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The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

Shinobi Re:yes, I've used a Professional Engineer. also a (118 comments)

Why look there only?

Look at all the software hiding behind various licenses that include clauses to try and escape responsibility?

Many EULA's from corps such as Microsoft and Adobe for example. Then there's Open Source licenses such as GPL and BSD.

That's actually an interesting engineering ethics issue: Can you, as a licensed software engineer, in good conscience release software under any license with such clauses, without totally violating your responsibilities and duties as an engineer?

My personal take on it is that no, you can't. Hence, I work as a freelancer, which means I can refuse contracts that would cause such a violation, or leave a project which institutes changes that would cause such a violation. All my contracts have clauses which clearly outline what my responsibilities are as a software engineer, including whistleblowing on unsafe practices.

2 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Shinobi Re:Atari 800 (617 comments)

"I'm surprised a Logitech mouse was listed, as any I've had, the buttons died within months."

Wtf do you do with yours? Use a pneumatic hammer when you need to click?

yesterday
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

Shinobi Re:I'm not going to stand for this (308 comments)

Which means you are an exception.

In fact, alternating between sitting and standing is generally a good way to keep healthy, unless you're one of the exceptions due to actual injuries/diseases.

For normal healthy individuals, it's good for prevention, and for fatty Blob McSlob's(who are fat of their own making, not actual valid diseases etc), it's a good way to mitigate health problems.

2 days ago
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Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

Shinobi Re:Problem with releasing an underpowered console (117 comments)

"The PS4 is better, being 50% faster (thanks to 50% more GPU resources),"

Actually, what makes the PS4 better is not the extra GPU resources, it's that they use GDDR5, so the system won't be starved for memory bandwidth. If the PS4 had used the same type of RAM as the XB1, it would have been as starved, with the same drop in performance. It's one of the well-known drawbacks of Unified Memory designs.

about a week ago
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To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

Shinobi Re:Stupid (179 comments)

Oops, that was supposed to be "NOT uncommon"

about two weeks ago
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To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

Shinobi Re:Stupid (179 comments)

Actually, using blueberries for marinades/sauces to go with beef, deer or elk/moose is uncommon.

about two weeks ago
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To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

Shinobi Re:Stupid (179 comments)

However, recent discoveries point out that it's not as clearcut as that. In fact, antioxidants can also increase the chance of cancer developing or even increasing cancer growth, by preventing formation of ROS, which disrupts signalling.

Antioxidants have already been linked to cancelling out the effects of excercise for the same reason, the antioxidants suppressing the ROS, which screws up the signalling.

about two weeks ago
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Scientist Quits Effort To Live-Blog Stem Cell Generation

Shinobi Claims? Try Busted for... (17 comments)

Several images have been shown to be edited/duplicated, one of the main authors has recommended that the papers should be pulled etc...

"Wakayama told NHK he is no longer sure the STAP cells were actually created. He was in charge of important experiments to check the pluripotency of the cells.

He said a change in a specific gene is key proof that the cells are created. He said team members were told before they released the papers that the gene had changed.

Last week, RIKEN disclosed detailed procedures for making STAP cells after outside experts failed to replicate the results outlined in the Nature article.
  Wakayama pointed out that in the newly released procedures, RIKEN says this change didn't take place.

He said he reviewed test data submitted to the team's internal meetings and found multiple serious problems, such as questionable images."

about two weeks ago
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Jimmy Carter: Snowden Disclosures Are 'Good For Americans To Know'

Shinobi Re:What does he have to hide? (289 comments)

Could be homosexual or asexual too

about three weeks ago
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Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

Shinobi Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (298 comments)

And the autonomous systems, while good enough for a high-altitude recon/ground attack vehicle such as the x47, are not good enough for a complex environment like air-to-air combat. One of the problems is computational abilities, another is even greater susceptibility to EW than human-piloted aircrafts.

Also, the programmed parameters can't hope to match everything that can happen during a mission.

about three weeks ago
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Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

Shinobi Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (298 comments)

It's not just a case of having a list of evasive maneuvers. You need fairly complex analysis to evaluate the threats in the environment, and selecting the evasive manuever that best fits, and then adapting that as the action continues.

about three weeks ago
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Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

Shinobi Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (298 comments)

For where you have a technological lead/EW superiority, that is true. However, assuming combat between fairly technologically equal parties, a lot will come down to pilots individual abilities.

about three weeks ago
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Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

Shinobi Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (298 comments)

Why manned fighters still have a place: Greater situational awareness, no radio link latency, not as sensitive to jamming.

Doesn't matter how many G's your drone can pull if you have 500ms latency, and your sensors are jammed. And if the radio frequencies are jammed, the drone is a sitting duck, following simple pre-defined actions, while a pilot can figure out a solution/act independently.

about a month ago
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Intel Announced 8-Core CPUs And Iris Pro Graphics for Desktop Chips

Shinobi Re:Needs an better DMI link / more PCI-e lanes (173 comments)

He's just bullshitting. He's been spamming the same drivel since at least the Sandy Bridge release, taking no heed to the fact that PCI-E speeds have increased also.

Hell, a PCI-E 4x slot of the 3.0 spec could handle 4 drives of the type in the Mac Pro he's mentioning, since 3.0 increased transfer capacity per lane to 985MB/s when run at 8GT/s.

A 16x slot PCI-E 3.0 slot handles stuff like Infiniband 12x(QDR) easily, which is 120Gbit/s...

about a month ago
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Intel Announced 8-Core CPUs And Iris Pro Graphics for Desktop Chips

Shinobi Re:DDR4? (173 comments)

And this is a well-known problem, ever since the SGI O2 with its UMA had the same problem. It had top-of-the-line memory bandwidth for a small desktop workstation at the time at 2.1GiB/s for the system RAM, but in terms of 3D performance etc, it was outperformed by what on paper was inferior predecessors unless the dataset was really large(And then the CPU couldn't keep up instead.....)

We already see some of the issues with the new Xbox, while the PS4 won't run into the issues quite as badly, due to going with GDDR5

about a month ago
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Intel Announced 8-Core CPUs And Iris Pro Graphics for Desktop Chips

Shinobi Re:Pointless (173 comments)

Anecdote time:

I used to have a dual core Athlon 64, and had a GF 9800GT, and Crysis had to be run at a really low res, with all graphics at bottom settings, and I always attributed that to the GPU.... Then I upgraded to a i5-2500.... And suddenly I could play Crysis at 1920x1080 and even pull up some of the settings to medium or even high... Because the CPU could suddenly keep the GPU fed...

about a month ago
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Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

Shinobi Re:Piracy prevention? (377 comments)

That's not to say that it's rare either. Fibre accounts for roughly a third of all subscriptions for wired internet access here in Sweden. xDSL is a bit over 40%, and cable taking up the slack.

about a month ago
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Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

Shinobi Re:I was wondering about that... (377 comments)

Decompression is, in general terms, computationally insignificant. However, the hardware acceleration support in DX was not for decompression, it was for 3D spatialization and effects. And those are NOT computationally insignificant for interactive scenes, especially not when you have a significant number of audio sources.

about a month ago
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Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

Shinobi Re:35 GB of uncompressed audio? (377 comments)

It was claimed that uncompressing the audio would tie up an entire core. The large amount is also because they stupidly install all languages at once, even if you select a specific language at installation time.

about a month ago
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Estimate: Academic Labs 11 Times More Dangerous Than Industrial Counterparts

Shinobi Re:Depends on what they are doing (153 comments)

Industry also has another thing that leads to increased safety: Avoidance of solvent stills for example. Another factor is that in industry, you often work in scale, which leads to avoiding highly exothermic reactions that work fine in academic lab scale, but goes BOOM when you scale it up above 10cl or so...

about a month and a half ago

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