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Patent Troll Bill Clears House With Huge Majority

non-e-moose Re:One of the few times (138 comments)

Time to change "lifelong" party affiliations then.

about 8 months ago
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Patent Troll Bill Clears House With Huge Majority

non-e-moose Re:there's got to be a catch (138 comments)

>Most inventions are discovered simultaneously or nearly so, based on the natural progression of science and the technical arts. False. There is also a factor pertaining to the VOLUME of people involved. If the field in question has 7 people working in it, it is far less likely that any invention will be "discovered simultaneously" than if there are 1E6 people in the field. 1.00001^(population) as an example. > Every investor wants you to maximize opportunities at your disposal False. Wall street wants to capitalize on your balance sheet. Ideas/Intellectual property seldom enters the equation. Witness Nikolai Tesla. >More important to a company than inventions are their employees, who create those inventions False. As someone working at a startup in search of funding, patents help, but Angel/VC investing is about what the investors believe the risk vs. potential return is. A 1% return at huge risk will NEVER get funded. Yes, it is important for key employees to have a strong track record of delivering, but the big issue is risk/return.

about 8 months ago
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The NSA Is Looking For a Few Good Geeks

non-e-moose NAS/NSA definition (388 comments)

Alternative definition of "NSA" == Network Storage Attachment

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

non-e-moose Idiot management (473 comments)

In no particular order - dealing with management not interested in product quality - dealing with management who is biased towards their local site over product quality (Tel Aviv is full of ass-hats in this regard) - dealing with management that interprets "Agile" as being 30-45 minute "standups" every day that are nothing more than "I worked on Bug X today" rehashes. - dealing with management wherein the people hired by a particular manager are automatically given more credibility than people who are forcibly transferred in. Yes, I refer to AMD from direct experience.

about 9 months ago
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Monopoles and Magnetricity

non-e-moose Read Niven... (67 comments)

Larry Niven has gone into a great deal of theoretical depth on monopoles. Worth reading

about a year ago
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Why Your Users Hate Agile

non-e-moose Not all projects are amenable to Agile (597 comments)

Yup. A Troll-bait comment subject. But not every project is one where it can be afforded to "fix it" next month/next quarter. Device drivers. Compilers. Mainframe OS's. I heard a figure recently (from in-person discussion with a Mainframe SW person) that downtime costs them upwards of US$10,000 PER SECOND of downtime. Agile focuses on fast responses to customer bugs, not on ensuring that the number of bugs experienced by the customer is virtually zero. The point is that Mission Critical content has to have a correctness level which is an order of magnitude (or more) than a game or a less-than-wonderful UI. A bad case scenario: Oh, I'm sorry, Miss/Mr. medical patient of Therac25 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Therac-25) - we'll fix that in two revisions by using our Agile process (its a tough bug to fix), and we're sorry that you will contract a horrible form of cancer in the meantime.

about a year ago
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IBM Takes System/z To the Cloud With COBOL Update

non-e-moose Re:Anyone? (256 comments)

Wait - you forgot the 3 pages of required COBOL prologue to create a "hello world" style program.

about a year ago
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Windows: Not Doomed Yet

non-e-moose Metro style UI is the root cause (737 comments)

The problem isn't Windows per-se. It is Metro. Metro is just not usable unless you have a touch screen. Enterprise PCs are not touch screen. Existing PCs are not touch screen. Making it horribly difficult to use a "traditional" (non-touch-screen) interface is a fatal flaw. And not just for Windows. Some of the newer linux distributions are equally unusable. I tried Fedora 17 for my web server. Truly worthless UI. Fine if you are running a tablet, but completely unsuited for a server. Went back to CentOS on my web server. And I've used RedHat/Centos on a regular basis since kernel 1.3.57.

about a year ago
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Windows 8.1 May Restore Boot-To-Desktop, Start Button

non-e-moose Re:Too little too late (628 comments)

Phalse. Windows 3.x did NOT have "task scheduling" It was "pre-emptive multi-tasking". My college OS project was better at Multi-tasking (and context switching) than WinDoze 3.x. In that sense, Windows 3.x was actually "less" than an application on top of DOS - it constrained things to prevent actual multi-tasking.

about a year ago
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Comparing the C++ Standard and Boost

non-e-moose Re: Qt as "really nice" (333 comments)

Bzzzzt. Use of Qt presumes some sort of GUI. Not all applications need a GUI. Why would a loader need Qt? For the puzzled, a loader is /lib/ld.so* and is the key bit of code which manages where your application sits in Virtual Memory, along with the statically bound dynamic libraries. For general application developers, It is something well beyond your capacity to understand, so stick with your burger-flipping.

about a year ago
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Is It Worth Paying Extra For Fast SD Cards?

non-e-moose It depends: how many shoot 50+frames/minute? (164 comments)

How many people _actually_ shoot more than 10 frames/minute on a regular/continuous basis? Really. Think about your personal usage. The likelyhood is that the answer is Z-Eee-Arrr-Oooh. ZERO. or close to it. Those who do are serious about their video, and are much more picky about things than simple capture rates.

about a year and a half ago
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Lots of Changes for Intel Graphics Coming in Linux 3.9

non-e-moose AMD management still truly clueless (102 comments)

Too bad the AMD sacked the vast majority of their software people with any sort of Linux skills/background at the end of October. They could have been relevant.

about a year and a half ago
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Linux 3.8 Released

non-e-moose What about modern processors? (120 comments)

It is unfortunate that the Linux kernel still does not support a number of key features available in currently available hardware. Such as some features that Windows8 supports out-of-the box. Here's one example: AMD's LWP feature set. It requires XSAVE/XRSTOR, but has been rejected by the Linux kernel developers. No, I'm NOT an AMD employee. Yes I do own a couple of desktops based upon AMD cpus. Motivation: COST, COST, COST.

about a year and a half ago
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Driver Update Addresses Radeon Frame Latency Issues

non-e-moose I has nothing to do with the architecture (108 comments)

Writing anonymously as a former AMD-er: the performance has absolutely NOTHING to do with the underlying architecture. The root cause is a software development (if you can call it "development") culture which is completely incapable of moving at more than a snails pace. Thank you Ben Bar-Haim & associated Markham Bozos. I've met a lot of developers who are actually focused on quality at AMD, but they generally seem to be in the minority. Too many managers/directors of SW products at AMD seem to believe that the "look and feel" of the UI is much more important than actually being correct, let alone performant. I personally know for a fact that the shader compiler team is totally dedicated to correctness and high performance. But when they are [under] staffed at N, while the UI portion of the Catalyst driver is staffed at N^2 (or greater) the end result is inevitable. Goals are set on how "pretty" it is, rather than on performance and correctness.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Fight Russian Site Cloners?

non-e-moose You intentionally abandoned domains. (1 comments)

An anonymous reader writes "I used to run a small web design service--the domain for which, I allowed to expire after years of non-use. A few weeks ago, I noticed that my old site was back online at the old domain. The site-cloners are now using my old email addresses to gain access to old third-party web services accounts (invoicing tools, etc.) and are fraudulently billing my clients for years of services. I've contacted the Russian site host, PayPal, and the invoicing service. What more can I do? Can I fight back?" Define "fight back" - you purposely abandoned the sites, so your "can I fight back" whinging seems like you are simply jealous of "them" for billing on behalf of completed services.. To simplify, you come across as an SCO-style-entity even though you _EXPLICITLY_ gave up the rights to your domains. For your stupidity, do not pass go, do not collect $0.01.

more than 4 years ago
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New Plan Lets Top HS Students Graduate 2 Years Early

non-e-moose Been there, done that, did not do well... (425 comments)

I entered college at age 16, coming from a [private] college prep high school. Turns out I was in _waaaay_ over my head on the social aspects. And the age differential was from "skipping" 3rd grade, and had nothing to do with cruising through high-school. Moral of the story is for parents to be conscious of social issues when accelerating kids.

more than 4 years ago
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Ryan Gordon Wants To Bring Universal Binaries To Linux

non-e-moose Dynamic binary translation is a better method. (487 comments)

While fat binaries are one approach to run applications which are binary-only on Linux, a much better way is to use binary translation. A fat-binary approach would require application vendors to qualify both versions, which means approximately twice the cost. Translators can be developed by 3rd parties. There are a lot of commercial-grade binary translators and binary optimizers that have shipped over the years. Tandem, Digital, Transmeta, Transitive, etc. The messy parts are getting the OS conversion semantics correct when the source and target OS's are not very similar. Instruction decode can be a bit tricky, but it is not the development bottleneck.

more than 4 years ago
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Platform Independent C++ OS Library?

non-e-moose Re:TBB works wonders for threading (310 comments)

RTF License, not the FAQ. Explicitly: An "Excluded License" is one that requires, as a condition of use, modification, or distribution, that (a) the code be disclosed or distributed in source code form; or (b) others have the right to modify it; or (xi) include the Redistributables in malicious, deceptive, or unlawful programs.

more than 4 years ago

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