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Comment: Re:Yosemite (Score 1) 369

by hawk (#48182391) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

>What really bothers me though is the removal of old
>SMB support (I don't know if it was Mavericks or ML)

That happened because Samba went to gpl3--and Apple holds patents.

Apple would have to fork Samba to keep gpl2.

(yes, I know that the High Church of EMACS insists that there is no risk, but that's for another thread).


Comment: Re:Was this ever anything but a slogan for sheep ? (Score 1) 376

by hawk (#48155767) Attached to: Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Saddam thought he had a nuclear weapons program, and paid to support it. The scientists were mostly just bilking him (thus the stuff in the garden, and the refrigerator, and . . . ).

Also, we had a source in his inner circle relaying everything on this. The reason we thought he had a nuclear program is that we knew what he knew, and he thought he had one . . .

I'm waiting for the new slogan of "'Bush Lied People Died' People Lied, People Died" :)


Comment: Re:LEDs (Score 1) 602

by hawk (#48007051) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

The ballast in a CFL can't handle the dimmer.

Its not that you replace the dimmer,but that you need to use "cold cathode" florescent bulbs with them--andin the smaller sizes (candelabra mount), you can't get these (or LED) that are very strong.

My house has been almost completely devoid of incandescent for about ten years--more initially for heat (broken AC in the Vegas desert!) than power.

The only place they're left are in the refrigerator (don't want mercury there if it breaks . . .) and oven (heat). But the socket is bad in the refrigerator, and the oven is dead an needs replacing, leaving only the halogens in the stove hood. Inadequate LEDs in the ceiling fans family & dining room (3 25 watt equiv, all I can find), and just about everythign ese is CFL (and will slowly swap out to LED as they fail)


Comment: Re:Oh good (Score 3, Interesting) 907

by hawk (#47998277) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

And even you are understating the matter.

I once represented the general manager of the biggest one of those in town on another matter.

Breakeven is on sale: the down payment is set to what they paid at auction. They sell, collect a few payments, repo, sell again . . .

Their idea of a good car is one they get to sell 3 or 4 times.

hawk, esq.

Comment: Re:Leave the PhD off your CV for a couple of years (Score 1) 479

by hawk (#47980209) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

>Relatively few people pick up a masters on their way to a doctorate.

Highly dependent upon field. In mine (economics), the masters is a sidestep. In others, its the norm.

And at some schools, there is a payment to the school for each master's awarded, so they're handed out along the way . . /


Comment: Re:List the STL? Seriously? (Score 1) 479

by hawk (#47980185) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

read the archives of alt.folklore.computers for great examples of some of these.

Swapping registers (in a two register + ALU architecture ) used to be a common one; you'll find an answer that was a step faster than the "correct" answer by using XOR in there.

My favorite, though, was handing the candidate a piece of convoluted code and asking what it did.

"Hopefully, it got the author fired." :)


Comment: Re:List the STL? Seriously? (Score 1) 479

by hawk (#47980043) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

As a first year college student hired after high school in a startup, I had a real eye opener when the person they brought in after me--with a MS in CS--couldn't, well, do much (they'd called me back after I left).

I finally had to take a stack of cards to manually demonstrate a bubble sort. No, I'm not defending or advocating bubble sorts. With an MS, he just plain didn't understand the concept.

His output roughly quadrupled once I was around (he wasn't around much longer).

And I've seen it in other areas. I have a Ph.D. in Economics and and statistics as well as a law degree, and I've met people in both who can function their way through the classes and dissertation, but just plain can't do anything useful in the fields.

hawk, j.d., ph.d., esq.

There are running jobs. Why don't you go chase them?