2233 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
Re: Cock-up indeed, even with disclaimer, but don't blame the teacher
"As a (senior) lecturer, you probably have no concept of how unabidably crap the average corporate trainer is. It's a certificate culture out there, and the delegates (I won't demean the term "student" by using it here) are expected to sit, listen, maybe "brainstorm" a bit, then walk away with a piece of paper."
Actually, a colleague had to follow an "Academic Leadership" training given by a corporate trainer. His description was telling. Unabidable crap is a fitting designation. The trainer asked questions like: "what would you do if a PhD student turns up at 9:30 each morning?"
Answer by (experienced) trainees varied from: "Nothing, as long as he gets his work done," to "Commend him for consistently arriving before the head of the department."
These were not the right answers according to the trainer (who clearly had no concept of an academic working environment). He honestly expected people to work regular 9-5 shifts. When criticised that this was not how we work, and that many PhD students work say 10 am to 8 pm shifts r longer, he stated this was no way to run a lab. He was questioned whether he had ever run a research department, he had to admit this was not the case, but he stuck to his guns that he knew how it should be run.
My colleague and all other trainees considered the course a complete waste of time, but you had to get the certificate for the new tenure track system. I gather they have now got rid of this course.
Cock-up indeed, even with disclaimer, but don't blame the teacher
"Either the team responsible for this cock-up didn't attend - or those teaching the courses need to be fired."
As a (senior) lecturer, I cannot accept responsibility for all cock-ups my students make after following or even passing my course. The people teaching the course in source attribution may have been sterling, but let us not forget a student's ability to forget, misconstrue, or otherwise garble any information or skills imparted to them. I have seen all too often that students learn things only to the level to pass the exam, and then get totally plastered to ensure they erase that section of memory as effectively as possible. Fortunately, there are also many students who really want to learn and work hard at it. I have long ago decided to focus my efforts on the latter class, and lose no sleep over the former. After all, they are grown ups, they are responsible.
Many image search tools exist, they should have been able to find the source. If anyone is to be fired, fire those responsible.
Comment from the Goalie of the Unseen Academicals:
The 16th century ball tested looks more like mr. Nutt's design than the lumps of wood with rags used before it
You are assuming the lawyer gets paid to help you, which is not how many lawyers see it. They get paid so they get richer. As the lawsuit is delayed, they charge more. The same holds for the lawyers of UPS. What incentive do they have to get things over with quickly if they get paid by the hour?
Re: "of merchantable quality"
Agreed, they employ many salesmen of the caliber of C.M.O.T. Dibbler. To sell a bad product as successfully as Microsoft clearly can, you must be a hell of a salesman. Window 7 is mostly OK, however.
Re: Well, I for one support this move.
Quality comedy , that is, or quality trolling, maybe.
Now they have to worry about IE as well as IEDs
Sorry, couldn't resist, given all the trouble IE6 (aargh!) and 7 (less so) gave with our conference web site, which worked fine with Opera, Safari, Firefox, and passed W3C compliance tests.
On the other hand, I would not expect computer to drive more dangerously than a large percentage of drivers (word used without prejudice) in Crete or Cyprus. Driving there was, let us say, an interesting experience, after which a quick bout of dodging charging bulls seems like a pick-nick.
Re: And now something completely different
In relation to the earlier Streisand remark, I just read that as
and of course I had to think of Cohen the Barbarian (a.k.a. Ghenghiz Cohen)
Mine is the one with "Interesting Times" in the pocket/
Correct Horse Battery Staple = Insecure
That is correct because too many lusers are now using it because they heard it is secure
Fortunately one login for all except the HPC systems suffices here.
Those who love metric don't like mm Hg, they like Pascal.
El Reg readers like
SpaceX may be a health hazard
All this drinking to their success may start to stress livers (and brain cells) in many places
Brilliant stuff. Takes me right back to my childhood memories of the Apollo program.
He has joined the choir invisible
He has gone to meet his maker
It is an ex-donkey
was my immediate thought.
Terry Pratchett, you are a wise man, and clearly we all live on the discworld/
Speed might be OK, but the latency is killing
So maybe when a you see a meteor streak across the sky this time next year
you will imagine to hear it say
"More powerrr, we need more powerrrr!"
I will raise a dram to Scotty
Not the frothy kind! Distill the stuff I say. A glass of single malt to my fond memories of Scotty saying
Ye cannae break the laws of physics capt'n!
I will wait to see the scientific paper on this. A problem with these tests is that it mixes hardware and software performance measurement. Gaining speed by increasing communication bandwidth (and decreasing latency, for preference) just get the "duh" response it deserves.
The only ways to see if two algorithms differ is to (i) do a proper complexity analysis (computing time and memory/bandwidth use) to see how it should scale theoretically (both in terms of data size and number of processors), and (ii) time optimized versions on the same hardware (or different sets of hardware), using a variable number of processors or nodes.
"The visual effects are spectacular"
Oh really. I do not need spectacular visual effects on my desktop, unless I am playing a computer game, or running scientific visualization software. My OS should not try to dazzle me, I need to get work done. The best OS is the one you hardly notice. This may involve smart use of visual effects. Some visual effects I find useful (compiz-fusion has some things I find very handy, in particular in the area of switching desktops and looking for the right open app), but most are just battery-draining eye candy. It is telling that the spectacular visual effects are mentioned before the streamlined navigation (which is useful). I want substance, not bling.
Re: New languages
I agree up to a point. Languages do need to change, and they are in fact changing. OpemMP is a sort of "bolt-on" solution for C(++) which allows the compiler to treat for loops as for-all statements, and provides various other mechanisms for syncing. A functional approach such as in Erlang is often proposed. I do have some doubts that we can solve all sorts of problems merely with new languages. We need to learn new ways of thinking about these problems. A good language can inspire new ways of thinking, of course.
I have to disagree a bit here. Parallel computing is great, but at the same time it is hard work, and it is only useful in particular, data and compute intensive tasks. Memory access bottlenecks have been reduced greatly by getting rid of the front-side bus (guess why Opterons are so popular in HPC), but they are still very much present in GPUs, in particular in communication between GPU and main memory. There are improvements in tooling, but they are too often over-hyped. Besides, as with all optimization, you need understanding of the hardware.
Parallel computing is at the forefront of computer science research, and new (wait-free) algorithms are being published in scientific journals, as are improvements in compilers, languages and other tools.
Throughout its early history, physics simulation with its emphasis on matrix-vector work dominated the HPC field. Now a much larger variety of code is being parallelized. People are finding out the hard way that parallel algorithm design is a lot harder than sequential programming.
As I like to tell my students: parallel computing provides much faster ways of making your program crash.
Parallel code easily transfered to very different architecture?
Let me guess, they can easily parallelize adding two arrays together, or doing matrix vector stuff optimally. This covers some very important bases, but some parallel code needs to be rethought rather than just recompiled when porting to a very different architecture.
We have code which does not use matrix-vector stuff, and works best (40x speed up on 64 cores) on fairly coarse grained, shared memory, parallel architectures. We still have not managed to make a distributed memory version (working on it), and are struggling with an OpenCL version for GPUs (working on it with GPU gurus).
Every time I have heard people claim to have tools that take all the hard work out of parallel programming, they show me examples like "add these 10^9 numbers to another bunch of 10^9 numbers". These tools can indeed take a lot of the hard work out of parallel computing, but not all, by quite a long way.
Re: Pulled a rabbit out of the hat
I thought the Unseen University had prior art on that. Go ahead Apple, sue UU, they have a pond full of people who tried to sue them.
Doffs hat to TP
Re: "Use, Reuse, Overuse, Abuse"
Wasn't stage five "Light fuse"
Re: Why not ask
or for a more emotional (i.e., high blood-pressure) pitch, Steve Balmer
Not sure about that. quite a few people (myself included) drop the default browser in Android for something with more functionality. My HTC Desire's default browser had no tabs, I tried firefox on Android briefly but was not impressed, and run Dolphin now. There may be better browsers out there for Android, but I rather like Dolphin, so won't change now.
They just made a few extra to hit this number
Brilliant, just brilliant!
Few people can say their knitwear was used by NASA, someone give her medal!
I can essentially live with the so-so resolution, I cannot do without an nVidia GPU to run many of our CUDA programs. A fairly portable 14" with a pretty nifty CUDA punch goes a long way to ticking all the boxes for my work.
100 "stunned" peopled attended the nuptials
Did he have to stun them in order to get them to attend?
Sorry, couldn't resist
"Apple will also take heart from the fact that, as of yet, there are no reports of Windows Phone fanatics in China offering to exchange organs, or even their virginity, for a handset."
This could mean people are less enthusiastic for Windows Phone, it could mean the Windows phones are sufficiently cheap to be affordable without such extreme measures, or it could mean a certain proportion of the populace needs their brain seen to (or a combination of the three).
For those in need of having their brain seen to, I hear prof Gumby is a very well-known brain specialist (or was that bwain specialist?)
"I can't let you do that, Dave"
Wasn't that what the computer really said?
"Please be careful with it Bond!"
I bet Simon Travaglia would like these. Paint the green button red and vice versa.
Deep-fried pizza, anyone?
I have heard of this mythical beast, apparently hailing from Bonnie Scotland as well, but, much the cardiologist's delight, never encountered it in the wild. Should this not be researched?
Fermi, Tesla, and Maxwell would all want one
Physicists (and not just physicists) always want more compute power than currently available.
Are the honourable members of the senate just jealous?
Being rich guys who cannot renounce citizenship without losing their jobs.
Re: Think sideways
Tribute to the Goodies? Like a trandem (three-seater bike) as replacement for the three-man Soyuz capsule
A few bottles of Château de Chasselas from the four Yorkshiremen? To wash down the spam?
"Steve Austin, a man barely alive"
You could go further back.
So if I a bunch of them
could I build a Kim cluster? Might even catch up with a 80486 if you put together a few hundred.
Interesting developments, in particular the having multiple MPI tasks able to run simultaneously on a single Kepler chip. Great added flexibility.
Re: Intel Graphics == No use to me
I understand the why, it is just of no use to me. Others will probably be very happy with the machines
Intel Graphics == No use to me
I will aim at a much cheaper, only slightly heavier 13.3" or 14" notebook with nVidia 520 or 540 graphics so I can run CUDA and openCL stuff (there are a few very nice ones from Asus, Samsung, and even Dell). The whole idea of an ultrabook is hobbled by the insistence on Intel graphics. For the prices they are asking they could put in a decent graphics chipset. Until Intel supports CUDA (i.e. when hell freezes over) I will steer clear of any machine with only Intel graphics.
Debugging thousands of threads simultaneously
Now there is an excuse for a HUGE monitor (or two, or three) if ever I heard one.
Seriously, nice toolkits are coming out for this kind of work. Much needed too, as parallel computing allows you to get things wrong MUCH quicker.
So why will cars in the US be smartest?
Some will say it is because the Merkin goverment wants to spy on them
Others will say it is because many American drivers cannot even handle a stick-shift.
Which is it?
Now that is rocket science!
Still like blowing things up though
Re: Where do I sign up for knobology training?
And after a PhD you become Dr. Knob?
I would be willing to try the chips (and other AMD/Radeon graphics), and the newer Linux drivers. Only problem is we would have to port quite a bit of stuff from CUDA to OpenCL (which might be a good idea anyway, similar performance and no vendor lock in).
Regarding the binary nVidia drivers, I have no problems there. I rather like the fact that after inserting a new nVidia card in my PC to replace the old nVidia card, Linux runs without any adaptation, whereas Windows needs a new driver.
I must be allowed to keep up with the register anywhere, even whilst walking across the <SPLAT>
Re: The clever attendee.....
What, and miss out on free drinks and food, and any vendor freebees?
Think like a BOFH:
1. Go to the conference
2. Head for the bar
3. Wheedle/bribe/blackmail vendor into inviting you to another conference for free
4. goto 1
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