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Comment Re:Be sure to state the entire truth, please!!!! (Score 1) 78

Listen to the RadioLab podcast:

In particular the first segment: "Be Careful What You Plan For".

The Unibomber had his personality fried by the US government. If I had been tortured like that I am sure I would be just as asocial as Ted.

The whole story has implications for all the other torture done by the US Goverment in the "War on Terrorism".

Comment Slashdotted, now how busy is that site Mat? (Score 4, Informative) 53

Mat notes how Azure is handling the load after the first few hours:


How is the load, now that you've been Slashdotted?

Is this still within a personal budget?

How about a report on how much this would cost the average Joe if he put it in the cloud and it went viral? Do you have a cost graph to go with the rest of the Azure Web App?

If you are going to chortle about the ease of Azure, perhaps you should be more specific about the pricing. I love the ease, but I fear the the cost.


Comment DEs are Important - Drop the Teacher (Score 1) 656

As has been posted earlier mastering differential equations is an exercise in symbol manipulation, but the underlying equations are really important.

Mathematics is an ordering of nature via symbols. In the ordering of nature, Newton realized that most equations had a second level of ordering that described the original equation. These equations of differentiation and integration were achieved by making differencing ratios and approaching a limit. Differential formula can be used in every field of science. They are used regularly in Computer Science usually as an algorithm to optimize a process.

Learning to manipulate these equations in your situation is probably unnecessary. Understanding what these equations are used for in the real world is very useful. I suggest you consult Google for each equations use in real world situations, if only to give you some mnemonic for learning this stuff. (You can probably consult Google for the DE problem answers too.) If you know how the equation/formula is used in the real world you might see a use for the same concept in a program, hence it is good for a degree in CS.

On the flip side, a good teacher should be able to make this stuff come alive and be far less dry then you make it out to be. Your academic career will flourish if you spend a lot more time researching your teachers for next semester. Consider a different institution if the student consensus is that there are no good math teachers where you toil.

Comment How 20th Century (Score 1) 393

Why use keypads?

I've learned to do verbal calculations with my Android phone. Just say the calculation you want into voice search and Google will return the results. There is no need to carry both a phone and a calculator, and speaking the formula is much easier than trying to use a miniature calculator keyboard.


Justice Department Seeks Ebonics Experts 487

In addition to helping decipher their Lil Wayne albums, the Justice Department is seeking Ebonics experts to help monitor, translate and transcribe wire tapped conversations. The DEA wants to fill nine full time positions. From the article: "A maximum of nine Ebonics experts will work with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta field division, where the linguists, after obtaining a 'DEA Sensitive' security clearance, will help investigators decipher the results of 'telephonic monitoring of court ordered nonconsensual intercepts, consensual listening devices, and other media.'”

China's Nine-Day Traffic Jam Tops 62 Miles 198

A traffic jam on the Beijing-Tibet expressway has now entered its ninth day and has grown to over 62 miles in length. This mother-of-all delays has even spawned its own micro-economy of local merchants selling water and food at inflated prices to stranded drivers. Can you imagine how infuriating it must be to see someone leave their blinker on for 9 days?

Geek Squad Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter To God Squad 357

An anonymous reader writes "A Wisconsin priest has God on his car but Best Buy's lawyers on his back. Father Luke Strand at the Holy Family Parish in Fond Du Lac says he has received a cease-and-desist letter from the electronics retailer. From the article: 'At issue is Strand's black Volkswagen Beetle with door stickers bearing the name "God Squad" in a logo similar to that of Best Buy's Geek Squad, a group of electronics troubleshooters. Strand told the Fond du Lac Reporter that the car is a creative way to spur discussion and bring his faith to others. Best Buy Co. tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that it appreciates what Strand is trying to do, but it's bad precedent to let groups violate its trademarks.'"

Study Says Your Personality Doesn't Change After 1st Grade 221

A study authored by Christopher Nave, a doctoral candidate at the University of California, says that our personalities stay pretty much the same from early childhood all the way through old age. From the article: "Using data from a 1960s study of approximately 2,400 ethnically diverse schoolchildren (grades 1 - 6) in Hawaii, researchers compared teacher personality ratings of the students with videotaped interviews of 144 of those individuals 40 years later. They examined four personality attributes - talkativeness (called verbal fluency), adaptability (cope well with new situations), impulsiveness and self-minimizing behavior (essentially being humble to the point of minimizing one's importance)." This must explain my overriding need to be first captain when we pick kickball teams at the office.

Man Repairs Crumbling Walls With Legos 106

Lanxon writes "German-born artist Jan Vormann, 27, has spent the past three years traveling the world repairing crumbling walls and monuments with Lego, reports Wired. His "Dispatchwork" began in 2007 in the small village of Bocchignano, Italy, as part of the contemporary art festival 20 Eventi. Developing the work in situ, he became intrigued by the makeshift repairs that had been made to the crumbling walls. The approach favored function over appearance, reminding Vormann of the haphazard Lego designs created by children."

The "King of All Computer Mice" Finally Ships 207

An anonymous reader writes "The much-anticipated, much-mocked 18-button joystick mouse from WarMouse is now shipping. The press release features an impressive set of user quotes from game designer Chris Taylor, new SFWA president John Scalzi, and a doctor who runs a medical software company. Crazy or not, it's obviously more than just a gaming mouse."

Comment More than a little flawed (Score 1) 168

Henry Newman may know SSD drives but he doesn't know enterprise storage. Henry, enterprise shops don't talk about MB/s unless they are streaming video or working on their laptop.

All IO in the a storage networked enterprise are random. Most important IOs are usually small block (databases). There is no concept of MB/s of bandwidth except to gauge channel capacity. Any one who does enterprise storage works in IOPS. SSD drives smoke for random IOPS to the tune of 50x for writes and 200x for reads (MLC vs same size 15k RPM drives). These are significant numbers. Even if we lost 1/2 the write IOPS to wear leveling, that would be 25x faster. Want your database to scream.

RAID controllers will only be able to do RAID 10. Most RAID controllers can do RAID 10 in their sleep. The bottle neck will now be the channels in and out of the controllers. The first roll out of SSD storage in the enterprise will be direct attached SSD trays to bus attached controllers with the most external channels (bandwidth).

SSD drives are going to choke SAN channels. In a couple of years when administrators want to network their SSD drives there will be a really big push to get better pipes in the SAN. I wonder if inifiniband will get back in the mix?

This kind of disruptive technology keeps us employed.

Comment Take it to the board (Score 4, Insightful) 490

If the hospital is tax payer funded, then you have every right as a taxpayer to take this memo to the board.

I would suggest that you gather a number of like minded taxpayers (and voters) and make a visit to the board to explain your stance.

You might want to do some research and find that your IT director got a free beer (golf trip) out of this. Fodder for the meeting.

Comment Re:The facts about urban wireless towers (Score 1) 791

George probably has it right.

This is low level non-ionizing radiation, so the only real effect is body heating. Generally body heating is dispersed (except in the eyeballs and testicles) by the flow of body fluids. It takes a lot of power to heat a human body (even eyeballs). There probably isn't enough heat being generated in your body by radio wave absorption to be measured.

However you do sleep in one position. These types of antennas are highly directional and they could have hotspots. Cell towers operators don't care about RF hazards except to satisfy the FCC. If you are worried, you could put some grounded foil on the wall between your bed and the antenna and make a modified tin foil hat.

Comment Re:Eh wouldn't surprise me... (Score 1) 451


MS still hasn't fixed the storport driver with an OS release:

Nor does MS make it easy to write 3rd party drivers. There documentation is usually incorrect and the samples inoperative. If MS can't get their drivers to work, how is a vendor suppose to do it.

As for beta drivers, forget it. This guy expects every vendor to spend hours of dev time making drivers for a growing tree. No. No. No.

Nobody even tried to write a driver for 2008 until it was RTM, and that isn't much of a window.


Porsche Unveils 911 Hybrid With Flywheel Booster 197

MikeChino writes "Porsche has just unveiled its 911 GT3 R Hybrid, a 480 horsepower track vehicle ready to rock the 24-hour Nurburgring race this May. Porsche's latest supercar will use the same 911 production platform available to consumers today, with a few race-ready features including front-wheel hybrid drive and an innovative flywheel system that stores kinetic energy from braking and then uses it to provide a 160 horsepower burst of speed. The setup is sure to offer an advantage when powering out of turns and passing by other racers."

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