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Comment Nvidia Shield. (Score 1) 373

  • The entire Android store's selection. Games are cheap (and avoid any 'pay to play' ones).
  • Load it full of emulators or MAME.
  • It'll be a Kodi box for media streaming.
  • Intstall Lil' Debie and have a full Debian chroot environment.

My Android STB has 8 cores, plays 4k content decently well. My wife's Christmas present is going to be a Bluetooth NES controller so we can play the games we grew up with.

Comment So... they reinvented the union. (Score 3, Interesting) 113

Right now when something is being built the builders call up the local unions and say "I'm going to need 5 Union plumbers and 2 Union electricians for 6 weeks".

Present a single front to all companies needing developers for work weeks, salary and benefits.

Just call it a Union. (And that's not a bad thing).

Comment Re:Depends on what the robot is doing (Score 2) 50

> simple as cook a steak properly, a process that requires experience, judgement, and touch.

It doesn't require any of that.

You could easily build a thermal model of a steak and have something cook it exactly to your specifications. I'm still at a loss as to why ovens don't have ramp and soak functions. Industrial ovens control temp very accurately for metal working and solder reflow, there's no reason a home oven can't do that.

> recognising which parts are unpalatable or tough,

Visual recognition systems on production lines aren't new. They just need to be made cheaper.

> smell and sound and even things as subtle as regulating how much force you are using based on how much resistance your tools are meeting.

And we don't have chemical sensors to identify smells (or even things that have no smell), microphones or force sensors?

Comment "5 Free Calculus Text Books" - Slashdot 2014. (Score 1) 363

My local university has one that is completely free and has the source code available upon request. I'm trying to 'rewrite' it in an iPython notebook similar to the AeroPy.

I haven't lectured in two years. I've of course been teaching, but have stopped using the method known as "the lecture"—delivering a set amount of material (aka, "covering") from the front of the classroom to a group of mostly quiet, note-taking students. Like greater profs before me, I am a converted lecturer.1

It was Spring 2012 when I went full-steam ahead with the flipped classroom idea for my Computational Fluid Dynamics course. I've written before about how this came about, but the impetus resulted from already having done the lecture capture, live, in a previous version of the CFD course. I uploaded the videos from that live lecture capture to YouTube (after minor editing and cutting into segments) where, since then, they have collected nearly 220,000 public views (checked 20 April'14). My challenge that semester was coming up with class activities—but that should be the topic of another post.

- AeroPy.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 3, Informative) 132

Where I'm paying them to do the work it's more than minimum wage. Look at what you can get on fiverr. I'm not talking about full time job I just need someone to write me a Python or C skeleton to my specifications.

When I look at how long it will take me to write a simple script to do some boring task automation vs paying someone $5 to do it, it's a no brainer.

My side jobs are contracted at $100/hr. There is a finite amount of time in the day and if I can pay someone to crank out something that isn't worth my time I'll do it.

If you are a programmer, this is what you are competing against. Slashdotters are going to have to justify their $30+/hr in other knowledge & skills.

Even basic stuff like FPGA programming is $5/these days.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 132

I'm friends with the principal of a local "Tech" school. They are churning out 'apprenticed' programmers and IT staff. They're trained by local companies exactly what they need. Every single one of them is employed before they graduate and local industry is asking for more.

"Programming" isn't what it was 20 years ago. It's a trade. Not that there isn't a need for CS degrees but they aren't who I'm going to hire to make a new basic program in C. I hire $5/hr coders to get the boring/cheap stuff out of the way when starting a project.

Comment Re:They're clueless (Score 1) 120

> CS should be in K-12 schools

You think it's going to be Undergraduate CS? They're going to pitch it at the K-12 level.

Stuff like Snap Circuits isn't a BSEE. It's circuits for the kids.

K-12 CS isn't figuring out O(n). It's getting kids exposed to it young. A lot of slashdotters talk about how they got into STEM, by programming young.

Comment It was a beta test. (Score 1) 51

Google is going to come out with their own home automation suite like Amazon's Echo.

They bought GrandCentral years ago to turn into Google Voice. Their 'product' was the voice mail speech-to-text. They just wanted to train their voice systems.

Their 'Desktop' was a stop gap between being on the phone and being in the home. What ever demographic always used it, they're going to make a product and target it to them. They already know the age, geographic location, household, etc of everyone that uses their browser (and doesn't know how to disable them). That is going to be the core demographic

It's why Amazon Echo went to the people with Prime first. It was a limited Beta release and the households that bought Prime were likely the type to actually try out Amazon Echo for what Amazon is using it for.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.