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Comment: Re:Forbit all HFT (Score 1) 246

I was just out of university. My mentor, who was an awesome guy and whose name a lot of people here would know, came over to me on my first day of work. He held up a 3 meter piece of wire.

"Do you know what this is?", he asked. I'm sure I had a confused look on my face ("Ummmm... a piece of wire?!?")

"It's a byte. This 8-foot piece of wire can hold about 8 bits." Now I had a confused look on my face, I'm sure. Back then, my high-speed digital stuff was 10s of MHz probably.

What ensued was a fascinating, Socrates-like back-and-forth about electromagnetism, computer memory, impedance matching, and much, much more.

Every new grad should be so lucky to have such a mentor.

Comment: Re:I'm waiting for Courtney Love to confirm... (Score 1) 491

by Smerta (#46566393) Attached to: How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

Or how about Mary Schiavo? After all, she was spot-on when she stated that "even a small black hole would swallow the entire universe". Ugh. (I'll also fault CNN's Don Lemon for even entertaining the question of black holes in some way causing this...)

I can tolerate ignorance, mostly... what I can't tolerate is talking-head "experts" spouting off utter nonsense as if it was fact.

Comment: Re:CNN's Black Hole theory... (Score 1) 227

by Smerta (#46549187) Attached to: New Information May Narrow Down Malaysian Jet's Path

When I heard that exchange at an airport, I wanted to reach through the TV screen and strangle both of those idiots.

Look, not everyone's a scientist or engineer, but don't just start spouting off shit like you know what you're talking about. Lemon's question was inane, but Schiavo's answer was so absurd, my fourth-grade daughter, who's recently learned /of/ black holes, tilted her head in a "WTF?!?!" kind of way when I replayed that video for her the next day.

Comment: Re:CNN's Black Hole theory... (Score 2) 227

by Smerta (#46549179) Attached to: New Information May Narrow Down Malaysian Jet's Path

When I heard that exchange at an airport, I wanted to reach through the TV screen and strangle both of those idiots.

Look, not everyone's a scientist or engineer, but don't just start spouting off shit like you know what you're talking about. Lemon's question was inane, but Schiavo's answer was so absurd, my fourth-grade daughter, who's recently learned /of/ black holes, tilted her head in a "WTF?!?!" kind of way when I replayed that video for her the next day.

Comment: Sparkfun blew it (Score 1) 653

by Smerta (#46535595) Attached to: $30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

Sparkfun got caught with its hand in the cookie jar. Look, they're no longer 2 guys working out of their basement, it's a rather decent-sized operation that's capitalizing on the "Maker" wave. Good for them. But that doesn't let them play dirty pool. I'm not saying they commissioned the counterfeit design, I'd bet almost anything that some sweatshop in Shinzen has been stamping these things out for years.

It's clear that SparkFun over-reached on this one, the resemblance to Fluke meters goes way, way beyond the color. Others here have provided links and comparisons, they'll all correct.

One of my oldest & most durable meters, an HP 971A, is essentially the same yellow color, but no one is going to mistake it for a fluke: http://www.mytestsignal.com/wp...

Fluke isn't concerned about a legitimate competitor, they're worried about the typical cheap "10 cents on the dollar" Chinese knock offs that confuse consumers and de-value the Fluke brand.

Comment: Well, that's a surprise (Score 1) 243

Well, that's certainly one of the bigger "Fuck You!" I've seen the studios hand out, and they've got a track record of some pretty big middle fingers to the "other 99%" of us. But my question is, "When is this going to stop?" Not as long as people are paying $25 to park their asses in a theater seat to watch Brad Pitt mumble around, or $19.99 for a DVD they'll watch once or twice.

+ - 2014 FIFA World Cup dev explains why game isn't DLC->

Submitted by PartyPooper
PartyPooper (3004249) writes "2014 FIFA World Cup is being made as a standalone release as 60% of users are brand new and don't own a FIFA game, according to producer Matt Prior.

Euro 2012 was the last big football tournament to be supported by EA Sports, and that was released as a downloadable expansion for FIFA 12.

However Prior says that was a big barrier for casual fans who just wanted to enjoy the extravagance of the big event."

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+ - PC Game Prices -- Valve Starts the Race To Zero->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Last week Valve made an interesting but seemingly innocuous announcement: they're giving developers control of their own sales on Steam. Nichols Lovell now claims that this has effectively kicked off a race to zero for PC game pricing. He says what's starting to happen now will mirror what's happened to mobile gaming over the past several years. Quoting: 'Free is the dominant price point on mobile platforms. Why? Because the two main players don’t care much about making money from the sale of software, or even In-App Purchases (IAPs). The Appstore is less than 1% of Apple’s revenue. Apple has become one of the most valuable companies in the world on the strength of making high-margin, well-designed, highly-desirable hardware. ... Google didn't create Android to sell software. It built Android to create an economic moat. ... In the case of both iOS and Android, keeping prices high for software would have been in direct opposition to the core businesses of Apple (hardware) and Google (search-related advertising). The only reason that ebooks are not yet free is that Amazon’s core business is retail, not hardware. ...Which brings me to Steam. The Steambox is a competitor to consoles, created by Valve. It is supposed to provide an out-of-the-box PC gaming experience, although it struggles to compete on either price or on marketing with the consoles. It doesn’t seem as if Steam is keen to subsidise the costs of the box, not to the level that Microsoft and Sony are. But what if Steam’s USP was thousands or tens of thousands of games for free?'"
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+ - Schematics, Circuit Simulation and PCB in the Browser 2

Submitted by dillonHe
dillonHe (3556037) writes "Today sees the launch of EasyEDA, a free, zero-install, Web and Cloud based EDA tool suite, integrating powerful schematic capture, mixed-mode circuit simulation and PCB layout in a seamless, platform-independent, browser environment. After more than three years continuous development by a small but dedicated team of hackers, EasyEDA offers Linux, Mac and Windows users the means to design Arduino-based prototypes entirely online and — thanks to EasyEDA’s Group Buy business model — order low cost PCBs directly from EasyEDA."

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