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Comment: Re:Check their work or check the summary? (Score 2) 482

by bwcbwc (#49336769) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

And there goes another grad student's research thesis up in smoke. CS departments need to have more courses that distinguish between abstract theory (raw algorithms) and software engineering (practical effects of choosing specific languages and features). It's clear the authors of this are in an ivory tower where every string type is the same type of construct in every language.

Comment: Re:Steve Jobs is the Monkeywrench (Score 2) 114

by bwcbwc (#49290295) Attached to: Stanford Study Credits Lack of Non-Competes For Silicon Valley's Success

Yeah, even Florida requires the actual text of the proposed amendment to be put on the ballot.

It's a sad reflection on society that "right to work" laws and non-compete contracts are touted as engines to grow the economy, while things like a living minimum wage are denigrated as class warfare. When your middle class is disappearing, you actually get more economic bang for the buck when the money goes to consumers rather than investors. The fact that consumers have more money to spend creates true investment opportunities due to increases in demand. Giving incentives to investors when business opportunities are limited by lack of demand just throws money at get-rich-quick schemes.

Comment: Gotta love the irony... (Score 5, Insightful) 216

by bwcbwc (#49285893) Attached to: France Will Block Web Sites That Promote Terrorism

of a bunch of politicians who were soap-boxing about freedom of the press and "je suis Charlie" engaging in this kind of censorship. All speech is free, but some speech is more free than others. I don't think there's anyone alive who is in a position to form an unbiased judgment of whether a terrorist site, a porn site or Charlie Hebdo is more offensive. Offense, like beauty, is in the mind of the beholder.

Comment: Re:The elephant in the room.. (Score 2) 292

by bwcbwc (#49219027) Attached to: Do Tech Companies Ask For Way Too Much From Job Candidates?

Agreed. The "blue platypus" requirements on the tech ads are, in many cases, just to provide cover so that they can bring in an H1B person because "nobody fit the job requirements". This ignores the fact that he H1B import doesn't fit the original requirements either.

Don't blame Dice though. Any company smart/unethical enough to do this is also smart enough not to admit it, even in an anonymous survey.

Comment: Who says they even need a 2.0 Release? (Score 1) 208

by bwcbwc (#49173343) Attached to: What Would Minecraft 2 Look Like Under Microsoft?

They're still selling millions of copies of 1.x each year, plus all the pocket editions and console editions. And some people shell out $15-20 a month for a Minecraft Realms server. There's an insane revenue stream here for them even if they never do release a 2.0. That's why their original acquisition announcement said that they expect to recoup their investment sometime in 2015.

I'm sure there will be a 2.0 release sometime, but if we're going to be speculating, cynical and sarcastic about MS, remember that they are experts at milking cash cows like Minecraft.

Comment: Even if you accept that new jobs will be created.. (Score 1) 257

by bwcbwc (#49135975) Attached to: 5 White Collar Jobs Robots Already Have Taken

Even if you accept the premise that new jobs will be created by the new technologies, there are still risks.
1) The new more-demanding jobs will be beyond the intelligence and abilities of a larger and larger portion of the population. What happens when the computers and robots are smarter than the average bear/human?
2) Even if a person is capable of performing one of these more-demanding jobs, the new jobs will demand that they spend more and more years in training and learning. Without a significant increase in human life-span there will be a point of diminishing returns where a live person spends so much time learning and training that they don't nave enough time to actually work and earn money after that.
3) If the technologies keep accelerating, it's very likely that the machines will become flexible enough and smart enough that they can learn any task faster than a human. Even some "creative" tasks are really just applications of logic and reason (science). At that point the alternatives are between a) a massive redistribution of wealth so that all people share in the bounty created by the robots, b) we ban artificial intelligence or c) if there is any spark of human creativity that is beyond the capabilities of robots and computers, that will be the last refuge of human labor..

But even if we all become painters and singers and mimes, poverty will still be real: 90% of everything created by people is crap. So the creative society is still likely to require a massive redistribution of wealth.

I suppose another alternative is a massive depopulation of the human species on earth. That can easily be accomplished if the struggle for wealth distribution devolves into war.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 2) 439

by bwcbwc (#49057597) Attached to: Will Submarines Soon Become As Obsolete As the Battleship?

Not to mention that the "Chinese supersonic sub" could bring about the downfall of the Virginia class and all the fancy big-data detection technology. Short of a super-sonic sub, the detection technologies aren't that far-fetched - detecting an exoplanet hundreds of light-years away has some of the same signal processing issues, and look at the improvements in that area.

Comment: Re:Not all audiphiles are like this (Score 1) 418

True this. If you look at how ethernet works, there are 3 possible sources of digital "noise" that the cable contributes to.
a) dropped packets - if the cable is physically damaged or otherwise defective.
b) long latency times combined with out of order delivery of the packets. A very long cable would have to cause this, combined with poor buffering on the receiving device.
c) bitrot/data errors. - long cables and poor quality cables.

A $10k cable vs. a $10 cable won't do anything about any of these. Even if you pre-suppose that the $10 cable is worse than the $10k cable for each of these scenarios, the protocol mitigates for all three of these. If the bitrot is so bad that error correction isn't able to fix it, it's treated as a bad packet and falls into category a) and b) to re-transmit.

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