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Comment: Re:Thanks You Dr. Nash (Score 2) 176

by cosm (#49764941) Attached to: <em>A Beautiful Mind</em> Mathematician John F. Nash Jr. Dies
Awesome to meet somebody else in the space, it is a fun place to be in. I'm mostly a DevOps guy now (I know --- buzzwords blah blah), but if a tough support call comes in, typically I spend my time in the run-time analysis side explaining "why is this packet being dropped from this queue" or "why did our convergence algorithm pick this path". Say a big data center customer calls and says "such and such is getting dropped on the 40G QSFP links during congestion, please explain your bug". Then that turns into a large discussion about how to configure COS queues properly and some education about xyz configuration spaces with the various protocols, followed by an update to our documentation if it's sparse in that particular implementation scenario or a white paper specific to their topology and common traffic profiles (tier 1 ISPs usually).

Comment: Re:Thanks You Dr. Nash (Score 1) 176

by cosm (#49764669) Attached to: <em>A Beautiful Mind</em> Mathematician John F. Nash Jr. Dies
I agree. After I first saw the movie, all I could focus on was the destination and not the journey. I obsessed with things like the Riemann Hypothesis and the Poincare Conjecture. After reading Perfect Rigor by Masha Gessen, a great book about how Gregory Perelman solved the Poincare Conjecture, it helped shape my perspective in life about what awards, honors, and all that junk really mean and how that stack up relative to the actual desire to do what one desires. Reading that Perelman wouldn't even answer the phone or accept the Fields medal from the committee was very inspiring and a lesson on humility and what it really means to be curious for the sake of curiosity rather than success or money.

Comment: Re:Thanks You Dr. Nash (Score 1) 176

by cosm (#49764519) Attached to: <em>A Beautiful Mind</em> Mathematician John F. Nash Jr. Dies
I'm still a software engineer for a major Fortune 500 semiconductor company. I assist the network protocol teams with the mathematics behind various protocols and RFCs along the lines of things like WRED, TCP/IP, BGP, OSPF (think route convergence, etc). I saw the film about 8 years ago, and later on switched my major from physics to math and haven't looked backed since. Thanks for inquiring!

+ - Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event in Texas-> 2

Submitted by cosm
cosm writes: ABC news reports that two armed gunman were shot and killed outside a "Draw the Prophet" event hosted in Garland Texas.

From the article: "The event, sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, featured cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, and scheduled speakers included Dutch MP Geert Wilders, who has campaigned to have the Quran banned in the Netherlands. The winner of the contest was to receive $10,000."

In light of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks, the Lars Vilks Muhammad drawing controversies, and the American show South Park's satirical depiction of the state of Muhammad phobia in the US and elsewhere, is there an end in sight to the madness associated with the representation of this religious figure?

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