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Re: Another win for the open-source world
"(and find time to update the CV)"
Good idea! I didn't even think of that. "Worked on Sony PS4 Operating System" should look good tucked in there. Providing Sony's PS4 doesn't go all Skynet and start killing people, in which case I'll probably keep quiet about it.
Need more than 4GB of RAM?
"I have a 64-bit version of Windows sitting on this laptop.. and the benefit to me? Bugger all. "
I find that being able to address more than 4GB of memory is invaluable; without it, my virtual machines would have cripplingly small amounts of RAM and be basically unusable, and large media file playback (and other very high resolution graphical operations) would be significantly affected.
Maybe you just use your laptop for eMail and Minesweeper, and don't need so much addressable memory, but an awful lot of other people do.
Re: What does this have to do with anything?
"This topic is someone complaining who has it far easier than loads of other women in the same situation with a really crappy job."
Ah, there's the problem. You've got the reading comprehension skills of a child, coupled with a totally unjustified confidence in your own abilities, leading you to miss the point but invent one of your own instead to carry away on your poorly explained tangent.
What does this have to do with anything?
So you've got someone very good at their job, and in an emergency they're happy to come in on their day off and do some extra work. That's got nothing to do with the topic at hand.
"I am a woman in IT, a super woman if you will."
We will not. You have missed the point entirely. The point is not that working in IT makes you some kind of superwoman, and it's also not even about IT. It's about trying to keep up in any male-dominated work environment that relies on long hours, whilst at the same time trying to meet society's expectations with regards to married life (which you do not have) and the raising of children (which you do not have).
You absolutely are not a "superwoman" in this context.
Given that it has been possible to spoof Mayday messages easily by use of a radio for decades, this has been possible already for decades.
More scare story nonsense
AIS was knocked together a bit over a decade ago (well into the internet age) with the intentions of collision avoidance and, secondarily, sending of meta-data about the ship. It's not meant to be used for secure communications. It's meant to be used to save lives (and ships).
Sure, we could encrypt everyone's outgoing messages. Except how would that help anyone? If I can't decrypt it, I don't know where they are so how can I avoid running into them? The only way it can work is to broadcast a ship's position, course and speed in the clear. I suppose I could have some kind of big database of known vessels that I trust, but that's insane; if I get a signal from an unknown ship that we're about to collide, I'm going to take action. The fact that I don't have them on my list of trusted ships becomes irrelevant.
AIS is simply not meant to be a secure communications system. It works by everyone being able to tell everyone else within VHF range their position, course and speed. The cost of making it universally readable is that someone can spoof it (although when I look out the window and see that actually there isn't a ship out there to collide with, I think I might guess it was a bad signal, so it's really not an issue).
"From memory, if the sensor fails, the green pilot light on the dashboard turns yellow and you get an announcement that the system is no longer operative. "
That's not a failure. That's doing exactly what it's meant to do in the event of some problem arising with the sensor. It's a success. Well done designers and builders, good job.
A failure is doing what it's NOT meant to do; in this case, the failure state posited is that it reports the existence of something that isn't there.
I disagree. I think that if a failure causes the erroneous, identical presentation of a "something is there" signal state, the rest of the system will treat that "something is there" signal state as it would treat a completely identical "something is there" signal state.
When my ABS decides the signal state indicates a wheel has locked, it acts as if the wheel has locked. Assuming that any positive signal state is not, in fact, a real reading and it's actually some kind of error, is insanity. For starters, nobody's ABS system would ever work; any time your wheels locked up, you'd get a dashboard light instead of a life-saving ABS intervention.
The error-checking mechanisms that exist, if they work correctly, can present a "your system is broken" signal state, but that is a different signal state. This is a ""something is there" signal state.
Well, let's take this logically. I expect that if the sensor fails, and decides there is something there, it will take avoiding action just as if there really was something there,
I have to say, as puzzlers go, that one was pretty simple. Could you really not work it out for yourself?
Failure to connect the dots
Despite having already been stabbed once (with a pen), he apparently fails to finish the thought with "We are animals. When you annoy an animal enough, it will try to kill you." I look forwards to reading about him in the Darwin Awards.
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Interesting to see that they mention " Selection into the pilot scheme will recognise the unique attributes and potential contribution of individuals who might otherwise not be attracted or able to serve in the Reserve forces." I wonder what they're willing to overlook; massively impaired social skills, horrific levels of physical fitness, criminal records, mental instability?
Re: Deja vu
"And no, it did not increase the leisure time in Europe, unless you count being on the dole as such."
I think it did. The amount of time I had to work to continue to buy all the things I was buying went down a lot as all the things became so much cheaper. It's all so cheap now that I can quit my job every few years and just take a few months off.
Most people choose to not to work less, but to simply take the savings they make and waste them on more junk; they could have had more leisure time, and chose instead to keep working.
There is bad fragmentation. Bad fragmentation affects typical end users. Individuals who just want to get something done. This kind of fragmentation is things like Microsoft changing their own document format every few years, or online messaging systems refusing to deal with each others' formats.
There is good fragmentation. Good fragmentation is invisible to typical end users, but provides innovation and options that ultimately make things better for everyone. This is good fragmentation. It provides another way of doing something, fresh implementations that will carry lessons and improvements that can be carried onwards. Complaining about this is like complaining that Microsoft keeps putting out new version of DirectX, or that Intel keep trying to make better processors.
You make no sense
Wait, so you'd love a bus service but a taxi (which is effectively what this is) isn't good enough?
Small kids making a mess?
Right now they make a mess because they're unsupervised. Parent up front driving. Kids are in the back.
Not anymore. The car drives itself, leaving a parent able to fucking take charge of their children and not leave the place a right tip for the next user. I would expect that if a parent demonstrated him/herself unable to do this, they'd just get blacklisted and transport would cost them a bloody fortune. Either way, the problem no longer exists.
Didn't she EXTEND his lifespan
As I recall, he was in the middle of committing suicide-by-monster, and she turned up and prevented his death.
"I was a big big fan of the DPRK ..."
Now let's be fair. If this guy was British we'd give a solid chance that the whole thing was a straight-faced send up. It's harder to be sure with our Teutonic chums, whose sense of humour is notoriously dry.
"upcoming citizen's uprising"
The upcoming citizens' uprising? These guys are phenomenally ignorant. I could imagine a military coup, but a citizens' uprising? Have any of them even _been_ to the DPRK?
"For most jobbing programmers they won't need an awful lot of complex maths skills."
However, the ability to think coherently and logically about values and quantities, and to construct extended solution in a given notation, are needed. Maths is the subject at school that teaches this ability best. You don't need maths to be a good programmer; you need to be able to think in a way that your solution lends itself to a programmable expression. There are, of course, other ways to learn this skill. Maths is the way most accessible to your standard per-university student, and being good at maths (i.e. able to think with it) is strongly correlated with being able to programme.
I'm replying to say that your inability to respond speaks volumes.
And yet the number of programmers I run into who need help working out the distance between two points on a screen is astonishing.
You don't need maths in that you often don't need to be able to handle calculus and geometry and so on in order to write code (often you _do_, if you're writing graphics or serious number crunching and that, but there are lots of programs to write that don't need mathematical knowledge).
What you DO need is the ability to think coherently and logically about problems in such a way that the solution you develop lends itself to expression in a given notation. Mathematics is a subject that teaches this skill. It's a strongly-correlated signal. It's possible to be a good programmer with no mathematical ability at all, of course it is; but it's remarkably hard to be a solid mathematician and not be able to think about problems in such a way that you'd make a good programmer.
That's the link. Programming is not bashing on a keyboard. It's thinking about problem solving in a way that lends itself to a given expression, which is also what maths is.
"Why? What does understanding C/C++ have to do with being able to write good code?"
It's a strongly-correlated signal. If you understand C and/or C++, you must have a solid understanding of the machine model. If you have a solid understanding of the machine model, you will be a better programmer than those who do not. It's not necessary to be good with C to have that understanding, but it's remarkably tricky to be good with C and not have that understanding.
Re: The purpose of a degree
"The purpose of a degree is to demonstrate one's motivation, persistence, intelligence and ability to learn."
So how do you explain the astonishingly low number of languages graduates hired to be chemical engineers? The requirements for hires straight out of university for chemical engineers always make it clear that they want people with chemistry or chemical engineering degrees.
Replace "chemical engineers" for a bazillion other scientific and technical disciplines. It's not just chemical engineering that seems to demand actual knowledge as well as (and indeed, sometimes instead of) "motivation, persistence, intelligence and ability to learn."
Re: No you choose your degree at 13
Well, only if you deliberately choose all arts or all sciences.
Unless someone's holding a gun to your head, presumably there's nothing stopping you choosing three separate sciences, maths, English, and a couple of interesting humanities. History and friends. That's only six I've mentioned specifically, so room for more and it in no way restricts you to one path or the other.
A very broad good sign for which I have no doubt there are specific counter examples...
Do they demand maths A-Level? If they do, that's very much a good sign.
Do they demand maths A-Level and not care at all if you did anything labelled "Computing" or similar? Also a good sign.
What do they mean by "IT literate"?
It takes years to educate children to the point that they can use the written word to coherently express themselves in a mature fashion and coherently gather knowledge and understanding through reading (and the appropriate sifting, replicating, sorting etc. that we expect beyond being able to just say the word written on the page). Many people never reach this level.
It takes a weekend to be taught to use Microsoft Word to the level of the average user (i.e. type things, cut n' paste, a couple of fonts and style options, a basic understanding of the file model and how to check the printer is plugged in). A weekend.
What are schools for anyway?
"Do you really want to have to start training new employees on basic skills like using a word processor as soon as they begin working for you?"
I'm not quite sure why I'm paying my taxes, but it's not so that companies can save themselves the expense of a two day MIcrosoft Office training course for the new-starter. So the answer to your question is "Yes, I think that if companies want people with certain skills beyond reading, writing, basic maths and being able to think (which, granted, is not very likely given our education system, but it's worth a punt), they should be prepared to train up those skills themselves or pay for experienced, already skilled staff."
Whilst arguments about whether or not NK is Marxist can rage....
I've been to the DPRK and it's horrible. Truly grotesque.
"Just a coincidence, I'm sure."
I can see it now.
A dark office somewhere. A chain-smoking man stands by the door, his face hidden in shadow.
"You see our problem - this is Bilderberg week. A few supermarket tabloids will spout the usual conspiracy theory crap that everyone will ignore even if they notice. We need to smother that story under something else."
"Something big enough to smother the usual conspiracy crap that nobody notices? How about we leak the extent of our electronic snooping and reveal to the world that the big copmanies they trust their data with hand it to us on a plate?"
"My God - that'd be huge. But you're right. To hide the usual, tiny conspiracy crap that nobody even notices, we'll have to leak something big enough. Remember last year when Bilderberg was on the front page of every major newspaper in the world? That's what we need to stop happening again."
In summary, you're talking utter rot.
Yet rather than do it again or take it further, you felt you'd get more pleasure from typing on a keyboard.
Shouldn't Lewis Page be writing this?
So he can demand we shun European law and instead get our law cheap from the US?
Re: @User McUser
Yes, it seems a very sensible situation that we are so afraid of plod fitting us up that we cease to exhibit simply human kindnesses to each other. That's very much the world I want to live in.
"when it was made, who made it and when they made it."
So it's possible for the person who made the call to make it at a different time to when it was made? Is this a magic mobile phone, or an early indication that plod will simply change the numbers to suit his fitting-up needs?
Also, how exactly does plod propose to know _who_ made the call, without listening to the conversation?
How do you know the characteristics are not set?
That's how the universe works.
"All this entanglement stuff only makes sense if the characteristics of the pair of photons are actually set at the moment they are created"
No, that's the only way it can match your (and indeed, my) intuitive understanding of how the universe works. How we intuit the universe to work is wrong.
The safety of conformity, or just don't even realise?
"pretty much everybody agrees on what's easy on the eye."
Tell me, are you aware that you simply copy the opinions of the people around you who metaphorically shout the loudest, or is it totally unconscious?
And in Norwegian
The weather in Norwegian with Eva Bjertnes. Tune out her voice and just stare.
I typed that without fact-checking. Let's see how close I was....
Google says: "Eva Bjertnes". Get in. Next pub quiz round on failed TV channels is mine.
Re: Help me, Obi Wan Quantobi!
"Two photon are produced with a given characteristic (let's say polarity) set at opposite value for each photon."
That's your mistake. The characteristics are not set. They will be opposite when you actually measure them, but until you measure them they are not set. So if you move them a light year apart and then measure one, the other one becomes set, even though it's a light year away.
Johnson from Peep Show, please
By which I mean basically the same character. Same actor, obviously, but the mannerisms and the grin and the borderline insanity.
To some degree, it is. After my trip there, when people asked me about it, I opened with "Imagine a billionaire asked you to create Crazy Eastern Communist Dictatorship World. Start at the point people step onto the flight in. Do all that kitsch stuff you'd expect; pictures of the leaders, worshipping statues, impeccably dressed tour guides with selective hearing, poverty-stricken peasants in the far distance when on the bus between cities, obvious shows to the tourists, pseudo-religious visit to birthplace of the Great Leader. Go nuts."
Re: Ball mark?
Do you also see the face of Jesus in slices of toast?
And not just any mouse...
As I recall, the genetic lines of mice and rats used for this sort of thing have effectively been selected because they give "good" results; the poor bastards are fantastically more cancer-prone than their wild brethren.
"most of us get over this around the age of 14 when we discover girls."
I'm not convinced. I hear people say a given lady "goes like a train", implying that it's a good thing she bears this similarity. Presumably they wish more women were like trains.
Re: Misguided notion of romance
I suspect this will be true right up until the point the other side fields an armada of unmanned aircraft that promptly start shredding their primitive, fleshy counterparts.
Can it dogfight?
Given that it can happily pull 30g turns without having to worry about any meatbags it's supposed to be keeping alive inside itself, I expect that once beyond the prototype stage they will be wiping the floor with any pathetic humans daring to challenge them in the air.
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