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Comment Re:Yes! (Score 2, Interesting) 478

    I liked your IT analogy, but let me add personal experience to it. I've had MCSE's call me (primary a Linux and Cisco guy) to help them fix their Microsoft problems. I look at the problem as the problem, not as "What should I click to fix it."

    I've had a lot of people ask me about problems on their cars. One recent one was a BMW. The owner was quoted $1,200 in repairs. I went over the quote, and the list of the customers complaints, and came up with a $250 quote to completely rebuild the part of the car that the dealer had quoted $1,200 for. I then dismissed everything in the quote. As the owner was told "This is essential to do today. Your car isn't safe to drive." My diagnosis was fair. "You have about a year before this becomes a problem. Bring it to me in 6 months and I'll fix those items. My estimate is approx $250, which may change a little if the parts prices change." I then proceeded to do about $200 worth of work for other items that were actually problems that weren't even addressed by the dealer quote.

    I couldn't fix the airbag light, because I don't have the tool to diagnose the airbag computer. The dealer refused to address it also.

    I've been working on cars since I was a kid, and know an awful lot by working on various vehicles for friends and family over the years. I've probably taken over $100k worth of work away from big shops, just because I can do it, and do it right. I don't recall any vehicle ever being brought back to me with the same problem repeated. Then again, I take the time to ensure the problem is fixed, rather than just replacing a few parts, and handing it back. It may take me an extra hour to ensure the problem is resolved, but it's worth it for the people who I do repairs for. Big shops simply don't care as much, and they get extra hours of work for the return visit.

Comment fat cells and muscle cells, too? (Score 3, Informative) 117

I learned that nerve, fat, and muscle cells didn't change in number during life*. Seems that's not true about neurons. Apparently also not true about fat cells ("If excess weight is gained as an adult, fat cells increase in size about fourfold before dividing and increasing the absolute number of fat cells present.") Anyone know the scoop on muscle cells?

* - Supposedly weight gain was due to the individual adipocytes getting larger, like a microcosmic obesity. And strength gain was due to more actin and myocin in each myocyte, like a micrcosmic bodybuilder.

Comment Re:Holy shit? (Score 1) 950

Start looking up child obesity numbers and you'll see that schools need to be doing more, not less.

I'd imagine the program is to let kids know where their heart rates are, and where they should be to get good exercise. Even if they are recording everything, it's pretty meaningless information. You'd know a person's heart rate from 7th grade.

For the obese kids, it just getting some daily movement and exercise. Which can be monitored with a pencil, paper, and fingers on the wrist. The addition of an expensive HRM would benefit getting that last 5% improvement in the already very healthy kids. Who don't need, or already have one.

Comment Re:Didn't anybody read the paper? (Score 1) 317

Right now, we have weapons that are autonomous after launch, but dumb. This is, in a way, a step up.

Once at Purdue University, representatives from the Army War College came to speak to our class. I asked about ICBMs, whether once launched, they could be shut down. I was told no, they had no recall or self destruct. Now, the guy could have been wrong, or the details were secret, but that was scary. If a missile was to be accidentally launch, we just have to wait and watch it blow up some city? Every space launch including the manned missions have self destruct systems on board, yet they think ICBMs are foolproof?

Comment Re:But does it work? (Score 1) 707

Well, in this particular case, it's fairly apparent that the uncovered corner conditions are obvious during static analysis. And the incorrectly-weighted averaging.

Code that passes static analysis is not known good.

Code that fails static analysis is known bad.

Static analysis does not mean "it's pretty". It means the logic and arithmetic work.

Comment Re:Is the whole company corrupt? (Score 1) 249

I'm currently working on (or should be, instead of surfing /.) a book project for Syngress, an 'impress' of Elsevier. This almost makes me feel dirty. I'm doing it more for the experience than the cash, and there isn't any 'research' involved, so I suspect this scandal won't affect me directly. Still, for any serious future projects I'll certainly look elsewhere first.


Journal Journal: Powerful Replacement for Windows Built-in Search 1

Super Finder is a really good replacement for the Windows built-in search tool. It allows you to search by file name, folder name or certain text in a file. There is an option where you can exclude files from your results list by file extensions or by the full or partial name. The results list after you do a search has a right-click contextual menu that is the same as right clicking on a file in your file manager.

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