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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

jabberw0k "Ancient." "Cruft." (285 comments)

I read that as discarding stuff for Windows 98, 2000, and other ancient platforms that have fallen almost entirely from use, and certainly outside the pool of what's tested: A good thing.

2 days ago

Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe

jabberw0k The Night of the Living Mainframe (169 comments)

Sure, all those so-called "telephones" running on 99-cent "apps" are plentiful, like cockroaches, but if you're running one the million- or billion-dollar companies that let those awkward thumbpaint-smudge-laden gadgets actually do anything, you're talking mainframes one way or another (call them a "cloud" if you must).

about two weeks ago

GNOME 3.12 Released

jabberw0k File, Edit, View.... gone! (134 comments)

Wonderful, the unusable interface of 'evince' (Print is hidden under a sun icon or a gear, or something -- with no known way to open the menu from the keyboard) now comes to gedit. Now editing a file becomes impossible too! Please, folks, follow CUA , the Common User Access protocols, with named menus we can access with Alt+keystroke or F10. Arrrrrgh! Stupid! Make it stop! Give us back our File, Edit, View menus and all the rest!

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows

jabberw0k Curiosities (224 comments)

The routine for directory listing is called CATALOG (shades of Apple DOS, and Heath's HDOS); for deleting, the routine is ERASE (shades of CP/M).

Early, abandoned steps toward UNIX: MS-DOS 2.2 supported the SWITCHAR variable in config.sys; if set to anything but "/", the directory separator would be slash -- just like Xenix and UNIX; if set to "-" you would type "DIR -W C:/foo/bar" for a wide listing of what generally would be called C:\FOO\BAR

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

jabberw0k Re:Complexity (306 comments)

Furthermore, if you're trying to solve a complex problem with complex tools, you probably need to go back and think about how to reduce or compartmentalize that complexity. That's the UNIX philosophy: building blocks. There's no reason you can't use Perl (possibly with Moose or Mojolicious if you need them) for a modern project. No reason you can't use PHP or C++ or whatever you know, with the addition of a few new libraries. Leverage what you know, don't replace it.

about a month ago

Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

jabberw0k Clueless people (712 comments)

What happens to all the people who live and work in mining towns? Murder the coal mines and what have you done to all the families and small businesses that, directly and indirectly, depend on them? This is a headline straight out of Atlas Shrugged... has the whole world gone bonkers?

about a month ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

jabberw0k Boxcars / Gigabyte (983 comments)

If IBM punch cards were used, 1 GB equals approximately 47 cubic yards (assuming 80 bytes per 187x86x0.18mm per card) and about 70,000 lbs (at 2.42 g per card), so one standard railroad boxcar (limited by both cubic capacity and weight) could hold about 3 GB. 20 TB would need over 6000 boxcars of punch cards; at 60 feet per boxcar, that's a freight train about 70 miles long.

about a month ago

Physics Forum At Fermilab Bans Powerpoint

jabberw0k Illegal chemicals (181 comments)

Hasn't chalk been banned by the TSA as a suspicious white powder?

about a month ago

PETA Abandons $1 Million Prize For Artificial Chicken

jabberw0k Protest at Sturgis (191 comments)

It would be worth a ticket to see PETA protest leather at the annual motorcycle festival.

about a month and a half ago

Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

jabberw0k Meanwhile, in old Fall River (625 comments)

Lizzie: "Mommy, can I go play outside?" Mommy: "Go axe your father."

about 2 months ago

High School Students Develop Linux Imaging and Help Desk Software

jabberw0k Javelin solved most of these, in 1984 (116 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J... In Javelin, you defined a variable (like Electric Usage or Product X Sales) as having a period (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly...), you had a screen for entering values into a variable at any time period, and you could use those variables in functions that automatically split or combined values appropriately. Then you'd lay out a worksheet (not a spreadsheet!) for whatever combination of variables and time periods you liked. Charts and graphs existed independently, and would automatically adjust to data and dates. Javelin won over the (then) new Excel as Infoworld's best Software Product of the Year 1985. It is a great mystery why no-one in the last 30 years has replicated this functionality. Instead all we get are Lotus 1-2-3 clones like Multiplan, err, Excel.

about 3 months ago

Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

jabberw0k Adminstrators? (1009 comments)

Who took the "personal" out of "personal computer" --? The whole point of personal computers was putting the users in control. How is anyone supposed to get anything done without being able to control their tools? Ludicrous.

about 3 months ago

OpenSUSE Forums Defaced, Email Addresses Leaked

jabberw0k Ugh, not "a software" again (82 comments)

vBulletin is a proprietary forum software.

No, vBulletin is a software package, or a program, or even "vBulletin is software" -- but never "a software." You don't have "a hardware" or "an information" or "a clothing" -- you have a piece of hardware, a piece of information, a piece of clothing, and a piece of software. Grammar check, please.

about 3 months ago

First US Public Library With No Paper Books Opens In Texas

jabberw0k Re:Makes Sense (212 comments)

Yea, verily.

I like to wander the stacks, looking for unusual shape books, interesting covers... pull a book out, read a few random paragraphs in the middle, maybe peek at the beginning or end, leaf through looking for photos and illustrations... How would you browse that way with a database of e-books?

about 3 months ago

First US Public Library With No Paper Books Opens In Texas

jabberw0k Re:Why bother (212 comments)

If I wanted to read the Internet, I could stay home. Print on paper is an utterly different experience. You know -- Tactile, spatial (how far into the book you are, what side of the page) -- not to mention, you can slip bookmarks into pages, photocopy them, and pass them around between several people.

When I check half a dozen books out of the library, I read one, I pass it along to Mom while she's reading another, and to Dad, and my brother... How do you propose doing that with a bunch of e-books?

about 3 months ago

First US Public Library With No Paper Books Opens In Texas

jabberw0k Why bother (212 comments)

A library without books is... pointless. Why not just build a Starbucks or a McDonalds. Or, actually, an empty room. What a waste.

about 3 months ago

Kernel DBus Now Boots With Systemd On Fedora

jabberw0k Dido? (341 comments)

Dido, the British singer-songwriter ("White Flag," "Life for Rent")? -- or did you mean, "ditto" </grammarpolice>

about 4 months ago

Can a Computer Identify Your Urban Tribe?

jabberw0k Pair of dice? (117 comments)

So... this is para-dice? Not quite what I thought it would be.

about 4 months ago

How Asimov's Three Laws Ran Out of Steam

jabberw0k Re:ethics of killing and warfare (153 comments)

Enacting "zero tolerance playground rules" will not make school bullies vanish from the Universe. Why would diplomacy make tyrants obsolete? If your opponent is going to use force, are you going to wimp out?

about 4 months ago


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Moderation suggestion

jabberw0k jabberw0k writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Can we please get moderation points for -1, Gratuitous obscenity...?


jabberw0k jabberw0k writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Dear Grandma,

Thank you for the "Daily Journal" book. It looks very interesting, but I all the pages are blank. Maybe it was printed with invisible ink?

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