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Comment Occam's razor (Score 1) 381

Occam's razor (also written as Ockham's razor from William of Ockham, and in Latin lex parsimoniae) is a principle of parsimony, economy, or succinctness used in logic and problem-solving. It states that among competing hypotheses, the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions should be selected. In other words, the simplest explanation is usually the correct one.

Apply recursively to the created solution.

Comment Its Externalizing costs (Score 1) 106

What they are doing is using the free cold to cut their costs. But of course that heating will effect the weather in that area, which will affect the ecosystem which will start to spread its effect. There may be widespread and deeply felt consequences down the road, but not for Facebook. Dumping heat is the same sort of externalized cost as say dumping waste chemicals in a stream. The company does not pay, it lets those downstream pay. You could argue that the effect is small but as we know the butterfly effect is real and unpredictable All they really know is that they are going to pay less money for cooling. Be damned with the rest of the world.

Comment One wonders (Score 1) 584

I wonder if the polls will tell a different story when further revelations come out from the Guardian. They say there is more to the story.

The second thing I wonder, is why some politicians act the way they do. So much support for the capture and use of secret information. Could it be that the NSA has some dirt on those politicians and they know better than to piss off the NSA. And how high does it go? Lets ask Darrel Issa to start and investigation, when he finishes finding out where exactly Benghazi is.

Comment There are suprising and disturbing parallels (Score 4, Interesting) 184

Standardization and merger/monopoly are happening in IT and in business.

How many products do you see that do everything. We have a forms package that does work flow and web design, a document program that does workflow and web design, we have a messaging layer that does work flow and web design. Each trying to capture the entire business. We see it with hamburger chains and doughnut sellers going after Startbuck's market. Now we see McDonalds going after Dairy Queens market and big box discount stores going after the Grocery chain market.

Everyone wants to be a one stop shop. Companies are getting there by buying up smaller companies and over and over.

The problem is the actual software developers will have fewer and fewer jobs for real development with few and fewer companies providing software.

Already our company is into buying packages and thinking they can save money by plugging everything together instead of targeted custom development.

The IT people of the future (if this trend continues) will be glorified plumbers. A few developers will make the design decision we will all have to live with.

Unless of course we start to recognize that this may not be the most cost effective way to do things, or that this dumbing down of jobs is bad overall for the society and we might see some anti-trust going on with breaking up of the swelling blobs of companies and packages and a new leaner meaner model emerging.

    Who knows?

Submission + - Death of U.S. Science (

StillNeedMoreCoffee writes: "Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) is drafting legislation that would require the NSF director to certify that research met a number of new criteria. being worked up by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), represents the latest—and bluntest—attack on NSF by congressional Republicans seeking to halt what they believe is frivolous and wasteful research being funded in the social sciences. Last month, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) successfully attached language to a 2013 spending bill that prohibits NSF from funding any political science research for the rest of the fiscal year unless its director certifies that it pertains to economic development or national security. Smith's draft bill, called the "High Quality Research Act," would apply similar language to NSF's entire research portfolio across all the disciplines that it supports."

Politics controlling Scientific grants? Not in the country's or the worlds best interest. Rep Smith should hear from the tech/science community before this goes too far.

Comment And the Answer IS (Score 1) 656

Analysis of Algorithms. Optimization of logic

If you want to be any more than a coder the you need some background in math to understand (and caclulate) the savings of doing alternative ways of coding. This is especially true with recursive algorithms that are not simple recursions.

Also the effect of various data sturctures like trees and hash tables for algorithms. or even the effect of different types of indexes in DB searches or to understand that query optimizations the DB servers is showing you.

Without it you don't have eyes, like a eletronics engineer that does not have a multimeter.

Thats just with the programming part. Then you get into all the things you want to program, like graphics and games (physics and geometry), or statictics for simulatations or the math for economic forcasts. Each has its subset of math that is needed for the job.

But to get back to is. If you want to be a programmer with a big P, then you need the fundementals of math that revolves around data structures and algorithme and Boolean algebra at least. If not then anyone can do your job.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 146

Low level jobs. You mean jobs that are low paying. They are only low paying because the companies set the price. There are far too many companies that are not willing to pay a living wage to people that work for then, while they re-up on their membership to the country club. As things are going now, companies will try to automate everything, until they find that they have fired people to the point that there is no longer anyone to buy their product. They go out of business and scramble to get a low paying job from the remaining dwindling pool of employers.

I think some regulation, taxation and thoughtful planning is in order to save the capitalist system. Right now they think we will let things go back to the industrial revolution days. Probably won't happen.

Comment Re:The best part of the article is at the bottom (Score 1) 555

The trouble is that some politians are more equal than others.

For instance some of the right wing crazies will apply to get Fedral campaign funds and be funded with as many dollars as the major parties.

Maybe a portionament needs to be done on measured support from voters, oh wait that will lock in entrenched idiots.

There has to be something in between to weed out the crazies early so we don't waste time and our money.

Comment Re:No surprise (Score 1) 107

Under no circumstanses is that true. The Democrats want to protect Social Security and Medicare, keep education and jobs a priority. The Repubs only want to stall and stall and filabuster and pillage (keep subsidies, Haliburton, oil .. etc)

So fundimentally the parties are different, in real ways that effect real people. Well the Repubs positively effect only a percent or two and the Democrates maybe the remaining 98-99%.

There is a difference. They are both in politics and that is a dirty game but I think the Google information even pre-dates this administration doesn't it?

Comment More Likely (Score 3, Insightful) 197

The Movie industry does not want it known how active they are at sending take down notices. After all the price we all pay for movies goes up as there effort to do this sort of activity goes up. The 'take down tax'.

There is also the big brother bad guy protecting their profit against the little guy public relations problem. They certainly would like all that take down to happen behind the scenes where no one notices.

They are trying to do some damage control.

Comment Re:Voice recognition currently is horrible (Score 1) 294

That seems to be a sub-dialect problem. If you don't get routed or understood, your probably speaking the wrong dialect. You see that discussing program framework issues between a Java shop and a Windows shop ... Many years of teaching taught me that you may need to explain things several different ways before you find a common language to import your communication to their local brain.

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