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My degree of colorblindness:

Fallen Kell Re:I am not colorblind (267 comments)

Hahah... well I got an 8 but that is due to this monitor being horrible (I can see color banding all over the place).

about three weeks ago
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Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

Fallen Kell Re:They lost their market (203 comments)

They have been holding out for at least 3-4 games that people want to play. Right now, there are maybe 2 games that people want. That isn't enough to warrant a console purchase. When there is a Zelda, Metroid, Smash Bros., Mario Kart, and maybe a couple others out, people might finally pickup a Wii U. Otherwise, it just doesn't have anything worth getting that you can't get a better version/experience of on the other consoles.

about a month ago
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Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded

Fallen Kell Re:Change management fail (162 comments)

Yeah I was going to say the same thing. You NEVER make a change that you don't have a way to backout to the previous operational state.

about a month ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Fallen Kell Re:Experience outside the valley--I agree (514 comments)

Also, I would go further, and state that simply looking at bachelor degrees does not really do justice for the statistics for those being hired by the Silicon Valley firms. If you look at doctoral degrees in Computer and Information sciences, the breakdown is 73% white, 3% black, 10.7% asian, 4.5% hispanic, of which 71.4% are male, and 28.6% are female. This reflects MANY of the disparages in workforce makeup at these companies. These companies are supposedly the best of the best, and brightest of the brightest, which means it will reflect closely those same best of the best and brightest of the brightest coming out of the education system (which means doctorates, post-doctorates, etc.).

about a month ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Fallen Kell Re:Experience outside the valley--I agree (514 comments)

And if you look at the rest of the data (i.e. the "National Center for Education" "Digest of Education Statistics" "Table 322.30") :

http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d13/tables/dt13_322.30.asp

You will notice, that if you breakdown the ethnicity into percentages of degrees conferred, for "computer and information sciences" for 2011-2012, you will see there were 47,384 Bachelor degrees earned by students, of which 30,211 identified as "white" (63.75%), 5,410 as "black" (11.41%), 4,008 as "hispanic" (8.45%), and 4,254 as "asian" (8.97%). There are also another 2,360 "non-resident alien" listed which no ethnicity is given.

Now looking at people working at Yahoo!, 50% White (13% less than percentage earning degrees in USA in 2011-2012), 39% "asian" (30% more than percentage earning degrees), 4% hispanic (4-5% less than percentage earning degrees), 2% black (9% less than those earning degrees).

If you look at all the other companies on that list linked in the article, you will see roughly the same trend, with "whites" having about the same proportional makeup of the companies as there are those getting degrees, asians having a much higher percentage of the workforce than are getting degrees in the US (wow, not surprising since we are importing most of this labor via H1B, green card, immigration), and blacks and hispanics having slightly lower than the amount they graduate.

Now the lower amounts of blacks and hispanics may very well be simply due to location. The companies they looked at are Silicon Valley companies, with the majority of their workforce in California. California has a much lower percentage of blacks than say Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, etc... If you even slightly believe that the percentage of graduates are equally spread out across the nation's schools based on percentage of population in the schools, and that attendance in schools more closely mimics the population in the state (not always, there are historically african american shools as well women only or male only schools, and schools certain ethnicities would never even want to go to for many reasons), and take into consideration that most people will tend to stay close to home/family when searching for a job, and you will see that the breakdown of ethnicity in Silicon Valley tech companies is probably really not that out of step with the percentage of population in the labor market in Silicon Valley.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Fallen Kell Re:NASA (550 comments)

No you can't if you had laser eye surgery that involved cutting of the cornea. You can if you have LASEK which does not involved any cutting of tissue, as the integrity of the eye is maintained with this surgery (since there is no cut made creating a weak point). However, the recovery from this is much longer and much more painful as the outer layer that is cut in LASIK is moved aside (the layer is separated using an alcohol solution and spun aside). Because this entire layer is moved, the healing is more painful due to every blink of your eye possibly shifting the layer slightly which causes pain.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

Fallen Kell Sort of glad my school didn't lock us down (98 comments)

I mean, if I had limits on how many systems I could connect to and use at once I would never have passed two of my courses.

One was a neural networking course which involved programming a computational model and then running 100,000 iterations of the model and analyzing the results. We had been given 6 weeks for it because it was going to take at least 1 week or so to run, but I could not get my model to work for the life of me, and working with the professor finally got it working the night before the results were due. He looked at me and said, I should ask for an extension, and I looked at him and said, I think I'm fine. He then gave me the are you nuts look.

I wrote a script that split up the iterations and output between approx 350 systems with the more powerful ones getting higher iteration counts than the older ones. When I handed in my report of the results to the professor he looked at them and was in disbelief that I was able to do it in time and asked me over when class was done, where I showed him all the code that spread the workload across all the systems (it helped that I was working fulltime managing a small beowulf cluster at that point so I had some experience using distributed computing resources). I got quite a few extra credit points for ingenuity on that...

about a month ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Fallen Kell Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Actually, the "we paid for all that with $17 trillion in debt" is a DIRECT result of Reagan and the policies that followed deregulating everything and cutting taxes to the lowest they have ever been since the USA kept and maintained a military force, let alone arguably the more powerful in the world...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

Fallen Kell Well, perl and vim yes, but not for that reason (359 comments)

I use VI and VIM as my editor because as a system administrator, VI was one of 2 editors that were guaranteed to be in Solaris should the system be in a real bad state and in recovery modes. I use perl because it is installed on everything out of the box (Solaris, Red Hat, SUSE, and IRIX all of which I deal with). Python isn't on all those OS's by default (Solaris in particular), which means it might not be on all the systems I deal with. I'm not about to go and write code that I can't run universally on the systems I deal with.

about 2 months ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

Fallen Kell Wrong diversity pools being measured... (265 comments)

I love everyone complaining about diversity at the tech companies and comparing against the diversity of the general population. The problem is that is not the pool they can hire from. They can only hire from the pool of people graduating with degrees in things like computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, or have great personal knowledge/experience in those fields. That is the diversity pool that they have to work from. I forget which company it was, but last year one company hired 50% of all the African American new graduates with a Phd in Computer Science in the entire country. They hired 1 person to do that...

about 2 months ago
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Judge: $324M Settlement In Silicon Valley Tech Worker Case Not Enough

Fallen Kell Reason for fines as a % of net worth (150 comments)

Again, more reason for fines to be based as a % of net worth and not simply hard cap values. A fine of a year of the company's average income or 10% of their net worth will actually hurt a company and force it to pay heed to the laws. As it stands, these companies have saved more and thus made more by breaking the law than they will ever be hurt by fines....

about 2 months ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

Fallen Kell Instead of gasoline tax, why not a disel tax? (619 comments)

Seriously, trucks and busses do 100x - 10,000x more damage to the roads and bridges that this tax is being used to repair. Those vehicles should be the ones taxed more to repair the problems they are typically causing.

about 2 months ago
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Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

Fallen Kell Re:Serously? (398 comments)

It obviously wasn't because Japan still balked at surrendering unconditionally. It wasn't until the second one exploded that they gave up, realizing that the US no longer had any intention of fighting in hand-to-hand combat against Japan's fanatical population and taking massive casualties, and instead was perfectly fine in just bombing them all off the face of the planet until they gave up...

about 2 months ago
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Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

Fallen Kell Re:Not Clueless (142 comments)

Also, do you know how large that filing cabinet would even be? A cabinet with 18" deep drawers that is 18,182 feet high.

about 3 months ago
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Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

Fallen Kell Re:Not Clueless (142 comments)

5 minutes to look in a filing cabinet? Are you kidding me? Do you know how many people would be in that filing cabinet? Something like 30-60 million, assuming they somehow know when to magically remove the ones who died.

about 3 months ago
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NRC Human Spaceflight Report Says NASA Strategy Can't Get Humans To Mars

Fallen Kell NRC (206 comments)

Am I the only one that saw NRC and was wondering why in the world was the Nuclear Regulator Commission talking about human spaceflight?

about 3 months ago
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New Valve Prototype VR Headset Shows Up At VR Meetup In Boston

Fallen Kell Re:Just a prototype for development (41 comments)

But portrait? It sort of makes sense, but the screens need to be really close to the eyes for it to work. The human eye has approximately 180 degrees field of view in the forward horizontal direction, while it only has 135 degrees field of view in the forward vertical direction. Of the 180 degrees horizontal, approx 120 degrees overlaps between the two eyes, leaving 50-60 degrees that only one eye can see (approx 25-30 degrees per eye) due to the nose being in the way.

The problem with using two 1080p 16:9 displays in portrait mode is that it is the wrong ratios for covering the field of vision. We should be using two 1600x1200 resolution 4:3 screens in portrait mode. Each 3:4 screen creates a similar ratio of the human eye's field of view (9:13.5) (multiplying the 3:4 screen ratio up, you get 9:12, which is much closer than 9:16 for the 1080p widescreen panels).

about 3 months ago
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IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

Fallen Kell Re:what a crock (265 comments)

Well, yeah. It probably cost several thousand man hours to repair the damages he caused. That is real money lost fixing the mess. As well as the actual time lost for stopping business productivity of X number of employees who could no longer perform their work and sat around twiddling thumbs while the systems were down. We are talking potentially hundreds of thousands of damage.

about 3 months ago
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OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Hits 1.8GB/sec With Standard Toshiba MLC NAND

Fallen Kell Too bad Samsung's XP941 is 2/3 the price (113 comments)

Seriously the XP941 is a native PCIe controller, not multiple SATA controllers raided together with a PCIe bridge controller. As a result, it is almost 1/2 the price, and still has similar performance (it is only a PCIe 1x device that does 1.2GBs reads/writes, vs the PCIe 4x device that only does 1.8GBs).

about 3 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

Fallen Kell So conflict of interests much? (409 comments)

Seriously a cloud service provider saying that people not using cloud service providers are holding onto old antique ideas and are not saavy enough to cut it in the existing world... Color me purple.

As others have probably said, once you replace "move your data into the cloud" with "move your data onto someone else's system" management starts to realize what a stupid a risky operation that is for anything that is not company trade secrets. Sure, use the cloud to perform a large scale test of an application you are developing to see how it works across hundreds/thousands of systems and find what breaks and when. But to actually risk your company's data by handing it over to someone else no matter how good of a usage contract you have is outright idiotic. The mere loss of control over the data could mean that you are not compliant with laws that govern your actions (privacy laws for certain kinds of data, consumer protection laws for billing information, trade secrets and NDAs you have signed with other companies, etc).

about 3 months ago

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Space Shuttle Discovery launch cancelled

Fallen Kell Fallen Kell writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Fallen Kell (165468) writes "Space shuttle Discovery's Wednesday night launch has been cancelled. A possible leak in the external fuel tank was discovered which prompted the cancellation of the launch. CNN reports that the launch may occur on Thursday evening at 8:49pm."

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