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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

Calsar Re:Conservatives crying "no fair"? (283 comments)

You are lumping all conservatives in with two special interest groups. That seems to be the point of this article as well as most articles on news sites these days, anything that rings partisan politics generates a lot of comments.

about 2 months ago

Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

Calsar Re:real problem is patent and copyright length (118 comments)

What about drugs where it takes 10 years just get through clinical trials? Your patent would expire before you could even sell your product. The problem might be more of an issue of trying to apply one system to industries that are very different.

about 3 months ago

Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Calsar Unions (441 comments)

I don't like unions, but this is one case where the lack of unions is hurting US tech workers. There is no lobbing group to call out companies on this kind of BS. You would need a very large well funded organization to even think of going up against the tech giants in the political arena. Maybe you could call attention to it on something like change.org, but I don't think it would be very effective without some lobbing money behind it. Anyone have any ideas that would actually work, because whining about isn't accomplishing anything as we've seen for many years now.

about 4 months ago

About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

Calsar Missing Someting? (227 comments)

Am I missing something here? The study showed a high correlation between math and reading skill in twins. So if one twin is better at math then they will be equally better at reading than the other twin. How do you derive from this that genetics is determining your intelligence? If it was than the twins should be equally good math and equally good at reading, but the study actually shows they are not equal since this is difference they are using to show the correlation between math and reading skill.

about 4 months ago

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal By Google Over Street View Data Collection

Calsar Re:boo hoo (113 comments)

I think a better analogy would be if you printing out your emails and web history and scattered the sheets of paper around your yard and the street in front of your house. Then someone driving down the road took a picture of your house and street which included the information you left laying out in the open.

about 6 months ago

Maglev Personal Transportation System Set For Trial In Tel Aviv

Calsar Re:Long Overdue Use of "free space" (81 comments)

Similar things have been done before like the PRT system in Morgantown

This system is quite old. It is faster than a regular transit system because you only stop at your destination. However, there are complexities in the track design and you have a lot of little cars to maintain instead fewer larger ones.

about 6 months ago

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

Calsar Re:Most qualified and motivated candidates? (435 comments)

66% of Computer Science graduates are white, 15% Asian, 3% black, and 5% Hispanic. I'm surprised they have such a high percentage of Asian workers. Of course 60% of students graduating with master's degrees in computer science aren't Americans so maybe that's where they are coming from. Also 80% of Computer Science graduates are male and 20% are female, so it's not surprising that tech companies have primarily male workers.


about 5 months ago

Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

Calsar Re: I predict the future.... (475 comments)

In Kansas City Google will give you a free 5 Mbps connection. That's enough to do most things you'd want to do on-line like email, Web browsing, even streaming video. I would think that would cover most people who can't afford the $20-$30 a month.

about 7 months ago

Adobe Flash Remote Code Execution Flaw Exploited In the Wild

Calsar Re:Fuck me I hate updating flash. (187 comments)

All the other software companies have fixed all of their security flaws. What is wrong with Adobe. If it wasn't for Flash the internet would be 100% secure.

I assume the sarcasm tags are not needed.

about 10 months ago

Interview: Ask President Anant Agarwal About edX and the Future of Education

Calsar Prestige of Online Degrees (73 comments)

I received an under graduate and master’s degree from traditional universities. I also received two masters’ degrees through on-line classes. In my opinion programs like edX are the future of education, but on-line degrees are still not regarded with the same level of prestige as those received through traditional education. In part this has been due to questionable practices of some on-line educational institutions. How can this perception be changed and do you have and do you have any plans in that regard?

about a year ago

Interview: Ask President Anant Agarwal About edX and the Future of Education

Calsar The cost of education (73 comments)

The cost of college education has been growing at an unsustainable rate. What do you think the underlying cause is and what effect will programs like edX have?

about a year ago

Could a Grace Hopper Get Hired In Today's Silicon Valley?

Calsar Re:Why aren't more women in science fields? (608 comments)

I got my CS degree in the late 80s and there were only a handful of women in the program. My son is majoring in CS now and I don't think the ratio has really changed the much over the past 25 years. That's just my observations the actual data seems to suggest that it was about 30% when I was in school and it's around 12% now. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_computing.

about a year ago

Scientists Seek Biomarkers For Violence

Calsar Check the Y chromosome (294 comments)

I'm pretty sure you will find correlation between the Y chromosome and violence.

about a year and a half ago

SCOTUS Says DNA Collection Permissible After Arrest

Calsar Re:I dont see the difference (643 comments)

They aren't putting your entire genome into the database. They only collect 13 specific markers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CODIS). The possibility that one of these markers is tied to a genetic disease is possible as referenced in Wikipedia. What you can determine from the DNA doesn't appear to be any greater than the information available in a photograph. DNA reveals non visible information, but a lot more information can be gleaned from a photograph.

about a year and a half ago

Mozilla's Open Source Project Shumway To Translate SWF To HTML5

Calsar Adobe has been working on something similar (57 comments)


Despite everyone's hatred of Flash, it exists because there was no other way to get that type of functionality on the Web until relatively recently. I remember when FutureSplash came out in 1995 and it was very impressive compared to state of what you could do on the Web at the time. When Macromedia added the programming capability it was even more impressive. However, the time has come to move on to next great thing. Such is the way of technology.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Advice For Budding Scientist?

Calsar Science Jobs (279 comments)

My wife got a Ph.D. in molecular biology. She did a postdoc and NIH and then started to look for job. She wanted to be a professor at a University. After talking to some of the recruiters at Universities we found out they were getting hundreds of resumes for each position. In addition, the research field is brutal. You constantly struggle for grant money and tenure is pretty much a thing of the past. Universities want you to come in with grants, they take half the money, then they boot you out if you lose your grants. You have to work crazy hours and be good at politics to succeed in science. It's a very stressful environment to be in. Another thing I ran into while doing research was that the number of teaching positions at Universities has gone up about 50% since 1960, however the number of Ph.D.s has gone up 500%. Of course there are commercial research positions as well, but at least in biotech there is a lot of turn over as companies come and go. She has friends that get laid off every couple years and spend six months to a year looking for a new job. There were also a lot of sales jobs where you go around and sell equipment to companies, which she didn't want to do. Do you really want to spend all that time in school to be a sales person? My wife eventually ended up with desk job with Genebank at NIH and no longer does research. Note that she was 31 by the time she got her first real job. That's a lot of time to put into education for not much reward. She is especially annoyed that she will never make as much money as I do in IT even though she has a doctorate degree and I have a master's in CS. We have encouraged our son not to go into science. Of course money may not be your primary motivation, but love of science tends to wane over the years.

more than 2 years ago



Flex Builder for Linux

Calsar Calsar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Calsar writes "I'm at the Adobe Max in Chicago and they just announced that the alpha version of Flex Builder is available for Linux. You can download it now from Adobe Labs at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flex/flexbuilder_linux/."
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