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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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 a month 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 2 months ago
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Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research

justaguy516 Re: Multiple cuts (109 comments)

Machiavelli: If you have to do bad things, don't do them by dribs and drabs. Do them upfront in one fell swoop.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Twist Radio Beams To Send Data At 32 Gigabits Per Second

justaguy516 Re:Spiral filter, and a Tardis (122 comments)

Thanks. This is a little more understandable, once I read the wikipedia entry and saw the phase diagram.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Twist Radio Beams To Send Data At 32 Gigabits Per Second

justaguy516 Re:At what signal to noise ratio? (122 comments)

No wireless link operates at an SINR of -40dB. You are mixing up SINR and RSSI. An SINR of 19dB is actually very reasonable; LTE will achieve its top rates only at SINR of 30dB or so.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

justaguy516 Re:TDD FDD (232 comments)

Till the point where the 'automated' is considered more important than the 'testing' part and people stop tinkering with the software anymore ; oh, the automated tester will test __everything__.

about 3 months ago

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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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