Recent content by Red Robbo

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    Programs Will my horrible drawing skills hurt me as a physics major?

    My advice is simple: don't worry about it! I spent years teaching Physics and drew some dreadful drawings over the years but I learned three things which I would pass on: 1. Have a sense of humour and be prepared to laugh at yourself and be laughed at by students (I suspect some of the pompous...
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    I What to do with unused space in a home freezer?

    Back in January - and agreed that the weather wasn't particularly warm or cold, just normal for Wales(!) - we had a burst pipe that tripped the consumer unit. Four days later when we returned from holiday to a kitchen that looked like a cross between Niagara Falls and the Somme, I was pleasantly...
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    Mac Apps Crash Constantly

    I find it sad that so many Mac users think they are above getting a virus or malware. As (formerly) an Oxford University IT officer I used to see two or three a term. Not many in the grand scheme of things but they do exist. There is now no excuse for not having one as companies like Sophos...
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    Superscalar CPUs and Quantum computing

    I think two issues are being conflated here... Firstly "serial" and "parallel" processing, and; Secondly "quantum computers". When I was a boy, (and yes, we did have electricity...) parallel processing was the great white hope because the rate at which instructions could be executed by a...