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Researchers Working On Crystallizing Light

Salgat Re:Finally!! (129 comments)

Honestly, I'm just getting sick of going to Slashdot comments and seeing the top posts all being jokes instead of insightful and interesting discussions. On this submission alone I see 3 of the top 5 posts are just jokes; white noise that I have to sift through to find actual information.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Salgat Re:None, seriously, none. (471 comments)

I disagree here. The biggest issues with phones is that you have to shut off the screen and put it back into your pocket every time you use it. A smartwatch that removes the need for all this could be a very convenient innovation; especially if the screen can dynamically expand to your needs. Obviously today's technology is still very basic for flexible (OLED) screens, but maybe in the future we will have something that works much better.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Salgat Re:So what exactly is the market here. (729 comments)

The phone is an intermediary; you really don't want to have to carry around this big square in your pocket and have to pull it out everytime you want to use it. The future will likely be something wearable, whether it be a smart watch that can do everything a phone does or perhaps smart glasses. Who knows.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Salgat Re:Lua[0]? (728 comments)

But it represents an offset. An index of 0 represents no offset from the start, 1 is a single offset from the start, etc. It makes perfect sense. I'm not saying using 1 as the start doesn't make perfect sense either, it's just a different way of representing the data.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Salgat Re:Today's business class is the 70s' economy clas (812 comments)

You're right. I'll just take a boat to visit my family in China. Or better yet, I'll pay $10,000 instead of $1,500 for that round trip ticket just so that I have enough leg room to feel some form of comfort on my 10 hour flight. Yeah, that sounds reasonable. The simple fact is that flying is no longer a convenience but for many is a necessity. Not all businesses are willing to pay for business class and not all people can afford the extra couple days to travel by car or train.

about two weeks ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

Salgat Re:No, it's not anonymous. It's full tracking. (261 comments)

I'd agree but these are on public roads paid for by taxes; they need heavy regulation if it shows significant improvement towards safety. I'm not either in support or against this proposal but if they can show data backing this idea, I'd likely agree with it.

about three weeks ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Salgat Re:Not surprising (506 comments)

Once driverless cars become standard things like the steering wheel will become a thing of the past as people will want to shift towards more convenient and comfortable setups. A driver's license will quickly become a thing of the past and trust me, very few people will want to drive manually when they can be watching movies, surfing facebook, etc all while laying on their recliner.

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Salgat Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (427 comments)

I've just started learning C++ and C++11 makes things so much easier and they add desperately needed features such as threading and smart pointers which reduces the need for including more libraries. If anything, C++11 simply expands the standard library to include more functions that you'd otherwise have more difficult solutions for or have to include libraries for (such as BOOST, from which many features come from). I love what they are doing with C++11 and hope that the next major update includes even more features to make it an even more complete language (such as Python, which has countless standard libraries, far more than C++, that no one seems to be complaining about).

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Salgat Re:Read the source code (430 comments)

If source code was written in human language I'd agree.

about a month and a half ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

Salgat Re:The appearance of being busy (135 comments)

The whole point of this article is that you burn out and become unproductive if you bust your ass, pump out all your work in 5 hours, then are expected to keep that going for another 5 hours, rinse and repeat everyday for the rest of your life. Humans are complex machines that don't have an on and off button; you have to consider the human element as a core part of productive output.

about a month and a half ago
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French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

Salgat Re:Perspective (111 comments)

They are doing it to increase revenue/future profit. This is a long term strategy, don't be fooled into thinking they are doing this to be charitable. I think it's great because it means they will have more money to invest in infrastructure in the future.

about a month and a half ago
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Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating

Salgat Re:Not sure how well this will stop cheating (122 comments)

It makes it much more difficult, since cheating to get a few points is a lot different than cheating 10-20 points to pass. The end result is that cheating will have much less impact on the results.

about a month and a half ago
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An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

Salgat Re: Citing Wikipedia (189 comments)

The problem is if one of those sources no longer exists. Now you have a trusted news source stating something as fact with a source from another trusted new sources but no way to actually verify the origin of the source. This results in a lie on Wikipedia transforming into an unverified claim that may not be able to be proven true or false, giving it much more legitimacy than before.

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

Salgat Re:Cell and battery production in same plant (95 comments)

China taking advantage of outsourcing afforded it the ability to provide rural workers with low wage factory jobs. As more rural workers transitioned to these factory jobs, a middle class started to develop. This eventually led to internal demand for the products they were producing (since you had enough people with low but decent wage jobs), which ultimately results in China having a strong enough middle class to create jobs for their own demand, not just the demand of other countries. China is arriving at the point where they can start manufacturing higher end goods/services that can be sold within their own country, just like 1st world countries.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Salgat Re:I will invest in that. (168 comments)

He used it correctly in other parts of his statement. What likely happened is that he just had a typo and does know the correct meaning.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Salgat Re:surpising (168 comments)

You don't need a profit to benefit your investors. As long as your company grows in value, all those who own a share in the company see their own value also increase. Amazon is likely only around because of their long term strategy, which has afforded them the ability to remain relevant through fast shipping, large selection, and their media presence.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Salgat Re:IBM (383 comments)

Heaven forbid other people who happen to be from different countries compete for your job, right? I have no problem with immigrants and others coming to our country to earn a living. You have to remember, these people will be using their skills for American companies, their salaries for American taxes, and as an added benefit, they can help themselves and their family to earn a better living (which yes, is a good thing because they are humans, people just like us). I have family in China that benefit strongly from outsourcing and I'll be damned if outsourcing hasn't brought hundreds of millions out of crippling $1/day poverty. We work in a global economy now, your cushy jobs with little competition no longer exist, and I feel no sympathy for you losing that.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Salgat Re:I guess they won't need any more foreign Visas? (383 comments)

It amazes me that people need to realize that skillset is just one factor in compensation. There is a reason why even lawyers can have a hard time finding a good paying position; it's because they, just like programmers, have to compete for high paying jobs. More competitors means more selection and less monetary incentive required by the employer to hire people.

about 2 months ago
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New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

Salgat Changing everything is not always a good thing (204 comments)

While it is good to change something if need be, it can be very detrimental to be overexcited, ready to change everything to how you see fit, and end up causing a lot more problems that solving. On the lower levels you'll especially see this with power hungry over ambitious managers who take advantage of their role to completely change how things are done, regardless of whether the old way actually worked. The best way to "shake things up" is to slowly transition and test your new ideas so you don't create a mess in the process.

about 2 months ago

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