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Who is your favorite fictional doctor?

djeaux The surgeons in the Army... (860 comments)

... they say are mighty bright.
They work on soldiers through the day,
And nurses through the night.

Hawkeye is the only one who spent a significant amount of time "working on nurses," so he's obviously a better role model!

more than 5 years ago

Nvidia Lauds Windows CE Over Android For Smartbooks

djeaux Re:Why is this surprising? (263 comments)

I would imagine that ... this is a political rather than an engineering decision.

I would imagine you are correct. Just based on the years I spent in management, I'd say about 85-90% of corporate decisions are based on "politics" or "marketing." Engineering only gets a small slice of the remaining 10-15%...

more than 5 years ago

Montana City Requires Workers' Internet Accounts

djeaux How ironic! (836 comments)

Considering that Montana is ground zero for right wing militia types (as well as pygmy pony & dental floss farmers). I think a lot of folks need to screw their heads back on, wake up & realize that it's the right-wing & not the left that poses the greatest threat to their privacy. Somebody up-thread asked if this was China. Nope, but it sure looks like Munich circa 1931. I'll betcha a dime to a doughnut that's a Republican city administration.

more than 5 years ago

Not Your Daddy's IT Force Anymore

djeaux Re:Physics for Poets (342 comments)

Quill345 is exactly right. This is just one of many NSF-funded initiatives of this nature, and I'm not sure exactly why this one merits special attention here. The goal isn't "poets who program," but rather liberal arts majors who are able to use appropriate tools and who aren't paranoid about technology. There are folks out on the cutting edge of critical analysis in literature who indeed use sophisticated data processing engines and that once we wander into other "liberal arts" -- and at least one university in my state has the departments of biology, physics, and mathematics within the College of Liberal Arts -- the technology applications can be pretty gnarly. As an analogy, when I was stumbling through my PhD in biology education some quarter century ago, there was real concern that a lack of scientific literacy in the general population would create an environment where more and more voters would call for the injection of superstition into the science classroom. Anyone sufficiently familiar with the historical background of the current "intelligent design" movement knows that that is exactly what happened. Imagine a society that thinks that their computers or game consoles operate "by magic." (And I mean that literally and not figuratively!)

more than 8 years ago


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djeaux djeaux writes  |  more than 10 years ago Today for a few minutes, two of my comments, this one & this one, were simultaneously listed in the "10 Hot Comments" sidebar on the /. frontpage.

Kinda neat. I wonder what the record for simultaneous hot comments is?

I guess that was my 15 minutes of fame. Almost got in a flame war, too. What a day...

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