top 'Data Science' Is Dead
wanted to learn something; turns out it is just a lame opinon piece.
From TFA (emphasis added):
Yes, by this standard, Astronomy and Social Sciences are also not sciences. I have
no idea what Computer Science is, but no, it’s not a science either.
*sigh* RTFA was a waste of time.
top Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?
As part of our mission is to
turn out employees , is teaching knowledge-based careers as a vocation appropriate? immediately ready for the work force
So... what are the
employers in your area asking for?
I'll suggest working with the top 5 employers who want what you're contemplating and enlist their guidance; let them drive the skills they want to see (also, ask them how they'd like to see those skills be tested and/or demonstrated, so your students will have an easier time meeting their prospective employer's requirements).
Also, iterate often - track the placement + feedback of employers that do hire your students so you can find out what works well, what doesn't work as well, etc. You're not going to be optimal from the beginning (and even if you were, requirements will drift over time, so measure, adjust, rinse & repeat).
(As for all the "hands on" vs "ivory tower theory" posts, yeah... "hands on" wins for what you're describing.)
Good luck :-)
top Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible
During a speech he once gave, someone in the audience asked Arthur C. Clarke when the space elevator would become a reality.
"Clarke answered, 'Probably about 50 years after everybody quits laughing,'" related Pearson. "He's got a point. Once you stop dismissing something as unattainable, then you start working on its development. This is exciting!"
Makes sense to me; original link here.
top Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?
Excellent points r.e. "real assessment"
Also, things to consider: without knowing these, all advice offered here is less focused (and hence less useful) than it could be otherwise.
1) Who are the stakeholder(s)?
1.B) What is the stakeholders' definition of "success"?
2) What is your budget - fixed bid, time & material? (if the later, do you have a max budget or is it open ended)
3) What is an ideal outcome for you personally?
4) What is the least-sucky outcome for you personally that you would accept?
Some general advice (this applies to the excellent "real assessment" mentioned above): Whatever bad news you have for your client, the SOONER you deliver it the BETTER OFF everyone will be, including yourself. If you go heads-down a pile of crap code for 6 months and end up stuck and unable to deliver anything useful enough and timely enough to satisfy the stakeholders then things will NOT end well for you.
Also... what you think may be "bad news" may be something the client is aware of and fully expects, so don't sweat it too much. Talk to them and do some brainstorming about how to rearrange things to make success possible.
top Can Wolfram Alpha Tell Which Team Will Win the Super Bowl?
*shrug* Maybe Wolfram didn't code 100% of Alpha, but it exists
because of his vision.
The downside of your hand-waving is that it distracts others away from his ideas and perspective, which is their loss.
So... here is 20 minutes of rather cool geeky viewing; it is well worth watching S.Wolfram walk through his ideas, and talk a bit about WolframAlpha as well:
top Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?
How about offering him a full pardon
and offer to make him the NSA Director?
and the job as CEO at Microsoft
You evil evil bastard. Have you no compassion in your soul?
about a month and a half ago
top Regex Golf, xkcd, and Peter Norvig
spoiler alert: if you were to read
TFA you'd find a link to the actual blog 'norvig.com' that is pretty interesting.
In short, they handle the "ambiguity" of people that are both Winners+Losers ignoring any Winner's losses:
From Norvig's blog:
To avoid a contradiction and achieve Randall's intent, eliminate all winners from the set of losers:
In : losers = losers - winners
The code on Norvig's blog is pretty interesting.
This one was worth my coffee break time today.
I might be missing something here, but the list of winners and the list of losers in US presidential elections both contain Richard Nixon.
How can a regexp match ALL the winners and NONE of the losers in that case?
top Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack
An old poster of computer quotes (lost many office moves ago) phrased it like this:
Judgement comes from experience.
Experience comes from poor judgment.
--Robert E. Lee
top A Year With Google Glass
Treadmill desks are actually cool. A lot of what I do is reading, thinking and typing - and (except for debugging really intricate logic), I do that as well whether I'm sitting or walking 1.6 mph. I am pleased with how my 2nd hand ikea desk + used treadmill is working out for me. An example:
jerker-treadmill-desk (not mine, but a similar setup - I've read the jerker desk is out of production at Ikea, I was lucky enough to find one on craigslist).
So yeah, I'm a fan of the treadmill desk and recommend them.
Unless of course basic fitness smells too much of douchery for you, then never mind.
top The Case For a Global, Compulsory Bug Bounty
Mandatory bounties is the wrong way to go; it reminds me of this:
http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1995-11-13/. An approach like TFA advocates would have an underground economy in bug fixes spring up and wouldn't solve real zero day. Instead...
Allowing users to
recover damages seems more suitable; a "zero day" class action suit or two would result in tremendous advances in best practices for security and qa (aspects of software development that, for some odd reason, just don't seem to get much funding today). By 'allowing' I mean changing software licensing so that verbiage like '...AS-IS WITHOUT RECOURSE TO RECOVER ANY LOSSES OR DAMAGES, DIRECT OR INDIRECT...' no longer holds.
Which is a pretty huge change, and a number of interests would lobby against that. So I expect it will take a pretty severe incident (e.g. loss of life, or maybe a loss of
significant money) to shock existing legislation and treaties (it would have to be global; hello WTO) sufficiently to encourage change. By "significant" I mean larger than the multi-billion dollar loss 'estimates of global damage from cybercrime' cited in TFA. That "cost" isn't nearly enough to change behavior, especially when you average it out across the world population.
top US Treasury Completes Bailout of General Motors
Because I'm lazy I asked wolfram.alpha to do the math:
What is $10.5 billion divided by the population of the usa.
It says $32.90 / person. I briefly thought GM could give everyone a free car as their way of saying "We're sorry" but $32 doesn't really buy much more than a license plate holder.
top Climatologist James Hansen Defends Nuclear Energy
From the referenced article...
page 2, paragraph 7:
The question boils down to the accumulating impacts of daily incremental pollution from burning coal or the small risk but catastrophic consequences of even one nuclear meltdown.
And at the end:
As a general clarification, ounce for ounce, coal ash released from a power plant delivers more radiation than nuclear waste shielded via water or dry cask storage.
The referenced article isn't the slam-dunk that its headline suggests. There are other more valid reasons to be pro-nuke than pro-coal. (Heck, there are valid reasons to be anti-coal even if you take nuclear-anything out of the equation.) The article doesn't add as much in the way of useful light as I had hoped it would; interesting, but not a compelling data point.
top Study: People Are Biased Against Creative Thinking
TFA is basically a "creative" type whining about her kind not being appreciated for their brilliance. For example:
A close friend of mine works for a tech startup. She is an intensely creative and intelligent person who falls on the risk-taker side of the spectrum. Though her company initially hired her for her problem-solving skills, she is
regularly unable to fix actual problems because nobody will listen to her ideas.
Which makes me wonder,
1) "[R]egularly unable to fix..." ranges from "Never able to fix" to "Able to fix up to 49% of the problems." TFA smells like weasel phrasing here (e.g. spin) to emphasize the hand-wringing tragedy of (millions?) of poor ignored creative souls across the land laboring away in vain...
I would like to know what %ge of their solutions were adopted, and what %ge of those actually improved upon the original problem situation; e.g. what exactly is this 'intensely creative and intelligent person's actual track record ?
2) The 'close friend' works for a tech startup, and was hired for their problem solving skills.
Which means friend (aka 'anecdotal data point') has a job where they get paid to sit around and do (apparently) nothing?
Sounds like a squandered opportunity for all involved parties.
Which leads me to agree 100% with your conclusion:
If you have an idea about changing the way the company does things, the burden is on you to demonstrate the value of that change. If you can't, then the "creative" idea isn't worth much.
top Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?
I'll just leave this here; it may offer the OP some inspiration:
tom mabe / telemarketer / crime scene.
top Soylent: No Food For 30 Days
Just for fun, here's a test (
"Vitamin-D-25-Hydroxy-Blood-Test" ) for about $60.
test writeup excerpt: "You should know your Vitamin D blood level. Life Extension offers a reliable vitamin D blood test at a fraction of what most commercial blood labs charge. Optimal blood levels of vitamin D are often far greater than the standard reference range."
Just as an aside, in case you haven't had your bloodwork done, it can be a useful benchmark health-wise.
"Blood Tests A to Z"
Ordering a test this way may be less headache than talking a doctor or insurance company into doing the same.
Some things to consider for Women and Men.
btw - I have no stake in LEF.ORG, I just find their tests and articles useful. Since we are talking Vitamin-D, for example, if you know anyone supplementing calcium then this is worth reading: "Brittle Bones and Hardened Arteries: The Hidden Link".
top World War II's Last Surviving Doolittle Raiders Make Their Final Toast
Executing? Perhaps you meant
electrocuting (shocking) for science, as per this: Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures .
A fascinating read, and yeah it has creepy implications about what people can do. Something everybody should know about.
Excerpt: The experiment... measured the willingness of study participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts that conflicted with their personal conscience
You make an excellent point. Reminds me of the experiments where a person was made to think they were
executing someone in the name of science. While a part of me keeps saying the brainwashed are weak, I need to remember I'm probably not any stronger and am deluding myself to think otherwise.
top Interviews: Ask Ben Heck About Gaming and Console Modding
About the the "clay" you use for sculpting (I've always thought of you as an artist + sculptor):
Any tech you wished was mainstream, or maybe soon to invented, that you'd like to sculpt with?
Any older more retro components that are limiting what projects you'd like to do?
p.s. Love your work, followed for a while here & engadget.
top Phone Calls More Dangerous Than Malware To Companies
Pop quiz: what are the chances that somebody practicing social engineering and penetration testing would place the tantalizing results of this amazing DEFCON exercise just one click away inside of the super-secure never been exploited format known as PDF?
*shrug* A bit of paranoia seems like cheap insurance.
top Scientists Say Climate Change Is Damaging Iowa Agriculture
This caught my eye 3 months ago: I was pleasantly surprised to see an article like this in the Wall Street Journal (which I had thought of as more of a mouthpiece for conservative oil interests and thus opposed to this sort of news):
excerpt: U.S. Corn Belt Expands to North
"Warmer Climate, Hardier Seeds Help Crop Gain on Wheat, North Dakota's Staple
RUGBY, N.D.—Wheat has long dominated the windswept farm fields of the northern Great Plains. But increasingly, farmers here are switching to corn, reflecting how climate change, advancements in biotechnology and high corn prices are pushing the nation's Corn Belt northward.
The shift, which is occurring in northern Minnesota and Canada's Manitoba province as well, shows how warming temperatures and hardier seeds are enabling farmers to grow corn in areas once deemed inhospitable to the crop."
top Ask Slashdot: Best Language To Learn For Scientific Computing?
That is a fair point r.e. reboot vs. data access.
I was thinking of what could give the op a performance boost while staying on a ramen budget.
*shrug* without knowing more it is really hard to say.
And I would beg/buy/borrow/steal a modest SSD to run the OS on, you can probably get both for $100 or so.
Keep your data sets on the slower spinning-rust drives.
If he's going to keep the data sets on the spindles then I see no reason at all to invest in a SSD. All calculation takes place in ram, it is loaded and written to spindles... Yeah the computer will boot in 15 seconds instead of 75, but how often is this thing going to be rebooted?
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