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Check Out the Source Code For the Xerox Alto

MikeBabcock Re:CP/M needs to buried ... (68 comments)

Obviously you know nothing of the power of CLIs. No GUI file manager comes close to the power of bash, find and related tools.

Microsoft has been promising such features for years (and has even improved their own CLI for obvious reasons -- its very useful).

Its not *my* GUI, its any GUI.

1 hour ago
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Check Out the Source Code For the Xerox Alto

MikeBabcock Re:CP/M needs to buried ... (68 comments)

The GUI rarely helps me focus on my tasks, especially with files.

Finding a bunch of files, matching them to a set of parameters and then doing operations on them is not easiest to do with a GUI. It would be wonderful if it were, but its simply not.

2 days ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

MikeBabcock Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 comments)

There really should be a national (if not international) standard for minimum amber light timings based on speed of the road in question.

Local municipalities could of course increase it for accident-prone intersections.

about a week ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

MikeBabcock Nothing new (714 comments)

Those kiosks have already been available in Canada at some Tim Hortons branches for years now. At least four or five years ago I used one to order my lunch in advance at a very busy downtown branch of the coffee chain in Toronto and it printed me a receipt, my number was called and I received my order before some people waiting in line.

about a week ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

MikeBabcock Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (555 comments)

Compile any Linux binary as static and it will include everything it needs to run -- although 64-bit binaries won't load on a 32-bit system of course.

In fact just the other day I was on an older system and I couldn't find iperf in its distro so I downloaded the pre-compiled 32-bit binary to do some quick bandwidth testing.

As a company that deals with industrial customers, we have dealt with plenty of Windows software that will not run on anything newer than XP, or sometimes 7, or 98 or 3.1 before those.

The Windows API is not a static target.

about two weeks ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

MikeBabcock Re:And that's a good thing (74 comments)

Sounds like a pretty good idea, except that I should be able to tell it I'm travelling soon to disable that country's block.

about two weeks ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

MikeBabcock Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (555 comments)

Wait, there's only one Windows? I could've sworn there were at least a half dozen active versions out there with features that aren't all inter-compatible ... just like Linux. They don't even look alike, and it causes fragmentation.

Why is Windows on the desktop? Applications and vendor support (bribed or otherwise) which boils down to "because it has been around longer."

The difference with Linux is you get a choice, and you get to argue, and it makes a difference. There are far more on-line posts about people who do or don't like Windows 8's interface than about systemd, but that isn't the cause of Window's sudden failure on the desktop now is it?

about two weeks ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

MikeBabcock And that's a good thing (74 comments)

This is an obviously beneficial security feature. Just use two-factor authentication and it will almost never come up.

Or did you want random hackers in other countries to guess their way into your account data?

Good for Google for protecting my logins.

about three weeks ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

MikeBabcock Re:Too much scripting in Linux (236 comments)

This has NOTHING to do with binary vs shell scripting and you're a completely uneducated newb to coding if you think it is.

BASH itself is a binary and it is the problem -- your argument is ridiculous.

about a month ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

MikeBabcock Re:Question about how this works (236 comments)

At no point are you not in control of the environment variables in question; unless you're allowing unsanitized input of course.

about a month ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

MikeBabcock Re:patched my servers last month (236 comments)

I've forbidden shell interactions from web servers forever on my client systems and I'm always in shock that online control panel systems allow direct shell access to the system. It just seems obviously wrong.

about a month ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

MikeBabcock Re:min install (221 comments)

Aside from someone else already pointing out that you want to use different tools, that's exactly my point -- their minimal install is truly minimal -- there's no need to roll your own at all.

My basic install procedure is a CentOS minimal with a quick shell script that installs the packages and configs I need on top of that on a per-client basis.

about a month ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

MikeBabcock Re:min install (221 comments)

If you're putting together your own optimized small footprint installs, you're not a sysadmin anymore, you're a distro maker. I spend way too much time actually administering working machines to be bothered to do someone else's job as well.

CentOS does a fantastic job of maintaining their minimal install for me (and anyone else who wishes to use it), what possible advantage is there to me putting together something else (not to mention learning a new filesystem and config layout for no reason).

about a month ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

MikeBabcock Re:min install (221 comments)

As a frequent user of the CentOS-6.5-x86_64-minimal.iso install image, I can see that its still not *as* thin as the author describes but none of the unnecessary bits are included and its super-easy to customize.

about a month ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

MikeBabcock Re:HTC seemed to manage (408 comments)

I'm surprised the author seems unaware of companies like Sony who manufacture far more devices than Apple does and has been doing so for far longer. I'll take an Xperia over an iPhone any day.

cf. http://www.whatmobile.net/wp-c...

about a month and a half ago
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KDevelop 4.7.0 Released

MikeBabcock Re:And KDevelope is what exactly? (48 comments)

Its an IDE that has been around for quite a while. Googling 'what is kdevelop' I got:

KDevelop is a free software integrated development environment (IDE) for the KDE Platform on Unix-like computer operating systems. KDevelop includes no compiler; instead, it uses an external compiler such as GCC to produce executable code.

about a month and a half ago
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Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

MikeBabcock Re:I prefer Warframe (93 comments)

How is first or third person relevant to its MMO status?

Have you watched the game played on PS4? The graphics are quite impressive. The framerate is smoother, which would be nice, but not enough to do a PC upgrade and force myself to run Windows.

cf. https://www.youtube.com/watch?... for a graphics comparison

about a month and a half ago
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Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

MikeBabcock Re:Screwdriver analogy (94 comments)

One concern about drones would be when perverts use them. Like hooking a camera on it and viewing people over their fence. Stuff like that.

Don't you have guns for that?

about a month and a half ago

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Console vs. PC Gaming

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Reading the recent piece by Alex St. John about PC gaming vs. consoles I just had way more to say than I could fit in replies to the subject so I blogged about it instead.

Yeah, I understand some people like gaming with headphones, a mouse and keyboard in their basement, but I prefer the couch, a big set of home theatre speakers, a wide screen HD TV and a controller in my hand with a headset on and a bluetooth keyboard next to me when necessary. I've been building PCs since I was 15 and I wouldn't have imagined it then, but console gaming is now at the point where its really not worth the bother to me to constantly keep up with my PCs capacity to play the newest titles.

Anyway, read more about my thoughts on my blog entry if you like.

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Hypocricy and religion

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Due to recent events (pastors being outed / accused of things they ought not to do), I've been confronted by persons discussing the hypocrisy of Christianity.

I'll be brief -- such people are often completely ignorant of both Christianity and ethical/moral issues in general. It is frequently impossible or impractical for any person, regardless of their beliefs, to be 100% perfect in their own minds (and if they were, I believe there's a psychological condition they'd be diagnosed with).

The fact that a person believes they should not break the law and yet speeds to get to work faster or another believes pollution is evil and yet still heats their home with dirty power for example is enough to refer to such persons as hypocrites. But is there anything wrong with the goals they have, despite failing to achieve them?

The bible states that those who follow Christianity will be known for love, kindness, self-control and gentleness among other qualities and that against these things there is no law.

I'd like to say I do not defend anyone's wrongdoings, but there are a few misconceptions that need outing:

1) What the bible says about Christianity is what I believe, not what some evangelist on TV said. This makes me a fundamentalist by definition. Would you prefer I follow said evangelists' views instead of formulating my own?

2) Having the goal of achieving something and failing does not make the goal system irrelevant or in any way wrong -- we're all imperfect human beings striving toward whatever we set our minds to, sometimes we're just stuck or we screw up. (PS, that's Christianity too -- that people are fallen and fallible, not in any way perfect, with the goal of becoming better). ... and more, but I'm done ranting for now. Please, if you think Christianity is stupid, do your research and don't just play follow the leader from what someone else has told you. If you're against Christianity because Christians are jerks, well, they're probably not really Christians (falls under 'do your research'). Try not to be as overbearing with them as they are with you.

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Ignorant people

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I just added someone to my foes list simply for being an ignorant jerk. They posted this comment in another user's journal about boxing in fast cars just to piss them off.

I happen to get paid to do support, often driving to a dozen locations in a day and those people lose me money. I've called the cops on them for holding up traffic and thoroughly enjoyed watching them get pulled over and having the rules of safe driving explained to them (speed isn't as important as safe flow).

I sure hope somebody gets this guy pulled over a few times as a result of his ignorance. That kind of "I'm so smart" attitude will get you hurt. And you'll have it coming; my family has an expression ... "you can be dead right".

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Dealing with losing a son ...

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Its almost been a year since my wife and I went into the hospital to give birth to our wonderful baby boy who died just three days later.

I had every intention of setting up a small section of my website with some pictures of him and commentary but haven't brought myself to do that yet.

I have however posted a summary of the events on my Wikipedia page.

Please note; donations are still suggested to Mount Sinai Hospital although if you wish to add it to those in his (Colin Isaac Babcock's) memory, you can't make a donation online (yet).

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Friends of friends, etc.

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  about 10 years ago

This is a short sequel to my previous journal entry. I quite enjoyed this message by Khasim (1285) recently but chuckled a little at the icons he has for me:

  • Friend
  • Friend of a Friend
  • Foe of a Friend

It seems at least one of my 'friends' doesn't like this user, one does and I do. The irony is that the one person who doesn't is someone I only added to my list so as to see their sometimes intelligent views on things, although I usually disagree with their vantage point.

The message is #10486464 if you care.

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Adding 'Friends'

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Since I noticed the ability for Slashdot to change ratings on messages based on my friends list, I've started adding more and more of the "enlightened" people I notice to my friends list.

I've given a +2 bonus modifier to my friends so I can see what those people whose opinions I've previously valued have to say (and also notice if they never again have anything useful to say).

What I'm finding interesting now that I've reached a couple dozen people on my friends list is how many people I click the neutral circle on and discover that they are a friend of at least one of my friends. It seems that birds of a feather really do ... oh never mind.

At any rate, it was interesting to me.

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Helping out

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I've been asked if there's any way to help with the condition my wife has (see previous journal entries for background).

The short answer is of course yes, please donate to a group doing advanced (and open) genetics research. This will benefit us all. My wife has been part of a test group for some research in Philidelphia who have done much advanced work in the use of modified viruses to affect genetic mutations and the like.

Consider donating to the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation (United States) or the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation (Canada). Donations have been made already to each in the memory of my late son, Colin Isaac Babcock. If you wish to add to those, feel free to mention his name when you give.

Mount Sinai has been phenomenal in their care; our doctors have been very hands-on, very involved and concerned and have even called us at home on multiple occasions since the passing of my son to keep in touch and make sure we're okay. The nursing staff is incredible and delivering upwards of 40 to 50 babies a day, mostly high-risk would make any person dizzy -- these people work hard to keep things calm but personal and give great, fast and consistent care.

I'll probably post more about this when I have the energy on my personal website ...

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One shouldn't have to bury one's son

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 10 years ago

My wife went into labour on Thursday and delivered a beautiful baby boy at 10:30 AM. We had a couple great days with him but he died of ammonia poisoning from his genetic condition (OTC deficiency) today at 2:10 PM. We're glad we had two good days and he didn't suffer much and lived a life full of love, albeit short.

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Bad news sucks

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 11 years ago

My wife and I just found out that our second baby, due in December is a carrier of OTC (which my wife has) and is a boy, which means that he will die within days of birth.

There are no treatments for infants, especially of the genetic form and it is very rare.

http://www.emedicine.com/ped/topic2744.htm for more info.

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