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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

TheBilgeRat Re:Step 2. (212 comments)

it almost seems to be a running joke these days.

"We gotta figure out how to do nuclear safely!"

"How about we use proven molten salt technology and burn thorium?"

"Naah...How about we build a huge floating light water reactor out in the ocean?"

yesterday
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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

TheBilgeRat Re:It's not bad (172 comments)

I've been running the beta as well. I can definitely recommend giving the ubuntu-branded lxde a go. It looks really really good, and is super fast. I was never really a fan of LXDE before this.

2 days ago
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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

TheBilgeRat Re:*Yawn* I'll Wait for the Mint Edition (172 comments)

Or, we could choose Xubuntu (XFCE), Lubuntu (LXDE), Kubuntu (KDE), or even just install barebones and roll your own. I fail to see how Ubuntu is shoving a window manager or desktop environment down your throat.

2 days ago
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Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

TheBilgeRat Re:Good PR Move (250 comments)

Not to mention much better multimeters!

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

TheBilgeRat How many of these per week are we doing, Slashdot? (379 comments)

Which region? What country? What development area? What language?

If you are an old coder wanting to get some job at some startup mobile app social networking company, sure...probably you don't fit the profile.

For everything else, I am sure age trumps youth, as people who run companies tend to look at the extra they are paying you as a good return on investment when delays can cost you millions, or clients, etc. Experience wins every time.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

TheBilgeRat Re:Kerbal Space Program! (669 comments)

This! :/

I had still been playing some civ 4 in concurrency with civ 5, but the biggest draw for that bundle was civ 3. I can't put the Civ smack down, ever since civ 1 on the Amiga. I still have a copy of civ2 floating around somewhere...

about 2 months ago
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Utopia, Silk Road's Latest Replacement, Only Lasted Nine Days

TheBilgeRat Why in Western Europe? (83 comments)

Aren't there better countries for hosting black market silk road style servers? Like Russia, or Chechnya? Liberia?

about 2 months ago
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Dyson Invests £5 Million To Create 'Intelligent Domestic Robots'

TheBilgeRat The problem with this is (125 comments)

...that Dyson only knows how to make things that suck...

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

TheBilgeRat So annoying. (2219 comments)

The beta doesn't suck. The slow cantankerous site form the 90's sucks. Every armchair webdev who thinks they know best sucks. The fact that there are 300 posts in this thread at +5 informative without a single real criticism should speak volumes. Ignore the noise, and do the redesign.

Seriously. Tweaks I'm sure are necessary. The rest of the hatred is bandwagoning noise and bullshit. Take the real criticisms (if any) and listen. To all the jerkwads with the hashtag "fuckthebeta" nonsense and petulant "But they're gonna change it anyways! boo hoo me! I'll just go to reddit!", fuck off. You'll still be able to post "frosty piss!" just as easily on the beta as you are on this old dinosaur.

about 2 months ago
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Why the Latest FISA Release By Google Et Al. Means Squat

TheBilgeRat Also don't understand the complaining. (131 comments)

I think the flat design is fine. I've been on slashdot since the 90s - it was time for a change.

about 2 months ago
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Kansas Delays Municipal Broadband Ban

TheBilgeRat Not shocked at all (156 comments)

Koch brothers, creationism in the classroom... So glad i got out in the 90s. My home state is nothing but a source of shame on an almost daily basis.

about 2 months ago
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The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014

TheBilgeRat Re:Be Thankful (209 comments)

My apologies - I assumed that any discussion that involved opinions on coding languages would be immediately understood to be completely subjective, anecdotal, and most likely offensive to someone. I forgot that this is slashdot.

about 2 months ago
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The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014

TheBilgeRat Re:Be Thankful (209 comments)

Well, thar's 'yer problem.

Yes :-)

It's been a decade since I've done any Objective-C, but, coming from a C++ background, among others, the advice I found useful was to think of it as a way to get C to do smalltalk, not a way to add message passing to C++.

Smalltalk was a little before my time. I learned OOP on Java (yikes!) and Python then got a job doing C++ (even more yikes). All the objective C I did was on my own. It also didn't help that the mac I had was an old macbook with tiny screen - it makes storyboarding and XCode awful to use, and I never got ninja enough with the syntax to just slam it out in vim. I got the feeling it could be a language I could learn to like, but after I hopped off the Apple bandwagon at the Iphone 4 and got a droid I went droid API and never looked back.

about 3 months ago
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The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014

TheBilgeRat Re:Be Thankful (209 comments)

This.

Obscure syntax, lack of quality stack overflow answers to questions, terrible API, reliance on XCode...I found it an absolute nightmare, and I code in C++.

about 3 months ago
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Code.org: Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt

TheBilgeRat Re:but, but, racism and diversity is strength! (271 comments)

There are a lot of jobs out there for "non-sexy" coding, like C++ or even Ada. One of my classmates managed to get on with Boeing doing Ada programming. Ada! He had to move to Oklahoma City (which is a serious change for a West Coast kid), but the program is funded through 2046 or something. It isn't Rails or the next craptastic web language, but its solid unsexy well paying work for as long as he wants it.

about 3 months ago
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Code.org: Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt

TheBilgeRat Re:but, but, racism and diversity is strength! (271 comments)

There are still bulwarks of coding being done here in the US. I just recently graduated with a CS degree and had no problem finding employment here in the states, with a family and grey hair.

I think the AC above, talking about 70 hour crunch times is closer to the mark. H1b visas means getting young Chinese and Indian employees for low-end salaried pay but who routinely work much longer days (as well as being well trained) than most typical US college grads. At least, that is what I see in the company that hired me. However, you have to be in an area actively searching for talent or be willing/able to relocate, and not every city has a thriving tech sector.

about 3 months ago

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