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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

expatriot Re:They don't work for me (464 comments)

I have two pairs of progressive glasses: one for distance and reading (obvious compromise if reading a lot) and another for computer and book distance (no good for away from desk).

Works well, but I find the transition (?) from one pair to another sometimes a bit distracting. If for example I put on the distance ones and immediately get up from the desk.

The best overall solution (optically) was astigmatism corrected contacts (not progressive) and two different strengths of reading glasses, but it was too much hassle putting in the contacts and then putting on and taking off the glasses to read anything.

about three weeks ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

expatriot Re:r g (688 comments)

1950 is not the best starting point. That's like saying things are better now that slavery has ended. The drift since the 2008 crash has been in the wrong direction.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

expatriot Re:been there, done that (280 comments)

Technical writing is probably the best bet unless you are both very ambitious (to spend many many hours teaching yourself) and lucky (to get past HR).

One problem with technical writing is that, like management, it is usually a one-way street. If someone who is very technical leaves engineering it is almost impossible to get back into doing real engineering because the world moves on.

The exceptions, if you call it that, are that less technical generalists can sometimes thrive in project management or marketing.

about a month ago
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The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

expatriot Re:Marketshare (205 comments)

I thought /. justified music piracy because the marginal cost was zero and people who really cared about music would do it anyway.

What is the equivalent of music concerts as a revenue source for coders?

about a month and a half ago
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Device Allows Paralyzed Rats To Walk, Human Trials Scheduled Next Summer

expatriot Re:humans walk like rats? (85 comments)

There are some things rats will not do.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

expatriot Writing (392 comments)

There are arts graduates in our technical writing department. It is about the same effort teaching an engineer to write as teaching a writer about engineering. In general SW or high-level HW design have been the best fit and low level integration the hardest.

about 4 months ago
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Processors and the Limits of Physics

expatriot Re:Commenting on signal not crossing chip (168 comments)

Pipelining increases performance and instructions per cycle, but at the cost of power efficiency as branches cause a pipeline flush.

The problem is balancing area, performance, and performance.

There are obviously limits the the ability to make smaller circuits, even the ones described as 14nm are not really 14 in the same way 160 was 160. There is a lot of wasted space because of the LELE process and the need to minimise crosstalk and distortion.

The real limit however is not how much better X-ray exposure will shrink the size, but how much it costs to make circuits, 28nm is likely to be the most cost efficient size for some time to come. Many fabs are making chips in larger process sizes for fast turnaround and cheap masks.

about 5 months ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

expatriot Re: The problem is... (190 comments)

But as it can be synthesised, that refutes the argument that "if we destroyed it, it would be gone forever"

about 6 months ago
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The Disappearing Universe

expatriot Re: expansion of space and dark energy (358 comments)

Some theories for the end of the universe say that if the expansion of the universe keeps accelerating, eventually the expansion even between subatomic particles will be greater than the speed of light and everything will be ripped apart. This is long long after the skies are black because all objects and space have moved too far away.

about 8 months ago
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The Disappearing Universe

expatriot Re:Fascinating, terrifying stuff is news (358 comments)

The time for light might be zero in its own frame of reference, but of course no object with rest mass could ever reach the speed of light.

about 8 months ago
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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

expatriot Re:Well... (493 comments)

This is one of those topics that attracts loonies like flies to honey. Of course in the comments below, each side thinks the other side crazy too much control or too irresponsible.

For me, I think everyone should be vaccinated for common and dangerous diseases. The uncommon ones you can chose to or not (as when traveling). People don't remember polio and smallpox or brain-damage caused by measles.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

expatriot Re: Translation (589 comments)

There is too long, didn't read, and there is too long without paragraph breaks, didn't read.

you are not doing yourself any favors with your lack of formatting. Unless you are adding breaks and /. is removing them.

If using HTML, add
. If plain old text, carriage returns.

about 9 months ago
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SCOTUS Ends Novell's Anti-Trust Cast Against Microsoft

expatriot Re:way to over simplify the issue win the summery (174 comments)

Then it was not "literally" but "figuratively" and only relative to newer companies was it "very old". Other than that your post was very accurate and literally filled with eels.

about 9 months ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

expatriot Re:Good? (510 comments)

“I would not hurt you, little man,' he said.

'I think that I got the disorder in Mullingar,' I explained. I knew that I had gained his confidence and that the danger of violence was now passed. He then did something which took me by surprise. He pulled up his own ragged trouser and showed me his own left leg. It was smooth, shapely and fairly fat but it was made of wood also.

'That is a funny coincidence,' I said. I now perceived the reason for his sudden change of attitude.

'You are a sweet man,' he responded, 'and I would not lay a finger on your personality. I am the captain of all the one-legged men in the country. I knew them all up to now except one—your own self—and that one is now also my friend into the same bargain. If any man looks at you sideways, I will rip his belly.'

Flann O'Brien, The Third Policeman

about 10 months ago
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USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

expatriot Re:Serious omission (208 comments)

Perhaps the question is whether both ends of the cable is the same.
The 3.1 micro B shown in the figure has different ends, the C version is the same at both ends (and of course the plug on each end is reversible).

about 10 months ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

expatriot Re:Higher SAT scores, etc (529 comments)

As also stated by other commenters, none of these are hypothetical.
Sure you can deal with it, but it is not an easy life if those things happen regularly.

BTW. I am very happy with what I have accomplished.

about 10 months ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

expatriot Re:Higher SAT scores, etc (529 comments)

And then a question you answered in more detail is marked down because you included content not covered in class, or a question requires the exact quote from the lecture instead of the facts, or your teacher is just wrong about the facts and criticizes you for disagreeing, or you answer all the questions on a test and the rest of the class is given D's because the test is on the curve.

about 10 months ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

expatriot Re:Id|ot|c article (545 comments)

Clean water from hundreds of miles away is contaminated and them it flows into salty ground (see Australia for an example of this.) Some of it evaporates and descends as snow or rain far away from you. A small amount is retained deeper in the ground which would be great for some plants, but not so good for tomatoes or grass.

Water is not destroyed, but you have to pay for more for the next irrigation cycle.

It might as well be destroyed. If this were not true there would not be such a debate on the volume water extraction from rivers and aquifers.

about a year ago
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First Look At the Animals of the New Hebrides Trench

expatriot Re:Atmospheric pressure (40 comments)

The pressure inside equals the pressure outside (which is true for us also). They are not hollow glass spheres.

The pressure does change chemistry as reactions are affected by temperature and pressure.

about a year ago

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