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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

cruff Re:What I think would be most useful (471 comments)

1) GPS / pedometer for running

It isn't clear to me from the info available yet if the watch has stand alone GPS functionallity, or has to be tethered to an iPhone. Anyone know?

about two weeks ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

cruff One still needs to learn the fundamentals. (546 comments)

So much of the code that I've seen is poor because the people writing it have not learned the fundamentals of requirements determination and problem solving skills. Then you need to understand how to choose appropriate algorithms and tool sets to apply. Then you learn what you should have known in the first pass and you start again on a better solution. While colleges attempt to produce people having those skills, they often do not provide enough practice. For all four years of my degree program, only one course was about software engineering itself, and because it was only for a quarter, not nearly long enough to cover what takes years to pick up once you are out in the real world.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

cruff Re:First things first... (154 comments)

Ekornes Stressless recliners are very comfortable, and have a swiveling table (Stressless PC-table) that holds a laptop, but can be moved out of the way when you don't need to use it.

about a month ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

cruff Re:Where do I sign up? (327 comments)

Nine openings, seven list at over 100K/year. Good luck!

And nary a one is for the job category in question: Patent Examiner.

about a month ago

The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

cruff In Other News... (119 comments)

The Milky Way Galaxy was seen running off while crying about its impending demotion to dwarf galaxy status.

about 2 months ago

New Map Fingers Future Hot Spots For U.S. Earthquakes

cruff Happened in Colorado also in the 1960s (49 comments)

A deep waste injection well was drilled at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal NE of Denver in 1961 as a test for the disposal of toxic wastes. A test was run injecting water, and earthquakes resulted. I experienced a magnitude 3 or 4 quake myself as a result of this test. A report by David Evans documented this in 1966.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

cruff Just a fad (143 comments)

Nothing beats post it notes on windows, doors, other people's foreheads to get the creative juices flowing.

I've only seen this technique described in one of those all hands employee training meetings. You know the type, a useless meeting that is a mandatory attendance training session. Never once seen post its used in any meetings after that. What a waste of money.

about 3 months ago

Perl Is Undead

cruff Re:Yes, Perl is indeed dead and rotting (283 comments)

Meanwhile, Perl 5 being phased out of system building / admin tools and web frameworks. Even Perl 5 is dying.

Not for me, I write new Perl 5 code all the time. Get some real useful work done with it too.

about 3 months ago

Fabien Cousteau Takes Plunge To Beat Grandfather's Underwater Record

cruff Submariners can have fun too (84 comments)

My cousin served on an attack sub years ago, and he told me about the "diving parties" they had to break in the new junior grade lieutenants on their first patrol. When said lieutenant was standing watch, the diving party call would go out. The party members would all run to the rear of the boat, and the Lt would call for the necessary trim changes. Then the party would run to the front of the boat, repeat as required until the Lt figured out what was going on. Good training for the newbie.

about 3 months ago

German Scientists Successfully Test Brain-Controlled Flight Simulator

cruff Re:LOL ... (73 comments)

...think in German.

FTFY: think in Russian

about 4 months ago

Lytro Illum Light-Field Camera Lets You Refocus Pictures Later

cruff Re:IIIum? (129 comments)

Is that IIIum, Illum, or IlIum?

The font slashdot uses makes it impossible to tell.

Quite, but feel free to override their fonts to make it obvious. :-) I really hate sites that think setting a small font size is the right thing to do, and always have the minimum font size override turned on.

about 5 months ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

cruff Re:The Canadian Exodus.... (1633 comments)

What makes you think the OP would be willing to surrender his arms once he gets there? In the right areas, you could cross where no border agents are stationed, so it probably doesn't matter anyway.

about 5 months ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

cruff Re:The Canadian Exodus.... (1633 comments)

So that normal citizens like you and me can defend ourselves on the way to the Canadian border. Because when these idiot libs and cons start really shooting at each other... the Klondike might be our only hope.

What makes you so sure that Canada is willing to let you in with your firearms?

about 5 months ago

P vs. NP Problem Linked To the Quantum Nature of the Universe

cruff Re:!P is not NP and NP-Hard is not NP-Complete (199 comments)

TFA boggles me: what does the efficiency of the computation matter?

It seems to me to equate to define the limit where collapse of the wave function is guaranteed?

about 6 months ago

Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

cruff Re:Good PR Move (250 comments)

The question is, did Sparkfun learn anything from this or will they make another order from the same Chinese company for the same meters and hope Customs doesn't catch them? After all, they got away with it for some time.

I thought they stated they will carry the same cheaper meters, but with the Sparkfun red housing substituted instead.

about 5 months ago

Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

cruff Re:Paris had cars? (405 comments)

a lot of the cities in the US have less than a million people which isn't enough to pay for a train system

Some metro areas with more than a million in population are also finding it hard to afford to install rail. The Denver metro area, which is approaching 3 million, is one exampleis having trouble funding the light rail northern extensions towards Boulder and Longmont, which will have to make due with increased bus service. Of course, it doesn't help that the Regional Transportation District seems to think that everyone must only want to go into Denver and back...

about 6 months ago

Austin Has Highest Salaries For Tech Workers, After Factoring In Cost of Living

cruff Re: Denver? Atlanta? (285 comments)

Don't know about Denver, ...

So why did you even mention Denver if you don't know about it? :-) There are a lot of tech jobs all up and down the Colorado Front Range from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins in many different types of industries and national research labs. It is just one factor contributing to the more than doubling of population in this region during my life time.

about 6 months ago

Electric Bikes Get More Elegant Every Year (Video)

cruff Re:Still ugly (164 comments)

I wouldn't call road/racing bikes comfortable, i find an upright bike much more user friendly.

I agree 100%, riding in a lowered position causes numbness in my arms (noticeable after only 10-15 minutes) and causes neck pain. Not everyone who might like an electric bike is 20 years old! Same thing goes for motorcycles.

about 7 months ago

Engineers Invent Acoustic Equivalent of One-Way Glass

cruff Audio equivalent of a roach motel (114 comments)

Remember the old commercials for the roach motels? The roaches check in but they can't check out.

about 8 months ago

Isaac Asimov's 50-Year-Old Prediction For 2014 Is Viral and Wrong

cruff Re:Link to Asimov's actual article (385 comments)

On reading the original I think it is amazingly accurate.

To me, it didn't seem that accurate in terms of the number of correct predictions. The overall flavor of his predictions seems reasonable, however. After all, he predicted flying cars of a type, and they are still not here. I want my flying car!

about 9 months ago



USB Chainsaw - when you need to open something up!

cruff cruff writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cruff (171569) writes "Don't know if the USB Chainsaw is real or not, but the 500 ma provided by a USB port probably won't cut the stuff they show in the video, unless you spend a long time charging a battery. :-) However, imagine the uses to which a properly trained IT person could utilize this new tool!"
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