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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

solidraven Re:Shash-job-vertisement (198 comments)

It exists, it's called working in a university lab!

yesterday
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

solidraven Re:Cold fusion - a hot mess (342 comments)

I am well aware of that fact. But one must wonder why they bother with it, and now the hype has been revived even further due to the recent announcement of a particular large company...

2 days ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

solidraven Re:Shash-job-vertisement (198 comments)

I settled on a combination between Python and Perl (depending on if a lot of parsing is necessary or not). But when a lot of data is involved I go for the old fashioned choice of Fortran. It might not be pretty, and it sure as hell isn't the easiest language; but it beats the crap out of everything else when it comes to speed and convenience for parallelisation. People often forget that this is what Fortran was supposed to be good at, and it really is if you take the time to learn how to use it. Throw in Intel's Fortran compiler and a small cluster and you can chew through gigabytes of data at amazing speeds. The only thing it misses is visualisation tools, but you have a few good opensource dataset viewers, and you can always use Matlab or Python when necessary.

3 days ago
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New Music Discovered In Donkey Kong For Arcade

solidraven Re:Using a Java plugin to play audio files... (74 comments)

Well, it sort of makes sense to use actually! A trick I've run into on a few occasions is to have a small javascript run on page load that replaces it with more modern variants if javascript is available.

3 days ago
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New Music Discovered In Donkey Kong For Arcade

solidraven Re:Using a Java plugin to play audio files... (74 comments)

ZorinLynx thinks that Java and JavaScript are the same thing ... lol

Shhh, don't disturb him. It's one of those sub-six or sub-seven digit ID geezers. He'll fall back asleep after he's through shaking his fist at "those dang kids" on his lawn...

And rightfully so!!!

3 days ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

solidraven Re:Cold fusion - a hot mess (342 comments)

My main concern with all these cold fusion guys is how they're usually unwilling to respond to requests for more information on the experimental setups. For me that just shouts "fraud", since they have absolutely no reason to keep it under the wraps: you're never going to get it past a patent clerk anyway and if you had something that produced enough power you'd be heading for the market.

3 days ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

solidraven Re:WfW in VM (554 comments)

VMs are fine, until you need to interface with hardware like lab equipment that is...

about three weeks ago
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5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

solidraven Re: OK (203 comments)

Same story, it's a joke password I've been using for the past 8 years or so for sites I don't trust or throw away accounts.

about a month ago
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Two Explorers Descend Into An Active Volcano, and Live to Tell About It

solidraven Re:Grandparents... (66 comments)

Killing yourself while climbing into a volcano sounds less stupid than throwing a bucket of water over your head and claiming it is good for research into a diseases.

about a month and a half ago
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Two Explorers Descend Into An Active Volcano, and Live to Tell About It

solidraven Re:Grandparents... (66 comments)

Whatever floats their boat, it's still stupid.

about a month and a half ago
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Two Explorers Descend Into An Active Volcano, and Live to Tell About It

solidraven Re:Grandparents... (66 comments)

Well, its still less stupid than throwing a bucket of ice water over your head and then posting it on Facebook.

But building a drone that could work in a volcano would be pretty challenging, lets give it a go!

about a month and a half ago
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Two Explorers Descend Into An Active Volcano, and Live to Tell About It

solidraven Grandparents... (66 comments)

And I can totally imagine them coming home and their grandparents asking them "Where did you go this year?" in the most obnoxious wasy possible, like all grandparents do. Good luck explaining this one!

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

solidraven Re:Lua[0]? (729 comments)

Lua at least has a standard, can't say the same about Fortran where you just sort of decide whatever the hell you want to use at the time of writing your code. Oh, and you'll just love VHDL where you can make up array indices as you go, no questions asked.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

solidraven Re:Powershell (729 comments)

Compilers actually started reading code though :(

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

solidraven Re:Null Terminated Strings (729 comments)

I would like to add one thing: People forget that a kernel has to run on pretty much bare metal. If you're lucky you have BIOS there helping you a bit at the start, but not really. (Yay for obscure backwards compatibility tricks that the folks at Microsoft, IBM and Intel came up with.) So your standard libraries are usually quite limited, if you have them at all. And even then they're usually too slow to deal with anyway, so you end up rewriting everything in X86 assembly anyway.

about a month and a half ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

solidraven Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (542 comments)

Discrimination! A virus is also software, how dare you be so racist towards them!

-- PETCOM (People for the Ethical Treatment of COmputer Malware - All organisations need a crappy acronym name!)

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

solidraven Re:EOL (131 comments)

They still have them in stock. I managed to find a new battery for a 10+ year old IBM Thinkpad for a very reasonable price, so you're not looking hard enough.
(And that's what you deserve for using a flawed product.Ten inch screens are post stamp size, useless for practical computing or even note taking.)

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

solidraven Original batteries... (131 comments)

Sheesh, way to make it difficult. Am I the only person who just orders a new battery on the manufacturer's website or from their Amazon page?

about 2 months ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

solidraven Re:Great... (582 comments)

Sure, so not a single European country has satellites either?

about 3 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Master's Thesis Subject for EE Student

solidraven solidraven writes  |  more than 2 years ago

solidraven (1633185) writes "I'm an electronic engineering student with a big problem. Due to an unfortunate case of sickness my master's thesis subject got cancelled. The only professor familiar with the subject at hand (NMR coil design) will most likely be out for months. As a result I need to pick a new subject and I need to submit it as soon as possible. The only other options I got were simply unacceptable because they were either too boring or too easy. I simply refuse to do anything related to the IT field as many of my fellow students are doing. Additionally I must mention we lack the facilities for integrated design or multi-layer PCB manufacturing at our college. So in my hour of despair I turn to you, the Slashdot crowd for ideas and suggestions."

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