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The Engineer Who Stopped Airplanes From Flying Into Mountains

brucmack Re:And yet somehow (237 comments)

This may be somewhat cultural... My experiences here in northern Europe are that engineers are respected and paid accordingly.

Based on what I read on /. and other tech sites, it seems that the US in general has neglected the sciences for the last few decades, which may explain the status of the engineering profession.

more than 2 years ago
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Research In Motion To Be Sold, Possibly To Samsung

brucmack Patents (218 comments)

RIM may not have a future as an independent company, but they should still be able to fetch a good price. They've got a nice fat patent portfolio, and likely also a nice portfolio of enterprise customers that are too locked-in to be switching from BB anytime soon.

more than 2 years ago
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Wikipedia Still Set For Full Blackout Wednesday

brucmack International users (291 comments)

I wish these sites would limit the black-out to US users instead of making it a blanket black-out. Yes, I know SOPA and its ilk would affect everyone, but as a non-US citizen, there isn't a damn thing I can do to stop it.

more than 2 years ago
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Statisticians Uncover the Mathematics of a Serial Killer

brucmack Re:Power law not usefully predictive in this case (164 comments)

That is true, but it could potentially be useful in linking murders to the same killer, in cases where the link otherwise might not have been made.

more than 2 years ago
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North Korean Nuclear Facilities, From 30,000 Feet

brucmack Re:Both sides did more horrible things than that (182 comments)

Not to mention the fact that an invasion of Japan almost certainly would have resulted in more deaths than the nuclear bombs. Especially since the Japanese soldiers effectively committed suicide at the end of any lost battle instead of allowing themselves to be captured.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Brain Teasers Good Hiring Criteria?

brucmack Ask them to program something specific (672 comments)

I guess we combine the two approaches: we send our candidates small coding problems to solve. So we see real code they create and have a standardized way of comparing it to what other candidates have provided.

It works really well at filtering out people we don't want to waste time talking to, and gives us a starting point for the technical interview. It isn't useful for deciding whether or not a candidate should be hired, since there are many other factors that come into play.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Special Effects No Longer Impress

brucmack The proper term is visual effects (532 comments)

While the term "special effects" may technically include CGI, the proper term for this is "visual effects".

Special effects cover "real" effects done in front of the camera, while visual effects are everything added afterwards.

more than 3 years ago
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Racy Danish Tabloid May Sue Apple For App Rejection

brucmack Re:Please. (319 comments)

Well, I wouldn't put Ekstra Bladet in the same bin as the National Enquirer - they may not have the journalistic integrity of a "real" newspaper, but their stories are generally not completely made up. Sure, it's mostly entertainment, but let's face the facts: many Danes use Ekstra Bladet and BT as their main source of news, however irresponsible that may be.

But all of that is glossing over the real issue here, which is how Apple runs their app store. Like them or not, Ekstra Bladet's app should not have been rejected. Their content is nothing that would ever be censored in Denmark, so they should have some recourse when Apple rejects their app.

The "millions" comment was (I thought) obviously sarcastic. There is very little overlap between the Slashdot readers and potential customers of Ekstra Bladet, so I don't see how anyone could think this article was slashvertisement.

more than 3 years ago
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Racy Danish Tabloid May Sue Apple For App Rejection

brucmack Re:It's a good point (319 comments)

If Apple opened up for other third-party app stores, then they can feel free to continue to decide on what they put in their own. But as long as they are the only option, they need to be held accountable for what they do.

more than 3 years ago
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Racy Danish Tabloid May Sue Apple For App Rejection

brucmack Re:It's a good point (319 comments)

You're oversimplifying things. Jailbreaking your phone or switching to a different device are much larger steps than simply finding another newsstand.

Following with the analogy, jailbreaking would be like finding an underground distributor of the newspaper, potentially breaking the law in order to buy the publication. Switching devices would be like moving to another city where the publication isn't banned.

The iPhone isn't quite as standard as Windows on PCs, but think of what would happen if Microsoft decided that you could only install apps on Windows 8 from their own app store.

I understand their reasons for wanting to do it, but like it or not, Apple is being anti-competitive by refusing to allow alternatives to their own app store. And as this is exactly the kind of thing that European courts don't like, this should be interesting to follow.

more than 3 years ago
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Racy Danish Tabloid May Sue Apple For App Rejection

brucmack Re:Hang on a moment... (319 comments)

Can you buy apps for your iPhone / iPad at the Microsoft or Google app stores?

more than 3 years ago
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Racy Danish Tabloid May Sue Apple For App Rejection

brucmack Re:Please. (319 comments)

What? This is about Apple potentially having their App Store policies tried in European court, something that could potentially be a game-changer. But no, it must be a slashvertisement targeted at the millions of Danish Slashdot readers...

more than 3 years ago
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Crazy Taxi Arrives For PSN, XBLA Version Coming Soon

brucmack Wii (56 comments)

The original Crazy Taxi was also ported to Gamecube, so if you can find a copy, it's playable on the Wii as well.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD One-Ups Intel With Cheap Desktop Chips

brucmack Re:nothing new (362 comments)

I highly doubt anyone is comparing parts with such a large difference in TDP. When shopping for a processor, the first thing you determine is what performance level you need, and then you look at what you can get to meet that performance level. Do this with AMD and Intel processors will not give such a large TDP gap.

But even with that said, it is perfectly possible for a 115W TDP part to use less power than a 65W TDP part, for a given task. As an extreme example, take a 65W part from five years ago and a 115W part from today, and set them to perform the same video encoding job. The likely result is that the modern 115W part will be done in a fraction of the time, thereby spending most of its time in an idle state and using much less power than the 65W part. The same situation does occur when comparing modern processors - Intel has a large IPC advantage, so their processors will do more work per watt, all else being equal.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD One-Ups Intel With Cheap Desktop Chips

brucmack Re:nothing new (362 comments)

I wouldn't say they only recently started using 32nm - they released the first 32nm processors at the start of the year, and 8 months is still a long time in the processor world. The entire Core i3 series is 32nm, along with all of the dual-core i5s and the hex-core i7s. That basically only leaves the quad-core i5s and i7s, and a few value Pentium processors that aren't really relevant to this discussion anyway.

Even ignoring the process advantage, Intel also has a large IPC advantage, so their processors are going to do more work per watt. The only way AMD has remained competitive is by offering more cores than Intel at the same price point, which can only result in higher power consumption. This is also why you can't just compare TDP values to compare power consumption - for the same amount of work, the Intel processor is going to be idle longer than the AMD processor, and use less power as a result.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD One-Ups Intel With Cheap Desktop Chips

brucmack Re:nothing new (362 comments)

Have you factored in power consumption? AMD's chips are still built on a larger process, so they use significantly more power than Intel processors at a given performance level. Depending on the purchase price, cost of electricity in your area, and how much the computer is used, it may be cheaper to invest in a bit more expensive processor to save on the electricity bill.

more than 3 years ago
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Tennessee Town Releases Red Light Camera Stats

brucmack Agree with replacing stop signs with yields (567 comments)

Here in Denmark there are very very few stop signs - I've probably seen two or three in the six years I've lived here. This functions just as effectively as a stop sign, since everybody understands what a yield means, and knows to stop if someone is coming. And everything flows much more smoothly since you normally don't need to stop at every intersection.

Another thing to consider is roundabouts. They are very effective at slowing traffic, since it's impossible to run a roundabout if it's got a fence or hill in the middle. They are also quite effective for intersections that would otherwise be 4-way stops or traffic lights.

more than 4 years ago
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In UK, Hacker Demands New Government Block Extradition

brucmack Camilla Broe (349 comments)

An interesting sidenote to this discussion is the Camilla Broe case (the Wikipedia article is poorly written but gives a good overview). In her case it was a drug-related crime, but the circumstances were similar to this one - there was no real question of her guilt, just the fact that the penalties for the crime are much harsher in the US than they are in Denmark. It ended up being a pretty embarassing case, since the Americans ended up dropping the charges on statute of limitations grounds, so the whole affair was completely needless.

more than 4 years ago

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