 4
color picker - 4
layers - 2
bucket fill - 4
brushes - 3
Blurr tool - 4
-Total score: 21

The same functions could apply to games.

This would help developers compete by showing them what people are looking for, and where there apps need improvement.

Also, there is much logic that could be added beyond the ratings. -How often are apps USED as opposed to downloaded?
Do certain reviewers give blanket 10's? And many ways to get new apps rated.. Can I (automatically) get a free copy of this new app if I agree to rate it?

Comment: Re:Suggest a Tag/Rate system (Score 1) 249

by uslurper (#47674221) Attached to: Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

hmm my example did not display properly. So much for plain text.

Trying again:

Prospective downloaders could then search for apps with that specific set of features and compare apps side by side.
search for: Drawing/painting apps
pick from most tagged:
kids
professional *
easy
color picker *
layers *
bucket fill *
brushes *
Blurr tool *
share on facebook
(and more)

App1
professional - 4
color picker - 5
layers - 3
bucket fill - 4
brushes - 3
Blurr tool - 1
-Total score: 20

App2
professional - 4
color picker - 4
layers - 2
bucket fill - 4
brushes - 3
Blurr tool - 4
-Total score: 21

Comment: Suggest a Tag/Rate system (Score 1) 249

by uslurper (#47674159) Attached to: Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

The rating system on app stores are waaaayyy too generic.
And considering 90% of all the apps get like 4.5 stars, the ratings are comepletly useless.
The top downloaded lists are much better, but that makes it near impossible for a new app to get any attention.

When you are looking for apps, you usually are looking for something specific.

For example, I was looking for a professional drawing/painting tool for my kid.
About 99.999% of these apps are more like coloring books for kids.
While there were some very nice tools, none on the top 100 downloaded had the right mix I was looking for.
And some had many of the features i wanted, but were severely lacking in implementation.

A good example may be to compare two top-rated drawing apps.
They are both highly rated and have a ton of downloads, but one is geared for kids and one is geared for professional.
Which app is 'best' for me depends on what I am actually looking for. If I want something for my 6-year old to finger-paint with, I definately do NOT want the pro tools.

I think Apple and Google should driving developers to produce better apps instead of more apps.
And the best apps should be sitting on the top of the hill.

One way I would suggest would be to have a Tag/Rating system. This would allow developers to tag their apps with all the different features they want.
Then users could rate each tag separately.

So for example a drawing app could have a tag for a blur tool (among others). Users could then give a rating specifically for that feature.

Prospective downloaders could then search for apps with that specific set of features and compare apps side by side.
search for: Drawing/painting apps
pick from most tagged:
kids
professional Total score: 20

App2
professional - 4
color picker - 4
layers - 2
bucket fill - 4
brushes - 3
Blurr tool - 4
>Total score: 21

This would help developers compete by showing them what people are looking for, and where there apps need improvement.

Also, there is much logic that could be added beyond the ratings. -How often are apps USED as opposed to downloaded?
Do certain reviewers give blanket 10's? And many ways to get new apps rated.. Can I (automatically) get a free copy of this new app if I agree to rate it?

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