Beta

Slashdot: News for Nerds

×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Nutria Re:user error (708 comments)

The economy can adapt to the needs of the environment and our aggregate needs as a people.

Sure it can adapt, by shipping jobs to un- (or bogo-)regulated China.

about two weeks ago
top

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Nutria Re:Useless coins (753 comments)

When the one was changed to a coin it took the spot that the single occupied

But since the US never stopped making the $1 bill nor penny, there's no room for the $2 bill not $1 coin.

about two weeks ago
top

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Nutria Re:Useless coins (753 comments)

Apparently USians don't like them.

Merchants don't like them because there's no room in the cash drawer. Same with the $1 coin.

Get ride of the penny and $1 bill and there would be room for the $1 coin and $2 bill.

about two weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

Nutria Re:Solaris not well supported by OSS toolchain (183 comments)

What happens instead is that people latch on to some irrelevant detail in your context

Maybe I just work in an area of IT where such Aspergers jerks are minimal.

about two weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

Nutria Re:Solaris not well supported by OSS toolchain (183 comments)

How you should use shaders...

"My hands are tied. Even though I want to use OpenGL 3.x, I can't. The specs say OpenGL 1. So, can you help me with OpenGL 1 or not?"

I was a programmer, and now I'm a DBA. When I ask for help, people understand that -- for example -- when I say "the machine runs SQL Server 2008R2" that there's zero chance of upgrading to v2012 or v2014 just to solve one itsy problem: there's too much effort involved in QAing a huge production environment.

about two weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

Nutria Re:Solaris not well supported by OSS toolchain (183 comments)

Why do people always as WHY someone wants something?!

Excellent question, young Padawan.

People often ask for help, assuming an answer and thus embedding it in the question. The experienced helper asks probing questions to see what the asker really wants, and then asks that question. When you're older, you'll understand.

In this case specifically, embedded development typically requires specific "non-consumer" I/O requirements that little hobbyist systems just don't support. Thus, saying BeagleBoard or Udoo or RaspberryPi would steer him wrong.

OTOH, maybe he just doesn't know WTF "embedded" really means and is just tossing out the buzzword du jure, when a used laptop would serve his needs much better.

So, we ask probing questions.

about two weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

Nutria Solaris not well supported by OSS toolchain (183 comments)

It's my understanding that "install a bunch of gnu tools" is the first thing that many Solaris sysadmins do on a new system.

Anyway, why do you need a low-power ARM system? The description heading mentions "embedded", but your description mentions irrelevant stuff like Solaris, but not the important stuff like what sort of embedded work you'll be doing: industrial control, point-of-sale, sensor monitoring, etc, etc ad nauseum.

about two weeks ago
top

Wireless Contraception

Nutria Re:Hormones screw up women's bodies to much. (302 comments)

Otherwise, it IS my business so long as I'm paying for YOUR elected activities with MY tax dollars/

You're replying to a post that doesn't mention who pays for it.

Morons. I'm surrounded by fucking morons; literally!!!

Then why aren't you finding new people to surround yourself with?

about two weeks ago
top

Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

Nutria Re:Bah humbug. (415 comments)

a bad intermediate language

It, like COBOL, is only bad if you make it bad. (Shelly & Cashman -- may their non-existent souls burn in non-existent Hell for all eternity! -- made COBOL bad. Real experts in the language showed me how good and capable it (even the much maligned COBOL-74) the language. -85 was even better.)

about two weeks ago
top

Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

Nutria Bah humbug. (415 comments)

I like Python, but BASIC on a C-64 VM is what they should first learn.

No need to become an expert in it; maybe just 1/2 of a semester. But with line numbers analogous to memory addresses, GOTO essentially a branch, and GOSUB like subr, they'd get a better sense of what is actually happening in the "h/w", before going to a super-HLL like Python.

about two weeks ago
top

Wireless Contraception

Nutria Re:Hormones screw up women's bodies to much. (302 comments)

You think that they get funding from poor people?

Government, you ninny.

Anyway, I was being facetious, since the number of poor people is rising.

about two weeks ago
top

Wireless Contraception

Nutria Re:Hormones screw up women's bodies to much. (302 comments)

Planned Parenthood chipping up as many poor people as they can, perhaps?

But that would reduce the Democrat Party's base, thus reducing PP's funding. (MOAR illegal immigration!)

about two weeks ago
top

ESA Shows Off Quadcopter Landing Concept For Mars Rovers

Nutria Re:YALC (104 comments)

How many of these does the public have to fund before NASA admits

For how many years do you have to go back to school before you understand that ESA != NASA?

about two weeks ago
top

ESA Shows Off Quadcopter Landing Concept For Mars Rovers

Nutria Re:European Probes (104 comments)

Being a European probe, once landed it will ...

Moan and bitch about Spirit & Opportunity spying on it, while in turn spying on economically valuable sectors of Spirit & Opportunity.

about two weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

Nutria Re:Job Hopping (282 comments)

what I care about is whether the applicant's skills are a match for what I need to get done.

I'd bet a dime that GP has a large code base to be maintained, whereas your team in writing lots of new apps which don't need lots of specialized application knowledge.

about three weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

Nutria Re:We can thank corporate America (282 comments)

Corporate America took this from us

I just "celebrated" 20 years with the same division (though it's been sold a time or two). Started as a programmer but have been a DBA for 15 years. It's been a pretty good place to work, especially since I've been telecommuting for 14 of them.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

Nutria hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

Nutria has no journal entries.

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...