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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

noelhenson Re:Plus bonus.... (501 comments)

...kaiju protection.

As I recall, protection against kaiju was negligable at best.

about 3 months ago

Programming Education Making A Comeback In Primary Schools

noelhenson Re:Primary school might be too late (138 comments)

Everyone is missing the point on how to educate a child. Do any of these techniques take into account what the children's brains are ready for at a particular age? You know, things like fine motor skill development, centerline crossing, emotional development, movement. Teaching reading too early can affect math and writing skills. The US is doing this all the wrong way. And don't even get me started on standardized testing.Teaching programming too early is such a bad thing to do to their brains. It's about the right education for what's right for any particular child at their own current state of development according to their own particular skills, needs and abilities; at that particular time in their life. We don't need programming machines; we need well-rounded humans.

Just my take on all this. And you should see the school my daughter attends, the Austin Waldorf School. Please visit if you are in the neighborhood.

about 5 months ago

Build an Open-Source Electric Car In About One Hour

noelhenson Re:I think (188 comments)

That's the best you kids can come up with these days? "Fuck Beta?" and the like? How about some constructive criticisms? I wonder how each of you would react if your own customers/clients/bosses criticized your work with some think along the lines of "Fuck that!" Or, "You're fired!" as opposed to something constructive that benefist both of you?

about 7 months ago

The Changing Face of Software Development

noelhenson Re:In my Experience (173 comments)

(Damn my old fingers and their typos)

about a year ago

The Changing Face of Software Development

noelhenson Re:In my Experience (173 comments)

It has been MY experience that women coders do a much better job at documentation, readable syntax in their coding styles and much better factoring and re-factoring of software. In my opinion based on 30+ years of experience programming and dealing with programmers, is that only 25% of male programmers are competent and less than half of those are what I would call 'above average'. I've maybe met 10-12 awesome programmers in all that time. Must my $0.02 worth.

about a year ago

How Power Failures Corrupt Flash SSD Data

noelhenson Re:Anyone ever hear of a battery-backed cache? (204 comments)

Actually, you might be surprised at how large it would be. F=It/V. 10mS write time for a sector, 2S for a file. Voltage tolerances being about +/-5%. 3.3V operationg voltage. 5V source voltage. Say 80mA for operating current.

1.7V drop over 10mS should require about 470uF. To write a file (a 2-second file) would be something like: 80mA*2S/1.7V or about 94,000 uF.

I'm not trying to be a killjoy here, but trying to store data during bad-voltage and power-down situations is a nontrivial problem.

about a year and a half ago

Transparent Transistors Printed On Paper

noelhenson Re:2000 year old? (51 comments)


Silicone: (^)(^)
Silicon: sand and computer chips.

about a year and a half ago

AMD Unveils Preliminary Radeon HD 8000M Series Mobile GPU Details

noelhenson Re:That's nothing (51 comments) I wish that I'd thought of that. LMAO!

about 2 years ago

Google Launches Endangered Languages Project

noelhenson Re:as a petty google hater, let me just say.. (194 comments)

The real reason to have many 'live' languages is simply that of diversity. In English you can make jokes with the two different meanings of the word letter. You can't do that in Spanish. They have their own word play. Different languages force different views and expressions of the world. having one or two or just a few verbal languages make as much sense as having one or two or just a few programming languages.

Just my $0.02 worth.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Language Should a Former Coder Dig Into?

noelhenson How about Forth? (530 comments)

I love using Forth to debug new hardware as well as develop embedded control systems. As you are retired and looking for a new, (fun?) native language, I'd sure give it a try.

more than 2 years ago

Lightning-made Waves In Earth's Atmosphere Leak Into Space

noelhenson Re:Leaking energy (72 comments)

Actually the ionosphere forms both a waveguide and a capacitor with the Earth itself. Changes in potential, even in waveguide scenarios, will still radiate out into space.

more than 2 years ago

How Do I Get Back a Passion For Programming?

noelhenson Re:Sucks to be you! (516 comments)

BTW, I'm not a recruiter. I design embedded control systems (now) for 50W-100KW SR motor controllers. I reread my post and it seemed salesman-ish. that's not me. I'm a real systems engineer. :)

more than 2 years ago

How Do I Get Back a Passion For Programming?

noelhenson Re:Sucks to be you! (516 comments)

Yes, get your resume up to date. Use a creative but not overly creative format. I'd be happy to pass you my format. Recently was laid off due to lack of funding. This resume got 8 hits in 48 hours from 10 blind submissions to 3 recruiters and 7 companies. The fourth company hired me on-the-spot; walked out with a 6-figure job. I'd be happy to help in any way I can.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook: Your Personal Data is a Trade Secret

noelhenson Are we on the way... (203 comments)

to Asimov's psychohistory?

more than 2 years ago

Houston We Have a Problem

noelhenson Re:That's one small step for ? (116 comments)

Knowledge = Power
P= W/t
Money = Work/Knowledge

Wouldn't that be:
Money = W/K = W/(W/t) = W*(t/W) = t

So, either Money = time (and vice-versa) or time = time. Or did I miss something?

more than 3 years ago


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