Rob P.

Dublin, Ireland

RobPaulson.com

Age: 31

About Me.

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comment Can I slack off and get a PhD?
@JeffE - No, no, I agree with you 100%. If teaching doesn't excite someone, college lecturer or instructor is probably a bad choice.
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comment Can I slack off and get a PhD?
If the work you'd do during your PhD doesn't excite you, the research you'd do as a professor probably won't excite you either. Have you considered becoming a college lecturer or instructor instead?
Jan
20
comment Do recruiters care about seniority titles?
I've seen companies use titles as a low-cost perk. After a salary freeze, they went crazy giving out titles. Everyone was a Senior something. We even had 'Team Leads' that managed nobody. They were just working on some regular sized piece of work, and were given a fancy title. 'Well Bob, we have a salary freeze, but we want you to know we appreciate you. We're promoting you to Senior Coffee Maker!' They also updated their job listing to reflect this. Recent Grads were Senior Developers. It was very silly, but it seemed like a lot of people liked it.
Jan
13
comment In Star Trek - What's the Point of the Transporter Room?
@O.R.Mapper - I suppose it depends on the context. A medical condition that afflicts 1% of the population might be referred to as 'fairly common', but if I correctly predict the Superbowl score once in 100 years of SuperBowls - I don't think anyone would say it is 'fairly common' for me to correctly predict Superbowl outcomes. When I asked the question, I just meant that I could remember seeing it happen two or three times. As a percentage of transporter use (especially in-universe, after all a lot happens off camera that is uneventful) it's probably quite rare). Should I edit?
Jan
13
comment Is an MS in computer science helpful in improving programming skills?
@reirab - Completely agreed.
Jan
11
awarded Supporter
Jan
11
comment Is an MS in computer science helpful in improving programming skills?
Agreed. It will depend a lot on the program/work done. I had very few programming assignments in my MS program and they usually had very little applicability to my day job writing code in a generic business environment.
Jan
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awarded Critic
Jan
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awarded Notable Question
Jan
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awarded Notable Question
Jan
2
comment Have 36 bankers died in 2014 from accidents, suicide, and murder?
Possibly relevant: straightdope.com/columns/read/1588/… - I've always heard suicide data by profession was kind of iffy, so I was surprised to see a quote from the CDC.
Dec
30
comment Does ignoring the extent of death caused by medical error distort the public perception of the quality of US healthcare?
The problem with comparing these statistics is assuming that there is one over-all standard of health care in a given country. Imagine two groups like this: (8,8,8,1) vs. (7,7,7,7) - overall, the second group has a higher average - but 3/4ths of the first group would rather be in the first group than the second. They might be very vocal in their preference of an 8 over being given a 7. I wouldn't expect individuals to deeply care about the over-all statistics...they'd care about the experiences they personally have. An outsider is more likely to look at the average.
Dec
29
comment How could I let Skydrive desktop sync to MicroSD in Windows 8 tablet?
+1 for step #1. A lot of online guides don't mention NTFS. With FAT32 I received 'This location cannot be indexed. Please choose a different location'
Dec
28
comment Is it difficult to develop a programming language which is closely related to human language?
This is also why we have lawyers and 100 page legal contracts. Even using a natural language, it's really hard to describe something precisely.
Dec
24
comment What are the chances of faked work experience being discovered? What would the impact on potential employment be if it was?
@theGreenCabbage - That's not true. They only need to maintain the lie until they are discovered or until it is no longer relevant. If I lie to get a job at company A and then leave that lie off my CV/Resume for company B - once I'm working for company B I need not maintain my lie to company A
Dec
18
comment American citizens living abroad still have to pay tax to US - legal ways to avoid?
Unless you earn over 100k (in 2015) USD this is a non-issue. You won't pay any US tax. Foreign Earned Income Exclusion allows you deduct 100,800 from your income. It was 99k in 2014.
Dec
18
comment Quick Way To 'Hide' or Encrypt Several Terabytes Of Data?
@allquixotic - That's really my goal here, to prevent someone from accessing my PC game collection. All of my 'important' data is properly encrypted already.
Dec
17
awarded Commentator
Dec
17
comment Quick Way To 'Hide' or Encrypt Several Terabytes Of Data?
@CanadianLuke - Horribly insecure encryption would be perfectly acceptable here. I just don't want someone to be able to plug it in and browse it.
Dec
17
comment Quick Way To 'Hide' or Encrypt Several Terabytes Of Data?
@Raystafarian - My apologies. What is the best way for me to close this - or is it better to let moderators do it?
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