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Comment: Re:The new definition of Diplomacy (Score 1) 164

by Hodr (#49584519) Attached to: The United States Just Might Be Iran's Favorite New Nuclear Supplier

I enjoyed your well reasoned and thorough argument, which I imagine was delivered in an even and temperate tone, with it's occasional turrets style invectives. I want to believe you use the same style when talking with your spouse, attending formal functions, at work, and at the PTA.

Comment: Re:If we're all going to take Adderall... (Score 1) 407

by Hodr (#49528471) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

Vacations are mandatory, 30 days per year (6 weeks in US terms) +1 extra day for Christmas.

I see the argument for paid days off, but it never seems to be an apples to apples comparison. I would like to know how my shitty American job really stacks up against, say the typical German job that has these built in minimums.

How many sick days do you get? How many paid holidays (vs personal days).

Officially, I only get 20 days of leave a year (26 after I have been there another couple of years). So that's 4 weeks. But I also get 10 paid federal holidays, so technically that's 6 weeks. But I also get 13 days of paid sick leave per year that can be taken pretty liberally (like if I know I will have a hangover the Monday after the super bowl, I can schedule that sick day in advance).

So how does that stack up, does my 6 weeks equal your six weeks? Or do I actually have 8.5 weeks if you count the sick. In two years I will my 10 weeks of leave be a good number?

Comment: Re:No more ports! (Score 1) 450

by Hodr (#49232387) Attached to: Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch

Isn't this something that the higher frequency standards (like 50Ghz wireless) are supposed to help with?

The signal doesn't propagate very far, probably even through cube walls. The channels are tiny, so you could fit a ton of devices next to each other. And the speed is ridiculous, so you could dedicate a huge margin to redundancy and error correction without producing much latency.

Comment: Re:How can this work? Even with 4000 satellites? (Score 1) 115

by Hodr (#49224849) Attached to: SpaceX Worried Fake Competitors Could Disrupt Its Space Internet Plan

I think leaving out the polar regions would account for more than 1/6th of the surface area if using equatorial orbit.

Of course, they may be using polar orbits and choose to leave out orbits over the ocean or land that doesn't have much population.

Or, they could use Tundra orbits and just drop the satellites on top of the areas they wish to provide coverage to.


Comment: Re:Idle speculation (Score 1) 115

by Hodr (#49224747) Attached to: SpaceX Worried Fake Competitors Could Disrupt Its Space Internet Plan

This may have more to do with the recent spectrum sale shenanigans. Small companies get a significant discount on the auction, so big companies make deals with small companies to buy the spectrum and split the savings difference.

If you disallow people that have zero intent to use the spectrum (like the small company that didn't exist a year ago and only owns stuff on paper), then you force the big company to compete directly.

This helps SpaceX because they can get the small company discount and not have to compete with large companies that use underhanded tricks to get the discount, and it also helps the taxpayer as the big boys have to pay the full rate if they win.

Comment: Re:Good grief... (Score 1) 681

by Hodr (#49112781) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

Your program should be discredited. The only thing an EE might have, understanding wise, over a CSCI would be basic electrical theory; which is covered in Physics and should have been part of your CSCI curriculum. As the only CSCI in an engineering firm almost entirely comprised of EE's, you might be surprised at just how little they actually understand.

My CSCI program covered everything from theory (basic logic, Karnaugh maps, finite state automata, etc.) to designing a simple computer (processor, memory, storage, etc.) using Verilog. We then modeled/emulated our computers and built compilers for them in a later course. Then, in another course, we built an OS with that compiler which ran on our emulator.

If you think knowing Kirchhoff's circuit laws somehow makes your understanding of a computer greater, then you are sadly misinformed.

Comment: Re:Yes where your degree is from matters (Score 1) 131

by Hodr (#49088899) Attached to: Carnegie-Mellon Sends Hundreds of Acceptance Letters By Mistake

Just like showing up with a fancy invention will get you serious consideration, showing up with a degree from the consistently #1 rated computer science program in the country (and possibly the world) would get you noticed, and likely hired.

It's like saying you don't need to be 7 foot tall to play basketball. But if you were 7 foot tall, and showed up to tryouts, do you think they might be more likely to give you serious consideration?

Comment: Re:I read the summary (Score 1) 145

by Hodr (#49086567) Attached to: The Burden of Intellectual Property Rights On Clean Energy Technologies

Not that I disagree with your the majority of your arguments, but people definitely buy movies that are more than 2 years old. I have a copy of Snow White on Blu-Ray staring me in the face. A movie made more than SEVENTY years ago, that I bought a couple of weeks ago so my kids could watch it, in the format that was easiest to use in our living room.

I'm not sure Disney would have bothered re-authoring it or putting the resources into up-scaling/re-mastering (or whatever they did) to make it look good at the higher resolution if someone else could just copy the disc and sell it. We would still have whatever format they originally released, based on your logic (so what, 80mm reel to reel or something)?

Comment: Re:Armchair engineering at its finest (Score 2) 248

by Hodr (#48922729) Attached to: Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

I wouldn't presume to know more than a mechanical engineer at an elevator company. But I might still be able to figure out why someone who has spent their entire career building one style of system, with the only variance being the size of the motor and the length of the cable, with investments into the supply chain for those specific components and technicians familiar with working and installing those components, might tell you that the old way is the best way without seriously considering an alternative.

Hey, I mean If I was staring at the choice of selling 10 of my most expensive systems to a client, or telling him to hire an engineering firm and materials scientist to reinvent the wheel (or elevator), I know which one is better for my bottom line.

Comment: Re:Full WSJ article NoRegReq (Score 1) 105

by Hodr (#48856395) Attached to: Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet

"Google has been considering satellite-based Internet service for more than a year. In late 2013, it hired satellite-industry veteran Greg Wyler, who at one point last year had more than 10 African-Americans working for him."

This statement seems completely out of place in the context of the article, was it posted on a site promoting African American's involvement with STEM career fields or similar?

Comment: Re:Entitled much? (Score 1) 479

by Hodr (#48832835) Attached to: Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

At my work we have an equal number of men's and women's restrooms, and those restrooms are sized to allow the same number of people (so if the men's room has 2 stalls and 2 urinals, the women's room has 4 stalls). This is despite the fact that we have 4x as many men as women working in our facility (it's not a hiring issue, we just don't get the applicants).

The end result is that on average men can expect to wait 15-20 minutes before getting an open stall to use, while the women generally will not even see another person in the restroom unless they came in together.

Money doesn't talk, it swears. -- Bob Dylan