Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Note: You can take 10% off all Slashdot Deals with coupon code "slashdot10off." ×

Comment Re:Properly traine software testers (Score 2) 180

Software testing is not boring. Most people ignore or don't understand what is software testing. They just think it's just about using a software following a given written scenario (the test case). That's only a small part of the job, and when it's repetitive you have to automate it.

Comment Re:I suspect it will work (Score 1) 129

Yes, and the quantum theory being wrong so you can't possibly make a quantum computer is unlikely. I don't say current physic theories are complete and faultless (they aren't) but any better theory would have to explain experiments already done, including most of quantum non-intuitive stuff used in quantum computing.

People often understand (because they are told so) that quantum physics applies only at small scale, and not at bigger one. Actually quantum physics works at all scales, and theory of decoherence explains why it seems to get back to classic behavior at bigger scale and higher temperature. There is an article in Scientific American a few month ago about how quantum effect are also seen at larger scale is many cases.

Any hope that quantum theory is replaced by something more intuitively understandable seems extremely very unlikely to me. As observed outcome of experiment is weird, theory to explain them must be weird also. Actually, the more we understand physic, the more weird it gets, not the other way around.

Comment Re:CS is part of IT (Score 1) 520

Coding and developing is a really creative and cool process ?

Yes, but less than 5% of your time (and I'm generous).

You usually spend much of your effort on dull things that are considered super-important by someone above you. At least if you can understand how it could be important for end user, it can relieve you a bit, but that's not always the case.

Sometime you get to design and implement a non-trivial algorithm, and that's fun, but that's very rare.

Comment Re:Fundementally flawed (Score 1) 601

The issue you point is a critical one.

How Bitcoin was designed, it gave a huge reward to most early adopters. If Bitcoin is successful, early adopters will be very rich. That's a great idea to get the project launch and find early adopters.

But to have success, it now needs late adopters, and they have no incentive to come. First, they need to pay the early adopter their huge reward. Then the system itself is still expensive to run, even if you don't mine and just do no transactions it takes lots of processing power and network bandwidth. And anyway, there is no network effect, even with all these early adopter you can't buy anything real with Bitcoin.

Comment Re:That is awesome (Score 1) 457

"Overall, the standard of living is higher today than it was 30 years ago (unenlightened answer: disagree)"

You can't reply to this question with inflation adjusted income. On many points our standard of living have progressed a lot.

Consider quality/price ratio of a recent car compared to one 30 years ago. Consider price of traveling. Consider price of telecommunications. Health has gotten more expensive, but quality has much improved.
About music, well, 30 years ago it was the 80s...

Of course on other important points, we have a regression.

Comment Endorsing bitcoin (Score 2) 391

When accepting bitcoin, EFF gave credibility to this money and as any fiat money credibility is what it needs. Now EFF doesn't accept anymore, they take back this credibility.

I think in both case, this was on purpose by EFF. They did the first move because they though bitcoin was an interesting experiment. They do the second move because bitcoin is now an ugly mess.

Comment When will bitcoin be used for real transactions ? (Score 2) 768

So far, in the bitcoin community, you see miners, speculators and marketplaces. The system is well designed to attract greedy people, but not to perform useful transaction.

In money history, metal coins are successful for trade when there metal value is weak. If they contains too much gold or silver, people tend to keep them. It's the same for bitcoin: the built-in deflation encourage actors to accumulate bitcoins, not trade them.

Biology grows on you.

Working...