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Adaptation From Flash Boys Offers Inside Look at High-Frequency Trading

Smerta Re:Forbit all HFT (246 comments)

I was just out of university. My mentor, who was an awesome guy and whose name a lot of people here would know, came over to me on my first day of work. He held up a 3 meter piece of wire.

"Do you know what this is?", he asked. I'm sure I had a confused look on my face ("Ummmm... a piece of wire?!?")

"It's a byte. This 8-foot piece of wire can hold about 8 bits." Now I had a confused look on my face, I'm sure. Back then, my high-speed digital stuff was 10s of MHz probably.

What ensued was a fascinating, Socrates-like back-and-forth about electromagnetism, computer memory, impedance matching, and much, much more.

Every new grad should be so lucky to have such a mentor.

about two weeks ago
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North Korea: Male University Students Required To Get Kim Jong-un Haircuts

Smerta Dubious company (110 comments)

..."we called it the "Chinese smuggler haircut"

So I guess the "murdering dictator haircut" is in good company.

about three weeks ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

Smerta Re:I'm waiting for Courtney Love to confirm... (491 comments)

Or how about Mary Schiavo? After all, she was spot-on when she stated that "even a small black hole would swallow the entire universe". Ugh. (I'll also fault CNN's Don Lemon for even entertaining the question of black holes in some way causing this...)

I can tolerate ignorance, mostly... what I can't tolerate is talking-head "experts" spouting off utter nonsense as if it was fact.

about three weeks ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

Smerta Re:US Intel Said this on Day 1 (491 comments)

Not doubting you, but could you provide a link or two to these early reports? I've been trying to follow this pretty closely, but I don't recall hearing anything like this.

about three weeks ago
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New Information May Narrow Down Malaysian Jet's Path

Smerta Re:CNN's Black Hole theory... (227 comments)

When I heard that exchange at an airport, I wanted to reach through the TV screen and strangle both of those idiots.

Look, not everyone's a scientist or engineer, but don't just start spouting off shit like you know what you're talking about. Lemon's question was inane, but Schiavo's answer was so absurd, my fourth-grade daughter, who's recently learned /of/ black holes, tilted her head in a "WTF?!?!" kind of way when I replayed that video for her the next day.

about three weeks ago
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New Information May Narrow Down Malaysian Jet's Path

Smerta Re:CNN's Black Hole theory... (227 comments)

When I heard that exchange at an airport, I wanted to reach through the TV screen and strangle both of those idiots.

Look, not everyone's a scientist or engineer, but don't just start spouting off shit like you know what you're talking about. Lemon's question was inane, but Schiavo's answer was so absurd, my fourth-grade daughter, who's recently learned /of/ black holes, tilted her head in a "WTF?!?!" kind of way when I replayed that video for her the next day.

about three weeks ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

Smerta Sparkfun blew it (653 comments)

Sparkfun got caught with its hand in the cookie jar. Look, they're no longer 2 guys working out of their basement, it's a rather decent-sized operation that's capitalizing on the "Maker" wave. Good for them. But that doesn't let them play dirty pool. I'm not saying they commissioned the counterfeit design, I'd bet almost anything that some sweatshop in Shinzen has been stamping these things out for years.

It's clear that SparkFun over-reached on this one, the resemblance to Fluke meters goes way, way beyond the color. Others here have provided links and comparisons, they'll all correct.

One of my oldest & most durable meters, an HP 971A, is essentially the same yellow color, but no one is going to mistake it for a fluke: http://www.mytestsignal.com/wp...

Fluke isn't concerned about a legitimate competitor, they're worried about the typical cheap "10 cents on the dollar" Chinese knock offs that confuse consumers and de-value the Fluke brand.

about a month ago
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Kickstarted Veronica Mars Promised Digital Download; Pirate Bay Delivers

Smerta Well, that's a surprise (243 comments)

Well, that's certainly one of the bigger "Fuck You!" I've seen the studios hand out, and they've got a track record of some pretty big middle fingers to the "other 99%" of us. But my question is, "When is this going to stop?" Not as long as people are paying $25 to park their asses in a theater seat to watch Brad Pitt mumble around, or $19.99 for a DVD they'll watch once or twice.

about a month ago
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UK and Germany To Collaborate On 5G

Smerta Re:Spectrum is what we will need for 5G (82 comments)

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.

about a month ago
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Schematics, Circuit Simulation and PCB in the Browser

Smerta Export? (2 comments)

My first thought was, "OK, great, but can I export to other tool formats (or even XML)?". Answer appears to be nope.

about a month and a half ago
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New iOS Keylogging Vulnerability Discovered

Smerta Re:How to get compromised .. (72 comments)

Yes, but isn't that under the user's control? The iOS user decides if apps auto-update or not, correct?

about 2 months ago
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How I Lost My Google Glass (and Regained Some Faith In Humanity)

Smerta Sounds like a real problem! (124 comments)

On tonight's episode of "First World Problems": Bunny lost her Google Glass! Oh noes!!!

about 2 months ago
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HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

Smerta That hammering sound? (385 comments)

That hammering sound you hear?

Yes, that's the sound of the last nail being hammered into HP's coffin.

about 2 months ago
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Obama Nominates Vice Admiral Michael Rogers New NSA Chief

Smerta Cryptologist? (138 comments)

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...

about 3 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Smerta Re:Isn't it kind of obvious? (937 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago
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Tech Startup Buffer Publishes Every Employee's Salary, Right Up To the CEO

Smerta Happiness Hero? (229 comments)

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?

about 4 months ago
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This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America

Smerta Imagine that (276 comments)

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?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Language To Learn For Scientific Computing?

Smerta Re:Python (465 comments)

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?!?!"

about 6 months ago

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Toyota's Killer Firmware

Smerta Smerta writes  |  about 6 months ago

Smerta (1855348) writes "On Thursday, a jury verdict found Toyota's ECU firmware defective, holding it responsible for a crash in which a passenger was killed and the driver injured. What's significant about this is that this is the first time a jury heard about software defects uncovered by plaintiff's expert witnesses. An interesting summary of the defects discussed at trial is interesting reading, as well the transcript of court testimony. Wonder what the impact will be on self-driving cars?"
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