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Comment The first step.... (Score 1) 245

Is admitting you have a problem. While I assume they've known this internally for a while, it's nice to see the public acknowledgement.

MSFT is doing some... surprisingly... competent things with Surface and other PCs, it will be interesting to see if the magical "new devices category" is something that they can take the Surface competence into.

(Did I just use "Microsoft" and "Competence" in the same sentence? And not preceded with "in-"? Shiver....)

Comment Re:Integrated GPUs suck for 3D gaming (Score 1) 46

Here's letting you know...

They don't list AMD cores in the first link that I happened to choose on Google, but here (

    Previous gen consoles:
      PS3: 228.8 GFlops
      XBox360: 240 GFlops

    Current Intel integrated GFX: (Broadwell-U GT3): "Up to 844.8" GFlops
    Assuming this AMD part is faster than the Intel graphics, and we're at 3X your required performance level, at least. Even if you assume worst case, thermal limited, etc., current integrated graphics is at least as good as last gen consoles.

    And the Adreno 430 in the Snapdragon 810 is listed at 324~388, which means you can just use your cell phone.

Comment Great for a Plex back-end (Score 2) 80

I have one of these that I use as my media server... headless Plex back end, general home storage and home automation web server, etc. Runs CentOS 6 beautifully (Gigabit wired connection, so don't care about lack of wireless drivers). Using a 256GB M.2 SSD as the local storage, with a few multi-TB USB3 drives for the media storage.

The nice things is that the CPU is that it's beefy enough to do transcode of several shows at the same time as my wife, myself, and kids all watch different shows on Rokus, iPads, and other computers via Plex. At the same time it can pull OTA recorded shows from my Tablo, do a transcode, put them in the media storage, and serve them back out without a hiccup. Try that with an Atom or an ARM.

Comment Single password with variations (Score 1) 267

Rather than that one, long, randomly generated password that then gets used on every site (or few passwords over many sites), I use a standard password, and modify it for each site. For instance, my slashdot pass might be horsebattery!SLASHDOT!staple, while my bank might be horsebattery!CHASE!staple. Easy to remember, and stealing the password from one site won't help on another.

(Yes, a person looking at the data might be able to figure it out, but I figure that unless I'm personally being targeted that would be very very unlikely. And, in reality, I have both different logins and base passwords that I use on high vs low security sites, so stealing my slahsdot user/pass would not work on my bank, or credit cards, or at work.)

Comment Re:Apple (Score 4, Interesting) 51

> People who want Macs are only in the Mac market, and will have zero interest in a NUC

My Hackintosh would disagree. NUCs make great iMacs... just velcro them to the back of a display of your choice. Combined with a nice VISA mount, provides a very clean setup with acceptable performance, for 1/4 the cost of 'real' Apple hardware.

I will admit to lusting after a 27" 5K display, though...

Comment Re:It's research (Score 1) 347

CSB: In the [very large] company I work for, there are two very different groups of programmers. There are the programmers that are EEs, working on products that happen to contain software components, and there are CS programmers. The thought process difference between them is, in general, quite stark.

The EE-background SW folks look at the SW task, spend (an often unreasonable amount of) upfront time to study the project, map it out, and then provide a schedule that pretty much matches what the reality ends up being, and get the product (of which SW is a component) out the door on time. And the code they write is crappy, unmaintainable, crap that does exactly what it's supposed to, no more, no less, and they are famous for rejecting any RCR that will break schedule. Engineering management loves them.

The CS-background folks (who cluster in a different group) will provide a poorly though out schedule quickly, and then immediately start missing deadlines. The code they write will be exquisite, maintainable, and it will have every feature and new hotness that anyone comes up with. Sales and marketing loves them, because they can sell whatever they want and promise anything to the customer, but it often misses the market window.

Moral: "Engineering SW" and "CS" mindsets are, in my company, quite different. Just because a CS-type tells you they can't provide a schedule, or the schedule is bunk, doesn't mean it's not possible to provide a schedule for a SW project. You're probably just asking the wrong kind of person. That may be OK, or not, depending on what you're building and what your project is.

Comment Re:Well someone has to do it (Score 1) 347

No, "computer science" (in the real sense) is a creative process.

Engineering is applying what you know to solve a specific problem to get a product out the door on a known schedule, and a known cost, and known quality. If you want to be "creative", perhaps engineering is not for you. There is a real, important difference.

Structural engineers know this.
Chemical engineers know this.
Process engineers know this.
Mechanical engineers know this.
Electrical engineers know this.
Traffic engineers know this.
And yes, computer engineers know this as well.

If you don't know this...

Comment Useful Slashdot video? No way... (Score 2) 38

Wow, a Slashdot video that I actually found useful, interesting, relevant to the site, and not a slashvertisement. A very pleasant surprise, and thanks to Yasir for his time and insight.

Timothy, though... c'mon, man... pay a few bucks for a backdrop and a reasonable microphone and step up the game a little, rather than looking like a teenager hiding from your parents in your bedroom... even a few bucks for a laptop stand or a cheap video camera so we don't get the camera-is-sitting-on-my-desk-nasal-shot. Some reasonable lighting, etc., is step two. It's not hard.

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