* Posts by Big Ron

6 posts • joined 17 Aug 2012

Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

Big Ron

What's wrong with a watch with corners? Dick Tracy's 2-Way Wrist Radio had corners.

You're more likely to get a job if you study 'social' sciences, say fuzzy-studies profs

Big Ron

I have a BS in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a major in Psychology and started to to work in IT the day after I graduated. I have worked on a lot of complex transportation systems include optimization algorithm development, but I never found a need for the calculus or physics that I did take. But the writing skills that I acquired back them have really paid off when I needed to write specifications and other technical documentation.

The importance of complexity

Big Ron

Re: The importance of complexity

Most developers do not get to work on NP hard problems. I have been solving transportation work assignment problems using K-opt, insertion and genetic algorithms for the past 25 years, and I have had only one other person work on these algorithms with me. The huge majority of the other developers worked solely on the data manipulation end of the applications. It's a lot like compiler design, very people actually do that kind of work.

Forget Wi-Fi, boffins get 150Mbps Li-Fi connection from a lightbulb

Big Ron

Not just fog. Rain, show and sleet were also hard on the connection. Unless an outdoors LightLink unit was fitted with a really long hood, sunrise and sunset were also problematic.

When these guys can transmit in a blizzard, I will be impressed.

Microsoft preparing for diskless Windows 8 PCs

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Re: shouldn't feed the trolls

Way older than that. Datapoint (long gone now) had machines that booted and ran off the local area network 30 (yup, thirty) years ago.

eBay invites mystic wrath over ban on spells, potions and lotions

Big Ron


The paid ad on the bottom of this article was for CaliforniaPsychics.com. Looks like they are already migrating from eBay.

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