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Comment: Will this go the same way as the spintronics? (Score 2) 29

Not that long ago people were talking about the huge breakthrough the spintronics would bring - that we are going to have terabytes of DRAM which could retain their memory even when power was switched off, that we could turn on our PC and have an almost instantaneous boot-up

So where is the spintronics nowadays?

Comment: If Google happens to be an EU corporation ... (Score 0, Troll) 250

by Taco Cowboy (#48437677) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

If Google is an EU corporation EU will not do _anything_ to Google

EU doesn't care if Google is a monopoly or not - they only use "monopoly" as an excuse to do what they do

What EU really wants to achieve is to break America, starting by breaking American corporations, corporations such as Google

And if they can do Google in, Apple will be next

Comment: The United States is turning into Untied States (Score 2) 97

by Taco Cowboy (#48437557) Attached to: Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

No one has been punished and they are still spying on us all

That's the kicker, ain't it?

No matter how much the citizens have protested, TPTB still REFUSES to listen

We call ourselves a "democratic country" but are we truly democratic?

Our government, the government of the United States of America, is behaving exactly like a tyrannical regime - in which it not only conveniently ignores the wish of the citizentry, it continues to carry out programs which are designed to undermine the validity of the democratic principles within the country

Comment: Those who have betrayed the USA are ... (Score 1) 97

by Taco Cowboy (#48437491) Attached to: Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

They have betrayed their country

While I will agree with you that some of the NSA spooks have betrayed the United States of America, I do need to point out that it's the POLITICIANS who are the biggest traitors of all

Politicians in Washington DC, many of them, no matter if they are Democrats or Republicans, do not care about America. They only care about power (unlimited power), money (enormous amount of money), and getting re-elected, again, and again and again, ad nauseum

Comment: IT industry has no use of the illegal immigrants (Score 1) 163

Although the time I have spent in the field of IT is not very long, at least for more than 30 years I have been in this field

And the 30+ years the people that I've met, and I mean, those who can be considered as productive members of the IT fields, none of them are from the "illegal immigrant" category

Yes, there are a lot of immigrants in the IT industry in America, myself included. But none that I know sneaked into America through the porous border between Mexico and the United States

In other words, what Obama just did, giving the 5 million illegals their "legality" hardly benefits the IT field, if at all

Comment: Not all spooks are bad (Score 1) 97

by Taco Cowboy (#48437261) Attached to: Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

The people who choose to be spooks are ordinary people, just like you and me. Many of them choose to become spooks because of their patriotic feeling towards their respective countries, and their willingness to do everything they can (within the confine of the laws, of course) to contribute to the well being of their motherland/fatherland

Not all spooks from CIA/NSA are bad dudes either. There are conscientious people within those organizations because I do have friends (close friends) working in there

On the other hand, the politicians, whether they are the career politicians or otherwise, have no conscience. One has to have no conscience to become a successful politician

The matter on hand has illustrated one thing - that the spooks themselves have raised alarms but it was the politicians who have overruled the spooks and insisted that the illegal programs be continued, and expanded

+ - Open air laser communication at up to 2.5tb/s speed->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "A proof of concept open-air data-transmission experiment using laser beam was run at Vienna, Austria just the other day

Researchers from the University of Vienna beamed a green laser mounted on a radar tower at the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics, which was aimed at a receiver at the University of Vienna 3 km (1.8 mi) away, with a twist

The latest twist is based on the Orbital Angular Momentum of light or OAM, which allows a beam of a particular color – or wavelength – to be twisted into a corkscrew shape to increase the number of potential communication channels available. So rather than one wavelength of light serving as a single channel, each of the theoretically infinite number of turns acts as a separate communication channel

The light beam was configured into 16 patterns corresponding to binary numbers. These were used to encode grey-scale images of Wolfgang-Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig Boltzmann, and Erwin Schrödinger, which were the subjects of the transmission. At the receiver, a camera picked up the beam, which was fed into an artificial neural network to filter out atmospheric interference. In terms of individual photons of light, it means that instead of spinning like the Earth around its own axis, their energy traces out a spiral. It is the same sort of momentum that sees the Earth orbit the sun, but the photons are also moving forward at the speed of light. That corkscrew-like motion is useful because instead of just having two possible directions like polarisation (clockwise or anticlockwise), it can turn in either direction with a potentially infinite number of twists — much like a screw with multiple threads. This is why physicists have been investigating whether twisted light could help transmit information very quickly: each twist configuration could be its own channel, just like different colours of light inside an optical fiber

The team sees a number of applications for the technology, including satellite and other open air channels. In addition, the quantum nature of the light twists would make eavesdropping very difficult. Encryption keys, for example, could be sent securely because trying to read the beam in flight would alter its quantum state and destroy the data. "We have shown for the first time that information can be encoded onto twisted light and sent through a 3 km intra-city link with strong turbulences," says team member Mario Krenn. "The OAM of light is theoretically unbounded, meaning that one has, in theory, an unlimited amount of different distinguishable states in which light can be encoded. It is envisaged that this additional degree of freedom could significantly increase data-rates in classical communication”

BBC also carries the news @"

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Comment: Tags doesn't do justice (Score 1) 215

by Taco Cowboy (#48408807) Attached to: Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

... Rock Star == Prima Donna == show off glory hound ...

The tag "Rock Star" isn't the tag the TRUE rock stars use for themselves

It was used by the OTHERS to describe those who are so good, so productive that an entire roomful of code monkeys can't even begin to hold a candle to them

And when I mean "productive" I do not mean in code volume alone. They are productive not only in the volume of the quality code that they produce, but also the innovative, the inventive aspects (for the lack of a better word, English ain't my mother tongue, btw) that their code brings

Plus, they are PRODUCTIVE, as I have mentioned above, in up-lifting the people around them, bring people to new heights that they never imagine they could attain

As I have mentioned above, I have have the fortune to work with several of those legendary programmers, and I benefited greatly from the experiences, and I am forever in debt !

Comment: People who feels empty inside ... (Score 2) 123

by Taco Cowboy (#48408671) Attached to: Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

A lot of lonely empty people in this world, and they are so afraid of being feeling left alone they would _anything_ to attract attention

In fact, many of those who committed suicide are did what they did, in the vain hope that their death would attract some attention

Comment: They never had the chance ... (Score 1) 215

by Taco Cowboy (#48408369) Attached to: Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

I hate managing with "rockstar" developers because they're always too arrogant and full of themselves. They detract from the team, argue and refuse to listen to others

Those aren't rock-star developers. As another poster said, you likely have never worked with a rock-star developer. They are great at what they do, *and* they make the team better. They are rare, but it's awesome when you see somebody that inspires others around them by what they can do

This, and 10^9999999999 this !!

It is so sad to read comments by the know-nothings who think that they knew everything

They never get any chance to meet with the real top notch talents and the arrogant, disruptive PITAs that they claim to be "rock star developers" do not even come close to the real stuff

I have have the fortune to work with several of the legendary programmers and when I use the word "legendary" I really mean it

They are legendary not only because of their programming skills, not only because of their extra-ordinary ability to conceptualize and implement and produce things that had never exist before, but also because of their willingness to share, to motivate the team, to lead the team to go with them on the most wonderful journey of power achievements

Comment: It's not a zero sum game (Score 2) 215

by Taco Cowboy (#48408281) Attached to: Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

... Most likely outcome: the agent, whose entire compensation is based on separating me from as much cash as possible, manages to take more than that difference and I get screwed while thinking I got a good deal ...

If you are of the top 1% talent you wouldn't be feeling so butthurt over how much that "agent" skims over what you take

Look, I've been in the industry even before Al Gore started his "information superhighway" stump

I worked as a grunt in research labs, buried deep within the big corporate behemoths, I started my own joints, one after the other (they were not known as "startups" back then), sold some, re-invest the $$ by help funding other startups, and so on ... and along the ways I got acquainted with many legendary talents, some still with me, some parted ways, but I never stop searching for talents

Back then there were no "agencies". Heck! Back then there was no linkedin or anything like that, but when we needed talents we went crowdsourcing (no, that phrase wasn't invented either) and via our network of friends and/or acquaintances we got what we want

And yes, I do pay those who helped find me the talent I need, and no, I do not count the money I paid to those (so-called) agents as part of the money I am willing to pay the talent

What we have are business opportunities. What we want is to make money. And to make money we are willing to hire the right person to do the job, and we are willing to pay.

If you are really good, you will be paid what you are worth. Whatever those "agent" skims from you will not eat into your worth

This ain't a zero sum game, man !

+ - Electric shock study suggests we'd rather hurt ourselves than others->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "If you had the choice between hurting yourself or someone else in exchange for money, how altruistic do you think you’d be? In one infamous experiment, people were quite willing to deliver painful shocks to anonymous victims when asked by a scientist. But a new study that forced people into the dilemma of choosing between pain and profit finds that participants cared more about other people’s well-being than their own. It is hailed as the first hard evidence of altruism for the young field of behavioral economics."
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+ - NYC to replace most of its payphones with free gigabit WiFi in 2015

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "NYC announced its plans: LinkNYC — a network of 10,000 gigabit WiFi hotspots that will line the streets of all five boroughs of New York City. The project will replace all but a small handful of historic payphones with "Links," small towers equipped with WiFi, an Android tablet with select city-service apps and, of course, the ability to make phone calls. What's missing? The word pay: it's all free."

Nothing will dispel enthusiasm like a small admission fee. -- Kim Hubbard