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Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate

Alomex Mickey mouse tests (165 comments)

If I understand the statistics correctly the average program has 71 lines of code. Those are mickey mouse tests for which scripting languages shine. All the verbosity of imperative languages becomes handy when you have tasks that are a few 100KLC long.

This is a lesson Perl learned the hard way: once your program is long enough you beg in your knees for strong static type checking system.

about a week ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

Alomex Re:BS (279 comments)

Fair point, but wouldn't you think that somewhere around 100K deaths from Ebola, people would start to change their customs? It happened before, e.g. during the Spanish flu.

about a week ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

Alomex Re:BS (279 comments)

Well just as we write this this came over the news wire:

No new cases have been recorded in either Nigeria or Senegal in the last three weeks,

about a week ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

Alomex Re:BS (279 comments)

A high mortality rate works against the spread of the disease. Most lethal diseases in terms of epidemics have a long incubation period and a mortality rate below 30%.

about a week ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

Alomex Re:BS (279 comments)

Sure, people Bunny Suits will pick them up, put them in trucks and bury them. So now instead of requiring the entire population to be in bunny suits you only need the funeral brigade to do so.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Alomex Re:Use a headhunter and resume writer (471 comments)

Your post, while true, is orthogonal to whether companies use linkedin for hiring or not. My sources tell me is presently the channel of choice. Do you have any relevant evidence to the contrary?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Alomex Re:Use a headhunter and resume writer (471 comments)

don't bother with crapola like linkedIn

Seriously? I've heard several HR people from large companies say that nowadays they almost exclusively hire from linkedin.

about a week ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

Alomex Re:BS (279 comments)

...and you think people are going to be handling corpses once the dead toll exceeds the tens of thousands?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Alomex Do not hide the PhD (471 comments)

Do not hide the PhD rather you need to find the right job match for you.

Additionally make sure you join an open source project to show you are not afraid to get your hands dirty.

Let's face it, if you apply for a job writing HTML you are going to hate it and quit within a month which is why employers hesitate to hire you in the first place. On the other hand if you can prove you can code and you apply to a company where the product is sufficiently non-trivial every company can use one thinking head for every 20 straight-out-of-undergrad programmers.

Make sure you go to the interview with some new developments (last 5-10 years) from academia that the company can use to improve their product. You should have no problem getting hired.

about a week ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

Alomex BS (279 comments)

1.2 million? I call BS. When things start to look really bad people will voluntarily stay at home, dramatically reducing transmission. And this is before we consider government action. This already happened during the swine flu scare in Mexico where everyone stayed home for a week and then on top of that the government ordered restaurants, schools and other businesses closed.

about a week ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Alomex Re:The big question is 'why' ? (330 comments)

A long long time ago Microsoft was able to compete in the open marketplace. Then Digital Research DR-DOS happened, which was technically superior to MS DOS. In a panic upper management authorized the insertion of codes disabling aps from running on DR-DOS.

Microsoft has never looked back from that key moment. Since then the entire game for MS has all been about leveraging market share rather than quality applications. This is why they can't turn the XBox into profitable division, because as successful as it is in terms of market share, it has not yet become a monopoly. Any other half alive company (no Sony doesn't count) would be raking in the billions with this type of market share. Not so Microsoft

about two weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Alomex Re:Lacking data (491 comments)

Answer:

  88% of CO2 travel footprint is generated by cars, 1% by buses.

about three weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Alomex Re:Well of course (203 comments)

And would people actually have voted for him in 2008, if he was just another white guy?

This is a statement that actually can be statistically tested. We can compare whether he got more or less votes than a fellow white democrat in every state. People have looked into this and Obama mostly less (in the South, obviously) or the same votes as the white democrat. So yes, people would have voted for him if he had been another white guy, and won by an even larger margin had he been white.

That's why I believe the color of his skin got him where he is now.

Which as I said, makes you a racist. And no, I don't say that lightly, but you've earned it. If you are a good person you will re-evaluate your unwarranted prejudice against the manner he got elected. If you are on the other hand a closeted bigot pretending not to be one you'll simply dig your heels further.

about three weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Alomex Re:Well of course (203 comments)

Romney doesn't appear to have inherited any money from his parents,

Say what? his father was a multimillionaire.

about three weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Alomex Re:Well of course (203 comments)

Nor do I buy your assertion that the above people didn't outperform the stock indices.

Of course you won't, a republican choosing ideology over facts, what else is news?

his first job as leader of a non profit based on nothing more than having a college degree and a car,

Which is false. He got the job for the same reason he won the coveted Harvard Law Review editorship: he was damn bright one you could tell. The first time I read a speech from him in the early 2000s I knew he would one day be president, because you see, some of us can recognize talent while others like you cannot see past the color of a man's skin.

And sorry, but no, being promoted to VicePresident of dad's company like the Koch Jrs. is not an actual job accomplishment (or promoted to Captain in dad's navy for that matter). You are just reiterating the "born in third base, claim to have worked your way up there" point I was making. Thank you.

about a month ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Alomex Re:Well of course (203 comments)

That's not "the" question, not least because no one, including you, has yet to ask it.

The world exists outside your limited universe. The question has been asked and answered, and no, they have not outperformed the stock indices, which is why I brought it up.

And yet, he got where he is through the color of his skin and not by his merits.

Dude, he got where he is in spite of the color of his skin. I mean, in spite of racists like you who are so disconnected with the world that they think a black person would have an advantage in todays societyy simply because a few token morsels thrown their way in the name of affirmative action.

See where I'm going with this?

I do, and it doesn't bode well for you dude, with your racist comments about Obama.

about a month ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Alomex Re:Well of course (203 comments)

Sorry, but the question is "have they done sginificantly better than if they had simply invested their parents wealth in the stock market" and the answer is no. So "running successful businesses" when all they can do is match the stockmarket is a red herring.

McCain was the son of an Admiral and last in his class. He would never have been a senator without those paternal qualifications.

Hillary is there because of her husband and Kerry is well known to have been born in the right place, just like the Kennedys. No one else is pretending otherwise. Yet republicans born in 3rd base always act like they earned it and make derogatory comments about people who are trying to work their way around the bases (e.g. the 43% comment from Mitt). That is why my list is biased towards one party.

Obama is the furthest you can be from being on 3rd base. This is such an indisputable fact that you lost all credibility there.

about a month ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Alomex Re:Well of course (203 comments)

and we're actually chipping away at it in modern times.

We were chipping away at it, but not lately. Social mobility which used to be inordinately high in the USA has been declining since Reagan, and by all measures the decline is accelerating.

about a month ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Alomex Re:Well of course (203 comments)

You left out the biggest factor: the end of the meritocracy.

We are fast moving to a system where the person in charge, be it at a company or in government is no longer the most capable, but the one born in third base. Have a look at GW Bush, Mitt Romney, John McCain, Koch brothers, Donald Trump, etc.

The repeal of the inheritance tax will only amplify this effect.

about a month ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Alomex Re:Permissions (249 comments)

This. I was recently looking for an app to use an alarm clock and most of them wanted access to my pictures, for x-sakes!!

about a month and a half ago

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