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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

PJ6 take a cue from the Catholics (309 comments)

Sit, stand, kneel. A simple way to keep the rabble comfortable for those awfully long Latin masses. I worked out that they were onto something one day when I decided I needed to do more than sit all day. Now I sit, stand, and kneel (kneeling chair) at an adjustable desk. I even cross myself when I feel particularly silly.

2 days ago

How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

PJ6 Re:What DevOps movement? (225 comments)

I mean it's a great opportunity, but whoever employed you ought to have had their heads examined letting you take all that responsibility (and risk) like that.

I finished the last revision nearly a decade ago. Haven't touched it since, and it's still running today.

3 days ago

How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

PJ6 What DevOps movement? (225 comments)

I had a job where I did everything once, wrote a full-blown ERP system for hundreds of users, all by myself. Everything. Though I was salaried, sometimes I worked whole weekends, or to 2 in the morning - not because I had to, but because I wanted to. No politics, no being just a cog in a machine, no project management, no BS. Just me and code, giving people what they needed and making their jobs easier. It was my dream job, my first and best job, and I've never had anything like it since.

This DevOps movement the author speaks of... I've never seen it, not in all the years I've looked to find it again. He may complain that it's bad, bad for the industry, but I would take it in a heartbeat.

Is that what I was, a DevOp? I miss it so much I can taste it.

4 days ago

Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

PJ6 Solving the wrong problem. (341 comments)

Enough of this talk of efficiency and carbon neutrality and environmentalism - in the long run none of these measures will do jack shit for the real problem.

Environmental catastrophe is not inevitable. Developed for god knows what reason, we've had the solution for years. Terrible, but costs almost nothing, and more humane than war.

Mark my words we shall see this come to pass, since restraint is against everyone's moral and religious views.

5 days ago

Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

PJ6 no mention of Flash games? Kongregate, anyone? (181 comments)

Most of the games there - even the very best of them - are totally free, and never ask users for money.

I feel the author is offering up his own kind of snobbery.

about two weeks ago

Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

PJ6 Re:Give 'em your Kool-Aid (226 comments)

Time was - companies like this would give this sort of stuff away to get [younger] people hooked on these technologies. Would Microsoft want to get kids hooked into nice wholesome activities like MS-SQL, C#, .net or VB - or let them pick up stuff like LAMP an Python from their friends on the street.

Giving the stuff away is a way to groom the next up-and-coming generation into drinking your Kool-Aid. If they don't do this - they have only themselves to blame when the next generation grows up to be FOSS zellots...

No, sir, and LAMP doesn't have any of its own Kool-Aid drinkers.

That shitty database MySQL...

And f*ck Python.

Actually, Python's great. Lots of brilliant work posted to Project Euler in Python. Just... scripting languages aren't the greatest for large, real applications that change. Especially if you don't want to have to cover absolutely everything with unit tests.

Yeah LAMP is used everywhere, but it's overrated.

about two weeks ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

PJ6 Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

How long is your commute?

Download Paradise Lost onto your phone and have a listen while you're driving to pass the time. Start with Book 4, Part 2.

I'm not religious, but Milton was highly intelligent and gave a lot of thought to questions like these; I found his work interesting and highly entertaining.

You like Tolkien, right? Milton's work is the great-grandaddy of Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, and every bit as good.

about two weeks ago

Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

PJ6 sounds like meaningless finger-wagging to me (218 comments)

And that's not behavior fit for a company that's poised to take over the future

What does 'poised to take over the future' mean, exactly? And on who's authority is 'fit behavior' defined?

Not yours, I'd wager.

about two weeks ago

The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

PJ6 A more interesting question is (400 comments)

what will happen when everyone not only has the ability to manufacture everything they need, but also an inexhaustible and independent source of power?

Hint: it ends very, very badly.

about three weeks ago

Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

PJ6 I think they'll lose to Facebook (162 comments)

As much as their purchase of Oculus Rift bothered me, I think I can see where it's going now.

Some day, everyone will have a VR camera on their cellphones or Google Glass. Yahoo will try to catch up, but it won't matter.

about three weeks ago

Toward Better Programming

PJ6 I see a lot of ligitimate critisism (391 comments)

for the article, but the basic premise is correct; major steps remain to make programming better, improvements that cannot simply be dismissed as adding training wheels for the unskilled.

For example - code may remain text-based, but it desperately needs to be decoupled from the file system.

about three weeks ago

Toward Better Programming

PJ6 Re:Balance (391 comments)

Better tools and languages just allow bad programmers to create more bad code.

No, this just isn't true.

Toolset deficiencies negatively impact good and bad programmers alike. The old argument "I'm good so they don't affect my productivity" is just a fallacy.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

PJ6 Project Euler (373 comments)

Many solutions posted there are masterful examples of elegance in programming. Some are so good they may change the way you think about code.

But to see them, you actually have to care enough to solve the problems yourself first.

about three weeks ago

Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

PJ6 what about "2x HPUS" products? (173 comments)

What I find more confusing is that I know of at least two products labelled "homeopathic" that actually work because they contain real medicine at resonable concentrations ("2x HPUS", or even "1xHPUS"). ZICAM contains zinc glycine glucconate, which had been proven in double-blind clinical trials to reduce the severity and length of a common cold (and I can attest to this from personal experience), and Arnica gel, which contains a powerful anti-inflammatory extracted from a plant. Another product that I know from personal experience that actually works pretty damn well.

Can someone explain to me why the FDA thinks is OK to label real medicine "homeopathic"? And why would a company chose to label real medicine "homeopathic", when it's likely to put off people who know that homeopathy is bunk?

about three weeks ago

Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

PJ6 Re:I've heard that government moves slowly... (299 comments)

These people have access to all the modern conveniences via their jobs. They have chosen not to learn anything about them which would be O.K. if it wasn't critical to their job performance.

Actually the SCOTUS has shown they are more than willing to learn about something required for them to do their jobs.

Go back a few years when they had a specific case about video games and free speech in 2011. They set up a lab and played the ultra-violent games for a few days, both online and off, to help make a decision. (All of them agreed with the free speech, two dissented saying it was not regulating speech, but was regulating the sale of products.)

Historically the judges have been willing to get their hands dirty and view the gritty details when they are called to review them for a case. They have traveled to remote locations, dug through physical evidence, and gotten their hands dirty. They may not be hardcore gamers or telecom experts, but when it comes to ruling on the law they are making determinations based on the exact wording on the law. Such a decision can be made based on reviewing the facts, reviewing details provided by experts, and looking at the specific items enough to satisfy their opinions.

... which makes the shocking naïveté they've shown in certain opinions pertaining to campaign finance even more unsettling.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

PJ6 young people: anything that's not web is "legacy" (247 comments)

You know, some people still have to write real applications.

There's a whole crop of big internal LOB web applications that are showing serious aging problems since they only work with older browser types. As they're being chucked at great cost, it's been getting easier and easier to convince people that desktop apps are better - you get a higher quality, more stable UI, and they don't just randomly break with browser upgrades.

I wrote a fairly large (100KLOC+) LOB .NET application in 2002, and it's still running without issue today. If it only ran in a browser it would have been scrapped long ago.

.NET is alive and well, and business for desktop apps is picking up.

about a month ago

Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds

PJ6 let's get rid of SPED mandates first (231 comments)

I asked my teachers to teach me advanced math in grade school. They didn't like it, it was a 'problem' because it would take up too much time and resources. Extra time and resources already spent in copious amounts on a couple of retards. One grew up to be that guy you see picking his nose while he bags your groceries.

about a month and a half ago

Merlin's Magic: The Inside Story of the First Mobile Game

PJ6 Sorry but... (60 comments)

mobile games have been around for thousands of years. Did you mean to say 'electronic'?

about a month and a half ago


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