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Comment: Weird situation with Mac Pro (Score 1) 107

by cerberusss (#48179311) Attached to: iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

With this new iMac and its display, the Mac Pro is starting to look a bit bleaker. I actually think it starts to look a little weird.

Performance-wise, if you configure this iMac with the 4 GHz processor, you get the fastest CPU, at least 25% faster than the Mac Pro in single-threaded tasks according to this benchmark. Mac Pro still has Ivy Bridge-architecture Xeons.

And the current Mac Pro can't drive a 5K display, but it's true that it can drive up the three 4K displays.

So the Mac Pro doesn't really make sense anymore unless you need its graphics cards to support OpenCL applications, or you want the parallelism of 8 or 12 cores, or you need its ECC RAM.

Comment: Far too expensive (Score 5, Informative) 205

by cerberusss (#48175673) Attached to: The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

I work at a scientific institute and the license costs of Matlab quickly explode if you need something beyond basic functionality. Since we work on the public's money, we haven't bought into Matlab.

Almost by itself, all scientists and engineers standardized on Python and NumPy/SciPy/Matplotlib. There's a couple of people using Octave, the open source Matlab alternative, but that's very limited right now.

Comment: Or you know, not marry (Score 4, Informative) 304

by cerberusss (#48151849) Attached to: Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

Perhaps it's unthinkable in American minds, but here in the Netherlands, only about half of the people in solid relationships decide to marry. And there seems to be no set time for this either. More often than not, I've seen friends marry after their first child.

I'm not marrying, the odds are decidedly in favor of women. The Netherlands has the highest percentage of women working parttime. As a man, you'll be paying through the nose.

Comment: Maybe they heard us (Score 4, Funny) 57

by cerberusss (#48118799) Attached to: Flash IDE Can Now Reach Non-Flash Targets (Including Open Source)

Maybe Adobe heard us after all?

Yeah, maybe they listened to us! There was a board meeting in a hot tub on top of a huge black skyscraper, with hookers and blackjack. They were laughing and counting money and all of a sudden, a mobile phone goes off. Then a fat white old dude reaches over to the phone and says apologetically, "sorry everybody, gotta take this one, it's a client of ours".

Then there's maybe a second of silence and everybody laughs really hard. The prostitutes don't get it, but they laugh as well.

Comment: Re:In our time and age? (Score 2) 192

by cerberusss (#48025511) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

If you want to succeed in anything, forget practicing and start networking.

That sounds like a pretty caustic view of the world. Firstly, the title says to be an expert, not about "succeeding" in anything. And secondly -- as I read it -- you're equating success with earning money in business.

My biggest successes don't have anything whatsoever to do with the success as you describe it:
- I've grown to be a software craftsman
- I have become a gentle and present dad
- I've learned to handle money well
- I can have a nice relationship with a pretty woman
- I've conquered a depression

But please go on, and start "networking" to gain some of that empty success.

...when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. - Fred Brooks, Jr.