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Comment Beer and pizza. (Score 3) 16

Re:How do you keep VLC sustainable? On a related note, where is the closest VLC developer? How do I buy him/her a beer? Where do we send the pizza?
JBK: Where are you? I can travel the world for a good beer and pizza :D

That was me. If you happen to be in Charlote, NC. Otherwise, I am in Paris, France or Grenoble, France from time to time. If you are anywhere near this when I am, diner's on me!

Comment Re:massive parallel processing=limited application (Score 3, Insightful) 102

That is not really true. Most workloads can be executed in parallel. Pretty much all the field of scientific computing (would that be physics, chemistry, or biology) are typically quite parallel. If you are looking at database and data analytics, they are very parallel as well, if you are building topic models of the web, or trying to find correlation in twitter post, these things are highly parallel.

Even on your machine, you are certainly using a fair amount of parallel computing, most likely video decompression is done in parallel (or it should be). It is the old argument that by decreasing frequency you can increase core count in the same power envelop while increasing performance.

For sure, some applications are not sequential. Most likely, they are not the one we really care about. Otherwise, hire me, and I'll write them in parallel :)

Comment Re:massive parallel processing=limited application (Score 3) 102

well, nothing will ever break amdahl's law. But that is rarely the issue. The parallelism is many scientific problem is pretty vast. We run lots of simulations on 100K and more cores. Often the interconnect is the issue, and not the sequential part.

There is a real problem today in build a exaflops machine, one of the biggest problem is managing communications because they are very power consuming. If that architecture can scale meaningful codes at 100K, it is interesting.

Comment Fourth Option (Score 1) 706

1. Julian Assange will out a source if it will get him press attention, or
2. The dead guy was not the actual source and the DNC would have no motive to take retribution, so Julian Assange will lie about a source if it will get him press attention.

3. If you murder a Wikileaks source, Julian Assange will go after you with everything he's got, releasing the information at the worst possible moment, in the most damaging possible way, and offer rewards for the capture of the murderer.

4. The guy was not the leak, but using an actual robbery makes everyone believe the leak is gone.

Comment Re:Not a problem (Score 2) 472

except this is dumb. A $150,000 per year threshold is just too high for some industry. We tried to hire university professors last year and annual salary for starting position (assistant professor) is about $90k-$100k in computer science across the country, which many people complain is so high that that is why college is unaffordable. We had exactly 1 applicant that was a citizen or a permanent resident for one of our position. The guy was good, we made an offer and he chose to decline and go to a higher ranked university.

With a $150,000 threshold a year for the H1B program, we would have had exactly one applicant in our application pool which would not have come.

Comment Re:Foreigners educated here (Score 1) 472

This is just plain FALSE. Americans don't got to PhD to the level universities/the US want/need to train. I am in the PhD application committee of my university for Computer Science. We get 4 permanent resident/citizen application to our PhD program in a year when it is a good year. There is so much funding out there for permanent resident and citizen for a PhD program that we usually accept ALL of them, but maybe end up not coming for various reason. Still we end up having about 20 people coming in. So our PhD student population in CS is about 10%.

There are so few citizen/resident applications to PhD program that we essentially consider them a minority to be protected.

And attending conferences and visiting colleagues at different institution pretty much show that this is the norm, not the exception.

Comment I still believe IEEE more (Score 4, Interesting) 241

Clearly, IEEE has more experience and is more believable. (And yes, I am an IEEE member, but that does not really biais me.) The methodogy used by IEEE spectrum is public [1]. And it also takes stack overflow and git hub as indices. Though that is not the ONLY thing it uses.

There is a saying in data mining: I'd rather have more data than a better algorithm.


Comment Re:So that makes it OK then (Score 1) 704

18 USC/599 reads [1]:

Whoever, being a candidate, directly or indirectly promises or pledges the appointment, or the use of his influence or support for the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.

Legalese is hard to read in my native French. But here I am really not sure what this is saying. Isn't this is a law that prevent candidates to offer future position as a bribe for endorsement ?


Comment Re:Income Equalization is removing the offshore va (Score 2) 248

I feel like lots of people here are seeing only one face of the H1B program. I got hired as an H1B and I am permanent resident now. Though I entered the US on a J1 program. When I entered the US, I did not even want to stay, then life being life, I decided too. I work for a university and there are not many qualified applicants.
It is very unlikely that you would someone that is skilled and permanent resident or us citizen for a professor position. They pretty much just do not exists. There are some, but not many and definitely way less than opened position.

I can understand that there may be issues in the H1B program. But there are legitimate use of it as well.

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