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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

BBF_BBF Violins != Speakers (469 comments)

Sure, the violinists may have preferred the modern violins in a double blind PLAYING test. Note that I emphasized PLAYING. The difference between speakers and violins, is that speakers are PASSIVE to the people in the study and the violins in this test were being ACTIVELY played.

I would expect that performing artists who are confident in their talent and the quality of their instruments perform better. So if a violinist *THINKS* their violin is a cut above the rest, it will help make their performance better because they are confident that their instrument is UNIQUELY SUPERB, rather than just great. So the artist's subjective feeling about the quality of their instrument *CAN* influence the quality of their performance.

Whereas, if one subjectively thinks ones speakers are better, it doesn't improve how it sounds to other people, but a better performance on a violin will sound better to everyone.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung SSD 840 EVO MSATA Tested

BBF_BBF Be Aware: Many mSATA slots don't support SATA-3 (76 comments)

Ensure you check the SATA protocol that is supported by your computer/tablet's mSATA slot first.

I have a 2012-3 era Thinkpad X230 and it has an mSATA slot, but it only supports SATA-1, so an SSD like the Samsung featured on this article are overkill since the computer cannot ever take advantage of the throughput. Even a cheap SSD with a Phison controller was fast enough to saturate the SATA-1 interface, so that's what I got.

about three weeks ago
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In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

BBF_BBF Re:Yes, they are (156 comments)

I agree.

Many "Journalists" no longer fact check their stories before they are published. IMHO that makes them no different than a blogger. At least with a blogger, it's implied that whatever they post is their opinion, with journalists, it's implied that they're supposed to be impartial.

However, Journalists have *never* been 100% objective, at a minimum there has always been some self-censorship and tacit agreements with governments, etc. (For example, FDR was never shown in press pictures in his wheelchair. And domestic press has always avoided printing pictures of "our" mortally wounded soldiers.) Journalists can "report only the facts" and still present a skewed picture by simply not reporting key facts and emphasizing others, or simply *not* publishing certain stories so nobody is aware of certain important issues.

about a month ago
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Good Engineering Managers Just "Don't Exist"

BBF_BBF Re:Bullshit (312 comments)

Spoken like a true Manager, and not a true Engineer.

Some Engineers actually LOVE doing Engineering things, and will forgo a "promotion" to a higher paying or more powerful job so they can stay technical. It's a quirk that, in my experience, Engineers tend to have more than say people who get Business degrees. For those types of Engineers, being able to direct a project in a way they technically prefer *is* the Power they're looking for.

It's just something that a non-techie just can't grasp because it's so much out of their own frame of reference.

That's why in the good old days of IBM and HP, they had a technical track that would allow the top Engineers/Scientists to get promoted, and paid well, WHILE staying involved with the technical aspects of projects, so as not to *lose* their technical skills by making them management types.

about 2 months ago
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China's Jade Rabbit Lunar Rover Officially Declared Lost

BBF_BBF USA, USA, USA is #1!!! (131 comments)

This is going to be great!

I'll be able to open the first junkyard on the Moon at this rate =)

The Jade Rabbit is nothing compared to the "junk" left all over the moon by the Apollo Missions. Even the Soviets left more crap on the moon than China.

In this respect it's still USA #1 with China nor any other country not even close to ever catching up.

about 2 months ago
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Blogger Fined €3,000 for 'Publicizing' Files Found Through Google Search

BBF_BBF Theft from an Unprotected Site is Still Theft (248 comments)

7GB of downloaded files doesn't sound like it was just an "accidental" downloading of some files.
Let's put it this way.
If you misconfigure your wireless access point and leave it open, does that mean that it should be legal for anybody to connect to your network and download all the files from your NAS without penalty? Including *those* pictures of you and ____ doing _____ to _____, and your tax returns from the past 5 years?

about 2 months ago
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Ugly Trends Threaten Aviation Industry

BBF_BBF Fewer Amateur Pilots == Bad? (473 comments)

Dunno, I would think that having fewer John-John Kennedy like pilots around make it safer for everybody, especially the amateur pilot's family members. (Too soon?) ;-)

Certainly there are some *very* well trained amateur pilots.
But, there are also a bunch of dim-witted idiots that shouldn't be driving themselves, let alone flying. Not all amateur pilots are responsible.

about 2 months ago
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Boom Or Bust: The Lowdown On Code Academies

BBF_BBF Re:Software Enginering != Coding (130 comments)

Oh, and I forgot. I'd NEVER hire anybody who brought a prototype of a device he/she worked on at a previous job (unless it was an open source device.)

That would mean that this person will have no respect for my company's intellectual property, since he/she has no respect for his/her former employer's property.

about 2 months ago
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Boom Or Bust: The Lowdown On Code Academies

BBF_BBF Re:Software Enginering != Coding (130 comments)

Electrical Engineers are seldomly trained in Software Engineering, so in my experience, in general, make poor Software Engineers. Some Computer Engineering graduates have Computer Science training, some don't (ie Chip Designers, Computer Hardware Designers.) However, I fully expect anybody with a Computer Science Degree to have the basic theory of how programs are put together under their belt. Same as how I expect any EE graduate to have basic circuit theory under their belts.

With an understanding of how programs are put together, these Software Engineers (people with Computer Science Theory backgrounds, be it an EE, CE or CS major) can properly apply those basic building blocks to ANY programming language and properly debug software. (Oh, and when I mean PROPERLY DEBUG software, I don't mean just knowing how to use a particular brand of debugger.)

Have you actually *ever* posted at job and interviewed the applicants? I have, and in real life, people "stretch" their resumes to match the job posting. I would *never* limit one of my programming jobs to EE's ONLY, especially if it involved programming for a Multitasking OS. (I only know a few "self taught" programmers who were trained as circuit EE's, properly grasp threads. They're mostly more like the hack described by green led.) Note not ALL embedded device software jobs involve making BSP's and writing device drivers.

BTW, I'm a Computer Engineering graduate that took BOTH the basic EE curriculum and basic CS curriculum.

about 2 months ago
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Boom Or Bust: The Lowdown On Code Academies

BBF_BBF Software Enginering != Coding (130 comments)

Just because somebody has learned the syntax of one language doesn't mean that that person is a Software Engineer.

I've had experiences with foreign students that got a MASTERS DEGREE in Computer Science from a respected State University (not your run of the mill private diploma mill) that "waived" the CompSci basics background requirement because they're full-fare students and most of those "Software Engineers" are crap. They don't know how compilers work, don't know how a program is linked, haven't taken any of the basic CS theory (algorithms, data structures, etc, etc.) and as a result write code that is not suitable for the type of embedded development that the company that I work for does. They're smart people, just crap Software Engineers but maybe a good physicist, or economist or whatever their foreign undergraduate degree was in.

I can see how a "code academy" would generate the same type of useless Software Engineer. However, at least they don't have a "But I've got a master's degree in CS" attitude.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Touts Cross-Country Trip, Aims For World Record

BBF_BBF But Does it Scale? (357 comments)

OK, so Tesla builds ONE string of charging stations approx. 150 miles apart that stretches across the US. So tell me how does that work when there are millions of Tesla cars on the road? Charging will take 40 minutes, but the line to get to charge will take 24 hrs.

Will Tesla be able to build enough fast charging stations when selling cars that cost less than $40K?

A lot of things work when the average selling price of your cars isclose to $100,000, you have government subsidies flung at you and/or your customers left and right, you have fewer than 100,000 vehicles in the field, your company isn't really expected to show a profit, and your customers actually *read* the users manuals (probably send corrections to technical errors in them to your engineers) and make Apple Zealots look like disinterested teens.

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla Is Mapping Cell Towers and WiFi Access Points

BBF_BBF Project is for GeoLocation NOT Cell Coverage!! (113 comments)

icebike, If you had bothered read the Mozilla Location Service Project Page, the goal of the project is to create an Open Wifi AP/Cell Tower to Geo Location Mapping Database, It's not meant to map Cell Coverage. https://location.services.mozilla.com/

This will allow the look up of rough position information without turning on the GPS using an OPEN DATABASE. The same thing that a few PROPRIETARY databases do currently.

Given this goal, road coverage is good enough.

about 3 months ago
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NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 Tested, Fastest Android 4.3 Slate Under $200

BBF_BBF Re:Slashvertisement Alert!! (107 comments)

For a product released in late November 2013, this is not a *new* release. New release articles should be posted when the actual item *is* released, not 1.5 months later.

This is not a new release anymore, just a review of the "updated" to v 4.3 android version... maybe you should be the one to get a clue.

about 4 months ago
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NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 Tested, Fastest Android 4.3 Slate Under $200

BBF_BBF Re:Slashvertisement Alert!! (not) (107 comments)

Sure, the linked to article is a *real* review. The slashdot summary is not, it reads exactly like an ad, that's what makes it a "Slashvertisement". Too bad it's no longer *news* since the tablet was released in NOVEMBER, over one month ago.

And by calling it a "slashverdtisement" I don't imply that Slashdot is getting paid in any way, I mean that the summary reads more like an ad than a "news" item for nerds.

about 4 months ago
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NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 Tested, Fastest Android 4.3 Slate Under $200

BBF_BBF Slashvertisement Alert!! (107 comments)

Wow, an ad for a nVidia product posing as a slashdot article... this is, unfortunately, getting more and more common. :(

about 4 months ago
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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen Cancels RSA Talk In Protest

BBF_BBF Unfortunately the NSA Gathers Data on EVERYONE (248 comments)

Good for Mikko for taking a stand. Unfortunately, the NSA was monitoring Americans as well as foreigners, they just had to obfuscate their spying on American Citizens because it's illegal for them to target Americans without secret court permission.

about 4 months ago
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US Adults Score Poorly On Worldwide Test

BBF_BBF Wow, Who'da thunk that? (745 comments)

Hmm... kids in the school system are below par, so why would anybody think that adults educated in the same system would suddenly become geniuses?

Oh yeah, the Americans*, the same group that scored below average. ;-)

* Yeah, yeah, all you Central Americans, South Americans, Mexicans, Canadians, etc., etc. you know that I mean USAians when using the term "Americans".

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is Patent License Trading Not Trolling?

BBF_BBF Article's Definition of NPE is Incorrect (191 comments)

After I RTFA, I realized that the authors' definition of NPE is a company that doesn't PHYSICALLY MANUFACTURE the product. And it's doubly disappointing that one author WAS the DIRECTOR of the patent office from 2004-2009. I wonder why the patent office is so screwed up?

It lists Qualcomm as an NPE!?!?! WTF!?! I guess it's because they don't FAB the chips themselves.

Qualcomm sells chips THEY DESIGN using their IP, they just CONTRACT OUT the device to others to build. How is that NOT an Practicing Entity?!? They also license out their patents for worldwide standards (WCDMA) that they may not have any part in the manufacture of the devices that use that standard.

So by the Authors' definition of NPE, Apple is also an NPE because they contract the assembly of their I-devices to other companies and don't actually FAB their A7 processors?

Meh.

about 7 months ago
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Did Steve Jobs Pick the Wrong Tablet Size?

BBF_BBF No, not when the iPad 1 was originally released. (433 comments)

In 200x when the iPad was being developed for the 2010 release one could not put enough batteries in a 7" form factor to power the device for the strict time requirements Apple put on the device and also to meet the thickness requirements. So, AT THE TIME, a 9.7" screen made sense....

However, in 2012, lower power everything has come out, and better batteries have been created, now a manufacturer can successfully run the device for an acceptable amount of time with smaller batteries. So a smaller form factor is appropriate for 2012 for the majority of users.

As others have already mentioned, SJ, was just being his dismissive self when deriding the non 10" competitors in 2010, and backed himself into a corner...

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding Work Over 60?

BBF_BBF Contracting Contracting Contracting (306 comments)

IMHO certifications mean little once a person has >10 years of experience

Leverage your experience for some contracting jobs.

Since you worked in a high reliability/availability environment before, target similar areas like telecom, military, avionics, medical equipment.
Also don't forget those industries also require competent Verification and Validation staff on contract. It may be a "step down" in a lot of peoples' opinions, but a job is a job, and it actually is really hard to find V&V people that have programming skills.

about a year and a half ago

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