Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

Enry Re:where do they come from again? (216 comments)

Postgres has become the Oracle of yesterday. Now the new shiny is MongoDB and Hadoop.

yesterday
top

Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Marks 23 Years of the Linux Kernel

Enry Well we can tell it's legal to drink (105 comments)

In the US anyway.

I started in on Linux a year later after buying my first 386-40(?) system and wondering what I'd install on it. Wound up with Linux after trying OS/2 and kinda avoiding the *BSDs because that just looked like a cluster----. Got a small stack of floppies and my career from there was set.

I've done a lot in that time - three books, two computer-based training CDs, lots of work on the LDP, was at Red Hat going for my RHCE the day they had their IPO, worked for VA Linux, designed and ran rather large HPC environments for two Major East Coast Universities(tm).

2 days ago
top

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Enry Re:My opinion on the matter. (786 comments)

I haven't studied systemd in too much detail (consider me old school as I just started year 22 of using Linux). dbus? Really? Jeezus.

2 days ago
top

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Enry Re:My opinion on the matter. (786 comments)

There's plenty of embedded systems that reboot frequently and need to boot quickly (think Raspberry Pi)

2 days ago
top

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Enry Re:snydeq = InfoWorld (786 comments)

Documentation? A large portion of the packages out there aren't documented and it's still being distributed. Debian and Ubuntu are prime offenders of this when they not only distribute packages without documentation but when they do distribute something with documentation it's for the software as released, not after it got heavily modified to work as a package and following their usage standards.

2 days ago
top

If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Enry Ecch (500 comments)

As a non-programmer, Java stinks.

The idea of it being sandboxed and thus 'more secure' is blown out of the water every time there's an update, of which there are many. Each update from Oracle wants to install the Ask toolbar.

In its earlier days applications had to be distributed with specific versions of the JRE. Even more recently there were plugins that only worked with Java 6 and the vendor had no intention of getting them to work Java 7. The idea of 'write once run everywhere' is mostly dead.

On the server side (Tomcat) it's okay. On the embedded side (Android) it really seems to have finally found its stride..

3 days ago
top

"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Enry Re:They asked for more money... (358 comments)

That's my guess. I still watch it (the TiVo just grabs episodes). One thing that was really telling was just before Christmas 2013 the Mythbusters were on tour and I was expecting to see all 5, but only Adam and Jamie were there. Another item was they had a preview of the coming season along with a discussion of Adam's busted hand. That season in the spring and the one that just concluded now seem to be filmed in the same 'season' as there were parts of the preview we saw that weren't until the past few weeks, and an episode that had Adam's broken hand.

My daughter loves watching the explosions. I kinda missed the more in-depth design and builds that Adam and Jamie did in the earlier seasons and each episode got really busy hopping between myths. It's probably a combination of going back to roots and the 'other three' asking for more and getting turned down. From what I can see it wasn't a bad break, so maybe Kari/Grant/Tori are going another show?

5 days ago
top

Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Enry If everyone drove autonomous vehicles (475 comments)

I wouldn't have a problem with going the speed limit.

See, here's the thing. A lot of the traffic jams are because people are hopping lane to lane or cutting people off or really just not doing enough planning about where they want to go. Autonomous vehicles would know what lane to go in and what cars are around it so it would be able to plan appropriately. No more traffic jams (or at least greatly reduced)

When I drive from MA to NY, I may break the speed limit at times, but the average speed is still 50-55MPH because of traffic. In an autonomous vehicle that goes at the speed limit, it would shave close to 30 minutes off what is normally a 3 hour trip. And at no point do I have to speed. A trip into Boston no longer takes an hour in the morning - vehicles know where they're going and you get into town in a fraction of the time.

Longer term, it means that police departments no longer have a benefit of setting up speed traps - nobody is breaking the law, no tickets to write, no additional funding. Cities get no funding from red light cameras.

So here's the real question: Is this a tradeoff that we as society are willing to make? Do we give up the ability to break the law in order to get the benefit that we wanted out of that in the first place (i.e. get to your location quicker)?

about a week ago
top

T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

Enry What the...I don't... (147 comments)

T-mobile also pulled the backwards anti-net neutrality thing by happily announcing 'Free Streaming' from select music providers... which is, in effect, making non-select usage fee-based.

You could look at it that way, I guess. I look at it as I get unlimited data access with the first 3GB per month at LTE speed, but any data from those selected services don't count against it. Kinda wish Amazon or Google music were on those lists, but the original deal I signed with T-Mobile a few months ago was 2.5GB at LTE and no 'free' services. I'd consider the deal now to be a good improvement over what I originally got. Does it prefer some music services over others? Yes. Does it cut my services or increase the amount I pay per month? No. Is my access to Amazon Music or Google Music affected? No.

Unlike Verizon and their sorta-but-not-really-anymore unlimited data service.

about two weeks ago
top

DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists

Enry Re:How is that possible? (127 comments)

No. I've only ridden Amtrak a few times in the NE corridor from Boston to NY/DC and I've never had to display any form of identification to enter the station or board.

about two weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Enry Re:Terrible coding standards (430 comments)

*adjusts onion on belt*

When I wrote code for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, the code almost literally wrote itself. I had to document every single function with what it was supposed to do and list inputs, outputs, and every variable that was created/read/modified. By the time I sat down to write the code I knew exactly how each function would work and it was just a matter of implementing it off the spec I had written. Then the code review, then the testing. In the meantime, I got questions from the documentation staff and they had access to the same spec I was using.

But I've gotten the sense that software development isn't done like that anymore, certainly not in the OSS space.

about three weeks ago
top

Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Enry Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

No, GP is right about how the characters are treated. I've only watched a few episodes, but it looks like the main character (Sheldon) has some serious issues that need to be addressed with medication or counseling. To use it as a form of entertainment for others is just insulting to those who have those kinds of problems, and those that are supposed to have those kinds of problems and don't.

about three weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Enry Re:Terrible coding standards (430 comments)

Security is somewhat at the developer level, but usually only in a few cases where the software really is security related and gets properly audited before release. Those kinds of software projects are far and few between and even then the documentation is still lacking. Even then that's easier because the people doing the auditing are themselves coders. Documentation requires a whole different skill set (see Word Crimes by Weird Al) that is not always held by coders.

For most other apps, security rests at the system level and is thus outside the scope of what the developers are working on. In some cases the compiler will alert them to common problems.

The best kind of documentation you're going to get for now is really what we have now - some combination of end users writing on their blog, posts to stackexchange, or threads in mailing lists. And some of those may or may not apply to the code that's currently in use.

Longer term, there's things like what synfig does by crowdfunding development efforts including documentation and training. This has a lot of potential, but can quickly get expensive for end users.

about three weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Enry Terrible coding standards (430 comments)

I'm a rather odd duck. I did a lot of coding in college and my first job (writing software for hospitals) but have since moved to system administration/design and have a degree in technical documentation. I've written books on Linux and have documentation up on the LDP, some of which is still in use. So I've seen all the sides.

Coders are too busy writing code and making changes to what they write to give time for accurate documentation to be written. The days of "read the code for documentation" are long gone when you have multiple layers of libraries and applications to go through to find what you're looking for. This kinda worked in the days when you could fit an entire Linux install on three floppies but now that you need a few GB there's no way a single human can keep track of it all. Documentation takes time to write and get right. In the age of using github as a distribution and code changes between today and tomorrow, the documentation is suddenly invalid before it's written. Even then, it requires a lot of stupid questions asked by the documentation staff to coders who think they have better things to do.

As for TLDP there was a bunch of problems. Using DocBook was brilliant, but the toolsets were terrible to work with and difficult for people who never used SGML or XML. Linuxdoc was easier to use but really wasn't the way to go long term, especially since the tools were Linux-only and meant the tools were of limited use. Once Wikis took over online there wasn't enough enthusiasm in TLDP to convert and lead the charge.

about three weeks ago
top

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Enry Re:Lies and statistics... (570 comments)

I'll grant you that very well may be the case. Removing copays for regular checkups and vaccinations should help a bit, and it should be incumbent on the doctor's office to collect the copay at the time service is provided (in most cases, ER is different). The doctors for my family do that and there's never been a problem.

If the concern is the amount of money that is in collection rather than the number of outstanding collections, then having an insured population will help (or at least cut the amount from tens or hundreds of thousands down to whatever the deductible is).

about a month ago
top

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Enry Re:Lies and statistics... (570 comments)

It's better than going $100,000 in debt.

about a month ago
top

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Enry Re:Lies and statistics... (570 comments)

Probably, but with everyone covered with some level of insurance and getting rid of coverage limits should cut down on the number of people that are in collection for medical reasons.

about a month ago

Submissions

top

Barnes & Noble to spin off Nook?

Enry Enry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Enry (630) writes "Maybe the Nook isn't doing as well for B&N as hoped:

"The bookseller has been banking on the Nook for growth, so news that holiday sales of the basic touchscreen e-reader were disappointing raised investors' fears that Barnes & Noble was struggling to keep up with Amazon.com Inc's Kindle.""

Link to Original Source

Journals

top

Job hunting

Enry Enry writes  |  about 13 years ago

I hate getting fired from newspapers! Or at least being laid off from VA. Yes, I'm one of those poor saps that got caught when VA decided to get out of the hardware business. Sad thing, really, but the severance was nice. Too bad the great Commonwealth of Mass doesn't want to pay me unemployment due to the amount of the severance. Oh well.

Trying to stay in the Linux market. There's a lot of opportunities out there for an all 'round Linux person. Good thing.

I interviewed with a Linux company in California last week. Short review: don't take America West airlines. The jerks didn't hold the plane from Las Vegas to Boston, so I arrived in LV from San Jose just in time to watch the Boston flight pull out of the gate and leave. Without me. And 3 other people. You'd think they would hold the plane for 5 minutes since they knew people were coming in from SJ. The SJ->LV flight was delayed since the oxygen mask for the pilot was defective. I normally would have had about an hour in LV, but instead I had an 8 hour layover and got to take the redeye back to Boston.

This week is another interview with another Linux company. Time to see who makes the better deal. I don't think I'll go wrong either way. But wish me luck.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>