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Comment Re:So true (Score 1) 366

Treat me like a slave or a commodity, and I will leave.

There's lots of room for interpreting in the meaning of "telling a person what to do", but why object to "being told what to do"? There was no mention of slave-like behaviour, just a statement of fact. Seriously, does your boss actually ask you if you want to work? No, he tells you to because he's paid to do so, and you're paid to listen and work.

Mountains out of molehills...

Comment Re:Only management is fooled (Score 4, Insightful) 344

It isn't shoddy products. The products work fine, which is why we haven't paid to have them upgraded to the latest greatest. They work fine for the environment they were originally purchased for, and do exactly what they are supposed to do.

Shoddy products don't work, these products work fine. Just not with XP or Win 7.

And for your info, I manage somewhere around 600 computers, plus all the networking equipment, printers, and servers, mostly by myself (Network Analyst) and one (sometimes 2) Tech. How many techs do you have for supporting your user base?

Yeah, I do, no lie.

Comment Re:Mathematicians just need to shutup. (Score 1) 572

Far too many people think they aren't allowed to have any weaknesses (and we all do in some area or another) so they talk a big game, and when push comes to shove, they will actively block people who actually know more than they do about the subject at hand.

In my experience, the size of the game they talk is inversely proportional to the amount of real knowledge they have. In response to the title of the thread, George Boole - Mathematician.

Comment Re:An opinion by a PhD and sustainable farmer (Score 3, Interesting) 766

They say in one part: "The most fundamental point to bear in mind from the outset is that a sample size of 10 for biochemical parameters measured two times in 90 days is largely insufficient to ensure an acceptable degree of power to the statistical analysis performed and presented by Monsanto. " They say that because they think Monsanto shouldn't say the corn is safe - but then they (these researchers) are using that same "Insufficient" data to say it's unsafe. That's the way this whole paper is- it just doesn't jive together.

You might want to re-read your statistics textbook. They say that the power of the Monsanto analysis is low. That implies that if Monsanto does not see a significant result, they cannot conclude that no effect exists. However, the authors of this study see significant results nevertheless. Thus, even though power was low, the effect was large enough to show up.

In a nutshell: To demonstrate that there is a problem, all you have to do is find the problem in some instance. To demonstrate that there is no problem, you have to demonstrate that you looked very hard and yet could not find a problem. What the authors are saying is: "Monsanto didn't look very hard, and yet there is evidence of problems."

Comment All your marines... (Score 1) 361

So, the victorious orbital forces would have to bring in a transport ship chock full of Space Marines and drop them all at once in little capsules (little because they can only be so big for the atmosphere to effectively brake them, and because you don't want all your Marines perishing in some unfortunate incident

Ah, so I suppose a few of them perishing would be acceptable.

Submission + - Lego gun at brings in the SWAT team (

srussia writes: A partner at a downtown Toronto user-experience design firm, had ordered the gun from the online retailer BrickGun, which sells realistic Lego replicas of firearms. Just how realistic, Jeremy would soon find out in an encounter with the friendly neighbourhood SWAT team, thanks to a tip from an alert neighbor.
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Submission + - It's The Headline That Kills You

theodp writes: When a handler told Jimmy Carter that an interview didn’t go so badly, the media-savvy Carter reportedly replied, "It's the editing that kills you". Jim Davis of software vendor SAS found that the attention grabbing headline can kill you too, after being surprised by an otherwise-balanced NY Times story on SAS that carried the headline At a Software Powerhouse, the Good Life is Under Siege, referring to IBM's deep-pocketed efforts to move from pretender into contender in the high-end analytics and data mining space occupied by SAS.

Submission + - Is Web 2.0 a curse on marriages?

An anonymous reader writes: The Inquisitr claims that Web 2.0 kills happy marriages. "For years I’ve seen people I’ve known in the broader internet/ web 2.0 space ending up getting divorced. Without naming names, some include people I’d regard as my friends, others include those I’ve gotten to know or worked beside." And "Simply: those who start startups share mostly similar traits: an obsession to succeed, long hours (often at the behest of family,) sometimes difficult financial situations (where the startup isn’t making money) and a broader lack of understandingor passion in the partner for what is trying to be achieved." Have you seen the same?

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