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Feces-Filled Capsules Treat Bacterial Infection

zieroh Why clear? (135 comments)

For the love of god, why oh why do the pills have to be clear?!?

about two weeks ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

zieroh Re:Hoax (984 comments)

As I understand it, it produces heat. Allegedly it produces more heat than can be accounted for by the electrical input. A heat source is a great start, but it takes a lot more than that to generate electricity and feed it to the grid.

Ummm... you know that the central process of most power generation involves "just creating heat", right? I mean, let's see... nuclear, coal, natural gas, solar thermal, and geothermal, off the top of my head. The remainder -- the gap between "just creating heat" and generating electricity -- is pretty well understood. One could even call the remainder trivial -- possibly even an implementation detail.

about two weeks ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

zieroh Re:He tried patenting it... (984 comments)

Relying on Trade Secrets for this kind of invention is the #1 indicator of fraud. A proper patent would make him rich beyond his imagination. A Trade Secret is only good for fleecing investors.

Oddly enough, I've spent some time thinking about this, many years ago, as a thought experiment. If by some miracle someone did in fact invent a working perpetual motion machine / cold fusion device / free energy machine -- on that actually worked -- what then? Is patenting the invention really a viable solution? I would like to submit the idea that, in fact, a patent (even if you could get one granted -- and you probably couldn't) would be effectively worthless.

At the point where someone actually proves such a device can exist (and doesn't violate the second law of thermodynamics blah blah blah) then the genie is effectively out of the bottle. At that point, a whole slew of smart people (who are slightly embarrassed that they always thought this was impossible) will figure out a whole bunch of other ways to do the same thing and not violate the patent. Many of them will just say "fuck it" and violate the patent, and wait for the courts to act. China will almost certainly nationalize it (independent of where it was invented) and put it online to power the country. Hell, a few Western countries might do the same thing. The reward is much too great to bother with such trivial details as intellectual property laws.

Just look at the tortured series of events that took place after Orville and Wilbur Wright's first flight. Except in this case, I predict that the owner of the patent would likely go broke trying to defend it.

about two weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

zieroh Best work? (554 comments)

From TFS:

ignoring the fact that the company did its most cutting-edge work when it was willing to kill off its previous products in fairly short order.

When was that, exactly?

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

zieroh Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

1. Vote Libertarian on November 4th

If Libertarian candidates were electable, they'd already be elected.

about a month ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

zieroh Re:The diet is unimportant... (588 comments)

When people have a strong will, they are healthy

Yep, good ol' Steve Jobs just wasn't strong-willed enough.

What a great scam though....convince people that this is the secret to long life, then you can dismiss any contradicting evidence by simply claiming those people weren't "strong-willed" enough.

I think it's a variation of the No True Scotsman fallacy. So yes, complete bullshit.

about 1 month ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

zieroh Re:Just don't try to write an OS in Java (511 comments)

If you use standard C functions to find length, append, but never get into truncating because you make a new array and copy instead, you may actually get through 2 courses without ever needing to know there is a zero. You were told once, but you never wrote a line of code that needed to know about null-termination.

I can put a finer point on it: very few good programmers are created in college programs. The good ones were writing code before they ever entered college. Even very prestigious schools, I've found, turn out downright shitty CS graduates if they weren't already programming before their freshman year.

Oh, and to put this back on topic: if you've spent the bulk of your college education writing Java code, I'm not interested in hiring you.

about 2 months ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

zieroh Re:Just don't try to write an OS in Java (511 comments)

He is talking about CS graduates, not people with experience.

I'm talking about both, though I probably didn't make that clear enough. Generally, I'm talking about people who have graduated with CS degrees within the last 0 to 4 years, and who (for values greater than 0) have some professional experience writing code.

about 2 months ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

zieroh Just don't try to write an OS in Java (511 comments)

I'm in the process of hiring software engineers right now, so I've been exposed to a lot of resumes and had the opportunity to talk to a lot of people on the phone (standard phone screen). Invariably, all recent CS graduates list C on their resume as one of their languages. One of the things I ask every candidate to do on the phone is to describe how C strings work. This is my "marker", the test of how much time they've spent in C (vs Java, or ObjC, or whatever). If you're a serious C programmer, you know how C strings work. No exceptions. If you've spent your entire time in college (or even professionally) programming within an environment where strings are handled by object abstraction, you've probably never had to deal with C strings directly. A suitable answer to the question is as simple as "A C string is an array of chars with a null termination at the end".

You'd be surprised at how many people fail the screening process (and thus are rejected) based on this single question. Probably close to 75%, and every single one of them has a CS degree.

about 2 months ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

zieroh Re:Growing pains. (233 comments)

Maybe there's enough people to realize you're full of shit. I'd say Citation Fucking Needed for your post, but we all know it's just the ramblings of a clueless sheep who willingly laps up whatever MSNBC spoon feeds to him. Enjoy your fantasy world.

The word "sheep" is a sure-fire bet that someone is experiencing cognitive dissonance. Either that, or you're just out of substantive ideas. Either way, game over.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

zieroh Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

Your point is sabotaged by your own rhetoric.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

zieroh Re:C++ is not the language you start with (548 comments)

That's like saying that the way to learn how to swim is to dump everyone in deep water and see who takes to it naturally...

Agreed. That's an apt analogy. Except -- speaking as someone who has had a long career as a programmer and is now a hiring manager -- I think that's a good thing.

about 2 months ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

zieroh Re:As soon as greenpeace touches it (288 comments)

So you support state sponsored terrorism. Tyranny, fun for the whole country....

If the state-sponsored terrorism is applied to Greenpeace, then yes. Yes I do. Wholeheartedly and enthusiastically. I think someone ought to sink another one of their boats, just so they get the fucking message.

about 3 months ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

zieroh Re:It's a shame (288 comments)

The solution to the tragedy of the commons is private ownership and liability in order to change the incentives, not more government government regulations.

Just because you say it doesn't make it so. Government regulations on energy production are the only thing that's keeping the US from looking like China.

about 3 months ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

zieroh Re: Clever editors. (288 comments)

See, like most liberal assholes, it is do as i say not as I do. Anyone who give Greenpeace another nickel is a fool.

I think you will find that most liberal assholes (myself included) happen to hold a very dim view of Greenpeace.

Also, fuck you.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

zieroh Re:Dilbert words: Can anything be as demoralizing? (383 comments)

You are no more equipped to understand their job than they are to understand yours. Dilbert does a great job lampooning the aspects that are visible to you, but a poor job of explaining the aspects that are not. You won't get this until you become a manager, I'm afraid.

Speaking as a manager, you're completely full of shit.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

zieroh Re:Buzzword speak (383 comments)

The nineties called. They want their buzzwords back.

about 3 months ago
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Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS + Cloud Services To Enterprises

zieroh Re:Et tu, Lenovo? (126 comments)

The fact that IBM chose not to partner with Lenovo for developing all these apps and services for Lenovo's Windows and Android tablets and smartphones is downright bizarre.

Indeed. It's utterly bizarre that IBM would choose to partner with a US company that has a successful product with good market penetration, rather than a Chinese company with products that have yet to gain any traction.

Oh, wait...

about 3 months ago

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