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Everything You Need To Know About USB 3.0

bdwlangm Re:Quantum leaps in speed? (322 comments)

I do not think the word quantum means what you think it does.

about 4 years ago
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What Can Be Done About Security of Debit Cards?

bdwlangm Re:What can be done? Nothing. (511 comments)

Not that many retailers are using the chip readers yet here in Canada... Guess the USA isn't that far behind us after all.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubisoft's New DRM Cracked In One Day

bdwlangm Re:Human deterrent (678 comments)

I think that's in great spirit, but unfortunately, it only takes one dick.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubisoft's New DRM Cracked In One Day

bdwlangm Re:Is DRM socially irresponsible? (678 comments)

But does the Tyrannosaurus have the right to swoop down and eat your cowboy hat? I hope it does.

more than 4 years ago
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Triumph of the Cyborg Composer

bdwlangm Re:Too much time on their hands (502 comments)

Composition != performance, humans can still perform the music live to us.

more than 4 years ago
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IOC Orders Blogger To Take Down Video

bdwlangm Re:Nothing new (389 comments)

They played video of him dying repeatedly on CTV here in Canada, I'm sure the American networks had it too. They linked video from their webpage. Is the IOC doing anything about that? I tend to think they should all stop showing it out of respect, but really the IOC aren't doing the right thing, they're just protecting the value of official Olympic coverage.

more than 4 years ago
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What Knowledge Gaps Do Self-Taught Programmers Generally Have?

bdwlangm Re:I'm Interested in the Opposite View (396 comments)

1) in the real world 40% is not a pass

Not at my school either, typically 50% is a pass, and you need an average of 65+ in required courses to stay in the program.

2) why don't many school even mention source code control?

Because it's unnecessary for the small projects you do in school and is orthogonal to the concepts they're teaching you typically. Also, it's very easy to pick up on your own.

3) error handling is not an exercise left to the reader, it needs to be structured, organised, and it really helps if you know what you are trying to achieve with the error handling.

+1 Insightful

more than 4 years ago
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PA School Spied On Students Via School-Issued Laptop Webcams

bdwlangm Re:Hmm (941 comments)

Monitoring a person, their family, friends and the place they live is not the same as monitoring the computer. Giving someone permission to monitor my computer usage does not imply permission to monitor anything else.

more than 4 years ago
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PA School Spied On Students Via School-Issued Laptop Webcams

bdwlangm Re:Hmm (941 comments)

And how are the IT workers not responsible? They would have known best the technical potential of the system. I have no sympathy for them. Aiding the administration in violating the rights of the students (see 4th amend.) is a serious offence. I'm usually willing to give people a break for not quitting jobs when they're asked to do questionable things, but monitoring students at home is way beyond questionable.

more than 4 years ago
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86% of Windows 7 PCs Maxing Out Memory

bdwlangm Re:When do people get this (613 comments)

The disk cache is part of the OS, not the application. If an application loads some images from your HDD it's the OS that decides to cache them in memory, independent of anything your app does with them. Because disk caching is transparent to the app, the OS can free cache whenever it wants to.

Of course, historically IE would be a special case, as it was so tightly tied to the OS that the normal rules of transparent OS services didn't apply. Anyone know if this is still true?

more than 4 years ago
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Why Apple Doesn't Market Squarely To Businesses

bdwlangm Re:Macs are great for small business though (510 comments)

So our Macs are vulnerable to a critical XYZ bug, and I see these were already fixed 3 weeks ago on all the Windows

About that 17 year old bug...

more than 4 years ago
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Why Apple Doesn't Market Squarely To Businesses

bdwlangm Re:Macs are great for small business though (510 comments)

Last place I worked had 25 employees (give or take) with Windows machines. We certainly didn't have a full-time admin, and it still worked very well. My doctor's office is also a mac land. Strangely one of the exam rooms had a PowerMac in it...

more than 4 years ago
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Call For Scientific Research Code To Be Released

bdwlangm Re:Seems reasonable (505 comments)

just wait until some amateur gets a hold of the code, runs it, and claims that all global warming data is questionable because this model has a bug or produces weird output

The onus is on the researcher to demonstrate/argue that for the inputs given the code produces meaningful results. If you don't like that then stop doing research with computations? Idiots can always misrepresent you, no matter how you publish. Most of us understand that simulations are limited.

Second, it will waste the researchers time releasing the code and then responding to questions when people are like "lolz this code blows"

What makes you think that there will be more people trying out that code and not understanding it, than currently there are people reading the paper and not understanding it? Personally I'm not going to waste my spare time downloading complex simulations that I know nothing about and try to invalidate them.

That being said, it should definitely be available as a part of the peer review process if something is really called into question.

So make it available and reference it in your paper. No one's asking you to tell everyone on the planet about it.

more than 4 years ago
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Call For Scientific Research Code To Be Released

bdwlangm Re:Seems reasonable (505 comments)

If I find code that will cause heap corruption in your code (e.g. you wrote past the end of an array in C), then there is a bug in that code whether you do fluid simulations, or make 3D games. I worked as an undergraduate RA under some guys doing ocean modelling, and found several small bugs before I had the foggiest idea what most of the code was meant to do. Yes there will be many problems someone without your background can't find in your model, but that is not an argument for closed source science.

A more important concern is that someone else who does have your background should have access to your code. That would be part of "peer review". Otherwise they're taking your computations on faith, with no way to reproduce.

more than 4 years ago
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Europe's LHC To Run At Half-Energy Through 2011

bdwlangm Re:Baguette (194 comments)

IIRC, the bird dropped its bread on something a little more innocuous sounding than a reactor. The bird escaped unharmed but lost its bread.

more than 4 years ago
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Europe's LHC To Run At Half-Energy Through 2011

bdwlangm Re:Where is the Outrage... (194 comments)

I'll be outraged when this somehow costs me something. That said, even if I was helping pay for this, what they're doing hasn't been done before (at this scale anyway). It is a high risk investment by nature. If you never want to read about things going wrong, don't read about science.

more than 4 years ago
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Game Industry Vets On DRM

bdwlangm Re:right, so it doesn't matter in terms of sales (372 comments)

And pirating because of DRM is fundamentally flawed is that it only affects the suffering devs, and not the publisher for whom the fault of including the DRM lays squarely at the feet of.

Not playing/buying the game at all has exactly the same effect. If I'm not willing to pay for DRM'd content then the developers get $0 from me if I don't play, and still $0 if I do.

I agree, the developers get the shitty end of this. But that's how it works. If a company has a poor business model and lose money, it's always the staff that get screwed. It won't help anyone in the long run to pay for content that comes with invasive DRM.

more than 4 years ago
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AMD Publishes Open-Source "ATI Evergreen" Driver

bdwlangm Re:So what does it do? (159 comments)

[T]he nVidia binary-only driver will only get worse (binary bit rot has a half-life of say 1.5 years), while the ATI OSS driver will only get better with time and is not locked to yesterday's Linux kernel or X11.

And yet my old laptop with an ATI Xpress still can't handle compiz with the open source drivers. I'd love to support the FOSS solution, but it is not adequate for my needs. In other news, the Windows 7 ATI driver has worked flawlessly for me

more than 4 years ago
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Students Failing Because of Poor Grammar

bdwlangm Re:And this is how we die (1343 comments)

While the 5% may be statistical noise, the 30% failure rate is not. The test in question (I've taken it, UW calls it the ELPE) is not designed to fail you for small errors in punctuation or grammar, but to indicate whether you have minimal competence in written English.

Maybe composing in standard grammar has been deemphasized (obviously a bad thing) and replaced with more education on critical reading (obviously a good thing). We could fix this if we wanted to by deemphasizing critical reading (obviously a bad thing) and emphasizing standard grammar more (obviously a good thing).

I would argue that to do critical reading at all you need some grammar knowledge, whether formalized or not. The ELPE does not test much more than that.

more than 3 years ago

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