UK and Germany To Collaborate On 5G
Are you talking about something like the Artemis pCell system?
Their claim is that every device essentially gets its own 5/10/20 MHz of spectrum. Will be interesting to see if it actually works as well as it's being hyped.
Schematics, Circuit Simulation and PCB in the Browser
My first thought was, "OK, great, but can I export to other tool formats (or even XML)?". Answer appears to be nope.
New iOS Keylogging Vulnerability Discovered
Yes, but isn't that under the user's control? The iOS user decides if apps auto-update or not, correct?
How I Lost My Google Glass (and Regained Some Faith In Humanity)
On tonight's episode of "First World Problems": Bunny lost her Google Glass! Oh noes!!!
HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers
That hammering sound you hear?
Yes, that's the sound of the last nail being hammered into HP's coffin.
Obama Nominates Vice Admiral Michael Rogers New NSA Chief
Serious question, not a semantic game: What is the difference between a cryptologist (as Rogers is described) and a cryptographer?
A quick search didn't turn up any answers that inspired confidence, I figured there must be people here who can answer...
TrueCrypt Master Key Extraction and Volume Identification
Nice try, NSA.
Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?
Not to nitpick, but I believe it was the throttle, not the pedal, which was stuck open in the recent court cases.
The whole point of the evidence provided was that the throttle position could become decoupled from the commanded throttle (i.e., pedal position) due to defects in Toyota's Electronic Throttle Control.
Tech Startup Buffer Publishes Every Employee's Salary, Right Up To the CEO
I'm sorry, but it's hard for me to respect any firm that employs multiple people under the title "Happiness Hero". What exactly is it that a "Happiness Hero" does?
This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America
Huh, imagine that.
Bank of America saying that a "central counterparty" is required to verify the transaction and mitigate risk. Wonder if they have anyone in mind?
Ask Slashdot: Best Language To Learn For Scientific Computing?
Is there any Perl that /doesn't/ look like the output of AES? I look back at some of my one-liners from a year ago, and it's like, "WTF?!?!"
Ask Professor Kevin Fu About Medical Device Security
So, what happened? Where is the amazing Mr. Fu and his wonderful, dazzling insights? All I hear is crickets.
The Most WTF-y Programming Languages
I'm sure he still writes his website's back-end in C++ too, lol.
But see there's the myopia (no offense intended). Who said anything about websites?
C and C++ are the go-to languages in embedded systems. There was a LOT of code before the World Wide Web (even the internet), and you've probably used 10 embedded systems just since you woke up.
You're welcome to stay on my lawn, but please don't poop on it.
Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?
FWIW, and I know this is anecdotal, but I upgraded my iPhone4 to iOS7 and found the moderate slowdown to be acceptable. Personally, I really enjoy & appreciate many of the changes.
One thing in particular that I appreciate, now when I take a photo, the screen isn't unresponsive for a couple seconds after taking the photo. Said another way, the camera feels much "snappier" (no pun intended), even for taking single photos. I found this surprising and a bit odd, since some other things are actually a tad less responsive after the udpate.
I'm not a moth that's drawn to bright lights, but iOS7 looked interesting enough that I figured it was worth a try. (That, and the fact that I'll replace my 3-year-old phone soon enough anyway, be it an iPhone or something else.)
Mind you, I've been around the block, and I was burned badly when I upgraded my iPhone 3G to iOS4 a few years back. Talk about an update bringing the phone to its knees! There were times when I'd press a button (usually while typing on the keyboard) and the phone wouldn't respond for 20 seconds. Talk about fucking the dog, that release had no business running on the 3G. Sure, it might have been a ploy to force people to upgrade their phones, but it really soured me.
Anyway, caveat emptor and all that, but if you've got an iPhone4, and you are on the fence about upgrading to iOS7, I would recommend you go for it. Just understand that certain things might not be quite as fast (power up being one of the most obvious, I haven't timed it but it's noticeably slower).
Bell Labs Break Record With 31Tbps Via a Single 7200km Optical Fibre
Reminds me of my first day (literally) on the job, out of school (EE/CE).
Tech lead held up a one-foot segment of wire (about 30cm for you metric-minded folks).
"Know what this is?"
"Yeah, a piece of wire."
"Yes, but it's also memory. This holds one bit." Then he held up a longer piece and said "And this holds a byte." Then he went on to explain (really, remind me) about propagation times, eye diagrams, etc....
Electrical Engineering Labor Pool Shrinking
Serious question, as I suspect there are quiet a few EE / CE folks here...
If your background (or degree) is in computer architecture / computer engineering, are you a "double E"?
Reason I ask: my degree is B.S.E.E., I'm an electrical engineer. In my studies, my concentration / specialization was "Computer Architecture" (one of a handful of specialties with our EE dept.) All EEs had to choose one specialization (signals & systems, power, etc.)
But at many schools, there are standalone "Computer Engineering" curriculums and even degrees. Upon discussion, I've realized they're essentially to what I did as a "double E" (including the other coursework such as circuit analysis, signals, etc.)
I guess my question is this: what do we consider to be an "electrical engineer"? (Please no snarky remarks about "what does your degree say?" or whatever - I'm working with a bunch of young engineers - mixture of EE, CE and CS, and this discussion got pretty lively within the group...) Would a "computer engineer" be an electrical engineer?
Ask Slashdot: IT Spending In Engineering?
First of all, an organization where almost 50% of the staff (900 out of 2,000) is engineering sounds cool -- even most "technology" companies are much lower than that. When you consider marketing, sales, admin, HR, upper management, support, etc. it's easy to see why. But that's beside the point.
As others have said (and I'm saying this both as a guy whose been pitched to, and been doing the pitch), in a healthy organization, it just comes down to numbers (dollars, man hours, etc.) When I've been the decision maker, if a decent business case can be made for the spending, assuming the money is even possibly available, I'll go to bat and advocate (or just approve if I'm in that position). Things like monitors, faster computers, etc. translate pretty nicely into engineer productivity. And I've usually had data to back that up.
When I've been the one asking for money, I try to give 2 or 3 different "models" or scenarios, with anticipated costs and anticipated savings (or increase in productivity), **along with** ways that I believe we can demonstrate/measure the benefit. Just saying "We'll be 25% more productive" is vague and wishy-washy. Saying, "We think we'll cut 3 weeks off of this next 4 month cycle" is something that can be measured during & after the effort. Obviously, you don't just want to make stuff up, but if the numbers are grounded in reality, go for it.
For the stuff I do, it's usually not computers or software, it's oscilliscopes, logic analyzers, simulators, etc. But the result is the same: better equipment/tools should have a quantifiable benefit. Then there is a rational, unemotional basis for discussion. And even better, when you don't get what you've proposed, and things go sideways (usually schedule), you've got a paper trail documenting what you proposed as an alternative.
PDP-11 Still Working In Nuclear Plants - For 37 More Years
For those of you too young to know that you shouldn't be on my lawn...
If you're using (or have used) an MSP430 from Texas Instruments, you've used what is essentially a stripped-down version of the PDP-11.
My entire career has been spent doing embedded systems designs, and the little MSP430 is a great little chip. (Sometimes I wish it had been at the heart of the Arduino, but that's a different discussion!)
Even though most of my work nowadays is on the upper end of the ARM Cortex family, I still love me the occasional MSP430 (or other small embedded processor) design
Altering Text In eBooks To Track Pirates
What happens when a legitimate purchaser/owner has the file stolen/copied from his computer? Viruses, friends using his computer, old discarded & unwiped hard drive....
Now the copyright mafia comes banging on his door claiming he uploaded/pirated the book? WTF???
Just like taking an IP address and suing the user/owner of that IP for uploading music/movies, this tactic has no teeth. Unless someone has corroborating evidence, there's no proof that *I* am the source of the uploaded file. Only that it is the file that I originally purchased.
The whole copyright system, and behaviors of content owners, has gotten completely out of control...
2013 U.S. Wireless Network Tests: AT&T Fastest, Verizon Most Reliable
Sprint is the only cellphone company that has treated me like a person. But -- here in Washington DC -- their service is garbage.
Funny, I had exactly the opposite experience with Sprint (this was several years ago, in Los Angeles). Their service was reliable and inexpensive (relatively speaking), but their customer service wasn't worthy of sitting in my toilet bowl.
I'm generally a patient guy, but their shit customer service brought me to a boil. I'd detail my harrowing experiences with those fuckers, but it would probably take a year off my life to re-live the horror.
I'm honestly acknowledging that things might be much better now, but why roll the dice and give them another chance when I don't have to right now?
From what you wrote, it sounds like they've gotten their customer service straightened out. I guess that's a step in the right direction...