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Comment You need to teach incredible persistence (Score 1) 580

""If more science graduates are desired, the findings suggest the importance of policies at younger ages that lead students to enter college better prepared (PDF) to study science.""

Secondary and college students are subjected to only the most minimal of discouragement compared with what they will experience in the real world of academic and industrial science. Research progress is based on multiple failures, punctuated by brief, intense flashes of insight. There is a lot of chance involved, because there is a great deal of educated guesswork leading to theories and experiments.

High school, and college barely begin to prepare you for grad school and life in the real world.

Comment Headhunter's secrets (Score 4, Informative) 472

As a former headhunter, here is my best advice:

1. Avoid headhunters. All they'll do is attach a commission handicap toward hiring you.

2. Find out where there are places nearby where you'd like to work and are qualified.

3. Prepare a killer resume that describes your accomplishments in the terms of the job you could do for those employers.

4. Find out who the hiring managers are, and what positions, if any, are open.

5. Have three copies of your resume available. Walk in the front door cold, and tell the person at the front desk your name and who you are there to see about the job.

6. If the front desk person asks for a resume, give it to them.

Generally, this will get you in front of the hiring authority. While you're talking with that person, aside from telling them all about the great things you can do, ASK FOR THE JOB! "This sounds great! I can start on Monday, would that be too soon?" etc.

Good luck.

Comment Re:Consider super intellligence (Score 1) 161

Ok, point taken.

However, now consider that virtually every desktop computer could be the equivalent of one neuron, but with vastly more memory storage and data processing capabilities, and that every computer is connected to every other computer via this internet thing.

Now suppose someone were to write a little program that would make these computers the actual equivalents of a conscious neural network, all connected together into one, gigantic sentient being, a super intelligent botnet.

Comment Consider super intellligence (Score 4, Interesting) 161

Nerve impulses travel along nerve fibers as pulses of membrane depolarization. Within our brains and bodies, this is adequate speed for thinking and control. However, relative to the speed of light, our nerve impulses are laughably slow.

The maximum speed of a nerve impulse is about 200 miles per hour.

The speed of light is over 3 million times that fast.

Now consider what will happen when we create a sentient, electronic being that has as many neurons as we do, but its nerve impulses travel at the speed of light.

In terms of intelligence, that creation will be to us as we are to worms.

Comment Re:Bad science (Score 1) 152

If and when AGW proponents start treating the issue seriously and try to solve it rather than make shitloads off of pecuniary schemes that would at best mitigate less than 10% of any harmful effects(assuming arguendo that their models are correct) while simultaneously greatly reducing quality of life, I will start to take them seriously. Since there's virtually no one demanding massive amounts of money be put into carbon sink research and major geoengineering projects, that time has not yet come.

Totally agree. Not only has that time not come, it will not come until multiple disasters wreak devastation to the extent that the world is forced to allocate the funds that would be required to mitigate the problems. The recent tornadoes are a taste of things to come. Unfortunately, given the way humans are, we will probably not come to that pass until it is too late.

Comment Re:Bad science (Score 0) 152

Like the canary in the coal mine. When the bird drops dead, no one would claim that the dead bird caused the gas that killed it, and no fool would stay in there long enough to succumb.

Similarly, climate change deniers have a problem understanding that the messenger is not the problem, or the cause of it.

Comment Unenforceable laws (Score 1) 221

..generally carry much stiffer penalties to compensate for the difficulty of enforcement, and to more effectively discourage breaking them.

Unfortunately, this doesn't work well as it creates a new group of criminals who are then likely to commit other crimes. They also engender contempt of the legal system and the police, leading to increased cheating in other areas.

You could call these laws "gateways to crime."

Comment Each has its uses, and they evolve (Score 1) 1215

Switched to linux some years back after getting fed up with BSA threats and MS paranoia, but kept one WinXP box for accounting, sitting in a lonely corner with no net connection. Added a couple Macs for marketing and admin functions. Then MS appeared to mostly get its act together, so a couple of Win7 boxes were added. I retired, and put a Win7 box on my desk for fun and games. So, current snapshot is linux for R&D operations and sales, Win7 for admin and goofing off, and WinXP (in isolation) for accounting.

Submission + - Hackers Spawn Web Supercomputer on Way to Chess World Record (wired.com)

DeathGrippe writes: "By inserting a bit of JavaScript into a webpage, Pethiyagoda says, a site owner could distribute a problem amongst all the site’s visitors. Visitors’ computers or phones would be running calculations in the background while they read a page. With enough visitors, he says, a site could farm out enough small calculations to solve some difficult problems."

"With this year’s run on the value of Bitcoins — the popular digital currency — security expert Mikko Hyppönen thinks that criminals might soon start experimenting with this type of distributed computing too. He believes that crooks could infect websites with JavaScript code that would turn visitors into unsuspecting Bitcoin miners. As long as you’re visiting the website, you’re mining coins for someone else, says Hyppönen, the chief research officer with F-Secure.

Comment Creating a problem where none exists (Score 1) 342

This kind of imposed "security" measure generally fails to provide any additional security, while at the same time treating children as criminals.

People treated as criminals, frequently respond by becoming so and thus provide continuing justification for the "security" measures that caused the problem in the first place.

Comment Death throes of the old establishment (Score 2) 105

Academic publishers have had a very long and profitable run, and are now fighting back against the free flow of information that they once thrived upon. They are fighting a losing game.

Publication has now become essentially cost free, the only costs being those to maintain the online information resources, and the time invested to review. Since reviewers were never paid in the past, and because data storage and access are incredibly inexpensive, and becoming even less expensive, and because finding and researching subjects is far faster and more convenient in digital form, the old paper journal format will eventually pass away.

As a result, the only option for the old publishing industry is to try and legislate protections for its business model. Ultimately this too will fail, as economic and other considerations make the old model unsustainable.

Comment Picking at nits (Score 1) 12


<quote><p>Dear DeathGrippe (2906227),</p><p>
Typing your entire comment in <tt>monospace</tt> is like annoying.

<tt>Please stop.</tt> </p><p>Signed,

<p>Be compassionate with font-blind users. He's typing it from Links2 on a 486SX over SSH. He doesn't see the difference.</p></quote>

<blink>All of my Comments and posts are in the default fonts provided by Firefox on an Alienware laptop.  If you've got a problem with that, I'd appreciate direct advice as to how to type to meet your standards.  Or, are you unhappy because I'm not using html tags and you're reading the posts on a crt using Lynx?</blink>

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