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Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

WrecklessSandwich Re:here we go again... (489 comments)

Not gonna lie, I saw that you misspelled women and immediately ceased to take you seriously. Hope you're a troll.

about 3 months ago

SteamOS Will Be Available For Download On December 13

WrecklessSandwich Re:Gaming controllers (211 comments)

Doesn't make sense for a laptop, but it's a common paradigm on mobile devices. There's flight sims etc. for Android/iOS where you steer by tilting your device like a little kid making racecar noises.

about 4 months ago

Ohio State Introduces Massive Open Online Calculus

WrecklessSandwich Re:Sadly, calculus is not all that useful... (134 comments)

Yes, IT is a terrible field for making use of calculus. Try engineering, especially fields like control systems. My boss has a PhD in control engineering and he can basically take a signal and turn it inside out and backwards to find out whatever he wants because he knows off the top of his head what kind of curve he'll get if he, say, integrates the signal twice.

about 8 months ago

Microsoft Integrating Xbox One Advertising With Kinect To Profile Users For Ads

WrecklessSandwich Big Ballmer (300 comments)

They had this in 1984. It was called a telescreen. Like the Kinect One, the telescreen can't be turned off.

about 9 months ago

Arduino Branches Out, With a Plug-and-Program Robot

WrecklessSandwich Re:A arduino hexapod you can buy today (24 comments)

ArcBotics actually has another Kickstarter going right now for a line follower robot!

Disclaimer: I worked on Hexy. Still finding the scrap acrylic from laser cutting the M3 screw holes everywhere.

about a year ago

California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

WrecklessSandwich Re:Regulation of tools? (856 comments)

Umm you do realize that bullets have changed in the past 200 years and aren't a simple round ball anymore, right?

about a year ago

Microsoft Makes Millions Renting Campus Space to Vendors

WrecklessSandwich Re:And? (95 comments)

It sounds like a good deal until you start having to dodge flying chairs...

1 year,21 days

Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

WrecklessSandwich Re:It's been decades. (815 comments)

You forgot to tell him to get off your lawn.

about a year ago

UC Davis Study Concludes H-1B Workers Neither Best Nor Brightest

WrecklessSandwich Re:schadenfreude (353 comments)

Oh we know better than to automate ourselves out of a job, learned that one from the IT people! In our case, it also requires bringing about the singularity, so it's kind of hard to do by accident anyways.

about a year ago

UC Davis Study Concludes H-1B Workers Neither Best Nor Brightest

WrecklessSandwich Re:schadenfreude (353 comments)

Hi, I'm a professional roboticist. Here's some super awesome (often deliciously job-crushing) automation systems off the top of my head:

Automated fast food preparation. Yes, that's right. Those jobs are going.
Safe, easily reprogrammable robotic factory line workers. No light curtains. More cost effective than a minimum wage US worker and still improving.
Automated chemical solution preparation. This normally eats up the time of lab researchers using their PhD to essentialy do high school chemistry that's standard grunt work.
Modular biological lab automation systems. Similar to the previous one, this eliminates a bunch of grunt work that lab researchers normally have to do themselves.
More laboratory automation.
A fairly high-end pick and place machine assembling PCBs. Shenzen eat your heart out.

about a year ago

3-D Printing Pen Can Draw In the Air

WrecklessSandwich Re:What is the advantage? (85 comments)

Suppose you're an artsy person that doesn't know anything about CAD software?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Keyboard Layout To Reduce Right Pinky/Ring Finger Usage?

WrecklessSandwich Colemak (165 comments)

I tried Dvorak first when ditching QWERTY as well and ran into the same issue. Having to use only my pinky for ls -l was not acceptable. I ended up switching to Colemak instead and haven't looked back. About half of the keys are unchanged from QWERTY so it's easier than Dvorak to switch back and forth with QWERTY in a pinch. I have mine set up with the caps lock key unmodified though, I need it for C macros and PCB layout etc so no left hand backspace for me. In your case, you might want that left backspace key. http://colemak.com/

about a year ago


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