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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

landoltjp Re:Depends (567 comments)

I just got turned on by this.

about a month and a half ago

Workers On Autism Spectrum Finding Careers In Software Testing

landoltjp Re:The time-honored tradition of... (109 comments)

To 'exploit' is not always a bad thing.

Definition of exploit: To make full use of and derive benefit from (a resource).
The definition has been perverted to include a negative connotation (e.g. "Exploiting the vulnerable").

There's nothing wrong with leveraging the particular qualities of an person autism spectrum behaviours. Compensate the person fairly, be mindful (and respectful) of their peculiarities, and everyone wins. The point is to treat people with respect, regardless of differentiation.

"Vulnerable" is just your added interpretation in-order to make some "corporations are bad, m'kay?" sweeping generalization. Frankly, I'm just calling bullshit on it.

about 2 months ago

David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

landoltjp Re:FP? (942 comments)

Canada adopted the metric system at THE SAME TIME as the US adopted it. Difference is that the Canadian government didn't cow-tow to the people whining and bitching about how difficult it was. The US people said "nu-uh" we're not going to do that. The individual states resisted. Metric was done in the US.

I was in grade school when metric was brought in (yep, that old), so I was at a disadvantage, adoption-wise. The generations before us continued to use Imperial measurements. The generation behind us would be much more comfortable using Metric. We got stuck with both.

My skis are 165Cm. I travel about 100km/h on the highway. I'm 5'10". For temperature, I do "cooler" as 20 Celsius and below, warmer as 70 Fahrenheit and above. We just adapt.

about 4 months ago

David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

landoltjp Re:FP? (942 comments)

It's worth recalling that that whole "man on the moon" endeavour, and other space missions, have gotten messed up (some more than others) because of different engineering teams using US Standard AND Metric units. Had they just used Metric like ALMOST EVERYONE ELSE, there'd be less hassle.

about 4 months ago

College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

landoltjp Don't Do it! - no growth, career limiting move. (270 comments)

Yes, sounds great. Make 10K more out of the gate. And if you're finding it tough to land a job right now, what a DEAL this is! You're employed! You're really needed since the number of COBOL programmers to support legacy systems are dying off (figuratively and literally).

There's the catch. They've got you. You don't know it, but they know it.

Next year, your fellow grads who got jobs are learning TONS of new things, other skills. Team building, real life design. Team leadership. They're getting mentored perhaps. They'll make their way up to intermediate, then senior developers. Maybe into architecture.

But you're still slogging through COBOL code. Supporting legacy systems.

And they can't afford to lose you, so your company (A Bank most likely - not the fastest moving group in the world (and I know since I've worked for three)). So you're still COBOL programming. But, y'know, thanks for the effort. Here's a 2K bonus.

Uour friends are now 2 years along in their careers, they're moving to new jobs, making 10-20K more since they can show job experience, skills experience, and real-life development qualities.

You're even or a bit behind, pay-wise. But they're going places. You're about to stand still, career-wise.

In a year they shoot past you, and that's that. You're standing still. Cost-of-living increases if you're lucky. But hey! We at the bank really appreciate it. So here's a nice mouse pad, and the latest patch release for COBOL on the Z-Frame.

So, no movement here. What to do? I know!! Other companies need COBOL programmers. I'll play the field and see who will throw me more money.

Great. You make a bit more money. Doing EXACTLY the same thing, somewhere else, with little if any career growth. It's possible you will always have a job, since COBOL is entrenched, and not going anywhere. But that's all you'll ever do. That and cut 1650 reels with your teeth.

Don't Do it. It's a trap.

about 4 months ago

Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

landoltjp Re:$200MM (107 comments)

BEfore 1976, M in docuents and reports was used to represent thousands (1,000s). With Metric (SI) adoption, that was replaced with K for the most part. and M was for million (1M equiv. 1 Million), as we're used to today.

But "back in the day", you'd see "MM" used to refer to Millions. It still shows up in company stock reports from time to time


about 5 months ago

Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

landoltjp Re:meh (164 comments)

Well, then. As a testament to the superlative American education system, the US should finish what they started in 1976 and join EVERYBODY ELSE in the world by FINALLY converting to metric!

about 5 months ago

What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

landoltjp Re:And who the fuck will maintain it? (228 comments)

I covered that with these

How will common / uncommon errors / exceptions be handled?
How will the script handle unknown or unexpected errors (ie. is it written to be resiliant)?
How will the script be monitoried (e.g. snmp stuff) to ensure it hasn't choked?

If an automation is well-designed, these will be a part of it.

about 6 months ago

What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

landoltjp Re:And who the fuck will maintain it? (228 comments)

A friend of mine used to say "Accessibility is the Yellow Brick Road to Mediocrity". The proliferation of Scripting languages that anyone can use means that anyone DOES use it.

People with a Team-oriented software-development background, that take pride in their work, SHOULD turn out better, more comprehensible and supportable code, regardless of script language or compiled.

about 6 months ago

What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

landoltjp Re:And who the fuck will maintain it? (228 comments)

Sorry, I had posted the above, but clicked "Post Anonymously". Didn't want to leave the impression that I was the Posting AND Replying message

about 6 months ago

What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

landoltjp Re:Automate them (228 comments)

"Actively lazy" is a GREAT way to approach automation. Good job. My colleagues and I call that "Precrastination"!

about 6 months ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

landoltjp Still using my Galaxy S Glide (544 comments)

I'm still using my Galaxy S Glide, with a side slider keyboard. It still works, but the OS is dated and starting to fall out of support.

Unfortunately, I can't find a good replacement side-slider phone.

about 6 months ago

DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

landoltjp Tiered based on Video dimensions, not screen size (347 comments)

Rather than tiered based upon Screen Size, it;'s more likely that Katz meant it would be tiered based on Video dimensions. Many people have pointed out that it's hard for the delivery mechanism to know the target screen size. It's easy for the producer to generate a video at multiple video dimensions. The teirs would relate to standard screen sizes, increasing in cost per tier. For example:

Tier 1 - 320x240 or 640x360
Tier 2 - 640x480 or 800x450
Tier 3 - 800x600 or 960x540
Tier 4 - 1024x768 or 1024x576
Tier 5 - 1280x720
Tier 6 - 1920x1080

These are 4x3 and 16:9 resolutions. I'm sure they could make other resolutions available.
The idea is that lower resolution may be just fine for viewing on your phone or watch, but you'd want the Tier 5-6 dimensions for watching on a large TV. Try watching a 320x240 res video on your 40" display and you'll see what I mean.

Nothing to stop you from doing exactly that; you want to pay $1 and watch 320x240 res video on your 40" display? Sure, go ahead. But I'm betting it won't be as good as watching the 1920x1080 res video.

Except if it's a download of Twilight.

about 9 months ago

Religion Is Good For Your Brain

landoltjp Religion OR spirituality - misleading title. (529 comments)

Colour me shocked - an article that's troll-bait for people opposed to religion.

From the article (and the summary): "A thicker cortex associated with a high importance of religion OR SPIRITUALITY [my emphasis] may confer resilience to the development of depressive illness"

So, a different way to read this is that spiritiuality, not just (or not even) religion) can make a difference. I've seen it myself, and it's been shown (no source here) that when people have something "bigger than themselves" in which to believe, it gives them access to strength that wasn't readily available to them before.

I'm not talking about how people use relgion as a shield to be assholes. I'm not talking about how "foolish" it is to hold to a make-believe deity. I'm speaking about how some people derive stength from their faith.

"It doesn't matter what you believe in; just believe" I think is what Sheppard Book said to Cptn Reynolds.

about 10 months ago

Dear Asus Router User: All Your Cloud Are Belong To Us

landoltjp School me up - how does this happen? (148 comments)

I'm using Bell Fibe in Canada, and they supply a Modem / Router solution. I believe that Rogers (other major ISP) provides similar technology. So for many people they would not have their own router / firewall as first line of defense, they'd have ISP-supplied equipment.

Is it common in Canada or the US for people to just get a WAN Modem / Driver from their ISP and then put their own router into place? Or worse, plug their laptop right into the Driver and hope that MS firewall will keep the wolves at bay?

For wireless, the Bell / Rogers solutions both suck ass, so I disabled wireless and bought a small office WAP to punch a signal through the house where needed (the rest of my stuff is hard-wired to the switch). I don't think that would be an entry point if the security is turned up enough, right?

about a year ago

Property Managers Use DNA To Sniff Out Dog Poop Offenders

landoltjp A great, targeted, non-confrontational solution. (234 comments)

I think it's a brilliant way to manage this. I've had so many friends talk about having to deal with dog poop in the halls and stairwells of their condos. If Building management is being non-confrontational about it then I don't really see it as a problem. It quickly identifies the issue and applies the charge where it's due.

From TFA:

Polite reminders, letters and notices previously failed to persuade errant pet owners to observe condo rules requiring them to clean up after their animals, Kansky said. There were problems even after residents reported seeing others failing to pick up their dog's messes.

"We would call or send a letter and that dog owner would say: 'Prove it,'" Kansky said.

Interpretation: Without proof, some pet owners felt entitled to do as they pleased.


DNA monitoring has yielded immediate and dramatic results in the condominium community of Devon Wood, where maintenance staff previously reported seeing, stepping onto or driving over several piles of droppings each week on its 350-acre property.

Interpretation: WITH proof, (almost ALL) pet owners now clean up as per the condo rules.

I see this as a success. People without pets don't step in poo in their own hallways. Abiding pet-owners don't get blamed and / or berated. Problem pet-owners bear the cost of their choices.

about a year ago

Where Does America's Fear Come From?

landoltjp Re:Fear and Greed (926 comments)

I guess a logical progression of this is that, the more success you have, the greater the potential for your fear, so the stronger your desire for control. That explains why those who can AND do succeed might influence a significant level of control on others.

I've qualified ALL of what I've written. Not everyone who succeeds is greedy, and not everyone who is greedy succeeds.

about a year ago

Where Does America's Fear Come From?

landoltjp Fear and Greed (926 comments)

America is 'the land of Opportunity", that is "I can succeed". It is a land of personal wealth and invidual accomplishments.

Don't get me wrong, there are MANY people that make a difference for a lot of other people. But the central premise is individual success as a primary objective. And Greed, at some minor or maor level, is a motivator to succeed personally.

So you've succeeded, and your greed helped. Now you have success, and you want to keep it.

So you are afraid.

And you want to control the situation to keep what you got
And control others to keep them from getting what you got.

about a year ago



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