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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

Hussman32 Re:Ob (229 comments)

Man, I hear you, but if they will pay to play, developers will continue to put their crack on the store with IAP. I hate them. Utterly hate them, but that's where the market is right now.

about two weeks ago
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Study Weighs In On the Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony

Hussman32 Re:Recommended documentary on eyewitness testamony (102 comments)

I live near this intersection, the nearest light is well over 200 yards away, and the case description suggests he didn't run the light because he made a left turn on to the road where the accident occurred. It was likely he was going too fast, but if he were sober, odds are good she would have been held at fault.

However, California state law says he should have braked even if she entered the intersection illegally, and he did kill a young girl because he was impaired. I don't think you should have your right to remain silent explicitly declared; we are all taught we are allowed to remain silent.

about three weeks ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

Hussman32 Re:Some would be well suited. (299 comments)

I'm guessing that you are not former Military and/or lack exposure to veterans (intentionally pluralized), so let me give a few things that all military people will have.

1. Self motivation. If you don't have it, you won't get out of boot camp. There are plenty of people that get out during boot camp under various hardships, they can't handle the training. Self motivation is essential for "good" IT people, we usually call it "self starter" in the civilian sector..

I've been to boot camp, and AIT for the Army Infantry, and you don't need self-motivation, you do what everyone else does when they do it. Self-starters will advance in the military, maybe get squad leader in their training platoon, but basic training itself only weeds out those that really can't handle the military.

2. Perseverance. Same with above, even when things get tough you learn to cope in the military (or you exit). As with above, this means that Military people are less likely to give up on a problem, and will continue debugging for a much longer time.

This is a trait I see more in those that rise in the military, there were many instances where I've seen someone say, "Screw it, good enough for government work."

3. Understanding of Hierarchy and chain of command. No need to teach this to a Veteran, we know what it is and how it works. Give a Military person a flow chart, and be amazed at how they can follow the proper chain of command for any department in your company.they can follow procedures

I agree in general the military personnel are on average better following procedures. As to writing new ones when needed, as is often the case in IT...different story.

4. Willingness to follow orders. Sometimes this can be seen as a downer, but as a veteran I have no issue following orders after I give my assessment of the situation. Management knows that they have to live with their decision if I'm overruled. I'm fine with that, and I have yet to see a manager that fails to live up to their decision (though it may take a bit memory jogging via email chains, etc..)

5. Understanding the importance of teamwork. The military teaches this by example all the time. You don't succeed in missions as Rambo (surviving an encounter is not a successful mission most of the time).

Given my first comment about generalizations, there are certainly exceptions to the rule. Similarly, there are certainly people without military experience that have the same set characteristics. Overall, I have almost never had to worry about these characteristics when working with Veterans. I can give hundreds of examples of non veterans that lack all or most of these characteristics.

The only thing I would take exception to is the implication the general working populace that isn't military doesn't have these characteristics. That is simply not true, there are useless people in the military and outside of it, the top quarter pull the load for most people in both environments.

about three weeks ago
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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

Hussman32 Re:Two things. (137 comments)

Except I forgot it's hexagonal close packing...doh!

about a month ago
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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

Hussman32 Two things. (137 comments)

First lines of the script

INT: GROCERY STORE PRODUCE AISLE
BILLY BATS places the last orange on the stack with deft precision. He smiles as he views yet another body-centered-cubic masterpiece.

BRILLIANT FLASHES OF LIGHT, and the King of the Megalocyclodroids enters through a worm hole and says.

KING OF THE MEGALOCYCLODROIDS
Billy Bats, WE NEED YOU!

SCENE.

Second point: Please, please tell me that Billy Bats is played by none other than DOLPH LUNDGREN!

about a month ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

Hussman32 Software development managers knew this already (192 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.

about 1 month ago
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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. (52 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.

about a month 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 month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

Hussman32 Re:NFC isn't used for just payment (336 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 months ago

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