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Comment: Re:100% Agree (Score 1) 567

by byteherder (#48574549) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait
If you are working with something that naturally is in landscape mode, say, a powerpoint presentation, then landscape is the best choice. For me, having as much of the document on screen to minimize scrolling is a bigger plus. I do a lot more scrolling that I do panning, so minimizing that is better.

Comment: Re:100% Agree (Score 2) 567

by byteherder (#48574463) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait
If I want to compare code, side-by-side in landscape mode is better. I use the the diff tool and it helps having the extra horizontal space.

When I can writing code (maybe it is just me) but I like to see as many lines of code as possible on the screen as possible. That is why most coders reduce their type size to just above micro print. It sure would be nice to have some more vertical lines. I find that too much scrolling just breaks up being in the zone.

Comment: 100% Agree (Score 1) 567

by byteherder (#48573063) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait
For viewing images or watching movies or playing games landscape view works best. For most all other cases, reading documents, coding, surfing the web, portrait view is better. Think about the flow when you are reading, isn't it natural that you want to see more rather than scrolling up and down?

Comment: Re:Like the world needs more web monkeys ... (Score 1) 226

by byteherder (#48407127) Attached to: Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"
The CS graduates at my college have required courses in discrete math, data structures, algorithms, compiler theory, operating systems theory, assembler language, graphics, database theory, microprocessor systems with electives in parallel programming, functional languages, machine learning, information theory, complexity theory, computer architecture and artificial intelligence. Are you telling me that all those courses can be crammed into a 19 week boot camp? We don't have courses like JavaScript, web design, html, css, agile and ruby. If you couldn't pick them up on your own, you weren't smart enough to be in the program.

Comment: Re:That's true, but... (Score 4, Insightful) 212

by byteherder (#48357279) Attached to: New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable
That is the point, you DO need to know what is going on underneath.

There is functional requirements and non-functional requirements, both are important for the projects to be successful. I was on a team creating a moderately complex system. One of the programmers checked in a perfectly correct functional code but did not meet the performance requirement. The conversation went something like this.

Me: Your code works fine but I need it to be 5 times faster.
Coder: [Looking at me like I just turned green and grew horns] Can't we just up the hardware requirement.
Me: Sure, if you want our customers carrying around laptops the size of suitcases.
Coder: All I do, in the code, is call the library functions.
Me: The library function is totally inefficient for the algorithm you are trying to implement. You need to recode the function manually.
Coder: But how do I do that.
Me: You need to write it in OpenCL and use the GPU.
Coder: [Turns white as a ghost]

If you want your skills to be more than sorting a list or changing the color of the font, you have to know what is going on underneath.

Comment: Re:Can this stuff be farmed out? (Score 1) 125

by byteherder (#48263241) Attached to: 16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office
The test for speed is not 16Pflops of raw computation but 16Pflop on the Linpack test suite. And no the cloud cannot do 16Pflops as they measure it on a supercomputer. You may be able to spin up more nodes to get more cpu power but I cannot spin up 100 new network connects and get 100x the bandwidth. Or get the sub microsecond latency of a supercomputer no matter how many connections you have.

Supercomputer are in a class by themselves.

Comment: Can this stuff be farmed out? (Score 1) 125

by byteherder (#48259915) Attached to: 16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office
There is a reason that organizations by supercomputers. There is no cloud in the world that can do what this computer does. None. Nada.

Cloud computing can run multiple copies of Office and host a website but when you need real horsepower, you get a supercomputer.

Comment: How fast is fast enouch (Score 1) 291

by byteherder (#48209955) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?
Guys, do we really need 273 Gbit/s to the home that fiber provides. Isn't this just a bandwidth pissing match. My neighborhood has more bandwidth than yours.

I, for one, would be happy with 1GigE connection. Extra bandwidth would just bring diminishing returns. What education, what healthcare and social good needs that kind of bandwidth? So now you get your Youtube videos a millisecond faster.

Think of all the children that grew up using 28.8k modems. Oh, the humanity.

10 to the 12th power microphones = 1 Megaphone

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