×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Andover Chick Hippie Spin (295 comments)

No doubt the climate change hippies will spin this as exactly what one expects in climate change. Just like they spun recent cold winters as an indication of global warming. Billion dollar universities and researchers have a huge monetary motivation for keeping the climate change specter alive, it's their funding. So expect a big spin on this evidence.

about 1 month ago
top

Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

Andover Chick Re:Make SATs optional (389 comments)

I mean 'no' other debt...

about 2 months ago
top

Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

Andover Chick Re:Make SATs optional (389 comments)

Didn't you hear Ben Bernake just got rejected on a home loan refinance even though he gets paid $250k per speaking engagement, has a multi-million dollar net worth and other debt? Btw, it is not that I don't think test taking is not an important skill, it's just that it can be very one dimensional and creates "achievement robots".

about 2 months ago
top

Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

Andover Chick Make SATs optional (389 comments)

Exclusive schools, such as Bowdoin, have already made SATs option. Standardized testing is the biggest target of "achievement robots". I know of some South and East Asian families who instead of having their kids involved in team sports, drama, art or anything involving other humans, have their kids start studying for the SATs at age 12. Perhaps that's is seen to work in Asia, but it is not healthy for the entire globe to follow the same model. It is a better world if USA/Canada/Europe can follow a more well-rounded model. Include other forms of intelligence (i.e. drama, athletics, music, art) more heavily in the mix and allow standardized testing to be optional.

about 2 months ago
top

CIA Tested Primitive Chatbots For Interrogation In the 1980s

Andover Chick Eliza on my EMACS editor (65 comments)

Thanks US government! I guess you funding the LISP guys who wrote Eliza. Chatting with her gave me plenty of relief on busy days back in the 1980s when I first started using EMACS.

about 2 months ago
top

Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

Andover Chick Just in time for another record cold winter (200 comments)

Oh wait, it's "Climate Change" since the experts are hedging on whether it'll get hotter or colder, so why not say both...

about 2 months ago
top

Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

Andover Chick I love Asian tech districts (53 comments)

Food and tech districts are definitely something east Asians to right. I remember hanging round the tech district in Tokyo several years ago, everything from phones to electronic toilets were on sale. Loved it.

about 2 months ago
top

California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Andover Chick Factory would distroy natural beauty of Vallejo (327 comments)

California has so many lovely places: Richmond (Iron Triangle), Vallejo, Oakland, Antioch, South Central L.A.. We won't want to destroy the natural beauty of these post-industrial homicide capitals with bothersome economic prosperity.

about 3 months ago
top

Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

Andover Chick Thanks for the "paywall" warning (110 comments)

Kudos to the authors for the "paywall" warning (I realize this digresses from the article). I detest clicking on a link, especially from a Google News, and landing on an annoying paywall.

about 4 months ago
top

Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

Andover Chick Adorable Doggie!! (415 comments)

Officer doggie is so cute! Looks like a Yellow Lab.

about 5 months ago
top

Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Andover Chick Re:Dating should be about genetic heath (561 comments)

Ha, ha... You did pickup what I was hinting at, but I am actually the tall blonde woman. I used to live in Manhattan (NY) where I noticed so many short Jewish businessmen, and wealthy Jewish celebrities, were married to tall blondes. I thought to myself what healthy genetic diversity it is. Especially in the Jewish population where there was too much close breeding, mostly due to anti-semitism, resulted in all sorts of genetic nastiness such as Tay-sachs, sickle cell anemia, turrets syndrome, etc...

about 5 months ago
top

Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Andover Chick Dating should be about genetic heath (561 comments)

For good genetic health, dating sites should be matching people who are DIFFERENT, not the same. Given a large number of geniuses who suffer from Aspergers or other forms of autism, it probably best not to be dating others of the same malady. Instead, it is better to date a person with different traits. Of course geniuses don't feel they can communicate with normal people, which is common amongst people who struggle with autism. But worry less about compatibility and more about what sort of scary genetics you might be passing to your children. So if you're a Mexican academic genius then marry a Chinese athlete. If you're an African athlete then marry an Eskimo artist. If you're a short Jewish businessman then marry a tall blonde Scandinavia.

about 5 months ago
top

Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

Andover Chick Shade of things to come (268 comments)

Non-profits are being used more and more as to either promote for-profit causes or enrich non-profit executives. This is why major non-profits and college presidents are earning million dollar plus compensation. Global Village Champions sounds like a perfect example of this. Separately, Yank Barry is a convict who did prison time for extortion, now he's trying to use his muscle on Wiki volunteers. How pretty of a picture does he expect?

about 5 months ago
top

$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

Andover Chick False Hope is the Easiest Sell (448 comments)

From Snake Oil in the Old West to weight loss scams, baldness fixes, male vitality enhancers, or Breatharians, the easiest thing to sell is false hope since it tricks the buy into thinking about only what they want, not what is actually possible.

about 5 months ago
top

Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

Andover Chick Re:You could argue that whites are under-represent (435 comments)

As the Supreme Court recently found, race/ethnicity are only one form of diversity, and a limited form of diversity at that. There are so many forms of diversity other than the color of one's skin or the ethnicity of their surname. It'd be easy to find a black guy and a white guy who have the same opinions and skills, I don't know why it is considered more diverse just because one guy is black.

about 5 months ago
top

Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

Andover Chick The worry about China's military bluster (398 comments)

This is one reason why everyone is worried about China's military assertiveness lately. It is not just because of the threat China poses, but the greater threat of a military Japan. Historically Japan kicks China's butt in military contests. Then, in the case of WWII, Japan careens out of control. Don't be a bully China if you don't want to get bloodied.

about 5 months ago
top

Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

Andover Chick Re:So Asians are considered white people? (435 comments)

The Asian mix shows wonderful diversity. In fact, Asians and folks of Northern European descent get along wonderfully as witnessed by the large amount of inter marriage. About 75% of my white friends got married to Indians, Chinese, Koreans, etc. But yet no one wants to get involved with the African-Americans. The African-American neighborhoods are terribly dangerous, the kids get involved with guns & gang activity young, and they've got constant animosity with teachers and police.

about 5 months ago
top

Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

Andover Chick As a woman I know most women don't like math (435 comments)

Sadly, as a woman who was strong in math throughout school, I know most women don't like math, engineering, or even working in the corporate world. It is all very well and good to pick out a few of Silicon Valley's richest firms and then criticize them for not employing enough females. But the more important question is why don't girls go into math/engineering majors in college? It is a load of crap to say the girls don't have enough encouragement to go into the sciences. Fact is many girls like literature, the arts, and humanities because those majors are fun. Girls also like degrees which lead to education and caring for others (i.e. healthcare), that siphons off even more intelligent females. Fact is rooms full of nerdy computer science guys would love a few more women in their midst so I seriously doubt Google/Yahoo/Facebook are discriminating.

about 5 months ago
top

France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

Andover Chick Invest in camouflage netting companies (138 comments)

Teams of the future will need to have tall poles with hoisted camouflage netting to counter to drone spying (assuming they cannot find indoor facilities). Perhaps also outward facing strobe lights to distort the camera's imaging.

about 5 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

Andover Chick In Napa Valley, in my car, man beating his wife (310 comments)

I was offsite production support in 2007 but decided to go to Calistoga Springs for the day. On my way back my boss BBed there was an urgent production problem. I pulled onto some dodgy side streets, the sort of area the Hells Angels might live (~2 miles from Skyline Wilderness Park), to look for an open ethernet connection from a house w/my laptop. I connected. As I was diagnosing and writing a Perl program to remediate a data problem, a dude and his wife/girlfriend were having an out-of-control screaming match. I could hear the dude starting to slap her around as I tried to compose regex in double inner loops to remove garbage data from a 2gig file. The area was so bad I didn't even put the car in park, instead I kept it in drive w/my foot on the brake. By the time I started testing it sounded like the guy was punching her and throwing furniture. As the code finally was running in production I called the police and sped off.

about 6 months ago

Submissions

top

Lean firm or rotten house

Andover Chick Andover Chick writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Andover Chick (1859494) writes "This is a comment related to a story on the Economist (http://www.economist.com/node/21542211):

Comment:

In information technology it is possible to be more productive by reducing quality but it incurs a massive debt later on.

For example, say a coder needs to make some changes to a large financial program. He can either to it the proper way to insure future readability and extensibility. Or, he can do it the quick way and just patch the program without any other considerations. It is like a fisherman who can either return gear neatly to his tackle box or just toss kit in only to eventually end up with an inextricable mass of hooks and wire.

Many American firms have just been patching their data systems. Low cost, low quality programmers with narrow technical educations make quick, often intentionally obfuscated changes (to insure job security) which will be monstrous to maintain/enhance later. Since the programs still technically generate the correct numbers, management assumes every thing is just fine. Instead the data systems slowly rot like a house consumed by termites.

In the management structure IT executives are often aware of these problems yet their prescient wails for budget increases are unheeded by CEOs and financial chiefs who prefer to ride on borrowed time. In the end the whole rotten structure will collapse."

Journals

Andover Chick has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?