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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

queazocotal Another major problem. (113 comments)

This is not statistics done on those doing CS degrees, and their employment outcomes.
It's statistics done on linkedin members who have done CS degrees, and their employment outcomes.

Perhaps there is a substantial slice of CS grads who don't do linkedin, and that population is not representative of the sampled one.

yesterday
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

queazocotal Re:great news. (399 comments)

Plea bargains are a great idea.
If the false conviction rate is zero.

2 days ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

queazocotal Re:Any suffiently advanced tech... (972 comments)

It doesn't even need to be very complex or expensive. No need to use vacuum or anything expensive.
Take about 10 meters of 22mm copper pipe.
Coil it into a suitable coil to go round the device.
Paint the inside black.
Wrap the thing in insulation.
Insulate the pipes, and attach to an insulated 55 gallon drum full of tapwater, with a central heating pump.

It will be very, very obvious in the first couple of hours if it's heating at 900, or 3kW.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

queazocotal Having read the report - there are problems. (972 comments)

The most glaring of which is there was no proper measurement of heat output - just computed from IR output.

about a week ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

queazocotal News at 11. (280 comments)

It's not legal just because you saw it on the internet.

about a week ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

queazocotal Re:So what they are saying... (335 comments)

'A legal system that isn't based on morality and strive to follow morality as close as possible is a sure way into a police state.'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J... I see as a shining example of a system that strives to follow morality as closely as possible.

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

queazocotal Re:So what they are saying... (335 comments)

You've got to read it in context.
Preamble to the constitution:
'We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.'

This has in many judgements been found to mean it's only effective in the states.

about two weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

queazocotal They fail for a very simple reason. (249 comments)

Facebook is not trying to accurately place adverts only to the people who would want to buy the advertised good.

Facebook is trying to sell adverts.

If they can say 'targeted ads have a 30% higher click-rate' - then that may be enough to get people to buy them.
Even if it's off-topic for 95% of the people it's shown to.

about two weeks ago
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After Dallas Ebola Diagnosis, CDC Raises Estimate of Patient's Possible Contacts

queazocotal Re:Blindfolded, but can't see anything wrong... (258 comments)

Ebola is not a very subtle disease, and is quite obvious before you are infections.
'If you get symptom x/y/z, report urgently to this number'.

about two weeks ago
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Astrophysicists Use Apollo Seismic Array To Hunt For Gravitational Waves

queazocotal Lunar resonance can be quite sensitive. (25 comments)

But only at specific resonant frequencies.
LIGO is in principle sensitive to very different frequencies of gravity waves.

about three weeks ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

queazocotal Re:12kW/day? (268 comments)

For solar concentrated collectors.
These are panels that reflect the magnified image of the sun onto a tiny few centimeter square panel.
These produce absolutely no (well, ~.1% or so) power when there is no direct light, just bright, diffuse light.
Simply because the reflector is reflecting a comparatively dull slice of cloud onto the panel - rather than the bright sun.

Ordinary non-concentrated panels work just fine on diffuse light. (though of course with rather less output due to the lower light level)

about three weeks ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

queazocotal Re:12kW/day? (268 comments)

Rather depends where you are.
That's about double (on average) the total solar panel output here (UK). (5h/day = 1800kWh/kWp, UK average is around 1K)
An important caveat is that this is entirely useless for places that get a lot of diffuse light.
Concentrated panels work only when you can see the bright disk of the sun - a cloudy bright day produces no power.

about three weeks ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

queazocotal 1.4 million is best case, in many ways. (280 comments)

Ebola is young in humans. There is no immunity to it like we have some immunity to Flu and various other diseases.
It being young is scary in other ways.
Before now, the virus had about 500 hosts in which to evolve a more spreadable version, and did not.

Even if it mutates to a version that 'only' kills 10% of the population, the truly scary thing is not global Ebola.
In western countries, Ebola in its current form would be a few cases per 'patient zero' coming from outside.

The scary thing is if it evolves, and becomes arielly transmissable.

That way lie hundreds of millions of deaths.

about a month ago
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Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

queazocotal Re:is it going to be buggy as always? (74 comments)

Exactly the same experience.

I do hope they don't drop the 7.
A 9" screen is not nearly as portable, or as convenient.

about a month ago
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NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs

queazocotal Re:Only 4 displays, sticking to AMD. (125 comments)

I don't think playing games with burros is on-topic on slashdot.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

queazocotal Re:no options? really? (334 comments)

...
3g/LTE is very, very far from universally available.
An Ipad?
On dialup?
Certainly, you can as a competent user probably use it that way.
Good luck training people in the OPs relatives position to use it.

As others have raised, dialup often costs per-minute.
Webmail may be a terribly expensive option.

about a month ago
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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

queazocotal Re:Commercial Crew Press Conference (188 comments)

I'd argue that the propulsive landing of dragon 2 makes it considerably more capable than apollo era capsules.

about a month ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

queazocotal Re:Combined (120 comments)

Err...
Yes - and if you actually read the article you linked, it's saying that if you edit the sound to be different than video, then you get effects that differ from the sound when listened to.
In real life - when the sight and video are not intentionally disturbed - it helps.

about a month ago
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Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

queazocotal Not quite as silly as you might think. (208 comments)

Moores law is hitting a wall - and sharply limits the possibility of simply improving the speed of increasing the performance of single-core processors.

Interestingly however, one alternative - in addition to magical as-yet-unthought of technology is single purpose cores that remain switched off most of the time, and are only powered up to do a specific task very efficiently.

about a month ago

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