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Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player

eyepeepackets Re:Really? (87 comments)

MIne's also done in tcl/tk (8.6), but it's a full blown graphics job which has playlist capabilities. At the cli I usually just call a pre-made playlist.


The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

eyepeepackets Re:"Fully Half Doubt the Big Bang"? (554 comments)

I refer you to Galileo Galilei: Much observation, great denial, very little preserved -- but they sure did try!

2 days ago

Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player

eyepeepackets Re:Really? (87 comments)

I prefer it the same, and to the point of building my own software to do it properly.

2 days ago

Our Education System Is Failing IT

eyepeepackets Re:Not our education system (297 comments)

In the U.S., critical thinking skills are acquired via the liberal arts side of the higher education system (you know, the ones the business and technical training side loves to sneer at while making jokes about burgers and fries.) We don't teach high schoolers and below how to think, we teach them _what_ to think; school in the U.S. has mostly been about socialization since the mid-20th century. Even in our higher education system, the only ones who really get critical thinking skills are the wannabe lawyers and philosophers. Simply put, these skills have not been valued by U.S. business people since forever and so they aren't taught but to the specialist few.

Business and technical people whining about employees without critical thinking skills reminds me of Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby, only in this case they made the tar baby themselves.

2 days ago

California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

eyepeepackets Re:Unions (220 comments)

Unions require the leverage of work stoppage causing production blockage, but this doesn't work when the employer can pick up shop and move to cheaper labor. Combine this with the lack of import tariffs and there is no leverage for a labor union to wield. For unions to work now, you'd have to have the workers of the world unite, which was a Socialist rallying call if I remember my history. We all know what Americans think of Socialism, especially the sneering libertarians found in IT departments.

Unions will not work now like they did 100 years ago, at least not in the USA while there is such great disparity between here and there. Something that may or may not comfort you is that _everything_ in the U.S. will have to level down, including labor costs/wages, rents/returns, property values, profits -- it's called deflation and it's unavoidable.

5 days ago

Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

eyepeepackets Security compiler? (235 comments)

Why not a security compiler? Seems some clever, creative hackers could work up something which would take raw code, subject it to some scrutiny and give output/feedback. Perhaps even a security switch to the standard compilers or even a security test suite. Shouldn't be that hard to do.

about a week ago

FBI Drone Deployment Timeline

eyepeepackets Why Transparency is Important (33 comments)

It should be clear by now that having anything less than complete transparency for these agencies is foolish, because we become the target of the tools when they are used in secret silence. Elected representatives are worthless in this regard. We need transparency via reporting requirements and guidelines that give full information to the public.

If we are expected to be responsible for what these agencies do, then we need to know what they are doing.

about a week ago

Lack of US Cybersecurity Across the Electric Grid

eyepeepackets Profit! (95 comments)

But, but...what about the poor baby profits?

Seriously, you won't see these corporations do anything like this until they are forced to do so with heavy regulations, potential heavy fines and the real possibility of criminal prosecution upon proof of criminal negligence by a prosecuting attorney.

MBA school teaches them this: costs equal profits taken out of your pocket, so anything you can do to put the costs anywhere else is the profit in your pocket. This is how they think and how they operate. This is why you don't want business running and maintaining your infrastructure.

about a week ago

The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

eyepeepackets From Raven Rock in Solstheim (146 comments)

Where else would be more appropriate? A glance out the window, then back to the bears and spriggans.

about two weeks ago

Lucas Nussbaum Re-Elected As Debian Project Leader

eyepeepackets Re:Debian is teriffic (28 comments)

Rumor has it they'll be upgrading to the 2.2 kernel series before too long.

I jest, I jest -- jeezus! Debian folks have no self-deprecating sense of humor.

about two weeks ago

Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

eyepeepackets Recycling Personalities (448 comments)

Now George is a painter, Condi is on the board, Dick -- well, Dick is still a dick. So, are we supposed to forget or what? And forgive? Hard to do when we're still payin' the bills.

about two weeks ago

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

eyepeepackets Ability to design and write software... (581 comments)

...requires foundations laid down in the 5th and 6th grade of school, mostly math, but also the interest and desire to learn. Some people get it, some don't get it. So it's more accurate to say that some coal miners may be able to learn to code: Watch out for those blanket generalizations, they bite back.

about two weeks ago

Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

eyepeepackets Re:It's a start (294 comments)

Teletype - punched paper tapes. You think you're old? I'm so old I've become an anachronism.

about two weeks ago

UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

eyepeepackets New twist (341 comments)

Now we know what happens to old, un-supported commercial software: It morphs into extortion-ware.

about three weeks ago

Five-Year-Old Uncovers Xbox One Login Flaw

eyepeepackets Surprising... (196 comments)

...but they were gracious about it. Microsoft surprise!

about three weeks ago

What's In a Username? the Power of Gamer Tags

eyepeepackets IP Packets (99 comments)

It's all in the name.

Significantly yours,


aka Killer, Marspoet, et al.

about three weeks ago

Nature Publisher Requires Authors To Waive "Moral Rights" To Works

eyepeepackets Re:2014/04/01 (82 comments)

I was kinda hoping for the pink OMG, PONIES!

about three weeks ago

New York Public Library Releases Over 20,000 Hi-Res Maps

eyepeepackets These copyrights (25 comments)

'We believe these maps have no known U.S. copyright restrictions,'

And here is the thing that will be our ruin. Knowledge is derivative and to lock it up with such restrictions is to dam the river of knowledge. Such incredible foolishness.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Promises Not To Snoop Through Email

eyepeepackets Damage Control PR (144 comments)

Wow, someone at Microsoft thinks they have some credibility left after all these years. Proof that newbie PR interns do have some value.

about a month ago


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