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Ask Slashdot: Books for a Comp Sci Graduate Student?

flabbergast Introduction to Algorithms (247 comments)

Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen Leiserson Rivest and Stein.

about 9 months ago

Parents' Campaign Leads To Wi-Fi Ban In New Zealand School

flabbergast Re:There's a question about that at Skeptics (294 comments)

"For all your whining about how the government can't do anything right, you little twits haven't grown up on top of a waste chemical disposal trench."

I remember when Lake Erie was on fire, and I still KNOW the government cant do anything right.

Lake Erie never caught fire, it almost "died" because of algae blooms though. The Cuyahoga River caught on fire.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: IT Spending In Engineering?

flabbergast Re:move them from IT to other engineering costs.. (146 comments)

This was my first thought as well. I'm surprised clusters and software goes under IT costs rather than engineering cost. MATLAB/Mathematica/SolidWorks are not an IT solution rather an engineering cost.

about a year ago

Hand-held "Sound Camera" Shows You the Source of Noises

flabbergast Re:Open source sound localization (114 comments)

I hovered over the link and thought "Man Years? What the hell kind of project title is that? Oh, wait..."

about a year and a half ago

What Early Software Was Influential Enough To Deserve Acclaim?

flabbergast But Computer Scientist do look backwards (704 comments)

Go look at a ray tracing paper or a photon mapping paper. It probably cites Kajiya's rendering equation paper from 1986. Thin plate spline registration? Bookstein from 1990. Its not software like MacPaint, but software is built on the back of research, so why focus on MacPaint when you can focus on the research? There's a mountain of literature out there, and CS definitely requires people to look backwards before moving forwards.

about 2 years ago

EU Antitrust Chief: Google "Diverting Traffic" & Will Be Forced To Change

flabbergast Re:I'm regreting the death of other search engines (329 comments)

These are businesses that buy in bulk and sell to yuppies.
Heirloom seeds have become a profitable business so only the ones willing and able to pay the Google search tax even show up on the search results.

Lets not be so hasty to jump to the conclusion that Basically the scam sites were paying a bundle to show up on the first few pages in the search results.. You stated that those businesses are selling to yuppies and heirloom seeds have become a profitable business. This would indicate to me that yuppies have jumped into your niche, which you are very knowledgeable about. But, isn't it just as reasonable to jump to the conclusion that a large number of what you call "yuppies" have decided those "scam sites" are legit and have been posting images and links to their product all over on Pinterest, Google Plus, Facebook, tumblr, etc, etc? And that's driven those up the rankings? That those you deride as "yuppies" are really driving this new interest in seeds and therefore because of their far reaching followings on Pinterest, drive the search results? In essence, all those "sheep" are actually driving the results now rather you. Google may not have sold out, rather your voice has been drowned out.

about 2 years ago

HP Cuts Workforce By 5%, Looks To Probe GM Hires

flabbergast GM owned EDS from 1984 to 1996 (304 comments)

I'm surprised no one, not even the article, mentioned that EDS was at one time owned by GM, purchased in 1984 and then spun off in 1996 as an independent company. After it was sold, GM contracted a lot of work from EDS for IT services. While 1996 was quite a long time ago, I'd imagine that the IT work that HP did for GM through EDS was very intimate given the nature of the relationship between the companies.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Was Your Favorite Web Comic of 2012?

flabbergast JL8 by Yale Stewart (321 comments)

Imagine if the Justice League met as super-powered children instead of adults. And their gym teacher was Darkseid. And Batman and Superman pretending to be Spider-man with the mouth sound effects (Tchoo!) Its sweet without being over-bearing and hits that perfect note of what it is to be children.


more than 2 years ago

Kickstarter Technology Projects Ship

flabbergast Anecdotal comments about Kickstarter (100 comments)

I've supported one Kickstarter because it was a photography project by a friend who is a professional photographer, i.e. he's been published in Time magazine. I supported it because it was a thoughtful project with a timeline and real deadlines. Once the funding was met and he started the project, he gave status updates every few days and completed the project on time. I was happy to participate.

Every other offer that's been solicited by friends I've turned down. The most recent one, which did get funding, was a friend who started a handmade clothing company. This person is the CEO and chief designer. The company has had 3 employees on and off over the last 3 years. A shipping deadline was missed last Christmas to deliver handbags, scarves and laptop bags. This person has taken donations from friends and family and given them receipts so they can claim them on their taxes, but the company is not a 503c. The Facebook message from the launch was "If this doesn't get funded, my company is going out of business."

I feel like Kickstarter is a great idea, but the latter has become the norm for me. "I've completely screwed up as an owner, but I'm not really begging if its on Kickstarter." Or "I have this idea, but I have no idea how to execute it but I need money, off to Kickstarter!"

more than 2 years ago

Apple's Secret Plan To Join iPhones With Airport Security

flabbergast Re:Secret HOW? Nice Headline Slashdot... (232 comments)

The booths in Illinois with "no human operator present" existed before I-PASS became so dominant. I remember running a few toll baskets in the suburbs in 2000 because I didn't have any change.

more than 2 years ago

Canada: Police Do Not Have Power To Wiretap Without Warrant

flabbergast Re:A step in the right direction (133 comments)

Albeit, this isn't new(we suspended a lot of rights during WWII, at least. see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_American_internment [wikipedia.org] ), but we just need to get rid of this idea)
Yeah, the Americans weren't the only ones to intern ethnically Japanese portions of the population. The Canadians did as well.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Canadian_internment http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obasan

more than 2 years ago

Artificial Neural Networks Demonstrate the Evolution of Human Intelligence

flabbergast Re:Begging the Question (107 comments)

Hmmm, condenses my thoughts on the subject into two succinct sentences. Well done.

more than 2 years ago

Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

flabbergast Re:Seems reasonable.. (1271 comments)

You'll have to be more specific. Everything's sinful in Utah.

more than 2 years ago

Professor Resigns From Stanford To Launch Online Education Project

flabbergast Re:That was unexpected (162 comments)

Wasn't this every CS department though in the 80's and the 90's? AI in that time was all about expert systems and predicate calculus.

about 3 years ago

Hewlett Packard's Cult Calculator Turns 30

flabbergast RPN (318 comments)

"It runs on an unconventional operating system called "Reverse Polish Notation," which eschews parentheses and equal signs in an effort to run long calculations more efficiently."
I didn't know RPN was an operating system. Perhaps that's what they mean by unconventional.

more than 3 years ago

IT Management Always Blames the Worker Bees

flabbergast Keyword seems to be "oversight" (266 comments)

The keyword seems to be "oversight," or lack thereof. "Ed" was one of six workers at a $250 million retailer in Pa. "Ed" has a boss and he/she only had to look after 6 people. Six people! How do you not know what Ed is doing? And as a company that has $250 million in revenue, how are there only six people?

"Sally" had "privilege escalation" at a Fortune 500 company. Why? Because she puts out fire and was "special." She worked from home. Where was her boss in all this? Why didn't that person realize that perhaps "Sally" shouldn't have had "privilege escalation?"

In all of this, where were the managers? Aren't they supposed to manage resource? Shouldn't they be held accountable for lack of oversight?

about 4 years ago


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