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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

bws111 Re:Thanks, but no thanks. (186 comments)

Um, yeah. Most companies running COBOL are doing it on NEW IBM mainframes, which they have paid millions of dollars for. These companies (banks, insurers, finance, reservation systems, retailers, etc) absolutely know the value of IT, and pay for it. What they don't 'value and fund' is someone who tells them they are doing it wrong, and they should replace perfectly functional systems with all new shiny.

1 hour ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

bws111 Re:Who would have thought (193 comments)

If you are at a normal intersection (not a roundabout), and you cross the intersection, have you 'changed lanes'? Any sane person would say no.

Even the markings in the roundabout show you are wrong. There is not just 'left lane' and 'right lane', there are 'crossing lanes'. Yes, when you are in the inner ring and need to exit you make a lane change, into the crossing lane, not the outer ring. The major difference being a portion of the crossing lane is shared with the outer ring, but not going in the same direction, something completely unique to roundabouts.

5 days ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

bws111 Re:Who would have thought (193 comments)

No, they are not the same at all, and your insistance that they are says to me you don't know how to use a roundabout.

The only thing you have right is that curved or straight does not matter.

On a freeway, your major direction of travel is ALWAYS parallel with the travel lanes, even when getting ready to exit. In a roundabout, it is not. You do not 'change lanes' in a roundabout, even temporarily. You cross lanes.

5 days ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

bws111 Re:Who would have thought (193 comments)

Do actually know how to use a roundabout? There are NO 'lane changes' involved. You should not 'change lanes' in a roundabout, ever. There are lane CROSSINGS in a roundabout, essentially a right turn from the left lane while the right lane continues straight. Not something sane people have a lot of experience doing.

5 days ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

bws111 Re:Who would have thought (193 comments)

And just how to you propose to 'predict' where the other cars are going? That is the whole problem. If you are 'turning left' you are SUPPOSED to be in the left lane the whole time, but many people don't do that. They are driving in the right lane, and stay in the right (outer) lane until they exit, no matter how far they go around. If you are turning right, you are SUPPOSED to start in the right lane and stay there, but many people use the inner ring as just another opportunity to pass, especially if the first exit is more than 1/4 way around.

5 days ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

bws111 Re:Who would have thought (193 comments)

Where do you drive that is acceptable to do that (drive in the left lane and cross the right lane to exit)? I sure hope Googles cars are smarter than that.

If you are in the left lane on a freeway, and your exit is coming up on the right, you are supposed to merge into the right lane, then onto the slowdown lane and onto the ramp. You sure as hell aren't supposed to shoot directly across the right lane at a 45 degree angle and out the exit, bypassing the slowdown lane altogether, which is what you do in a roundabout.

5 days ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

bws111 Re:I dont know why this is a bad thing (193 comments)

They are just a counter balance to the excessive hype that comes from Google and its fanboys.

5 days ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

bws111 Re:Who would have thought (193 comments)

How many places, other than roundabouts, is it legal (or wise) to start in the left lane, and CROSS (not merge into) the right lane to get off at your exit? But that is exactly what you are supposed to do in a roundabout.

5 days ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

bws111 Re:Who would have thought (193 comments)

Huh? Here are the actual rules for roundabouts in NYS:

If you are going one exit (ie a right turn), you start in the right lane of the approach road, go in the outer circle of the roundabout, and exit in the right lane of the exit road.

If you are going two exits (ie straight thru), you start in either lane of the approach road. If you start in the right lane you stay in the outer ring and exit right. If you start in the left lane you cross the outer ring, travel in the inner ring, and cross the outer ring at your exit, exitting in the left lane.

If you are going more than two exists (a left turn), you start in the left lane of the approach road, cross the outer ring and travel in the inner ring, cross the inner ring at your exit, and exit in the left lane.

Not quite what you said. When they first started using roundabouts several years ago many people had no idea what to do. Some idiots still think the outer ring is some kind of racetrack or something.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

bws111 Re:$400 million (404 comments)

Un, salary in no way precludes non-profit status, where did you get that idea? The people making the salaries have to declare that as income, same as everyone else.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

bws111 Re:$400 million (404 comments)

Yes, they COLLECT about a billion dollars, but they don't KEEP it - it goes to the teams. What is so difficult to understand about that?

Answer this question: if the money is not going directly to the teams, where is it going? Who do you suppose are the owners and/or investors in the NFL?

Do you think the cashier at Walmart should be taxed on all the money he handles each day, just because it went through his hands?

5 days ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

bws111 Re:OMG! (404 comments)

Not users, commentators. I don't see what is so hilarious about someone observing someone with a product and mis-identifying the product.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

bws111 Re:$400 million (404 comments)

Not this stupid thing again. Yes, 'The NFL' is non-profit. However, 'The NFL' does not keep any of the money, the money goes to the teams, which are NOT non-profit and do pay taxes.

about a week ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

bws111 Re:COBOL (380 comments)

Are you seriously trying to claim an IBM mainframe is not a 'modern computer'? What possible definition of 'modern' are you using?

about a week ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

bws111 Re:Mainframe Programmers (380 comments)

If you are really serious about it, buy the IBM zPDT (Personal Development Tool). Let's you run z/OS, z/VM, and z/VSE on a PC (legally). A little pricey (about $5K for the tool, and $900/yr subscription for the software), but comes with a whole bunch of mainframe environments and tools.

about a week ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

bws111 Re:In Theory (380 comments)

CICS is not a database layer, it is a transaction manager. The database layer is IMS or DB2. And CICS is callable from languages other than COBOL.

about a week ago
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How Astrophysicists Hope To Turn the Entire Moon Into a Cosmic Ray Detector

bws111 Re:How? (74 comments)

tease:

gently pull or comb (something tangled, especially wool or hair) into separate strands.

about two weeks ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

bws111 Re:Never liked the 'D' part of BSoD (169 comments)

I would genuinely like to know how you, as an 'experienced kernel developer', know, using only the information you said (backtrace, etc), that the reason the USB stack is trying to write to NULL is NOT because something stomped all over storage, possibly including the storage stack.

about two weeks ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

bws111 Re:Never liked the 'D' part of BSoD (169 comments)

What's worse than a forced reboot? A reboot that should have happened but was ignored, wiping out not only the last hours work, but your entire disk.

>99% of users would have absolutely no idea what choice to take. And no matter which they chose, they probably will wind up losing something. So why make it appear that it is the users fault if they lost data (by making the 'wrong' choice)?

Yeah, just suspend that thread that is in the USB stack. What could possibly go wrong? It's not like it could interefe with a filesystem o a USB device, right?

And remember, just because a certain piece of code DETECTED a problem does not mean that that piece of code CAUSED the problem. Thread 'A' craps all over storage, thread 'B' attempts to use storage and crashes, and you give the user to just let thread 'A' continue? Brilliant!

about two weeks ago

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