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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

majid_aldo Re:Not about jealousy, but ... (265 comments)

dubai doesn't have much oil. sigh.

about two weeks ago
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Book Review: Data-Driven Security: Analysis, Visualization and Dashboards

majid_aldo Re:Question, what does R do that other lingos cann (26 comments)

Question, what does R do that other lingos cannot?

Nothing. I'm sure other languages can do everything R can do.

Does it just have statistical functions built in and ready to go?

It does have that, along with an active community and growing popularity in scientific circles, so there is lots cutting edge interesting work being done with R -- and a lot of its free and open source. Plus it has multi-core support in several libraries places, and even gpu support in some.

since it has cutting-edge stat functions that's plenty of functionality that R has that other languages DON'T have.

about three weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

majid_aldo Re:Here is the solution (401 comments)

there is (practically) NO "normal" channel! you literally have to be lucky to get a green card. got skills? let's see you go through a gauntlet of legal procedures that are complex, illlogical, and inconsistent.
http://reason.com/assets/db/07...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?

majid_aldo Re:Julia (language)? (143 comments)

julia is nowhere near, in intent, as well as development, the statistical tasks needed by the poster.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?

majid_aldo SAS and data science? (143 comments)

if your company is using SAS, then i don't think what you're doing is data science. analysis is not data science.

about three weeks ago
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FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

majid_aldo Re:I find this insulting (422 comments)

pls provide evidence that immigration suppresses wages. (are you an economist?)

about a month and a half ago
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How Virtual Reality Became Reality

majid_aldo Re:2000000/(365.25*20) = (104 comments)

i think he included coding projects that he supervised.

about 2 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

majid_aldo Re:I never thought about engineering and Fortran (634 comments)

by carefully constructing python statements and calling libraries you can get the speed you want from a 'python' program. if you can fit your problem in this way, then yea it makes sense to go to fortran or C.

about 2 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

majid_aldo Re:Nice try... (566 comments)

summary of economist opinion which i'd rather listen to instead of the usual /. protectionist BS:
- the effect of importing low-skill labor, at worse, leads to some shuffling at the low-end and possibly even increasing slightly the wage of natives (since they have an advantage)
- the effect of high-skill labor is to increase GDP per capita and replenish social security.

seriously if you don't want skilled foreigners coming in, then you shouldn't support training for native workers since that also increases the supply. so which is it?? even if it does lower wage: deal with it.. you're supposed to be a capitalist huh? isn't that the american way?? find some other job or move elsewhere or accept lower wage. otherwise the jobs WILL go somewhere else.

it's like asking your neighbors not to have 6 kids b/c they take 'your' jobs. pathetic.

about 3 months ago
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Students Remember Lectures Better Taking Notes Longhand Than Using Laptops

majid_aldo Re:... or just don't take notes in class (191 comments)

however, if your book is 500pgs long you can't possibly go through it all. most likely the prof will test you on the subject matter he/she has gone through in class. you need notes for that.

about 3 months ago
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Students Remember Lectures Better Taking Notes Longhand Than Using Laptops

majid_aldo Re:Mindmaps? (191 comments)

i recently started using org mode for emacs. it combines the best of outlining and freeflow imo. you can also integrate latex into the doc.

so in class you can just write free form and organize it later.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?

majid_aldo Re:I gave up and used a tablet (134 comments)

i have a 10 inch tablet and i would buy a bigger one if i could.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

majid_aldo SIMULINK et al (876 comments)

SIMULINK (and HYSIS which is domain-specific) and other tools that display a process have good use. You can think of the process as a program. In this case it works when the process can be shown as a flow-diagram. You probably can't represent all programming paradigms this way though.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?

majid_aldo Re:To hire specific people (465 comments)

this is not the process to get an h1b candidate. this process is to process a green card. it's a labor certification process.. for the sake of "labor protection", the employer has to say to the government..look i didn't find any citizen or permanent resident for this job.

about 8 months ago
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BBC Twitter Accounts Hacked By Pro-Assad Syrian Electronic Army

majid_aldo Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (129 comments)

so it's "radical" even if alot of the population supports it?

about a year ago
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Should Techies Trump All Others In Immigration Reform?

majid_aldo paradoxes on slashdot (231 comments)

yea the liberal slashdot crowd isn't so liberal when it comes to immigration b/c they fear of perceived competition.

- the country that let's in a million immigrants simply b/c they won a lottery or had a relative sponsor them doesn't complain about that but complains about letting a few 10 thousand highly skilled.
- you want to promote local stem education but won't let in those who want to play on the US side and work in stem therefore promoting it!

hey look, your legal immigrant neighbor has a kid who is good in math. you should deport him somewhere b/c he's your competition. face it, there is a global competition for talent that is globally mobile and have options to go to other countries and not put up with the red-tape of the US. either you play with that new reality or see how far your momentum can take you. the US is quickly becoming just another country.

in my case i've been in the US for 14 years on some non-immigrant visa...from my childhood and into my young adulthood. i'm on PhD level in skills but i don't have many options to be able to stay and work let alone immigrate. there are times when i think like a citizen and see alot of H1B visas going to codemonkeys who have no US experience and got a low-level job when i think the system should select me instead.

about a year and a half ago
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Wozniak's Predictions For 2013: the Data Center, Mobility and Beyond

majid_aldo Re:If Woz can so can I... (70 comments)

i think there might a standard coming up where you can plug in your phone and it becomes the nav on a bigger screen.

about a year and a half ago

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