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Proprietary Nvidia Linux Driver Contains Privilege Escalation Hole

oudzeeman Re:meh (180 comments)

thats what he is saying. Even if you haven't bought a discrete card, you've still bought a video card (that was integrated into your motherboard)

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot - Careers In Computer Science That Keep You Physically Active?

oudzeeman have a life outside work... (220 comments)

The campus of my company literally abuts Acadia National Park. I can be out my office door and hiking or running on park trails in 10 minutes. There are plenty of cities with awesome outdoor recreation opportunities. Your job might not keep you active, but that doesn't mean you have to sit on the couch and play video games when you get home either.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Stay Employable?

oudzeeman we hire 40+ year old developers all the time. (708 comments)

I work in computational biology at a large research laboratory located in a rural area in Maine. We are the only game in town, and the people we hire are often more senior developers that either want to move to a small town on the coast, or were originally from the state and left to pursue their career. I can only think of one recent hire straight out of college, and in that case the person grew up in the town with our flagship state university and chose to go to school out of state. If you want to avoid managerial work and focus on software engineering, think about leaving the financial industry and look towards other domains -- some of your knowledge will translate. We basically have two types of developers -- those writing research/analysis software and those writing large enterprise systems (like laboratory information management systems).

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Ambitious Yet Ethical Software Jobs?

oudzeeman Genomics (559 comments)

I used to work at a University doing research sponsored by the US Army, my area of expertise was high performance computing. I left to go work at a genetics research laboratory, which is becoming increasingly computationally driven. Historically a lot of our work is what one would consider "embarrassingly parallel", but the rate at which we can produce genetic data is growing exponentially. New approaches to storing and analyzing this data are needed. I've recently been dabbling in CUDA programming, and we are already using FPGAs.

more than 2 years ago

Diesel-Like Engine Could Boost Fuel Economy By 50%

oudzeeman Re:We need new power plants ... (721 comments)

there is a lot of excess capacity in the power grid at night. Most people would recharge their electric cars overnight, and not have to worry about it during the day. Its only on long trips that you would need to worry about daytime charging.

more than 2 years ago

Pay the TSA $100 and Bypass Airport Security

oudzeeman Re:"government issued picture ID" (527 comments)

The people that live in it. Probably 80% of Americans are idiots. I might be generous.

more than 2 years ago

Zynga Accused of Cloning Hit Indie iPhone Game Tiny Tower

oudzeeman Re:xerox parc (245 comments)

you're assuming the stock never split when you say they could have bought the shares on the open market in 2002 for less

more than 2 years ago

California Going Ahead With Bullet Train

oudzeeman Re:Time (709 comments)

slave labor, almost free land, very little in the way of right-of-way disputes...

more than 2 years ago

Hotmail Mobile Usage Spikes Thanks To Apple iOS 5

oudzeeman Re:Apple is losing it's hold (122 comments)

$150 million, not $5 billion. Microsoft bought 150 million dollars worth of non-voting shares as part of a patent licensing agreement, and also agreed to produce MS Office for OS X for at least 5 years (this was the important part, since many big software vendors had not yet committed to port their code to the new OS), and Internet explorer would be bundled as the default browser for 5 years (I think it was 5 years).

Apple was a multi-billion dollar company with 1.2 billion in cash at the time. It was in trouble financially, but it probably could have survived without that $150 million.

more than 2 years ago

Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone

oudzeeman Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (699 comments)

I was brought up Catholic, my parents were involved in the church choir, but we almost never talked about god or religion outside of church. We were never taught to give god thanks for everyday things. All success or failure was attributed to us. My parents would have considered themselves very spiritual, in her later years my Mother loved to read books about saints, and she made a pilgrimage to France. But I never felt like religion was part of our day to day lives. As a kid it was an hour a week, maybe two if we were doing "CCD" (religious education). I think they would be pretty upset to know I don't really believe, but they never mentioned having my son baptized, or the fact that we did not attend church.

more than 2 years ago

Can Newegg Survive the Post-PC Future?

oudzeeman Re:Holy Wars ... the Punishment Due (559 comments)

I used to build my computers after carefully researching each component. The pre-built offerings were mostly junk. Then I switched to a Mac, and now I have a laptop and external display. For me a computer is a tool, and this does the job for me.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Use For a New Supercomputing Cluster?

oudzeeman east coast HPC guy here (387 comments)

I work at a genetics research lab in New England and specialize in High Performance Computing. Let me know if you want to talk privately. I would be willing to give a little advice for free, or more as a consultant.

about 3 years ago

Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley Dishes On Steve Jobs

oudzeeman Re:Control (417 comments)

I remember working on a kernel extension for OS X on a previous job 5 or 6 years ago. We were having some trouble, so we started digging through the XNU source code. We found an email address of an engineer at apple in some of the comments and emailed him. After a few emails it was determined there was a bug (we were doing something rather strange, so this wouldn't normally affect developers), he offered a work around and opened a bug report for the issue. This wouldn't have happened had I been developing for windows.

more than 3 years ago

Apple In Talks To Bring $0.99 TV Rentals To iTunes

oudzeeman i'd pay 99 cents (274 comments)

I pay about $100 a month for digital TV plus DVR service. I rarely watch TV - there are a couple shows I make a point to watch, the rest of my TV viewing is usually food network, discovery, or history channel while I'm multi-tasking and hour or so before going to sleep. I could probably spend less than $10 a month on TV show rentals and I wouldn't really miss cable TV that much.

about 4 years ago

Child Porn As a Weapon

oudzeeman Re:How easy? (774 comments)

that seems excessive! What state is this?!

in my state (Maine), the age of consent is 16, but there is also an age differential test that comes into affect if one of the parties is under the age of 16. For people age 14 and up, they are able to consent as long as the age difference is no more than 5 years. This means a 14 year old can consent to sex with a 19 year old, but not a 20 year old. There are exceptions, such as teachers, employers, etc. E.g. a student that is 16 (someone of this age can consent to sex with anyone aged 14 and up) can not consent to sex with someone in a position of authority over them. People under the age of 14 can not legally consent.

more than 4 years ago

Officials Sue Couple Who Removed Their Lawn

oudzeeman Re:Dumb Government Abuse of Power (819 comments)

I live in a neighborhood in a small Maine city that was developed in a couple phases, the first major phase was developed in the late 60s/early70s, the second was in the mid - late 90s. There are covenants here that somewhat limit what you can do with your property, many were concerned with the initial construction while a few were not (house must be a certain size/cost at construction, no mobile homes, no commercial vehicles parked in driveways, ...). Most new subdivisions will, at the very least, have requirements on initial construction, and some require things like window blinds, outside lights that are kept on at night, and landscaping. Other towns in Maine have limitations on color/appearance of houses, especially in historic parts of town, but it a lot of rural areas in Maine it is indeed a free for all... and you end up with people that have 5 nonworking cars on their law, or a sailboat that hasn't seen water in 20 years.

more than 4 years ago

"Logan's Run" Syndrome In Programming

oudzeeman we just hired an older programmer (599 comments)

We just filled a senior level programmer position with someone in their 50s. This person had a great resume, and did an awesome job in their interview - blew pretty much everyone else we looked at away. I'd say he's easily 1000X better than the last young intern we had (now a grad student in CS). I'd say most of the programmers here are in their late 30s to mid 40s. A few are older (50ish). I'm a young one here, a "senior" software engineer by title at the age of 30.

We're actually considering going after some young blood and spending the effort to mentor them because we have such a hard time recruiting older developers.

more than 4 years ago

"Green" Ice Resurfacing Machines Fail In Vancouver

oudzeeman Re:Summary & Article Leave a Bit to Be Desired (356 comments)

RE: 29,000 floods to recoup costs

I have season tickets for a NCAA division 1 hockey team. For each game that I attend, they resurface the ice 4 times: once after warmups, between periods 1&2, between periods 2&3, and after the game is finished. That is 7250 games (ignoring practices, club hockey, etc) to recoup the cost of the "green" model. At 20 home games per season (NCAA hockey teams don't play a ton of games), we're talking 362.5 _seasons_ for a college hockey team to recoup the increases capital cost of the electric model through decreased operational costs. The electric mode _does_ cost more, unless you are resurfacing the ice an insane amount of times.

more than 4 years ago

OpenOffice Tops 21% Market Share In Germany

oudzeeman Re:Problem is (252 comments)

"Right now, I am giving presentations with impress. Slides to the projector, and my presenter screen on the laptop has the slide, the next slide, presenters notes and a clock." Powerpoint can do that (at least the Mac version) as long as you don't setup the projector as a mirror of your desktop.

more than 4 years ago


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