DFW, 200k is high but I still know several people that are currently making it working out here (and with the things they have they DEFINITELY are not lying or they are dealing meth on the side...). DFW has a great market for software engineers and so many people overlook it.
Granted that may be true to an extent, but given time they will be forced to take the lower wage jobs or simply not work therefore this will only be true in the short term. Not only that, but software engineers getting that kind of salary is hardly a long term expectation. There has been a surge in the pay scale even after things like the dot com bubble bursting. I should know, I kind of work in the industry (and not in silicon valley where things are way out of whack).
Glut of Software Engineers? Where the hell are you pulling that from? Maybe Google has a glut of software engineers applying to them because they are a massive company in the industry, but your average or even above average software shop is starving for software engineers hence why they pay on average 60k+ to college grads and 150k to 200k to someone experienced. That is simple economics, because if there was a glut, then they wouldn't be able to command those kind of wages.
I'm no materials engineer/scientist, but I would think some of this could be overcome simply by width and orientation of the tin strips. Considering that TFA stated that this is only conducting on the edges of the "stanene" you could probably somewhat pyramid the tin layers with some type of insulator between them and the resulting magnetic field size could be accounted for at each layer such that they don't interfere with each other. Also by just making sure major strips were run perpendicular to each other the magnetic fields then would be unable to interfere with each others respective operation.
Again, pure speculation on my part based on my very fundamental understanding of the physics, I could be way off base since I don't know all the more advanced properties and such.
No it can be 100% efficient within the system. By the first law of thermodynamics this is completely possible. In order to GET that energy into the system some must be removed from another system, but as long as it just stays on the "stanene" then it is implied to remain as electrical energy and not turn into heat/radiation/whatever.
For starters, job creation and economic investment. I know the area near the SSC and almost everyone there will tell you when it was under construction the entire area was projected to undergo a massive economic boom. It started to do it too until the project was cancelled and then things stagnated in the area pretty badly. It has only been in the past 5 or so years that there has been significant growth for that area because everything changed direction.
Dallas now has several major economic sectors, but scientific research is way behind for it. If the SSC had actually been completed, that area would probably be one of the largest scientific hubs in the world by now and we likely would have found the Higgs (and other things) a lot earlier. This in turn would have generated a much greater demand to come to the US for STEM type education and research and likely would have helped our post secondary and general secondary education system flourish as opposed to what is happening now with them struggling to keep up with rising costs (especially in Texas, where the secondary education is abysmal in most areas). If even a small ROI had been shown that probably would have helped the scientific community in the US in general with some of these larger projects and we would likely being growing that sector much better than now (funny, that is now what half the country has talked we NEED to do in order to continue competing on the global market...).
Other industries would have also been able to grow out of the construction and maintenance efforts and Dallas would probably have seen some amazing growth from that alone. Not to mention the indirect benefits of growing the field causing other improvements in the long run. Big Science is like IT, very necessary and can have tremendous benefits, but since you can't easily quantify all those benefits on paper people will shoot it down (kind of ironic considering that is the entire point of most hard science fields, quantification and making it easier to understand).
I find time estimations to be by far the most difficult thing. Especially when sales promises the customer the damn sky and says we will have delivered by Monday... Our sales guys even readily acknowledge now they often give unreasonable timelines to the customer and the developers bail their asses out.
Good IDE with autocomplete typing gives pretty close to the best of both worlds. Only one time do you have to type out the long name and after that it is just autocomplete everything. I lean towards long names partially because of this and on large codebases this becomes necessary to help facilitate proper documentation.
Honeslty, a lot of the best documentation I have seen goes hand in hand with just having a good design. When the program is well designed most variable names, function names, objects, etc. are meaningful and if you adhere to good practices such as single use, limits on functions line size etc. The code explains a lot of itself. It does NOT eliminate the need for comments (at my company we use less of them, mostly they are to explain design decision or crazy areas of the code that are not intuitive or were hacked in because of a deadline) or general documents like design docs and functional specs.
Comments and other documentation can be extremely useful and not too time consuming to create as long as they are done right.
Actually there have been significant improvements in the manufacturing process and the general solar cell efficiency that may make that statement incorrect. I haven't looked at the math in some time, but they have made significant advances in solar cell production such that I don't think they actually are a net loss in energy now.
Ah yes, that is the one. Hopefully some proprietary device development might start focusing on specific functionality to give it some traction, though I still kind of think mechanical buttons are going to win out for the time being. NVidia actually had some Shield demos out at Quakecon this year, maybe something like that with more touchscreen focus could help them out (Nintendo, I am looking at you with the damn DS/3DS already...).
Yea, see you should probably have looked at more context if you planned to insult what he was talking about. Even without hearing the rest of the keynote, the Kinect comment illustrates exactly the problem. Mechanical buttons are still far superior for user actions than trying to virtualize the buttons via touchscreen or whatever bullshit apple is trying to pull. The Kinect is the same idea as their stupid magic mouse only a bit worse, where you have to make some exact action gesture combination as opposed to a mechanical button "one trick pony" that has two states: pressed or not pressed. That mouse does not have a binary state because of the software interpretation layer trying to translate it to a binary state when it has more cases than that.
That isn't to say that these could become better controls, and Carmack himself even said with better accuracy, less latency, and taking fuzzy cases into account this could become fairly viable, but right now it is still a damn joke.
I think the bigger complaint here is how easy it would be for someone that has no real clue how to perform a real attack in such a way gaining access to the computer easily (as many have stated due to the computer being left unattended and unlocked for a short period of time). For me, I constantly lock my computer while I am not sitting at it anyway, and usually if someone asks to use it I am right beside them (though not 100% of the time). The passwords I have stored in Chrome are mostly non-essential accounts/passwords though I should probably double check it when I get home and purge anything that might not be.
I think a master password not tied to the OS login credentials would be pretty easy for them to add on and abate most of the fears people have with the password management system in chrome. They could still allow the browser proper access for the passwords through secure means while keeping snoopers at bay (just like what Firefox already implmented). The thing that surprises me here is NO ONE seemed to noticed this for so long. I stumbled onto to this quite a while back (I want to say over a year, but I think its more like 6+ months) and thought it was a poor implementation, but because I practice other physical access security measures better (BIOS password, optical drive behind main drive in boot priority, lock the computer when not at it etc.) I really didn't worry about it.
Well that is the theory, you use some linguistics tricks in such a way that the bot would need to nearly Turing complete to effectively defeat the system. It is a bit of a challenge though as the system itself would probably become very nearly Turing complete to accomplish this goal, but there are probably some short cuts one could take to help with that challenge. Now it would be quite entertaining to point the Turk at the Turk though if money were not a concern...
Valid point, but there are probably ways around that to make it more accessible though damned if I can think of one right now. I really have already expanded a hell of a lot more on this idea than I intended to in this discussion, my point was that it is a possible replacement, not that it definitely would work. It might, it might not, but there are probably alternatives to the current system, people just have to research them and put some work into it.