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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Shinobi Re:I know this! (555 comments)

FSN was pretty fun to toy around with.

And being able to visualize the filetree helped people who were less abstraction-oriented and more practically oriented to understand the layout of the filesystem, from my experience in school.

about a week ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Shinobi Re:Trader Joe's Could Help (323 comments)

What taste buds? The ones I know who actually enjoy that kind of chocolate are all people who have an impaired sense of taste.

about two weeks ago
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French Health Watchdog: 3D Viewing May Damage Eyesight In Children

Shinobi Re:I'm not a scientist... (99 comments)

Yeah, about 25% of all humans have neurologically impared depth perception, ranging from mild to complete disability.

I have mild problems with it, and stereographic imaging(3D glasses, VR HMD's) gives me eyestrain within 5-10 minutes and a blistering headache at 20-30min....

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Alone Won't Solve ISP Throttling Abuse, Here's Why

Shinobi Re:A definition of net neturality (200 comments)

"As usual the US, the supposed beacon of capitalism, has cocked it up. Most homes are serviced by one ISP. And with the power that gives them, not only don't they give you a choice in the priority of your traffic (which admittedly would be a big ask), they erect pay walled gardens, and then they actively interfere with outside traffic to force you to use them. They do this in secret, and seem to have no trouble telling direct outright lies about it when queried."

Actually, that's the natural evolution for capitalism when you couple it with a government that is either unwilling or too weak to keep the corporations in check. It's been empirically proven time after time, even before the term capitalism was invented. Look at the Hansa in northern europe during the middle ages and up until the renaissance for example. Or the various East India companies. The list just goes on and on.

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Alone Won't Solve ISP Throttling Abuse, Here's Why

Shinobi Re:nope (200 comments)

Voice communication is incredibly latency sensitive. As low as 100ms, it starts to cause disruptions in how people talk to each other.

about three weeks ago
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Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

Shinobi Re:Exact mathematical value isn't the ideal (239 comments)

"I'll tell you now that I wouldn't rely on a FPU instruction to be anywhere near accurate. If I was doing anything serious, I'd be plugging into Maple, Matlab, Mathematica and similar who DO NOT rely on hardware instructions. And just because two numbers "add up" on the computer, that's FAR from a formal proof or even a value you could pass to an engineer."

That depends on what kind of FPU you are using. The Power 6/Power 7 Decimal Floating Point unit is sufficiently accurate for engineering use

about a month and a half ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Shinobi Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

Nobel's will has a lot of power. All prizes are handed out according to the rules and guidelines expressed within the will.

As for the money, the Nobel Foundation manages the investments, and pays out the money for the Prizes. The rules are VERY difficult to change, to the point that you can describe it as borderline impossible.

about a month and a half ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Shinobi Re:Not the first time: Cabibbo (276 comments)

Actually, according to the rules of the Prize, as laid down in the will and testament, yes, it is supposed to. Nobel did NOT want to award only "pure" theoretical science, he wanted to award those scientists and engineers who actively helped mankind. The language of the will and testament is VERY clear and specific, and a common goal for all the Prize is for the practical betterment of mankind and society.

about a month and a half ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Shinobi Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

It's also a scientific breakthrough, with what they did. But, the prize is also meant to promote science that affects society and mankind directly.

about a month and a half ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Shinobi Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

Physics and Chemistry are handled by SUB-committes of KVA, and in PRACTICE, they cross-reference a lot. And while Karolinska Sjukhuset are responsible for the physiology/medicine prize, they in practice cross-reference with the chemistry and physics sub-committes at KVA.

about a month and a half ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Shinobi Re:One of the worst awards ever (276 comments)

The guidelines for the Nobel Prizes are that they SHOULD factor in practical advancement for mankind. And, in that regard, blue LEDs are a MUCH more critical achievement. Nobel did NOT want to reward "pure" theoretical research done in isolation, he wanted scientists and engineers to actively work towards real-world goals.

about a month and a half ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Shinobi Re:Pointless arguments year after year (276 comments)

Huh? Motivations unknown to the public? Holy crap, then you are uneducated....

The physics and chemistry prizes are awarded by Kungliga Vetenskapsakademien(Royal Academy of Science), whose everyday task is to promote science. In accordance with the rules laid down in the will, they are tasked with promoting science that leads to advancement for mankind. Thus, by necessity, they promote science that leads to practical advancements and not just "pure" theoretical advancements.

The Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine is awarded by Karolinska Sjukhuset(A fairly renowned hospital with a significant research and education division). As above, their task, as laid down in the will, is to promote science by rewarding practical progress that leads to the betterment of mankind, and not just "pure" theoretical research.

The Nobel Prize in Litterature is awarded by Svenska Akademien, whose task in awarding the Nobel Prize is by following the rules of the will, which is in fact somewhat problematic, because if they were to strictly follow the rules, they'd no longer be able to hand out any prize at all, due to how litterary styles and tastes have changed.

The Nobel Peace Prize is handed out by the Norwegian Nobel Committe, which is selected by the Norwegian Parliament, according to the rules set out in the will.

about a month and a half ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Shinobi Re:Blue LED should've never been awarded. (276 comments)

In that case, you'd never award any Nobel Prize, since pretty much anything can hurt people

about a month and a half ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Shinobi Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

The Peace Prize was set up by Nobel in his will

The economy prize, however, is not a Nobel prize.

about a month and a half ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Shinobi Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

The red visible light LED was just a small progression from the infrared LED. The blue LED required MASSIVE fundamental physics research to even lay the foundation for it being possible.

You can read the scientific background on the Nobel Prize website.

Someone on StackExchange also summed it up like this:
"The invention of MOCVD technology for growing crystals (early 1970s);
Finding the right recipe to grow good GaN by MOCVD (i.e., use a sapphire substrate, start with a low temperature step then switch to high temperature, etc.) (mid-1980s);
Finding the right recipe to grow p-type GaN (what dopant to use (Mg), in what concentration, and what annealing / treating recipe to use to make the Mg dopants actually work and reduce the number of unintended n-type dopants that were canceling it out) (early 1990s);
Once all that was in place, find good structures to make LEDs (e.g. if you can also grow InGaN then you can make quantum wells) (early-to-mid 1990s)."

about a month and a half ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Shinobi Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

Also, keep in mind that the Peace Prize is not awarded by the main Nobel Committe, but instead the Norwegian Nobel Committe, which is selected by the norwegian parliament.

And, as one of the many Norway jokes go:

Why are there no mental asylums in Norway?
It'd cost too much to wall and roof the entire country....

about a month and a half ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Shinobi Re:Seems to me he has a point! (276 comments)

Holonyaks research was just an immediate continuation of the infrared LED research. The blue LED otoh required a lot of fundamental materials research etc before the foundation to start actually trying to build them was in place...

about a month and a half ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Shinobi Re:Maybe (276 comments)

You are almost correct. If you read the scientific background for the decision, you'll see that the blue LED was a real breakthrough, requiring a lot of fundamental physics research, while Holonyak's own papers show that he was more involved in further evolution of existing LEDs. Holonyak didn't actually invent the original LEDs, and those who did are dead, and the Nobel Prize is never awarded posthumously.

As someone on StackExchange summed it up too:

"The invention of MOCVD technology for growing crystals (early 1970s);
Finding the right recipe to grow good GaN by MOCVD (i.e., use a sapphire substrate, start with a low temperature step then switch to high temperature, etc.) (mid-1980s);
Finding the right recipe to grow p-type GaN (what dopant to use (Mg), in what concentration, and what annealing / treating recipe to use to make the Mg dopants actually work and reduce the number of unintended n-type dopants that were canceling it out) (early 1990s);
Once all that was in place, find good structures to make LEDs (e.g. if you can also grow InGaN then you can make quantum wells) (early-to-mid 1990s)."

The Blue LED inventors were awarded the prize because they managed to put together a lot of pieces of highly original research, and doing something that was in fact considered impossible for quite a while by many LED researchers.

about a month and a half ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Shinobi Re:Cost of government-provided services (346 comments)

Actually, it's not subsidized. The municipalities get loans to build it out, loans that then have to be repaid. Then commercial ISP's rent capacity to offer services to the consumers. Commercial ISP's that generally refuse to build out such networks themselves, it should be mentioned.

about a month and a half ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Shinobi Re:not complicated...monopology (346 comments)

Sweden is a bit larger than California. If you compare with the east coast, you take all of New England, all of New York(the state), all of Pennsylvania, and add a few thousand extra square kilometers, and you match Sweden's size.

Population is a bit over 9M

Thing is, you can get 100/100 in places in Sweden where US people would be stuck with ADSL or satellite at best. Such as in Karesuando for example. Little village almost as far north as you can get in Sweden, 300 inhabitants. Municipal fibre available. IIRC, 8 different commercial ISP's compete over that municipal network. https://goo.gl/maps/1gHta

about a month and a half ago

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