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Comment Very Similar Story (Score 2) 198

VB.NET background. Wanted to get into GPGPU to accelerate some of my more complicated math calculations. Tried CLOO (open source .net GPU wrappers) and couldn't get it to work, tried AMD's OPENCL dev gui, couldn't get it to work. Eventually found the answer in python. GPGPU in pyopencl is well-documented thanks to the bitcoiners, and from .net you can either run the python in a shell, or write a little python kernel to listen for, and process commands. Only catch is the opencl abilities are limited, and you have to start dabbling in c++ to get it to do any real work (and even then it's a dumbed-down c++ and many existing extensions don't install or work quite right). All in all I found the entire thing very rewarding though. :) Best of luck.

Comment School ruined him (Score 1) 507

In class he was graded on things like code efficiency and punished for NOT following certain guidelines by getting a bad grade. In the corporate world, you get paid based on your code working, and doing everything it's supposed to do. No one in management cares if a module is 1500 lines vs 1200. Welcome to the real world.
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Submission + - Best Small Form Factor Display?

Chaseshaw writes: My phone has such an awesome display. All I want is a small monitor, between 4 and 7 inches, the more pixels the better--are there any devices on the market that do such a thing? Or am I destined to buy a portable tv and that's the best I can do? Or is there an app for, or a smartphone that can handle an hdmi input?

Comment Re:Engineering students are clever (Score 2) 330

sorry bad formatting

My thought process:

block all ports other than port 80 - not effective, see tools like google chat

block port 80 + internal dns a records to make sure chat/email sites like gmail, hotmail, yahoo mail don't get resolved - still not foolproof, and a chat client that operates on LAN could get around it (engineering students are clever after all), alternately phones can sit in your pocket and be tethered and no one would know you're not on their firewalled connection.

use school-provided laptops? - too expensive How about make a program that the students are required to install to take the exam, and the program screenschots at random times what they are doing and uploads it to a LAN address so you can just see what they're doing? Maybe even get a programming class to write the apps and analysis software as one of their own final projects. - is definitely an invasion of privacy though (if students currently taking an exam can claim to have such a thing)

Or just make the exams so friggin hard that if they have to google every little thing, they won't get a good grade because they won't finish it. Ask for things like to sketch flowcharts that will not translate over text or chat in a meaningful way. (and if 20 students all submit exactly the same flowchart due to an email ring, it'd be easy to spot for the grader)

Comment Engineering students are clever (Score 1) 330

My thought process: block all ports other than port 80 - not effective, see tools like google chat block port 80 + internal dns a records to make sure chat/email sites like gmail, hotmail, yahoo mail don't get resolved - still not foolproof, and a chat client that operates on LAN could get around it (engineering students are clever after all), alternately phones can sit in your pocket and be tethered and no one would know you're not on their firewalled connection. use school-provided laptops? - too expensive How about make a program that the students are required to install to take the exam, and the program screenschots at random times what they are doing and uploads it to a LAN address so you can just see what they're doing? Maybe even get a programming class to write the apps and analysis software as one of their own final projects. - is definitely an invasion of privacy though (if students currently taking an exam can claim to have such a thing) Or just make the exams so friggin hard that if they have to google every little thing, they won't get a good grade because they won't finish it. Ask for things like to sketch flowcharts that will not translate over text or chat in a meaningful way. (and if 20 students all submit exactly the same flowchart due to an email ring, it'd be easy to spot for the grader)

Comment It's not going to die soon people... (Score 1) 317

It's not because of the merit of alternatives, it's because first you have to get rid of the unions and long-term teachers who are older and set in their ways. I fear the entirety of the generation of teachers who feel entitled to their "tenure" after two years (like here in L.A.) would rather die off first than see themselves stripped of the job they perform at a mediocre level.

Comment How? (Score 1) 285

In what area of technology did you find had the most holes for your exploitation? Was it mostly bad programming? Bad hardware? Bad protocols? Cheap companies (i.e. the security flaws were known but not addressed)?

Comment here are a few (Score 1) 615

slide rule, long-hand square roots, minidisc players, zoetropes, cuneiform -- These commentators were pretty presumptuous. "No tool ever goes completely out of use" is a much stronger statement than "every tool I can think of is still in use"--because you won't think of a tool you've never heard of or never used.

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