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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

byteherder Re:Not real chess (182 comments)

The game we currently know as chess has been standardized for 400 years....even before FIDE came along.

yesterday
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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

byteherder Not real chess (182 comments)

Reading from the source code

No under promotion
No en passant pawn capture
No castling

This may be a game but it is not chess.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

byteherder Great programmers are made not born (201 comments)

To be a great programmer (or even just a good one), you need to never stop learning. Always be learning something. Many times in my life I have learned something on my own, only to be able to apply is a totally different situation later in life.

Great programmer are insanely curious. They want to know the how things work, why one solution is better than another, always improving. That is the key, always be improving your craft, and your knowledge.

yesterday
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FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems

byteherder Re:$5 Million File (94 comments)

I expect to see on my next Verizon bill a "Rural Upgrade Tax".

You know this is going straight to the bottom line.

yesterday
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FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems

byteherder $5 Million File (94 comments)

That works out to about $.10/customer.

I am sure Verizon is laughing at the FCC for this one.

2 days ago
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Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

byteherder Re:Neither -- And the question is stupid (249 comments)

It takes intelligence to make a nuclear weapon but it takes wisdom to use know when to use it (or not use it).

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

byteherder Re:Intel says no. "short durations" - Intel.com (325 comments)

Intel should have called this Nitro Boost instead.

car analogy: I have a Saab 9000 Turbo and run it in Turbo Boost all day, never have a problem with overheating. Stupid Intel.

about three weeks ago
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JP Morgan Breach Tied To Two-Factor Authentication Slip

byteherder Banking IT (71 comments)

This is banking IT security at its finest. Nothing like being overly secure with our Accounts and Personal Data.

about a month ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

byteherder Re:100% Agree (567 comments)

If you are working with something that naturally is in landscape mode, say, a powerpoint presentation, then landscape is the best choice. For me, having as much of the document on screen to minimize scrolling is a bigger plus. I do a lot more scrolling that I do panning, so minimizing that is better.

about a month and a half ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

byteherder Re:100% Agree (567 comments)

If I want to compare code, side-by-side in landscape mode is better. I use the the diff tool and it helps having the extra horizontal space.

When I can writing code (maybe it is just me) but I like to see as many lines of code as possible on the screen as possible. That is why most coders reduce their type size to just above micro print. It sure would be nice to have some more vertical lines. I find that too much scrolling just breaks up being in the zone.

about a month and a half ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

byteherder Re:Sigh (567 comments)

Our brains are aligned horizontally too. That is why when we lay down in bed and turn our brains vertically, we go to sleep.

about a month and a half ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

byteherder 100% Agree (567 comments)

For viewing images or watching movies or playing games landscape view works best. For most all other cases, reading documents, coding, surfing the web, portrait view is better. Think about the flow when you are reading, isn't it natural that you want to see more rather than scrolling up and down?

about a month and a half ago
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Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

byteherder Laser Mounted Trains (194 comments)

First sharks, and now this....

about 2 months ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

byteherder Re:Like the world needs more web monkeys ... (226 comments)

The CS graduates at my college have required courses in discrete math, data structures, algorithms, compiler theory, operating systems theory, assembler language, graphics, database theory, microprocessor systems with electives in parallel programming, functional languages, machine learning, information theory, complexity theory, computer architecture and artificial intelligence. Are you telling me that all those courses can be crammed into a 19 week boot camp? We don't have courses like JavaScript, web design, html, css, agile and ruby. If you couldn't pick them up on your own, you weren't smart enough to be in the program.

about 2 months ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

byteherder Re:That's true, but... (212 comments)

That is the point, you DO need to know what is going on underneath.

There is functional requirements and non-functional requirements, both are important for the projects to be successful. I was on a team creating a moderately complex system. One of the programmers checked in a perfectly correct functional code but did not meet the performance requirement. The conversation went something like this.

Me: Your code works fine but I need it to be 5 times faster.
Coder: [Looking at me like I just turned green and grew horns] Can't we just up the hardware requirement.
Me: Sure, if you want our customers carrying around laptops the size of suitcases.
Coder: All I do, in the code, is call the library functions.
Me: The library function is totally inefficient for the algorithm you are trying to implement. You need to recode the function manually.
Coder: But how do I do that.
Me: You need to write it in OpenCL and use the GPU.
Coder: [Turns white as a ghost]

If you want your skills to be more than sorting a list or changing the color of the font, you have to know what is going on underneath.

about 3 months ago
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16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office

byteherder Re:Can this stuff be farmed out? (125 comments)

The test for speed is not 16Pflops of raw computation but 16Pflop on the Linpack test suite. And no the cloud cannot do 16Pflops as they measure it on a supercomputer. You may be able to spin up more nodes to get more cpu power but I cannot spin up 100 new network connects and get 100x the bandwidth. Or get the sub microsecond latency of a supercomputer no matter how many connections you have.

Supercomputer are in a class by themselves.

about 2 months ago
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16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office

byteherder Can this stuff be farmed out? (125 comments)

There is a reason that organizations by supercomputers. There is no cloud in the world that can do what this computer does. None. Nada.

Cloud computing can run multiple copies of Office and host a website but when you need real horsepower, you get a supercomputer.

about 2 months ago
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

byteherder No spy stories or net neutrality stories (145 comments)

That is like making a crime website but not reporting on murders and robberies.

about 2 months ago
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

byteherder How fast is fast enouch (291 comments)

Guys, do we really need 273 Gbit/s to the home that fiber provides. Isn't this just a bandwidth pissing match. My neighborhood has more bandwidth than yours.

I, for one, would be happy with 1GigE connection. Extra bandwidth would just bring diminishing returns. What education, what healthcare and social good needs that kind of bandwidth? So now you get your Youtube videos a millisecond faster.

Think of all the children that grew up using 28.8k modems. Oh, the humanity.

about 3 months ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

byteherder Blame the Klingons (171 comments)

I think the Klingons have been taking all the lithium from the galaxy in the form of dilithium crystals.

about 5 months ago

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