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Comment: Re:Answering machines? (Score 1) 62

The worst debt collection practice I was hammered with, called, didn't state for who they were,, did not leave any options to complete the call from them, but only gave a call back number for Jeromy to call Bob. I'm not Jeremy, so I let it run for a couple of months to see if it would quit. It didn't. Collectors continued to call even after my new number was not so new at 8 years.

I pity anyone who does not speak English as they wouldn't understand the message, there was no option to respond to the call, such as press any key, and it would continue until you did call in. They only quit after I called and didn't ask for Bob, but asked for their legal department. I think I shook them up a bit. Anyway the calls quit from them.

I asked for the legal department. I then told them they can not legally disclose any debt info to third parties. Then told them of the issue with the robocall. I gave them the number they robocalled and the times. They feigned ignorance and stated it must have been forwarded to my number from another number. I then asked for the number they were using to call Jeremy and gave time stamps. They then claimed they could not release Jeremy's contact info to 3rd parties. LOL.. Nice snow job. Anyway the calls quit with threat of $50 for each additional call per the telemarketing and fair collection practices laws.

A Google search of the number revealed the law firm in Chicago IL, their address, office phone numbers, staff names, etc. Nobody there is named Bob or Robert.

Jeromy Taylor, Please update your contact info with your creditors. I'm tired of taking your calls.

Comment: Completely unrelated... (Score 1) 418

by RingDev (#48448951) Attached to: Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

I like your point, but the "Broken Window" theory is an false argument. The gist being that if you break a window, the glass maker must make a new pane of glass, the delivery man must carry the window, the carpenter must install the window, etc... and thus economic value is created by the breaking of the window.

It is false because the economy has not created new value, instead significant effort is being spent on existing value. The opportunity cost here is that the same effort could have been spent on creating new value and causing economic growth.


Comment: No it isn't that we won't (Score 1) 387

But that we are so far from any kind of AI that worrying about what form it might take is stupid. Yes, there are lots of things that might happen in the far future. Until they are closer, worrying about them is silly. There have been stories from people who are all paranoid about AI and think we need to start making with the rules. No we don't, we are so far away we don't even know how far away we are. We also have no idea what form it'll take. May turn out that self awareness is a uniquely biological trait and we never make computers that are truly strong AI.

Also if you are betting your life (regardless of if this means an actual bet, singular investment of all assets, etc) on something far off, you are a moron. You have no idea when a technology will happen, if it'll even be possible, and if it is if it'll even be marketable. Want a great example? SED, surface-conduction electron-emitter display. Reasonably chance you've never even heard of it. Was a new tech from Canon, basically a flat, large, hig rez take on CRT. Offered extremely high refresh rates (and thus low blur) great contrast ratio, wide viewing angle, etc. Very exciting display technology lots of people looked forward to as an LCD alternative. Wouldn't displace LCD, but would be a better technology for many uses. It was real too, actual working sets were shown at CES in 2006.

What happened? Well as a result of litigation, the financial downturn, and the general market, they decided to pack it in and stop development. They shut down and liquidated that division in 2010, and there's been no further development. So despite it being real and doable, it didn't happen and almost certainly never will happen.

Now compare that to the concept of strong AI, which we have no idea if it even can exist, if it does what form it will take, and if so what technology will be required. Maybe not the best thing to be betting the farm on.

Comment: A lot depends on size of the monitor (Score 1) 317

by Sycraft-fu (#48442765) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

The bigger it is, the wider that is useful. Basically you find that you need a certain amount of vertical real estate to work effectively. So on a small screen like a laptop, a 4:3, or even more square, monitor can be of use. However when you start getting large desktop displays, wide is very nice. Personally I like 16:10 displays for the desktop, in part because I find them aesthetically pleasing (likely because they are near the golden ratio) but also because for the large sizes I like (30" currently) it provides a good amount of vertical real estate, but plenty of horizontal to fill my field of view and allow for multiple things to be displayed at once.

For TV, heck I could go even more than 16:9 if such a thing were standard. I was always partial to 1.85:1 3 perf and 2:1 Superscope for movies myself.

Comment: Re:Thanks for crashing my web server! (Score 3, Informative) 143

by Technician (#48440275) Attached to: Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

I'm surprised he got it to run that fast. AM radio in the US broadcasts from about .5 to 1.5 Mhz. Without a ground plane and shielding, there is a lot of coupling between wires. I bet he can't listen to any distant AM radio stations in the same room with that running.

Good job getting a breadboard computer to clock over 1MHZ.

Comment: I imagine not (Score 1) 138

by Sycraft-fu (#48434371) Attached to: Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

However the problem is that it can presumably notify security that you've done that. Given that they'll have full video of it, and know where the unit was, the chances of you getting caught are pretty high.

These aren't the kind of thing that would work well on their own out in the middle of nowhere but on a campus like MS's with human backup I imagine they are pretty effective. Rolling security cameras basically.

Comment: Re:"Getting whiter" (Score 1) 488

by Technician (#48428077) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

What the liberals want is;
30% Chinese
30% Japanese
30% Korean
30% Hispanic
30% Black
30% Vietnamese
What ever us keft over % Male
50% Female
50% Gay
30% Mexican
30% Guatamalan
and 30% Native American.

All cry inequality when less than 50%

Liberals have some other shortcommings in STEM besides math.

Comment: Re:Bullshit Stats. (Score 1) 488

by Technician (#48427831) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

I had a job offer in Seattle that I turned down due to the cost of relocation, traffic, housing, etc. If I had taken the job, my spouse would have moved too and looked for work. She would not have looked for an engineering job, so yes, there would be pay inequality, but she would not need to deal with 2nd housing, etc. I suepect some of the pay inequality is spouses of engineers working at Microsoft or Boeing working the two income family positions to make the mortguage instead of full time homemaker. These positions are rarely the same income bracket as the primary breadwinner who can have >40 hours work and are not the primary family member taking the kids to soccer practice.

Comment: Re:Given how most spend their time in college... (Score 1) 226

by RingDev (#48411399) Attached to: Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

I'm not sure about that.

As a rough estimate, a 3 credit hour course is ~45 total hours of class time over a 15 week semester. Or about 3 hours a week. Code Bootcamps (the USMC did their Comp Sci training in this way back in the 90's) are 40+ class hours per week. Or roughly the equivalent of 13+ simultaneous college courses. Over a 19 week boot camp, the student gets as much class time as 17 university classes.

To complete a university BS, you're looking at ~120 total credits. Figure almost half of those are non-major focused classes, you're only looking at 60 total CS credits. Which works out to be roughly 20 classes.

So the total class time difference between a 19 week boot camp and a full 4-year degree, in terms of comp-sci classwork only, is roughly 3 classes.

And I'm pretty sure we could knock off 3 university classes that are great for more theoretical knowledge, but of significantly less importance to entry level contractors. I mean, writing assembly and creating your own compiler are fun and educational projects. But in almost 20 years in LOB software development, I haven't ever encountered a situation where that knowledge has enhanced my ability to do my job or to create quality software.


Comment: Re:So, does water cost more? (Score 1) 377

by RingDev (#48404717) Attached to: How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

"So, cover the entire planet with corn for thousands of years and your single desired gene has a decent chance of appearing spontaneously."

Correct, if we were looking for a truly spontaneous event, you are absolutely correct. But we aren't. We're looking for a mutation as a result of a intentional change in environment, or as an existing trait that is intentional breed for.

If we are looking for a selectively bread Corn plant that is roundup resistant, averages 1.3+ ears per stalk, has a good flavor, has an acceptable growing period, and is disease/drought resistant for the regional climate, it's not like we're going to wait for the perfect kernel somewhere out in the 'corn world' to just by chance have all of those traits.

In fact, all of those traits except for the roundup resistance had already been developed through selective breeding long before scientists got involved.

If we take a field of non-GMO corn, and apply a light spraying of Roundup on it, much of the corn will die. But odds are some of the stalks will survive due to as you put it, "a relatively minor mutation to one or more existing genes which makes the plant more resistant". If we breed those surviving plants together, odds are that gene will propagate on, along with some minor mutations. And if we again spray the field with roundup, we will again kill off those without resistance. This is the exact same function whether we apply it to weeds or to corn.

Keep this up for a couple of generations and we have a roundup resistant corn plant without any scientists involved. From there, it's just a mater of selectively breeding back in a combination of taste/resilience/yield if any were lost over the previous selective breeding.

Spontaneously, yeah, incredibly unlikely to ever occur. Realistically though, a person could go out and do this in a small field over the next 20 years and have a product ready to ship.


Comment: They do in Windows (Score 2) 327

by Sycraft-fu (#48398341) Attached to: Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

The generic MS drivers know how to see if the drive supports TRIM and send the commands if it does. That's the point of TRIM: It is an ATA standard command, so special software isn't needed.

In fact, in Windows all you use is the generic drivers. I mean you may install drivers for your SATA controller, but not for your drive. My laptop has a Samsung 840 Pro in it, with Samsung's Magician installed. However the drivers in use are disk.sys, partmgr.sys (both Microsoft files) and iastorf.sys (Intel's file). No Samsung provided drivers. Magician can directly send commands to optimize the drive if needed if the OS can't, but the OS sends TRIM commands no problem.

Comment: Ok conspiracy 'tard (Score 1) 340

by Sycraft-fu (#48395745) Attached to: Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

Or perhaps more likely "pro Russian shill" next time, spend a little more time doing research before you put together your bullshit theory. See you seem to have missed one little detail: This came from Russian TV. This isn't something that surfaced in the US, purporting to be originally from Russia, it was on Russian national television.

So, maybe think your bullshit conspiracy through next time,a nd make sure you know the sequence of events.

Comment: On enough with the whining (Score 1) 127

by Sycraft-fu (#48395589) Attached to: US DOE Sets Sights On 300 Petaflop Supercomputer

I hate this attitude that if you don't have the top spot, you are crap. It is so silly the attitude that the US somehow lost something by not having the first spot on the top 500 list.

I mean for one thing, the Chinese computer is more specialized than the big US supercomputers. It gets its performance using Intel Xeon Phi GPGPU type processors. Nothing wrong with hat but they are vector processors hanging off the PCIe bus. They work a lot like graphics cards. There are problems that they are very fast at, linpack (which is what's used to test) being one, but others they are not as fast at. Many of the US supercomputers (like BlueGene/Q) use just standard CPUs, meaning their performance holds steady over more kinds of tasks.

Then there's the fact that while the US might not have the #1 spot they have the #2, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 10 spots. In other words, half of the top 10 computers. That is more impressive than having one really big system. Ya it's nice to have a huge system and some simulations need really big systems to do, but there's something to be said for lots of different research groups having access to high power computers.

Also there's the fact that linkpack isn't necessarily the best benchmark.

I'm happy that the US is looking to invest more in HPC because money spent on research is always well spent in my opinion. However let's stop pretending like it is some major failure that the US doesn't have the #1 computer. Big deal.

Comment: People tend to believe their first media (Score 1) 340

by Sycraft-fu (#48394223) Attached to: Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

I've seen the same kind of thing. I know a lady who's from Serbia. Very smart woman, and she's lived in the US for a couple decades, immigrated and become a citizen. However, when it comes to world news, she believes the Serbian media over all others. It's pretty bad too, it makes Fox News look credible (well almost) with the level of propaganda and shit. However, to her, that's the truth.

It seems a somewhat common thing that whatever you start getting your news from first is what sticks with you as the "true" news if there's disagreement later.

With all the fancy scientists in the world, why can't they just once build a nuclear balm?