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Comment My dream (Score 1) 235

The reason I got into studying embedded systems is to work on ubiquitous computing:
-Put SoC's into everything;
-Hook everything to a hybrid cloud; (NaaS)
-Serve it with a cloud server at home; (RedHat OpenStack distro on Fedora)
-Create an XML-based protocol on top;
-Have it all talk to each other;
-Build it all on Minix 3; (so it never crashes and every device server has to be hacked seperately)
-Enjoy the shit out of modern life!

Your agenda (GTK HTML5 webapp) knows when you need to wake up and plays your most listened song over Bluetooth to wake you up.But before that happens, the server gives the command to the coffee machine to warm up. All the lights switch on, to destroy the melatonin in your system. The Google self driving car parks in front of your house on time. Your phone tells you as a messenger not to forget your suitcase upon leaving the building. The climate control goes on standby and your tablet is preloaded with relevant presentations for the day. Slashdot articles are read to you in the traffic yam. Etcetera.

God, I love those guys at Xerox PARC!

Comment Re:How to reform patent law? (Score 1) 60

Why not give everybody what they need?

Large coorporations should be able to invest a ton of money into R&D. They need these patents for revenue.

The only thing that sucks about it is this: free software (as in beer also) gets hurt in the process.

So why not keep the patent laws and pass a second one (or include a section in the former), that says: "may not use patents in software to make a profit from, or to compensate expenses".

Why is that so difficult?

Comment Re:Newbie question (Score 1) 248

No, but that's not the point.

What is do is play Sudoku with knowledge. And the problem I'm usualy having with math (aside from not having a very broad understanding of the logical implementation) is that it can become a very... very... very tough (from my perspective) Sudoku puzzle.

But the real problem I'm having is just not giving up. That, combined with so little understanding of it, drives me nuts. So yes; you're right.

Comment Newbie question (Score 1) 248

I have a question: (excuse me for the realy bad formatting)

If the result of prime numbers (plotted), can be formulated as e^x, where Xaxis = numbers (zero to infinity) v Yaxis = [amount of unique distances observed] ;
and plotted against the plotting of prime numbers themselves ;
and plot a formula_3 that averages the coordinates that both euclidean functions output, towards infinity, through where they almost intersect ;
and form a formula_4 that equals the offset of the two euclidean function, relative to formula_3, towards infinity ;
and plot two fomulas that offset formula_3 by formula_4 in both 'directions' ;
then Doesn't it make a lot of sense?

I'm terribly sorry for my bad mathmetics and would welcome a rant in which someone would explain why and where I'm making a mistake.

Comment Re:Would most people be better off undiagnosed? (Score 1) 329

The DSM is not about diagnosis, but some retards use it that way. The purpose of the DSM is being a psychiatric dictionary. That means if psychiatrist talk about [illness xyz] then they are reffering to the collection of symption [a, b, c, d].

And yes we needed the DSM, but it has become irrelevant. You see; one can research the brain of a mouse; just scrap this and that away and see what happens. With humans on the other hand, this can't be done in vivo ("while alive"). So people started to gather common collection of symptoms so they could put a label on a person with these symptoms, and ask the 'patient' permission to study the structure of their brain after death.

Now that brain research has vastly improved, all kinds of overlaps start to appear with common 'components'. Say a person with ADHD has RDS and DAT ("dope transport from here to there in brain") problems.

Now that the mesolymbic pathway has been found not to be a pleasure centre, but more of a 'conscious intersection' of the brain, using a serotonine feedback loop to modulate dopaminergic release, all these 'illnesses' start to make a lot of sense. Dopamine actualy sort of highlights/projects emotionaly charged 'thoughts' into human consciousness.

Now all of a sudden check what effects PTSD has on hormone release. Suddenly bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, hallunications, paranoia, anxiety, autism, PDD, psychosocial all make sense. An example:

Parents neglect child.
Child doesn't learn coping mechanisms.
No coping mechanisms for strong emotional experiences result in trauma.
Trauma means; brain cannot process said experience, resulting in PTSD.
PTSD effects are less serotonine (depression), thus less oxytocine(autism, thus PDD thus psychosocial leads to "schizophrenia), less dopamine (looks like ADHD, but isn't), more cortisol (stress, self-consciousness skyrockets, anxiety) and more estrogen (hello male, here comes your body dismorphic disorder).
And so on and so forth...

Comment Re:You don't (Score 1) 509

I'll give you an example:
Imageine this guy is responsible for coding some kind of cashflow algorithm in accounting software. What you guys are going to be doing is adjusting your own code accordingly: working around the bugs.

A month or two later, you all start to get together to investiga why suddenly everything seems so disasterous. Suddenly you all spontaniously find out it is this single asshole who fscks up the entire codebase.

Armed with this spontaniously acquired knowledge you all go up to upper management and say:

We were all so productive and on schedule. The problem was that suddenly we all got miles behind on schedule [for the software that makes the company a shitload of money].

Since we are all so productive and good working class heroes, we started to investigate the issue, unpayed and in overtime. We found out that mr. A. Cocksucker messed up the entire CVS. Now the annual profit prediction will plummet.

Steve and Jack were already trying to get this guy to learn the [git manpage], but we didn't know mr. Cocksucker was so uncapable that he would absolutely ruin the perfect planning of our software that we put soooo much sweat and tears into [bla bla bla].

We wanted to tell you this because we want you to know on time, because we all love our work and we would be so sad [of course not] if the beloved customers would not benifit from our efforts. We absolutely love this company and our software and we would like to be able to have meaning in our day-to-day jobs of hard labour. [boo-fscking-hoo]

Manager: *I need to get this guy fired* "What is the damage?"

We realy can't work around this any longer, which is why we investigated this tragedy in the first place. We need to rollback at least [time it took from start to finnish].

Asshole above your social status gets fired, nicer code can be written and CVS horrors are over.

Comment You don't (Score 1) 509

You let him crash and burn. You put oil on the fire, everytime gets pissed of at this guy. Later on, you get together and talk to his manager/boss/supervisor.

You do this in a clever way; as in under the radar. This, however, requires knowledge of social mechanics.

If you try to keep that person from crashing and burning; you'll have to deal with it, for as long as you work with this guy.

Version control is realy old, BTW...

Open Source

Why Is Science Behind a Paywall? 210

An anonymous reader writes "The Priceonomics blog has a post that looks into how so much of our scientific knowledge came to be gated by current publishing models. 'The most famous of these providers is Elsevier. It is a behemoth. Every year it publishes 250,000 articles in 2,000 journals. Its 2012 revenues reached $2.7 billion. Its profits of over $1 billion account for 45% of the Reed Elsevier Group — its parent company which is the 495th largest company in the world in terms of market capitalization. Companies like Elsevier developed in the 1960s and 1970s. They bought academic journals from the non-profits and academic societies that ran them, successfully betting that they could raise prices without losing customers. Today just three publishers, Elsevier, Springer and Wiley, account for roughly 42% of all articles published in the $19 billion plus academic publishing market for science, technology, engineering, and medical topics. University libraries account for 80% of their customers.' The article also explain how moving to open access journals would help, but says it's just one step in a more significant transformation scientific research needs to undergo. It points to the open source software community as a place from which researchers should take their cues."

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