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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

twistedcubic Re:Shitpost is shit (271 comments)

Wrong! The answer is 0.

3 days ago
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More Forgotten Vials of Deadly Diseases Discovered

twistedcubic Eventually... (55 comments)

...they will discover Scully's tissue samples in that hidden file cabinet.

4 days ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

twistedcubic Re:Incorporate (223 comments)

It would help if you didn't begin your posts with "THIS".

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

twistedcubic Re:Let's try this on for size... (608 comments)

Actually, this is what people have always felt about mathematics. In community colleges around the US, intermediate algebra is being removed as a requirement for getting a degree. The topics in intermediate algebra are what you'd get in 9th or 10th grade algebra 2, so in the near future most Americans won't be expected to know any high school level math at all.

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

twistedcubic Proper Language (608 comments)


I'm less and less tolerant of hokey marketing filled with superlatives. I value stability and clarity.

That's easy. Just program in C.

about two weeks ago
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Oklahoma's Earthquakes Linked To Fracking

twistedcubic Re:A small problem... (154 comments)

The increase in earthquakes over time is definite. And it's NOT generally where the actual injection wells are.

If you look at the charts again, you'll notice the earthquakes occur generally near the fault line, which is not surprising, is it? And the stations are near the fault line too, which probably is a good idea, don't you think?

about two weeks ago
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Oklahoma's Earthquakes Linked To Fracking

twistedcubic Re: A good thing (154 comments)

Fracking releases the energy in the faults, thus fracking triggers quakes. But the energy doesn't come from fracking...

That's like someone pushing you off a cliff and then blaming gravity for your death.

...And the quake would have happened anyway...

OK, Nostradamus, we believe you...

about two weeks ago
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The Internet's Own Boy

twistedcubic Re:His choices... (194 comments)

What JSTOR especially provides, and part of what Aaron was reaping wholesale, was its organization and links, basically the indexing and cross-indexing. _That_ is what makes JSTOR so useful, and what people pay JSTOR for: the breadth and searchability of the data.

This is not true. All of this existed before JSTOR. For example, the big databases for mathematics back in the day were SilverPlatter and then MathSciNet. JSTOR is just a small evolutionary step above these, which publishers starting using for convenience. It was never some amazing revolutionary tool. Essentially everything on JSTOR shows up in a Google search anyway.

about three weeks ago
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Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

twistedcubic Re:You still won't get a job in my field (376 comments)


If you are woman or minority that got into tech through Codeschool and the like, you won't be working in my shop.

If you even have a "shop", you might consider hiring someone to filter you careless comments. Taken by itself, this statement suggests you discriminate against women and minorities, but not white men. If you really meant to exclude everyone who "got into tech through Codeschool and the like", you would have said so, right? I see you clarified your statement below, but from the perspective of a potential investor in your company, I hope you agree this is not a good way to get your point across.

about three weeks ago
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Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

twistedcubic Re:CS grad, took both, and working as a programmer (155 comments)


...In relation to programming, stat is very nearly worthless...

Have you ever needed to make an informed choice of pseudo- (or quasi-) random number generator? The first 200 pages of Knuth volume 2 (Seminumerical Algorithms) is highly enlightening for programmers, in my opinion, and reads better if you know the standard statistical distributions. Also, the more you know, the more likely it is for you to establish important relationships between concepts which are seemingly unrelated. People seem to miss this as the dumbing down of education continues...

about a month ago
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

twistedcubic Re:Over 30yo+ you won't see the difference anyway. (186 comments)

Everybody says this. It has been repeated hundreds of times on Slashdot. And it is just wrong. Fuzzy text looks fuzzy whether you're 2 inches away or 2 feet away. You might not be able to see individuals pixels, but you can clearly see the resolution is not sufficiently high to allow clear and crisp font rendering. I'm over 40 and my eyesight is worse than most people, but I sure as hell know that zooming out does not make a fuzzy picture look smooth.

about a month ago
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Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: Don't (Only) Focus On Profit

twistedcubic Re:So says the richest man in the world... (284 comments)

Some people would rather spend their taxes on charities than the war effort, even if it costs more money to do so. I suppose you could call this "altruism", but some just consider it the lesser of two evils, the "evil" being spending money at all, not donating to charity.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

twistedcubic Re:Wow (224 comments)

The insightful part is realizing that healthcare availability provides more "economic freedom", as the libertarians like to call it. The part about Republicans hating it is irrelevant. It doesn't matter if Republicans love or hate it, freedom is freedom.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

twistedcubic Wow (224 comments)


I think Obamacare will do one really big thing that truly scares the Republican Party. It will free up millions of smart people to be self-employed, who formerly stayed in the corporate world.

Insightful comment of the year!

about a month ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

twistedcubic Can't he still win (932 comments)

I don't know the rules in Virginia, but can't he run as a third-party candidate in the general election, just like Lieberman did?

about a month ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

twistedcubic Re:You make it... (519 comments)

Of course, now the best teachers will flock to the poorest schools since they no longer have job security. It's about time! I refuse to work for any Wall Street firm which gives year-end bonuses. How can you attract the best and brightest by making the job more attractive? That's insane.

about a month and a half ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

twistedcubic Re:You make it... (519 comments)

In real life, the opposite is true, unfortunately. Even without tenure, incompetent teachers will never get fired, UNLESS they either get active in union politics or express mildly controversial opinions. An obedient drone who doesn't do his job is nevertheless an obedient drone, and thus is not threatening to administrators.

about a month and a half ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

twistedcubic Re:Tenure at the secondary level is a steaming pil (519 comments)


However, in a public school at the primary or secondary level, what new and contentious ideas are expressed?

Another example: Instead of participating in "social promotion", an 8th grade math teacher fails 50% of his class since none of them can add fractions. The principal considers this outrageous since the students have been taking lousy math courses their entire lives and deserves a break. The teacher disagrees, and is aware of state (California) law which says teachers have the final say in grades, unless there is an error in computing the grade, or fraud. The principal fires the teacher, since such teachers can not and do not exist in the public school system here.

about a month and a half ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

twistedcubic Bad Comparison (519 comments)

Your example shows that if a knowledgable person takes a single student under their wing, the student might thrive. Now, imagine yourself in front of a classroom full of 30 students, most of whom are totally uninterested in your field. Do you have the same amount of time to commit to that one student who is really interested? You can't compare yourself to "bad" teachers, for you might be a bad teacher yourself under the same circumstances. Anyone can be a great teacher to one bright, really interested student.

about a month and a half ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

twistedcubic Re:Only incompetent teachers need tenure (519 comments)

Nonsense. It's not unheard of that an unscrupulous principal tries to fire a teacher who makes his incompetence evident via simple free speech.

about a month and a half ago

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Russia uses piracy raids to suppress dissent

twistedcubic twistedcubic writes  |  more than 3 years ago

twistedcubic (577194) writes "The New York Times reports that Russian police use software piracy raids as an excuse to suppress dissenting groups, such as Baikal Environmental Wave, who oppose the reopening of a paper mill which dumps waste chemicals in Lake Baikal. The environmental group says it purchased Microsoft software to avoid a raid, to no avail. Many such groups have the charges dismissed in court, but this apparently does not stop the government."
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Red Hat and Novell sued for patent infringement

twistedcubic twistedcubic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

twistedcubic (577194) writes "Red Hat and Novell have been sued for patent infringement in Texas by IP Innovation, LLC. and Technology Licensing Corporation. On October 9, IP Innovation filed suit claiming Red Hat and Novell violated U.S. patents 5072412, 5533183, and 5394521. The patents were originally assigned to Xerox Corporation. A cursory look suggests the patents involve virtual workspaces and sticky windows with different properties in each virtual workspace. Groklaw has the scoop."

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