Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:So what? Feel free to move into a cave. (Score 3, Informative) 105

by serviscope_minor (#49627583) Attached to: The World's Most Wasteful Megacity


400 years? That's all?

Apparently London is rather more efficient, which is implied by saying NY is the worst by large margin. It's also been there rather longer. William the conqueror built the tower shortly after 1066 and the Romans called it Londinium.

So, age is no excuse. In fact, N.Y. Is clearly planned with it's nice regular grid of streets. Actually they were going to do that in1666 after a large amount of London burned to the ground but the residents had other ideas and rebuilt very very fast when they heard about a pending government land grab.

Anyway, we have lots of stuff. A good underground rail network, a decent surface rail network (with really awful operators, Fuck you southern), lots of busses, many of them hybrid, river buses, congestion control and so on.

Southwark also has a massive recycling facility (worth a visit on open days if you like vast and complex machines). Recycling and trash get collected only on alternate weeks. Anything even vaguely compostable gets collected weekly and goes into a giant municipal composted which can deal with near, bones, fat and all the things you don't want at home.

It's not perfect, but it shows you can lower the impact of large and old cities.

Comment: Re:I've been in the business since I was 19 (Score 1) 529

Core was ram wasn't it?

Anyway, I used to do uni teaching about 4 years ago. The practical course I helped run involved programming with a whole 64 actual bytes of RAM (you want k, rich boy?). Rather more modern, but as usual the constraints are about cost and power draw but at the fractions of a cent and nano watt level.

Resource constrained programming hasn't gone away, it's probably bigger now than it ever was, but it's very well hidden.

I think it was a PIC12F675 or maybe a 10F series one. I don't recall precisely.

Of course you get a much faster machine to run the editor, assembled simulator and debugger.

I really came to appreciate those chips. The dedication of the builders to shaving cost and power while making the absolute most of the few transistors they were willing to use is impressive!

Comment: Re:a great euphemism: "anti-discrimination"... (Score 1) 529

Wow you have really brought into newspeak hook line and sinker.

Anti discrimination is not discrimination. In the same way that good is not double plus bad.

Making it illegal to not hire someone for reasons unrelated to job performance, such as skin color, gender and age is not discriminatory, and applies equally to all people.

Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score 1) 609

by serviscope_minor (#49613209) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

Well, I believe you are mistaken. It's not a huge gulf it's more or less a smooth continuum.

Do you ever remember giggling around when in a class in which you were very much a minority in some respect, and the giggling around was along the lines of your minority aspect?

If not, your experience is completely irrelevant to this discussion.

Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score 1) 609

by serviscope_minor (#49609643) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

So, we have a situation with the following:
1. Teenaged or young adults-a group known for level headedness, quiet confidence and eminently sensible on matters of gender and sexuality.
2. One gender being very much in the minority.
3. The majority gender gathering round to have a giggle over nudie pics.
4.In a professional/educational environment.

If you don't see anything wrong with that picture, then you either have no empathy, have no understanding of people and have entirely forgotten what it was like to be a teenager.

The fact that you brought up the bobbit jokes indicates you simply don't care. It smacks of the attitude "well females did this thing that time, so males get to so something too now". If a bunch of women were doing that kind of thing in an inappropriate environment making a minority guy uncomfortable, then it was a shitty thing to do. Having some guys do the same doesn't even up the score, it just makes the world a worse place.

It also indicates that you view the world in a binary males versus females fashion (why else bring up something females did? ) which is a dumb ass attitude which propagates problems and nothing more.

Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score 1) 609

by serviscope_minor (#49607589) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

Oh and guess what? In every single computer vision lab I taught (which was quite a few) someone always went and looked and shared the knowledge with everyone else. So if you have it in a lab you are implicitly expecting everyone to find out.

So yeah it's in pretty poor taste. And you get a bunch of giggling guys all huddled round a computer at some point. Is that a good thing to be happening in a vision lab? Nope.

But what do I know, eh? I only taught a bunch of these so I only have more first hand experience than almost anyone else here.

And like I said in another comment, I get to review papers in cv, so I get to have some small say in how this persists. Guess which direction I go. Bonus points for also jumping to incorrect conclusions.

Comment: Re:Dumb stuff (Score 1) 609

by serviscope_minor (#49607523) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

Don't worry, I'm quite brutal. Feature detection papers won't get past me unless they at least have some repeatability experiments not fouled up, or some better or equivalent alternative.

Also argh! I hate the Berkeley segmentation dataset. I know, let's make a low level algorithm try to perform the "same" as humans doing a high level task where each human had to guess what the task was! Mind blowingly bad :(

Comment: Re:Dumb stuff (Score 1) 609

by serviscope_minor (#49606471) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

Playboy disclaimed copyright because the image was so ubiquitous by the time they figured out, it was too late.

Still I'm going to quote the BMVA style guide (latex cls file) which uses Lena as an example image with the caption something like "if I never see this image again it will be too soon". While not exactly the official position on the BMVA, it's a common attitude among reviewers.

Personally, when I review papers, while this image won't put it instantly in the discard pile, it generally is a black mark because it's almost always indicative of laziness on the part of the author. There are very, very, VERY few legitimate uses of such an image. Most uses sadly are along the lines of "look at the features we get ", which makes me reply, "where are objective measures such as repeatability and information content or matching score? "

So suck it, MRAs. I get to review papers and you don't, so I get to decide. So there!

Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score 5, Insightful) 609

by serviscope_minor (#49600795) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold


Computer vision scientist here.Yes, I've taught such a practical as a postdoc, so no I had no control over the content. Yes Lena was used. Sooner or later someone figures out where the image is from and everyone, well the guys, all have a good laugh.

So yes it does create a hostile environment. I'm afraid that your armchair logic and reasoning are going to come in second to those who have not only witnessed it, but been a part of the whole thing first hand.

The new guy who took over thankfully changed the images because he rightly realised that Lena was in poor taste and was inviting problems that are very easy to avoid.

I look forward to receiving replies on how my actual real personal experience was somehow wrong.

This is now. Later is later.