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NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

Mr. McGibby Re:mask NM (164 comments)

I don't think the OP was making that point. I think he was saying that it's not so tightly coupled with everything else that it can't be removed without losing all kinds of unrelated functionality. I think it was a reference to the systemd fiasco.

about a month ago

Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

Mr. McGibby Re:We can do that thing you like (230 comments)

Typical MS. They just love create stuff in which other people can do stuff, instead of just doing the stuff. Can they create a package mangement tool? NO! They have to do something on top of that. For the love of pete, just *do* something. Stop doing stuff that allows other people to do stuff (that they will never do).

about 2 months ago

Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

Mr. McGibby Re:Right buddy... (365 comments)

No, he hasn't bothered, which I understand. He's got a lot of work to do and a lot of people around him who are telling him that his approach is the right one. That doesn't mean it is.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Mr. McGibby Get on the right track (548 comments)

Once you've got experience in one language, technology, or area, it can be hard to get out of it. Employers look for people that already have experience in the field. If your first job isn't what you envision yourself doing for the rest of your life, then make efforts to get experience doing the things you want to do. Most any programming experience is worthwhile, but once you feel you've learned what you can, find another job.

about 5 months ago

Blizzard Wins Legal Battle Against WoW Bot Company

Mr. McGibby Re:Bottable == boring IMO (285 comments)

I don't think you know what NP-Hard means.

about a year ago

China Has a Massive Windows XP Problem

Mr. McGibby Re:EOL a product to force new sales? (520 comments)

Then release the code so that someone else can do it. Even releasing to another company who would start charging for updates would make more sense than this.

about a year and a half ago

The Pentagon's Seven Million Lines of Cobol

Mr. McGibby Re:How did the military pay during WW2? (345 comments)

That's why most places outsource this stuff. It's a huge expense to do it yourself and economies of scale make sense to have entire companies devoted to just that one job.

Maybe the Pentagon should outsource to them then.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Getting Hired As a Self-Taught Old Guy?

Mr. McGibby Re:What is your point? (472 comments)

Yes, you can learn everything you learn in college without going to college. It's not strictly necessary. But it helps. I get tired of hearing that my degree was a big fat waste of time when I could've just learned stuff by reading it online. The reality is that if you go a a decent school, you *will* learn a lot. And that degree does mean something. It means that compared to some other guy without one, you're more likely to know what you're talking about.

about a year and a half ago

Hospital Resorts To Cameras To Ensure Employees Wash Hands

Mr. McGibby Re:I loathe the medical "profession" (273 comments)

Yup, you've only given us proof that doctors don't give a shit about patients.

There's a cap placed on residency hours per week and hours in a row, now. Yes, it's sometimes broken, but it's a lot better than 20 years ago. And, no, it's not routine practice to fake your timesheets. Or at least where I trained ~15 years ago, and not in the training program I assist overseeing. That being said, in some subspecialty fellowships I wouldn't doubt that it's more common to do this -- But they do this to gain more experience as you may only get a once in a decade experience if you stay on call and extra 2 hours. Who would deprive themselves that?

A doctor who gives a shit about patients would deprive himself of that, because your training time is not more important than the patient.

Penmanship is not taught in medical school. But electronic perscriptions are becoming more commonplace in the last few years (both on the outpatient and inpatient sides). And the last couple decades have brought on more responsibility of the patient to know what they are taking. The outpatient medication errors are the combined fault of the physician, the pharmacist, and the patient.

Your excuse is that penmanship isn't taught in medical school? SERIOUSLY?!? Penmanship is taught in elementary school and if doctors gave a shit about patients, then they'd use the training they got when they were ten years old and write properly.

I wouldn't say that anyone routinely operates on the wrong body part. But mistakes do happen. It's now standard of care to do a "time out" with the patient, nurse, and physician all in the operating room to agree on the patient's name, date of birth, and procedure to be performed before any sedation is administered or incisions are performed. But I once had a patient respond to a different name who expected to have the same procedure performed. Fortunately he was tripped up by the date of birth.

Oh good. The patient fixed your problem for you. That's wonderful. We're paying you out the nose and you come up with a system that somehow blames the patient for mistakes. I am so sick and tired of this, "The patient needs to take responsibility for their care." bullshit. When I take my car to the mechanic, they take responsibility for fixing the damn car. My mother is moderately mentally ill and I'm constantly annoyed by doctors who constantly ask her what her medical history is. She'll make shit up because she's embarrassed that she doesn't know. I've told doctors this, but no one tries to pass along this information to the next doctor. It's somehow *her* fault when the information isn't correct. Get a computer. Take some notes. Do something to help the patient. Remember that's your job.

As for washing hands, that's a culture change. My hospital has random people anonymously assigned to watch people enter and leave patient rooms to make sure we always wash in and out. (The people are people that work on the floors anyway.) A couple verbal warnings and suddenly everyone's compliant. No need for technology.

The OP point is still valid. If medical professionals cared about their patients, then all this big brother nonsense wouldn't be necessary.

And the younger generation of physicians are more humble. But that's also because they tread medicine as more of a job and less of a calling. I guess you can't get everything. :-(

Are you saying that humbler doctors would be a problem? Seriously? Doctors are so fucking full of themselves already that it's hard to tell them anything they don't want to hear. Guess what, to the rest of us, medicine *is* a job. You're a glorified car mechanic. It's funny that I find most car mechanics have better skills at diagnostics than more doctors do. As the patient, it isn't my *job* to fix my body. It's your *job*.

about a year and a half ago

Immigration Reform May Spur Software Robotics

Mr. McGibby Software Robotics?!? (146 comments)

I think that's called software. No robotics needed.

about a year and a half ago

Nearest Alien Planet Gets New Name

Mr. McGibby Re:Total bullshit (185 comments)

If the IAU can't get off their collective asses and start doing their job properly, then they'll soon find themselves outvoted by the likes of Uwingu who are going to do it for them. The IAU only has the position it has because they did a good job of gaining consensus until recently with the whole Pluto fiasco. And if you don't think that was a fiasco, then you don't know enough about it. If they screw up exoplanet naming, then people are going to start looking to someone else or just ignore the IAU. Nobody wants that, so perhaps the IAU should stop acting like entitled pricks and do their damn job.


about 2 years ago

Qt 5.1 Adds Android and iOS Support

Mr. McGibby Re:Not native (81 comments)

A particular developer's inability to use Qt properly to create native-looking apps on each platform, that's hardly Qt's fault. You can get the native printing icon if that's what you want, but this developer clearly didn't bother to do it properly. Creating cross-platform apps isn't magic. That's what Java wanted to do, but it's just plain impossible. You are going to have to occasionally be aware of the quirks on each platform you're targeting. An occasional #ifdef OSX or whatever is going to be necessary if you want your app to look great. Qt doesn't purport to allow you to write your code on one platform and magically having it look fantastic on all the other platforms. It *does* purport to allow you do that by spending a little time to tweak things. Nothing you mentioned isn't fixable using Qt. But it can't do everything for you because the platforms are different, by definition.

about 2 years ago

Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox

Mr. McGibby Re:Not me (124 comments)

That's fine. Plenty of people are doing it already. So nobody that matters really cares what you think.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Best To Set Up a Parent's PC?

Mr. McGibby Chrome Remote Desktop (418 comments)

Super easy to use for both sides. Easy enough that you can pawn off some of the IT help to other members of the family.

about 2 years ago

Thousands of Publicly Accessible Printers Searchable On Google

Mr. McGibby Re: Not thousands, more like 73 (192 comments)

No, those are the actual number of results. 86500 is an estimate that Google comes up with so it doesn't have to figure out the exact number on the first page. If you include the omitted results then you get 73 unique results.

about 2 years ago

Thousands of Publicly Accessible Printers Searchable On Google

Mr. McGibby Not thousands, more like 73 (192 comments)

Just because google says *about* 86,500 results, doesn't mean that it's going to *actually* have that. You'd think someone who can search google that well would know this. If you go to the end of the search query, it's 73 results.

about 2 years ago

Secession Petitions Flood White House Website

Mr. McGibby Re:If there was a Bad at Math Map... (1163 comments)

Third party candidates are a fantasy. Either fix the system so they have any chance of winning, or just stop spewing this nonsense.

more than 2 years ago



Nokia workers walk out in protest

Mr. McGibby Mr. McGibby writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Mr. McGibby (41471) writes ""After the announcement of the partnership between Nokia and Microsoft this morning workers voiced their concern with the deal by walking out of Nokia facilities. It is believed that as many as a thousand workers marched out today (or took the day off using flex time) so that the company would know that they don’t believe the partnership is in their best interest, even after CEO’ Stephen Elop’s startlingly frank “burning platform” memo earlier this week.""
Link to Original Source

Fractal Table Made with Rapid Prototyping

Mr. McGibby Mr. McGibby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mr. McGibby writes "While not truly a fractal by mathematical standards, this fractal table by designer Wertel Oberfell has got to be one of the coolest uses of fractal mathematics I've seen yet. As described by the designer, "Fractal Table is a table piece which derives from studies into fractal growth patterns. Treelike stems grow into smaller branches until they get very dense towards the top. Fractal Table, developed by Platform Wertel Oberfell together with Matthias Bär, is impossible to manufacture unless rapid prototyped.""
Link to Original Source

Mr. McGibby Mr. McGibby writes  |  about 8 years ago

Mr. McGibby writes "Astronomers have proposed an improved method of searching for intelligent extraterrestrial life using instruments like one now under construction in Australia. The Low Frequency Demonstrator (LFD) of the Mileura Wide-Field Array (MWA), a facility for radio astronomy, theoretically could detect Earth-like civilizations around any of the 1,000 nearest stars. The original paper describes the details."



Mr. McGibby Mr. McGibby writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Being the family "computer guy", I somehow got assigned the task of getting the family web site going. No, not just my little family, but the whole extended family.

Well, I just signed up for a real ISP, which gives me some 100MB of web space. Enough for whatever crap my family wants to upload. Problem is that all the pre-done web-site stuff like PHP-Nuke requires an SQL database. Something that costs $5 more a month. Sorry, I don't want to pay this.

Anyone know of something like PHP-Nuke that doesn't use an SQL db? I'd like to find something that uses files only.


Doopy Doo

Mr. McGibby Mr. McGibby writes  |  more than 11 years ago

So, my boss is out of town today, so I thought I would start writing in this silly /. journal.

I've been trying to work with gnu make to get it to do more than just compile code and link it in the right order. I've been trying to use it to update the genetics data that I work with. So I'm trying to do some things that I don't think that make was designed to do. Like creating implicit rules that can use more than a single pattern.

See, you can write an implicit rule like this to make a .out from a .in file:

%.out : %.in
                  do something...

But alas, if you want to do anything a little more complicated, like use a regular expression for the pattern match, then you're out of luck. Sorry.

I've been toying with some ideas for updating make while keeping backwards compatibility. Since I don't think that using more than one % is allowed in the target, then I'm thinking one could use two or more %s for delimiting a regular expression.

Like this:

bn%_Q(\w+)_DB(\w+)%.txt : $(rem1).nt $(rem2).db
              do some stuff...

So that $(rem1) would be the first match in the R.E. and $(rem2) would be the second.

Who knows.

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