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Comment I was saying all this 10 years ago btw (Score 1) 474

Somehow, I'm always ahead of the curve but can't figure out how to get off of it. I was saying all of this shit 10 years ago and everyone was modding me flamebait and calling me a cynical ass. Fact is, bottom line - software engineers are BAD SALES PEOPLE. I used to be shocked when I found out that the people who wrote the code (the bright work) could and often made less than the dopey jocks that just push the products out the door. That was the old problem - we undersold ourselves. The new problem is that they're bringing in the foreigners who come from a lesser quality of life than most of us grew up with in the US. They're willing to work for less, sleep in bunk beds, and work long hours for shit pay.

The common theme here is that the weak minded ones bring us all down. If half the people are willing to bend to the wills of the unreasonable, then the other half of us are screwed, because we are either going to be treated the same or replaced.

The crazy thing is that half of the foreign workers that I've worked with can't code their way out of a paper bag. It's almost like - management can't understand them well and just assumes that they're doing bright dorky work because they're confused by them. Eventually I realized that engineering is so undervalued that they consider us mostly just a step above janitors. I worked my ass off for my EE degree - I said to myself, "Give me the hardest thing to do, because that HAS to be the most rewarding". Years later I realize my misunderstandings, but it doesn't piss me off any less.

Comment Re:Upscaling is BS (Score 1) 117

Are you basically saying to make pixels by averaging the color of the adjacent ones?

Granted, human eyes at normal distances can't use the kind of detail that these new TVs can deliver, but I just don't see how you could get a "more accurate representation of the original real-world view" by adding things that aren't really there. I mean, our eyes would do the same work at the TV screen the same way they would if we were positioned where the camera was. Wouldn't they? I could be missing something...

Comment Re:I got a 4K TV Yesterday (Score 1) 117

yea... I'm all about real estate when it comes to my monitors. For real... I'm dying to get a new big monitor with something_x2160 pixels, but don't have the cash to fork over for it. As a software developer, resolution means a lot when using an IDE like visual studio - I like to have all my debugging side windows open.

Even for browsing the web, I like to have a lot of vertical resolution to be able to see full pictures, and not have to scroll a lot. Real estate baby, real estate..

Comment Re:I got a 4K TV Yesterday (Score 1) 117

What's the horizontal resolution on a 4k set?

I'm curious as to what the bandwidth would be for uncompressed 4k video.

Also, I'm clueless as I don't have anything 4k - what's the Blu-ray equivalent for 4k? I guess you'd need that to truly see how good your TV is... I can't imagine that youtube is streaming anything that doesn't have a lot of loss... (Again, I'm speculating here...)

Comment Upscaling is BS (Score 2) 117

Back in 2009 I bought a beautiful 50" Panasonic 1080p plasma. I (still to this day) absolutely love that TV and the images that it renders. When I used a BluRay for the first time (Actually the only way to fully use the 1080p, as Comcast isn't 1080p), I realized that by standing a couple feet away from the TV I could see things that I wouldn't be able to see at a normal distance. 4k must be amazing - it's like a microscope, as you can see detail that you wouldn't be able to see with the naked eye if you were standing where the camera was.

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.

Comment Why does he waste his time? (Score 1) 172

Who cares if information is preserved in a black hole? What purpose does it serve? What can it teach us about the universe? I'd actually like to know the answers to these questions.

But... Hawking is undoubtedly a brilliant mind. Why has he been wasting his time for years trying to decide whether or not "information is preserved in a black hole"?

I'm admitting my ignorance here... Someone please explain to me what the relevance of this is...

Comment Gender differences in an affair (Score 0) 286

I've always loved my wife. When I was younger, I still lusted after other women. I won't say if I ever followed through or not, but I never would have fallen in love. I'd always come home, love my wife and kids, love to have sex with my wife, everything would be the same.

I don't have scientific proof, but I think that women tend to fall in love with their affair. Suddenly, you're getting in fights and you don't even know why. Everything you do wrong blows up into a huge battle until... "He drove me away..."

I've observed this in reality somewhat over the years in other unsuccessful couples.

Comment Re:No sympaty for slef-inflicted problems (Score 4, Interesting) 211

I agree with you, I do... But as a guy who has worked in tech for 20+ years now, there have been so many times where I realize that people can be so smart, yet so stupid at the same time. Specifically, tech people - suckers... So many time I've looked around the room for someone else to share a look of "what the fuck?" with me, but most of the time, no one dares. When they offer people "free pizza" to work past 8:00, I look around for people to say, "Yeah, thanks, but I'll go home now and buy my own $6.99 pizza thanks" - but no one does, and they work, and they eat the pizza like it's some incredible gift.

If everyone were like me, we'd probably get paid more than the sales guys, work less hours and have a hell of a lot more respect. The problem is that your average engineer is a moron. Since most are morons, we're all morons. If I'm the one guy that tells them to "shove the pizza up their ass cause I'm goin home on time", I'll get replaced with a fresh Chinese kid faster than you can say kung pao chicken.

I can say I'm a broken person now... I'm definitely not what I was 15 years ago when I was a smart mofo and ready to take on the world. THe tech industry has brought me to the ground - in so many ways. You can't win... We're all just cogs in a wheel... The industry has been turned into more of a manual labor type of gig, and it sucks.

Comment Re:Never. IPv6 is ugly (Score 1) 595

I see what you're saying, but I don't agree (respectfully)...
1) Nothing says that the number of bits that a processor can address has anything to do with the number of bits in an IP address. For example, when you get down to the nitty gritty, 64-bit processors don't even fully address a full 64-bits of memory space address. x64 architecture currently uses only 48-bits of the 64 for storing data to memory. Kernel space is from 0xFFFF8000 00000000 to 0xFFFFFFFF FFFFFFFF, and user space virtual addresses go from 0x00000000 00000000 - 0x00007FFF FFFFFFFF. Thus, I don't really see any reason why the processor bitness has anything to do with the amount of bits in an IP address. Also, any network drivers that I have ever written - I don't see where they'd care.

2) What I like about my solution is - you reserve one number - say zero, for IPv4 backward compatibility. Thus, the IPv4 address would be the sane as the address Any entity that knows that it's communicating with IPv4 only hardware would just drop the 0. If it were anything besides a 0, it'd be unroutable. Anyway, that leaves 255 usable multipliers to add on to IPv4 addresses,

I dunno - I haven't thought it out extraordinarily well, and i'm too tired to do so now... I _think_ it makes sense though, nite!.

Comment Re:Never. IPv6 is ugly (Score 1) 595

Whatchoo talking about Willis? I read this a few days ago, but revisited it today... I have to comment. The max address that I'm talking about would be, just one octet is added, This effectively increases the number of available addresses by 255 times (not 256, because one is the same as the preexisting 4 octet addresses). So doing the math, 2^32 is approximately 4.3 x 10^9. That times 255 is: 1.1 x 10^12. if u ask me, that's more than we'll ever need

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.