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Comment: Re:They are just trolls with lots of money (Score 1) 418

I have a good anecdote for this. I recently installed a home theater with in-wall 5.1 surround sound speakers. I sat my 12 year old son down and played through some classic rock - Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, etc. At the end of the session he said, "I'm never going to listen to my ipod again."

Comment: Re:cut off one head (Score 1) 251

by tedgyz (#48581067) Attached to: Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

I would agree that finding good torrents has gotten harder. I have also decided that my time is worth something. I am willing to pay a few dollars to watch a movie on amazon instant video or my cable service. While the quality isn't as good as DVD/BD it is good enough and about equal to most torrents. The thing about torrents is lack of consistency. There are also the bad rips, honeypots, etc.

"So long and thanks for all the fish."

Comment: Re: Read Slashdot (Score 1) 479

by tedgyz (#48001853) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

In the 1990's I worked in a group of 50 brilliant engineers including a gaggle of Phds. The Phds were always good at coming up with ideas and writing papers, but couldn't code themselves out of a cardboard box. The rest of us got things done, producing software actually used by customers. We called ourselves the "rowers". Some of the smartest / capable engineers had bachelor degrees in Psychology and other unrelated fields.

I don't resent CS Phd's but I am guarded as to whether they can do real work in a timely manner.

Comment: Re:Grow up ... and learn about Engineering (Score 1) 275

by tedgyz (#47967869) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

All great points. It reminds me of a project I took over from an engineer that was leaving the company. He had created an overly complex design that didn't add much value. I implemented his design in part, while leaving out the superfluous parts. He was furious that I didn't implement exactly to his spec. Since he was on the way out, I politely told him to F off.

Regarding reuse, the rule of thumb is that any design that is alleged to be reusable can only make that claim after it has been used more than once. You really need 3+ instance of a reusable design to prove it is truly reusable.

Comment: Re:HAL9000 (Score 1) 143

by tedgyz (#47837231) Attached to: Space Station's 'Cubesat Cannon' Has Gone Rogue

At the risk of being pedantic, Daisy comes up later when Dave is in the process of disconnecting HAL.

The full conversation when Dave is outside the ship goes like this: (from imdb)
Dave Bowman: Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?
HAL: Affirmative, Dave. I read you.
Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
HAL: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
Dave Bowman: What's the problem?
HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
Dave Bowman: What are you talking about, HAL?
HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
Dave Bowman: I don't know what you're talking about, HAL.
HAL: I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.
Dave Bowman: [feigning ignorance] Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL?
HAL: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.
Dave Bowman: Alright, HAL. I'll go in through the emergency airlock.
HAL: Without your space helmet, Dave? You're going to find that rather difficult.
Dave Bowman: HAL, I won't argue with you anymore! Open the doors!
HAL: Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

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