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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

bigattichouse I can speak for programming... (279 comments)

All of the high-end coders I know, have the following traits:

1. They learned how to teach themselves
2. They learned when it's time to find someone to teach them things
3. They play with the code, they build things, experiment, etc.
4. They aren't afraid to try a new tool, and be a noob ... but they seek out mentors.
5. They understand that the quality of their work is important... and seek out the processes and skills it takes to increase quality

Over my 20 year history, the folks with these traits have always managed to build things that last, and work well, and were easy to maintain.

Very few of them went to school for "Computer Science" degrees, everything from Poly Sci to Construction.

I say:
1. find (or start) an interesting open source project
2. learn how to use git
3. start building tests
4. code.
5. play.

5 days ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

bigattichouse console. (567 comments)

Yeah, I work in console mode... reading wrapped log file lines is bad, mkay?

about two weeks ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

bigattichouse Re:In summary... (222 comments)

It rubs the lotion on its skin..

wait, I think I might have been playing different games.

  (I lie, I was totally buying/playing anything infocom crapped out)

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

bigattichouse How about a URL reference to denote a "lost user" (285 comments)

How about appending:

yourdamnad.com/?BLOCKEDBY=AdBlock (or whatever)

to the fake click. THEN get the word out that customers should ask for BLOCKEDBY ratios vs. actual clicks.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Develop $60 Sonar Watch To Aid the Visually Impaired

bigattichouse Re:NC Research (30 comments)

I know the part well.. you actually get about 5 meters fairly accurately... but soft materials and echos can mess up the flight time sensing.

about a month ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

bigattichouse Re:Its not the CFL/LED (602 comments)

I would seriously like to see LED bulbs without this ballast, and have it inside the actual lamp... I think you'd extend the life of the bulbs, and lose less power to heat generation with a single source.

about 3 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

bigattichouse Completely converted house to LED, 3 have died. (602 comments)

So, the "return" process is iffy. I didn't have my receipt when one died and I took it back to Lowe's for an exchange of the same model (Phillips).. they said they couldn't be sure it was under warranty, I told them it was supposed to last 10 years, and they had only been selling them for a few months. They begrudgingly swapped it out.

Anyway, the other 2 bulbs, I decided to pull them apart. I dug out the silicone potting, and found the failure was in a large capacitor, visibly bulging. I haven't had time to replace the bit - but I'm pretty sure that's all that blew on it. Tested the individual LEDs and they are fine.

So both failures were due to purchasing the cheapest possible components, specifically a "largish" (like 0.3uF 200v) capacitor. My guess is that there was a larger cap that would handle the load, but they needed to reduce the size. Initiating the failure was probably one or more line spikes.

about 3 months ago
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The Grassroots Future of Biohacking

bigattichouse Re:Freeman Dyson (68 comments)

Look up Microbial Fuel cell... which normally generates power.
Now put in 0.2v. the little buggers make hydrogen.
Now use algae in one fuel cell to generate the 0.2v for another fuel cell.

You're welcome.

about 3 months ago
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Broadcom Releases Source For Graphics Stack; Raspberry Pi Sets Bounty For Port

bigattichouse hmm.. (77 comments)

How about : Compile that to an ASIC.

about 10 months ago
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Google Doodle Celebrates Birthday of Douglas Adams

bigattichouse Re:Marvin (104 comments)

Sadly, the OP doesn't realize that the TV marvin *WAS* in the movie. He's in the queue for paperwork.

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Patents 'Maintaining Scarcity' of Goods

bigattichouse Re:Prior Art (240 comments)

I even remember a specific commercial for lion king on another video that mentioned "Hurry, before it goes back in the vault".

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Patents 'Maintaining Scarcity' of Goods

bigattichouse Prior Art (240 comments)

Disney's "vault" for movies (particularly VHS) in the 80's/90's. Two years, then off the market for 10.

about 2 years ago
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Designing a Practical UI For a Gesture-Based Interface

bigattichouse Re:As an ASL Interpreter... (44 comments)

Well.. ok.. attention would be both hands... but I meant it in context of using it to communicate with a computer.

about 2 years ago
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Designing a Practical UI For a Gesture-Based Interface

bigattichouse As an ASL Interpreter... (44 comments)

I interpreted ASL in educational settings (High School, Freelance, University, Public, and even elementary.) for something like 6 or 7 years.

My arms were ripped, and you could expect to burn several hundred calories (EASY) during a day of doing that. Also, I had learned the stretch properly thanks to some Aikido training.. and I still had some bad habits that caused me repetitive stress problems.

Gestures are a novelty, and a lot of work for the user... I think there will be many blind alleys before they become natural.

Some problems/ideas I see:
1. Exhaustion - you waste a lot of energy
2. "Namespaces" - you can make two gestures at once - geez... so you have a left hand gesture that tells the computer to listen (the ASL "Attention" one handed would work) + a command - maybe even "against" that hand. Its like a salute with your left hand vertical moving away from your face.
3. Facial expressions are a HUGE part of ASL, probably not even considered. "WH" questions get eyebrows scrunched, other queries eyebrows up, puffed cheeks and all kinds of things...
4. Security - I defy you to sign EXACTLY like someone else... It's possible, and easy in a mocking sense (High schoolers) - but I imagine a door that could see you carrying groceries and unlock combined with voice recog., or other simple things would be useful.

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Race To Establish the First Links of a 'Quantum Internet'

bigattichouse Re:Mah book writings ! (82 comments)

My thought was timed reading... where you only read the next qubit at predefined intervals to check for state.. and what is definitely a gross misunderstanding of QE (but useful as narrativium) - writing a state to the next particle. so particles are read-write in order, and they slowly "tick away"... but the base set are linked into the network.. so you can buy any random batch of particles and they link back to some other endpoint.

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Race To Establish the First Links of a 'Quantum Internet'

bigattichouse Mah book writings ! (82 comments)

Yay! QE is a major component of my scifi book's communications. Yes, it's a crappy book, but it is my crappy book... and you can read it online without DRM, blah blah blah.

http://cruft-private-janitorial.com/?chapter=1

Can't wait for animated breakfast bar wrappers! Or Capt. Skyking brand Starling!

about 2 years ago
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Old Cars Are Getting Ahead With New Tech

bigattichouse A buddy of mine. (53 comments)

A buddy of mine is doing this with old hotrods. Yeah, totally plugging him, because he's classy enough not to plug his own business... http://rodtronix.com/

more than 2 years ago

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I want to sail the deep web.

bigattichouse bigattichouse writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bigattichouse writes "I've discovered that my usual haunts online tend toward a very limited set of sites and forums. While I don't find this a problem, I feel I've fallen into the "13 channels" of my youth on something as vast as the Internet, sort of a "Media Dunbar's Number". Then I realized, there should be enough stuff out there to view something new and interesting every day, every hour. So I ask — what else is on? What other channels are out there for a geek? What about a self-employed developer geek?"
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Investing in a cruddy economy

bigattichouse bigattichouse writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bigattichouse writes "Since watching the DOW on google finance has become my favorite "reality show". (Is it gonna make it?!?) I've recently been reading more about Warren Buffet, and investing in general. What I realized, was that this crisis is an opportunity for me to create a Sharebuilder account, take Warren's advice ("Be greedy when others are scared.") and and throw a few dollars into the companies that I feel will likely weather the storm (think Colbert's recommendation for Campbell's soup). Is anyone else using the current market for bargain hunting? I'm curious what the Money Nerds are doing."
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Duke Nukem Forever?

bigattichouse bigattichouse writes  |  about 7 years ago

bigattichouse writes "Not to get anyone excited, or the flurry of end-of-the-world or vaporware rants. But 3DR has released a teaser screenshot (mirrored at Kotaku) of the Duke Nukem trailer (no link available at this time)

From TFA: "After seeing the teaser we thought it was something we should share with all of you and while it's just a teaser, rest assured more is coming.""

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Open Source Support Forums

bigattichouse bigattichouse writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bigattichouse writes "As a small business owner, I google like crazy for those weird event log messages, or problems I can't quite solve. So I thought, how about seeing what favorite forums slashdotter's use. Something to add to the old list of sites I might check when looking for the answer. What support forums do you use (particularly for open source stuff)?"
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bigattichouse bigattichouse writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bigattichouse writes "Mentioned before on Slashdot, The Steeprock Studio leads the way as the first fully GNU/Linux-based commercial recording facility on the east coast. Steep Rock Media is using a blend of proprietary and open source software to automatically generate cues of music for various purposes, the up coming version of the software (web-based) has an AI engine capable of learning about performance styles and generating cues from pre-recorded music. Another wonderful example of using linux in a successful business model. Disclaimer: I am a friend on Dr. Wilder, but I have no financial ties to SRM."
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bigattichouse bigattichouse writes  |  more than 8 years ago

bigattichouse writes "I have a project that I believe would be greatly enhanced by using "stream" programming associated with GPU programming. Basically the idea is to use the GPU of your favorite graphics card to handle high speed calculations. Problem is google only really points to articles more directly related to graphics coding (shaders, etc)... but is pretty sparse on the equivalent to "Hello World" for GPU coding... I just wanna find some examples. Anyone?"

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