* Posts by EmilPer.

31 posts • joined 4 Dec 2012

Y'know how everyone hated it when tuition fees went up? Cutting them now could harm science, say UK Lords


Re: "If you want the economy to be strong, STEM subjects are a must."

all subjects are a must, unless you think you can sell anything without marketing and copywriters and graphic designers and talking heads that can actually talk and people who can explain how at least three generations in your prospective markets think and what not to say at informal gatherings if you want them to place orders etc.

The problem with education is not that it is under-financed, the problem is that on one hand it became so fractured and so abstract that most graduates can't see how to apply what they learned once they leave school, and on the other hand it stopped being about education or research and it became about publishing articles in "peer reviewed" journals and scoring points.

There was a time 20-30 years ago when even "gender studies" studied gender, as in look at what makes genders behave differently instead of preaching, and before 1900 one studied literature in order to be able to write well and be able to convey his point of view when he left school and went into business or into politics, and one studied math in order to know how to make things with that knowledge.

Crunch time: It's all fun and video games until you're being pressured into working for free


Re: "productivity, employee morale and retention"

they don't care about productivity either, after two weeks of 80h/week productivity goes below what you could achieve in 20h/week

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs


Re: How many constitutional rights were violated ?

>> "I honestly wonder about her skin pigmentation. My guess is "off-white".

>> Your guess is wrong.

her skin pigmentation was "poor"

UK watchdog fined firms £3m for data breaches last year – before its GDPR balls dropped


Re: Marriot fine

"hurts those at the bottom way more than it hurts those who made the decisions"

aren't the decision making managers fined too usually ?

That's a sticky Siemens situation: Former coder blows his logic bomb guilty plea deal in court


not sure we're getting the whole story

Why would Siemens use password protected Excel files written by a third party and how come that third party kept the copyright ? What were the terms under which they were using the files ? ... this story is very strange

that guy must be a future seeing genius if he wrote Excel files which survived from the early 2000s until now with only his logic bombs preventing them to work

were they right after an Office upgrade when the files stopped working ?

my guess is the guy had a check to see if the file was not copied, and the rest of the failures were due to upgrades of Excel, and they sued him to get the IP and be rid of him

most DRM software works like code bombs anyway, I guess when it comes to going to jail it matters more if you're Johnny Public or BigCorp Inc.

It's a fullblown Crysis: Gamers press pause on PC purchases, shipments freeze



everybody waiting for the Ryzen 3000s?

Bollocks or brutal truth: Do smart-mobes make us grow skull horns? We take a closer look at boffins' startling claims


the Neanderthals had them too

... must have become extinct because of all that texting

Tech jocks tell Trump: Tariff tiff with China will not achieve what you think it will achieve


what is EU slapping currently on imports from China ?

I attempted to buy a few components from China last year (a lcd screen controller) and had to pay like 26% tax ?

Barbie Girl was wrong? Life is plastic, it's not fantastic: We each ingest '121,000 pieces' of microplastics a year


how about the billion pieces of silica ?

How about the billion pieces of silicates we ingest every year, or the billion pieces of NaCl we inhale every day when going to the sea side, or the billion pieces of various organic fibers etc. ?

Former unicorn MapR desperately seeking cash as threat of closure looms


the 122 staff ...

... will need like 2 weeks to find new jobs

Just the small matter of the bill for scrapping Blighty's old nuclear submarines: It's £7.5bn


why not strip the weapons and upgrade them

.. to a research/cable laying or monitoring/prospecting role ?

I have no clue about nuclear submarines, just asking.

IBM so very, very sorry after jobs page casually asks hopefuls: Are you white, black... or yellow?


what if you're multiracial ?

What if you're multiracial ? I'm so mixed-race I qualify to become the evil lord from all the racist conspiracy theories and if there were a "affirmative action" policy in my country I'd have been nominated be the lord of the universe.

What about us, no "mixed blood degenerates" category at IBM ?

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...


Re: Your JS can KMMFA.

"With ads in the equation, you get more clickbait headings, salacious articles, stupip gossip, and even lies, just to hike up those ad hits. The actual infromational value of content is secondary."

I was tolerant of adds until now, you managed to persuade me to install add blockers.

I studied hard, I trained for years. Yay, now I'm an astronaut in space. Argggh, leukemia!


living in sterile quarters ...

... must do wonders for your immunity

You heard the latest Chinese CRISPRs? They are real: Renegade bio-boffin did genetically modify baby twins


hybrid seed is old

Hybrid seeds were used for about 100 years, a long time before DNA was even discovered

As per Mendel, if you plant seeds grown from hybrid seeds you'll get a proportion of each of the breeds used to make the hybrids, and some will even breed true, that is you'll get the original hybrid.

Yes, they won't have the original productivity, but then the inbred plants used to make the hybrid had a worse productivity than the hybrid anyway.

We're no longer using pure breeds because they are not as productive as a few of the hybrids they are used to produce, and even Monsanto/BASF/etc. propagate the pure breeds, else they won't be able to provide hybrid seed.

The lighter side of HMRC: We want your money, but we also want to make you laugh


Re: If we taxed the rich properly

very amusing, but the majority of the taxes retrieved by any government do not come from income tax but from import taxes, VAT and excise taxes, which everybody pays

Gartner: Not a very merry Christmas for PC market as chip shortage bites, small biz vanishes


they came, they saw ...

the customers came, they saw the fugly cases, the blinding RGB bling, the old Intel cpus named so nobody understands what is what, and they bought an SSD and maybe some more RAM and they left

maybe next year

New Horizons probe reveals Ultima Thule is huge, spinning... chicken drumstick?


New Horizon only reveals it uses bilinear interpolation

Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C


can make JavaScript look like Perl

Easy, use jquery.

The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties


"once Amazon has destroyed their competitors the prices will surely rise"

"once Amazon has destroyed their competitors the prices will surely rise"

... is strange how a lot of companies and individuals sell through Amazon to a market a lot larger than they had access to when they ran a brick and mortar store. In the same time the local resellers have the same stocks, products get in stock or out of stock simultaneously, and sell at almost the same prices too, which makes me think they buy from a single distributor.

Most of my Amazon purchases were from private shops and shipped on their own infrastructure, Amazon being only the point of access.

Yes, pretty sure Amazon gets info about what is in demand and what is not and what people regard as a good product. The traditional networks could have done the same but they bothered more with exclusivity contracts and gouging on prices now, not in a hypothetical future.

The scandal about Amazon taxes is about the taxes paid by the smaller shops, the governments in Europe would very much like to have Amazon deliver their "fair cut" directly regardless of what the small shop actually spends while supplying those products.

Trump's axing of cyber czar role has left gaping holes in US defence


was the old Czar any good ?

Assuming the chatter about foreign IT interference in the elections helped Trump, then having an incompetent security guy in the cabinet is not worth his paycheck. Or her paycheck.

Maybe they are still looking for a homeboy with the proper skills ?

Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker


Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

"but why that happens only in USofA ? maybe there is a problem..."

USofA still has a free press, you hear about it as soon as it happens.

Shootings and gunfights in the streets and murders etc. happen in other more respectable countries, but to find about them you have to scour archive.org, or to wait 10 years until they get mentioned in connection with something else, such as neonazis serially executing immigrants and such, or very public fire fights between biker gangs.

Taking my coat and going home ... this thread is "I-have-my-head-deep-in-sand"-fest.

Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active


is anyone using the new Skype? I thought everybody was sharing installers for the Classic version.

Boffins ask for £338m to fund quantum research. UK.gov: Here's £80m


oh, right

how do you like your "European Google" ?

or the "European Online Library" ?

is ITER anywhere close to being finished ?

government sponsored science in Europe produces only one thing: papers.

Nathan Barley blamed for global GDP slump


Re: I'm sceptical

That's a theory

it's the oil prices, allow lower final prices

when economists write about productivity they mean income per employee, not number of widgets produced by an employee, that was the way Soviet Union and the sattelite states looked at "productivity".

Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs


Re: Sad really...

actually Perl is only like 2 years older than Python, only people started getting woozy about Python 5 or 6 years ago when the Ruby hype cooled down


Re: Lisp

>> (you are (not (allowed to (hate lisp))))

(not (are (you (allowed (hate lisp)))))

fixed that for you

NASA's Curiosity puts cat among the climate pigeons: Lack of CO2 sinks water theory


"heat the surface using a greenhouse effect"

"heat the surface using a greenhouse effect"

greenhouse gases don't heat the surface, they only delay cooling

Trump's visa plan leaks: American techies first


go Trump, make demands for developers in my market great again :)

raise it further, to 200000$ and send even more work in our direction :))

we, the offshore code monkeys working outside US for multinational companies, salute you

AMD finishes its 'Piledriver' Opteron server chip rollout

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can't wait

got a 4 core Trinity and it deals much better with 4 Firefox sessions each with 15-20 tabs open than a 4 core i5-2320, and unpacks a large archives faster, on x86_64 GNU/Linux at least

pondering now if I should delay building a new workstation and wait for the new Opterons on AM3+ or get a Vishera

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