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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Lotana Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (187 comments)

Ah! That is the first insightful reply and one I agree with.

Indeed, you are being judged by the clothes you wear. This is something I had to learn back in high school when I had to go for my first job interview. It is all about the first impression and regardless of what you know, it will be formed before you even speak. It is tragic that regardless of what you know, it is how you look like that makes the most difference :-(.

Alas, that is human nature and there is no changing that. At some point one has to give up on idealism and just accept that certain realities of society are just not-nogotiable. I guess developers are one unique group that can get away with since they can work from home and avoid seeing clients.

Thank you for your explanation.

8 hours ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Lotana Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (187 comments)

It puzzles me because it is quite petty (You wear one additional piece of clothing over the usual), this aversion is quite widespread among developers and from my interactions among several white-colar industries it is only in IT that it is present.

Hence I find it odd... Especially since they are willing to sacrifice money to get around this requirement.

8 hours ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Lotana Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (187 comments)

Chances are you'll need to wear a suit to work.

This has always puzzled me why some developers list this as a negative. What is wrong with wearing a suit? Every professional workplace has an expectation of a formal atire. What is wrong with requiring suits over the usual office shirts and pants?

9 hours ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Lotana COBOL: Why the hate? (187 comments)

There is certanly a lot of hate directed at COBOL. However, since if it is still being used, then it still has some capability that is not available in other solutions. Also looking at the wikipedia, the language keeps being updated (COBOL 2014 standard is out for example) and supports object-oriented methodology.

COBOL is one language that I haven't encountered. Perhaps it would be insightful if someone can explain why there is so much animosity towards this technology.

9 hours ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Lotana Re:I HATE multiplayer (277 comments)

Amen brother!

It is especially bad in MMORPGs. Worst abuse I ever heard was by guild leaders towards other members during raids. It seems being put in some virtual position of authority just brings out the worst in people.

yesterday
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Lotana Re:Summary is ridiculous. (277 comments)

Damn that must suck. I heard it said that life in the millitary is 95% boredom and 5% sheer terror.

Do you have the ability to have a local LAN going? There must still be some games out there that you can play with your buddies on the ship.

yesterday
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Lotana Re:Never been a fan of multiplayer. (277 comments)

One enjoys EVE Online if and only if he/she also enjoys spreadsheets.

Really, it is Excel with double-clicking to move around!

yesterday
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Lotana Re: Escapism (277 comments)

Yes it did. It was poor and nowhere near as good as for example Morrowind, but it was stil there.

yesterday
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Lotana Re:What's wrong with Windows Server? (613 comments)

Very true. I have encountered similar situation many times. No idea why you are modded to -1.

However the scenario is a failure of the initial admin not the software. Quite often they are young, inexperienced, "Open source is the best for everything" junior who is often a friend or a relative of someone in the company. This is because those small businesses are trying to save money on the IT and so they don't want to spend money on a professional consultant. Some inexperienced kid will make just as much of a unmaintainable mess with Windows servers.

  A properly setup system with documentation and training for the user will work just fine regardless of what OS is in use.

about two weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Lotana Re:The Future! (613 comments)

I respectfully disagree. Fragmentation impacts both developers and the end users.

Developers:
There are a finite pool of people that have the knowledge to improve/write software. That group is further divided down into those that have the time and motivation to contribute to the open-source software. From there they are further divided among the competing projects that are doing the same thing. Example: GNOME 3 vs Cinnamon vs MATE vs KDE vs Trinity. Debian vs Red Hat vs Arch vs Suse vs Slackware. Therefore this fragmentation needlessly reduces the pool of available contributors.

Also, any software package needs to be maintained for so many different configurations. A very good example is the package management: Debian, Red Hat, Gentoo, Slackware each have their own package format. This fragmentation adds more boring workload on the maintainers. Now that we will have distributions with or without systemd, it means that if the software deals with the area affected, TWO versions need to be developed! Doing something twice is again wasted effort.

End User:
Fragmentation adversely affects the user because the software he/she needs may not be available for the configuration that it being used. It is hard to come up with example for systemd since it is such a system-level system. Much easier to use an example of window-manager fragmentation: A certain package may look terrible on the one that the user chose.

Even if the software is available, documentation may be only written for another distribution.

Finally, the user needs to choose a distribution to start with. The choice is literally overwhelming. Have a look at this timeline: Distribution Timeline. Now imagine it exploding even further into systemd using/rejecting versions. That much amount of choice is paralyzing.

In the end, fragmentation just wastes resources on doing the same things more than once. It is necessary if the constrain is quite severe, but right now in the community forks happen over something as trivial as library versions or the visual look!

about two weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Lotana Re:The Future! (613 comments)

Great! That is all we need. More fragmentation in the community! As if choosing a distro wasn't confusing enough as it is for newcomers!

THIS is the reason why Linux will never be a mainstream desktop.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Lotana Re:Try it, you prick (789 comments)

The damage will already be done though. And unfortunately the incident will encourage all countries without nuclear weapons to seek to arm themselves, seeing how NATO was unable to prevent nuclear aggression.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Lotana Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (789 comments)

Please, keep Slashdot about technical topics. Leave the politics for other sites! Please!

Unfortunately it is too late.

Slashdot was the first to report on 9/11 when other news sites were down. Ever since then the readership has changed and Slashdot became MUCH more political. Front page had Your Rights Online articles much more often since then.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Lotana Re:Nethack (382 comments)

Having played ADOM and Nethack, I would rate ADOM higher.

But to each their own.

about three weeks ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Lotana Re: The world we live in. (595 comments)

Yes, women do indeed rape men. It is occuring and sadly very much unreported. But I am convinced it is a MUCH more rare occurrence than the standard man-on-woman combination. Even given the non-reporting bias.

about three weeks ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Lotana Re:This is what they mean by "point of no return" (273 comments)

Methane is odorless.

Gas you use to warm up your house has impurities added to it to make it smell: This is for safety so that you will detect a leak before you pass out.

Methane in farts is not what causes the smell. It is the other gasses.

Alas, since the most common experience people have with methane is household gas, this misunderstanding persists.

about three weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Lotana Re:Fark already defies internet culture. (748 comments)

Boobies links, "I'd hit it" jokes, erudition, and irreverence for taboos and political correctness

I thought 4Chan had that covered from the very beginning. Why would you go to Fark for more of that?

about a month ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

Lotana Re: Fusion Confusion (305 comments)

Not to mention how much of its output is wastefully beamed into empty space!

Need that Dyson sphere damn it!

about a month ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Lotana Re:What a bunch of Wuss (579 comments)

Um... That "Laughing stock" was defeated on the western front during the WW1, hit by Treaty of Versailles and then the Great Depression. Despite such condition they were able to conquer the rest of Europe in an unprecidented short amount of time. It took the combination of the largest empire (British), greatest economy (USA) and the largest country to bring them down.

Say what you will, but when it comes to warfare Germans have always been amazing throughout history.

about a month ago

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The Gentleperson's Guide To Forum Spies

Lotana Lotana writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lotana (842533) writes "This recently leaked document describes modern COINTELPRO techniques for manipulating Internet forums. Observant readers may have noticed these techniques being used in familiar online forums. Part of modern media literacy includes understanding these techniques. This document contains information about:
1. COINTELPRO Techniques for dilution, misdirection and control of a internet forum
2. Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation
3. Eight Traits of the Disinformationalist
4. How to Spot a Spy (Cointelpro Agent)
5. Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression"

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