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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Smallpond Re:COBOL (385 comments)

Every language is influenced by Lisp.

about two weeks ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

Smallpond Re:So you're cheating (173 comments)

I blame all that mercurochrome my mom put on my cuts when I was little.

about two weeks ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

Smallpond Re:Tax breaks for Unions too? (246 comments)

While we're at it let's eliminate the deduction for mortgage payments. Why are we preferring homeowners over renters? Homeowners tend to be the ones with kids who use more resources. That makes as much sense as disallowing payments required to hold a job.

about two weeks ago
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Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

Smallpond Re:No thanks (326 comments)

Have you noticed that Stallman only has power to the extent that people agree with him? That he has no means of enforcing anything other than by making a convincing argument? His highway has less tolls than any alternative.

about two weeks ago
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Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

Smallpond Re:Stevenson estate (137 comments)

... or the Grimm brothers, or Hans Christian Andersen. In fact is Disney any different than Deadmau5? Most of what they made it big on was other people's work.

about two weeks ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

Smallpond Re:citizens united protects cyborgs (206 comments)

Yes, there are no gray areas at all. If it's implanted inside you then its part of you, and if its separate then its not. Oh, wait. A diabetes monitor has an implanted sensor and an external battery pack, so which is it? Can I search the data on it to find out where you've been or what you've been doing or not? Does it matter whether its microchip is inside or outside?

about two weeks ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

Smallpond Re: But is it reaslistic? (369 comments)

The well-known terrorist organization Aqua Teen Hunger Force shut down the city of Boston in 2007 with just some boards with blinky lights.

about three weeks ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Smallpond Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

That's really cool, but why are you running the new browser instead of Mosaic?

about a month ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Smallpond Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

What's broken exactly?

Software has bugs and occationally they crash. I'm not an expert GNU/Linux system administrator by any means, and I've lost count of the amount of times when I simply wanted to just find a way to make the init system restart a service automatically when it crashes. This is trivial with Systemd, you just set Restart=on-failure in the service file and it's done. No need to write error-prone shell scripts or fiddle with run levels. It just works and it's well documented.

Straight out of Windows. Write buggy software. It's ok if it crashes once in a while because we can just restart it.

Also straight out of Windows. Make everything into one big integrated binary instead of something that you can see into or hack on.

about a month ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Smallpond Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

Embedded systems are exactly the ones that don't want a bloated init system that requires dbus for communication.

about a month ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Smallpond Re:snydeq = InfoWorld (826 comments)

I felt it was enough a problem to submit a bug report to the CentOS people: https://bugs.centos.org/view.p... -- the problem I see is that the documentation for systemd and the observed results are different. Further, there are no instructions on how to take a System V init and convert it cleanly to systemd. I don't have a Red Hat Enterprise support license, so I couldn't report the issue to Red Hat. One of the problem of using an alternate distribution.

To this developer's eye, the systemd documentation is not ready for prime time. Note that this bug was reported against 6.5, not 7. I'll be looking at 7 when I get a round tuit.

So why is your bug filed against upstart?

about a month ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Smallpond Re:Men in education and healthcare? (329 comments)

2013 Mean salaries

  • Primary school teacher $54,740
  • Computer programmer $92,820
  • Doctor, internal medicine $188,440
  • RN $68,910

There's also a gap in garbage collectors. Nobody is concerned about those jobs because they are low-end jobs.

about a month ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Smallpond Re:What about nursing?? (329 comments)

Because women who want go into medicine end up nurses instead of doctors. This is the result of stereotypes, peer pressure and a largely male establishment.

about a month ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Smallpond Re:The problem, as always... (329 comments)

We can't even solve the problem of Unicode on /.

about a month ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Smallpond Re:From the wikipedia (303 comments)

Industry is much better than individuals at handling chemicals safely.

about 1 month ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Smallpond Re:Let's hope... (299 comments)

Actually, it's just a change to /etc/hosts.

about 1 month ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Smallpond Re:From the wikipedia (303 comments)

Clorox had $5.6B in sales last year, of which 10% was laundry products according to their annual report. A gallon of bleach sells for $2, so if all their sales generated 275M gallons of bleach-containing chemicals = 1M m3 x 101 mg/m3 = 100,000 gm. Nope. That amount is negligible compared to what the study reports.

about 1 month ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

Smallpond Re:As long as... (376 comments)

You can sue for damages. Please provide documentation of monetary damages resulting from being disconnected from the internet.

about a month ago

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Smallpond Smallpond writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Which is your favorite Pittsburgh movie?

  • Dawn of the dead - Your blood pressure: 0.0
  • Innocent Blood - "Where ze hell is Shadyside?"
  • The Deer Hunter - Does anyone else find Christopher Walken kind of
          creepy?
  • Dogma - I bet they got them "Buddy Christs" at the Giant Eagle.
  • Robocop - Because filming in Detroit was a little TOO scary.
  • Flashdance - I worked in a mill and never saw a welder that looked
          like Jennifer Beals.
  • The Silence of the Lambs - Forget Chianti, I'll have an Iron City
          with that.
  • Groundhog Day - Most days feel the same as yesterday.

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