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Comment Re:Project Euler (Score 1) 188

It was probably due to your education - specifically learning by rote. The person who decided to teach mathematics by rote needs to be assaulted. It was not until higher levels of education where I had someone properly explain the concepts and give me the tools to visualize the maths that I became able to actually understand. After that, honestly? It was kind of easy. I do think that it may have something to do with the way my head works. Let's just say that it is not normal (I don't think - I used to think it was) and you probably would not be comfortable listening to my thought process.

Comment Re:It's true (Score 1) 188

Umm... I have a PhD in Applied Mathematics. I code like a drunken mentally ill person. The worst part is that I wrote a lot of code... *sighs* I redid a lot of code. I eventually hired professionals.

"So, David... What exactly do you mean with the "I'm Too Drunk" button nested in the menu under a mysterious label called "Hide and Seek?" She asks, with a determined look to see if I should be committed.

"Oh that? Yeah. For now it just closes the application. When I get a minute I'm going to tie it into the time clock to punch the user out and send a message to people physically close on the network to have them call a taxi - it will be at company cost." Was the only logical reply. Followed up with, "And this would be done if I had time to learn that API for the time clock."

"You're not serious, right?"

"Oh, but I am. Click the button and see."

Ah, little did she know... The button deleted random database assets. That will teach her to meddle.

Some of that narrative is fiction.

Comment Re: Wait for it... (Score 1) 37

Somebody will if this is like very other thread on the subject. It seems to be a matter of pride. Use the OS that suits the task at hand best for you and practice safe hex. I suspect part of the problem has been the goal of making the computer a device for amusement instead of a computational device as its goal. Aiming for the lowest common denominator can not be a good thing in this field. It just can't be - at least not from my perspective. That's not to say it needs to be overly complex. Maybe it is time to go back to dumb terminals.

Comment Re:No Apple (Score 1) 89

I have a MotoX, Moto360, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and a Chromecast. In fact I have never owned a iPhone or iPad. I am not an Apple fanboy but when you look at tablets Apple has a big lead.

The actual data says otherwise. Apple has about 27% market share for tablets - the rest is pretty much Android. Yes, Apple has a larger market share for tablets than it does for phones - but it's still a very small minority share in either case.

Comment Wait for it... (Score 1, Troll) 37

So who will defend Apple this time or attempt to minimize this or attempt to claim that other OSes are worse so that this is, seemingly, less significant. No OS is secure, it never will be and it only gets worse when you connect it to another device. There will always be security problems.

Not because I care so much but because I am easily amused...

Comment Re:Learning to program by Googling + Trial & E (Score 2) 188

Yes, anyone can code, just as anyone can build a house. Whether or not the house collapses immediately, whether it has any real value, or by any other measure still depends on the skill of the builder, just as in software.

If builders built buildings the way that programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.

Comment Re:Upscaling is BS (Score 1) 96

>About Upscaling - This is the biggest load of crap ever. You can NOT create detail beyond that which you started with. An upscaled picture, displayed at 4k, that was captured with a 1080p camera can't possibly be any more accurate than the same picture displayed on a 1080p TV. Of course, the masses don't understand this. This seems to be the "MO" of most technology these days, since non-tech-savvy people are using a lot of tech gadgets - you can say meaningless things that sound "good", and people will accept them as "good" since they don't know what the hell they've really got.

Interesting thing about visuals and upsampling/interpolation. You can actually end up with a BETTER image (visually smoother, cleaner) when you upsample and interpolate. In fact, that's the standard approach in ultrasound - capture the raw data, use it to create an upsampled/interpolated set of data, and then do all displays and calculations in the new data. The only reason you use the original data is to give you something to upsample. And empirical, double-blind tests in medical situations proves that ultrasound technicians regularly prefer the upsampled data as well as are able to better diagnose issues.

Human perception is pretty interesting. Building in data between points (much like oversampling and interpolating DACs in audio) can have an actual measurable, repeatable improvement in the perceived results.

Submission + - Government still hasn't notified individuals whose personal data was hacked

schwit1 writes: Months after the federal government admitted publicly that the personal data of more than 20 million government employees had been hacked they still have not sent notifications to those millions.

Instead, they've turned this into an opportunity to spend taxpayer money for their friends!

        The agency whose data was hacked, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), said the Defense Department will begin "later this month" to notify employees and contractors across the government that their personal information was accessed by hackers. OPM said notifications would continue over several weeks and "will be sent directly to impacted individuals."

        OPM also announced that it hired a contractor to help protect the identities and credit ratings of employees whose data was hacked. In a statement, OPM said it had awarded a contract initially worth more than $133 million to a company called Identity Theft Guard Solutions LLC, doing business as ID experts, for identity theft protections for the 21.5 million victims of the security data breach. The contractor will provide credit and identity monitoring services for three years, as well as identity theft insurance, to affected individuals and dependent children aged under 18, the agency said.

Hopefully they aren't as incompetent as the company chosen to build the Obamacare website.

Comment Re:Major disconnect from layers (Score 2) 239

I owned my own company for a long time. Eventually I was kicked out of my own server room by people I paid to do a job. You know, I listened. I could do the job well enough but they could do it so much faster. Eventually I no longer even maintained my own code. "Code comments go in the code and not on a pile of coffee soaked index cards, asshole." Again, I listened. Sure, I could do all those things effectively - efficiently if you don't count my time but I paid experts because, well, they were better at the job than I was.

I suppose you could have called me a CEO, I mean I technically was, but we weren't real big on titles. Hell, my company paid me less than some of my employees made (of course I had the cookie jar).

I guess my point is that not all bosses think they know everything. My understanding is the new parent company has kept the culture much the same. It was not entirely uncommon to see a curious look when I admitted I did not know something and would like to consult with someone who did before making choices. I can only surmise that the behavior is due to ego.

It is impossible to travel faster than light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off. -- Woody Allen

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