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Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

majid_aldo Re:Remember the stripper visa (122 comments)

well then, hand over the green cards which would allow them to settle in the US and demand treatment just like citizens. oh right those are only for relatives of people already in the US..more than a million of them each year. yea they don't take jobs.

about a week ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

majid_aldo Re:moot with 4k monitors (567 comments)

you put an 8.5x11 sht of paper on your desk. when you work you have a few sheets *side by side*.

about two weeks ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

majid_aldo Re:moot with 4k monitors (567 comments)

you missed the point. you can adjust your application window to any aspect ratio and size. i'm just saying that a big 4k monitor gives you more choice in that adjustment. it's like putting a 16:10 picture on a wall. do you care about the aspect ration of the wall?

about two weeks ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

majid_aldo Re:moot with 4k monitors (567 comments)

by ready i mean they should have the following:

- about $500

- IPS

- hdmi2

now, they don't.

about two weeks ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

majid_aldo moot with 4k monitors (567 comments)

with 4k monitors you're going to have alot of vertical pixels. so you could just buy a big 4k monitor and just have a tall window for your text-heavy applications. one big 4k monitor is going to have functionality similar to having multiple "HD" (1920x1080) monitors.

but 4k monitors aren't ready yet..may take a year or two. in the mean time I have an asus PA248 which gives a bit more veritical space (1920x1200). i can flip it but it becomes too tall (physically) for normal desktop use. i also have a flipped "HD" monitor and alot of times it's not wide enough for some websites.

about two weeks ago
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Seeking Coders, Tech Titans Turn To K-12 Schools

majid_aldo FUCKING WHINERS! (105 comments)

waa waaa NO H1Bs! they are cheap labor! AMERICANS FIRST!! waa waaa exploiting children! code academies suck! it makes for cheap labor!

waaa waaa.. i'm smart and i don't want anyone else to be as smart as i am!

seriously, i've been on /. for more than a decade. this is pretty low!

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

majid_aldo Re:C is very relevant in 2014, (641 comments)

respect for C++ but, for me, the middle ground is Python for the high-level stuff, plus calling C from Python for low-level stuff. I'm in "analytics" so this is perfection to me. We don't need all that C++ stuff.

about two weeks ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

majid_aldo US immigration in a nutshell (284 comments)

got family in the US to sponsor your green card? WELCOME! you have a right to everything including social security. you can flip burgers or work for nasa..we don't care. and you can get your citizenship in just a few years.

got skills? advanced stem degrees from the US? indentured servitude visa for you...maybe! green card is a dream. you must be employed in this specific thing or else! YOU MUST COMPLY! YOU ARE A FOREIGNER! YOU WILL BE A FOREIGNER FOR A DECADE! GET USED TO IT OR GO BACK HOME!

about 2 months ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

majid_aldo Re:Time for Solidarity? (284 comments)

if you are lucky enough to get the capped h1b visas, once you get it you can get another employer to petition for another h1b while you are in the country so in that sense it is "transferable". however, the tie is established if the employee wants to get a green card. they have to do it through A (1) employer...which can take years. a decade is not unheard of. if the employees goes to another employer, he/she has to start over.

about 2 months ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

majid_aldo Re:How quickly will they run back to Oracle? (198 comments)

acid isn't so important when the unit is a patient's records. there is also no need for a rigid data model.

about 3 months ago
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Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

majid_aldo Re:Statistical Practitioners need to Modernize (115 comments)

they got involved instead of a statistician in the first place: because the bottleneck was the size of the dataset, not the analysis scenario.

it's not just the data size, it's also b/c the data is unstructured and of various kinds..nothing nice and tabular. also this data is being generated by complex processes...where a fresh algorithmic and/or domain expertise can help.

this doesn't mean that stats aren't needed.

about 4 months ago
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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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 7 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 7 months ago

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