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India's First Stealth Fighter To Fly In 4 Months

Erwos Re:Dangerous Thinking (611 comments)

Sure. And _your country_ then becomes a target for the long range _and_ the short range ones. I'd take my chances with the aircraft carrier, personally...

more than 4 years ago
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Go For a Masters, Or Not?

Erwos Re:Work Experience, then your masters. (834 comments)

Internships are extremely valuable _once you know what you want to do_. They're less so when you're still feeling around (eg, freshman and sophmore years). People who have their BS probably fall into the former category, or at least I hope they do.

Your biological clock might not be ticking, but life seldom goes as people plan it will.

more than 5 years ago
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Competition Seeks Best Approaches To Detecting Plagiarism

Erwos Re:Insightful fact... (289 comments)

First, not a teacher. We're provided use of the application for checking our own work.

Second: the term "black box" would be appropriate if the output was a simple percentage of plagiarism with no explanation. By revealing _how_ that number was come to, the internal process of the box to derive it has been revealed (which is to say, it's comparing your work to a lot of other work in the app's DB). "Black box" is a purely colloquial term with no single formal definition - calling me out on using it is ludicrous.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_box

more than 5 years ago
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Go For a Masters, Or Not?

Erwos Re:Work Experience, then your masters. (834 comments)

To provide a counter-argument, my wife has a BS in ME _and_ a MS in ME, which she got in rapid succession. Her work in graduate school is _extremely_ relevant to her current job, which she got shortly after finishing up school. Your generalization that intern/co-op experience isn't good enough is almost hilarious - you don't think employers care that you worked a few summers for a major aerospace or electronics firm? I rather think that they do, because those references can be _very_ helpful in determining the quality of an applicant.

Now, let me provide another bit of advice from personal experience: going back to a good school full-time once you've started working is extremely difficult at best for most people. I'm not saying it's not doable, but if you've got a spouse and possibly kids you need to help support, the option is difficult to exercise. _If you want a graduate degree, best to do it up front._ You may not have the chance later.

Personally, I didn't care to go for an MS in CS (or an MA in Economics), but I did wind up going part-time for an MBA. It is not a ton of fun to back to school at this stage of my life, useful and interesting as it may be.

more than 5 years ago
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Competition Seeks Best Approaches To Detecting Plagiarism

Erwos Re:Insightful fact... (289 comments)

The app I used not only told you what the plagiarized source was, but also gave you the passage that was plagiarized from. So your objection is irrelevant. In fact, I specifically addressed it in the post you're replying to.

These detectors are not black boxes at all.

more than 5 years ago
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Competition Seeks Best Approaches To Detecting Plagiarism

Erwos Re:Plagarism.. (289 comments)

Depends on the degree it's being done. Search the Internets for "plagiarism paraphrasing" - it should be enlightening.

more than 5 years ago
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Competition Seeks Best Approaches To Detecting Plagiarism

Erwos Re:Insightful fact... (289 comments)

I don't really get what you're saying. If the program is showing 35%+ of the paper as plagiarized, that's pretty much a preponderance of evidence right there. The program will tell you were the plagiarism is from, too, if it's anything like what I used.

more than 5 years ago
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Competition Seeks Best Approaches To Detecting Plagiarism

Erwos Re:Plagiarism detection is easy (289 comments)

Very true. My wife reviews proposals at her work from time to time, and she has gotten surprisingly good at detecting which ones are doing wholesale plagiarizing. I suspect she'd probably miss it if it was a sentence or two, but some of these idiots are doing whole pages of it.

more than 5 years ago
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Competition Seeks Best Approaches To Detecting Plagiarism

Erwos Re:Insightful fact... (289 comments)

The tools are fairly good, but, in my experience, they'll always report 3-7% or so of your paper as plagiarized, just because it's pretty difficult to write about _anything_ without unknowingly using previously written words. I would _hope_ that anyone who would pursue disciplinary action from such a tool's results would at least take a look to see if the sections being flagged are consequential.

I have no idea how good they are with catching paraphrasing, though... it strikes me that the semi-intelligent plagiarizers would be doing that more than a straight copy and paste. There's also the "acceptable vs unacceptable" distinction to be made.

more than 5 years ago
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How Do Militaries Treat Their Nerds?

Erwos Re:Contract. (426 comments)

Go there after dark. At the base I visit frequently, they've got rent-a-cops doing gate guard duty during the day (presumably backed by some sort of military rapid-reaction force), but they've got full-out military handling the duties at night.

more than 5 years ago
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US Forgets How To Make Trident Missiles

Erwos Re:Good reason to get shut (922 comments)

Fuel air bombs have nowhere near the yield that nuclear weapons do. Not even close. Even Russia's supposed "father of all bombs" only had a yield of 44 tons of TNT. The smallest nuke ever created, the W54, had a one kiloton yield - more than 20x times that amount.

more than 5 years ago
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Emulation Explosion On the PS3 Via Linux

Erwos Re:The reason is the same as it has always been (425 comments)

How is this contradicting what I just wrote? epsxe runs almost all PS1 games, not just lots of them. SNESGP2X can't run a lot of SNES games that SNES9X on the PC can. You've basically proven my own point for me. Congratulations.

more than 5 years ago
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Emulation Explosion On the PS3 Via Linux

Erwos Re:The reason is the same as it has always been (425 comments)

Forget "handles multiple cores". Just multi-threading the emulator is not nearly as difficult as you propose. The problem is that you've got to discretely manage those threads _plus_ those SPEs. Sorry, but it's a ton of work for a feature that's not really going to add a lot or help very many people.

FYI, most of those "custom emulators" are just ports of existing ones, like SNES9X. And most of them don't work as well as their PC brethren anyways.

more than 5 years ago
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Emulation Explosion On the PS3 Via Linux

Erwos Re:The reason is the same as it has always been (425 comments)

The parent here makes it sound like you should be able to just write a few lines of code and set a compile flag to have your program start using the SPEs on the Cell. That's completely untrue - you'd need to write some very specific, very custom code to use them, as they're basically just very fancy DSPs with regards to C coding.

As a point of reference, no one's ported x264 to use the Cell for encoding, and that's the sort of application that the Cell is supposed to be very good with. IIRC, part of the issue was that each SPE only has 256kb of cache on it, which is rather marginal for high resolution rendering (you can't fit a whole 1080p frame into the SPE).

more than 5 years ago
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Should Job Seekers Tell Employers To Quit Snooping?

Erwos Re:Go look for another job. (681 comments)

Doesn't matter. _It's illegal_. Also, I'm not Christian, I haven't done a damn thing to you. But I guess collateral damage from your bigotry isn't a big deal, eh?

more than 5 years ago
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Should Job Seekers Tell Employers To Quit Snooping?

Erwos Re:Go look for another job. (681 comments)

I can see why you'd post that anonymously - it's illegal as hell to do what you're doing. Not to mention _stupid_, given that there's no scientific evidence that having religion makes you worse at doing your job.

I am reasonably sure I was discriminated against on religious grounds against by an interviewer at one state college I applied to work at. To this day, I'm still not sure I made the right decision to let it go, but it's jerks like you who make this world a worse place (and hurt your own employer doing it).

more than 5 years ago
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FBML Essentials

Erwos Re:Or just dive in (85 comments)

The thing they never tell you is that FBML is a straight-up nightmare, and using an iframe is far easier and faster.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Zunes Committing Mass Suicide

Erwos Re:Designed Obsolescence (785 comments)

Really? So they gave you software upgrades to go from 4G to 5G? I think not.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Wants Broadband, Computers Part of Stimulus

Erwos Re:Who's paying for all this? (901 comments)

Are you familiar with the term "false dichotomy"? Besides, using the obvious FDR comparison, the only way out of is war - the public works programs, contrary to what you read in your erroneous grade school textbooks, simply didn't work all that well in terms of recovery.

Instead, let's use the Japan comparison. In that case, we should do:
3. Let all these firms fail, take the hit quickly, and move on.

The Japanese did:
4. Never acknowledge you have a problem, let recession/stagnation go on for 10 years.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Wants Broadband, Computers Part of Stimulus

Erwos Re:21st Century Schools (901 comments)

IMHO, it's teacher's unions. The complete resistance towards standardized measures of their members' expertise in _doing their jobs_ is appalling, to say the least. Combine that with exorbitant retirement benefits weighing down on school budgets, and it's no wonder the current public schools can't do their job.

Want to reform education in this country? Take back the schools from the unions, or at least provide vouchers for school choice and competition.

I also think we waste too much money on the lowest-performers and don't spend enough on the highest-performers, but that's a different problem.

more than 5 years ago

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