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Comment Why does he waste his time? (Score 1) 168

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

Comment Police state of MA (Score 2) 535

I don't know about the rest of the country, but Mass has really become a police state. They have amassed complete power, and are able to basically arrest anyone at any time if they feel like doing so. The laws are made such that almost everyone is breaking the law on any given day. This gives the police the power to circumvent the law, human rights, innocent until proven guilty, etc - they can racially profile, or whatever they want. For example, Mass is the only state (FL has a similar law, but is only about a tenth the duration) where someone can go to the police station and say "I think my husband has a drinking problem". an hour later, they will walk right into your house and take you out in cuffs, bring you to the courthouse where upwards of 95% of the time they determine that you need help - with no proof whatsoever - and ship you off to Bridgewater prison for up to 90 days. Bridgewater is a cesspool of germs and filth, which makes even hardened criminals cringe - where you're treated worse than a rabid mutt in a kennel - completely devoid of human rights or care of any kind. I couldn't even describe it in a way that would convey the actual horror of the whole thing.

It's big business for the state - this is how we create jobs in MA. It's a vicious machine that chews often innocent people and shits them out with a shade of PTSD. Worse, people are catching on, and using this "section 35" to get rid of their husband as a precursor to stripping them of their money, family, children, career and anything else that you might have worked your whole life to create. Why choose between your cake and eating it too when you can have both - sponsored and encouraged by the state.

Comment Anything made by HP (Score 1) 307

-Anything I've had made by HP has broken way before it's time.
-Power supplies: When I lived in my last house I was only a mile away from a power sub-station. The voltage was high (125VAC). But the worst part was that - when you have that little wire in between you and a power station that blows up (lightning would strike a transformer or something... You could often see a bright flash of blue light followed by a BANG! (not thunder - definitely)) - the current spikes that occur when the power goes out are BRUTAL on the power supply. My EE degree has me think it's because wire carries some inductance, the longer the wire, the more the spike is "smoothed out". When you have no inductance, the power going from 125 to 0 instantly causes an infinite (by math - real world has other factors that never make it infinite) current to go through all of your electronics that are plugged into the wall for an instant in time. a TRUE spike, the current is infinite and the dt is zero. Reality is (I'm pulling these numbers out of my ass) more like 100,000 volts for a microsecond. Now that I live many miles away from a power station, I haven't lost a power supply.

FYI: When a power supply fails in a machine, usually the mode of failure is such that certain pathways stop working. First power supply I lost, the machine would boot up but eventually blue screen, Eventually it wouldn't boot up. At first it appeared to be disk related. It wasn't. When I finally checked the power supply, one of the 12V rails was down to like 8V.

So, my point is, a lot of times it appears that something else is wrong - but always be suspicious of the power supply....

Comment Re:wow, this is just great (Score 1) 305

Well that's exactly the current perception that is held by almost everyone - except me of course. There's a special ability that very few possess that makes them great coders - this is the ability to take an idea and turn it into code in a way that hasn't been done before, or in a way that is better than that which has been done before. Most people on the planet don't have the ability to make something "out of the blue" - meaning (I doubt I can phrase this in such a way that I get my idea across) that most people take a problem and solve it by using algorithms that have been written before for solving a similar problem. Take Einstein for example. What made him so brilliant - in my mind - was that he came up with the idea of special relativity by just thinking it up. The idea behind it - that we're trapped in a very small frame of reference compared to the vast scale of velocities - is brilliant because he had no example or physical hint that gave him the idea. He just thought it up. Afterwards, we were able to prove some of it through experimentation - but the initial idea, without any of that experimental evidence is a very rare and unique brain indeed. Some people use a bubble sort algorithm. I prefer to rethink the problem every time. When I was about 10, I realized that a nested loop resembles a square and is somewhat inefficient by a factor of 2. All you really need is a triangle.
for a = 1 to 10; a++
    for b = 1 to a; b++
        if b is greater than a, switch a and b

I'm not saying that I'm Einstein or even nearly possess his intelligence or ability to perceive, but I excel at that part that you describe as a monkey - which I personally believe has a lot more value than most people think.

Comment respectfully disagree (Score 1, Interesting) 78

Making something free turns it into shit quality. Look at music for a great example. I've never really thought that software should be free, because it cheapens what I do and makes my field pay less. It seems like it's easy to make it free because it's easy to copy. Hardware is not the same. no one is going to even give away the raw materials.

Comment i've been interviewing recently... (Score 1) 292

And I have to say - it seems crazy to me. Firstly, they seem to expect you to know everything about the technology that they happen to be working with. The thing is, the field has become so vast that I can't imagine that there is anyone who knows all of these things off the top of their head. Second, the interview process has become extremely stretched out. First you generally deal with a headhunter. Then you deal with HR. Then you spend a few hours on the phone talking with engineers - half of whom you can actually understand. Then if you make it past that, you go to the office and spend about 5 hours interviewing with another handful of people that are generally difficult to communicate with. All the while, the questions that people ask seem to be getting more and more obscure - presumably because the field itself continues to widen and the different technologies and tools continue to grow. People are using so many different languages, tools, OSs, etc... All the while, they seem to expect you to know everything that they're using right off the top of your head. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

Comment negative comments? (Score 4, Informative) 215

I see a lot of negative comments pertaining to teaching basic as a first step in understanding how to code. I respectfully disagree. I believe that basic removes all of the complexity that gets in the way of learning pure logic skills. I don't see any sense in teaching kids to program and having pointers or even compiling and linking when the best thing for them to learn is the purity of understanding how to create simple algorithms to solve problems. If they show an interest, they can figure out more complex things like compilers, and the complexities of lower level languages like C. I stated in another comment, I learned how to code on a TRS80 color computer, and I think it was invaluable to master that before moving on to more complex and real-world things...

The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it. -- Anthony Burgess