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Samsung Launches 3200x1800 Pixel ATIV Book 9 Plus Laptop

Ritchie70 crap article (397 comments)

TFA is hideous. Poorly written and says nothing really factual except that Samsung has a sexy new laptop out.

about a year ago
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Xbox One: Cloud Will Quadruple the Power, Says Microsoft

Ritchie70 Re:Does this actually work? (400 comments)

The difference with Microsoft is they already have a bunch of big freaking data centers (Azure) that they're renting out to other people, so on launch dates and other spikes, they can leverage that without it being dedicated to the Xbox.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is the User Experience Too Good?

Ritchie70 Re:Too good? I think not (397 comments)

We have some things in one of our internal products that require the user to actually type the word "YES" in a fieldnto get it to Continue.

They still manage to do it "accidentally".

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle a Colleague's Sloppy Work?

Ritchie70 Move on (332 comments)

We don't know what sort of development you're doing or diagrams you're talking about.

If they're design diagrams, why are you printing them? Spreading a diagram across "pages" is painful when you're trying to read online and have essentially infinite zoom capabilities. If he wants to do single-page diagrams in four-point font, click that little "+" or drag the slider and zoom in on the part you want to see.

Unless his code doesn't work, or someone assigned you the task of cleaning his code up, I'm not sure why you're complaining. Guess what - real world code, especially internal code, sucks.

I work on a C/Unix code base that dates back to 1986 - a time of 80286 processors and Xenix. It's grotesque. There are globals everywhere to deal with lack of stack space, it's K&R, and each programmer had their own idea of "correct" tab stops, so the first thing you do is play with that until things look like they line up in the function you're working in. It might be different elsewhere in the file.

There's code that hasn't been executed (we hope) since the early 90's, but we leave it unmolested until we're actually changing that file for other reasons. Then, and only then, do we consider carefully excising it - because if you change it, QA has to test it before it's deployed to roughly 15,000 systems scattered around the globe with poor network connectivity back to the main office.

Maybe you're not cut out for maintenance programming and dealing with someone else's code base. Most people fresh from school aren't very good at it and want to "fix" everything. I suspect that's who you are.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle a Colleague's Sloppy Work?

Ritchie70 Re:Tell him (332 comments)

That's fine in school. You and your classmate were peers with a comparatively objective "supervisor" (professor.)

This is the junior guy telling the senior guy his work is sub-par. Not likely to go as well.

about a year ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

Ritchie70 Re:Equal rights (832 comments)

Until I went back to work (was home for 10 weeks - sabbatical plus 1 week vacation plus 1 week paternity leave) I was as good or better than my wife at all of that stuff.

I no longer am because as baby changed, the person who was there all the time learns the new tricks.

It kind of sucks.

about a year ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

Ritchie70 Re:Equal rights (832 comments)

I hate the women who look at you like you're incompetent, or think of you as "babysitting", or even offer to help you with the baby.

I'm not babysitting. I'm taking care of my daughter.

I can change her diaper in under two minutes and make her happy again if she's mad in about thirty seconds. If she's really really crying it might take a full minute.

Leave us alone, nosy grocery store ladies.We're fine.

about a year ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

Ritchie70 Re:Equal rights (832 comments)

I had a reply all typed out then found yours. So I cancelled it.

Even with a c-section in the mix, my wife was in good shape after about a week. The first few days were pretty rough but c-section with some other medical issues.

I got to spend 10 weeks home at full pay thanks to sabbatical, vacation, and 1 miserly week of paternity leave. It was great and I loved feeding and changing her.

There's also this stuff called formula, it's kind of pricey but my wife needed to get back on her meds. My petite princess is doing just fine on it.

about a year ago
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Salesforce, a Pillow Maker and a $125k AmEx Bill

Ritchie70 Re:I'm impressed (228 comments)

As far as I'm concerned, you're a sucker if you're not collecting credit card points. There's no paperwork, you just use the card and points accrue. If they're Chase points, you can use them at a penny a point at Amazon with no fuss, just register the card and click on "use my points" at checkout.

Every bill that I can put on that card goes on that card, and I never pay cash if I can pay credit. I wind up hundreds of dollars a year ahead and it's just free money.

Just to be clear, I never carry a balance, and therefore never pay interest, with one exception.

We (wife and I) bought a condo for her mother to live in. About a third of that went on a cash advance on one of the cards, and we've been shuffling it around between zero interest offers as the offers expire and someone else offers zero percent for 12+ months. That money's costing us a 4% transfer fee when we transfer it, typically every 12 - 14 months, which I view as good, since it's basically impossible to get a loan against the condo thanks to Fannie and Freddie's rules. There are very few real direct lenders left, and they're not interested in "investment" properties.

(Since you're Australian, I'll explain that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are pseudo-governmental organizations that effectively control the entire mortgage industry in the US. If your loan doesn't meet their guidelines you're not getting a loan.)

about a year ago
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Salesforce, a Pillow Maker and a $125k AmEx Bill

Ritchie70 Re:IF you..... (228 comments)

For expenses of this sort, absolutely.

Minor use of the "Hey, can you pick this up at Staples?" sort isn't unreasonable.

about a year ago
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Salesforce, a Pillow Maker and a $125k AmEx Bill

Ritchie70 Re:I'm impressed (228 comments)

My total credit card limit (across multiple cards) is somewhere in excess of $100K.

That's a couple in the mid 30's then a few more in the 10 - 15 range.

The cards actually in my wallet total maybe $30K, not counting the company "green AmEx". I have no idea what limit might be on that. It hasn't been used in years.

about a year ago
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A Glimpse of a Truly Elastic Cloud

Ritchie70 Re:A runtime system is an OS (201 comments)

Of course there's hardware. There's always hardware. Computer software runs on hardware. There isn't some magic Star Trek alien cloud of pure energy where it runs. It's chips and circuit boards.

Unless you are running applications directly on real actual hardware you have an OS. Just because you call the application isolation mechanism a "virtual machine running under a hypervisor" instead of a "program running under an operating system" doesn't mean they're fundamentally different things.

It's just a matter of semantics as to what you call it. Apparently the current fashion is to call a new OS a hypervisor instead of an OS. Probably because it's easier to sell people on a new hyervisor than it is to sell them on a new OS when we already have so many of those.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?

Ritchie70 Re:I have two young kids (635 comments)

I'm with you except maybe pull ups. Depending on arm length and body type that can take a LOT of strength.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?

Ritchie70 Re:I have two young kids (635 comments)

Hahah.

True though. My daughter's around 30 pounds and I have visible arm muscles now that I never had in my life.

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

Ritchie70 Re:Easy (418 comments)

"teenaged" was generous. He's a few months shy of 12. The talk was more about how

* I'm sorry that the filtering software apparently broke and let him see all that stuff, because he really isn't ready for it (and he isn't. He's very immature.)
* I can see everything he searches for and every web site he goes to.
* the general internet isn't a good source for actual information about sex and bodies and so forth.
* the filter WILL still let him do "safe" google image search, so he can probably still see scantily clad women and maybe the occasional body part that slips past, and I won't give him grief about those searches - in other words, go ahead and search for "hot ladies" but not "5th grade girls having lesbian sex" or "ladies shitting in the snow".
* anything he wants to know he can ask me and I won't mock him and I will come up with a good answer
* Don't do this sort of thing with his friends - he's a year behind in school, so he's older than his friends, so if they get caught he's going to get blamed.
* and finally, the mechanics of the sex act (at the "tab A fits into slot B" level) which he claimed was news to him, despite clearly having seen more pornography than I saw before I was about 25.

It was generally hideous for all involved, which may be sufficient to keep him out of it for a while.

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

Ritchie70 Easy (418 comments)

1. Install logmein (logmein.com) - the free edition is just fine.
2. Make your mom a standard user. Non-administrator.
3. Create an "Admin" account. Do NOT tell her the password.

It's working so far for my mother-in-law. Her old computer was so badly infested that I just gave up and gave her one of my spares. (She had no reload media.)

Now, even with her teen grandson surfing porn (yes, I caught him at it, yes, we had a long talk about it but I doubt he's stopped) it seems to be clean.

She has Windows 7. Maybe it won't work as well with XP.

about a year ago
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Why Working Remotely Needs To Make a Comeback

Ritchie70 Re:Noisy annoying environment (455 comments)

Just the only child still living here, not the only child. Big brother is over 21.

about a year ago
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Why Working Remotely Needs To Make a Comeback

Ritchie70 Re:Noisy annoying environment (455 comments)

I have one child (almost 10 months old.)

When working from home, I work in the same general area of the house as where she and my wife are playing, watching TV, reading, and doing all that other stuff you do with a baby. I change most of her diapers while I'm there, and sometimes I take a meeting or do work with her sitting on my lap happily burbling away and grabbing at the keyboard.

And I'm still more productive than when stuck in my dismal, 1989 cubicle. (It really is that old; I found the manufacturer's sticker inside the cabinet.)

Some of it is workplace noise. Some of it is that I can wear t-shirt and jeans, or shorts if it's warm, and no socks or shoes. Some of it is that I'm just happier with my family than without them.

I'm trying to train my workplace that they don't need to see me more than once a week. I think I'm slowly getting there. My boss doesn't care so long as the work gets done, but higher up the food chain it gets stickier.

about a year ago
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The Internet Archive To Pay Salaries Partly In Bitcoin, Requests Donations

Ritchie70 Re:You guessed wrong. (181 comments)

Your time is a cost in your business as well. It's usually paid for out of the business one way or another, whether by explicitly taking pay or by taking profits. It's just easier to talk about tangible stuff as expenses.

about a year ago
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The Internet Archive To Pay Salaries Partly In Bitcoin, Requests Donations

Ritchie70 Re:I pay employees partly in high quality scrap st (181 comments)

Wow. You are a total asshole.

If they can get enough money at the scrap yard for it to matter to their life, you are wasting their time by not taking the scrap yourself and giving them money.

Only the working poor would put up with this shit. Do you think poor people have nothing better to do with their time? With their gasoline than drive to the scrap yard?

Sell the scrap yourself and give them a raise. Maybe even pay them a living wage so they don't have to fuck around trying to make ends meet.

And I say again, ASSHOLE.

about a year and a half ago

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Interview Gary Johnson

Ritchie70 Ritchie70 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Ritchie70 (860516) writes "A former Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson is running (uphill!) for the Republican nomination for president of the US. He's the kind of guy who will talk to anyway — he did a live online interview with Pagan media — and he tells people what he thinks. He won't lie to you to get your vote. I think he'd be an interesting interviewee, especially for the Libertarian-leaning Slashdotters."
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SCO says GNU doesn't have a license

Ritchie70 Ritchie70 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I was browsing SCO's website trying to figure out development tool options for SCO OpenServer 5.0.6 (I know, I know) and stumbled across this.

It describes one of the three options for OpenServer 5.0.7 as:

  • GNU Development Tools, located on the SCO OpenServer base CD-ROM, is intended for the development of new applications, including Open Source-based code. This kit includes the GNU compilers, debugger, object tools, and other Open Source tools. These tools are license-free.

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