William Chatfield

Ottawa On, Canada

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William Chatfield
Posted almost 2 years ago
How Many Scientists Fabricate and Falsify Research?
I don't know any exact answer to that question - yet I thnk the problem starts at school and university. Case in point - I enrolled in an honours physics course at university. What was attractive to this program was that it has been completely revamped - since enrolment in Physics had dwindled to zero the previous year. In one Physics lab, the assignment was to do the classical measurement of e/m. It was standard lab equipment. People worked in teams. The first team could not come up with the "correct answer" using that apparatus. The prof assigned a second team and they couldn't get the "right answer" either -although they did get the same measurement as the first team. The prof then assigned both teams the problem of "why were they getting the wrong answer?". The first team couldn't explain it, but cam up with an amusing rewrite of all of physics to explain the answer they got. The second team noticed the filament was held taut in the apparatus by a spring at both ends. The current would pass through these springs (coils actuallY) and create an electromagnetic field that would affext the answers. Estimating the size of the coils and calulating and subtracting the effect of the coils from the answer gave you a pretty good number - close to the right answer at least. Now the $100 question. Decades of students used this apparatus and ALWAYS were able to generate "the correct answer" - but the apparatus was incapable of doing so. Whats going on? Decades of student learned to get the mark, they had to present the "right answer", even if they had to fudge the results. So methinks this is a learned behaviour.
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William Chatfield
Posted over 2 years ago
How will you spend your time and/or make a living between ages 60 and 100?
I have given up on learning a YAPL (yet another programming language) - especially if it is just to learn that particular language. Learn C++ and the next job wants something else... and multiple years experience at it as well. I have noted that I cannot afford the "expense" in time and $ to learn any language - unless there is a high probability of generating some revenue from it.... and of course an employer does not want to incur the expense of you learning on the job. Of course if it is just for my own enjoyment - with no expectation of revenues - then I might proceed. I always taken the attitude that I would hire a "good programmer" rather than someone who just knows language X . A good programmer can transfer his/her skills to any language. ...Hugh
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William Chatfield
Posted over 2 years ago
How will you spend your time and/or make a living between ages 60 and 100?
I went back to school full time at age 68. I picked up a graduate certificate from Algonquin College in their Documentary Production Program. I graduated with honours and made the Dean's list. Why Documentary Production? I got an honours degree in Physics in 1965 - but could find no work in Physics in Canada. I was offered a job as a Systems Engineer in Northern Electric - which turned out to be their first programming group. IT was my career for the next quarter century. I was then "downsized" from a middle management position. I next discovered General Markup Languages and stayed in this domain as a career until 2000. I quit, formed my own company, and stayed there ever since. I started to get contracts to produce video productions - prompting me to seek formal training in this subject. Hence the return to school. Will I ever get hired into a whole new career? Never. I deduced that the notion of a "career" or a "permanent job" disappeared around 1993 and shows no sign of ever returning. In 1993 I even wrote a blog entry - http://cyberspace-industries-2000.com/Disappearance.html I intend to spend what is remaining of my time on this planet continuing my consulting in general markup languages and documentary production. My current major effort is a historical doc - http://DanielDaverne.com BTW - the name is "Hugh" - Facebook knows nothing about middle names.