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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

Hussman32 Software development managers knew this already (176 comments)

I know the study did the work and examined the actual performance of the subjects, but most development managers know this already. How many software development managers keep seeking the '10X coder,' that person that just sees the most elegant way to solve the problem with the code. Yes, they work hard, they spend time learning, but they make fewer mistakes and their code is just more elegant.

I keep remembering that line from 'Searching for Bobby Fischer,' "for all his natural talent, Bobby Fischer worked harder than anyone." Talent+time = the elite.

yesterday
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Catch Oil Polluters With Open Source Tools Using the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

Hussman32 The car doesn't win the race, the driver does. (49 comments)

I gotta bad feeling about this. The proposed equipment (which does look like existing technology) may work just fine, but then the new practitioners will make every possible mistake and invalidate the measurement and have useless data. Here are some hypotheticals:

  • Wearing sunscreen while collecting a sample.
  • Not washing the sample container.
  • Not cleaning the container/laser.
  • Improper reference comparison.
  • Blatant misrepresentation trying to cash in on bad publicity and getting on the news.

Then there will be a lot of extra work trying to validate and verify the inconsistently taken data, which would drain resources. The equipment is important, but more important is the consistency of the practitioners.

5 days ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

Hussman32 Re:Most rational people never believe in AGW (207 comments)

One of the main problems is quantifying the energy in the ocean. The boundary conditions are poorly define, a detailed thermal profile is non-existent, and small changes in water temperature resolve to large changes in air temperature.

about a week ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Hussman32 Re:Everyone loses (474 comments)

I wonder how broad your social circle is, a lot of the people I spend time with view the world with a more global eye. Regarding the US citizens that haven't traveled, yes, quite a few cheerlead a lot, we live in Generica and even though there are cultural differences between California and Georgia, they are not nearly as extreme as the cultural differences between the Brits and the French, their world is here to them.

Most people believe that gun violence won't happen to them because it doesn't; gun violence is troubling and it always makes the news, but when you look at actual risk, it's the drunk drivers that will kill you.

One note you had about sensible views on gay marriage, it passed the first time in California in 2008, and it passed in the UK in July 2013.

I've lived in Europe for about a year (Germany and France), and there's a lot I admire about it. What I do know is that I wouldn't have came from my background (very poor) to where I am now because I would have been filtered to lesser schools because of my address, regardless of ability. One can create opportunities here that they wouldn't get elsewhere, and you probably notice that American culture is supportive of innovation and risk taking. That's special, and what draws people here. But it isn't always pretty.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Hussman32 Re:Everyone loses (474 comments)

Having lived in the US for a decade now, I'm missing the UK more and more.

- A real non-half-assed health service, that provides long-term care without exception - A dearth of mass-murders, especially school-shootings - A police service which uses policing-by-consent rather than by-fear - A university system that doesn't do its best to keep you in debt for life - A foreign policy that doesn't make them hated around the world - An attitude that doesn't revolve around "why should my taxes pay for you, just because you desperately need help" ? - A church that isn't entirely based around making money for the "reverend" and isn't overwhelmingly politicised. - Sensible views on evolution, science in general, abortion, gay marriage, and womens rights. - And of course, the marked lack of guns in the general populace. An armed society is a polite society my arse. It's a *fearful* society.

As I said, I've been here for a decade now, and I work for a big company with great perks. It's been good for me, but now that I have a kid, the school-shootings thing is getting more and more worrisome. There's literally nothing I can do to prevent some moron raiding his mother's arsenal and killing my kid if that's how he wants to end his life.

The money is good, the people I meet are friendly, the weather is nice, and that used to be sufficient. But as time goes by, it's seeming more and more like a Faustian bargain.

Simon.

Are you reading the news or talking to the people? I'll give you university system and foreign policy (although the UK is one of the four eyes), and I agree while access to health care needs to be improved, the quality is excellent. The rest are the exceptions that make a 'bleeds and leads' news media cycle. Most police do protect and serve. As a California citizen, I pay 52% of my income to taxes, more than my fair share, and I accept it. I'm not sure anyone can say their church isn't motivated by money, and as far as the evolution, women's rights, etc.you'll find that most people here shake their heads at those loudmouths too. I can understand missing home, but don't forget the UK has it's share of troubling issues.

about two weeks ago
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

Hussman32 Re:What's the background? (142 comments)

The only reason I can see is that he turned 70 years old a month ago. Why not spend a little of his time doing other stuff? Also, he's still chairman.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Hussman32 Re:Riddle me this Batman (504 comments)

I thought about the DL after posting, and then thought about having a heart attack on my run where I don't carry the DL or anything else except for the phone on my arm or pocket. The comment above regarding the new health app is interesting.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Hussman32 Riddle me this Batman (504 comments)

I'm cruising along and a brick smashes into my windshield, causing me to wreck and I'm unconscious. The local Public Servant wants to contact my wife, but the iPhone is locked. Do they have a way of getting that minimum amount of information? I'm all for privacy, but sometimes the Public Servants truly are that, and they are trying to help. (by the way, the brick part is true, but it was my wife's car and she was lucky enough, and had the presence of mind, to get off the road safely).

about two weeks ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

Hussman32 Re:NFC isn't used for just payment (335 comments)

It seems your statement declares Apple said that they won't use NFC for other purposes. I don't believe they've said that, they've just finally put the NFC hardware in, more applications will come later. Presumably in a controlled-experience fashion.

My guess is they didn't have the real estate to handle the NFC hardware footprint before, but now that the phones are bigger...

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

Hussman32 Re:Wow, I am impressed (188 comments)

I would mod this up if I had points.

about two weeks ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

Hussman32 This answer is needed sooner than you think. (165 comments)

I think I saw this article about the ethics of self-driving cars posted here.

This also shows where a liberal arts education may come into the STEM world later, I have to admit my philosophy and engineering ethics courses were more cognitive than I thought they would be.

about two weeks ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Hussman32 Re:If true, it's probably a good thing for Space X (200 comments)

Sure, and that's a good point (which I would mod up). When you get 3 billion, a lot more government oversight is involved (with review boards, and review comments). My point is perhaps the lesser contract will be better from an overhead standpoint.

about two weeks ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Hussman32 If true, it's probably a good thing for Space X (200 comments)

When you get a government contract, you get government accountability requirements, especially with the high visibility contracts. I'm not kidding when I say the accountability requirements are often more than the technical requirements, and I wonder if SpaceX would be able to shift their business model to handling them. The second source contract may be perfect so they can use it as bridge money before they start doing private space flights.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Hussman32 VB6 and no copy deep. (729 comments)

Old VB6.

Foo has object property Foo2, which has object property Foo3.

Dim aFoo as Foo

Dim bFoo as Foo

Dim b = Foo2

Set bFoo = aFoo

b = bFoo.Foo2

Why is that object not referenced?

Oh, no copy deep.

Drove me crazy writing copy methods.

about three weeks ago
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Welcome To Laniakea, Our New Cosmic Home

Hussman32 Re:Great (67 comments)

I'm curious why you want to repeal the popular election of senators?

about a month ago
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Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

Hussman32 iPad Kindle app observations (105 comments)

I have both an iPad and Kindle. A few things with the iPad...I touch a word, the dictionary entry comes up. This is quite helpful. I am used to referring to the progress bar so sequence recall isn't a problem. Some books have x-Ray enabled, and that helps with story cohesion. Basically, after I've spent a lot of time with the iPad reader, I find it as good or better than paper. Except for the beach.

about a month ago
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Report: Nuclear Plants Should Focus On Risks Posed By External Events

Hussman32 Re:already done (133 comments)

The reactors are fine during an earthquake because they are effectively bolted to bedrock, and the move with the earth. There was a serious earthquake a few years ago at the Kashiwaszaki-Kariwa site, and the primary systems didn't move at all. There was a lot of damage to the switchyard and non-safety systems, and there was some water sloshed out of the spent fuel pool, but the reactor started up fine after all systems were requalified.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Hussman32 Re: surpising (168 comments)

Down four, buy more!

about 2 months ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Hussman32 Re:FUD filled.... (212 comments)

Semiconductor plants use a relatively small amount of electricity to continuously spin large flywheels, when they lose power, the generators start up almost immediately.

about 2 months ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Hussman32 Re:FUD filled.... (212 comments)

Actually professor you might want to take a second look at those figures. A nuclear plant relies entirely on *already produced electricity* for safe operation. With a normally functioning grid, this is not an issue. Take that out of the picture (in a scenario like a CME hit) and it will have to fall back on site generators (the local turbine generation is likely to go down with the grid) which hopefully will have been isolated from the effects of the CME and can be instantly switched in to the site system to take over and shut the plant down. However, if any of those switching components went bad during the CME hit, it could be hours before they are repaired, which starts to push the cooling safety margins to the limit (the plant is, after all, still producing heat as if it had a job to do). There are certainly good disaster plans in effect at nuclear plants for situations similar to this, but do you really want to test them all at once? There are bound to be holes. Mushroom cloud style explosions are out of the question, but we know from experience with Fukushima that all kinds of bad things can happen (including lots of little explosions of errant hydrogen) when plants go dark and can't be shut down safely.

I'll update a couple of points, when a plant loses off-site power, it immediately scrams and they have to remove decay heat (the neutrons stop reacting), which drops exponentially from 6-7% core power to less than 1% in about a day, and far less than 1% in 10 days. The generators are normally sized to handle shutdown cooling until power could be restored (but your comments are true, everything can fail, in the case of Fukushima, the entire emergency generator system was destroyed by the tsunami). I would also note that most plants are designed to react the hydrogen in a more controlled manner, the Fukushima 'explosions' were actually by design, although granted the videos don't appear that way.

about 2 months ago

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