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Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party

jockm Re:Brings back memories of TASC (146 comments)

Microsoft's TASC was also impressive because it was written in AppleSoft Basic and compiled with itself. No small feat, considering the Basic of the time. It was the first compiler I ever bought.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

jockm Re:If it ain't broke... (641 comments)

Then install Windows 8 and spend $5 on StarDock's Start8 and you never need to be in metro again. Or wait for Windows 8.1 Update 1 and you will get the start menu back.

Or you could do what I do: get used to it. I am almost never in Metro, except for app selection, on my main windows system. YMMV but I find most windows 8 really don't have to spend much time.

about two weeks ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

jockm Re:Interesting but nowhere near enough data (240 comments)

Great then gather the data from as all the studies you can find, do the math and then publish a meta study. That would be very useful. My point was to all the people here on /. who are making comments based only on this study. The Reuters story was the the study of the week filler piece.

about three weeks ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

jockm Re:Interesting but nowhere near enough data (240 comments)

Fair enough I missed that, and thank you for pointing that out. However my other points still stand. This is a single dataset and not meaningful enough to draw actionable conclusions form.

about three weeks ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

jockm Re:BS More Junk "Science" (240 comments)

But you could look at Arizona which mostly doesn't follow DST, or at Dairy Farmers who don't change their sleep schedule because of it, etc

This study only looks at 42,000 admissions in Michigan, and TFA doesn't indicate if that was from one year or multiple years.

I am not saying the study is useless, but it is just one dataset. We need a whole lot more data before we can draw any real conclusions.

about three weeks ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

jockm Interesting but nowhere near enough data (240 comments)

So we could see if they compared to Arizona — which mostly doesn't follow DST. For for that matter to dairy farmers who also don't follow DST in their sleep schedule. From TFA it seems like the data only comes from the state of Michigan in what I believe is one year only.

This study is interesting but there is no where near enough data to draw any real conclusions... not that that will stop anyone...

about three weeks ago
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One In Ten Americans Thinks HTML Is a Type of Sexually Transmitted Infection

jockm Re:Could it be (255 comments)

People use USB. Daily. If they have some kind of computer, they will most likely have either some kind of dongle that connects them to their mobile internet, a mouse that uses it, a thumbdrive or other storage device.

People use USB devices, that doesn't mean they use USB directly. Most people have that all setup for them at work. I have no idea what the actual numbers are, but I bet we would both be surprised at the number of people who have never inserted a USB device or cable into their computer. And even if they have they may not know it is called USB. They just plug it in to the only place that it fits.

Then there are laptops which have everything the average person needs. All the neighbors I know on my street have laptops.

As for blu-ray, it still pales to regular DVDs every place I see them sold, and the average viewer seems to be moving toward streaming. Blu-Ray is for people who care about Blu-Ray...

about a month and a half ago
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Spark Advances From Apache Incubator To Top-Level Project

jockm Re:I hope this is far better than Apache Solr (24 comments)

So do you judge every Apache project this way? Are Apache, Tomcat, Commons, Batik, CouchDB, etc etc etc all crap until proven otherwise because of Solr? Apache is a collection of projects, maintained by different people.

And not to trash your friend's company, but he picked a technology without trying it out yet? Then that company had bigger problems that Solr. Nor would I judge Solr by that story (I have never used Solr, nor am I involved with it in any way).

about a month and a half ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

jockm Re: Why single out Whole Foods? (794 comments)

Again, could you cite a source so I can go understand this myself?

about a month and a half ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

jockm Re: Why single out Whole Foods? (794 comments)

It is interesting, I just went out and tried to research if this was true or not. All I could find was sites asserting the same thing as you, but no one that cited a source. Again I am not saying one thing or another, but I would love to see actual research — or at the very least numbers.

The sources also vary between saying Celery Juice and celery powder. Like you (I am trying to pick on you) they say that celery is high in nitrates, but don't actually compare the nitrates in celery to the nitrates in the regular way in curing. No mention is given to factors that might affect how the nitrates are imparted between the two ways.

Maybe it is all a scam, lord knows we have enough of those in how food is marketed; but I am not seeing the data to make an informed decision.

about a month and a half ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

jockm Re:Why single out Whole Foods? (794 comments)

I can't (and won't) speak to other reasons why one might avoid nitrates, but they are a migraine trigger for some people — for example my mother. So there are reasons for avoiding them.

Now as for your claim that "despite the fact that bacon made this way can actually have higher nitrate concentrations than bacon made with curing salt" you got any proof for that. I have no idea about the veracity of that claim, but it would be nice to see where you got the information.

about a month and a half ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

jockm Re:France is obsolete today. (506 comments)

Um are you sure you don't mean "French"? Because this post is about something that happened in Canada...

about 2 months ago
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Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

jockm Re:huh? (593 comments)

Oh I don't know, it kind of worked the first way...

about 2 months ago
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How One Photographer Is Hacking the Concept of Time

jockm Re:There's an app for that. (124 comments)

I suspect he is getting much higher resolution images out of his rig. According to TFA his prints are 8 feet wide. You can scale up an iPhone image that high, but you will see a difference.

But still, many roads lead to Rome...

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easy, Open Source Desktop-Sharing Software?

jockm Re:Look up the X window system (116 comments)

So your solution is that Veterans, who need computer help, should install X-Windows on their (presumably) Windows systems?

about 5 months ago
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Imagination Tech Announces MIPS-based 'Warrior P-Class' CPU Core

jockm Re:32 bit? (122 comments)

From TFA:

This new core is the first of a family, with later 64-bit chips to follow. The 64-bit warrior chips, when they do launch, will be fully backwards compatible with 32-bit software, much like the 64-bit implementations of ARM and Intel/AMD.

about 6 months ago
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Imagination Tech Announces MIPS-based 'Warrior P-Class' CPU Core

jockm Re:32 bit? (122 comments)

It depends what you are doing. I don't think anyone is making servers or desktops out of this, and even with recent forays into 64bit ARM (Apple's A7 for example) 32 bit is far from dead. That being said MIPS64 has been around for quite a while, so I don't think it will be a problem to adapt to it at some point in the future.

about 6 months ago
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Google Claims ChromeCast Local Streaming Only Broken Because of SDK Changes

jockm Re:The tech press (82 comments)

Do you have any numbers to back that up?

about 8 months ago
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Hulu Not For Sale, Time Warner May Join

jockm Re:Why Pay for Hulu? (48 comments)

Now I am not condoning (or condemning, for that matter) Hulu, but I thought the point of Hulu+ was that you got access to extra shows, a larger backcatalog, and the ability to watch on devices. That is worth nothing to you? There are other (legal) ways to watch TV shows without commercials, some of which — like iTunes — will cost you much more.

So I can see a place in the market for what Hulu+ is offering

about 9 months ago
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Things That Scare the Bejeezus Out of Programmers

jockm Re:Outsourcing (641 comments)

First off there is a difference between Outsourcing, and Offshoring, which is what I think you are really referring to. Secondly I have yet to find a country where you can higher a programmer for $4160/year ($2/hr * 40 hours * 52 weeks). Yes I know this is 1) The internet, and 2) Slashdot, and 3) I am replying to an AC, but hyperbole just makes it easier to dismiss what you say.

Like everything, there are upsides and downsides to both Outsourcing, and Offshoring. I am a consultant, which means that every single one of my clients has decided to outsource some or all of their work. However because I am domestic, that makes it OK?

It is far better to ask why are they outsourcing? I once worked with a company that decided to move QA to india. The reason had nothing to do with cost savings, but had everything to do with having two teams 12.5 hours apart (well sometimes 13.5, daylight savings). The point wasn't cost savings by offshoring, but to streamline development, and for them it worked. If you look at the world of VisualFX, many of the larger companies are setting up divisions all around the globe so they can have work the "follows the sun".

And then there are companies that do it for the wrong reasons. The think it will save them money, and it can, though not as much as you seem to think (or likely the people whose kneejerk reaction got you to a 5, Insightful at the time of writing this). If you just throw work over the fence, don't provide oversight, don't show that you care, then you are going to get the horror stories you hear about. I've seen that reality too, I have been paid a lot to fix messes like that.

You can outsource and/or offshore for the right reasons, or the wrong reasons. It can be a boon, or it can be disastrous. There are no universal absolutes here. The term you used is too big, too general, and you too — seemingly — misinformed to make a blanket good/bad statement.

Also how would "outsourcing" be a result of technology betraying you? Technology is a tool. Tools don't have to assure you a standard of living, that is a societies job.

about 9 months ago

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