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Comment Re:COBOL isn't hard to learn (Score 4, Interesting) 371

but for something like COBOL you could end up doing it for some years and then the legacy system is shut down and nobody wants to give you anything but a junior non-COBOL position.

You think that a systems migration won't need your legacy skills? You think that you won't pick up the skills for the new system during the migration?

Here's a more likely scenario: you do COBOL for 5 years and learn the entire problem domain that the COBOL system services. When the migration occurs with Java your knowledge will be indispensable, and you'll no doubt learn Java in the two years the migration takes to complete. At the end of the migration, you are still the expert in the problem and have new Java skills to apply your expertise.

It's exceptionally unlikely that the migration from COBOL will be so fast that you won't be able to learn the new implementation technology.

Comment Re:Layout broken (Score 1) 248

How can I make [the large margin on the right] go away?

Install Stylebot for Chrome/Chromium, or whatever the equivalent extension is for your browser, and add this CSS override to negate the custom margin:

div#comments.a2commentwrap { margin-right: auto; }

Thanks, that worked well. There's still a hovering sheet on the top right with my username on it, but I can live with that.

Comment Re:Poster does not understand Algebra (Score 1) 358

The problem is in using taxation as a tool for revenue. Sure, in practice it works out that way, but taxation is more useful as a tool for steering the economy.

Humans are laughably easy to motivate. Humans respond particularly well to incentives, so the tax implement should be used as an incentive tool.

Taxing wealth holdings and assets instead of income results in fewer people building up any savings. Taxing income instead of assets results in more money being put into capital gains investment assets, etc.

The tax then should reflect the economic policy of the state. Want more investment? Remove/lower taxes on CG and increase taxes on income. Want more retirement savings? Put CG exceptions for retirement investment vehicles. Want to simulate spending? Lower the sales tax/VAT and reduce the taxes on income. Want more foreign currency? Produce rebate credits for items shipped abroad for sale. Want more local production? Increase customs and excise taxes. Hell, you can do things like "increase the number of engineers", "lower the popularity of religions", "reduce/increase the divorce rate", etc just by manipulating the tax code.

With the correct taxes you can shape your economy almost any way you want it. Unfortunately most societies see taxes as a revenue hammer and not as the scalpel that it is. This means that it is almost always used as a bludgeoning tool to extract money rather than as a sculpting tool to shape the economy.

Comment Re:Coordination, not more text (Score 1) 187

Because the idea that there are alternate facts and all viewpoints are equally valid needs to die.

Like this one? How about this one? Same facts, yet both MSM and yourself feel that only one of the two facts in the screenshots are "real" and the other is simply "fake". There's more, like for example this one. Or this one

If the ideology you spout:

the idea that there are alternate facts and all viewpoints are equally valid needs to die.

gains any weight, the first viewpoint to get abolished by the average person will be yours.

(Those images, btw, are representative of the group who are pushing very strongly to filter 'fake news'. Beware of what you wish for)

Comment Re:What? (Score 2) 358

If you making 50K a year and paying $1466 for a studio then your basically putting half of your take home pay towards rent. That is not affordable.

I've been paying 50% in rent since the 1990's, as my late parents have before me since the 1970's. The trick is to save as much of the other 50% as possible.

That's stupid - if you'd put 50% towards buying a house you'd have spent the last few years living 'rent' free.

Comment Re:this isnt a surprise (Score 1) 48

>"As things stand now, I can understand using Linux in academia to compile simple "Hello World" style programs and learn C programming, but I'm afraid that for anything more than a hobby OS, Windows 8/10 are your only choices."

Wow- you will be rightfully modded down to -100 pretty quickly. Apparently you don't know much about the world out there.... the majority of the Internet is run by Linux servers, and has been for many, many years now. Almost all the S&P500 run Linux to various degrees in their IT. You think Linux doesn't support journaled filesystems? SMP? Seriously??? You think An MS-Windows box of ANY sort can do the work of 3 Linux boxes???!!! LOL!

You are either completely clueless or are an MS-shill or both. Not even many self-respecting professional MS-Windows administrators with Linux exposure would agree with anything you said.

Welcome to the internet - the first time I saw that copy-pasta was in 2002.

Comment Re:CSV to Excel spreadsheets... (Score 1) 168

The biggest time sink at my job is the system that exports CSV files to use in Excel. If you don't select your data and copy into a new Excel spreadsheet, updating the calculations on a 70MB file takes 90 minutes. That's not a problem on a clean Excel spreadsheet.

I'm curious - in a previous story and previous post you said you were a programmer. Why can't you write a program that eats in that CSV file and spits out the numbers and charts you need?

I did that once for a multi-megabyte spreadsheet with millions of rows that took roughly 60 mins on the user's computer in Excel. They ran this perhaps once a day. Exporting that data to CSV takes them a few mins, and my program (written in R, of all things) processed it and spat out the correct matrices (in CSV form) in a matter of minutes.

Most people have no idea how fast their calculations can be done when it is a command-line program reading all millions of numbers from a file straight into RAM. The numbers in your 70MB spreadsheet should easily fit into RAM into a single contiguous memory location. After that it's simply a matter of iterating over the RAM with the correct functions written in native code.

Comment Re:Big crock of bull (Score 1) 168

"I have a car, a sportscar, it's 8 years old. Do I want a new car? Hell no! Does my car have a back-up camera?"

FWIW, I just installed a backup camera in my 18 year old Toyota Camry. It's useful because they stopped making cars with adequate rear visibility about four decades ago. But I didn't have to buy a new car with no spare tire and a lot of truly obnoxious electronics in order to get the capability. (The camera was actually a bonus. I really bought the new radio mostly because the old one had no decent way to play mp3s).

Hah! I use a '92 Ford Sierra daily to work and back. It doesn't even have a radio. On the plus side, no one wants to steal it, repairs are shockingly cheap (equiv to perhaps 90USD in the last two years for oil/filter/plug changes) and it will probably take me to work and back daily until my eventual retirement. Don't ask me what the mileage is, cause the clock has rolled over anyway, so I stopped noticing.

Comment Re:"Neural signal diversity" (Score 1) 288

I can see that higher diversity might be some kind of "super awake" state.

Talk to people who've practiced meditation for years. "Super awake" is a way to describe it, but it doesn't quite do it justice.

"Super awake" does not accurately describe meditation; "Self-delusion', on the other hand, does.

I'm always a bit amused when someone feels they have the authority to tell someone else that they are not experiencing what they are experiencing.

Whatever floats your boat. I'm always amused by people who feel that their spiritual and religious experiences are objective.

Comment Re:In other news. scrambling eggs creates chickens (Score 4, Interesting) 288

External electrical influences or seizures absolutely do not create more "complexity," in the same sense as psychedelics; they create dysfunction through disruption, which is very different. And using a ridiculous blanket term like "getting blitzed" shows that you have no understanding whatsoever of the difference between mere intoxication and other types of altered states, such as those produced by psychedelics. This study, while not groundbreaking, is interesting because it has produced more data supporting the notion that psychedelic states are not simply a form of random intoxication, as you suggest, but are indeed indicative of stimulation of certain brain functions.

I'm not sure what you are trying to say. The conclusion says "In sum, we found increased global neural signal diversity for the psychedelic state induced by KET, PSIL and LSD, suggesting the psychedelic state lies above conscious states such as wakeful rest and REM sleep on a one-dimensional scale defined by neural signal diversity. ".

It's a one-dimensional scale measuring neural signal diversity. Random electric shocks to the brain would result in a higher state on that scale. Actually, random electric shocks to the person (random torture?) would raise the scale too. GP was absolutely spot on that these results mean nothing; higher signal diversity could mean "capable of deeper insight", or it


mean "unable to function at all", but the actual study doesn't have any results one way or another.

Comment Re:"Neural signal diversity" (Score 0) 288

I can see that higher diversity might be some kind of "super awake" state.

Talk to people who've practiced meditation for years. "Super awake" is a way to describe it, but it doesn't quite do it justice.

"Super awake" does not accurately describe meditation; "Self-delusion', on the other hand, does.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 359

So sure, having just a "regular" juicer not only gives you a lot more options, but it's healthier and you get fresher fruits and vegetables in your juices

Fruit juice isn't healthy. It's basically all of the sugar from the fruit with none of the fibre to slow down absorption.

Eat the fruit instead. The fruit as a whole is good for you, the extracted sugar, not so much.

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