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Re: Psychologists as a measure of normal?
So, in other words, no answer to the post so let's try to divert it into an attack on teachers.
But yes, spotting paedophiles is just another admin job that teacher managers have to carry out.
Re: It doesn't add up.
SPSS >> Excel. I suspect it was too hard for you to understand; you actually need to have a good knowledge of statistics before starting to use it.
Engineers and bankers seem to hate statistics, and I'm not sure why. Perhaps it is because they think that every problem has a unique solution that is simple, easy to understand (and wrong).
Re: BB's own platform
Oddly, one of the complaints about BB Os was the text heavy menus.
At least one report has praised Microsoft for the extensive use of text in WinPhone 8.
It's a fashion industry. The same stuff comes back looking a little different, and it's new and exciting.
That said, BB have to find a way to make money without trying to obtain all your data. I'm all for that and will pay for it, the question is how many other people think the same way?
A phone with parental controls that allows you to disable Facebook and Twitter...and its own satnav system that doesn't report your position to Google. How will they market it?
(I'm going to buy one because, for some reason, I trust a Canadian company a little more than USAian ones. Naive perhaps.)
Back in the days when you could build something with valves and not get laughed at, Wireless World remarked in an editorial that engineers had developed television, but looking at what it was used for, perhaps they shouldn't have done.
I used to love WW, especially after they published an article I wrote. One thing that used to amuse me was that at the time GCHQ was still very secret and someone I knew who worked there was never supposed to mention it, but there were frequently recruiting ads in the back of WW which made it abundantly clear what the jobs entailed, and that they were in the Cheltenham area.
Since the occasional Russian contributed to WW, usually about audio amplifier design, the point of the security seems rather missing.
Re: In other news
Sir John Rose (former CEO, RR) might not agree.
Actually, for most psychologists, SPSS is the basic computer tool. You are confusing psychiatry and psychology, a consequence of an overly narrow education.
Re: Psychologists as a measure of normal?
I take it you think you could easily run a maths department in a large comprehensive?
Here's a hint - 95% of the kids won't be engineers, scientists or mathematicians, but you still have to teach them. One of your staff at least is an emotional mess, one or two may not really like children. Explain how you will use your knowledge of integration by parts to get the GCSE results up.
Re: Social sciences FUD!
Actually, I am going off Slashdot because so many cold, vengeful, authoritarian people seem to want to use it to propose their simplistic, mechanistic solutions for human problems. If they are not demanding the right to own automatic rifles because the bad guys have semi-automatics, they are demanding that everybody over the age of about 5 be taken to court for minor offences.
My GP wants to convert his practice to using Linux desktops.
I think he can do a bit more than change a plug.
So...there's a need for both personality types?
Re: Psychologists as a measure of normal?
That's not psychology, that's abnormal psychology.
Many psychologists work with perfectly normal people, including the ones that work on UIs and workflow as well as the ones who help make car and aircraft cockpits safer.
One of my kids uses a psychology degree every day, running a school maths department. Understanding motivation, both of staff and pupils, knowing how to resolve conflicts, being able to spot the early signs of bullying, are all more useful for school maths teaching than being a whiz at polynomials. If you have to teach a subject that does not emotionally involve most children, it helps to know how to persuade them into doing well at it.
Re: It's logical really
Not really. the GP gets an old lady suffering vague symptoms, probably just caused by old age, and wanting a cure. (S)he has to come up with something that will make old lady feel better and hopefully not come back every week taking up time needed for serious patients. The medical profession has got good at this, even if the bottles now contain ingredients other than sucrose and aqua. The IT person gets a clueless user. The difficulty is that (s)he can't say there is a lot of it going around, take one of these every time you log on.
The answer, of course, is for companies to provide enhanced user training which kicks in after they have, say, lost a password twice. The cure for stupidity is for it to have negative side effects which everybody else is aware of.
Re: Humanity can thank us later
On the other hand, we'd get paid a lot more money and given a lot more status for doing it. (Though I understand that, such is the cost per square metre of building in London nowadays, structural engineers get paid more than architects, I bet you the guys at Porsche who design the highlight lines on the wings get paid a lot more than the guys who design the engines.)
Re: Doctors caring & empathetic?
I think you miss the point that the illness spectrum shades off into all sorts of things. Given the importance of the placebo effect - even with local anaesthesia - paying attention to sensitive ickle feelings can save a lot of time, money and unnecessary surgical interventions.
Mind you, if you are an engineer or a scientist, it helps if your GP understands that you just want the facts to make a decision based on his medical assessment and don't need any reassuring. My GP gets this. He happily gives me numbers rather than waffle, and I treat him like a professional. We get on well.
I would upgrade but...
The upgrade assistant tells me there are problems. USB3 won't work, my Bluetooth stack won't work, and I have 5 Microsoft tools that won't work and have no updates. This on a 2012 notebook.
Why do I suspect the problems will all suddenly be fixed after 31st Jan 2013?
Re: Variety is the spice of life...
There's some truth in the last sentence - certainly slog rather than snog - but sadly also, young developers and engineers pick up bad habits in those bedrooms. Their parents might prefer this to picking up STDs, but the truth is that they would save a lot of time and future pain if they were taught properly to start with.
I was taught school physics by an ex-research scientist who drummed into us the importance of approximate calculations and scaling the answers. He was far more interested in dimensional analysis than special relativity, and I owe him a huge debt. I also had the fortune to get a summer job in the days when you could read paper tape, one row at a time, and actually see the execution of a loop as a loop of tape circled a reader over and over again. People who have had the misfortune to work for me and who have had the sad experience of my looking at their results and saying "there's a factor of 10 out there somewhere" in a few seconds, didn't get to learn those lessons.
In the same way, learning a little real programming theory and design would reduce the future pain of development managers everywhere. Between the people who obsess endlessly over which of two equally efficient ways of doing things is closest to what Djikstra would have wanted, and the people who implement huge spaghetti code because they never really understood basic programming structures, there is a Middle Way, as promoted by the Buddha, and the way to it is to teach it in schools.
Kids on their own probably won't learn how to iterate through and exit from lists, how to use guard conditions to reduce the chance of getting stuck in loops, how to implement retries cleanly. But this is stuff that can be taught. Without even using a computer....
Re: Bob went into management, but forgot to tell anyone
In fact, his offence seemed to be that he ran an outsourcing company, very efficiently, without telling people.
There will be a special iPhone only version that will work with iTunes and will be incompatible with everybody else's. It will be adopted by Starbucks.
Years ago I worked for an engineering company which had a number of small presses. The verb used for a press operation was "to bonk". Nobody thought it was even mildly amusing.
I believe that bonking in a sexual context was invented by the Sun, as Rupe had no objection to pictures of bare ladies but had every objection to the use of the associated terminology. So, given his nationality change, it is a vile Americanism.
"once NFC is any use Apple will add it to the devices"
Once upon a time, Apple was the first to introduce new stuff to their computers - SCSI, USB, Firewire - and create the demand. They now have a product which is thin, light, quite fast, but technically is well behind some of the competition. You can go elsewhere and get bigger screens, accurate styli, NFC, water resistance, hot swap micro SD cards and wireless charging. Not all at once, but give it time.
"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair"
Nothing beside remains..."
Re: Determining you age over the internet
I'm not aware of any sex scenes in Bored of the Rings, unless Schlob complaining about her ex-husband qualifies. I would have assumed it was put there by someone who, like me, thinks the Tolkien output is largely barely readable dreck, and wanted to inoculate kids against believing that, just because it has long words in it and goes on about elves, it's some kind of literature.
Some protective parents like it because, even in the middle of a battle, nobody ever registers the slightest emotion.
In Terry Pratchett's books elves are evil little bastards who would kill you as soon as look at you, which is about what they are like in the original legends.
Re: The REAL reason to be worried about this...
Batman - The Dark Knight Rises was the single most unbelievable piece of puerile tosh I have ever had to watch because my family wanted to. The plot, such as it was, seemed to be trying to link Occupy with fusion-bomb wielding nutters, and suggest that having criminals around the place with assault rifles was OK because one injured policemen could take them out with a pistol. And that is just for starters.
Unfortunately, the country which currently seems to be deepest in the sleep of reason really is the one with all the weapons. There are going to be tears before bedtime for the human race.
Re: This is why you need a Death Star.
I don't know...
I imagine Iran would be equally worried about its citizens being exposed to bombs and boobies. Norks and Nukes could actually be the code name of the latest Pentagon strategy.
No, it's quite simple - there is no exhaust vent on the new model, just a small black hole that also acts as a trash compactor.
Re: Easily explained.
Owing to the fact that the Universe is actually a projection of a 2-dimensional hologram, the galaxy far away and long ago is in fact very close indeed.
Unfortunately for them, owing to the effects of cosmic inflation, said galaxy is a small object in the asteroid belt.
(I am beginning to wonder if modern cosmology bears about as much relation to reality as does Jain mythology).
Re: Playbook still of limited use
So you're complaining because you had to charge it and you forgot the account login? Whoop de doo. You must be the most fun at parties ever.
I agree that the PB is slow to boot. As this happens only after a software update, i.e. every few months, I can live with this.
Posted, need I add, from a PB.
Every phone and computer company has their embarrassments. As did RIM. The point you are missing is that they knew they were headed for the elephant graveyard and did something about it: developed a complete new UI around a modern operating system. This article is all about applications for Blackberry 10, which is quite a different beast from 7 and earlier.
The Playbook is a half way house to OS 10 at the moment. Periodically I try out an Android tablet to see how it's going (I already gave up on the iPad). After my latest 2 week stint the thing is going on eBay and it's back to the PB. Why?
For one thing, the browser seems to work better than the stock Android, Chrome or Dolphin. There are very few sites, and none that I need, that give it any problems.
For another, the rest of it works really well. Mind you, I don't use Twitter or anything remotely connected with Zuckerberg.
The HDMI out and the magnetic charger plug are plus points over the Nexus 7, as is the larger storage capacity.
And it will eventually get updated to OS 10, whereas many Android tablets seem to get stuck on a particular version.
It never seems to need rebooting (because there is a proper system for closing applications and because QNX is designed that way) and I have never had the touchscreen fail on me. This is a July 2011 model.
The one negative is that the bezel could be smaller, and I can live with that.
Paris, because like RIM she's survived an awful lot of negative publicity.
Believe me, the ability to churn out high volume products with short development cycles using in-house technology is very special indeed. If you doubt it, explain why so many of their competitors are in the doo-doos.
Re: Sell Apple Stock
The Chinese makers seem to have realised that if you can only afford one handheld computer, 5 or 6 inches is where it's at. Apple has already missed the Chinese huge container ship.
Re: on the other hand....
For the sake of us country dwellers, don't give into them. Just sit and glare at them. If necessary get out, point out they have a 4by4 and offer to guide them to the verge. If we do it enough they will demand sensible cars next time, like the neighbour who has swapped a hugemobile for a Yaris and couldn't be happier about it. Mostly it's the husbands who want a status symbol, anyway.
Re: a bit harsh
I suspect that the iPhone phenomenon is an example of an Internet bubble we will just have to get used to. Instant dissemination of opinion to a billion people won't be free of unexpected effects. The original iPhone was groundbreaking - but it is now in the mid range of technical specifications. Apple is just one of a number of tech companies. An adjustment is called for.
Re: shooting Glock 17 from a UK newbie.
A military friend of mine was once posted to a job where a pistol would have been utterly useless in any foreseeable attack. So to emphasise the stupidity of an officer having to have a sidearm, he carried a Thomson.
This being the British Army, he later discovered that his successor was told it was a tradition that the base CO carried a Thomson.
Sounds like a good start. Practice before killing the US, UK, French, Russian, Swiss, Belgian and Israeli arms industries?
I am a little bit of a clock nut- inherited from my grandfather who calibrated Rolexes for amusement. My ordinary watch is a cheap mechanical Seiko. No battery, and graceful degradation unlike battery watches and phones, which are either right or stopped.
For time telling when out in the country, the mechanical watch still has the highest confidence factor.
Re: Mens watches are jewelery
The best MD I ever worked with once said he would like to have enough money to walk into a Bentley showroom and buy anything on offer for cash. And then keep the money for something useful.
Re: Waterproof means no user changeable battery.
Well, you are simply lucky. I have had to replace 3 batteries in the last 4 months. But then I don't think 2 years should be a lifespan; that is just wasteful.
Apparently you can selectively enable things to run in the background.
A nice accessory would be a glasses-mounted long range binocular microscope like the one my dentist uses, so I could use all of that 1080p screen, and look really weird on the train.
Waterproof means no user changeable battery.
I would consider it if they tell me up front how much a battery replacement will cost and how often it should be needed.
Re: The problem with Wooden trains
Looking at their website, the other problem is that just about all the wooden train stuff seems to be out of stock. Perhaps someone did bung them a contract to build and operate a railway system.
Or perhaps they just had a good Christmas.
I'm sorry, a number of large US corporations cross-licence patents on that to one another. That's why the US Department of Defense spends so much on stuff that doesn't work, and why our own dear Civil Service does the same. Just substitute "savings projection" for "revenue projection" and you've covered 90% of tenders.
You know you can put all those bars vertically down the LHS, which I find much easier to use on a wide screen?
Yes I would prefer 1920 by 1200, but with twin monitors arranged as 1920 by 2160 and the taskbar on the left of the lower monitor, it works well for me.
Of course. A dust particle or a flaw will scrap an entire laptop display, or 1 out of 12 phone displays. It is all about yield. The bigger the screen, the higher the chance of a failure. Of course, very high resolution small screens are more likely to have point failures because the features are so small, but I suspect that the ones with just a few failed pixels will find ready buyers in the Chinese domestic market, and with a very high res phone screen the failed pixels will be invisible in normal use.
It's a lot smaller than my first mobile phone. In fact, it's smaller than most landline handsets.
A big but thin phone has more heat dissipation area relative to volume, so it makes sense from a technical point of view.
Isn't 1920 by 1080 on a relatively cheap Asus N56V good enough, then?
Re: a simple explanation
You could at least have bought a BB Playbook as well, and shown him that Flash works in the browser and that the iPlayer app works perfectly to a TV, using an ordinary HDMI cable. Neither of these things works properly on either an iPad or the Nexus 7.(In fact, you can charge the PB through the magnetic port while running iPlayer to the TV and being connected to a computer through USB)
No, there's no confusion
Since Nokia stopped making hundreds of nearly identical phones, having a confusing product line is surely an Apple trademark.
Re: 'e wahnts won 'il 'em 'er ipads
This is doubtless very relevant and insightful but it's hard to know, as most of us don't know what a "Northern Irish" accent sounds like, other than that Ian Paisley sounded much more menacing than the actor playing Gerry Adams.