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Contributing Editor and Columnist, SD Times. Editor of now-defunct magazines including Software Development, Computer Language, and AI Expert. Founding Editor of Game Developer, which still totally rocks.

On Twitter at @lobrien

Sr. Software Engineer at Gemini Observatories.

Not a bad coder.


Mar
19
accepted Did Columbus order atrocities against the Lucayan people?
Mar
19
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
17
awarded  Nice Question
Mar
16
comment Are there studies clearly illustrating the great discrepancies in programmer productivity?
Prechelt is a good researcher. I would caution, though, that a developer who excels at one task might not do so well consistently -- familiarity with the task versus pursuing dead ends seems to me an important part of the job. And perhaps over many tasks developers regress toward the mean.
Mar
13
comment Is cash value or whole life insurance a bad investment?
Insurance companies invest their capital very conservatively, so it's probably accurate that the return on whole life is below what you might get investing a similar amount in most markets. OTOH, my whole-life policy maintained its steady value throughout the recent economic crisis and could have been used as collateral for its full amount during that time, etc. So I view it as a very different kind of investment.
Mar
13
asked Is “Laying Low for Awhile” an Effective Tactic in Avoiding Felony Questioning?
Mar
6
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Are there any underground cities in the United States?
Mar
6
comment Are there any underground cities in the United States?
Dang, I was hoping for a Cheyenne Mountain write-up...
Mar
6
awarded  Good Question
Mar
3
comment Did Soviet miners drill a hole to Hell?
@jwenting Derweze: The Gates of Hell
Feb
22
comment Will introduction of a minimum wage increase unemployment?
My unerring psychic powers suggest that "it will be simple enough to observe the effect...and decide," will prove to generate two different narratives, one decisively proving the benefit and one the opposite. To prove my unerring psychic powers, I have written the names of each of these narratives with their associated political parties and sealed them in this envelope, which will be opened in November 2016.
Feb
19
comment Can the UltimEyes app improve distance vision?
The iPad app currently has a 1.5 stars (out of 5) rating, based on 187 reviews. That is not a very encouraging sign. The reviews consistently say that the app, as of Feb 2014, is non-functional (not that it works but ineffective).
Feb
19
revised Can the UltimEyes app improve distance vision?
Added link to paper and procedures
Feb
15
awarded  Custodian
Feb
15
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Will Lego people outnumber people by 2017?
Jan
29
comment Is it better to wake up in between sleep cycles than during one?
Remember that individual variances of just a few minutes (John has cycles of ~87 minutes, Jane has cycles of ~93 minutes), multiplied by 5-6 cycles per night, will lead to significantly different "best waking" times. So don't rely on online calculators: measure your own behavior. P.S. Related skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/4864/…
Jan
9
comment Was 9-11 planned by the US Government?
I'm hating myself for voting to reopen, but "Was it a false-flag operation?" is not a duplicate of "Was this a controlled implosion?" (OTOH, "was it false-flag?" may be un-falsifiable.)
Dec
30
awarded  Enlightened
Dec
30
comment Do longer work weeks result in less productivity for knowledge workers?
Towards an answer: the long hours traditionally(?) assigned to medical residents and interns have been studied (nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa041406) and might contain some relevant data.
Dec
25
awarded  Necromancer