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Comment Re:Echo-chamber fake news (Score 1) 404

That's a terrible fit of the data and the trend that Rei refers to isn't even that convincing. All that you can get from these data are that conditions at and above 66F were well-sampled and predominantly (though not entirely) associated with non-failure. There are nearly as many non-zero points above 66F as below. Drawing conclusions from sparse data, especially in retrospect, is silly and unscientific.

The plot you link to gives a ridiculously high weight to the sparsest data and deviates greatly from the best-sampled data. The page it's from seems to be down, but is his fit to any particular model or is it just a scary looking curve?

Comment Re:CTR was NEVER a good metric (Score 1) 129

And I have no doubt that the ad industry lies to their customers, giving them a false idea of how many people are seeing or bypassing the ads.

You've hit the nail on the head with that line.

I'm skeptical about the actual effectiveness of advertising on consumers on the whole, but the ad industry has been extremely effective in selling advertising to companies. That is apparently where advertising actually works and I bet the ad mongers are just as unscrupulous in their dealings with their clients as they are with the public.

Comment Re:Uber? (Score 1) 641

Without units, the number that the AC posted is completely meaningless. This entire thread is based around confusion caused by the lack of units: the article is referring to percent and the German guy was referring to permille.

"1.0", without any units or descriptor, doesn't mean that your blood is only alcohol because it doesn't mean anything. My 1.0% was just as meaningless as his 1.0, which was the point!

Comment Re:No one tests software on a slow connection (Score 1) 325

Apple helpfully provides a tool called "Network Link Conditioner" that lets you deliberately slow down or fuck up your network connection in various ways so that you can test how your stuff reacts to bad network conditions. Pretty handy... to bad more dev environments don't have something like this.

Comment Re:Not a hologram (Score 1) 101

A true hologram is produced by recording (and then illuminating) the interference pattern created by coherent light interacting with an object.

In the vernacular, however, the word "hologram" is used to describe any planar or volumetric "image" that is projected onto "empty space" (where "empty space" is anything that is sufficiently insubstantial, like air, a cloud of water droplets, or even a really really clean pane of glass that you almost can't tell is there).

You're technically correct (the best kind of correct), but you're tilting at windmills by getting pissed about politicians and the media incorrectly using technical terms. That way lies madness.

Comment Re: No complaints (Score 2) 262

It's more than just that, though. A mouse allows you to represent a huge space of possible pointing positions as a 2D plane, which we're very good at dealing with. For FPS games, you can make any aiming movement from twirling around 180 to shifting your aim slightly in an extremely short amount of time by moving the mouse to a distance on the plane that represents that angular shift.

With a controller stick, your control over aiming is a matter of holding the stick at a certain angle for a certain amount of time. The angle of the sick is much less easily controlled and the time you have to hold it has a direct impact on the player's ability to make twitch movements. Adding aids for controller users like smoothing the input (to make the stick angle more forgiving) or adding acceleration (to cut down on the time it takes to make a large movement) only makes the controller less fit for rapid precise aiming.

Of course, a keyboard having more buttons is nice, even if they aren't in really the best layout for gaming. Being able to directly switch equipped items or activate certain items helps. Avoiding the overuse of "action buttons" makes it easier to control what your character is actually doing instead of accidentally doing something you didn't want to do (although these are usually carried over in console ports).

Comment Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 1) 660

HR's job is to be the recruiter. To sift through the resumes, and find potential candidates to bring in for interviews.

HR's job is to apply a simple string matching algorithm to the incoming resumes and pass along the ones that have the most matches to the posting, typos and all. How can you possibly be a project lead or senior scientist if you don't list Microsot [sic] Office on your resume? And Facebook isn't going to post to itself all day, after all...

If you're just looking at the applications that you're getting from HR, you're missing out on almost all of the cream.

Comment Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 2) 660

I personally just took a job last month, where I told them out right, I want the Software Engineering job they are offering, and in addition to everything I'll bring to the table, that I also offered to work for them for a less than market rate (Basically a 50% paycut from previous job and about 20% under median rates).

Needless to say, I got the job. And also encouraging friends to start doing the same.
If we want to compete with those that want to work for less, we need to be willing to work for less.
And I chose work for a lot less money, at a job I'll enjoy.

You've discovered the approach that everybody in academia uses, which is why academic positions pay (at most) half of what industry positions pay.

Did your living expenses halve themselves to match your income? Devaluing your skills for the win! The management, who aren't in a race to the bottom, really appreciate the money you've freed up for their extra bonuses.

Comment Re:Make sure the H1Bs are paid $100k (Score 1) 834

Lastly, put in a bounty program for body shops that use B1 visa holders for body shopping. Reporters get 40% of the imposed fine, which is a multiple of the salary delta between the body shoppers and the equivalent FTE.

This is a great idea that can work in many different areas also. Most of the illegal immigration/guest worker abuses and issues depend on the actions of unscrupulous employers. The only other people who know the reality of the situation are the deportable or indentured employees who have a strong incentive to not report the employee. We should instead create an incentive to turn in the employer (well... and then actually prosecute them instead of just looking the other way).

Comment Re:OK, help me out... (Score 1) 834

Ha ha, but the free market answer really is that a difficult to fill position (due to extreme qualifications, danger, or unpleasantness) is going to have to pay more to attract applicants. Why are we always expected to "let the market decide", except when it hurts those with the money?

Comment Re:I still use Windows... (Score 1) 498

I still have Windows installed on a drive, just for games, too. As time goes on, I just find myself not playing Windows-only games anymore.

Every blue moon, I'll reboot into Windows to play a game, wait for twenty minutes while it finishes installing the update it started the last time I turned it off, maybe have it reboot again immediately... finally get to the desktop where it starts complaining about another update that it needs to download and reboot for, have it automatically start downloading it and saturating my network because I forgot to turn that "feature" off the last time I used Windows (or it was helpfully turned back on for me in the previous update)... get sick of waiting for it, give up on playing the Windows-only game, reboot into Linux and not think about it again for months.

As an infrequent Windows user, literally all I ever see of Windows is the shitty upgrade experience. If there's a better way to train me off of ever wanting to use Windows, I can't think of it.

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