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CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

kevingolding2001 Re:One init (125 comments)

We are the knights who say... init!

about three weeks ago

Grandmother Buys Old Building In Japan And Finds 55 Classic Arcade Cabinets

kevingolding2001 Boards or ROM's (133 comments)

Is it the boards that are really so interesting, or the ROM chips thereon?

Many years ago I remember playing some of my favourite childhood arcade games on my PC with MAME, and the hardest bit was getting hold of the ROM chip images.

Even way back then most the games mentioned in the article seemed to be available, so I wonder if this anything more than sentimental value.

about a month ago

Satellite Swarm Spots North Pole Drift

kevingolding2001 Re:3 is a "swarm"? (80 comments)

a misery of ex-wives.

I think that works for the singular case too.

about a month ago

Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

kevingolding2001 Re:Not likely. (365 comments)

If you think the controls on Metro are unintuitive, you're a certified idiot.

I am a very experienced software developer, and I work with a bunch of very talented systems programmers who progam in things like Perl etc.
I have sat there in stunned disbelief about how bad an interface could possibly be when these very same people got stuck on the 'Seattle page' for about a half hour trying to figure out what to do with the mouse. Ummm. Etc....

Ahh. What's the point. You're obviously religious about this. Nobody can make you understand.

about a month ago

Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

kevingolding2001 Re:Dead on arrival (345 comments)

Bikers such as myself appreciate the engine noise their bikes make.

Anti-social fucktards like you need to be eradicated.

Are you so retarded that the only thing you can contribute to society is to annoy an entire suburb of people (literally) with your 'fat pipes' at 1:00am? Seriously, go look up 'sociopath' in the dictionary. There's a picture of you on your motorcycle happily making people deaf.

Go do in a fire Wanker!

about a month ago

Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

kevingolding2001 Re:Good (376 comments)

I've been banned from having glass lenses since I was in high school.

What? Can you elaborate on this please?

about a month and a half ago

Monty Python To Bid Farewell In a Simulcast Show

kevingolding2001 Re:What's the penguin doing on the television set? (86 comments)

How you remember it.
I can see that but what's it doing there?
How should I know I'm not Doctor Bloody Bronowski
"The penguin on your television set will blow up in 5 seconds"
***kaaboom*** about that!

How it actually was
Second Pepperpot I can see that!
First Pepperpot If it lays an egg, it will fall down the back of the television set.
Second Pepperpot We'll have to watch that. Unless it's a male.
First Pepperpot Ooh, I never thought of that.
Second Pepperpot Yes, looks fairly butch.
First Pepperpot Per'aps it's from next door.
Second Pepperpot Penguins don't come from next door, they come from the Antarctic.
First Pepperpot Burma.
Second Pepperpot Why did say Burma?
First Pepperpot I panicked.
Second Pepperpot Oh. Perhaps it's from the zoo.
First Pepperpot Which zoo?
Second Pepperpot How should I know which zoo? I'm not Doctor bloody Bernowski.
First Pepperpot How does Doctor Bernowski know which zoo it came from?
Second Pepperpot He knows everything.
First Pepperpot Oooh, I wouldn't like that, that'd take all the mystery out of life. Anyway, if it came from the zoo, it would have 'property of the zoo' stamped on it.
Second Pepperpot No it wouldn't. They don't stamp animals 'property of the zoo'. You can't stamp a huge lion.
First Pepperpot They stamp them when they're small.
Second Pepperpot What happens when they moult?
First Pepperpot Lions don't moult.
Second Pepperpot No, but penguins do. There, I've run rings around you logically.
First Pepperpot Oh, intercourse the penguin.
        On the TV screen there now appears an announcer.
TV Announcer It's just gone 8 o'clock and time for the penguin on top of your television set to explode.
        The penguin on top of the set now explodes.
First Pepperpot How did he know that was going to happen?!

about 3 months ago

Monty Python To Bid Farewell In a Simulcast Show

kevingolding2001 Re:Much as I love Monty Python (86 comments)

Why not? I kind of get the "old guys can't be rock stars" thing, but I don't understand why you don't think old guys can't be funny.

Because they won't be doing anything new.

It will be like those later "Rocky Horror Picture Shows" where the entire audience will be chanting out in unison "It is an ex-parrot" at the appropriate moment. We've seen it all a thousand times and now it's just not that funny anymore. Yes it was at first but there has been nothing new in decades.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

kevingolding2001 Re:u wot m8 (575 comments)

I feel that you were supposed to write 'Yo Dawg' somewhere in there.

about 3 months ago

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

kevingolding2001 Re:Right! (581 comments)

Thanks for writing that.

It makes me feel a little better that I'm not the only one.

about 4 months ago

Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

kevingolding2001 Does it matter? (224 comments)

Maybe we are adapting to skimming, filtering, and jumping from source to source of information.

Given that this is the way the (modern?) real world works, I don't see it as a problem.

The only drawback is the sentimental loss of no longer being able to sit down and be completely focused on a single thing for any length of time. Whilst this may be a shame, the fact is that such an activity these days is purely recreational and probably impractical for most people anyway. Time has moved on and so should we.

File this under "buggy whips".

about 4 months ago

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

kevingolding2001 TCO (341 comments)

I wonder if these sorts of figures will be mentioned in the next "Total Cost of Ownership" study done by Microsoft.

about 4 months ago

Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

kevingolding2001 Maybe there is a missing word? (394 comments)

I'd just bought a gallon jug of cider at a local apple farm

Try adding the word 'another' at various places in that sentence and see how it reads.

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Ships Surface Pro 2 Tablets With Wrong, Slower Processor

kevingolding2001 Re:Perhaps they are leftovers from old production (147 comments)

as they obviously dropped the ball in clarifying the situation with the customer reps.

Or told them to deliberately lie knowing that there was likely no proof of what the customer rep said.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

kevingolding2001 Yes (306 comments)

Yes, you can learn new tricks, but like everything else you have to work at it. I've been programming in some fashion for close to 30 years but I'm still learning new stuff all the time (getting employed on the basis of the new skills is a bit harder, but not giving up yet).

If you are struggling to come to grips with frameworks, might I suggest that you are probably not getting 'why' they are written, or what they are trying to achieve. Not getting that means you are trying to memorize a whole bunch of stuff that doesn't seem to make any sense, and that is basically impossible.

The easiest way to understand the 'why' of a framework is to start trying to write equivalent things yourself from scratch.

Once upon a time I installed Django and worked through the tutorial. Admittedly I was pretty impressed with the inbuilt admin interface that you got for very little code, but beyond that it all seemed too long-winded and abstract for what I wanted to do. So I decided to not use Django and just write my own application directly using wsgi.

I spent a day or two happily coding up a number of functional pages and a rudimentary menu system. Then I realized that some of my code was getting a bit unwieldy. Functions to parse the url and call the appropriate function were getting too long, and code that produced the output was starting to be duplicated in numerous places. I sat down and had a good think about how I could refactor stuff to be more maintainable when suddenly it hit me... "I'm re-writing Django (though much more poorly)".

Once I realized that, and I understood the problems that Django was trying to solve it all suddenly made a lot more sense and I found it easier to get my head around it all.

about 4 months ago

Hungarian Law Says Photogs Must Ask Permission To Take Pictures

kevingolding2001 Breaking the law every day (149 comments)

Maybe this is one of those "You commit at least 3 crimes every day without even realizing it" situations that James Duane proposes.

For most people, most of the time, they will not do anything. But if the authorities decide that you have become inconvenient, then there are numerous instances of you commiting crimes to justify locking you up.

about 4 months ago

Drones Used To Smuggle Drugs Into Prison

kevingolding2001 Re:Monitor the Airwaves (137 comments)

This is a race that the guards aren't going to win. Of course, it's not like anyone's ever been able to stop contraband getting into a prison anyway.

Weld them into a cage, inside a huge warehouse. No visitors.

This is a trivially solvable problem, you just need to have the will to actually solve it (note: I'm opposed to the death penalty just in case new evidence comes to light).

about 5 months ago

Drones Used To Smuggle Drugs Into Prison

kevingolding2001 Re:A solution (137 comments)

Which would be a bad thing because .... Sorry I'm missing the next part of this.

about 5 months ago



Google to release Chrome OS

kevingolding2001 kevingolding2001 writes  |  about 5 years ago

kevingolding2001 (590321) writes "Yesterday Google announced on it's blog that it is going to release the "Google Chrome OS".

So today, we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.

It will be based on the Linux kernel and will initially target netbooks. The announcement is here.

Am I supposed to finish with a question here? What do you think?"


SCOG's final hours

kevingolding2001 kevingolding2001 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kevingolding2001 (590321) writes "With just over 7 hours to go till SCOG gets wiped from the face of the planet (, what will /.'ers do to see in the final hours, and how will you celebrate the end when it finally comes (FSM willing)?"

kevingolding2001 kevingolding2001 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Insecure grammar nazi (590321) writes "Fairly recently on /. there have been a number of cases in which people seem to confuse lose (to come to be without) with loose (free or released from fastening or attachment). Normally I would expect the grammar nazis to set these people straight, but the prevalence of these mistakes seems to have increased to the point where more people get it wrong than right!
Lately I have noticed the same mistakes occuring quite frequently on other forums and interactive web-sites across the 'net.
Is this all a part of some deliberate backlash against these two words because people honestly feel that they are more correctly spelt the other way around? Is it just some planet-wide (slashdot-wide?) joke to which I am not privy? Or is the entire planet conspiring to mess with my mind and make me feel left out?"


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