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Reports Say Satya Nadella Is Microsoft's Next CEO

Compuser Trend? (177 comments)

Seems like tech companies are trending towards ultraslim CEOs. Like literally dudes who look like they just stepped out of a concentration camp. I blame Apple :)

about 7 months ago
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Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use

Compuser Re:The big picture (312 comments)

One could make a more practical argument too. For most cases MAD will be smaller than standard deviation. So reporting so many standard deviations of difference is often a way to overestimate your error bars. Or in other words to report a more conservative estimate. If MAD or SEM is the appropriate way to estimate errors - oh well, that just means your reported result (significant difference) is even stronger. Of course you will usually use a test and not rely on error bars to estimate significance but on a visual graph, when you plot huge error bars and your results are still worlds apart - it is a good way to be extra conservative.

about 8 months ago
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Why You Shouldn't Buy a UHD 4K TV This Year

Compuser Resolution (271 comments)

At one point I got curious about what resolution would have to be before it no longer pays off. So I went to a retailer and looked at 1080p monitors of various sizes from a distance at which I usually look at a screen (36" or so). I found that I can tel pixels for screens larger than about 25" class. So I looked up specs and it seems that my eyes are OK at 100 ppi but not below. So for my screen preference (36"x64") that translates to 3600x6400 resolution. As soon as eyefinity can drive 3 4K monitors at 60 fps from a single card (http://www.tested.com/tech/gaming/456899-triple-monitor-4k-gaming-15-billion-pixels-second/) I will upgrade my computer, buy 3 UltraHD monitors and never have to upgrade again since my eyes are only going to get worse.

about 9 months ago
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Is a Postdoc Worth it?

Compuser Re:Short version (233 comments)

I did a five year postdoc. The money is not bad. Above poverty level. If all you do is go to lab, go home to sleep and go to the lab then this is plenty. If you you do _anything_ besides the above two then you are doing it wrong. I put in 100 hours per week for five years with no breaks or holidays and I have a good reputation and a faculty job now. I would have been happy with the former alone.

about 9 months ago
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Is a Postdoc Worth it?

Compuser Short version (233 comments)

Long article to say: postdoc is a lot of work for low pay and iffy career prospects.

Well duh.

On the flip side, if you are doing it, chances are "a lot of work" is a plus not a minus. As Aldous Huxley said: "An intellectual is a person who's found one thing that's more interesting than sex." Yes, the pay is low but you get to use someone else's money to fund your research. If you want to worry about science and not administrative issues then postdoc days are the golden days.

about 9 months ago
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First Bay Trail Windows 8.1 Convertible To Start At $349

Compuser Re:This is what the Surface RT should have been (151 comments)

Exactly. I posted before that Surface is 4X overpriced. I got a lot of flak. But here is a counterexample.
They do need to bump up resolution to 1080p and put in a Wacom stylus but with that exception this is what I was hoping for with Surface (features and price-wise).

about a year ago
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Survey: Most IT Staff Don't Communicate Security Risks

Compuser Re:Holy buzzword Batman! (227 comments)

"However, it's clear from this report that most organizations fail to properly consider security risks when making day-to-day business decisions. Changing this will require security professionals to talk to upper management about security risks in terms that are clearly relevant to overall business goals."

about a year ago
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Microsoft Slashes Prices On Surface

Compuser Re:They are in such demand (330 comments)

Samsung Note 8 is fast and capable and has a stylus with 16Gb. Microsoft's problem is that to make a similarly capable tablet they need 128Gb and a beefy processor. At which point the cost to manufacture becomes prohibitive.
So you can see their failure either as one of not bringing costs down or as one of not making Windows more lightweight. Either way, competing exclusively on the high end is a losing strategy. MS needs a fully functional device at a $300 price point.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Slashes Prices On Surface

Compuser Re:They are in such demand (330 comments)

That is not exactly true. I would want a Surface badly. However, the only version that has a worthwhile ecosystem of software is the Pro tablet (full Windows version). And the Pro tablet is about 4X overpriced.

If MS came to market with only 128Gb Surface pro, threw in a cover keyboard and priced the package at $300, then it would fly off the shelves. Just becuase they mis-priced the offering does not mean noone wants it.

about a year ago
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How DRM Won

Compuser Re:One word. Steam. (221 comments)

Disagree. Most of entertainment is rarely reused and ultimately disposable.
Do I want to replay a game I already played through? Usually no. So I would rather rent it for a few hours (until I win or get bored).
Do I want to watch a movie again after I saw it once? Usually no. So rent makes sense.
Do I want to play a piece of music again? Usually yes, but if it is not available I will shrug and move on. So rent makes sense but it gets borderline. Some people are attached to their music.
Do I want to use a piece of mission-critical software repeatedly? Usually yes, and in many cases if it is not available then productive life is basically over. So DRM-free ownership makes sense.

about a year ago
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Patents Vs Innovation - the Tabarrok Curve

Compuser Re:Oh, erm, groundbreaking? (210 comments)

Or the right way: fund invention process publicly (like e.g. the university research system) and then require that all publicly funded work be fully disclosed to the public. Also require that every good made available for sale (no matter who and how invented it) be fully described (including schematics, source code, and operating principle) in freely publicly available document.

This way you have a stream of inventions on-going and no issues with losing the ideas to secrecy. Further, every good on the market is a commodity from the moment of availability and the consumer gets the benefit of price competition right away.

about a year ago
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Google Is Planning To Penalize Overly Optimized Sites

Compuser Prosecute SEO scam artists (299 comments)

SEO activities should be treated as slander in the sense that they bring down ratings of more relevant content. Google should lobby Congress to make such things punishable by several years in maximum security. And if more than one person are involved then this should be prosecuted under RICO and carry even stiffer penalties (ideally 25 to life). Google should work with the FBI to aggressively uncover and prosecute such activities.

more than 2 years ago
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The Sketchbook of Susan Kare

Compuser Re:Aha (173 comments)

I do not know why I got marked as flamebait. I clearly stated it was my personal opinion and I meant every word without intent of inciting a flamewar. Mods are on crack.
That said, to me the ideal design of GUI so far has been Windows 95, with toolbar autohide. Horrible OS but imho best GUI ever. Clean, simple, rectangular without the horrible rounded corners. Grey background, forgettable fonts, and equally neutral pointer shapes.
I have always hated icons and preferred text instead but I have yet to see a GUI with labels instead of pictures by default. Other than that - Windows 95 got most things right.

more than 2 years ago
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The Sketchbook of Susan Kare

Compuser Aha (173 comments)

So now I know who made the Mac so insufferably ugly. For me it was a retch at first sight. I think I may be the only one in the world but I have consistently hated every single artistic and stylistic choice Apple ever made with their GUI (their hardware designs sometimes look OK, e.g. iPhone 4)

more than 2 years ago
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Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

Compuser Re:/bin, /sbin had their functions (803 comments)

Not really. It is not too hard to make things robust. There is no reason why for instance a sub-folder could not be mounted even if the parent folder is corrupted. Just make every home directory a separate partition and mount them all under /users. If /users gets corrupted, mount discoverable user partitions somewhere else (e.g. /users-restore). So root folder could still be robustly accessible even if /users or /home were corrupted.
In any case, the point is that complexity should be within the filesystem, not on the user end.

more than 2 years ago
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Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

Compuser Re:/bin, /sbin had their functions (803 comments)

I have no issue with your version either.
But my rationale on /var is that logs is something an admin consumes (like any other form of media - books, movies, etc). So logs that a given admin would care about should be presented to them and those they do not should not.

Example. A server in a household. One person reviews hardware related logs. Another takes care of internet facing services and security and the relevant logs. No-one looks at all the logs so there is no need for central repository. If multiple admins are registered to take care of any aspect of the system they get a separate copy of the logs. Hard drive space is cheap. Duplicate and personalize, don't centralize.

more than 2 years ago
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Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

Compuser Re:/bin, /sbin had their functions (803 comments)

First off, logically /lib should be a subfolder in /bin since libraries are needed to make executables works and are not an entity in themselves.
Rename /bin into /programs or some-such for clarity. /dev, /proc and /sys also belong together though I am not sure how. Maybe under /devices.
Crap like /etc should be all collected in /config or something clearly named.

No need for /sbin, /tmp, /var, /root, /home, and /media.
Make a /users folder. This would contain all user info. This is where /root belongs logically. And /sbin should be in /root logically. /tmp should only be present on server installs. A distro aimed at personal use should not have it. /var should be renamed to something clear like /logs and should be present in every user folder, not globally. /home should not be there at all. Just have /username (including /root) in /usr. /media, /mnt and other crap like that just needs to be in /dev

Bottom line: when a user fires up a GUI browser for their filesystem, they should see just a few key directories and their purpose should be obvious from naming without any training in Unix. /programs, /devices, /users, /config
On server installs, add /shared.

BTW, I am not a fan of oversimplification either. Do not dump all things into something dumb like /unix or /linux or /posix. The whole /windows business is a mess. Users are afraid of even peeking inside this huge folder.

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Support Fades For 3Dfx Voodoo, Rage 128, VIA

Compuser Re:Mozilla syndrome? (330 comments)

Removing unencumbered open code/GUI/interface etc. which is known to work for no good reason is unhealthy.

about 3 years ago
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Linux Support Fades For 3Dfx Voodoo, Rage 128, VIA

Compuser Mozilla syndrome? (330 comments)

This does not seem like a healthy trend.

about 3 years ago

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