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Microsoft Rewarding Employees Who Phone It In

Traa Re:Wow! (280 comments)

Yes. Any work an employee does, even on free time, if it is in any way related to the companies business...the company will claim to own it.

Don't flame me if you don't agree. This is the general company message in the states. Microsoft's move is pretty bold. If my company would do this I would be ecstatic.

more than 3 years ago
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It's Official — AMD Will Retire the ATI Brand

Traa Re:Great news (324 comments)

Data latencies, like your "arrive in the same clock", can be hidden by pipe-lining.

Next paradigm which will hide latencies is to move threading into HW, which has already happened for GPU's in the form of shader threading. The move towards HW and SW support for parallel compute languages like OpenCL will realize the continued growth in computing capabilities for the foreseeable future (don't get me wrong, I'm talking just a decade or so).

Yes, I am an optimist :-)

more than 3 years ago
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Sentence Spacing — 1 Space or 2?

Traa Re:False assumption (814 comments)

People who indent with spaces should be shot. Indent with tabs all you want and I can view it the way I want (2 space, 4 space, etc.). If you use spaces instead of tabs, I'm going to have to take two seconds to run some elisp to fix it ;-)

People who indent with tabs should be shot. Indent with spaces all you want and I can view it the way IT WAS WRITTEN.

There, fixed that for you.

Really, using tabs only works in theory. You need to be pretty anal to never ever layout anything using spaces or the tabs argument breaks down. God forbid I line up some stuff to make it more readable.

Yeah, yeah...this is religion to some. My argument is as moot as yours. Kinda what I'm pointing out.

more than 3 years ago
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Fate of Terry Childs Now In Jury's Hands

Traa Re:I don't think so... (530 comments)

With respect to the "alternatives are far worse", you might want to read up a bit on how the legal system is implemented in The Netherlands and the rest of Europe or any other western civilizations around the globe for that matter.

The best case against your "juries" or dolts as you call them is to ask yourself how any higher courts work in the US. Do they have juries? I didn't think so.

more than 4 years ago
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When Will AI Surpass Human Intelligence?

Traa Re:When? (979 comments)

Looking at predictions that did not come true is interesting, but not half as interesting at looking at things that came true without being predicted. Even fairly recently:
- the internet
- social networking
- smart phones
- open source projects

Though some of those might have been predicted in some form this was typically without the prediction of the impact those things had on society.

more than 4 years ago
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Is Programming a Lucrative Profession?

Traa Re:No, it's $9 - Actual Reply to US Craigslist Pos (844 comments)

I totally agree, but would like to add the following:

John can be reached on the phone during my business hours.

Not the case with Rajesh. The turn around time of 24 hours for even the simplest thing that could be cleared up with a quick phone call has killed many a project for us.

more than 4 years ago
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Larry & Sergey To Cash In $5.5B of Google Chips

Traa Re:BFD (339 comments)

"by Anonymous Coward" is an anagram for "Dan Brown yoyoma suc"

just saying

more than 4 years ago
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OnLive One Step Closer

Traa Re:I'll believe it when I see it (175 comments)

They have been pretty open about latency issues. The server needs to be reasonably close (max 1000 miles) to keep round trip time below 80ms.

I am currently still a believer in this service. OnLive is not for the tiny hardcore gamers market who already have the best (expensive) equipment. I believe that OnLive might be able to get the casual gaming crowd introduced to high end gaming. Think Nintendo Wii target market, with PS3/XBOX360/High-end-PC gaming graphics. This market, not sensitive to the differences between OnLive and running the games native on your $5K gaming rig, could change the adoption rate of next gen games.

I sure hope it all works out.

more than 4 years ago
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Steve Jobs Crowned "Person of the Decade"

Traa Re:First decade of this millennium (346 comments)

"There was no year 0" should be placed in the context of the original folks who came up with the calendar and had it wrong. There have been various corrections to the calendar since, and calling the years xxx0 through xxx9 a decade is one of them.

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Technology Themes in James Cameron's Avatar

Traa Story is also pro-science (870 comments)

In the story the (good) scientists lose against the (bad) profit-over-anything-corporate backed "private" military. The indigenous where caught in the middle without a say. That message was so obvious it wasn't much of a political statement as it was an easy good guys vs bad guys setup.

But that is not why I enjoyed this must see movie.

more than 4 years ago
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The Science Credibility Bubble

Traa Re:Modern-Day Galileo (1747 comments)

There is actually a parallel between why the media jumped on Tiger and the science flub so badly. In both cases the media attention is strengthened by the idea of breaking an otherwise stable 'uninteresting' topic.

Tiger is important in the world (of entertainment). He is an awesome sportsman, successful, rich, married nice girl, blah, blah, whatever. Problem for the media has been that we already know all of this by now. There is rarely ever anything new, or better (media point of view) bad to report. Well...the car crash ignited this massive media blitz against him for the sake of _trying_ to bring the guy down to 'the rest of us'.

Science is also seen as uninteresting. It's all logical stuff done by smart folks that know what they are doing. Nothing to report on. Problem is that those boring and smug scientists are behind all this science that is telling us to change our lives, and we can't come up with any reasons to tell them to buzz off, because well...those reasons typically have to be scientific, and we can't beat them at their own game.
And up comes a reason we can slap them over the head with...they cheated, and we know all about that. You know what says the media to fuel a story they have been itching to get away with, they probably all cheat!

more than 4 years ago
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Interactive Computer Exhibits For Ages 3-8?

Traa kids are smart (122 comments)

Do not underestimate the interest in computer stuff of young kids. They recognize modern electronic toys (computers, phones, handheld gaming devices) from the other toys. My 4 year old is very good at playing his Nintendo DS (Kirby or anything Mario) and our Nintendo Wii (Zelda, Mario). He correctly uses a computer. Turns it ON, logs in to his account, launches Firefox (knows not to launch Explorer ;-) and watches Thomas the Train movies on Youtube.

My 1 year old knows how to operate a computer mouse. Moving it, clicking the buttons while looking at the screen for results (mixed ;-)

Both have little kids computers that teach them letters, numbers and soon easy words and arithmetic.

The biggest thing for them different from my generation is that computers aren't special.

more than 4 years ago
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Saboteur Launch Plagued By Problems With ATI Cards

Traa Re:Saboteur, hey? (230 comments)

C:\> echo You silly kids and your modern toys!

more than 4 years ago
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Why Open Source Phones Still Fail

Traa Native development on Android (322 comments)

"locks third-party developers into a crippled Java sandbox"

Hmm, no it doesn't. Android offers an NDK for native application development. Yes your application entry point is still Java, but using Java's Native Interface (JNI) the main part of the app can be native (C/C++) just fine. It already supports native OpenGL ES 1.1 which is great for 3D games development on G1 or Droid phones which have great 3D graphics hardware.

note: I develop native apps for Android for a living.

more than 4 years ago
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Arrington's CrunchPad Dies

Traa Re:Unfortunate (175 comments)

Wasn't me, but could have been. I wouldn't be astroturfing, I'd be one of the many many engineers actually working on ARM processors. Are we not welcome here?

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Asks Judge To Shutter Psystar's Clone Unit

Traa Re:You mean (346 comments)

You can do whatever you want with software you legally own.

Problem is, there isn't much (or any?) software you legally own. You don't own the Windows install on your comp, or the OS X or even Linux versions. You have "licenses" to use those (even Linux) for particular means. And those licenses refer to legislation and other stuff (DMCA, patents, copyright law, ...) restricting your use even further.

Of course it didn't start or stop with SW. Big chunks of the music and movie industry have fought for years to prevent the "free" use of material through *cough* creative licenses.

more than 4 years ago
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What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?

Traa (Sub-)Genre's (1021 comments)

Like a music class, why not approach this from a (sub-)genre point of view. Claiming to cover the genre's fantasy and science-fiction, is like saying we teach music of all kinds. Classical AND modern music. How about you break it up into (and I'm no expert):
- Classical sci-fi (Jules Verne, ...)
- pre-hard sci-fi. (Isaac Asimov, ...), No idea what this sub-genre's name would be
- Science-Fantasy (Douglas Adams, ...), making this up as I go
- Cyber-punk (William Gibson, ...)
- Space Opera (Vernor Vinge, ...)
- Hard sci-fi (Kim Stanley Robbinson, ..)
- Singularity visions (Corey Doctorow, ...)
- etc.

Of course several writers crossed borders, but that is a good topic for discussion.

Knowing the above does a lot more good then discussion any particular "oh, oh...this book was so great" title that has been mentioned in this thread.

more than 4 years ago
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Up To 9% of a Company's Machines Are Bot-Infected

Traa Re:Bot scanner? (146 comments)

I'm with parent on this. I'm a developer at a big company. Have 3 machines in front of me[*]. Don't have access to firewall logs, assuming IT is doing a decent job because none of my machines have ever gone down in last 3 years. Still, modern malware wouldn't take my machine down so I could very well be infected. How do I know? What do I scan?

[*] Linux on one, WinXP on the others because that is what the job demands (don't argue).

more than 4 years ago
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The Ethics of Selling GPLed Software For the iPhone

Traa Re:Yes (782 comments)

I'm no GPL expert, but could you download the $2.99 game and re-upload it offering it for free?

more than 4 years ago

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Traa Traa writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I have now dabbled with more forms of computer lanuages and tools then I have visited countries and heard different spoken languages. And I HAVE visited quite a few countries around the world.

Bit of an awkward comparison ofcourse. Other than the word 'language', spoken and computer languages don't have that much in common.

I remember a sad day in my youth when I actually used the following sentence as an opening line to a girl: "I know 35 languages!", and when she looked at me (with what I now recognise as the 'WhatEver' look) I said "I know Dutch, English, German, French and 31 computer languages!". I soon decided that 'lonely nerd' was not my thing.

That was years ago. Now I am happily married, have a good software engineering job and enjoy a great life in California.

But I really did know a lot of programming languages. Some that come to mind: Basic, Pascal, Fortran (never saw Cobol), 68000 Assembly, C, B, Z, Prolog, Lisp, SmallTalk, SASL, ADA, Miranda, Gopher, ML, Haskel, ... In other words, University stuff.

Then came the real world and C/C++ was the only thing I dealt with for 6 years or so and all was well. Today 90% of my work is done in C++. But lately I have started spending some time on catching up on what else is available. Been dabling with some webdesign and alternative operating systems and now I can add to my list: Java, VB, Perl, PHP, SQL, HTML, C# (and soon F# although I am allready planning to call it F#&$k).

What I am really waiting for is the next major programming paradigm. I know of 4. Logical Programming (Prolog), which is evil and should be made illegal. Functional Programming (Lisp, ML, Gopher, Miranda, ...) which has its uses, although mostly in research. The old king of the hill Imperative Programming (Machine language, Assembler, C, Pascal, ...) now pretty much being pushed to the background by Object Oriented programming (C++, J++, ...). What will be the next big thing?Some form of conceptual based programming. More (better) 'visual' programming. Are we near any breakthrough that allows an actual 5th generation programming language?

Guess I'll have to catch up on some reading.

- Traa

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