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Comment: Re:Someone with no brain is running NASA (Score 1) 162

by kelemvor4 (#47712207) Attached to: Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

Pic of the wheel ...

The first time when I saw the wheels I was wondering why the hell they spend so much money to send up a robot to Mars and then equip that thing with such flimsy wheels

And I did post question here on /, and there were people (NASA fanbois, perhaps) defending those flimsy wheels

Obviously the engineers designing the wheels had just come off a Livin' The Low Life marathon and felt inspired.

Comment: Re:IRS (Score 1) 116

by kelemvor4 (#47618119) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

Contract with them. They destroy everything.

Oh no they don't destroy everything. They have tax records going back for a decade or more from both what you, your employer, and financial institutions reported and trust me they can pull these records out of the hat when it suits their purpose. (Such as when they decide to audit you.)

Comment: Ask yourself what you want to do. (Score 1) 637

by kelemvor4 (#47616041) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?
Do you want to go work somewhere and write Java programs for a living? Maybe you'd like to go write games or work on an office suite? Then learning high level languages like Java will serve you well. Do you want to write low level stuff and do "real" computer science? Maybe you want to develop a new high level language, or do hardware development or other significant development. If that's what you want to do, then you're right. High level Java and other languages should just be a footnote. Focus on Math, assembler, maybe some C/C++. Other low level work that provides a good foundation would also be wise.

Both of those are "Computer Science" disciplines in the modern sense. Obviously they are significantly different from each other in both required study and expected results.

Comment: Misleading Article (Score 1) 75

by kelemvor4 (#47523831) Attached to: Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff
It does sound kind of lame if you read the article. Fortunately for me, I'm a customer who read the offer and took it. You don't just get membership in yet another rewards program. Your internet service gets upgraded to symmetrical at no additional charge if you sign up.

I went from 150/65 to 150/150 instantly. It tests on as 152/164. I'd say that's a pretty solid "payment" for joining. Better than I have ever seen from any other rewards program.

Comment: Re:So It's Come to This (Score 1) 75

by kelemvor4 (#47522049) Attached to: Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

Except it isn't Google's business plan. Google sells advertising targeting to ad companies. Verizon is selling your data to data mining companies. Google would never sell your data because it's their core business to be the keepers of that data so they can sell targeted ads. Not that Google is altruistic, just that they are themselves the data miners so they are not going to share.

Google offers free services to compensate. Services people tend to find pretty valuable such as Android, Gmail and Search.

Verizon is going to offer "discounts for shopping, travel and dining" read: coupons (ie more advertising). Verizon is going to "anonymize" your data and sell it to anyone and everyone willing to pay.

I see the exchange of value in one business plan, and not the other.

Verizon is offering more than just the points. Your asymmetrical FIOS connection gets upgraded to symmetrical based on your download speed if you sign up. My 150/65 got upgraded to 150/150 and shows it is actually hitting 152/164 consistently. I'll take it, especially considering they could probably have sold the data with no compensation.

Comment: Re:Moore's Law (Score 1) 143

by kelemvor4 (#47301149) Attached to: Researchers Unveil Experimental 36-Core Chip

That's a fun post! 36-core is immense! As an aside: It's been a while since we've seen any decent rise in processor Ghz. I remember IBM talking about functioning reasonably cool 10 Ghz processors (ref needed) in the early 2000s, but no one has them in the shops yet! I'm sure this was discussed in Moore's Law lectures prior to Y2K, but mention it these days and everyone scowls! So some people can (and they run cool) and some people can't, what normally happens in computing when the faster items are released?

It's a step down from the 48 core CPU Intel created in 2009.

+ - Microsoft outed for attempting to hire shills-> 1

Submitted by kelemvor4
kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "On sites like Slashdot that large corporations such as Microsoft pay shills to post on their behalf. Here we have someone who Microsoft would have liked as a shill outing them for the practice. A Twitter employee named Paul Stamatiou outed the scheme in a tweet. Michael Arrington of TechCrunch fame also outed them for the same activity. However he went so far as to post a screenshot with the proof."
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