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Thanks For Reading: 15 Years of News For Nerds

emmons Re:Thanks (229 comments)

1. Build a beowulf cluster of hot grit pouring Portmans.
2. ??
3. Profit!

about 2 years ago
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Firefox Too Big To Link On 32-bit Windows

emmons Re:Oh, now we admit it is getting bloated (753 comments)

This article isn't about how much RAM Firefox needs when *running*, it's talking about how much RAM Microsoft Visual Studio uses when *compiling* (actually, linking) Firefox.

more than 2 years ago
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N.C. Official Sics License Police On Computer Scientist For Too Good a Complaint

emmons Re:It's terrible! (705 comments)

We aren't talking about Microsoft Certified Whatever People here.. the Civil Engineering PE licensing process is actually pretty good at testing for knowledge and expertise in the subject area. Civil Engineering is a relatively straightforward discipline to test knowledge on with agreed upon best practices, etc, PE is a professional license which requires a degree in the field, years of practical experience and then a pretty extensive exam process.

Did I mention it's a license? You don't just lose your piece of paper if you fuck up, you are held personally liable. You can go to jail for it.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft, Motorola Add 9 Patents To Ongoing Court Battle

emmons Re:Western district of Wisconsin? (61 comments)

Western District of Wisconsin's court is in Madison (right down town) and there's plenty of tech here - if you count biotech.

Still don't know why they'd file in Wisconsin though. Motorola is in Chicago.. perhaps their law firm has an office up here?

more than 3 years ago
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Between Christmas and New Year's, I'll take ...

emmons Re:I'll take Christmas Grumbling (422 comments)

Please, please, good people, I am in haste. Who lives in that castle?

more than 3 years ago
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Desktop Linux Is Dead

emmons Re:wrong OS? (1348 comments)

Nope. It is now official. Netcraft has confirmed: Linux is dying.

more than 3 years ago
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Hubble In Anaglyph Stereo 3D

emmons Re:Editor (114 comments)

Ah, ok. In the future if you're in need of an NLE that can do S3D natively, Sony Vegas 10 was just announced and has a full S3D workflow.

more than 3 years ago
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Hubble In Anaglyph Stereo 3D

emmons Editor (114 comments)

What are you using to produce this?

about 4 years ago
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It's Official — AMD Will Retire the ATI Brand

emmons Re:Great news (324 comments)

The 3 ghz clock applies only to parts of the processor die. And not the entire thing at that.

The PCIe clock rate is by default 100mhz. Engineering motherboard traces to do much more than that is a real pain because noise becomes a problem. Incidentally, dealing with noise is a large part of why PCIe uses multiple serial connections rather than one large parallel connection to increase bandwidth. Still, there's a physical limit to how many traces you can put on the motherboard.

PCIe is pretty damn fast, but there's a lot of overhead and lag to getting data from main memory out to the card and back. Once you set up the transfer though, it's fast. The problem for a lot of software developers is redesigning your software to deal with that lag.

about 4 years ago
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Sorting Algorithm Breaks Giga-Sort Barrier, With GPUs

emmons Re:x86 (187 comments)

Very true. There are other limitations to GPUs as well. They don't handle branching well at all, some scatter/gather operations are slow, etc.

But don't get me wrong; you'd have to pry my dual ATI (AMD) Radeon 5870's from my cold, dead fingers. And hopefully soon I'll get my hands on a GTX 485... :)

about 4 years ago
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Sorting Algorithm Breaks Giga-Sort Barrier, With GPUs

emmons Re:x86 (187 comments)

GPUs are highly parallel processors, but most of our computing algorithms were developed for fast single core processors. As we figure out how to implement new solutions to old problems to take advantage of these highly parallel processors, you'll continue to see stories like this one. But, there's a limit to how good they can be at certain types or problems. Read up on Amdahl's law.

Basically, traditional x86 processors are good at lots of stuff. Modern GPUs are great at a few things.

about 4 years ago
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Is AOL Finally Crashing and Burning?

emmons Re:See patch.com (193 comments)

Yea, because NOBODY has tried that before...

more than 4 years ago
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Superheroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church

emmons Re:Phelps is a hero! (631 comments)

Just imagine how much less national debt we would have if Jedi had to pay taxes.

more than 4 years ago
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US Needs Secure Coding Office

emmons Re:What the hell is a strategic software reserve? (236 comments)

A 5 star general? We haven't had one of those since the Korean War. Security bugs in the PR office happy-hour scheduling system must be a big deal!

more than 4 years ago
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Is Programming a Lucrative Profession?

emmons Re:Capitalism will find a way (844 comments)

And then you guys raised taxes quite a bit to pay for reconstructing Eastern Germany - and haven't gotten around to lowering those taxes yet. Absorbing all of that is what killed your economy.

That's not to say it's bad you guys did it - it was good and necessary to do. I just mean to say that Germany is a special case.

more than 4 years ago
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Favorite type of electical wall socket?

emmons Re:None! (711 comments)

I presume you have alternators between the exercise wheels and the jumper cables? Otherwise it wouldn't do much...

more than 5 years ago

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WI to Tax Video Games for Juvenile Justice Program

emmons emmons writes  |  more than 6 years ago

emmons writes "Wisconsin State Sen. Jon Erpenbach has proposed a bill that would raise the age at which Wisconsin law considers a person an adult in criminal court from 17 to 18. The problem is, juvenile courts cost more than regular court. So how to pay for the change? Well, by taxing the obvious cause of juvenile delinquency, of course: video games. The measure would create a 1% "surcharge" on games and consoles, such as Wii systems, Xboxes and PlayStations. The tax would translate to about 60 cents more on the $60 "Halo 3" or $2.50 more on a $250 Wii."
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