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Justice Department Slaps IBM Over H-1B Hiring Practices

DinZy This is stupid (195 comments)

I would preferentially hire someone from India for a US job that would eventually relocate to India too, or wherever the job was meant to be. This is actually the best use of an H1B I can think of rather than flooding the market with more Chinese engineers. Most of the studies I have read seem to imply that there is no real shortage of talent for just about every technical profession.

about a year ago
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Electrical Engineering Labor Pool Shrinking

DinZy Hire a damn physicist (401 comments)

"I came across one employer trying to combine a mechanical and electrical engineer" This employer is looking for an experimental physicist and does not know it.

On another note, I see the same thing in the semiconductor industry for process and integration roles. Everyone wants a perfect match, when the real perfect match is someone that can learn quickly because things are going to change a lot on as quick as a 2 year time scale. I had a recruiter call about an internal position I applied for and he was trying to ask how many years I have in some exact skill when, at the end of the day, that stat is not nearly as important as being able to learn. It makes it even more frustrating when the req is at the level of a new PhD grad and I already have 4.5 years industry experience.

about a year ago
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Sony Racing Apple To Develop 'a New Kind of TV'

DinZy Re:Marketing-driven products (273 comments)

Exactly. How could they possibly be selling TVs at a loss? They are applying the Apple model, namely that every product should bring in money from it's post purchase use, and saying they are loosing money for not making 'that' money.

more than 2 years ago
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Bethesda's 'Scrolls' Lawsuit Going Ahead

DinZy Does anyone care that the games are Elder Scrolls? (332 comments)

From Morrowind on, the game's subtitle became far more important than the fact that it was in the Elder Scrolls series. There really is no brand recognition. Every gamer knows Skyrim is coming out and they identify it as that not as TESV.

more than 2 years ago
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Wii U Faster Than 360 Or PS3, No Blu-ray Or DVD Support

DinZy So far not totally impressed. (332 comments)

From the 'specs' it seems like it will only be marginally more powerful, though probably powerful enough for 1080p for the next 10 years or so. The fact that it can only support one tablet is also a bit discouraging. They should redesign it to support multiple tablets ( at least 2) by adding more power to each one or perhaps adding a second BT channel.

more than 3 years ago
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P2P Music Downloads At All-Time Low

DinZy Re:Correction (369 comments)

Good point. It is just a decline in what they are able to track, because one of the services they were tracking no longer allows for downloads.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Intel Wants To Network Your Clothes Dryer

DinZy How much power will it use itself? (330 comments)

I bet they want to inflate the system with a dual core atom rather than a low power solution like ARM. Something designed to monitor power consumption with the intention of saving energy really should be extremely efficient in itself.

more than 4 years ago
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Physicists Do What Einstein Thought Impossible

DinZy Re:Keep in mind (193 comments)

Also keep in mind that they did not measure the speed and direction of a free Brownian particle. They confined it so it's not really the same problem. However I it is possible to watch a small fluorescent labeled protein molecule move around too. In that case if the protein is small enough and the concentration is dilute enough one can basically film their trajectories.

more than 4 years ago
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Why I Steal Movies (Even Ones I'm In)

DinZy This guy directed a great video (753 comments)

I am not sure how much creative input he had in it, but the video for Hot Chip's "I Fell Better" is Fucking hilarious. I was rather disappointed with the album due to it's lacking the humor I expect in a Hot Chip album, but this video more than makes up for it.

more than 4 years ago
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Seagate Confirms 3TB Hard Drive

DinZy XP + 3 TB?? (467 comments)

Why would anyone running XP fork over the dough for a 3TB HDD? XP is 9 years old and Win7 is a very good replacement for newer machines, particularly ones who's owners might want a 3TB drive for.

more than 4 years ago
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Why I Steal Movies (Even Ones I'm In)

DinZy I have been downloading for over a decade (753 comments)

I used to be the type of person who would get a full cable TV package and rent movies on VHS frequently, now I just download. I typically watch video downloads then delete some time later to free up space. Clearly someone is missing out on my business and I am not at all averse to paying for some content. When Netflix starts offering more streaming content in HD then I am there.

I think there needs to be a different model for current TV programs though. It's hard to sit through ads when one can simply download a tvrip with them all removed. Paying $2 per episode is not reasonable to me because, even in season packs, the costs can very quickly balloon to well over the cost of cable + a custom built DVR. There needs to be some flate rate service or some service with really cheap transactions for a single episode. I would stick ads in as a way cheapen the cost. Looking at superbowl ads as an extreme case, it costs advertisers 3 million bucks to reach a potential 100 million viewers, or 3cents per viewer, per ad. For a typical 1 hour TV program we get 18 minutes of ads, or 36 commercials. At superbowl prices this costs all the advertisers about1 dollar combined, for regular TV I am sure it is far less than that but it's a nice number to look at and gives a rough idea how broadcasters are actually making money. They are making a very small sum for each ad they are making you watch. Why not turn that around and keep the costs in the same ballpark? (Greed obviously, but let's pretend someone can see the benefit to not being so greedy)

There are many ways one could play around with this as all I am talking about is a video on demand service, but let's say it works like this. Subscriber pays some small monthly fee to sign up for streaming service, netflix or Hulu or what have you. This service allows you to purchase new premium content, ie new episodes of Lost, for a small, reasonable fee. Refund this cost if user agrees to watch ads. These ads can be targeted based on users demographics and there will be considerably less than 18 minutes per hour. Show monthly balance on some navigation bar that is always present except when watching content to influence viewer's decision. Display some sort of logo, or preview screen of all ads to be shown during program while viewer is deciding to watch for free or to pay for the ad free version. Charge advertisers for ads that are viewed, this can be done at a premium because they can be targeted and will have less competition. Charge them less for the logo in the preview screen, but do charge them. Pocket the money from those who pay for the ad free version. Yes it would take a long time to make something like this work, but with the right pricing I think it can work and it is a way that content providers can benefit from the internet rather than lose out.

more than 4 years ago
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Quantum Entanglement and Photosynthesis

DinZy Re:Again? (129 comments)

No

The article you cite describes how photosynthesis relies on quantum physics in general, not quantum entanglement which is a very specific type of quantum phenomenon.

more than 4 years ago
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Quantum Entanglement and Photosynthesis

DinZy Re:Biodiversity Is Priceless (129 comments)

I appreciate the idea, but it really doesn't apply to this particular case. Photosynthesis is not at all diverse. It is one of the many "designs" nature evolved that is used by countless species. I also find it hard to equate the development of quantum computers as a requisite for humanity's biological fitness.

Your comment only seems appropriate for the case when a drug is discovered in some plant or venom.

more than 4 years ago
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Researchers Create Logic Circuits From DNA

DinZy Yeah right (94 comments)

It's typical to overhype and exaggerate results like this. What's interesting is if it really is that easy to make reliable, robust, defect free logic circuits so easy, would it be a good thing or a bad thing economically. I'd certainly be out of a job if a grad student could magically mix up an SOC complete with electrical interconnects and packaging while his/her advisor slowly whittles away at his/her self esteem

more than 4 years ago
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Moore's Law Will Die Without GPUs

DinZy Re:Umm? (250 comments)

Even after Moore's Law stops yielding smaller transistors there will be a drive to change fabrication technology so we can get faster chips that consume less power. I think the general idea behind his statement is a good one though even if it is covered with sound bytey BS. How long can we keep using the same X86 style architecture and expect to see huge advances in computing?

more than 4 years ago
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The Apple Paradox, Closed Culture & Free-Thinking Fans

DinZy Re:Free-thinking? (945 comments)

They are not being different. As soon as they own an Apple product they tend to go out of their way to stick it in people's faces to show them how awesome it is. I.e. they do exactly what the last douchebag they saw with an Apple product did.

more than 4 years ago
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The Apple Paradox, Closed Culture & Free-Thinking Fans

DinZy Re:Free-thinking? (945 comments)

I agree. This is absurd. I take it the blurb was written by a cult member.

more than 4 years ago
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Building Complex Circuits With Carbon Nanotubes

DinZy size matters (42 comments)

The size of the chip on the actual wafer can be reduced with 3d chips giving more chips per wafer. The downside is that there are more process steps per wafer as a result. Overall I think the 3D chip design only makes sense if you get to do it with different materials like CNTs like in this article. I am so curious to see what happens in the next 10 years.

more than 4 years ago
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AMD Graphics Chip Shortage Hits PC Vendors

DinZy Re:This is where Intel rules (97 comments)

I assume you are being sarcastic. Intel gets high yields because the people in development work their collective arses off to decrease defects and improve yields. This has nothing to do with how the products are sold.

more than 4 years ago

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