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Comment: FAIL (Score 2) 112

by vikingpower (#48813799) Attached to: Facebook Targets Office Workers With Facebook At Work Service

You can get more stuff done with Facebook than any other tool that we know of

I know of one tool that I - and many, many others - can get shittons of work done with: concentration. Think about / work at a problem. Tinker. Fail, wrong direction, try again. Think, work, tinker. Only necessary precondition: no distractions. Works great. Tiring ? Hell, yeah. Rewarding ? Fuck, yeah.

Comment: Similar thing happened to me (Score 1) 1

by vikingpower (#48712215) Attached to: Man finds car part in arm 51 years after accident
As a soldier, I was once involved in riot control in a remote African country. One riot involved me kicking through the window glass of a battered car in order to free the panicked woman inside. That was in 1989. In 2004, a shard of glass worked its way through the skin of my calf. Completely painlessly, mind you; after a couple of weeks, I could gently draw it out between finger and thumb.

Comment: Re:I live in Austria, first thing I hear about thi (Score 4, Informative) 292

You are wrongly informed, did not search deeply enough, or maybe simply don't read German ? A team of Austrian archeologists is preparing to start digging, as soon as the weather allows it, i.e. as soon as precipitation and hydrology levels are so low as to let them work without danger of being suddenly flooded. Here in Austria, this would typically be from the end of April to the beginning of November.

Comment: Re:I actually live here (Score 2) 292

Sounds like an idea. It would, however, entail to break the law by getting into the complex in this place. ( Pic featured in this Wikipedia article, in German. ), as well as, literally, walking over a certain public feeling of decency, as this place is a memorial to so many victims from nearby concentration camp Mauthausen, who were forced to work an die here.

Comment: I actually live here (Score 5, Interesting) 292

And St. Georgen-an-der-Gusen is about a good hour's drive away. I'll certainly visit the place once it is opened up for the public. It is quite amazing what lengths the Nazis went to in order to shelter their weapons production from Allied bombing. Just outside the town I now live in, the Nazis dug out an existing cave complex, which had been a gypsum mine up to WO II, until the volume was large enough to facilitate a complete HE162 jet fighter production line.

+ - How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again-> 1

Submitted by vikingpower
vikingpower (768921) writes "For us developers, 2015 got kick-started, mentally, by a Linus Torvald rant about parallel computing being a bunch of crock. Although Linus' rants are deservedly famous for the political incorrectness and ( often ) for their insight, it may be that Linus has overseen Gustafson's Law, which states that parallelization becomes more efficient with larger problem sizes viz. with larger data sets. Back in 2012, the High Scalability blog already ran a post pointing towards new ways to think about parallel computing, especially the ideas of David Ungar, who thinks in the direction of lock-less computing of intermediary, possibly faulty results that are updated often. At the end of this year, we may be thinking differently about parallel server-side computing than we do today."
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Comment: Malala Yousafzay: courage & intelligence combi (Score 1) 299

by vikingpower (#48699691) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?
If I had a daughter, I would dream of her developing the same courage, and a comparable intelligence. What she ( Malala, not my inexistent daughter ) advocates trumps anything else on the list, however important it may be. Malala should get the prize.

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