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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

sonamchauhan Simulate this... (173 comments)

Bit-flip error in specific hardware triggered by the 2022.3.5 version driving in Death valley for over 6.5 hours.

about 2 months ago

Switching Game Engines Halfway Through Development

sonamchauhan Ãs Free Career Advice/Pet Theory (127 comments)

Principle 1. Create something you own

Spend time and energy making something that: (1) you own fully (2) is of value to others (3) you can exchange for value
This is because you can only ever give what you own. Examples: a mobile app, personal skills, bookshelf. Even raising poultry/vegetables in your backyard counts - you exchange these with yourself for money (a.k.a. 'saving cash').

Note, 'Writing code for cash' fails on point (1), but 'Honing C++ skills' ticks all three points. A life devoted tohelping others is the best deal of all - you exchange your life for treasure in heaven.

Principle 2. If you cannot work for yourself, search for a workplace like how long term investors search for stock.

Consider the most famous one of them all - Warren Buffet. He uses 'intrinsic value' to value stock. Companies with price to intrinsic value ratio (lets call it 'P/V' for this post) lower than 1 are more likely well-managed but undervalued -- and hungry to be valued higher -- so Warren 'buys' those companies.

My pet theory: unlike Warren, you want to 'buy into' workplaces that are consistently profitable and whose P/V ratio is as close to 1 as possible. This is because such companies are typically profitable, well run and will treat you fairly -- leaving you enough time and energy for Principle 1.

Let take a look at Netflix (NFLX) -- a well regarded company with a demanding work environment -- their ratio 1.85
(To check others, replace 'NFLX' in the URL with another stock ticker - remember, its the median ratio we're looking for)

NFLX (1.8) , AMZN (4), and EA (2.5) for instance, have high 'stock price/intrinsic value' ratios. So, while these are very successful companies, these are more likely high-pressure work environments with little time to yourself outside of work. Even GOOG (1.6) and APPL (1.5) are getting a bit up there.

Going lower: SPLS (1.3), MSFT, WMT (Walmart), BA (Boeing) (all 1.2), and INTL (1.1).

Now the magic unity figure -- BRK.A (Warren's Berkshire Hathaway itself), BAC (Bank of America), PFE (Pfizer) - all around 1. Strangely, so is ODP (Office Depot - 0.97).

Further down seems to be the domain of banks -- FNF (Fidelity National -- 0.9), PRU (Prudential - 0.28), MS (Morgan Stanley - 0.26), JPM (JP Morgan - 0.27)

about 2 months ago

Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

sonamchauhan Re:It's tinfoil time! (232 comments)

Correct - lets hamstring the police. Information technology, image recognition, automation, are only permissible for use by mobsters, etc.

*Private* data should not be accessible without a warrant. Image recognition on data already presented to the government (a passport photo in this case) is perfectly permissible.

about 2 months ago

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

sonamchauhan Re: Finally! (474 comments)

I think china tried both prohibition and non-prohibition, sometime back. The latter didn't work out so well for them.

about 3 months ago

Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

sonamchauhan Re:complex application example (161 comments)

Try putting a load balancer (Cisco ACE, Citrix NetScaler) on a virtual IP and load balancing the UDP packets across several nodes behind the balancer.

about 3 months ago

The Billionaire Mathematician

sonamchauhan Re:education (96 comments)

" Very useful! "
- Mr. McAfee and friends

about 4 months ago

Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

sonamchauhan Re: Failsafe? (468 comments)

Planes and runways have lights.

about 4 months ago

India Launches Five Foreign Satellites

sonamchauhan Re:Is it true, or is it another lie. (85 comments)

You know Russell Peters is a comedian, right? :-) I'll wait for the meta-episode where Peters makes fun of people who got suckered into believing what he said.

about 4 months ago

3D-Printed Material Can Carry 160,000 Times Its Own Weight

sonamchauhan Re:Really? Stiffness correlates with density? (60 comments)

No, read it as....
"Normally, stiffness and strength declines with the [decline in] density of any [single] material;" ...because of that follows next:
"that's why when bone density decreases, fractures become more likely."

about 4 months ago

After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

sonamchauhan Hmmm.... (372 comments)

The IRS probably still has Exchange server logs with message-IDs, recipients, timestamps and message sizes.

Some mail recipients may still have copies of the 'lost' emails filed away -- either emails themselves, or portions forwarded, replied to, or otherwise quoted in some manner. Server logs will make this known.

about 4 months ago

The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

sonamchauhan As others have pointed out... (121 comments)

... Its a covert transmission channel, not an attack...

A camera pointed at a computer monitor slowly shifts its average hue (a la 'f.lux') is another such example.

about 4 months ago

iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

sonamchauhan Re:Apple Actually Cares About Privacy (323 comments)

Thanks - I suspected that this was the case, but wasn't sure.

Location tracking stays turned off in my iOS device. A nuisance when you want a quick look at the streetmap of the area you're in.

I suspect this entire ploy is so that iBeacons can be marketed more effectively.

about 4 months ago



Wiki Delivers Baby

sonamchauhan sonamchauhan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sonamchauhan (587356) writes "A Londoner helped his wife deliver their baby by Googling "how to deliver a baby" on his mobile phone.

From the article: Leroy said before the birth of Mahalia on December 1, his wife disapproved of his BlackBerry because he was always playing with it but now she has "changed her tune". "She doesn't mind the BlackBerry now"

The site he used was wikiHow, not wikipedia."

Link to Original Source



About Jesus

sonamchauhan sonamchauhan writes  |  more than 9 years ago

The Good News as recorded by John

Chapter 1

In the beginning of all, was the Word -- the Word was with God, and the Word himself was God.
This Word was with God in the beginning.

This Word made all things. Without him not one thing was made that exists today.

This Word had life within himself -- this life was the light of men. The light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has never understood it.

God sent a man; whose name was John. John came to give witness about that light, so that through John all men might trust the light. John himself was not the light; only a witness -- that the true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

The Word was in the world. Even though he made the world, the world did not recognize him. He came to the people who he had named as his own, but they too did not receive him. Yet to all those who did receive him, to those who believed in his name -- to them he gave the right to become children of God. These were children born -- not born from blood, nor of fleshy lust, not by people's willpower -- these were children born from God Himself - from God's spirit.

The Word put on flesh and set up his tent among us. And we saw his glory with our own eyes -- the glory the One and only child, of his Father God, full of graceful, beautiful and perfect truth. ...

(The Bible)

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