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+ - PicoScope for Linux Released

gregski writes: PicoScope 6 has been ported to linux i386/amd64, and Code and Life have reviewed it: "For a beta stage software, there’s a very polished feel to the software – in Linux world I actually have often encountered mature software with more warts. Functionality wise the Picoscope software is already lightyears ahead Qpicoscope and other attempts at Linux scope software."

Comment: Re:Answering an old chestnut (Score 1) 692 692

Some brilliant QI on this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7aROzLVS58

I think it's best to angle it more towards:
Well I'm not so hot on *insert new fangled technology here*, but I'd love to learn more about it.

I.e. Assume they're talking about technical capability, rather than personal issues!

Comment: Re:Not the algorithm we need (Score 1) 183 183

this is exactly the problem this algorithm attempts to solve:

"They also analyze the replies you receive and use this to evaluate your attractiveness (or unattractiveness). Obviously boys and girls who receive more replies are more attractive. When it takes this into account, it can recommend potential dates who not only match your taste but ones who are more likely to think you attractive and therefore to reply. "The model considers a user's "taste" in picking others and "attractiveness" in being picked by others," they say. "

Comment: Re:Spacecraft, aircraft, commercial vehicles... (Score 1) 91 91

Gravity Probe B had what i believe is at least a comparable spec of gyroscope:

http://einstein.stanford.edu/TECH/technology1.html

"The SQUID magnetometers are so sensitive that a field change of only one quantum—equivalent to 5 x 10-14 gauss (1/10,000,000,000,000th of the Earth's magnetic field) and corresponding to a gyro tilt of 0.1 milliarcsecond (3x10-8 degrees)—is detectable. "

Comment: Re:If you are too old to retrain... (Score 1) 418 418

exactly, outside of work I meet some people who are nearing retirement at 25, and others are full of life well into their retirement. My great uncle was still fixing his car at 80!

I learnt c#, c++ and c just after uni (with only BASIC as prior experience) whilst working primarily as a physicist, and am now a full time software developer. As with any learning, you find the best people around to learn from and put the effort in. Changing teams reasonably often enables you to cherry pick techniques and ideas, whilst bouncing your own off others.

It also helps to ask your employer for as much relevant training as possible. Understand the technologies that interest you in particular through your own reading and practice.

Of course if you really can't be bothered to at least keep up with the cutting edge of technology (or invent it!) then perhaps you should think of a different career path.

Comment: Re:'Atomically pure material' (Score 3, Informative) 88 88

from the harvard gazette article:

"In initial experiments, the team used diamonds that contained 99 percent carbon-12 atoms"

"Working with researchers at Element Six, a British-based company that specializes in manufacturing artificial diamonds, they developed a new technique to create crystals that were even more pure: 99.99 percent carbon-12."

Torque is cheap.

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