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Comment: Re:But why? (Score 4, Insightful) 634

by rioki (#49568377) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers

Ok, fine, I will bite.

Now let's say the university alters their courses to be more attractive to women. But the jobs that engineers will not change. You may want to change them, but if they want them to actually achieve something useful, they really can't change. It's like asking painters to be more like actors, so actors can also enter the field of painters; this will not create more painters, since the skill of painting, remains the skill of painting.

"more societally meaningful" ?! And I don't get it either. My job does not get more societally meaningful; if I don't do my job (Software Engineer, Industrial Automation), you don't get any power to your home, don't drive a car, don't get air condition in the mall and many more things. Sure I am only a small cog in that bigger scheme of things, but without engineers modern society would not exist.

I would like more women in engineering; many of the colleagues I like to work with are women. And talking with them, the content of their work is not what is holding them back. In some cases it may be social or cultural and in other cases just "math is hard".

On that note, I demand more male nurses!

Comment: Re:Inept, or the plan? (Score 1) 160

by rioki (#49558657) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

How do you expect to operators of companies to know all the laws for all the countries?! And it does not hold up with "non internet" applications of the law. Say for example I operate a mail delivery store for marital arts weapons. In my country all weapons that I sell are legal and I apply the law properly as in my country (e.g. age restrictions). Now you want to import something, say a training shuriken, into your country, but there it is illegal. It your responsibility as the importer of the goods to comply with your countries laws and regulations. Why the hell should that be different on the internet?!

Comment: Re:Render farm? (Score 1) 150

Actually I like to point to Star Citizen. The cinematic and trailers for that game are at the same level of graphical fidelity than the highest in game settings. The issue is that, first you probably can't afford the system that renders this smoothly, second the game absolutely feels differently. Game play is restricted by the input space and thus is almost always clunky; the more realistic the graphics, the more jarring the disconnect feels.

Comment: Re: Andrew "bunnie" Huang argues that Moore's Law (Score 1) 101

by rioki (#49476677) Attached to: Fifty Years of Moore's Law

I don't know, switching from aluminium and titanium to composite materials is, such as carbon fibers is a real big deal in aviation. But this is something that you don't see and thus don't recognize. Would you know that the A350 and 787 are almost entirely made of plastic?

I agree that Moore's Law is slowing, but i doubt that we will see a slowdown in innovation. We have already seen a shift from more powerful to smaller and more energy efficient. The number of applications that need raw power are getting less and less and move into the realm of "good enough". Even in data centers you are start to see power improvement as we can do the same thing with less hardware and power consumption.

I think the next big hurdle will be network connectivity. More bandwidth, less latency.

Comment: Re:Physics (Score 1) 108

by rioki (#49468375) Attached to: The International Space Station (Finally) Gets an Espresso Machine

I would not consider 70 - 80C (158-176 F) "close to boiling point". The remainder is correct, an espresso machine works primarily on pressure. That is why it makes RRRRR Pffff sound when the presure valve releases.

(Didn't the Italians already bring a converted nespresso machine to the ISS?)

Comment: Re:Nice, so where's the processor to match? (Score 1) 152

by rioki (#49468323) Attached to: Sharp Announces 4K Smartphone Display

I think the comment for VR headsets is spot on. Granted there are more smartphones than VR headsets, but on smartphones few will be ready to take the price hike the display will cause. I think they are targeting high end smart phones and VR headsets. Basically for people with too much disposable income...

Comment: Re:More false information (Score 1) 104

by rioki (#49437409) Attached to: Biometrics Are Making Espionage Harder

I don't know about you, but the Texas' DMV has my right thumb print. Granted that one is 15 years old, but more biometrics are collected than you think; especially in the US. Maybe THAT is the problem, US spooks can't operate properly because the US collected key biometrics and now other countries have the data. Other countries don't have the problem, since they did not collect the data in the first place...

Comment: Re:First, manhole covers are not always round (Score 1) 185

by rioki (#49436407) Attached to: The Key To Interviewing At Google

But the battery of questions I got where nearly as useless to real work, even though they where actual programming questions. When I interviewed with Google I had around 7 years of work experience designing and implementing software for industrial automation with some focus on compiler constitution. Almost all questions where CS 101 questions, like "How do you implement quicksort?". Although basic knowledge of fundamental algorithms is required for the the work, actual problems are almost always of architectural nature or "we need a solution yesterday".

The fact that some Google recruiter was showed interest in me was nice and the entire experience was enlightening, but I was not very impressed with the entire process. Their offices sure are nicer than the one I am currently sitting in...

Comment: Re:If you don't control it it's compromised. (Score 5, Interesting) 86

by rioki (#49427457) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Serious Is Hacking In Mobile Games?

I would simply take the same approach you should take with PC games. If it's single player, don't bother. You are wasting resources, resources you can use to make your game just a little more awesome. (more awesome == more sales) Wit multiplayer games, the key point is the server. The server should not trust clients and use heuristics to detect suspicious behavior. Then give administrators the means to moderate their users. (Or a vote system.) Bad behavior is a real issue with multiplayer games, but that is not limited to cheating.

But since we are talking about mobile games; are users cheating you on the premium currency? Treat is like any other piracy, ignore it and try to win users by making the cooler more awesome game. Maybe communicate that you are an independent developer and need the money to make games.

+ - Unitary Software Patent challenged at the Belgian Constitutional Court->

Submitted by zoobab
zoobab writes: The Unitary Patent for Europe is being challenged at the Belgian Constitutional Court. One of the plaintiffs, Benjamin Henrion, is a fifteen-year campaigner against software patents in Europe. He says: "The Unitary Patent is the third major attempt to legalize software patents in Europe. The captive European Patent Court will become the Eastern District of Texas when it comes to software patent disputes in Europe. As happened in America, the concentration of power will force up legal costs, punish small European companies, and benefit large patent holders."
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