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US Military Deploys Personal Gunshot Detectors

Tyr_7BE Re:I doubt it (257 comments)

Go get your cell phone. Now compose an email. Use your speech to text software to dictate the contents of that email. And now review the email. How did the dictation go? This is about how advanced computer hearing is at this time.

more than 3 years ago

GNOME To Lose Minimize, Maximize Buttons

Tyr_7BE Re:"Drag-to-snap is more enjoyable" (797 comments)

"A UI's purpose isn't to be enjoyable, it's to let the user do what he wants/needs to do and otherwise stay out of the way."

Not necessarily so. Look at Apple. They released the iPhone, and for its time it was quite the piece of crap. It took many generations of the product to reach par with what other phones can do. But it sold, and it sold well. Why? Because it's shiny, and it's "fun" to use. This is the way UIs are going. An interactive, fun, rewarding experience is going to sell more than a functional experience. It's just like anything else, really. If A is more fun to use than B, and they both do the same thing, A will appeal to more people. There will always be people who are sticklers for efficiency such as yourself, but you're increasingly in the minority.

more than 3 years ago

Common Traits of the Veteran Unix Admin

Tyr_7BE With you until.... (592 comments)

"Where others may see intractable, overly difficult methods, we see enlightenment, borne from years of learning, experience, and overall, logic."

Really? Rather than doing something a simple way, over the years veterans learn that complicated and difficult is better? K.I.S.S! There's even an acronym for it!

This sounds like it was written by a junior admin or programmer who's in awe of what some of the more seasoned vets are doing.

more than 3 years ago

Left-Handed Gamers Getting Left Behind?

Tyr_7BE First cell phones... (426 comments)

and now this! You guys just can't catch a break.

about 4 years ago

Skipping Traditional Recruitment, Going Straight To the Source

Tyr_7BE Re:Newsflash - job agencies are jokers (207 comments)

Where are you interviewing where this is the case? So I can never apply there. This is definitely not what we do, and if you interview with me and you give me mechanical answers you're out the door. This is for a fairly large multinational, interviewing for a technical software job. In the technical interviews I'll usually give problems that are borderline unsolvable. There's usually a trick to solve it really efficiently, but if you come up with just the trick and nothing else you're not getting hired. I want to see you get it wrong. I want to see you get it wrong a dozen times, and learn why it's wrong, and try to think your way out of the pit you've dug again and again and again. I want to see you get creative, use tricks of the architecture to solve theoretical problems, and come up with half a dozen different kinds of approaches. I want you to see why each one is brilliant or stupid, what's good about it, what's bad about it, and try again and again and again. People who show up expecting the usual canned standard answers usually look sort of like a deer in the headlights and are back out the door in 15 minutes.

Doing things this way works. I know this because most of the really brilliant people I've worked with have done fantastic in this situation. I don't want to hear the right answer because there is no right answer. The more you can show me about how you think about a problem and how sneaky you can get, the better you do.

about 4 years ago

The World's Strongest, Most Expensive Beer Served Inside a Squirrel

Tyr_7BE Re:One thing (228 comments)

I'm a fan of the punctuation possibilities myself.

Is it the world's strongest, most expensive beer, served inside a squirrel? Or of all the beers served inside a squirrel, is this the strongest and most expensive? Nobody knows. Nobody knows.

more than 4 years ago

Toyota Partners With Tesla To Make Electric Cars

Tyr_7BE Re:Did I miss something? (327 comments)

"Attention, ecomentals: what do you think is generating the electricity to power the (energy intensive) construction and use of your "green" car? Fairy farts? "

Yes, in a sense. Specifically, 25% of my power is generated by wind. 50% is Nuclear. 75% of the electricity I use is exhaust-free.

more than 4 years ago

Cheap Incubator Backpack Could Reduce Infant Deaths

Tyr_7BE Reduce Infant Deaths... (76 comments)

...and bust ghosts.

more than 4 years ago

Songbird Drops Linux Support

Tyr_7BE Re:Alternatives (356 comments)

What needs do you have that Amarok satisfies but Rhythmbox doesn't? Just curious.

more than 4 years ago

Is Programming a Lucrative Profession?

Tyr_7BE Re:For Engineers maybe (844 comments)

Yep. I went through comp eng at Waterloo (before the program started circling the bowl these last 5 years or so) and for most of my class, $60k was settling. I know people who started at 6 figures. Lucky bastards.

Are the differences south of the border really that significant?

more than 4 years ago

The Year of the E-Bicycle

Tyr_7BE Re:Great, still doesn't fix the Houston problem. (494 comments)

What different worlds we live in. When weather permits, I ride my bike in daily. There are a bunch of routes I can take - almost all of them have bike lanes, some of them have trails through various parks and green space, and for the one route that doesn't have bike lanes, I've never had much of an issue with vehicles trying to run me off the road. I stick to the right, they get around me, and when the road gets tight most people understand that I'm going as fast as I can, and wait for the road to widen again before passing. If I ride my bike to the city center, I often have trouble finding a place to lock it up due to all the other bikes on the street.

This is in a relatively major urban center (700k+ people in the region). Interesting to see what a difference city policies and local culture can make.

more than 4 years ago

What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next?

Tyr_7BE Re:Blakes 7 (922 comments)

So...SciFi Robin Hood?

more than 4 years ago

Google's Nexus One Phone Launches

Tyr_7BE Re:So what's the difference? (568 comments)

I thought Droid had at least the processor and camera? And I hear the pics the Droid takes with that camera are pretty uninspiring.

Honestly this looks like YAAP (yet another android phone).

more than 4 years ago

3D Blu-ray Spec Finalized, PS3 Supported

Tyr_7BE Re:What? (157 comments)

Also, this is the first year that blu ray players have started to drop in price to the point where most people can afford them. A *lot* of people I know have commented on how players are cheap enough to consider now. This holiday season we're going to see a lot of households get the ability to play blu ray discs

more than 4 years ago

Angry AT&T Customers May Disrupt Service

Tyr_7BE Re:I read this as (572 comments)

More than a day of battery life?

more than 4 years ago

Samsung Enters Smartphone Wars With Bada OS

Tyr_7BE Re:"limitless variety of potential applications"? (175 comments)

Looking at app world now, it looks like there's at least a few thousand on there. I was able to download a network file manager, VNC client, and SSH client, all of which I use pretty much daily. Plus good old Shazam.

I get it, you have so far installed a dozen flashlight applications, some tetris clones, and a winnie-the-pooh theme. But there's more out there. Just open up the application and take a look.

more than 4 years ago

D-Link's New Boxee Box Runs Linux, Eyes Netflix

Tyr_7BE Still no Blu-Ray? (138 comments)

That's too bad. Otherwise this would have been a serious contender for my next media box.

It seems there's no "do-it-all" media center on the market. Games, Blu-Ray, XBMC. Pick any two. I'm waiting for someone to get XBMC going on a PS3. When that happens, I will have chosen my corner in this fight.

more than 4 years ago

Home Router For High-Speed Connection?

Tyr_7BE Re:Linksys Wireless WRT310N (376 comments)

Interesting. I installed DD-WRT on my wrt54g and I noticed a dramatic speed increase. Running vendor's firmware, samba transfers in my house over the wifi would cap out at about 1.3 megs/sec. After changing only the router firmware, I can often pull in 2.2 megs/sec. I noticed similar speedups with my cable connection.

more than 4 years ago

Attack of the PowerPoint-Wielding Professors

Tyr_7BE Re:Most professors guilty? (467 comments)

For sure they are. I went through University around the turn of the century, and the lecture method of choice were pdfs with lecture slides. Put up the slides, talk about them, let students download the pdf. Unfortunately, this was also used as a method of teaching for professors whose English skills weren't up to par. I recall one prof who spent most of the lecture pointing at equations on the projector. The upside of this method is that you do get to download the slides, and for cases like I just mentioned, you can more or less teach yourself the content.

more than 4 years ago

The Gathering Storm Discussion

Tyr_7BE Re:Some thoughts on the series (186 comments)

I'd have to agree. It was great when I was younger, but since then my tastes have expanded somewhat.

I got into it about the same time, maybe junior high. I was pretty much riveted until the end of book 7 or 8. Then it got *really old* *really fast*. However, I was so smitten with the series back when I was a teen that I made a solemn promise to myself that I would finish the series, no matter what. And here we are, with me approaching 30, and damnit I am still determined to finish this, one way or another. I read book 11 (is that the latest? I don't even care) recently and somehow managed to plod through it. I'll finish the series, but only out of pure determination.

more than 4 years ago


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