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Comment: Re:Training? (Score 1) 107

by fahrbot-bot (#48460127) Attached to: "Advanced Life Support" Ambulances May Lead To More Deaths

I live in a rural area. Rural areas were specifically excluded from the study. ... I have personally gone on a cardiac call, where the person was asystole when we arrived on scene...

I was on Ariel, which was also excluded from the study, and we applied the cortical electrodes but were unable to get a neural reaction from either patient.

Comment: Re:LOL ... (Score 1) 69

Hmmm ... what movie are you talking about? 'Cuz I wasn't referencing one.

I know; I threw in a reference to a line/scene in Interstellar - as it annoyed me. I understand Nolan's (possible) motivation, but having anyone deny the Moon landings is simply dumb. The Moon landings can be demonstrated by (a) the reflectors astronauts placed for Laser ranging the Earth-Moon distance and (b) telescopes can see (barely) the lower lander sections left behind.

Comment: Re:LOL ... (Score 2) 69

Of course, all of the Luddites will just spend the next 50 years saying it's a hoax.

And all the high-school text books updated to match, once all the crops start to fail... (Sigh. That movie was better than I thought it would be, but not as good as I hoped it would be.)

Comment: Sure but... (Score 1) 210

by fahrbot-bot (#48413199) Attached to: Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

...do we really need to encrypt the entire web? (It's like TV stations boasting that they broadcast the News in high-def. Seriously, it's the News.) Do I (should we) care if the traffic to/from many (most?) sites is encrypted? No.

What I'd rather have is sites not requiring a fuck-ton of Javascript, usually from other sites, to display anything or to work / navigate in even the simplest fashion. Content sites that use Javascript to display article text is particularly annoying.

Just my $.02.

Comment: Re:There's not a lot to say, this is scummy (Score 1) 299

by fahrbot-bot (#48412159) Attached to: Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

And what I'm saying is that it IS a bad company. And the press pointing that out doesn't make them bad.

Sure, but it's probably cheaper/easier for a company to try and discredit and/or dox a reporter critical of them than to actually address any issues/problems reported.

And, remember, that in the US of A, corporations aren't just people too, they're better people, with more rights, but less responsibilities than us ordinary people. Who are we to criticize them?

Comment: Re:Given how most spend their time in college... (Score 4, Funny) 226

by fahrbot-bot (#48405731) Attached to: Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

I don't think I could honestly trust in the abilities of any programmer who hasn't had a serious discrete math class, without that being matched by years of actively failing at good design and learning the more fundamental pitfalls and ways around them the hard way.

Settle down, they're talking about creating "Web Developers" not programmers. :-)

Comment: Re:Wrong approach (Score 2) 50

by fahrbot-bot (#48397851) Attached to: Open Source Self-Healing Software For Virtual Machines

I just don't think you'll find many in the younger crowd of coders to be humble enough to think that 1) their code could be buggy, or 2) that something/someone else could fix it. The only people I run into that talk about hard and true reliable coding as a standard are over 45 years old. All the young bucks think its impossible.

I think it's a matter of experience and maturity. I'm 51 and have been a (mostly) Unix system programmer and admin since while in college. I've worked on all sorts of systems from Linux/Windows PCs to a Cray 2 and YMP and I'm used to having to account for the unexpected. I try to teach the young padawans on my team to think about what could possibly go wrong, and discuss this more with others as the importance of something rises, and to expect the unexpected. An example I offer is an error message I once got from Tcsh way back - "Assertion botch: This can't happen!" Obviously this is balanced against how critical the code/usage is and the famous "cheap, fast, good - pick two" triangle along with the practical aspects of customer/contract needs and requirements. I also stress trying to understand *why* something works, or needs to work, the way it does, not just *how*.

The most important thing seems to be curiosity and a desire to (really) learn and understand how to solve problems, not just solving them. Find the right youngster, give them support and the right environment and some time to learn. Of course, the really hard part is finding the right person.

Give a man a compiler and he'll generate code; teach him to write a compiler and he'll get hooked on caffeine, go crazy, quit and spend his remaining days curled up in a ball sobbing and muttering about Yacc and Lex - or something like that...

Comment: Re:Ehhh Meh (Score 3, Interesting) 127

by fahrbot-bot (#48395277) Attached to: US DOE Sets Sights On 300 Petaflop Supercomputer

The number of floating point operations (FLOPS) performed by a next-generation game console outranks early days supercomputers like the Cray.

Sure, but do they have the system capability / bandwidth to actually do anything with those numbers and is their raw speed offset by not being vector processors like the Cray 2 (process an entire array of data in 1 instruction)? I'm not a hardware geek, but was an administrator for the Cray 2 at the NASA Langley Research Center back in the mid 1980s and, among other things, wrote a proof-of-concept program in C to perform Fast Fourier transforms on wind tunnel data in near real time - probably would have been faster had I been a FORTRAN geek - and the system could pump through quite a bit of data - at least for the 80s.

And the Cray 2 was way prettier than a PS3/4 or Xbox, though the Fluorinert immersion used for cooling is a bit cumbersome and expensive :-)

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