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Comment Re:Gov't data (Score 3, Insightful) 460

Example of government data I trust:
  • Tide tables
  • Atomic clock time
  • Astronomical and orbital data
  • How many people live in different states
  • Tabulated results from asking companies how many people they are hiring

Each of these are more or less accurate and precise, and each has their own source of biases, and therefore you can trust them more or less.

Comment Re:view not shared by all link (Score 1) 361

I read that part of the article as being completely oblivious to the scientist's arguments. The scientists said that Brexit would harm British science. Forbes says, "so what, Britain can just import the science like it does jeans."

In other words, Forbes seems to agree that Brexit will harm British science. They just don't think that it's important.

Comment TL/DR: More expensive boards perform better (Score 1) 287

What is it with reviewers and their complete inability to explain that more expensive often means higher performance?

I see it in phone reviews all the time -- "we compared this quite nice inexpensive phone against an $800 phone. The inexpensive phone had a worse display, used plastic instead of metal, and felt less pleasing....". Yeah, not really a surprise.

In this case, they compare the Pi3 against other, more expensive boards and are shocked -- shocked! -- to discover that some more expensive boards have more components and run faster!

Comment Re:Nice summary! (Score 1) 123

It's only common within a subset of the community.

I've been a Slashdot reader forever; I own a smartphone; I have been a professional programmer since before they even had smartphones. But until I joined a group that actually had to interact with MDM software (I do email sync; we need to interact with policy managers to support Exchange ActiveSync policies), I had never heard of MDM as an acronym.

Comment Re:TRS-80 Basic (Score 1) 78

My first computer was a ZX80 -- fond memories!

I liked it enough that my hobby Calculator app for Windows is now programmable in BASIC. It turns out that making a BASIC interpreter is pretty simple these days; there's a bunch of parser-generators to make it simple to program up the language, and modern computers are super-fast even when dealing with non-optimized code. In fact, the hard part is that people expect more GUI bits in the code, and getting those to all work took longer than the actual programming.

The downside is that it doesn't emulate any particular computer, and it's missing some nice features like "graphics" and "multiple statements on a line".

Link to app: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/best-calculator/9wzdncrdfd6x/

Link to manual: https://bestcalculator.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/bestcalculatorbasicreference.pdf/

Comment Re:Feedback (Score 2) 232

Yes....and no. There are four codes like you say -- T40.8X1, .8X2, .8X3 and (no surprise) .8X4.

But you know what? Each of the drug overdose sections includes the same subtypes, and using the same codes (except that actually LSD is an outlier; the other ones in the same section include items for "Adverse effect" and "underdosing".

Doctors (and intake nurses) who use electronic patient records (which should be most by now) should find that their software will guide them through the codes as they enter the patient data.

Comment Re:Shouldn't this work the other way? (Score 1) 194

You go to war with the army you have

What we have is Unicode and a good set of font fallbacks. What we don't have is an unspecified, unplanned, unwritten way to somehow insert a "pictogram" inside my stream of "glyphs".

What we need is a way to draw shapes on a screen or piece of paper where a designer gets to pick roughly what they look like. Unicode does that, and therefore seems like an adequate tool for this job.

Comment Re:Shouldn't this work the other way? (Score 1) 194

Yes, except that they didn't. They took a list of eight items (section 4.2.1.4 of the underlying CODEX STAN 1-1985), and presented a proposal for seven of them. What happened to the last? I don't know: perhaps they didn't figure out how to make a character for "Sulphite in concentrations of 10 mg/kg or more".

They also missed section 5.2.1, irradiated foods, with a separate symbol.

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