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The Douchebags of Tech

A top ten list

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Posted: April 8th, 2011
at 3:07pm by mnp


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How to Insult a Computer Programmer

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In recent exchanges, members of the faculty have tried in vain to attack other Computer Scientists and disparage their work. Quite frankly, I find the results embarrassing — instead of cutting the opponent down, many of the remarks have been laughably innocuous. Something must be done about it because any outsider who hears such blather will think less of our department: no group can hold the respect of others unless its members can deal a devastating verbal blow at will.

This short essay is an effort to help faculty make their remarks more pointed, and help avoid wimpy vindictives. It explains how to insult CS research, shows where to find the Achilles’ heel in any project, and illustrates how one can attack a researcher.

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Posted: April 1st, 2011
at 6:30pm by mnp


Categories: myninjaplease,computers,not ninja-worthy,development,education

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The Inventor’s Dillema

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Back to the philosophy of science, which we’ll artificially break down into two schools, the incrementalist and the revolutionary. The incrementalist believes that there are memes which are filtering through society which will eventually manifest themselves. If Newton didn’t stand on the shoulders of giants and write down the Calculus, Leibniz would have. Some people are better at collating ideas than others, but if any one genius were hit by a bus tomorrow, then the sciences would continue to advance. The revolutionary theory states that certain geniuses push forward the frontiers single-handedly. If Einstein hadn’t worked out the Lorentz equations, nobody else on Earth would have for a long time to come. (Source)

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Posted: March 28th, 2011
at 8:40am by mnp


Categories: computers,design,science,development,trademark & copyright

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Online Discourse Blogs

List of computer related blogs.

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Posted: March 27th, 2011
at 10:35pm by mnp


Categories: computers,development,blogs,lists

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Something Ventured - Film

Watch the trailer here.

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Posted: March 23rd, 2011
at 10:32am by mnp


Categories: computers,film,development,blogs,entrepreneurship,innovation

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Internal Brain Drain

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Norman Matloff of the University of California-Davis computer science department on the current serious scientific and technological workforce problem facing the US:

In fact, Matloff went on, the nation is "wasting the innovation" that Americans could create because they are being driven from technical and scientific fields by the influx of foreigners.  "There are a lot of good people who are displaced," he said. In the tech field, this does not occur because of  talent, education, productivity or ability but with age, and ultimately with pay, he stated.  Employers prefer to bring in young foreign workers who are cheaper in preference to employing experienced Americans who are more expensive.  In a number of tech companies, a majority of workers are foreign-born while many Americans being displaced "are of good quality."    Over 20 years ago, he noted, experts predicted that encouraging immigration would discourage citizens from entering these fields.

"It’s an issue of money….It’s all due to an oversupply of people" created by immigration policies, he said. The issues applies to both the IT industry and scientific research, he added.  One result is that young American "would have to be crazy to go into lab science today," he said.  "No study except for industry studies has ever shown a shortage" of scientific or technical workers, he said.  One indication of non-shortage is that "salaries are flat," whereas in a shortage situation they should rise.

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Posted: March 21st, 2011
at 10:06pm by mnp


Categories: computers,business,mnp is for the children,science,"ninja",development,blogs,education,jobs

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How Do LCDs Work?

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Posted: March 20th, 2011
at 9:12pm by mnp


Categories: computers,design

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Computational Inference

A company named Navia blogs about new ways in understanding data:

We need a new model of computation that is as good at finding probable explanations for data - inductive inference - as are existing machines at crunching numbers and following logical rules - arithmetic and deductive inference. How? Computing is based on abstractions, and we think we have identified the abstractions that will enable this new class of computing machines to be engineered with the same degree of success, and eventually become as widespread, as those we all use every day.

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Posted: March 18th, 2011
at 4:58pm by mnp


Categories: computers,development

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DIY : Program a Quantum Computer

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Posted: March 16th, 2011
at 1:22pm by mnp


Categories: computers,robots,weaponry,science,diy,development

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