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Comment: Re:lol (Score 1) 328

"The problem with Bose has always been that they only sound "acceptably okay" at relatively low volumes, they tend to massively distort at what I would consider a normal listening volume. [...] especially if you'll be using them in very noisy environments"

Cranking up the volume to drown out envoronmental noise sounds like a good pathway towards a hearing aid by the time you're 50 years old.

There have been occasions that I actually asked co-travelers on the train to lower their volume because I could hear their hip hop beat over my own music that was playing through my own noise-isolating headphones. I suspect that those people are already semi-deaf...

Comment: Re:lol (Score 1) 328

"I use some fairly cheap Sennheiser in-ear monitors on aircraft now. The isolation is better than any noise cancelling headphones can ever hope to achieve"

What model? I have cx-300-2 noise-isolating earbuds, which I'd call fairly cheap at around EUR 35, but I wouldn't say they perform better than bose/beats noise cancelling headphones. Whatever else I see in a quick Google is several hundred dollars.

Comment: Weird situation with Mac Pro (Score 1) 106

by cerberusss (#48179311) Attached to: iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

With this new iMac and its display, the Mac Pro is starting to look a bit bleaker. I actually think it starts to look a little weird.

Performance-wise, if you configure this iMac with the 4 GHz processor, you get the fastest CPU, at least 25% faster than the Mac Pro in single-threaded tasks according to this benchmark. Mac Pro still has Ivy Bridge-architecture Xeons.

And the current Mac Pro can't drive a 5K display, but it's true that it can drive up the three 4K displays.

So the Mac Pro doesn't really make sense anymore unless you need its graphics cards to support OpenCL applications, or you want the parallelism of 8 or 12 cores, or you need its ECC RAM.

Comment: Far too expensive (Score 5, Informative) 205

by cerberusss (#48175673) Attached to: The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

I work at a scientific institute and the license costs of Matlab quickly explode if you need something beyond basic functionality. Since we work on the public's money, we haven't bought into Matlab.

Almost by itself, all scientists and engineers standardized on Python and NumPy/SciPy/Matplotlib. There's a couple of people using Octave, the open source Matlab alternative, but that's very limited right now.

Comment: Or you know, not marry (Score 4, Informative) 304

by cerberusss (#48151849) Attached to: Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

Perhaps it's unthinkable in American minds, but here in the Netherlands, only about half of the people in solid relationships decide to marry. And there seems to be no set time for this either. More often than not, I've seen friends marry after their first child.

I'm not marrying, the odds are decidedly in favor of women. The Netherlands has the highest percentage of women working parttime. As a man, you'll be paying through the nose.

Comment: Re:Just tell me (Score 1) 463

by hankwang (#48150951) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

"the ebola death curve is exponential. Production and distribution of vaccines, and of antibodies by transfusion, is at best geometric."

Geometric is essentially the same as exponential. The only difference is that geometric is in discrete steps and exponential can also describe fractional steps. So, what did you really mean here?

Comment: Maybe they heard us (Score 4, Funny) 57

by cerberusss (#48118799) Attached to: Flash IDE Can Now Reach Non-Flash Targets (Including Open Source)

Maybe Adobe heard us after all?

Yeah, maybe they listened to us! There was a board meeting in a hot tub on top of a huge black skyscraper, with hookers and blackjack. They were laughing and counting money and all of a sudden, a mobile phone goes off. Then a fat white old dude reaches over to the phone and says apologetically, "sorry everybody, gotta take this one, it's a client of ours".

Then there's maybe a second of silence and everybody laughs really hard. The prostitutes don't get it, but they laugh as well.

Comment: Re:In our time and age? (Score 2) 192

by cerberusss (#48025511) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

If you want to succeed in anything, forget practicing and start networking.

That sounds like a pretty caustic view of the world. Firstly, the title says to be an expert, not about "succeeding" in anything. And secondly -- as I read it -- you're equating success with earning money in business.

My biggest successes don't have anything whatsoever to do with the success as you describe it:
- I've grown to be a software craftsman
- I have become a gentle and present dad
- I've learned to handle money well
- I can have a nice relationship with a pretty woman
- I've conquered a depression

But please go on, and start "networking" to gain some of that empty success.

I cannot conceive that anybody will require multiplications at the rate of 40,000 or even 4,000 per hour ... -- F. H. Wales (1936)