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H-1B Cap Reached Today; Didn't Get In? Too Bad

Sc4Freak Re:talent! (512 comments)

Uh, it's pretty well known that all of the big tech companies pay quite well. In the pacific northwest (Amazon, Microsoft) H-1B salaries for graduates with 4-year bachelor's degrees start at around $100k, fresh out of college. It's even higher in Silicon Valley (Facebook, Google, Apple, etc.), although it's offset by higher living costs.

about a year ago

Why Linux On Microsoft Surface Is a Tough Challenge

Sc4Freak Re:...Not so much (561 comments)

Since when can you install Linux on an iPad?

about a year and a half ago

Surface RT vs. iPad: a Comparison

Sc4Freak Re:A very MS centric blog indeed... (357 comments)

The other day, MS's engineering team did an AMA on reddit where they answered the question of screen resolution:

Hey this is Stevie. Screen resolution is one component of perceived detail. The true measure of resolvability of a screen called Modulation Transfer Function (MTF), not Pixels. MTF is a combination of both contrast and resolution. There are over a dozen subsystems that effect this MTF number.. Most folks just focus on one number out of dozens that effect perceived detail. Without good contrast resolution decreases. Check out contrast sensitivity of the human eye graph ( and if you want more see the links below. Basically, as resolution/DPI increases the eye has becomes less sensitive. So as a result, the amount of light in a room and the reflections off the screen have a huge effect on the contrast of the display. In fact, a small amount of reflection can greatly reduce contrast and thus the perceived resolution of the display. With the ClearType Display technology we took a 3 pronged approach to maximize that perceived resolution and optimize for battery life, weight, and thickness. First prong, Microsoft has the best pixel rendering technology in the industry (cleartype 1.0 and 2.0) .. these are exclusive and unique to Windows, it smooths text regardless of pixel count. Second, we designed a custom 10.6” high-contrast wide-angle screen LCD screen. Lastly we optically bonded the screen with the thinnest optical stack anywhere on the market.. something which is more commonly done on phones we are doing on Surface. While this is not official, our current Cleartype measurements on the amount of light reflected off the screen is around 5.5%-6.2%, the new IPad has a measurement of 9.9% mirror reflections (see the displaymate link: Doing a side by side with the new iPad in a consistently lit room, we have had many people see more detail on Surface RT than on the Ipad with more resolution.

Some more links to share if you want to know more ( Also This is a great book to read if you really want to get into it: or more here

So it seems that Microsoft has data that suggests that, despite the lower resolution, the Surface has greater precieved detail than the iPad. (although I find it annoying that they've muddied the waters by re-using trademarks - they've repurposed "Cleartype Display" as the MS equivalent of Apple's "Retina Display")

about 2 years ago

Knight Trading Losses Attributed To Old, Dormant Software

Sc4Freak Re:The NYSE shouldn't reverse trades. (223 comments)

I use a method by the late great Harry Browne he called failsafe investing.

Here is the summary. Divide your investment into quarters.
25% S&P 500 stocks
25% 30 year Treasury Bonds
25% 100% Treasury Money Market (If you can find one. They pretty much all went under after they put FDIC on money markets)
25% Gold Bullion Coins
The beauty of it is that when anything bad happens it is usually people running from one of these to another. This allows you to automatically buy low and sell high.

So in other words it's like traditional portfolio theory except worse?

about 2 years ago

Knight Trading Losses Attributed To Old, Dormant Software

Sc4Freak Re:The NYSE shouldn't reverse trades. (223 comments)

That isn't true. The pure idiocy and stupidity rampant in American politics means that the US government can default, just like they came close to doing a while ago. That's why the rating on government bonds was dropped to AA - the fact that default was even being considered as a possibility is utterly mindboggling.

Economically there's no reason why the government would ever default. Instead it's the pure unadultered retardation of the politicans in this country that have ensured that an investment that should be risk-free, actually isn't. And that's just so insane that I still have trouble believing that we actually managed to get ourselves into this situation.

about 2 years ago

Acer: Microsoft Surface 'Negative For The Whole PC Industry'

Sc4Freak Re:2013 (360 comments)

Regardless, those are activations... not sales. Microsoft counts the number of times money has exchanged hands for a copy of their product, not the number of times people hit the "Activate Windows Now" button.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Office 2013 Not Compatible With Windows XP, Vista

Sc4Freak Re:DirectX? (711 comments)

I'm sorry to have to ask this, but are you retarded? Honestly.

Hardware acceleration means that the drawing/animations/etc are done faster, more efficiently, and with lower power. And if you don't have hardware acceleration available, it falls back to software. There is not a single conceivable case in which you would prefer software over hardware-accelerated rendering - if it's available the hardware does the same thing, except faster and more efficiently. If you prefer to do everything in software, feel free to rip the graphics card from your PC and go back to your P-133.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Kills Windows Gadgets Via Security Update

Sc4Freak Re:Misinformed Title (161 comments)

This is a fix-it update, which doesn't appear through windows update and isn't pushed out through WSUS...

more than 2 years ago

Free Desktop Software Development Dead In Windows 8

Sc4Freak Re:Wait, what now? (462 comments)

The Windows SDK won't ship with MSVC, but Visual Studio Express 11 still does. Visual Studio Express 11 still includes the full compiler toolkits and you're free to use those however you want as you could with the Windows SDK. But the IDE itself will only support creation of Metro-style projects.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Redesigns chkdsk For Windows 8, Improves NTFS Health Model

Sc4Freak Re:Error correction? (219 comments)

ReFS (Win8) and ZFS (Solaris) already exist and are production-ready. There's btrfs for Linux but it's still early in development and is far from usable.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Redesigns chkdsk For Windows 8, Improves NTFS Health Model

Sc4Freak Re:refs (219 comments)

You'd have to be pretty crazy to use ReFS on a removable drive. ReFS is a direct competitor to ZFS, and is designed for use in enterprise and high-integrity systems, not on your USB thumbstick.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Redesigns chkdsk For Windows 8, Improves NTFS Health Model

Sc4Freak Re:New options? (219 comments)

Er, because any filesystem can have nonfatal minor errors? For example a filesystem that uses a bitmap to track free space (like NTFS does) can have that bitmap corrupted by bad sectors or whatever. Things like that are sufficiently simple that you can attempt a repair while the volume is online, without major risk of failure.

more than 2 years ago

German Court Grants Motorola Xbox and Windows 7 Sales Ban

Sc4Freak Re:What I want to know is... (163 comments)

The German courts and legal system doesn't listen to the US judge. That much is patently obvious, because the US has no jurisdiction in Germany.

But Motorola is a US company who does business in the US. Hence it must abide by US laws and rulings. The US judge said to Motorola, "even if you win the case in Germany, you must not follow through on the ban on MS products in Germany until I have made my ruling here." That doesn't infringe on German jurisdiction.

more than 2 years ago

Arise SIR Jonathan Ive

Sc4Freak "Arise Sir Jonathan Ive"? (183 comments)

In ceremony of knighting, the knight-elect kneels on a knighting-stool in front of The Queen, who then lays the sword blade on the knight's right and then left shoulder.

After he has been dubbed, the new knight stands up, and The Queen invests the knight with the insignia of the Order to which he has been appointed, or the Badge of a Knight Bachelor.

Contrary to popular belief, the words 'Arise, Sir ...' are not used.


more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Has Lost $5.5 Billion On Bing Since 2009

Sc4Freak Re:Microsoft & its Shareholders (217 comments)

Microsoft pays a regular dividend to its shareholders, unlike most other tech companies. It's not exactly rocket science that a regular dividend suppresses a company's stock price.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Has Lost $5.5 Billion On Bing Since 2009

Sc4Freak Re:It's an investment. (217 comments)

WPF is still supported, though, and will continue to be for years to come (if not decades). Microsoft never drops support for a widely used technology until it's well and truly obsolete. Heck, VB6's support date doesn't end until 2020. By that point, it'll be old enough to drink, vote, and serve in the army.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft: No Windows 8 ARM Support For x86 Apps

Sc4Freak Re:But what we all want to know is... (413 comments)

This has already been answered by MS, and the answer is "mostly". Windows 8 for ARM is restricted to "Metro" apps. The available languages for developing Metro apps are C++, C#, VB.NET, or JS+HTML5. All of these, except for C++, can run on both platforms without changes.

more than 2 years ago

Why Patent Reform Won't Happen Anytime Soon

Sc4Freak MS is already a strong proponent of patent reform (110 comments)

Er, the big tech companies are exactly the ones who are pushing hard for patent reform. Microsoft and Google are two of the biggest pushers for patent reform - they both spend a stupendously large amount of money on defensive patents and fighting lawsuits so it makes sense from a business perspective. Microsoft itself has gone before Congress and the Supreme Court a number of times, urging them to reform U.S. patent laws. I don't know what is preventing Congress from enacting patent reforms, but it certainly isn't the big tech companies.

more than 2 years ago

Mario Gets a Portal Gun In New Indie Game

Sc4Freak Re:Oh dear... (85 comments)

Absolutely correct. People have the misconception that making something free somehow absolves you of all copyright liability. Free may be less bad in the eyes of the copyright owner, but they still have every right to send a cease and desist.

I mean, if I was making my own games and somebdoy decided to take my work without permission and distribute it for free, I certainly wouldn't be happy about it.

about 3 years ago


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