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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

NikeHerc off chance (267 comments)

I have been a huge supporter of Linux since I brought up my first Linux box in September of 1996. I sneaked Linux onto the raised floor of a multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 company in about 1998. By the time I left that job, RHEL was the preferred O.S. with well over 200 (virtual + physical) systems in use.

On the off chance that someone in a position of authority over Linux development reads this, you people are cutting your own throats with lunacy such as systemd and networkmanager.

Like the original poster, I am starting to look for alternatives to Linux.

about 2 months ago

Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

NikeHerc missed opportunity (194 comments)

Toyota should have named it Hindenberg.

Oh, wait...

about 2 months ago

"Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At Age 77

NikeHerc funniest bit (82 comments)

From years ago. Caller: "My car quit without any warning."

One of the brothers: "What did you expect, a post card?"

Still cracks me up years later. You guys were great.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Works On Windows For ARM-Based Servers

NikeHerc ms hasn't decided... (113 comments)

Microsoft "hasn't yet decided whether to make the software commercially available."

Microsoft, get back to me when you decide to make it commercially available and I'll decide whether I want it.

Chances are I won't.

about 3 months ago

Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

NikeHerc good for them! (442 comments)

BBT is very nearly the only thing on tv that isn't totally worthless. Sturgeon's Law ("90 percent of *everything* is crap") especially applies to Hollywood.

about 6 months ago

Japan To Launch a Military Space Force In 2019

NikeHerc Mitsubishi A6M (150 comments)

If you find an A6M on your tail and you have the maneuverability advantage, turn sharp right. If you don't have the maneuverability advantage, don't try to dogfight, make a steep dive, get away, rejoin the fight.

about 6 months ago

The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting

NikeHerc Prediction is very difficult... (63 comments)

Niels Bohr famously said, "Prediction is very difficult, especially of the future." I think he was on target, even factoring in possible facetiousness.

about 6 months ago

The World's Best Living Programmers

NikeHerc SDS/XDS Fortran IV compiler authors (285 comments)

Several of us were talking recently about the SDS/XDS Fortran IV compiler. If my memory is correct, Steve Hartman (not sure of the spelling) and Buzz O'Gard (not sure of this spelling either) were the authors. I would definitely nominate them as the best programmers, along with whoever wrote the MetaSymbol assembler.

In addition to a number of amazing features, Fortran IV had the first Easter egg I ever saw, a funny compiler message that came out if you used a GO TO JAIL statement.

about 7 months ago

FCC Proposal To Limit Access To 5725-5850 MHz Band

NikeHerc Re:So who is behind this? (112 comments)

... on my local cable system, The Weather Channel has been replaced by the lamer WeatherNation...

There's something lamer than the Weather Channel? Hard to imagine. It was ok (exception noted below) before they tried to be the next Today show, now it's approaching worthless. I don't want endless moronic, idle chitchat, I want the weather.

Exception: whoever thought it was a good idea for the Wx Channel to broadcast all the idiotic reality crap needs to go back to the janitorial crew.

about 7 months ago

Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better

NikeHerc wrong dept. (121 comments)

This was from the "beatings-continued-until-morale-improved" dept. It should have been from the "tremendous-grasp-of-the-obvious" dept.

about 7 months ago

IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

NikeHerc jail time (682 comments)

Somebody needs to go to jail for mishandling this situation. Our government has gotten way, way out of control.

about 7 months ago

NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law

NikeHerc orphan (245 comments)

This reminds me of the story of the kid who murdered his parents, then threw himself on the mercy of the court because he was an orphan.

We have (or at least had) a Constitution to protect citizens from governmental abuses of this nature.

about 8 months ago

Become a Linux Kernel Hacker and Write Your Own Module

NikeHerc Re:GOTOs (143 comments)


The koblents.com link is an interesting read and using a goto may actually be valid inside an o.s. Having said that, after having written a significant number of tens of thousands of lines of C (most of which was outside the kernel), I still have never used a goto and I don't plan to.

about 8 months ago

Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

NikeHerc Re:Not "important work" (422 comments)

... "spreadsheets should not be used for work that's not suitable for spreadsheets".

I previously worked for a multi-billion dollar, multi-national company that everyone has heard of. They did the goofiest things imaginable with spreadsheets and thought they were providing us tools. It was similar to using jello to build a hundred foot tall tower.

As someone else wrote, most people who build spreadsheets have no business building spreadsheets.

I often convert the things to plain text files so I can use Unix or Linux tools such as grep, awk, less, and others.

about 8 months ago

One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

NikeHerc not good enough (230 comments)

Good Enough For Government Work In 1983 isn't good enough, even for government work.

In the mid- to late-70s, our XDS Sigma computers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SDS_Sigma_series) were doing everything online (unless you really wanted to do it offline for some reason). As many as 16 offline ("batch") jobs ran at one time with (in our environment) about 60 to 70 online users. And this was with one CPU and two megabytes (yes, 2MB) of memory.

People knew how to code operating systems well with few resources back in those days.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

NikeHerc Re:worth reading (285 comments)

I forgot one: Quest is an excellent magazine devoted to the history of spaceflight. Highly recommended.

about 9 months ago



Lowell Observatory crowd-sources refurbishment of 24" Clark telescope

NikeHerc NikeHerc writes  |  about 2 years ago

NikeHerc (694644) writes "On March 13, the 158th birthday of Percival Lowell, Lowell Observatory [http://www.lowell.edu/] in Flagstaff, Arizona, announced a crowd-sourced campaign to raise $256,718.50 to refurbish the 117-year old 24" Clark telescope and its dome.

For much of its history, the Clark telescope was involved with research, beginning with Percival Lowell's perception of Martian canals and oases. V.M. Slipher's spectrographic observations through the Clark telescope in the early 20th century contributed to the discovery of the expansion of the universe.

As the "Restore The Clark" Campaign Launch [http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/restore-the-clark] notes, "In the 1960s, a team of scientists and artists used the Clark Telescope to create detailed maps of the moon in support of America's manned voyages to the moon."

Help restore the Clark!"


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