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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

justaguy516 Re:Film projector ... (790 comments)

You still get those wind-up clocks. We have one from a German company; I keep it because the alarm makes a sound like a banshee; it is the one alarm clock guaranteed to get my son out of bed in the morning.

about a week ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

justaguy516 Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (687 comments)

It was a free game. She didn't profit from it at all.

about two weeks ago
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Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

justaguy516 Re:Nice troll (552 comments)

Except that these are two separate problems. One is how to grow the economy. The second is how to distribute the outcome of the growth. The problem with your position is that you have already given up on the second; you are reconciled to the fact that the 0.1% is going to get the lion's share of the outcome of the economy.

You can hold off on immigration; but eventually robots will take over and do most of our jobs for us. If we still stick to the current capitalist model of society (and robots count as somebody's property/capital), and do not find a way to distribute the output of our robotic friends equitably (without requiring each and everybody in society to do meaningless jobs just to participate in the economy), we are all in trouble.

about a month ago
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Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

justaguy516 Re:Hitting 36 years old (552 comments)

I am 44 years old. Working in software for more than 20 years; a rather specialized sub-field of software. Completed 20 years in the business. About 10 years back, when I started looking around and saw that all the folks 10 years older than me were either completely clueless about what to do or had shifted to management, I made a conscious shift. I started specializing in maintenance work; old, 10-12 year old products. The smart young ones don't want to do maintenance work; it is un-glamourous, doesn't give them skills to put on linkedin. I love it; especially solving bugs from the field which are non-obvious. Its like detective work......and requires in-depth domain and product knowledge. So far, I have kept my head down, and out of sight. My customer's appreciate it (especially the field guys, who have their own customer's to face) when I come up with answers for them, and I am not competing with every 25 year old speaking knowledgeably about SMAC and Cassandra and stuff.

about a month ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

justaguy516 Re:From Jack Brennan's response (772 comments)

There was one person who was mentally challenged and he was tortured as a form of leverage on his family members. They actually tortured a mentally handicapped person.

about 1 month ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

justaguy516 Re:C++ is C (641 comments)

Read the original X-windows code. Impressively baroque OO written in C, with structs and function pointers, just as God intended it to be done.

about 2 months ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

justaguy516 Re:C had no real successor (641 comments)

C++ is like a Swiss Army penknife gone mad. The one with three blades, corkscrew and screwdriver was a useful enhancement over a plain knife ; though a plain knife is sufficient for most of what you need. But now the penknife has 1000 blades ranging from fish gutting to bear fighting, a built in arc welder, all the tools needed to strip the engine of a Maserati PLUS a built in grill and oven. Its crazy.

about 2 months ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

justaguy516 Re:H1-B debate? (398 comments)

It allows those genuinely in need of rare skills to use the system as intended. On the other hand it discourages whole sale replacement of the local work force.

about 2 months ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

justaguy516 Re:H1-B debate? (398 comments)

What you can do is to have a bottom on the cost per H1B to the employer. Let us say, you fix an amount Y. If the company pays the visa holder less than Y, they pay the rest as tax to the govt. If they pay more than Y, then they are not taxed. Y has to be the market clearing rate; i..e the rate at which all H1B visas available are taken.

about 2 months ago
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Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter

justaguy516 Re:numbering (164 comments)

That list is pretty eye-opening. So Psy isn't a one hit wonder.....fancy that.

about 2 months ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

justaguy516 Re:writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythin (455 comments)

Nope. A purely empirical observer wouldn't be able to tell you that 'as far as mommy knows, the chocolate is still in the drawer and that is why she is surprised'. The empirical observer would be able to predict that mommy giggles but wouldn't know __why__ she is giggling. The little boy can, because he can model mommy's state of mind. That is the fundamental difference.

about 2 months ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

justaguy516 Re:Consciousness versus Intelligence (455 comments)

Computer programs have no idea that what they are tracking is 'time' and how that "time" is different from any other relation (for example, distance) between entities , because they cannot infer causality between events.

Computer programs track a number which changes based on an abstract rule that the programmer programmed into it and based on the absolute value of that number, they do things. You could write a program where this number is replaced by the distance from a fixed point and send the computer on a random walk and the outcome would be very very different, for the same basic rules.

Time is not a sequence of numbers. If I show you a picture of a car down the street and then a picture of the same car in front of you, you will immediately place them in a 'time' order because you infer causality between the two of them......the car is in front of you right now __because__ it was down the street some __time ago__ and it is no longer there because it is here __now__. You think a program scheduler can create a relationship like this spontaneously?

about 2 months ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

justaguy516 Re:writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythin (455 comments)

But all of it doesn't even matter.

The professor of philosophy is actually wrong. We don't understand what time is any better then clocks do. We are complicated, ad infinitum refined "clocks" for mindless, insentient set of genes who aren't even aware of us. Even the notions "aware" and "sentient" are themselves misleading.

No, this is wrong. The professor is right; we do understand time and computers do not. In fact, we are capable of an understanding of time in a way which is impossible to communicate to computers or even any other forms consciousnesses. We understand time because we have an inherent sense of causality built into us, and time is the name we have given to the way we relate causal events. In fact, we are so good with time that we can construct dynamic experiments in our mind, using our own mind as a model and track the state of the modelled mind in time.

Consider the following experiment. A little child watches his mother put a bar of chocolate in the fridge. Little later daddy sneaks in and eats the chocolate. The little boy giggles; why? Because he knows that as far as mommy is concerned the chocolate is still there in the fridge and she will be surprised when she looks for it. How does he know? Because he constructed a simulation in his head of his mommy's mind, fed it a sequence of stimuli and observed its evolution over time. This is a level of manipulation of time (causality) which is completely out of reach of the most powerful computer.

about 2 months ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

justaguy516 Re:I bet Amazon would love to hire more women. (496 comments)

"Amazon" may not care, but "Amazon" doesn't make hiring decisions either. Individuals in Amazon do and they are as subject to societal prejudices as anybody. Not that I know anything about how women are treated in the Seattle tech industry, but this anthropomorphizing of large organizations is pretty silly.

about 2 months ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

justaguy516 Re:The US tech industry (283 comments)

Sorry, ARM is doing excellent work as a CPU (design) company. The whole smartphone/tablet business is riding on their coat-tails. So is nVidia.

about 3 months ago
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

justaguy516 Re:I'm betting on balloons (99 comments)

They do. Otherwise the receivers will have to continuously correct the link timing and Doppler. The link capacity will be degraded.

about 3 months ago
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

justaguy516 Re:I'm betting on balloons (99 comments)

There was an idea like this floated in the 1990s, called Strato station or something. Balloons at 80km altitude (in the stratosphere) providing coverage. I seem to remember that Loral and Alenia Spaziale were both involved to some extent. It was abandoned because it is too difficult to keep balloons static (even at that altitude) and this would need expensive tracking antennae on the ground (in the 1990s digital beamforming was simply not available for commercial use). Anybody else remember this? It was around the time when the whole world (including Microsoft, remember Teledesic?) was planning to do 'internet in the sky' kind of things.

about 3 months ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

justaguy516 Re:GPS (86 comments)

This has something to do with India's recent increased interest in cruise missiles. The Indian Armed forces just recently tested a sub-sonic, nuclear capable cruise missile.

about 3 months ago

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Training Java programmers in OpenGL

justaguy516 justaguy516 writes  |  about a week ago

justaguy516 (712036) writes "In my team, we have a set of programmers who have 4-5 years of experience programming in Java for web-servers (JBOSS, Weblogic, etc). We have been asked to think about retraining them for deployment on a project which will require some amount of OpenGL ES programming on an Android environment. Most of the training matter on the Web seems to be targetted for C programmers on desktop or server environments; OpenGL ES tutorials seem to assume that the trainee already knows the basics of OpenGL. Anybody got any ideas about how to go about this?"
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150 years of Maxwell's Equations

justaguy516 justaguy516 writes  |  about three weeks ago

justaguy516 (712036) writes "Maxwell's equations are one of the most stunning discoveries in the history of human science. Its a unique story, both as a climax for a century of scientific observation as well as a compelling story of how scientific theory and practical application went hand-in-hand in building the edifice on which the entire world of 2015 as we know it exists. While most people think of Faraday, Gauss, Ampere and Maxwell, my favourite has always been Oliver Heaviside, that unsung self-taught engineer who made so many fundamental contributions to this field."
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Aspect Oriented Programming

justaguy516 justaguy516 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

justaguy516 writes "Recently, I was asked to attend a session on aspect oriented programming, which is being rolled out in our organization. I was pretty aghast; we are creating a way to bypass the (imho) the only useful feature of OO. In my mind it is a complete recipe for disaster. We are a software services organization (focussing on the communications domain) and mostly C/C++/embedded in nature, and reliability is a very important aspect; 99.99% availability is a standard requirement. Anybody has any stories/experience to share in this?"
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