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Comment The more likely reason (Score 5, Insightful) 270

People don't want to sign up for the armed services knowing that they're just going to be shipped off immediately to one of these middle-eastern hell holes to fight some undeclared war over some bullshit "terror" campaign to "keep us safe" from that big, evil Constitution that is making government's job so difficult.

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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Most Painless Intro To GPU Programming? 198

dryriver writes "I am an intermediate-level programmer who works mostly in C# NET. I have a couple of image/video processing algorithms that are highly parallelizable — running them on a GPU instead of a CPU should result in a considerable speedup (anywhere from 10x times to perhaps 30x or 40x times speedup, depending on the quality of the implementation). Now here is my question: What, currently, is the most painless way to start playing with GPU programming? Do I have to learn CUDA/OpenCL — which seems a daunting task to me — or is there a simpler way? Perhaps a Visual Programming Language or 'VPL' that lets you connect boxes/nodes and access the GPU very simply? I should mention that I am on Windows, and that the GPU computing prototypes I want to build should be able to run on Windows. Surely there must a be a 'relatively painless' way out there, with which one can begin to learn how to harness the GPU?"

Comment EAS is annoying (Score 1) 382

EAS alerts can be helpful, but they have become so abused that 90% of the alerts are not actually emergencies, and most frequently are not even close to being emergencies worthy of alerting everyone with a cell phone.

A confirmed tornado is an emergency. Doppler readings favorable for tornado formation are not.

An amber alert is not an emergency, let alone activating EAS for the initial alert and every 10 minutes thereafter with a repeat of the original message.

A fast-spreading wildfire is an emergency for the people in the affected area. A car fire on the interstate is not.

A suspicious person in the area is not an emergency.

I've gotten alerts for all of these. I ultimately just turned them all off. If I hear thunder, I check out my Weatherbug Elite. If I smell smoke, I look outside for the fire. I quite frankly no longer care if some negligent parent failed at their duty to protect their child.

I don't see how they expected any other outcome when they started expanding the scope of what constitutes an "emergency."

Comment Reducing Government Power (Score 1) 259

Listen up. If you want to reduce the power that government has, you have to take away its means to exert that power. That means you have to vote for people who will actually shrink government, who will pass laws protecting your privacy, and reduce the amount of money these agencies have to spend.

I.e. not republicans and not democrats. Unfortunately, 75% of the population is dependent upon government benevolence for their means of survival so they will happily give up their liberties in exchange for a fatter dole to draw from.

Comment How many of you were on they jury? (Score 0) 1737

Just asking, since unless you were on the jury or in the courtroom every day, what you know about this case amounts to precisely DICK, since all you know is what the transparently biased media has been feeding you.

So, unless you were on the jury, your opinion is worthless, and you should just shut the fuck up right now.

Comment Re:Math is hard because you can get it wrong. (Score 1) 580

Don't get too far ahead of yourself. When my kids were in public school, their math tests were graded full credit for the right answer, and partial credit depending on how "close" they got to the actual right answer, or if it was just a dumb mistake that resulted in the wrong answer.

It was entirely possible to get a B in a math class never having arrived at a single correct answer. That's the point where I pulled them out of the public school system. I'm just glad I got them out in time.

Comment Re:Electrical Engineer / Computer Engineer (Score 1) 401

IMHO, no, you are not. You are a "Comp-E."

I don't hire "Comp-E" people for "EE" positions, and vice versa. They are completely different. It really chaps my ass because I did my Undergrad and Masters in Electromagnetism and Remote Sensing, and my degrees say "Electrical and Computer Engineering," so everyone thinks I know something about computers. Heh.

They really should maintain a firm distinction between the two, and maybe even put Computer Engineering in with Computer Science.

Comment I use ESXi for just about everything (Score 1) 196

I have a big host at home that plays the role of my Firewall/Router (pfSense), Fileserver (OpenIndiana), Media Center PC (Linux/XBMC with GFX card attached via VMDirectPath), Workstations (Linux), APRS iGate/Packet Machine (Linux with sound card attached via VMDirectPath), and whatever else I feel like messing with.

Works like a charm, and cuts down on the power bills bigtime.

Comment It's Part of the Criminalization of Everything (Score 1) 238

This is precisely what they intended, with "selective enforcement" being the tool of oppression.

A tyrannical State makes everything illegal, but "lets it slide" for friends of the State. I just read "Three Felonies a Day" by Harvey Silverglate, and it was a real eye opener. You would be amazed at all of the stuff that we do every day and take for granted as being legal, that isn't, and could result in federal prison should the State decide it.

The title of the book basically says it all - the average American unwittingly commits three serious felonies every day of their lives.

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