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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

WillAdams One of the best programmers I've known had a BA (391 comments)

in Philosophy.

He'd written everything from operating systems to end-user applications and had a well-thumbed first printing of Knuth's TAOCP: Vol. 1 and was the person I brought my royalty check (for finding an error and a point of improvement in _Digital Typography_) in to work to show.

about a week ago

Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

WillAdams Re:I never liked those state/city incentives (149 comments)

Now, now, you can't go criticizing sports teams when the N.F.L. is a non-profit organization which exists for the good of the game and to enhance the beneficial effects which the game has on society, right? I'm sure the goals of the other sports organizations are as noble and that their bookkeeping is similarly transparent.

I'm sure that it's some bizarre, pestilential outside influence which has banned community ownership of teams (save for the grand-fathered-in Greenbay Packers) and required that a minimum percentage of a team be owned by a single individual.

about two weeks ago

Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

WillAdams Re:Trendy != popular (387 comments)

``Almost no one'' != none, therefore, some people are using Haskell in HFT by your own admission.

I cited a source which noted Haskell is used for such --- do you have a citation for that number / proportion being very low?

Looking through the first page of Google search results for ``high frequency trading programming languages'' Haskell is noted as being advantageous for its ability to prove correctness of a program.

about two weeks ago

Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

WillAdams Re:Trendy != popular (387 comments)

Three words:

High frequency trading

Most of the code driving that is written in Haskell, which is just criminal, since it's some very bright people writing that code, and they're not contributing in any meaningful way to humanity, just fiddling bits to determine who has how much of what money at the end of each trade.

about two weeks ago

E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

WillAdams Sources for books (116 comments) --- forum for books where the members create nicely formatted books, and are willing to fix errors when reported --- mass-produced books by the masses --- getting errors fixed is a bit more difficult, but can be made to happen

http://onlinebooks.library.upe... --- The Online Books Page, John Mark Ockerbloom's attempt to list all freely available electronic versions of printed texts.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

WillAdams Re:Selling Free Software (188 comments)

There are instances of opensource being used in Wii games --- Speed Racer: The Videogame has a notice about using Lua scripting on its copyright screen.

about a month ago

NASA's JPL Develops Multi-Metal 3D Printing Process

WillAdams Re:Incredibally useful (32 comments)

Classic old saw is that the only tool in a workshop which can duplicate itself is a lathe --- hence the Gingery books starting w/ making a lathe using investment castings:

(Book 1 is how to set up a charcoal foundry)

Had a copy of Book 2 a long while ago and gave it away --- always rather regretted that.

about 2 months ago

Build Your Own Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun

WillAdams Re:First new category post. (not really) (39 comments)

Anyone know how to add this new category to those which one follows?

I don't see it listed as a slashbox under Account options....

about 2 months ago

Build Your Own Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun

WillAdams Re:Mostly contribute on the Shapeoko site (39 comments)

The clear one was just scraps and poplar craft boards --- I'd love to do it again w/ a nice piece of maple and wrap the grain all the way around, but the red oak was much cheaper, but I found the grain boring enough that I went for the dark, dark finish (which is more delicate than I was anticipating...).

Here's the project page on Lumberjocks:

about 2 months ago

Build Your Own Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun

WillAdams Mostly contribute on the Shapeoko site (39 comments)

So the wiki and pages such as:

Have made a few things:

  - Wooden Box with hinged lid --- --- cut w/ a CNC machine
  - wooden case for my Bear Custom Kodiak T/D --- --- done entirely by hand tools, including the dovetails save for drilling the holes for the arrow holder (used a jig and an electric hand drill for that) --- this build was documented on ArcheryTalk though:

about 2 months ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

WillAdams Re:What will cops do for their Quota? (435 comments)

Powerful argument for why such fines should never have been allowed to be added directly into budgets, but always should have gone into the general fund to reduce the tax requirement for the next year.

about 2 months ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

WillAdams Re:The funny things is... (435 comments)

Explosives are simple kitchen chemistry.

Firearms aren't that much more difficult:

  - cast bullets on your stove
  - turn cases on a lathe
  - a firearm can be made from a truck axle and some spring steel w/ a file and some patience --- better/more tools make it easier

about 2 months ago

Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

WillAdams Re:What's the point? (129 comments)

However, one doesn't read highway signs at arm's distance.

Also, lower resolution reduces the amount of information which one can fit on a given highway sign and diminishes legibility by obscuring finer details.

The human can distinguish the difference in character shapes at resolutions up to ~2,000 dpi --- see Smeijer's book _Counterpunch_ for an examination of this.

Current smart phones aren't quite able to adequately represent typeface designs w/ subtle curves such as Optima at text sizes, and engravings become a pixellated blurry mess compared to the sharp originals, some of which require extraordinary printing techniques such as two black plates to capture.

about 2 months ago

The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

WillAdams Re:What's the difference (309 comments)

You have to live w/in a reasonable distance of an ``Amazon Storage Locker'' and have your account set up so as to allow it to be enabled:

about 2 months ago



Trimble Software follows Adobe's subscription-only licensing lead

WillAdams WillAdams writes  |  about a year ago

WillAdams (45638) writes "From the license for the new SketchUp Make (which replaces Google's free version and complements the paid version) Trimble Navigation Limited ... gives you a ... license to use the ... Software for non-commercial use only. Non-commercial use means: you may not sell, rent, lease or lend the output of the Software or the Services. If you are ... engaged in commercial activity; therefore, in order to use the Software and Services, you must purchase a SketchUp Pro license. In addition to the basic $495 licensing fee, one must pay an annual $95 fee for maintenance & support."

Elon Musk wants to send 80,000 people to live on Mars

WillAdams WillAdams writes  |  about 2 years ago

WillAdams (45638) writes "SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants to create a colony on Mars consisting of a population of 80,000, ferried to the planet in a reusable rocket. For the initial trip, the rocket would contain fewer than 10 humans, and enough equipment to found a colony ready for the other 79,990."
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MLA updates references, web default, but no URL

WillAdams WillAdams writes  |  more than 5 years ago

WillAdams writes "Inside Higher Ed as reported the new seventh edition of the _MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers_ makes web references the default, but doesn't require a URL, operating under the assumption that readers will be able to find the referenced work using a search engine — an assumption which doesn't take into consideration Google bombs &c. Ars discusses it here:"
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