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Ask Slashdot: How To React To Coworker Who Says My Code Is Bad?

japhmi Re:Old problem (507 comments)

First: is he right? Maybe your code does suck.

I'm thinking of a case I've been in. The code didn't necessary suck, but it was almost completely uncommented. Maybe Mr. "I have 10 years of experience!" should go back and comment his code so the new guys can understand what's going on.

about a year and a half ago

Vaporizing the Earth In the Name of Science

japhmi Re:Sounds familiar (100 comments)

"When the world ends the very last thing we'll hear is some scientist saying "It works!"'

Better than listening to Vogon poetry as it all ends.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Open Source Employee Vacation-Day Tracking Software?

japhmi Re:Don't track it (108 comments)

We use a table in an internal wiki. Going to be gone, shade the block for that day grey.

We're all engineers though.

more than 2 years ago

Khan Academy: the Teachers Strike Back

japhmi Re:Motivation (575 comments)

Khan Academy is the greatest supplemental education resource I have ever seen.

This is key.

Khan Academy may have issues that prevent it from replacing other education, but it's a great supplement. It's also a great pattern for other people to innovate an do better with.

We use it to supplement our kids' education, but we make sure they do Khan after we go over the concept in the math book.

more than 2 years ago

Khan Academy: the Teachers Strike Back

japhmi Re:And the unions are pissed... (575 comments)

Let’s talk real world. My school district in Arizona is one of the highest paying in the state (Mesa Public Schools). Straight out of college I would make $36352 a year with a bachelors.

In other words, slightly more than what I made coming out of college working 12 months a year.

more than 2 years ago

Khan Academy: the Teachers Strike Back

japhmi Re:And the unions are pissed... (575 comments)

Meanwhile getting rid of garbage men would require every American to deliver their own bags of trash to the dump. This is still common practice in many parts of the US.

Garbage men also manage the dump. Instead of an organized system that manages waste and prevents problems with run off, you'd just have people who were willing to throw garbage somewhere on their property for cash.

How many people would bother taking their trash to the dump instead of somewhere closer? (illegal dumping is already a problem now with pickup).

Yes, professional teachers do a very important job, but there's a reason our society did just fine without mandatory school laws for so long. Yes, there would be horrible consequences for not having public education, but it's a hierarchy of needs. Health trumps education. Sick kids don't learn well even with great teachers.

(and if you want an even better example, use sewage treatment workers....)

more than 2 years ago

Latest Netflix Earnings Report Mixed

japhmi Re:I cancelled my Netflix subscription a while ago (303 comments)

That is not a technical reason.

No, it's a business reason.

"Should we offer free books with Prime to Android users too?" Is not a technical question, it's a business question.

more than 2 years ago

50th Anniversary of the Starfish Prime Nuclear Weapon Test Today

japhmi Re:Are you ready for an EMP ?? (190 comments)

As 'luck' would have it, currently it is believed that an EMP pulse over North America would be worse than in Hawaii due to the difference in the geomagnetic field in the two locations. For example, it is believed that a blast over the Dakotas would mostly cause problems south of the blast vs a circle all the way around.

Now, I think from my reading that his numbers are wrong (it would need to be higher), but the total kt isn't as important (and a smaller bomb could be constructed to emphasize EMP over blast).

Check out the US Army's document "Nuclear Environment Survivability." (Report ADA278230)

more than 2 years ago

Sony To Delete Virtual Goods

japhmi Re:SUCK FONY (171 comments)

Why do you assume it is a nerd?

He's posting on slashdot.

more than 2 years ago

Online Privacy Worth Less Than Marshmallow Fluff Six Pack

japhmi Re:Yes (223 comments)

How about "letting a company mine my browsing history for a browser that I don't use."

Sounds like $25 for installing something and letting it sit on my HD while I continue to use Firefox.

more than 2 years ago

How long until the (first-world) classroom education model is obsolete?

japhmi Re:It already is (317 comments)

The entire point of our education model is to provide identical little consumers who will do what they're told, buy what the marketers want, and live their lives without asking questions.

more than 2 years ago

Court to Decide If Man Can Keep His Moon Rock

japhmi Re:You should read that link (390 comments)

As it is, they're being petty bullies.

Well that's what you get when you let Republicans take office.

Yes, because the current Administration is Republican. Wait a second....

You do realize that it's the Executive branch who would be doing the suing, right? You are also informed that the current Chief Executive is not a Republican, nor is the current Administrator of NASA a Republican Appointee?

more than 3 years ago

Best Buy Flexes Legal Muscles Over "Geek"

japhmi Re:Typical (317 comments)

When was the last time you walked into Newegg and asked which aisle the motherboards are in?

Well, seeing that Newegg is an online-only store, that'd be rather difficult.

more than 3 years ago

No, We're Not Headed For a New Ice Age

japhmi We're already in one (473 comments)

We're currently in an interglacial period of the current ice age, so it's not a matter of moving towards another one, but how long the interglacial period will last, and how if we're moving into a glaciation period will humanity be effecting that.

more than 3 years ago

Do Violent Games Hinder Development of Empathy?

japhmi Re:"No consequences for violence" (343 comments)

Yes, it is. But, I just don't see how someone, even a child, could believe that something so obviously fictional is reality.

Who said anything about the kids not understanding that it's not real in order to have an effect on them?

more than 3 years ago

Gates' Future of Education Straight Out of '60s

japhmi Re:Slef-paced education is not a panacea (203 comments)

self-paced study courses have a major problem. They need a specific type of student. The student must be exactly smart enough to easily learn the material, yet dumb enough not to play the system to "get it over with."

In the system demonstrated, the self-pacing is combined with teacher instruction. Combined with customizable testing that requires mastery that was demonstrated, there's no need to "get over it" - and if it's stumping you, there is a teacher available.

Self-paced learning is absolutely not a solution to a major need in education.It can't replace stand-up training. BG should spend some time and get himself an education degree and then spend a few years teaching before making grand pronouncements. He has no qualifications to speak on this subject.

Exactly the opposite. Spending time at an ed school is about the worst way to learn about things such as: how students really learn, how to change education, and new approaches that will actually work. Ed schools are mostly propaganda with some old ideas peppered in there. They hold education back. As does thinking as you demonstrated. "It won't work because I said so, and teaching programs are the best."

more than 3 years ago

US Military Orders Less Dependence On Fossil Fuel

japhmi Re:Nuclear Power! (317 comments)

I've often wondered why we have compact portable atomic bombs, but no compact portable atomic generators. Perhaps now some will finally be developed! Besides, I can't imagine that solar panels would be a good idea at an FOB. I mean, big square shiny targets? Not good. And they really work poorly when disguised with that camo netting stuff.

No, I'm thinking that some portable nuke plants are in order here. Even something that has to be mounted on a semi flatbed is going to be more useful than a solar panel. At least the flatbed could be rolled into a large trench and covered with camo netting and guarded by dirt and sandbag berms.

The US Military has many smallish nuclear reactors - in every combat submarine in the fleet, for example. They're still fairly large, complicated, and expensive.

more than 3 years ago

US Students Struggle With Understanding of the 'Equal' Sign

japhmi Re:It should be: 4+3+2=x+2 (Solve for x) (1268 comments)

So, it's a textbook problem in your opinion. I think that you're right (and that kids shouldn't be using calculators for quite a while into math).

My daughter's math textbook is more old-fashioned, and it has find the missing addend type questions starting in 2nd grade IIRC. They use the notation of an empty box for the child to fill in.

more than 4 years ago

HDBaseT Supporters Hope To Kiss HDMI Goodbye

japhmi Re:HDCP (336 comments)

But saying the battery "pushed" the current through the bulb is also okay. It's the same way that power plants push water through the city pipes.

You power plants push water? Around here we have power plants provide electricity, and pumping stations push water.

more than 4 years ago

Killer Apartment Vs. Persistent Microwave Exposure?

japhmi Re:recent cellphone radiation reports (791 comments)

The key factor here is REPEATABLE. If it cannot be repeated it is just a meaningless statistical fluke.

Or it means that different people are affected differently, and it becomes a question of who gets into the studies.

more than 4 years ago


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