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Grad Student Looking To Contribute To Open Source

Eharley Forget about it. (283 comments)

Finish your degree as fast as possible. You don't want to burn any extra enthusiasm on anything that won't get you out of school. As it is, you will need every last drop.

Also, read this article: "Three Books For Surviving Graduate School," at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125856586

It's a piece by the author of this book: Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School, http://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Your-Stupid-Decision-School/dp/0307589447

more than 4 years ago

GE Closes Last US Light Bulb Factory

Eharley Re:Sold out by GE? (797 comments)


I remember this article last year

"When Congress passed a new energy law two years ago, obituaries were written for the incandescent light bulb. The law set tough efficiency standards, due to take effect in 2012(?), that no traditional incandescent bulb on the market could meet, and a century-old technology that helped create the modern world seemed to be doomed."

"But as it turns out, the obituaries were premature." ...
"The incandescent bulb is turning into a case study of the way government mandates can spur innovation."

"There's a massive misperception that incandescents are going away quickly," said Chris Calwell, a researcher with Ecos Consulting who studies the bulb market. "There have been more incandescent innovations in the last three years than in the last two decades."


So it would seem that GE just doesn't want to invest in the US and instead make the same crap it's already making more cheaply in China.

more than 4 years ago

Inside Apple's Anechoic Testing Chambers

Eharley Re:So what? (229 comments)

A lot of oscilloscopes run Windows.

more than 4 years ago

Visual Network Simulator To Teach Basic Networking?

Eharley Clack Graphical Router (138 comments)

We used a Stanford project called Clack in my Networking and Internet Protocols class. We could setup virtual networks and visualize traffic. The meat was implementing a virtual router in software and using that to route traffic in the virtual network.

Clack Homepage:

Part of the Virtual Network System

more than 4 years ago

Apple To Shut Down Lala On May 31

Eharley Re:let me get this straight (438 comments)

Nope. Just checked, they are no longer selling web songs. So it's just $0.89 MP3s until 5/31.

more than 4 years ago

C Programming Language Back At Number 1

Eharley Re:C-whatever (535 comments)

Probably Pascal and assembly.

more than 4 years ago

Company Sued, Loses For Not Using Patented Tech

Eharley Re:Not a "government" requirement (631 comments)

There is a lot of hype about the McDonalds' scalding coffee case. No
one is in favor of frivolous cases of outlandish results; however, it is
important to understand some points that were not reported in most of
the stories about the case. McDonalds coffee was not only hot, it was
scalding -- capable of almost instantaneous destruction of skin, flesh
and muscle. Here's the whole story.


more than 4 years ago

ARM Designer Steve Furber On Energy-Efficient Computing

Eharley Re:Energy running out (195 comments)

We're not likely to run out soon, it's just going to get expensive.

more than 4 years ago

100 Million-Core Supercomputers Coming By 2018

Eharley Re:AMD vs Intel (286 comments)

I believe AMD was the first mass market CPU to include an on-board memory controller.

more than 5 years ago

What Kind of Cloud Computing Project Costs $32M?

Eharley Salary (158 comments)

I imagine a large portion of that cost are salaries.

more than 5 years ago

Google's "Wave" Blurs Chat, Email, Collaboration Software

Eharley Messyboard anyone? (170 comments)

This reminds me of a PhD thesis I read about a few years back. Adam Fass' Messyboard

MessyBoard is a networked bulletin board that allows people to share notes, pictures, files and other content. Everyone who looks at a MessyBoard sees exactly the same thing, and all users see changes in real time. It runs as a Java applet inside your web browser, so no software installation is necessary. Text and images from other applications can easily be posted on MessyBoard using drag-and-drop and cut-and-paste. Each board has a URL that is easy to remember, so you can access it from any computer on the Internet.

MessyBoard stores a complete history of all activity, allowing users to go back in time and recover old content simply by clicking on a slider bar.

Coincidentally, Fass now works for Google in WA state.

more than 5 years ago

Virgin American In-Flight Internet Review, From In-Flight

Eharley Southwest airlines testing now (198 comments)

Southwest is testing Wi-Fi on four of its planes now. I was on one on a flight from Las Vegas to Baltimore. They sent me an email the day before telling me that the plane would have wi-fi and that it would be free during this test period.

The speed was fantastic, but I didn't benchmark it. However, I was able to do a video iChat with my wife at home. Didn't try to do any audio, just video.

The big drawback about Southwest is that their planes have no power outlets. Not sure if they're going to add them. But they're aware of the issue.

more than 5 years ago

MD Appellate Ct. Sets "New Standard" For Anonymous Posting

Eharley Maryland Court of Appeals is the state high court (260 comments)

The summary seems to suggest that this is just an appellate decision. The MD Court of Appeals is the state's high court. This is the final word on this case in the state of Maryland.

more than 5 years ago

I Count In

Eharley Church Numerals! (599 comments)

I count in Church Numerals, you insensitive clod

x, f(x), f(f(x)), ah ah ah

more than 5 years ago

Young Employees Pose Increasing Risk to Networks

Eharley Penny wise pound foolish (710 comments)

half admit to installing unauthorized software on their employer's computers. On the upside, the Millenials are more security aware than their older co-workers.

As some other posters have pointed out, this is about age rather than a change in attitude. Millenials believe that they are more security aware, but they're flushing that down the toilet by installing unauthorized software. And by unauthorized I mean those hax0r'd copies of Office and Photoshop. Who knows what keyloggers and other bits and pieces are present in those binary blobs? This sort of attitude sure makes industrial espionage easier.

more than 6 years ago



PCs go on sale in Cuba for first time

Eharley Eharley writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Eharley (214725) writes "The AP is reporting that on Friday the Cuban government ended a ban on PC sales by putting desktop computers on sale to the public for the first time. Currently, the only model available is a gray and black QTECH for $780. The PCs have Intel Celeron processors, 80 GB hard drives, 512MB RAM, DVD drives, a CRT monitor, and Microsoft's Windows XP. The PCs were reportedly assembled by Cuban companies using parts imported from China. The sales of the processors and operating systems could be violations of a U.S. trade embargo. The AP quotes one customer, 14-year old Brian Brito who saved his allowance for two years to buy himself a PC for his upcoming 15th birthday. Saying, "It's good for playing games," he said, while lugging his new computer from the mall. His reportedly mother had other ideas, saying "He'll use it for school, for learning," she said. "And besides, it's a form of healthy entertainment." Since taking over as President, Raul Castro has removed restrictions on items Cubans can purchase. Cubans are now able to purchase DVD players, and cell phones, stay in luxury hotels and rent cars. Air conditioners are planned to go on sale next year, and toasters in 2010."


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