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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

friedmud Re:Sounds Better? (433 comments)

This isn't true for me. I really don't give a rat's ass about "toxins" (that's WAY overblown) - but I generally buy organic. Why? Quality. I'm not directly talking about "taste" (although grass-fed beef _does_ taste different from corn fed... but both are good!). I'm talking about average _quality_ of the food: i.e. how fresh it is, how well it is packaged, how it has been processed (or not), etc.

Yes, if you have two cows that are both high quality and you raise one organically and one non-organically and process their meat in exactly the same way and get it to the market and then to my table in exactly the same way: they are going to taste similar. _However_ that's not what happens.

Organic farmers are usually closer to where their goods are sold. They also give a shit about their product and aren't just some huge conglomerate - and their food is processed in smaller batches where more care can be taken. This means that (on average) I get higher quality food when I buy organic. Fresher greens, fresher (and better cut) meat, better spices, fresher produce, etc.

This is the same reason why people like to shop at farmer's markets: better quality food straight from farms.

As for the actual topic here: I know a lot of people are doing the Vinyl thing because it's "in" right now... but many people are also discovering that they _like_ the color added by vinyl medium.. and that it suits their ears. I'm not one of those people (digital FTW!) - but I can understand it.

about a week ago
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Seeking Coders, Tech Titans Turn To K-12 Schools

friedmud Re:blah blah blah (105 comments)

No. Design is just as important as getting the right answer. More projects fail from bad design then from not working properly (entropy overtakes them until they can't add new features users want or the bugs start to creep in as new features are added due to poor compartmentalization).

Math helps. It helps a ton. Being able to use givens and rearrange a known set of variables to get to an answer is definitely critical. BUT - there is more to creating good software.

Starting early on how to think abstractly and to generalize with good interfaces is key so starting with high schoolers is not a bad idea at all.

about two weeks ago
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Haier Plans To Embed Area Wireless Chargers In Home Appliances

friedmud Sounds wasteful and stupid ... (61 comments)

Maybe not in the home... but think about public spaces. Put a few of these in a hotel lobby and everyone traveling through there can get a charge.

What about at Airports? Put one in the middle of each waiting area and all the passengers get a charge.

How about meeting rooms at companies?

Not too mention restaurants (Starbucks?)...

There are tons of places where lots of people congregate and they would appreciate getting a "top up" on the their batteries.

This is not a question of "if" only of "when"... and these are the first steps toward that...

about 2 months ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

friedmud Re:Only Android? (231 comments)

If you don't wipe your phone this can happen with anything (including an iPhone)...

However, if you reset an iPhone there is NO way to recover anything. Everything written on an iPhone is encrypted... when you reset an iPhone it securely wipes the key and then nothing is retrievable.

about 5 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

friedmud Re:We're Not (634 comments)

Interesting... I'm not sure what's unproductive about producing a freely available scientific engineering platform that is directly impacting the energy generation issues in this country.

But, ok :-)

about 7 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

friedmud Re:Yes you are (634 comments)

You can install PETSc without a Fortran compiler at all. Change that --download-f-blas-lapack to --download-c-blas-lapack and you're good to go...

In fact... MOOSE works on platforms without a Fortran compiler at all... although we generally recommend that you have one (so that you can still link in any legacy routines you've written in Fortran).

I'm not specifically against Fortran... I was just trying to say that most new computational science development at the National Labs is NOT being done in it. We've moved on...

about 7 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

friedmud Re:We're Not (634 comments)

Firstly... 10^-15 is WAY beyond what most scientific codes care about. Most nonlinear finite-element codes generally shoot for convergence tolerances between 1e-5 and 1e-8. Most of the problems are just too hard (read: incredibly nonlinear) to solve to anything beyond that. Further, 1e-8 is generally WAY beyond the physical engineering parameters for the problem. Beyond that level we either can't measure the inputs, have uncertainty about material properties, can't perfectly represent the geometry, have discretization error etc., etc. Who cares if you can reproduce the exact same numbers down to 1e-15 when your inputs have uncertainty above 1e-3??

Secondly... lots of the best computational scientists in the world would disagree:

http://www.openfoam.org/docs/u...
http://libmesh.sourceforge.net...
http://www.dealii.org/
http://eigen.tuxfamily.org/ind...
http://trilinos.sandia.gov/

I could go on... but you're just VERY wrong... and there's no reason to spend more time on you...

about 7 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

friedmud Re:Why is anyone still using C++ in 2014? (634 comments)

Not everyone needs to know all of the quirks of C++ to use it. My project ( http://mooseframework.org/ ) does all of the nasty C++ stuff under the hood so that we can expose a very straightforward interface to non-computer-scientists.

It's working out well so far.

Object-oriented is still a good paradigm until the functional language people get everything figured out and there are enough computational science libraries written in functional languages. And if you want to do object-oriented and you still want to be fairly close to the metal for performance reasons then C++ is a good choice.

There are people that do object-oriented with C like the PETSc team ( http://www.mcs.anl.gov/petsc/ )... and they have good reasons for doing so... but the result isn't necessarily less imposing to the uninitiated than C++...

about 7 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

friedmud We're Not (634 comments)

I saw this link bait the other day...

We're NOT using Fortran anymore...

Many of us at the National Labs do modern, object-oriented C/C++... Like the project I'm in charge of: http://www.mooseframework.org/

There are whole labs that have completely expunged Fortran in favor of C++... Like Sandia (http://trilinos.sandia.gov) who actually went through a period in the late 90s and early 2000s where they systematically replaced all of their largest Fortan computational science codes with C++.

Those places that don't use C++ use C like the awesome PETSc library from Argonne ( http://www.mcs.anl.gov/petsc/ ) which actually employs an object-oriented scheme in C.

The big name modern codes that are getting run on the biggest machines are generally done in C and C++.

I don't see that situation changing anytime soon as there is simply a massive amount of C and C++ libraries that will continue to provide the engine for tomorrows codes. The trend i see happening most often is utilizing C and C++ libraries with Python glue for everything doesn't need raw speed.... I think that trend will continue.

about 7 months ago
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Programming Language Diversity On the Rise

friedmud Re:A good sign (177 comments)

Are you trying to say you don't find any value in GitHub?

I'm (semi) with you on knew languages... but new platforms like GitHub have totally changed how people develop open source projects...

If you haven't tried it... then you REALLY should.

about 7 months ago
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GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

friedmud Re:"web-based" (121 comments)

It does not run in the browser. It's a standalone application that is based on web technologies.

about 7 months ago
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GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

friedmud Re:Prime Example of Software Bloat (121 comments)

And my current Emacs: 150MB

What's your point?

You don't have 100MB of RAM to spare?

about 7 months ago
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GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

friedmud Re:mac only? (121 comments)

That's not it - I've been in the beta for a long time... they are just targeting Mac first.

In the web develop / startup world around San Francisco (where GitHub is) Apple computers are fairly popular... and that's apparently what GitHub primarily uses.

about 7 months ago
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GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

friedmud Re:mac only? (121 comments)

It will be on more platforms soon - they just chose Mac first because that's primarily what's used at GitHub.

about 7 months ago
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GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

friedmud Re:EMACS 2.0 (121 comments)

To be fair... Emacs 10.7 running on my Mac is currently consuming 150MB...

We've moved on past the days where we care how much memory this stuff takes up. If you're a developer you've probably got a pretty decent machine anyway.

I personally want more features... and more features means more memory and I'm happy to give it.

I did try Atom for a week and it wasn't quite ready for what I wanted to do with it and so I moved back to Emacs. I'm going to keep any eye on it though because the extensibility is CRAZY easy so there are going to be TONS of plugins built over time...

about 7 months ago
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1.5 Meter Long Meteorite Fragment Recovered From Russian Lake

friedmud Re:Slashdot Officially Sucks (86 comments)

Hehe - please don't label me a conspiracy theorist! ;-)

This is why I wanted to see the discussion - because my own intuition (which I totally agree is not based on any real world experience of such an event) led me to think that the ice hole wasn't right. Unfortunately, everyone was too damn busy making Soviet Russia meme jokes to actually talk about the physics involved...

But - we've now been able to have a bit of good discourse here in this thread and my understanding has definitely increased from the posts of others...

about a year ago
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1.5 Meter Long Meteorite Fragment Recovered From Russian Lake

friedmud Re:Slashdot Officially Sucks (86 comments)

Thanks for the link (and the "analogy") - that did help... and THIS is what I was hoping to find in the discussion ;-)

about a year ago
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1.5 Meter Long Meteorite Fragment Recovered From Russian Lake

friedmud Re:Slashdot Officially Sucks (86 comments)

Cool - I'm ok with that - that's why I came here to see some discussion ;-)

Mind providing some insight on why it wouldn't have? The car "analogy" above does give a good "feel" for why that hole wouldn't have been larger (although the terminal velocity of a rock would be somewhat higher than a car).

A bit of math / physics here would be insightful....

about a year ago
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1.5 Meter Long Meteorite Fragment Recovered From Russian Lake

friedmud Slashdot Officially Sucks (86 comments)

After reading the summary and scanning the article (in true Slashdot fasion!) I went to look at the comments... and they are all complete drivel. Tons of stupid jokes and no actual discussion of the event. What the hell has happened here??

Anyway - back on topic: Does anyone else feel like that rock is WAY too big to have only left a 6m hole in the ice? That rock impacting the ice/water would have been an enormous event... it would have vaporized a ton of water and blown the ice away for at least several hundred feet.

Something doesn't add up here.

about a year ago

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Amazon Launches DRM Free Music Service

friedmud friedmud writes  |  more than 7 years ago

friedmud (512466) writes "As covered by Reuters, Amazon has launched their new DRM Free (all files are 256kbps MP3) music service called (imaginatively): AmazonMP3. They currently have over 2 million songs from both independent and major labels. Most songs are $0.89 with albums mostly falling in the $9 range (but as cheap as $5). The selection appears to be far superior to E-Music while being much less restrictive than most of the music on iTunes. Is this the holy grail of online music stores that we've all been waiting for?"

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