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USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document

jjohn Re:old, really old, news (586 comments)

I know, right? This "broken arrow" story isn't particularly new. I suppose the FOIA docs provide more terror-inducing details, but it is not a secret that a B-52 broke up over NC and drop two big nukes that failed to detonate.

about a year ago

Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

jjohn I'm with Larry on this one (692 comments)

I have seen Apple tank without Jobs before. It looks like they are doing it again.

Jobs was a superior product guy and a despot with unchecked power.

There is simply no one at Apple to take his place.

So it may take 5-10 years for Apple to diminish to irrelevance again.

Larry is right: we have already seen this movie before.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft's Surface RT Was Doomed From Day One

jjohn Re:Slashdot... (442 comments)

Technical point: Microsoft isn't run by Bill Gates anymore. This is Ballmer's fault.

about a year and a half ago

Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees

jjohn Why are we even paying employees? (1103 comments)

We lose so much MONEY on payroll that we should FIRED whoever came up with that idea.

What's wrong with paying in company scrip or gift certificates?

It is certainly true that non-bank check cashing is a blight on poor communities. Debt cards that in-practice have the same fee structure do not help the situation.

In the case of something like McD's, they should simply issue cash. Yes, the corporation loses out on "playing the float," but that's just found money anyway.

about a year and a half ago

Sergey Brin Says Using a Smartphone Is 'Emasculating'

jjohn I call your alarmism and raise you history (325 comments)

When I first got into computer for REALZ in the 90s, I let them consume me. I think that is a natural first reaction to the power of technology.

But after a while, I realized I needed a better balance in my life and learned a secret: you can choose NOT to look at the computer. Or email. Or IRC. Or IM. Or Facebook. Or slashdot (sorry).

When I hear experters fret over the dehumanizing affects of technology, I laugh. Some people just don't have enough patience. The rebalance will come to the majority soon enough. In the 50s-80s, the technology monster was TV. Before that, it was radio. Now it is smartphones. Soon it may be smart glasses or smart wrist watches.

However, being an alarmist sells papers.

about 2 years ago

Illinois Politician Wants a Kill Switch For Anonymous Speech Online

jjohn Bill to require computer experience in politicians (522 comments)

"No person shall be considered for any public office who cannot sign up for a free web mail account and send an email by his or her self."

That should reduce the political idiocy by a third, I hope.

about 2 years ago

71 Percent of U.S. See Humans On Mars By 2033

jjohn Budgeting (266 comments)

I am a big proponent of NASA. I would like to see the budget increased. I would do it with cuts in the military and corporate subsidies (particular to oil companies).

Then next time a stupid survey asks "would you like to increase spending" I really wish there were a follow-up question "what would you give up to see this happen."

Heck, I give 110% at my job and SO SHOULD THE BUDGET!

about 2 years ago

Slashdot Turns 15, What Are You Doing Later?

jjohn Re:Not that many. (247 comments)

Wow. 109. You should eBay that sucker. :-D

more than 2 years ago

Bill Moggridge, GRiD Compass Designer, Dies

jjohn Sad news (29 comments)

You can see Bill in the documentary film Objectified, which is about industrial design. Really, it's a must see for folks who read this site.


more than 2 years ago

Are 12-16 Hour Workdays Productive?

jjohn Don't be a victim (615 comments)

I quit a job with a manager who didn't think that "work-life balance" was valid.

Even in the face of a terrible economy. Engineering requires a functioning brain.

Perhaps the world would be a better place if more people took time off.

more than 2 years ago

Twitter Restricts Client Developers

jjohn With respect to Spinal Tap (96 comments)

Twitter is working to make their developer ecosystem not smaller but more selective.

more than 2 years ago

Happy Birthday, Debian!

jjohn In other news (172 comments)

1993 is currently 19 years ago.

Goodnight from Old Guy News Tonight!

more than 2 years ago

Creating a School Computer Lab With Ubuntu For $0

jjohn It's free if you don't value your time (229 comments)

I despise articles like this.

Can you get hardware and software for free? Yes. You need to do a lot of hustling though to get the components, assemble the network and keep it running. Additional, electricity and internet access are never free. Someone has to maintain the network, install software and answer user questions.

You can't whip a linux network on a bunch of teachers and expected it to be useful. I can't even do that with IT professionals.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Loses Users, Satisfaction Higher at Google+

jjohn "me too" (274 comments)

I use both FB and G+. FB is useful to friends and family. G+ is superior as a hobby news stream. G+ has a more focused, less cluttered UI.

And hangouts? FOR THE WIN.

I appreciate that this just one nerd's opinion. YMMV.

more than 2 years ago

New Analyst Report Calls Agile a Scam, Says It's An Easy Out For Lazy Devs

jjohn This finding does not match my experience (491 comments)

Agile is not a product. It is a mindset. Each team needs to workout what that means for them. I have been in teams for two companies that used Agile methods heavily and it has worked out very well for business units (predictable deliveries), developers (predictable work hours) and customers (higher quality releases).

I am positive Agile is not a silver bullet for every project. Software engineering is still a hard problem to generalize.

more than 2 years ago

Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?

jjohn The Onion just keeps getting BETTER! (1134 comments)

Man, how does The Onion continue to deliver such great comedy after all these years?

"...specifically, whether [the command line has] outlived its usefulness in this era of the GUI"

Great stuff! I am still laughing.

more than 2 years ago

Pentagon Contractors Openly Post Job Listings For Offensive Hackers

jjohn Afghanistan mujahideen (149 comments)

I don't need to explain why training terrorists might not be the best idea for our long term interest, right?

more than 2 years ago



WotC releases old Dungeons and Dragons catalog as PDFs

jjohn jjohn writes  |  about 2 years ago

jjohn writes "Wizards of the Coasts, holders of the TSR catalog, has released rulebooks and modules for most editions of Dungeons and Dragons through a partnership with DriveThruRPG.com. The web site, dndclassics.com, may be a little overloaded right now. Most module PDFs are $4.99 USD."
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/. Achievement: Comment modded down as flamebait

jjohn jjohn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Wow. Only on slashdot does a harmless comment on the weakness of the ARM CPU get modded as flamebait. I don't think I've had that honor before. I hadn't realized there were so many RISC bigots here.

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