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AMD FirePro W9100 16GB Workstation GPU Put To the Test

SJester Re:what? (42 comments)

This. I'm (90%) a scientist and I model some pretty nifty stuff. Our lab desktops have consumer GPUs. We write our code, run it for a bit, and if it looks good we send it over to the supercomputing center where it's run on Tesla systems. Beats the hell out of the days (before my time) when you'd have to stick a Post-It on your monitor that says" Do Not Turn Off - Working" and then come back three weeks later to find that it's crashed.

about a week ago
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Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job

SJester Re:Non-compete agreements are BS. (272 comments)

He won't actually tell them to do anything, just play "hot and cold" while they hold up business plans in front of him. "Warmer, warmer, you're getting close..."

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

SJester Re:224 miles round trip (365 comments)

MS has become more aggressive with opening stores. They're opening one in NY later this month, not sure why it took so long.

about a month ago
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Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

SJester Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

Sigh. Probably correct.

about a month ago
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Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

SJester Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

Except that the news is not going to stay here. I know that I'm outraged and will review it. Buyers may not read /. but I'm sure they'll read reviews before buying. Good God. Please tell me that people read reviews before buying an SSD.

about a month ago
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Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

SJester Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

But there's a good question hiding in all this. Like the two of you, I won't buy from a company that intentionally screwed customers. Yet manufacturers continue to trash their customer base by doing this. It has to be profitable, right? Which means that it's worth the risk, which means that some bean counter figured that the potential loss is outweighed by the gain. Yet here we see that it isn't. They've lost buyers... Unless much of these scams go unnoticed. So who else is screwing their customers now and has not been caught?

about a month ago
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HP Delivers a Big-Name, 7-inch Android Tablet For $100: Comes With Compromises

SJester Re:No bluetooth? (182 comments)

I use a BT keyboard sometimes and I often use BT headphones or speakers.

about 2 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

SJester Re:A firearm that depends on a battery? (1374 comments)

I These events might only happen once in a lifetime, but people would prefer to avoid taking the chance by simply removing the electronics from the equation.

These things only happen once in a lifetime pretty much by definition.

about 3 months ago
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The Amoeba That Eats Human Intestines, Cell By Cell

SJester Re:treatment (71 comments)

...a guy who impersonates a recreational fungus on the internet opinionatedly... FTFY

about 3 months ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

SJester Re:And so this is Costco's fault? (440 comments)

Anecdotal, but I have another. A friend is finishing her last semester at a major culinary institute; naturally, they generate a lot of spare food at the school. But they are not allowed to take any of it off the campus. Instead, it is destroyed, and for the same reason stated : the school would be sunk if someone contracted food poisoning and sued. The students and staff do eat but sign hefty waivers. Although I do wonder - Costco does at least sell this food under normal circumstances, so apparently they do have a means of dealing with potential suits. I suspect this is more that they don't have protection for this avenue of distribution, only for sale. I don't know how that works in legal terms though.

about 4 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

SJester Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

This is getting far off topic for what was intended as a funny thought. But fwiw this isn't an impulse or compulsion. This is a career. We know who is robbing the cars; he's picked up by the police about once a month. This has gone on for at least three years now. He steals change and electronics, then trades for food and weed. He has several routes he travels; when the neighborhood watch spots him they call the police. Lather, rinse, repeat for hundreds of thefts. In turn, he knows the members of the watch and waves hello to them when he isn't robbing cars. It's a genial relationship, much like you might have with the postman or meter reader. I don't care how great the pot is; he knows he will be caught at least once a month. His tactics haven't changed. But detention is not a deterrent for him. It's not like his time is precious anyhow. A jail sentence - maybe. Losing a year is much different than a week. And frankly, either way would be effective. If it deterred him, fantastic. Can't wait to see him go straight. And if he was not deterred, at least it's quiet for a year.

about 4 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

SJester Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

I can also airily wave my hand and claim evidence. In fact, I'll claim two centuries of data because that's how magic works. Your data likely only hold water if the punishment or risk remains the same. I'm pretty confident that if this guy were told on his fourth offense that his fifth offense would be met with summary dismemberment and no appeal process, he would likely consider retiring. I'm not proposing such an approach, of course. But it serves to illustrate the argument. People do reconsider when stakes are changed. Deterrents can be effective against a naive potential criminal because it is worked into their initial calculation. But recidivists have already made that calculation and feel it's worth the gamble. If you change the punishment, you change the equation.

about 4 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

SJester Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

What about deterrence? The guy who regularly robs cars in this neighborhood continues to do so even after multiple arrests. This is because the punishment is not severe enough to discourage him from pursuing his career. But if he were instead threatened with a mind-bending acid trip to hell, perhaps he'd find something else to do. Or he might like the trip. I don't know, he's kind of nuts.

about 4 months ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

SJester Re:Higher SAT scores, etc (529 comments)

Have you looked into Maker Spaces? I can recommend a couple in NY. NYC Resistor, for example, has Open Craft Nights where anyone can visit and use the basic tools; more importantly, you're surrounded by other talented amateurs who can help. They also have a laser cutter and a few 3D printers, although those have restrictions and usage fees imposed upon them. There is heavier equipment in the back with some more restrictions; IIRC, a PCB mill, a drill press, and a toaster oven repurposed as a solder reflow oven. I think what struck me most about my first visit to NYCR was the candy machine. Most of the machine was stocked with snacks but the bottom two rows held various breadboards, component packs, and some Arduinos. If you're in a metro area you likely have a Maker Space nearby.

about 4 months ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

SJester Re:Higher SAT scores, etc (529 comments)

I helped other students out, and not because it was required. These were my friends, and I understand why we all took the basic courses together. But when it came time for me to be helped out, there just wasn't any advanced program to turn to or tutors who could help me.

about 4 months ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

SJester Re:Higher SAT scores, etc (529 comments)

Er, I may have set my house on fire a bit. Slightly. No harm done except I looked odd without eyebrows for a while. Still, I like your plan in every other respect. But maybe gifted students should have sprinkler systems in their homes. Or maker spaces available where we could experiment safely.

about 4 months ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

SJester Re:Higher SAT scores, etc (529 comments)

This. I read books through most of my high school classes because holy hell it was ten minutes of basic instruction, then thirty minutes of repeating it slowly with diagrams. I did have amazingly high grades but little else to show for it. And I had great teachers; I just wish they were allowed to tell us what they really knew instead of the plodding pace we were constrained to by the, um, less gifted students. And as others here have pointed out, I did educate myself. But that hardly excuses being abandoned by my ostensible educators; figuring out chemistry on my own was certainly less effective than having an expert explain it. And I couldn't exactly put "autodidact" in the education section of my starting resume. I still don't get it. Those classmates still became taxi drivers and hash slingers and will never again use geometry; why did I not have Calculus II available until college? Why do we force unnecessary education on students who will not use it, while denying advanced topics to students who will treat it as an investment?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: DIY Computational Neuroscience?

SJester Pity it was posted anonymously (90 comments)

I'm a neuroscience doctoral student studying epileptogenic networks. I would have messaged you if I could.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?

SJester Re:Answer: HR departments (465 comments)

It was this, totally this. HR needs to do HR stuff, that's what they're there for. They make sure there's health insurance, no harassment, people go where they're supposed to, etc. But they're also the first line in the hiring process and that's where it falls apart. I can assume readers here are programmers or something similar. Imagine if you were tasked with writing new code, maintaining some legacy systems, and also with architecting the new building. Way out of your comfort zone, no? But companies think that it's reasonable to ask completely non-tech people to locate, filter, and vet technical people. HR tries to do it but ultimately turns to their IT department to write the req, and now it's a committee camel. An oddly specific committee camel which can locate exactly what it's told to, but will blithely walk past a superior alternative without recognizing it. rant warning (My contempt for HR doesn't extend to the many people who do their jobs competently. But just like every IT department has that bad team member who is marginalized or cut out for the damage they can do to a project, HR has its deadheads too. The difference is that they are in charge of my health insurance, contracts, etc. The best HR person is the same as any other best person in any department. They're the person who can a. recognize when they don't know something b. try to learn enough about it to talk and c. know when to call someone, and whom to call, when it isn't enough. ) /rant

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?

SJester Re:Answer: HR departments (465 comments)

This is completely true. I worked for a headhunter for a while. I was the tech guy who would interview prospects and translate their skills into bullet points for people who need to read bullet points. Meanwhile I had a relative who was a hiring manager at a large firm, so I got to see what happened when the job reqs were sent from IT to HR, what happened when HR put out those reqs, and what happened when I would try to explain to them that Skill X is equivalent to or superseded by Skill Y, and that for example the lack of familiarity with Q was not a showstopper. HR is not populated by techs. These are people who are really good at filing and filling out forms, at shuffling paper, and at bearing up under my contempt for them. But I digress... A position would open up for a developer who was familiar with C++ and experienced with databases and had worked on, IDK, an IBM mainframe. HR would get the req and send it back up with a "Is C++ hardware or software? What model of databases? And is it ok if I should say "familiar with IBM" ?" Eventually the req goes out with "Must have three years of experience with C++, SQL Server, and System/370." This is a small, off-the-cuff and fictional example but it was repeated endlessly.

about 8 months ago

Submissions

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I am in ur OS, erasing ur filez.

SJester SJester writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SJester (1676058) writes "Malwarebytes slipped up and included atapi.sys on their list of malware. Users who ran Malwarebytes Anti-Malware after the second to last update were given the opportunity to delete a critical portion of their operating system. Many did and the company is now fast-tracking support requests from people who can no longer boot into Windows. They have since corrected the error in their most recent update.
Note: The URL linked to expresses an apology from Malwarebytes at the bottom, and express their attempts to suppress the story on the top of the page.
Quote from top of page: "This tutorial is property of Malwarebytes Corporation, and is not allowed to be copied or linked to by anyone who does not work for Malwarebytes. This tutorial is not covered under the GNU Free Document License, so please do not post this tutorial (or links to it) on your blog, MySpace, Facebook, Digg, etc. "

And from bottom: "We would like to convey out sincerest apologies to those who have suffered from this bug. Rest assured that the cause of this bug is fixed, and that we have taken steps to ensure that it will never happen again.""

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Journals

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Yesterday I discovered there is an achievement for writing a journal entry

SJester SJester writes  |  about a year ago

Perhaps today I'll discover what the journal is for.

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