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Comment Bureaucrats, so late, and still so wrong (Score 2) 157 157

I'm surprised it took this long for the bureaucrats to issue silly regulations. I mean, they're only 20 years behind.

Having looked at the proposed regs, they kinda make sense.... if every Tom, Dick, and Harry were to be driving a self-driving car. If any schmuck with a bit of disposable income had a self-driving car, then overbearingly specific regulations might make sense. However (outside of a perhaps very rare to nonexistent hobbyist (this ain't a cheap game)), all of the self driving cars are owned and operated by large institutions. Since these institutions 1) have deep pockets, and 2) care greatly about their reputation, I can write appropriate regulations in a tweet:

"Self-driving cars shall be bonded for 2 million dollars each against damage to life and property, burden of proof lying against the owner."

Tweak the amount per currency or the value you place on life as you see fit, so long as the amount of the bond is whinging enough to keep out rich fools.

Comment Worst ever serious language (Score 1) 166 166

When discussing stupid/nasty/unpleasant programming languages, INTERCAL and Brainf*ck typically come up. However, both of those are artificial languages designed to be unpleasant. They are jokes.

I wish MUMPS was a joke.

MUMPS makes both APL and BAFLL seem sensible. The classic DailyWTF article, A Case of the MUMPS, really explains it all. Including things like an 8 character function name limit (even C fixed that, although not before we got the "creat" system call).

MUMPS is just as bad as it sounds.

Comment Re:Bad sportmanship, or lawyers? (Score 1) 107 107

The even more disgusting thing is that the motor doesn't even need to be running to make a cross-channel flight.

The aircraft in question has a 15:1 glide ratio and a 16,000 foot service ceiling (per spec). That means it can do a 45 mile glide. At the Straights of Dover the channel is only 20 miles wide; that's a over a factor of 2 safety factor. Wind could be an issue, but if there are headwinds, they could run the engine to make the crossing against the wind, but abort backwards *with the wind helping them* if there were an engine failure.

I think this just confirms my dislike of Airbus; they've had a good number of shady dealings in the past, and given the extensive time period such things have gone on, I don't think that leopard is going to change its spots.

Comment A new plan to keep editors honest (Score -1, Offtopic) 172 172

Record when they F up. Because of course they'll silently fix it w/out notice.

Amazon has a new plan to keep authors honest: a href='http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/06/amazon-publishing-authors-payment-writing/396269/'>they're only going to pay them when someone actually reads a page. Peter Wayner at the Atlantic explores how this is going to change the lives of the authors — and the readers. Fat, impressive coffee table books are out if no one reads them. Thin, concise authors will be bereft. Page turners are in.

Hence, a record. Seriously, just leave off the opening < on a href? And then post it?

Comment Re:Cut the write enable line? (Score 1) 145 145

A two minute check

A three minute check shows they claim a power savings over having no AV installed at all. They claim 4.43 KwH/day for no AV, and 4.39 KwH/day for Abatis. Unless there is some "new math" reason that 4.43 is smaller than 4.39, it would appear to me that they are claiming to have lower power than no AV.

Yes, surprise surprise, I actually RTFA... and not just skimmed, but truly read it.

Comment Cut the write enable line? (Score 5, Informative) 145 145

Chris Howden and John Plumb are the author and approver (respectively) from Lockheed..... Chris and John are lousy scientists.

The kindest way I can figure it is that the driver simply disables disk IO... hence there may be a small power savings from the lack of writes. Less kindly, they happened to measure lower power, and are reporting experimental noise as a solid result (see www-plan.cs.colorado.edu/diwan/asplos09.pdf for instance). We have no error bars (or even a # of runs), so it really isn't possible to say, but disabling disk writes could conceivably reduce power draw. The methodology section is sketchy enough to make solid conclusions impossible; the reporting of experimental details is worse.

Of course, this doesn't (and they admit it) stop me from hacking them in RAM... nor does it stop persistent firmware attacks (e.g. http://www.wired.com/2015/02/n...), nor does it stop me from trapping to ring 0, then trapping to SMM, then just ignoring their F*ING CODE BECAUSE I"'M IN SMM MODE BITCH!!! I GOTZ MY OWNZ ATA CODEZ

Or something.. I'd recommend just cutting the write-enable line on an old IDE drive, or rebooting periodically and running Tripwire from non-writable media (CD?). It's likely cheaper, and probably just as effective.

Comment Can my unicorn be flying as well? (Score 2) 145 145

That is my only question: can I have a flying unicorn? I'm not satisfied with a mere unicorn, or a pegasus. My little girl is turning 2, and it's time she thought about both her data security and her mythical beings. For my baby girl, I won't settle for anything less than the best. Beyond a 100KB 100% effective security module, I want a horse, flying, with one horn, capable of defeating any poison, and only capable of being captured by a virgin.

And she also wants puppy.

Comment Re:Great - suburbs are becoming urbanized (Score 1) 296 296

I live in the Bay Area.

My boss has told me "you really should be living in a 6-story condo building; if you did then your housing wouldn't so obscenely overpriced". The snarky response would be "well, can I bulldoze your house to build a 6-story condo? Because there aren't any".

I'm not a brogrammer. I'm not a single hipster. I'm married with two young kids. I don't need a trendy city scene; I don't want hip bars; I'm not looking for a luxury condo with all the fancy amenities. I just want a place to live. People who complain about denser development often seem to ask the question "why can't they be happy with what we had back in the day? why do they want so much space?". Well, how much space? In the 1970's, the median household size was 3, and the median house size was 1500 sq. feet. That's 500 sq feet per person.

My family has 350 sq. feet per person, and we pay through the nose for it.

The occasional octogenarian who isn't fit enough to move is a human interest story puff piece; the real political problem is the 55-year-old who simply doesn't want anything to change, and has a "I got mine, what's your problem?" attitude. "Doesn't match the aesthetics of the neighborhood" is code for "we don't want young people here", just as much as "digital native" is code for "people under 40 need not apply". Both attitudes are poisonous.

Comment Re:My wife likes these kinds of jokes (Score 1) 765 765

Actually, with regards to this whole DICSS thing, I was looking for some help with a web-coding project. You see, all of these "high-level" languages are really wasteful, producing lots of garbage (especially if you use a wrapper), and it takes forever for useful output to come out.

Hence, if you're into the cutting edge, I was hoping you might contribute to my project: automatically translating things like DICSS into plain vanilla C. Yes, the C-STRAIGHT project looks to free eveyone of their useless DICSS, and move to a nice, sleek language, with no hairy bits. Even better, if I can get the help of someone who is truly razor sharp on the javascript type system, I think we can do the whole thing by automatic cast-ing nearly painlessly.

Comment Re:Not quite comparable (Score 2) 215 215

Not only that, but basically all gasoline cars have better range than the electric ones, which means a longer time between gas-tank fills vs charge-ups.

So, each chargepoint needs to be used more often, and for far far longer. Calling it "not quite comparable" is quite the understatement.

Comment Re:How do you fsck NTFS? (Score 2) 345 345

The developers of the NTFS support for Linux do have a fsck implemented. It does a pretty good job. However, since they've done a black-box re-implementation, they rightfully aren't willing to 100% guarantee they have everything correct. Hence, although it has been almost a decade since I've had trouble with Linux NTFS support causing a problem, the recommendation is still to run the native Windows chkdsk after the Linux one finds a problem, just in case.

So, it isn't that you can't use a pure Linux toolchain to work with NTFS, it's just that the Windows toolchain is a little bit better. All in all, that isn't surprising.

Comment Ask what makes you a bad candidate (Score 1) 479 479

The overall unemployment rate among PhDs in computer science is shockingly low. Per the current Taulbee Survey (see pdf here), unemployment among fresh CS PhD graduates from surveyed institutions (266 North American ones; likely comprising the whole top 100 institutions plus 166 others) is .8%. .8% is well below the frictional unemployment rate; a PhD in CS is almost as good as a civil-service union government job in guaranteeing employment for life.

So ask yourself, what are you totally screwing up. Some previous posters have suggested that perhaps you're shooting way too low (intro programming job) for your talents. This could be the case. It could be that your degree is from a less-than-reputable institution (you didn't say, so we can't comment). You may just be messing up the basics of interviewing --- my PhD prepared me for an academic interview, but not so much for a straight industry job. Asking help from your institution's career services department on interviewing skills could help.

Regardless, there are very well collected statistics that reflect that a CS PhD is a strong benefit to gaining employment; don't blame the PhD.

Comment Re:So how many of them are actually qualified (Score 2) 214 214

How many of these 100 faculty (or is it 93?) are actually qualified to have an opinion about this?

Conservatives sure are a funny (insane?) bunch nowadays. If you're an actual scientist who is an expert in climate research, and say that climate change is real, that man is causing it, and that it will probably be a bad thing overall then you're just shilling for more of that lucrative research money (and want to destroy America). If you're not a scientist who is an expert in the field, but defer your judgement to those who are experts (of which 97% are in agreement) as most educated people do, then you're not qualified to speak on the matter, so you should just shut up (because you want to destroy America).

Honestly, four or five (or ten?) years ago I might have just thought that you didn't have the facts, but in the year 2014 I just find it weird. Why is reducing how much oil we burn such a bad thing? I don't fucking get it.

Conservatives sure are a funny (insane?) bunch nowadays. If you're an actual scientist who is an expert in climate research, and say that climate change is real, that man is causing it, and that it will probably be a bad thing overall then you're just shilling for more of that lucrative research money (and want to destroy America). If you're not a scientist who is an expert in the field, but defer your judgement to those who are experts (of which 97% are in agreement) as most educated people do, then you're not qualified to speak on the matter, so you should just shut up

You seem to have gotten my point backwards

When Joe DiMaggio comes on the radio, and tells you to smoke Winston cigarettes, because they're invigorating and healthful, you should ignore him. When a former playboy bunny goes on television and tells you that vaccines cause autism, you should ignore her. When Rush Limbaugh goes on air and tells you climate change is a conspiracy made up by secret hidden commies working together with Al-Qaeda, you should ignore him.

And when the chair of the divinity department at Harvard tells you climate change is real, you should ignore him too.

If the faculty at a Harvard want to get the administration to not invest in Chevron, that's all well and fine. They want to write a letter, that's all well and fine. But writing a news article about it just because it was Harvard faculty? It deserves a news article just as much as if it was the faculty at the University of Pheonix: not at all. This sort of trash is why the tobacco companies got away with it for so long, why there's an anti-vax movement, and why climate change denial is still around.

"If a computer can't directly address all the RAM you can use, it's just a toy." -- anonymous comp.sys.amiga posting, non-sequitir