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Comment Re:The commentary has a major flaw (Score 3, Interesting) 188

Been there, done that and I agree. Having spent 15 years in the industry, I learned that it isn't worth the fight. Basic developer roles are, today, entry level positions. People that don't move up are despised for their "seniority" if they don't graduate to architecture or some other so-called more important role. Went that path, spent a few years running a consultancy for more experienced folks and learned that the experience actually made me want to leave programming all together. Sure, I'll still hack together a few things for fun and play with the latest trends in development, but I'm not doing that for my job anymore for two reasons. One, I don't want to deal with the kids, and two, once you get over the initial hump, it pays better to have that background and then get out! I'm not saying money is everything, but now I'm grown up, have a family and a kid to send to college so, the money sure helps. I am, however, giving back to the "community" by teaching my kid how to code like a professional and how NOT to be "one of those programmers".

Comment Re:The CIA is doing its job (Score 2) 246

Saddly I have to agree. While in those fields of wildflowers, the ideal humanity has nothing but love and respect for its fellow human, but as long as that ideal exists, countries will continue to need security organizations like the CIA to keep an eye on those that dno not share those ideals. Until the entire world unilaterally accepts one another and the common good, there is a need for a defensive stance and that stance cannot support the altruistic ideas that most of us would love to adopt.

All of that said, the EFF does an outstanding job working to hold non-defense organizations accountable to their conumers and the self imposed privacy rules that they claim to hold so near and dear. I just wish that they would pick their battles a bit better rather than trying to fight everyone at once.

Comment Art for the sake of art rarely turns a profit (Score 4, Insightful) 203

I wonder how much Jay Z would be worth if his music wasn't completely designed to pander to his target audience's preferences? Seriously, this guy is mad about the commercial aspects of a company that helps the music industry to market their art to their core demographic? I mean come on... The only art that wasn't designed for people to enjoy is usually sitting in the garbage can unless someone happened to like it or make it "hip and trendy". Art in general is designed by the artist for the consumer.

Hell, our greatest and most famous works of art in history were commisioned!

It's always been about the money, except in a few very rare cases. None of these artists would enjoy their job if they weren't getting paid for it, so the argument that radio is using music as a platform for turning a profit (through advertising) isn't really an argument at all. They're all doing the same thing.

Comment Re:Science discourages reproducing (Score 1) 331

That's a really good point and I would have to agree. Letting grad students do research while they have no practical application of their yet inexperienced education is like letting a 10 year old try to drive a car just because he was able to read the manual. Giving them the task of reproducing experiments and prooving or disprooving their validity is an excellent way to get hands on experience without adding elements of risk to an already challenging field.

Comment Re:Fake science/sloppy science (Score 5, Interesting) 331

I suppose that's a key element to the issue this article is discussing. If only the standard methods are in the publication and some novel augmentation of a process is necessary to produce those results, there is missing data and it could not be reproduced. Too many people are anxious to publish simply because it is part of their job to do so, but if some novel component is being persued through patent or other non-disclosed intellectual property, the publication should probably be either post-poned or not submitted. It's an odd catch 22 for folks in this area of research. I tend to agree that publishing something incomplete, however, simply extends ignorance rather than contributing to the education of your peers.

Comment Several decades of work disproved (Score 1) 171

If you spend several decades of your life simply trying to compute the amount of lithium in another galaxy, I am sorry for you, but to have all of that useless work proven wrong just makes me laugh a little. I am very interested to know what, if anything, this would have proved. Pretty sure this calculation isn't going to convert muslims to science and frankly it seems the only practical application.

All sarcasm aside, does anyone know what the hypothesis was designed to support or prove in the grander scheme?


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mvictoras writes: The biggest music private tracker shut down! reports, 'British and Dutch police today shut down the world's biggest source of illegal pre-release chart albums and arrested a 24-year old man in an operation coordinated between Middlesbrough and Amsterdam. The raids, which were coordinated by Interpol, follow a two-year investigation by the international and UK music industry bodies IFPI and BPI into the members-only online pirate pre-release club known as OiNK. OiNK specialised in distributing albums leaked on to the internet, often weeks ahead of their official release date. More than 60 major album releases have been leaked on OiNK so far this year, making it the primary source worldwide for illegal pre-release music. The site, with an estimated membership of 180,000, has been used by many hardcore file-sharers to violate the rights of artists and producers by obtaining copyrighted recordings and making them available on the internet. It is alleged that the site was operated by a 24-year-old man in the Middlesbrough area, who was arrested today. The site's servers, based in Amsterdam, were seized in a series of raids last week. OiNK's operator allegedly made money by setting up a donations account on the site facilitated by PayPal. Cleveland Police and the FIOD-ECD SCHIPOL branch of the Dutch police undertook the raids, supported by Interpol, as part of a carefully-planned international investigation with anti-piracy investigators from IFPI and BPI.'

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Submission + - Harvard Study: Nicotine Is Increasing

freshmoon7 writes: Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health say they have confirmed a study by the state that found nicotine levels in cigarettes increased from 1997 until 2005 The analysis, based on data submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health by cigarette manufacturers, found that increases in smoke nicotine yield per cigarette averaged 1.6 percent each year, for a total of about 11 percent over a seven-year period

Submission + - PC Mag's Top 20 Wired Colleges

Dean Hougen writes: "Everyone loves rankings, right? Well, PC Magazine and The Princeton Review have surveyed US colleges and universities to find the "most connected, plugged-in, and high-tech campuses in the country" and present their "Top 20 Wired Colleges in a new article."

Of course, everyone loves rankings even more when they are ranked highly. So, in the interest of full disclosure, let me point out that the University of Oklahoma, my professional home, came in at number 10 and the University of Minnesota, my graduate alma mater, came in at number 12, beating out schools like Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, CalTech, and many others."

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