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Re: Thoughts on the new macbook?

Unread postby guardian452 » Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:46 pm

hamei wrote:You guys can stand around and oooh ! and aaaah ! over the Emperor's beautiful royal blue coat with the blazing gold epaulettes...

hmmmm, reminds me of my theme-park-ride-operator days...

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Re: Thoughts on the new macbook?

Unread postby hamei » Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:57 pm

vishnu wrote:When it comes to text editing, by which I'm pretty sure R-ten-K mean "programming," in my case I find my productivity drops to zero if I don't have a display that can do at least two 80-column files side-by-side at at least size 10 font, which means I need at least 1900 pixels horizontally, and thus I've never been been able to be productive in my day to day work using any laptop screen I've ever been exposed to...

If we got you a screen that was 2860 pixels wide, would you create 50% more good code per day ? :P

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Re: Thoughts on the new macbook?

Unread postby vishnu » Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:29 pm

hamei wrote:If we got you a screen that was 2860 pixels wide, would you create 50% more good code per day ? :P

Either that or we'd stumble yet again across the law of diminishing returns... :lol:
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Re: Thoughts on the new macbook?

Unread postby hamei » Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:06 pm

vishnu wrote:Either that or we'd stumble yet again across the law of diminishing returns... :lol:

Hate to tell you this, vish, but you're obviously not Manager material. You have a basic grasp of reality :(

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Re: Thoughts on the new macbook?

Unread postby vishnu » Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:22 pm

hamei wrote:Hate to tell you this, vish, but you're obviously not Manager material. You have a basic grasp of reality :(

I know! I can tell because I stopped believing in reality a long time ago but it never went away... :shock: :lol:
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Re: Thoughts on the new macbook?

Unread postby hamei » Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:16 pm

vishnu wrote:I know! I can tell because I stopped believing in reality a long time ago but it never went away... :shock: :lol:

You better stop posting this stuff in public or you'll never get a white collar position in Management. Any real manager does not believe in Reality, even if it reaches up out of the grunter and takes a big chomp out of his ass. They can always come up with some horseshit loser excuse to explain away their stupidity, even when it flies in the face of the facts. Heck, especially when their story flies in the face of all fact.

Look to Mr Greenspan for your inspiration, that guy is a true master of Business Logic. Got a degree, too. He must be smart !

A little practice in gobbledygook and perhaps you, too, could qualify for the Harvard Business School. You could be a Visionary ! An Innovator ! A fucking useless fool with a big salary ! Wouldn't that be cool ?


guardian452 wrote: hmmmm, reminds me of my theme-park-ride-operator days...

Not a chance. Theme parks are too smart to hire MBAs. You have to have a functioning brain* to operate potentially dangerous equipment.


* i.e., can deal with problems more complex than, "How much larger will my bonus be if I fire two guys in q/c and threaten the rest with losing their jobs so they shut up ?"

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Re: Thoughts on the new macbook?

Unread postby vishnu » Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:28 am

hamei wrote:Look to Mr Greenspan for your inspiration, that guy is a true master of Business Logic. Got a degree, too. He must be smart !
Close; but cut from the same cloth, my CEO is Linda Hudson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Hudson I've met her a couple of times, she's very pleasant, probably because she's an up-the-hard-way engineer not a Havahd Business grad, to borrow a phrase from your patios... :mrgreen:

Anyway, she announced another round of layoffs on Thursday so I'm definitely keeping my burger flipping skills up to snuff for the foreseeable future... :shock:
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Re: Thoughts on the new macbook?

Unread postby guardian452 » Sat Jun 30, 2012 1:12 pm

Not a chance. Theme parks are too smart to hire MBAs. You have to have a functioning brain* to operate potentially dangerous equipment.
but the outfits are much the same :roll:

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Re: Thoughts on the new macbook?

Unread postby hamei » Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:52 pm

vishnu wrote: ... CEO is Linda Hudson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Hudson

Haysoos, did you read that crap ? "She leads approximately 46,000 people across more than 130 sites ..." What does she do, organize expeditions to steal a pickanick basket ? What do you do on Mondays, vish ? Get on the plane for the 130-site obstacle course, with Ms Hudson carrying the flag ?

Who writes this shit ? Do they teach grammar in school now ? Has the world been commandeered by a generation of pimply ignorant little twits ?

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Re: Thoughts on the new macbook?

Unread postby vishnu » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:09 pm

hamei wrote:What does she do, organize expeditions to steal a pickanick basket ?
Indeed! She's smarter than the average bear... :lol:

hamei wrote:What do you do on Mondays, vish ? Get on the plane for the 130-site obstacle course, with Ms Hudson carrying the flag ?
Even if we did do that, it still wouldn't be good enough for our corporate overlords... :roll: It's our responsibility, as employees, to make whatever sacrifices need to be made in order for the company to be successful! :shock:
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Re: Thoughts on the new macbook?

Unread postby mgtremaine » Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:26 pm

vishnu wrote:It's our responsibility, as employees, to make whatever sacrifices need to be made in order for the company to be successful! :shock:


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Re: Thoughts on the new macbook?

Unread postby squeen » Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:48 am

Whee! I haven't had a dose of hamei rants in a while. Glad I checked this thread.

For me, there seems to be a potential divergence in computing right now. The consumer market and the scientific market. For the average consumer, sleek design (form-factor) and ease of use (OS) is king since the computing power to read email, write documents and (yes) make spreadsheets is minimal since the user-in-the-loop is the real limiting factor.

On the scientific/engineering side, computing simulations are still several orders of magnitude too slow. Even with a billion dollars, if your task is not readily parallelizable, you are screwed. No computer on Earth is fast enough for a full-fidelity model unless you are willing to wait weeks for a result.

With graphics it is similar. Desktop icons and eye candy---no problem. Synthesizing physically accurate light-transport imagery at real-time rates in still problematic to say the least.

If scientific computing was driving the market, we would have 128-bit quad-precision math in hardware (e.g. Itantium) a decade before extra long-life batteries.

What was in the 1990's a nice confluence between the consumer's and engineer's desire for faster CPUs, seems to be diverging now. The lastest "advancements" (e.g. hyper-threading) are starting to seem useless for number-crunching.

My current fear is that Apple will drop the Unix-based OS X on their laptop for an iOS-based one and I won't be able to even run the engineering software I develop on a Mac any more. Although, to be honest, it has never performed quite as well on a Mac as it does on a Linux workstation---something is weird/slow about how they allocate/free memory and the OpenGL graphics drivers have definely lagged the NVIDIA ones for Linux.


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