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Comment Re:From a phsychological point of view... (Score 1) 686

I don't know that the specific ratio as it stands is natural and not worth challenging, but I do know that there are some natural differences that go a long way towards explaining why that ratio -- and other ratios -- aren't 50/50, as some would seem to naively expect. And I know that those natural differences are often papered over by people who seem to be uncomfortable with the facts.

Past that, I don't see how your points in general relate to mine at all... however:

In the year since I was laid off and become a consultant, I've observed (and had confirmed to me by many) that my social skills are one my greatest assets. I'm technically as good as anyone I'm competing against, but I'm far better at customer relations than most. That seems like a distinctly female strength.

Oho, a sample size of one. I, also, am far better at customer relations than most. Is that now a male strength? Or are self-imposed inferiority complexes now a female strength? Personally, I would argue for neither.

Comment Re:From a phsychological point of view... (Score 1) 686

So your comment is proof that we don't all know this already, but some of us do, thanks, and and an article about that would be much more interesting than this better-career-choice food fight fare.

Yes, there are significant biological differences between the brains of men and women... different hormones, different development, different structure. Actually, the way a man's brain works is more like the way a computer works, because there is more localized processing taking place; the way a woman's brain works is more like the way a computer network would work, because there are more connections and communication between processing centers. Two different designs, two different results, and if there were more articles about that than about this garbage, then no one would be surprised.


Introducing the Warpship 361

astroengine writes "Dr. Richard Obousy, a guy who has put modern science into the warp drive, has designed his very own warpship. Now, for the first time, he's shared it with the world. It might not be the sleek Starship Enterprise, but its structure has been optimized to harness local 'dark energy,' generating a warp bubble so faster-than-light velocities are possible." Now, the only question is: will the ship achieve faster-than-light travel ... or will the company hit those speeds once it has enough money from investors?

Comment Re:Are they worth it? (Score 1) 345

You sound like a absolutely terrible person to work for.

1. Hiring a fresh grad for 40-50k (especially one who is quick to learn) over someone with 10 years of experience for 80-90k+ will often come out ahead for those positions that do not absolutely need that 10 years. Even if it takes them a few months to get the hang of what youre doing, if they end up 75% as productive as your senior coders, you come out way ahead

2. I would take a less experienced programmer on my payroll over an outside vendor any day of the week for non-complicated tasks, and twice on monday. Anyone whos had to deal with a bad vendor will agree.

3. A new programmer will grow and learn far faster than an experienced one(especially if it is their first real job.) a new programmer could be 2 or 3 times as productive 6 months in as they were at 1 month in

Of course, since youve reduced all your employees to a number, things like these probably never cross your mind.

(PS. if all your inexperienced people miss every deadline, youre picking the wrong hires. Not only that, but dont ever assume that experience = no mistakes or failures. Or maybe the environment youve created is that detrimental to work flow.. Hiring someone with every expectation of their failure never did anyone any good)


Originality Vs. Established IP In Games 71

Ten Ton Hammer has an article about the differences between developing a game based upon existing intellectual property and the creation of an entirely new story and setting. They make the point that while doing the former may result in an easier time building a fan base, those same fans will often be the hardest to please. "By creating a game based on a popular IP, the company in question has a huge responsibility to 'do it right.' Unfortunately, not everyone realizes the reality of one little secret — every single fan out there has a different idea of what 'right' is. ... Lord of the Rings is a perfect example. For a person that may be familiar with the movies and little else, it's a great game with an impressive amount of depth and attention to detail. For the mass of fanatical fans that have spent more time poring over every book Tolkien ever wrote than even Tolkien himself, any deviation from the lore of his world is paramount to sacrilege on the most horrific scale."

Scientists Isolate and Treat Parasite Causing Decline in Honey Bee Population 182

In a recent report, a team of scientists from Spain claims to have isolated and treated the parasite causing honey bee depopulation syndrome. Their hope is to prevent the continued decline of honey bee populations in Europe and the US. "The loss of honey bees could have an enormous horticultural and economic impact worldwide. Honeybees are important pollinators of crops, fruit and wild flowers and are indispensable for a sustainable and profitable agriculture as well as for the maintenance of the non-agricultural ecosystem. Honeybees are attacked by numerous pathogens including viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites."

Google Straightens Out Its Stance On Paid Apps 55

Julie188 writes "When the Android Market began offering paid apps last month, developers with the unlocked version of Google's Android phone quickly learned that they couldn't access them. The policy, which threatened to alienate the small developer base that Google needs to nurture at all costs, didn't make much sense. And now, with the release of Version 1.1 of Android for the developer phone, developers can access paid apps — as long as they aren't copy-protected. But in a weird way, that's good news. Very few developers currently copy-protect their Android apps simply because Android's copy-protection scheme is notoriously weak."

Comment Re:Comparing Apples to Apples (Score 1) 171

Let's say the probability is 1/2. The solution to the system can be verified in polynomial time. If the solution is incorrect, run the algorithm again.

After you run it N times, the probability of error is 1/(2^N), and you only wasted polynomial time on verification. Clearly, when your probability of error is smaller than the cardinality of possible outcomes, the algorithm will perform as designed in a sane amount (polynomial) of time.


PHP Gets Namespace Separators, With a Twist 523

jeevesbond writes "PHP is finally getting support for namespaces. However, after a couple hours of conversation, the developers picked '\' as the separator, instead of the more popular '::'. Fredrik Holmström points out some problems with this approach. The criteria for selection were ease of typing and parsing, how hard it was to make a typo, IDE compatibility, and the number of characters."

Comment Re:Jail? (Score 1) 171

hate to rain on your sony crusade, but the person who would end up in jail is the person who was responsible for running the check. that may be a salesman, or a manager, or whoever. when it comes to this kind of fine/jail time, there is a lot of finger pointing and assigning blame, and companies will go to great lengths to make sure the blame is placed right. granted, this is more likely to be applied to larger purchases than your 20$ book purchase off amazon.

Submission + - Google sued for $5b for crimes against humanity ( 2

mytrip writes: "A Pennsylvania crusader has slapped Google with a $5bn lawsuit, claiming that the world's largest search engine is endangering his personal safety.

With a suit filed in federal court, Dylan Stephen Jayne insists that the company is guilty of "crimes against humanity" because its name turns up when his social security number is scrambled and turned upside down.

By calling itself Google, Jayne argues, Google has exposed him to attack by an army of culturally diverse, net-savvy terrorists. "A person regardless of race or religion that wishes to cause acts of terrorism would look for social security numbers that are made readily available on the public use databases," his suit reads.

And he's adamant that if Google claims ignorance, many people could end up dead or buck naked. "The 'I don't know' defense obviously is a waste of money, time, and puts the lives of Americans and illegal aliens at risk of death or serious undress.""


12 Year Old Gets $6.5M for Gaming Company 180

Bayscribe writes "A Silicon Valley company co-founded by a 12-year-old has just raised $6.5 million in venture capital. PlaySpan, based in Santa Clara, Calif. says it offers game publishers a technology that lets users make payments and shop for other items. It calls itself the first "publisher-sponsored in-game commerce network." Arjun Mehta, a 6th grader, says on his Web site that he is passionate about software that can make the game experience more "rewarding," and that he started the company last year in his garage. He paid for it from earnings made from selling online game items he won."

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