Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
I think the CEOs would prefer a liberal arts major who has demonstrated they can self teach the IT bit. It's really the ability to self teach rather than which field your degree is in. When hiring someone w/a CS degree you can't be sure they're able to go beyond what's spoon fed to them in class. When hiring someone w/a liberal arts degree w/self taught skills, they've demonstrated they're able to learn new things on their own, even outside their field of study.
That being said it's possible the industry's matured enough that there's less self teaching involved as fads replace durable technology improvements.
Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?
The Bolton-Christie argument, to me, boils down to: you can have too much of a good thing, e.g. documentation. This can impose unnecessary costs and defeat the purpose if, following the above example, onerous documentation doesn't get read. Too much of a standard means unnecessary cost goes out to the standards industry (rent seeking).
Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone
This is a good point but I think it's not just diet. There's genetics to some extent, lifestyle and the type of work being done. I would hypothesize that an individual, starting at the same 'alert level', would tire at different rates depending on the task. When a person's energy level starts to flag, for whatever reason, little tricks like this may help them to be more productive.
Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data
I don't think the data is private primarily to prevent fraud. My first guess was medical tourism. Overseas drug prescriptions, &c. &c.
Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists
I would agree w/some of the other posts that the algorithm seems a bit primitive. Perhaps on refinement it may point out correlations that may either be influence or perhaps represent certain stylistic archetypes hitherto unknown. I think asking and knowing make a "difference" but the question is somewhat subjective.
An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax
Is that Ms. Dickson didn't correct her attempt(s) at humor after she sobered up. That no one else ever bothered could be taken as an indication of the significance of the subject. While the books may be popular, the author's life clearly isn't (yet).
The contexts in which her entry was cited ("Jews and Jesus" - really?) probably also indicate a lack of significance.
Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients
Your basic point is correct but a tad misanthropic. I'd suggest most doctors care, but that care is so diluted that it's not in your best interest to put any reliance on it. We recently discovered our medical group, which we've been in for many years, could not be bothered to transfer the kids immunization records from the pediatricians office to their primary doctor (all in the same group) when the kids became adults.
As other posts have noted, the only care you can rely on will come from the insurance company.
Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"
Their first random guess at the six-digit password worked. They used a common default password.
When does incompetence become criminal neglect?
Finding More Than One Worm In the Apple
Compiler and static-analysis warnings also could have detected the unreachable code, though false warnings might have drowned out the signal if such tools weren't already being used regularly.
I'd purpose that these tools weren't being used properly rather than turning the issue into a nail for the unit testing hammer.
How To Find Nearby Dark Skies, No Matter Where You Are
The refractor should be good for planetary, lunar and solar imaging where you're at. If you're ambitious try some narrow band imaging with the 10".
Astronomers Discover Pair of Black Holes In Inactive Galaxy
Finding black holes in quiescent galaxies is difficult because there are no gas clouds feeding the black holes, so the cores of these galaxies are truly dark. It can be only detected by this 'tidal disruption event'."
The dark cores have been observed in light curves http://arxiv.org/abs/1310.5310
Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light
But we can't coordinate sensors across the city to prevent me (and 30 others) from having to stop at a red light so that one car can pass, and then watch the intersection go unused for another 90 seconds
I'm not too far from you. I emailed the all-our-lights-are-synchronized LADOT about this last year and after a few months the reply I got was a short comment saying the system "worked as it was designed".
Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light
I regularly drive a main artery with a timing system and several sensors, including some that seem to keep the light green a little longer after countdown if there's heavy traffic. Since it's not well designed, the only way to make each light is by speeding or crawling between them. The best you can reasonably do is to minimize the waits.
Major Scientific Journal Publisher Requires Public Access To Data
There are plenty of scientists out there who poach free online data sets and mine them for additional findings.
I think the additional findings are part of what science is all about. How do scientists 'poach' something that's free? Did you think waiting many decades for the Dead Sea Scroll results was acceptable?
If data is that expensive to collect, then its collection and publication should rank as an end in itself.
Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?
why is this any of our business?
It could be one's business if you care about the society you live in and you believe these salaries are symptomatic of a progressively increasing income inequality. Large income inequality has not been shown to be healthy for a society.
How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?
I only bothered w/the McNider & Christy article.
Do they fix the physics of any of the models? No.
Do they put forward their own model? No.
Do they have any scientific explanation for changes in weather patterns:
Shouldn't modelers be more humble and open to saying that perhaps the Arctic warming is due to something we don't understand?
Best skywatching equipment at my disposal:
I have found google to be a much better telescope than any meat space version I care to purchase. Sad i know...
It's not sad at all. There's a large publicly available database of existing quality images (e.g. from surveys or the HST). Check out APOD and you'll see some of these images that have been stylistically enhanced. It wasn't till much (um, much) later that I enjoyed going to the observatory. In graduate school I preferred programming simulations on the computer and matching the results to someone else's images.
Court Rules Against Online Anonymity
^Thanks. It seems you can remain anonymous and that it's up to the business owner to provide evidence that you couldn't have been a customer. If your negative review was vague, e.g. 'bad service' it would be an impossible burden on the owner - unless he could provably count his customers on one hand.
US Coast Guard Ship To Attempt Rescue of 2 Icebreakers In Antarctica
Some things have changed and some haven't. I didn't really learn much about his expedition till after the hype several years ago died down. At least it created a lot of material. The story is amazing.
Citizen Science: Who Makes the Rules?
...certainly we had obtained the relevant permissions to take biological samples in Mexico. Not exactly.
I would guess the most successful (i.e. published) amateur science is done in coordination with professionals.
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