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Ray Kurzweil Does Not Understand the Brain

castoridae Re:Uh (830 comments)

The difficulty in truly understanding the genome is that it's both program and data.

Ah, so we're written in Lisp!

about 4 years ago
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Where To Start With DIY Home Security?

castoridae Re:a gun (825 comments)

Wish I had mod points - I agree that a gun and a dog are tough to beat for home security!

about 4 years ago
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Getting Started Contributing Back To Open Source

castoridae Re:There's something not quite right about this (99 comments)

I checked out the site this guy is hawking, and their projects page lists just about every open-source project ever conceived!

Not every project... there's a curious lack of Java projects. But if you want to hack Python, boy are you in luck!

more than 4 years ago
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Monitor Your Health 24x7 With the WIN Human Recorder

castoridae Re:Cheap Polysomnograph? (66 comments)

There might be all sorts of interesting bio-feedback applications. I was involved with a similar project about ten years ago, and one of our more interesting sessions involved connecting a number of sensors (primarily muscle tension sensors tracking electrical differentials across the skin) to the face of a trombone player who had some nerve damage on one side of his face. He couldn't really feel the "bad" side of his face, but kept adjusting until the readings looked the same as the "good" side, enabling him to play his instrument with somewhat closer to the technique he'd had before his injury/illness.

more than 4 years ago
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What Tools Do FLOSS Developers Need?

castoridae Re:Editors and Debuggers (310 comments)

Anyone that claims Visual Studio is a useful IDE hasn't used Emacs SLIME :)

Props to that!

more than 4 years ago
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Nano-Scale Robot Arm Moves Atoms With 100% Accuracy

castoridae Re:d'oh. (266 comments)

First, sorry - I did come across as a troll.

It bothers me to see generalized objections like this thrown up in front of a promising technology & line of pursuit, because it may throw up an artificial objection if enough people latch on. I think it's wrong to assume that the people working on this are idiots and won't apply disciplined engineering, testing, etc., as is done other critical systems.

Sure, there is the potential for bad things to happen, but there is also the potential for very, very good things to happen (e.g. respiroctyes), which I think can easily outweigh the bad (e.g. nano-based viruses) even if they do come to be.

To de-troll my first comment: software engineering isn't perfect. But it's benefits have far outweighed the drawbacks in today's world, and the consequences of failures are not less catastrophic than when put inside the body. Systems software on an airliner comes to mind. Current medical technologies already being put into human bodies also comes to mind.

more than 4 years ago
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Nano-Scale Robot Arm Moves Atoms With 100% Accuracy

castoridae Re:d'oh. (266 comments)

Right, because software engineering today has made our world much worse off than it would have been without... enough FUD - somebody moderate this overrated please!

more than 4 years ago
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Finding Someone To Manage Selling a Software Company?

castoridae Re:That is not true. (165 comments)

I'll stand by my generalization. Less than $3M = less possible revenue for the same multiplier. In their minds, why bother when they could spend the same amount of effort to do a $10M deal?

I'm sure there are exceptions, but this is the rule in today's VC market.

more than 4 years ago
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Finding Someone To Manage Selling a Software Company?

castoridae Re:you want VCs and an exit strategy, basically (165 comments)

Yes, in principal. But that's not pragmatic - this sounds way too small to interest VCs these days. Speaking from experience, they aren't going to give you the time of day unless you're asking for at least $3M, and ideally more like $5-10M.

I'd suggest local angels (individuals, not angel groups which often think they are VCs and act similarly) if you want, say, $100K-$1M, and friends-and-family or revenue (can be from random consulting while the product ramps up) for less than that.

more than 3 years ago
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Chinese Hackers Targeting NYPD Computers

castoridae Re:Why so interested? (212 comments)

I don't know if there's anything specific to China, but NYPD has been doing some international "outreach". For example, as per the article below, I think Mumbai is outside of their jurisdiction...

http://www.newsweek.com/id/182526

more than 5 years ago
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How To Show Code Samples?

castoridae Re:Be smart (485 comments)

Which is how any real developer on the job worth his salt would code! I don't want any of my developers wasting their time writing code that they could find that easily on the web. Their job is to integrate and polish that code (same thing they did for the interview) and to write only code that is really unique and proprietary.

(Obviously in practice there are a lot of cases where its just faster to write something that to find the exact right code scavenging the web, but I think the theory stands)

more than 6 years ago

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