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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

MikeFM C# maybe. Not VB. (643 comments)

I could see an argument for C# maybe but not VisualBasic. I like Python best but C# programs do usually run faster and the harder type checking is helpful most of the time. I wish C# had real decorators, had a unlimited lossless big number class with its existing number classes in a logical hierarchy under it, had a standard epochs-based date time class, had a standard way to flag any variable as un-nullable, had a standard way of defining order-aware structures for import/export, had a standard way of creating event logged data, and had events that weren't a bit wonky and mysterious. It'd be nice if there was a way to create a subprocess that acted as its own program with its own memory, disk permissions, etc but I can't say I've seen any other language get that right either. At least VB essentially maps all the same underpinnings as C# .. just not as well and using weird terminology and syntax. Python has its own unique syntax but it's clean and uses pretty standard terminology.

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

MikeFM Re: a better question (591 comments)

I used to always custom build all my own boxes and carefully tune my Linux installs. For certain things I still do but it's rare now. I use MacOS for my desktop because I used Linux as my primary desktop for over a decade and it always sucked. If anything, I'd say it got worse with time. To much work on the look and not enough work on solid underpinnings. And MacOS has solid developer tools and a Unix command-line. For servers I mostly use cloud services such as Amazon. I went through the stages of having my own server clusters, then virtualized server clusters, and pretty much eventually ended up with a custom solution very close to what Amazon now offers but with less hardware available and at much greater cost. Usually I'm still running Linux instances but I prefer when I don't have to know what the OS is at all. For most my personal computing I actually use my iPad. I even prefer coding from it. Unfortunately I've mostly moved to C# for development and I've yet to find a decent programming environment on the iPad for it. May end up writing my own.

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

MikeFM Stud factor. (641 comments)

So long as programmers feel the need to write C to show off what studly coders they are we'll be stuck with C. We'd all be better off if we could spend less time fixing C-related bugs and concentrate on making sure safer languages were just as fast and functional. I'd suggest C# as a better alternative but recently I've been discovering how stupid its handling of byte order is. It's not a bad language except the amount of idiot Microsoftisms it has. C++ is just as bad as C. Objective-C is a mix of genius and insanity. Java is its own set of kludges. Python is nice but slow. Go isn't enough of an improvement. ... Not sure we're ready to replace C yet but we should get ready.

about a month and a half ago
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What's Stopping Us From Eating Insects?

MikeFM Re:Well, do it, then (655 comments)

I'd rather live as a gypsy with some sort of fold-out home in a box but mostly don't because other people find that weird and thus it doesn't fit well into our social structure. Try filling out a job application and when they ask your address put "parking lot".. yeah makes it difficult. I think that's why most our nomads are either social dropouts (we even call them homeless) or old enough and wealthy enough to not need employment anymore. So it's not really because I can afford not to live in a tent so much as socialization.. and probably the same is true with eating insects. If it suddenly became cool to eat raw insects people would do it and spend more for it even if it's pretty gross.. like sushi.

about a year and a half ago
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What's Stopping Us From Eating Insects?

MikeFM Re:They're gross looking (655 comments)

Ever tried to buy nutrition sticks? It's not the easiest thing to do. Try to find a pill, stick, or something like that that includes all the vitamins, protein, calories, etc that you need to live without any additional food. All I've seen were either missing major elements or cost so much as to not really be worth eating instead of food. I guess other than geeky people that aren't supposed to eat anything they actually like anymore there isn't a large market for nutrition sticks. Heck, I have clerks at the grocery store ask me what turnips are when I buy them so I guess they sell a lot more packaged stuff loaded with carbs and artificial flavors.

about a year and a half ago
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What's Stopping Us From Eating Insects?

MikeFM Re:Good Question (655 comments)

Have you ever tried to BBQ a fly? It's extremely difficult to get it to come out with the right flavor and tends towards being to crunchy. And you just don't get that nice chewy texture! Heck finding buns to fit hot dogs is hard enough without finding buns to fit extruded bug guts. I don't really care what my food is made of so long as it's mashed into a nice faceless shape, bleached, dyed, and has lots of preservatives and artificial flavors added. If it doesn't eat you first or slap you then you can eat it.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Favorite Monitor For Programming?

MikeFM iMac Frankenscreens (375 comments)

Generally I just get the biggest baddest iMac as my main monitor, chain in an assortment of other monitors of different resolutions and quality, and hook my phones, tablets, and laptops to all act as additional monitors. If feeling extra geeky hook up some little screens via Arduino and maybe some projectors.

about 2 years ago
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Congress Takes Up Online Sales Tax

MikeFM Digital currency better than sales tax. (297 comments)

Why not just let the idea of sales tax die and instead create a real digital currency similar to debit cards and let the government collect those fees instead of banks. There are reasons we decided on a national currency in the first place and those points apply to digital money as well as paper money and banks sure haven't shown themselves to be all that responsible. Banks do a good job of screwing both merchants and consumers and making their digital currency very un-democratic so not only would it be good to let the government collect these fees in lieu of taxes but it'd also be easy to improve on the current situation.

about 2 years ago
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Apple In Trouble With Developers

MikeFM More money for me.. (343 comments)

Let the idiots leave. Users love free upgrades and buy lots more software (I do). That way you know the developer isn't going to pull a Microsoft on you where you keep paying just to make it work but it never does.

more than 2 years ago
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The Future of Browser Choice

MikeFM Re:Jailbreak (188 comments)

Lack of interest because Safari works just fine, follows open standards, and is updated regularly. So nobody really cares about other browsers. UI options can be offered by the many apps that use the built-in web kit for rendering.

more than 2 years ago
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Sergey Brin Says Facebook, Apple and Gov't Biggest Threats To Internet Freedom

MikeFM Re:No shit sherlock (500 comments)

It really comes down to the founders of the companies. Microsoft has taken on the personality of Bill Gates - lacks imagination, cares more about money than good products, etc. Apple has taken on the personality of Steve Jobs with a little bit of Woz thrown in - obsessive compulsive about solid products with good design, outwardly controlling but hacker friendly at heart. The reason Apple is kicking ass right now is because it does such a good job at constantly producing products that work well, look good, and don't change dramatically all the time. They may not have the highest specs at any given time but the user knows what to expect and that they can expect a pretty good device. When people say Apple is evil it just tells me they don't own any Apple products and know nothing of Apple's history. They're usually wannabe nerds that can barely use anything other than Windows and usually they think their awesome at Linux because they've managed to install the flavor of the month baby distro. They think hacking is taking a device that was expressly made for being hacked and following step by step directions. Probably they have absolutely no sense of taste either - they think their Dell Inspiron One is comparable to an iMac.

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves

MikeFM Re:no opt-out either (406 comments)

I still have my doubts about the claims that an iPhone costs $600 when a comparable iTouch costs $200.. for a 3G antennae and a better camera? And it seems I've read that the better camera doesn't cost very much more and should just be included in the iTouch too.. so how much does that 3G antennae cost?

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves

MikeFM Re:It's all the customers' fault... (406 comments)

As somebody that had an unlimited data plan for a couple years.. AT&T already has this down. My unlimited data plan on my iPad, with a solid 3G connection, struggled to pull down data fast enough to pull down a simple web page or email. So when are they going to refund money to people with unlimited plans that didn't get what they paid for?

more than 2 years ago
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RAM in my most-used personal computer:

MikeFM Re:RAM's cheap (543 comments)

All the real work takes place on my servers. I only have 12GB of RAM (of 16GB this machine takes) installed so that I don't have to clear my terminals buffer.. besides most my real interfacing takes place via my iPhone and iPad but I didn't think they counted as a PC.

more than 3 years ago
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Did Apple Impersonate Police To Recover the Lost iPhone 5?

MikeFM Re:None of it ever happened. Marketing Hype. (233 comments)

But if it were a PC company they'd have real cops dressed in shiny neon colored sexy cop outfits spouting how their software will finally make your hardware happy. C'mon people, Apple can afford to hire real cops to rough people up. And they'll make sure they look damn good while they do it - not tacky like their PC knockoffs' copycat cops.

more than 3 years ago
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Building 2011's Sub-$200 Computer

MikeFM Re: optical drive (394 comments)

Mental retardation? Of course that is explained as they are using a full-size desktop computer like some sort of Walmart shopper. I have a usb dvd drive I use for those rare times I need one.

more than 3 years ago
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Bookstores May Boycott New Amazon-Published Books

MikeFM Re:The book is in the mail (210 comments)

First Amazon replaced my local bookstores with selection. Amazingly I could actually buy the book I wanted when I wanted it. Then they were substantially cheaper. Then they could deliver within two days with free shipping. And Amazon can offer varied reviews by multiple customers and recommendations based on other customers. Of course iBooks has replaced Amazon for most fiction for me but Amazon is still my resource for non-fiction. More importantly Amazon has replaced Walmart as my goto source for just about everything else. Again because of selection, price, and the useful additional information they provide. Now what I need is a place that recycles delivery boxes.

more than 3 years ago
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Analog Designer Bob Pease Dies In Car Crash

MikeFM Re:No seatbelt (187 comments)

Maybe he should have read this book.

more than 3 years ago
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PlanetLab Creates a More Advanced Sudo

MikeFM Re:I don't need more. (153 comments)

Why would a vm for the project be annoying? What whole disk? They could look at the OS files installed I guess but there would be nothing belonging to any other project or user on there. If they change something they shouldn't you can roll it back. If you want to write data but not let them read it then write it to an external log server or a write-only disk. Complex security schemes are a lot more annoying than just properly dividing security between services.

more than 3 years ago
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PlanetLab Creates a More Advanced Sudo

MikeFM Security from a past life.. (153 comments)

I already spend more effort than I like ripping out useless security features. Every project has a virtual machine, or several, and they are isolated from each other. I don't need outdated security features that just get in the way. As it is I'd be more interested in a Linux distro that came with all that crap removed. It's been years since I used groups on a production server, I never found ACLs useful, I usually disable firewalls, filesystem permissions are a hassle far more often than they are useful, etc. Heck, the only time a real person logs into most of my systems is when something goes wrong with permissions or some other protection feature and causes a problem.

Make sure the virtualization servers are up to providing proper security between instances and from the network and then scrap all that stuff in the guest OS.

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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Demonoid is back again!

MikeFM MikeFM writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MikeFM writes "Demonoid is back online. Evidently, it wasn't shut down by the CRIA. Good news for those of us who like rare content that can't be found anywhere else. It does appear they were attacked by the CRIA though and have to block Canadian traffic."
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MikeFM MikeFM writes  |  more than 8 years ago

MikeFM writes "Has Sun and OpenOffice.org done a poor job at managing the direction of OpenOffice? Mozilla should take over. It'd be great if OpenOffice was as flexible and easy to develop for as Firefox, Thunderbird, and the other children of Mozilla. An assortment of office apps that each do one job well, intergrate well, are nice looking and easy to use, and have the features we need by default with extra features easy to add. That sounds like an office suite that could compete with Microsoft Office — something OpenOffice does a poor job of."

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Coding!

MikeFM MikeFM writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I've been working on my Shell Wizard program. It's coming along nicely. Not sure why anyone would need a way to generate shell scripts from a gui tool but it'll be a viable option very soon. Python/wxPython are great tools. Am enjoying working on this project.

I've been testing Psyco. It seems to do a great job at speeding Python up. There's only been one program I've tested it on so far that didn't seem to work right. It is a beta version though so we'll see. :)

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argh :(

MikeFM MikeFM writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Shit, shit, shit. I suck. I passed my final deadline on my contract project and I'm still not finished. I'm offering to return the money I've already taken. Things just took way to long. I let things get more and more complex and out there. I let there be to many feature requests during development. I got hung on loose threads. The main project was done in August and here five months later I've invested more time on the loose ends than I did on the 'hard stuff'.

I'm going to drop clear back to the main project and rip all these extra features out. I'll finish the project my way and then try to market it. I think I may switch from PHP to Python because PHP just isn't doing well trying to scale to so many lines of code. Also PHP is a pain because you have to send instructions for clients web providers on how to configure the required modules and you have to check all sorts of defaults to make sure your codes behavior is as expected. PHP also is to much of a moving target as the language is still evolving quite a bit.

Outline:
  Remove the crappy features.
  Switch from PHP to Python.
  Rip the last bits of UI from the backside.
  Refactor the database.
  Create a tool to ease db work.
  Create a web-based frontside.
  Create a GUI-based frontside.

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Doh!

MikeFM MikeFM writes  |  about 12 years ago

Oh look, I have a journal. If I had thoughts I guess I could write them here. Sounds sort of like one of those sappy projects my high school English teacher liked to hand out. I guess I could try though.

My status today..
1.) I'm sick - I seem to have caught the local flu bug going around.

2.) I'm tired - I slept a lot yesterday which is very unusual for me but I still feel tired. Probably because I'm sick.

3.) I'm stressed - I am still feeling like I can't keep up with my work load. Between trying to do my full time job, get my contract work done, open a store, and help my dad with the stuff he's doing I just don't have enough hours in the day. The only one I could shrug off is my own store but I'm worried of the possibility of lossing my job again and want something to fall back on.

4.) I'm lonely - Not that I have time for friends but not having any friends for 100's of miles around is rather depressing. It'd be nice just to have someone to hang out with. Someone to make me take breaks from my work.

5.) My projects kick ass - Okay the good stuff. My MediaStation project to build a system for ripping and playing back dvd is going great. I need to get some more harddrives soon to make sure I don't run out of space. I decided that I'm going to keep extending the project by adding more of these sexy little mini-itx cube systems to my network whenever I need to. Each can easily hold three 120Gb hdd's and they still cost less and take up less space than the average Wal-mart PC. The Atlantis project is still on hold until it warms up enough to be working in the water. My NomadPhone project is on hold until I get a chance to order a few ProGear tablets. With my work load one active project is probably enough though. All other programming projects are on hold until I catch up on my contract work.

Thoughts of the day..
Should I release the software I've been developing for my MediaStation? I've thought of taking RedHat and cutting out all drivers not needed for Mini-ITX hardware and all software not needed for movie playback or games. Possibly I could even remove the ripping portion of the software - the part that requires decss - and just require the user configure a Samba or NFS share on their network that they rip their movies into. Would people pay for such a mini-distro?

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