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Comment Re: Poor business (Score 2) 395

Critics watch far more movies than the average person does. As a result they tend to see patterns in movies far more often than average viewers do. This means that movies that basically just do a good job in execution but don't break any new ground tend to be seen very negatively by critics but very well by the average person. It is mostly a problem of saturation.

Comment Re: Poor business (Score 2) 395

I just did a quick look of some of the movies I like that score really badly on rotten tomatoes. Some of these are even below 10% but I still enjoy them.

Resident evil movies
Netflix Iron Fist
The Boondock Saints 1 and 2

You can just do a search on google for movies that audiences love that critics hate and get a LOT of results.

Iron Fist and Boondock Saints I understand the least why critics hated them so much. Iron Fist is doing VERY well with regular people and was hated by critics. Boonddock saints are good action movies and I don't get what the problem with those are at all.

Comment Re:With a non-stop stream of (Score 1) 327

Oh one really important thing I forget is the Windows Subsystem for Linux.

With that I can run most linux binaries under windows without changes. This has made it far easier to work with linux systems since you have a real bash and ssh to work with. I can even compile my simulations under WSL and run them without problems.

WSL has made doing linux development much faster and easier and I look forward to the updated WSL in the april windows 10 update and integration with VS 2017.

Comment Re:With a non-stop stream of (Score 1) 327

Windows 10 runs faster on multicore processors. On a quad core i7 I get about 15% faster performance with MATLAB or my own HPC threaded applications on Windows 10 vs Windows 7 due to the newer scheduler. It was added in Windows 8 but refined a lot in Windows 10.

For my simulations I now get almost identical performance on the same hardware with Windows 10 and Linux and it used to be that Windows was always slower. This has made it easier to do testing on other systems. I mostly deploy on Linux but Windows is also a supported platform.

I also get a bit better battery life under Windows 10 compared to Windows 7 or 8.1.

Comment Re:64-bit (Score 1) 195

With the HPC C++ project I am working on even with the Intel tools loaded and after using stuff like Vtune and a debugger I am getting about 200MB of usage with VS2017 and under VS2015 I end up with about 500MB of usage. I also do not see a bunch of children processes. At least from my experience VS2015 is faster and lower resource usage than Eclipse or PyCharm.

At least with C++ the resource usage seems pretty minimal.

Comment Re:64-bit (Score 4, Informative) 195

The IDE is 32bit. The compile, debug, profile etc chain are 32bit and 64bit.

There is probably no reason for the IDE to be 64bit since it does not come even close to use enough memory to justify that. I have opened a few visual studio projects in 2017 and most of them don't use more than 200 MB. Resource usage so far is about half that of VS 2015.

Comment Not for HPC (Score 2) 383

For highly cpu and memory intensive applications I don't see how this would work. The vast majority of software runs at only a few percent of what a CPU is capable of mostly waits on IO. However for HPC applications the memory and processing usage are often tuned down to the cache line level and that pretty much requires low level access to the system.

Even more extreme are things like BLAS which is tuned to different cpu archs. Running an optimized BLAS vs unoptimized BLAS is usually 10x the performance or more and having a simulation go from a month to 10 months would not be acceptable.

Comment Re:megavitamins (Score 1) 90

Very large doses of some vitamins can actually make you very sick or significantly increase your cancer risk. The most common thing is people that think that LOTS of antioxidants are good for them. The problem is that if you take too many your body can no longer destroy cancer cells with free radicals generated by macrophages. If you take antioxidants too far you significantly increase your risk of cancer and your risk for bacterial infection.

There are also some fat soluble vitamins that are toxic if you take too much (like D).

You do need vitamins and minerals and as our technology advances we can figure out how much you truly need but for now it is still important to use moderation.

Comment Re:This is why H1-B should go to the highest wages (Score 1) 318

It would not take 3-6 months it would take 2-3 years.Some of these newer fields are combining knowledge of chemistry, manufacturing and computer science. It is just not that easy to teach someone to do it.

Efforts have been made to have different people do each part of it and mostly that has failed. The issues are complex enough that you really do need one mind to at least know enough about all of those that the problem can be fully developed and specialized tasks can then be divided out.

Comment Re:H1B is a band-aid for the real problem (Score 1) 318

There are new fields the USA does not have yet. I went to Germany because of a research group here that is working on something that only a few other groups in the entire world are working in. Some US companies would love to hire the entire team so we could teach more people how to do what we do.

There are all kinds of advances in biotech, nanotech, quantum computing, genetic engineering etc and the fields are so complex and so specialized that it is easy to have a situation where the there are certain skills the USA just does not have yet. It takes a while for universities to catch up with the education required and meanwhile work still needs to be done. Some of the research I am working on will likely end up in the textbooks.

Comment Re:Have laptop. Will work. How about free roaming? (Score 1) 318

A heck of a lot of problems are easier to solve with people in the same room together. I have worked with some colleagues remotely trying to solve some incredibly difficult problems and what it finally took was everyone in the same room together for a few days to get it figured out.

Lots of paper, stuff written on the white board and discussions with far too many math equations but the problem was solved.

If you work for a company that makes a physical product you often have material engineers, electrical engineers, chemical engineers, programmers etc all working together and people able to be in the same place together really helps.

Comment Re:This is why H1-B should go to the highest wages (Score 1) 318

I see this as a separate issue. If you make it to a US university and graduate your diploma should come with a visa and a path to a greencard. There should be no H1-B or anything else. In my graduating class we had chemical engineers that had to return to their home countries in a field where unemployment is around 0.5%. They should have all been able to stay.

Comment Re:This is why H1-B should go to the highest wages (Score 1) 318

One company I knew took 2 years to fill a position and finally hired someone that was not qualified and is trying to train them to do the job but the problem is that they don't really know how to train someone to do the job. There where some people in other countries that could have done the job but they where never able to get them to the USA.

Comment This is why H1-B should go to the highest wages (Score 1) 318

All H1-B visa requests should go into a pool and from that entries should be selected in descending order from the highest wages. Then the companies that are seriously trying to bring someone in that they really can't get would get the people they need. I have seen companies try to bring a single person in and where offering a LOT for the job but never won the lottery for the H1-B slot.

This seems like it would almost entirely address the current problems of H1-B being used to drive wages down. It is hard to drive wages down when the slots are essentially auctioned.

There are companies outside of the tech companies that do pull in highly qualified people with H1-B and don't screw their workers over.

I am sick and tired of the system being abused to lower wages and treat people like servants as so many of the tech companies do. Most of them where even involved in agreements with each other in silicon valley to drive wages down. The system needs to be fundamentally fixed and the companies abusing it needed to be fined MORE than what the H1-B system abuse saved them.

Comment Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 2) 660

I know people in certain VERY new fields where american companies have more job openings than there are qualified people on earth for those jobs. These jobs would all pay well in excess of $150K/year and would not cost any american a job. It would actually create a lot more job for americans since each engineer/scientist hired usually results in more support jobs at the company (due to being able to make more products).

However due to how the H1-B system is abused it is really hard to get the people you need. I would prefer the H1-B visa system becomes a bidding system where it goes from highest to lowest paid until the slots are used up. This would ensure that those people we truly need and can't get locally are the ones brought in and not people that depress wages in the area.

The USA is working on these new fields but there are a very small number that the USA is behind on by probably 5-10 years. Eventually we will have more qualified people but it is going to be a while before the current positions can be filled.

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