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Comment Re:I hope... (Score 2) 192

...that the drone registration Federal website works at least as well as the site for Obamacare when it first came online....

I wonder, will all drones be grounded till the US Federal Drone Registration website is actually up and running enough to accept peoples' input?

Unless it has to interact with multiple state and federal systems with diverse data formats running on equipment and software that is decades old, and no longer supported, and connecting all of that to the more modern systems of third party private sector companies whose vested interest is in seeing all all fail... then it should be fairly smooth sailing....

Comment Re:Not most used, sorry (Score 1) 248

kgiii@kgiii-desktop-8:~$ uptime

  02:23:30 up 72 days, 4:32, 1 user, load average: 0.09, 0.21, 0.39

I rebooted just prior to leaving on my current adventure and I rebooted sometime since, well - 72 days ago, for e kernel update. I can, reasonably, expect to go twice that long or even ten times that long - if I want. I've a server that I think has been about three years now? I can't do that, as easily, with Windows. I like Windows well enough but I prefer to use the correct tool for the job I'm trying to do and that, in this case, means Linux.

A properly managed and designed Windows server can stay up just as long as Linux systems. It's a myth that windows servers require a reboot every so often (excluding updates). All that means is that the server admin hasn't taken the time to track down and correct the system error. Most businesses put up with it because it's cheaper and easier to have the Windows box rebooted than it is to hire additional experienced Windows admins.

Comment Re:I'm 8 hours in (Score 1) 367

And have no bad bugs to report.

Well, roaches usually take a little longer to start collecting around the cheeto dust.

Mmmmm.... RAD Roach meat....

I had crash problems on my PC. Beta patch 1.1.30 solved them.

I still see some occasional video issues on my GTX 970. There are PC tweaks that I'll have to go though to see if they fix this. Plus, NVIDIA is releasing driver updates and video tweaks fairly quickly.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 369

Blame about 3 Prime Ministers back who decided Canada will no longer build refineries in Canada and rely on sending our oil south.
With the lower cost of oil now it is pretty much approaching too expensive to suck it out of the oilsands in Canada.

Irving Oil was going to expand the refinery in New Brunswick. What stopped the plans wasn't the government, it was economics (i.e. economic slowdown, more efficient vehicles, etc.). I haven't been following what has been going on in the Western Canadian provinces, though.

Comment Re:Should help Linux in the long run (Score 1) 110

>> It was considered "easy mode" by those who had played earlier shooters without it.

Haha, so true. I resisted mouse look for a long time after Quake came out, but finally succumbed.

Same here.

I played Quake CTF with a small clan for a while. The other members switched to using the mouse while I stayed with the keyboard. I could still hold my own.

However, when the weakest members stared to kick my ass as they got better with the mouse, I was forced to switch.

I prefer the Kensington Expert Mouse trackball, though, to mice.

Comment Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 568

There are many, many shitty "real" engineers out there, too. The difference is that the damage of a single bad software 'engineer' is negligible compared to the damage of a single bad real world engineer.

Really.... So the result of poor code in a flight system, nuclear power plant, or even in the control systems for vehicles (as cars become more and more computerized) would have less real world damage?

In the past, I would 100% agree with you. But today many systems are now just as reliant on software as they are on the physical engineering.

Comment Re:Something something question in headline equals (Score 1) 568


It's a mote point. No matter what the opinion, the word Engineer is commonly included in computer related position titles (programming, networking, etc.) by companies, hiring agents, in normal conversation, etc. Once a new meaning for a word has entered the common vernacular it's near impossible to pull it back...

Yes, but it's like the difference between a quack calling himself "Doctor Happy" selling herbal diet pills and an actual MD with a recognised qualification.

You're not allowed to pass yourself off as the latter.

This is a poor argument. It's not as if programmers or network guys are passing themselves off as bridge builders. Calling yourself something does not usually equate with fraud or illegality (except in some countries with tight regulations), there needs to be some sort of direct action and/or intent.

It would be a different story if people were just using the term "Engineer" instead of prefacing it with a computing profession.

Comment Re:Something something question in headline equals (Score 5, Interesting) 568


It's a mote point. No matter what the opinion, the word Engineer is commonly included in computer related position titles (programming, networking, etc.) by companies, hiring agents, in normal conversation, etc. Once a new meaning for a word has entered the common vernacular it's near impossible to pull it back...

Comment Re:10 years was a decent rest (Score 1) 438

Enterprise lost me on two fronts.

The characters pretty much followed the Prime Directive even thought it barely existed as an idea let alone an ingrained belief. This was supposed to be the wild west version, similar to the original Star Trek. Instead, it was the politically correct version.

The whole Xinidi arc...

Comment Re:bad buys HURT the stock price. See HP (Score 1) 99

Therefore, spending $1 billion to buy a company worth less than $1B HURTS the company's value. See HP for some dramatic examples.

Not always true. For one example: Company A buys company B for $2.2B, but company B is only "worth" $2B. You say company A is taking a $200M loss. Looks bad at the outset, but looks can be deceiving... read on:

But what if Company B had the potential to be a $4B value, but lacked, say for the sake of argument, $800M to ramp up production. Then Company A, that has the capital, would GAIN $1B for their investment ( 2.2B + 0.8B = $3B spent for a $4B company ). I would consider this a "good deal" on the purchase, even if it LOOKS bad at the outset.

There is also the situation where Company A is at a disadvantage in the marketplace (i.e. behind in technology, etc.) and company B has the technology that they need to compete. The 200 Million extra spend could easily be eaten up by R&D costs and lost market share. This could be a strategic purchase, not a financial one. The Forbes article below says that WD had SSD sales of around $500 million while Samsung has sales over $3 Billion in 2014. It also outlines the SSD technology companies that WD has been buying.

Comment Re:Ummm .... duh? (Score 1) 184

Nearly all ratings are voluntary, and so suffer from self-selection bias. The measured ratings for general interest movie like Shawshank Redemption are typically lower than a special interest movie like Dark Knight (or Harry Potter, or Twilight, or Lord of the Rings) which appeals to a dedicated fanbase. The latter typically have a lot of fans who rate it highly just because it appeals to their group. That is, they rate it according to more lenient standard than they rate other movies, or they flat-out stuff the ballot box to try to get others to see it, to exaggerate the size of their interest group in hopes of encouraging more such movies to be made.

I agree that there is validity in this argument but a skew based on a fan base tends to be much greater when the number of responses is low. Dark Knight has over 1.5 Million ratings. Yes, a good chunk of them could be die hard fans, but there will also be offsetting low ratings by people who hate the genre, disliked the film, and/or people who didn't even watch the film. The law of averages kicks in to reduce the amount of skew as a result. Could it be skewed towards the high side because of rabid fans, possibly. The question is then by how much? and, does it even matter?

The biggest problem that I see is how people use ratings, as you aptly point out. They work well when being used to provide suggestions based on what you have watched and rated highly. The do not work well if your are just looking at the ratings and trying to figure out whether you will like the film or not. They also do not work well in determining the "best film ever", simply because that is way too subjective and is based on more criteria than just enjoyment and popularity.

Comment Re:Longtime Gamers Know it's Art (Score 1) 153

We don't need the likes of Roger Ebert to recognize us.

Yes, you kind of do. Even Bioshock (specifically the first one), a game with clever (but derivative) art, and a clever (but derivative) story, was really just a low pop confection. There is still a long way to go.

All games are art.

If only that were so.

I would argue that games are not "art" they are an experience, much in the way that movies are not true art. There is a reason why certain films are referred to as artistic pieces. They were created purely to be appreciated, not specifically for enjoyment. However, I don't think that there has every been a game created that has been built purely to be appreciated and for no other reason.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 121

"which are technically gigabit layer 3 switches"

No, technically they're routers (or gateways, if you want to use the IETF term). Switches are multiport bridges. "L3 switch" is a marketing term, created when wirespeed routing in hardware became available, in order to market them as having throughput comparable to switches.

What he said...

Layer 3 switches are technically routers. The difference is that a router is purposefully built with the necessary hardware to perform in hardware routing. Most switches that can perform layer-3 functions tend to do so in software or with the general purpose CPU. There are exceptions, of course, such as Cisco Supervisor blades for the 6500 switches which can have a MSFC with route processors, the PFC for netflow, etc. and the DFC with ASICS. However, they still tend to have a lower performance limit than dedicated router hardware.

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