Archive for October, 2006

the high cost of academic journals

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Publishers of academic journals have a sweet deal going. The content is written by researchers. The publisher hires a few academics to edit the journal. The editors then identify reviewers in the academic community. The reviewers cull the wheat from the chaff and make suggestions to help turn the later into the former. For the […]

and we have a winner

Monday, October 30th, 2006

K’s mom suggested “Sierra” as a name for the new dog.  That works for both of us, so Sierra it is. At this time there Cheap Football Jerseys was no disease that I was aware of that was called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Dementia pugilistica was unlikely since he was not a boxer. Schizophrenia […]

YAD – yet another dog

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

We’ve been needing to get another dog as a friend for Darwin.  Today we drove out to Wake Forrest to meet a rescue dog that needed a home.  She and Darwin hit it off and so we’ve brought her home with us.  Her name is currently Holloway, but she doesn’t know it and we don’t […]

Release the squirrels!

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

I haven’t posted pictures of the squirrels in quite a while. Here are some from mid-September when they got big enough to move out of the aquarium and into a wire cage… Two or three weeks ago, we put them in the outside cage. Today we opened up the release door, we’ll see if they’re […]

Women faculty at Harvard

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

The Chronicle of Higher Education today notes a report from Harvard regarding the number of women being offered tenure track faculty positions and the number accepting.  In 2005-2006, women were offered 39% of the tenure track faculty positions.  Unfortunately, only 20% of those accepting positions were female.  This compares to 2004-2005 when 40% of those […]

Biometrics – fingerprint scanners

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

I recently had a small argument with a vendor selling biometric fingerprint scanners tied to your credit card number.  He said that they were the greatest and most secure thing ever; I said that there weren’t any standards and that the security of the devices was questionable. I wish I had seen this earlier. Usually […]

and speaking of population statistics

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

last week saw the 300 millionth American. I happened to be online about that time and saw the U.S. census office’s population clock hit 3×10^8: I don’t have too much to say about hitting 300 million people.  It seems like something of a mixed blessing.  On the one hand, population growth helps increase the level […]

170 too many

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Statistically speaking, there are apparently 171 people with my name: There are: 171 people with my name in the U.S.A. How many have your name? That sounds like 170 too many to me. On the other hand, K statistically doesn’t seem to exist. Once again demonstrating the problem with statistics: There are: 0 […]

Things that make you go blind

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

No, not that – Programming. I need to do some statistical work to test a theory.  The best approach in order to compare my results is to do the work in R.  But it looks like I’ll need to extend a package.  I download the package from CRAN (the Comprehensive R Archive Network), unpack it […]

Thinking about security and usability

Friday, October 13th, 2006

IT security (and for that matter, other security concerns too) are often seen as conflicting with usability. There is something to that. If you take any given technology and turn up the level of security it provides, you will almost always decrease the usability of the system. Consider passwords. If people are allowed to choose […]