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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

John Bokma Powerless dehumidifier (89 comments)

I live in an area with high humidity (~80% / 25C) and am wondering how well this would work as a dehumifier that uses no electricity. The one we own is rated at 400 Wh. We often run in daily for 2+hrs. Also, if this is effective I can see other uses, like drying clothes. Or a small set up that can provide 2-3 liters of potable water/day.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Settles With No-IP After Malware Takedown

John Bokma Re:I see these and laugh (83 comments)

I am no longer surprised that even at a tech site people really think that malware is a MS-only issue...

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Settles With No-IP After Malware Takedown

John Bokma Re:And it was all a smokescreen (83 comments)

Yeah, right, like malware only runs on Windows.... The real problem is that a lot of ISPs take a lot of time (if ever) to do anything about this. You really think that nobody has reported this before MS decided to take action?

about two weeks ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

John Bokma Good luck with Whirlpool (228 comments)

Last 10 years? Make sure you don't buy garbage made by Whirlpool as it's made to fall apart in a very short time. This is the front of our gasrange after less than 5 years of careful use: http://toxicice.com/images/eng...

According to Whirlpool this is "normal wear and tear". Good luck using an oven if you can't even read the markings anymore

Aside: the "clock" doesn't even have battery backup. It's 80's technology but made to last way less long.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

John Bokma Yesod (536 comments)

http://www.yesodweb.com/ Lookie, it's even in the domain name ;)

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

John Bokma Perl programmer, using Emacs (359 comments)

I use Emacs, mostly. For editing files as root or over SSH I often use vi(m). I still want to switch to vim for all my editing for a few months, just to see if I can get used to it. Don't think I will convert to vim, but I think the only way to get used to an editor (and have non-biased opinion about it) is to use it for a few months (and RTFM, of course). On Windows, several years back, I used TextPad mostly.

about a month ago
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Perl Is Undead

John Bokma Re:Books like.... (283 comments)

A lot of best practices for Perl are good programming practices in general. Of course there are (plenty) of exceptions, but that's the case with other languages as well. One thing one wants to avoid is to program Python in Haskell or Pascal in C, for example.

As for hard to read (for a beginner) have a look at Haskell, for example.

Python's fame is that it "reads like pseudocode". That's nice, but utterly fails if a programmer has no good feel for algorithms. Pascal used to have the same fame. A few years back I had to reimplement a Pascal program into Perl. One of the pieces of code was 100+ lines. After some studying it turned out to be a variant of bubble sort. At the end few lines reversed the sort order (!). It could be replaced with a few lines of Perl. And no, not because I write short and cryptic code. The code could've been written way shorter in Pascal as well, even when implementing a sort manually.

about a month ago
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Perl Is Undead

John Bokma Books like.... (283 comments)

You mean books like Perl Best Practices?

about a month ago
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Perl Is Undead

John Bokma Encourage? Are you a programmer for real? (283 comments)

Encourage? You fill up your shopping cart also while standing in the check-out line? It's the programmer who decides what to (ab)use.

about a month ago
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Perl Is Undead

John Bokma Re:Perl6 vs. Perl5 (283 comments)

The language is called Perl. Funny that so many people on Slashdot still don't get it right.

about a month ago
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Perl Is Undead

John Bokma Re:Yes, Perl is indeed dead and rotting (283 comments)

Same here. I am a freelance Perl programmer and for the past 12+ months have been very busy with coding in ... Perl. More so than when Perl was considered the "glue that holds the web together". And no, it isn't maintenance of old code.

A number of people who left Perl and declared it dead are the ones that couldn't program in Perl to begin with (never learnt the language, thought it could be learned by trial and error), and most likely still can't in whatever they consider fashionable right now.

about 1 month ago
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Linux Mint 17 KDE Released

John Bokma Re:Bugger (61 comments)

My disaster plan is keeping track of each apt-get install xxxxx and write down how I configured what I installed afterwards. And then there are still surprises, like how Apache changed its defaults going to 2.4 (IIRC). It's a lot more work compared to install new version and rsync -avh from backup, but all those notes I keep come in handy when I have to install something for a customer in a VM, etc.

about 1 month ago
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Linux Mint 17 KDE Released

John Bokma Re:Bugger (61 comments)

Ah, yeah, should. In my experience the safe way, however, is to have taken notes during the previous install, doing a fresh install, and install and configure everything using those aforementioned notes (which now and then requires some research to get it right due to changes, and hence updating notes). Of course photos, movies, music, etc. can be safely restored from backup.

about 1 month ago
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Over 300,000 Servers Remain Vulnerable To Heartbleed

John Bokma Re:As expected (74 comments)

More like alphas. At least at the desktop.

about 1 month ago

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