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Perl Is Undead

mbadolato Re:Yes, Perl is indeed dead and rotting (283 comments)

More telling is how utterly fast Perl is compared to the other languages. I've run most of the sample files from this language shootout and had remarkably similar results to what they list there.

The Perl version performed on par with the C and C versions, and it's growth/memory usage stayed pretty consistent throughout. The other languages were horrid. They took much longer, and their memory usage grew significantly during the run.

I use Perl still when doing scripting tasks. I love Perl, always have. I don't, however, necessarily think it's the right choice for building a medium to large web-based application any more. Sure the performance is there, and there are some great frameworks like Catalyst and Dancer, but to me, they still feel a bit antiquated to some of the other technologies I've used. Plus installing tons of CPAN modules can get a little trying at times.

about 2 months ago
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For US Customers, Text Access To 911 Slowly Rolls Out

mbadolato Better in thought than in practice (58 comments)

This is great idea, right up until they start receiving a zillion drunk texts or things like "EMERGENCY!!! I'M REALLY HIGH AND TACO BELL IS CLOSED! SEND HELP IMMEDIATELY!!!"

about 3 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

mbadolato Mmmmm I think we'll be ok (865 comments)

Are you ready for an era where the ignition key doesn't exist?

Before this we had:

Are you ready for an era where the hand crank doesn't exist?

And before this we had:

Are you ready for an era where the horse doesn't exist?

I have a feeling we'll get through it.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many (Electronics) Gates Is That Software Algorithm?

mbadolato Just like any other software project (365 comments)

Make up a number, then when they complain that it was way off, blame it on their management changing scope a hundred times throughout the life of the project!

about 8 months ago
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CMU AI Learning Common Sense By Watching the Internet

mbadolato Wait.... (152 comments)

Aren't "Common sense" and "the Internet" mutual exclusive things?

about 9 months ago
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Ars Technica Reviews iOS 7

mbadolato Re:The short version... (233 comments)

5) Safari performance is up
6) Battery life is down

7) And we have more excellent waterslides than any other planet we communicate with.

Sorry, had to go for a Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure tie-in. Long live Rufus!

about a year ago
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Happy 20th Birthday, FreeBSD

mbadolato Re:Mac OS X is not founded on FreeBSD (220 comments)

I cannot understand why year after year we have to bring this topic up... Gentlemen! Why can't you do your research and believe that Darwin is not based / founded on FreeBSD. Most of the Darwin / Mac OS X source code is from 386-BSD and not from the FreeBSD. Darwin Is a fork from 4.4 BSD fork 386-BSD fork made for NextStep. It's true it was updated with some of the components from the FreeBSD userland, but that is pretty minor.

So the page right on Apple's site, where it states:

Darwin 1.4.1 is the UNIX-based, open-source foundation of Mac OS X. It is based on FreeBSD and Mach 3.0 technologies and provides...

is incorrect then?

about a year ago
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What's the Best RSS Reader Not Named Google Reader?

mbadolato I just need syncing (287 comments)

I'm fine with not having the Google Reader interface as I use Reeder on Mac and iOS, but I rely on it's integration with Google Reader to 1) Have a unified place for all of my subscriptions so I don't need to manually add them (or export/import) and 2) Keep my Articles Read in sync so that I don't have to scroll through all the stuff I've already seen that day, when I get home or on another device.

I'm hoping Reeder and other RSS aggregators come up with their own cloud-based sync. Barring any current good alternatives, there's an opportunity for a start up there, me thinks.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Working With Awful Legacy Code?

mbadolato Re:Legacy Code is not the issue here (360 comments)

Get hold of Martin Fowler, “Refactoring” and Michael C Feathers, “Working Effectively with Legacy Code”

I would also add Robert C. Martin's “Clean Code” to that list. for a lot of great advice on writing code. It doesn't matter how many years you've been writing code (I'm at around 30 years of doing it), that book has very valuable information that you'll be able to use.

about 2 years ago
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Want to Change the Slashdot Logo? For 1 Day in October, You Can

mbadolato Re:dot slash, please (128 comments)

It's not a directory path. It's spoken URL hi-jinx. h-t-t-p-colon-slash-slash-slash-dot-dot-org

about 2 years ago
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Mark Zuckerberg's Big Facebook Mistake

mbadolato Re:Reality bites (418 comments)

Really? A TL:DR summary for 3 sentences? That's what we've come to?

more than 2 years ago
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A Look At the "Information Superhighway," As It Looked In 1985

mbadolato Al Gore was right on top of that! (241 comments)

Al Gore didn't go into the Senate until 1985. so inventing the Information Super Highway (née, Internet) must have been the very first thing he did when he got in office!

more than 2 years ago
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'Goofing Off' To Get Ahead?

mbadolato Goofing off to get ahead? (141 comments)

Well if that's all it takes, I have a former coworker who's about to be elected President of the United States

more than 2 years ago
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Billionaires and Polymaths Expected To Unveil a Plan To Mine Asteroids

mbadolato Re:Ohhhhhh! (531 comments)

No, but having a Jr on the end does typically mean it's the son of someone by the same name.

more than 2 years ago
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Billionaires and Polymaths Expected To Unveil a Plan To Mine Asteroids

mbadolato Ohhhhhh! (531 comments)

Ross Perot Jr. (son of Ross Perot)

Thanks for explaining that; we would have never figured it out on our own!

more than 2 years ago
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New Targeted Mac OS X Trojan Requires No User Interaction

mbadolato Re:Missing from summary (322 comments)

Not to mention that horrendous experience of connecting a backup hard drive, waiting 30 minutes then have the new OS installation reboot and be exactly how I had everything before doing a reinstall. That moronic process forces me to not waste 10 hours reinstalling everything, every time. Bastards.

more than 2 years ago
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Mosh: Modernizing SSH With IP Roaming, Instant Local Echo

mbadolato Re:Younger coders usually think they know best.. (158 comments)

When I had my Atari 800, I got an MPP-100C modem. It was a 300, but could go to 450. So if I dialed into a BBS that had a 1200 baud line, WOOHOO!

more than 2 years ago
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Slashdot Coming Attractions

mbadolato Re:Source code (410 comments)

Do you still provide the source code that runs the site? I remember that slashcode.com [slashcode.com] would track your changes in the past. Is this still true? I see that the last post there was in 2009.

The last time the public repository had any activity was September 2009. Trying to checkout the SF git repository appears to not work because there's no master branch, but it's easy enough to get at if you're familiar with git. However, last time I grabbed it, I put it on github to preserve it and get at it easier.

Just this week I decided to see if I could get the code running somewhere, because I was interested in seeing how Slashdot ran from an Admin perspective. It was a lot of work to get it going, but I finally got it (all told, maybe 6 hours of time). I used a Debian 6 (Lenny) image in VMWare Fusion because I was having problems getting it to work on a newer FreeBSD image. Also, mod_perl 1 will not compile if newer versions of Perl are on the system, but Lenny's default 5.10 worked fine.

For the most part, the INSTALL instructions were ok, and I found a few system packages I needed to have in order for the install to work properly. Also the MySQL SQL file for creating the database tables is broken and I had to fix it (syntax errors, plus some small tweaks to work with MySQL 5.1). In addition, the file is named differently than what the Slashcode install script is looking for, so it borked when running.

The git repository I linked above has my fixes on the 'development' branch. I also ran into a slight problem of ISE 500 when everything was up and I tried to hit the site, but that was simply a matter of tweaking the Apache config that was created. I now have a working Slash site on my home network to play around with.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Cloud Storage Is Lousy For Enterprises (and Individuals)

mbadolato Re:I never trusted the whole cloud thing (183 comments)

With storage stupid cheap, and computers continuing to increase in power, I just never saw the advantage to cloud storage

Looks like even the one benefit (offsite storage) isn't necessarily a benefit either. All Sidekick owners say "Thanks Microsoft and T-Mobile!!"

more than 4 years ago

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Tivo HD box for DirecTV finally available

mbadolato mbadolato writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mbadolato (105588) writes "Yeah, this sounds like an ad, but it's more an FYI for people that have been waiting for this. A few years ago, Tivo and DirecTV announced that they were working together again and would be producing a new DirecTivo HD box. It was originally slated for 2009. Then that date was missed and it was slated for early 2010. Then not another word was heard about it. Last week, I received an email from DirecTV telling me that the HD Tivo box was available and that I lived in one of the markets that could get it. I ordered the box and it arrived today. Vapor no more!

The box records up to 100 hours of HD or 400 hours of SD. It has two antenna inputs, two ethernet ports, a SATA port, HDMI, S-video, digital audio, components. Now the work day has to get through so I can go home and install it. The box cost me $199 and there's an $11 a month charge ($6 lease fee, and $5 Tivo service fee). I would have preferred to have just bought the box outright, but there was no option for that, and I didn't bother to see if the box was sold in stores yet."
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Christmas Light Guitar Hero

mbadolato mbadolato writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mbadolato (105588) writes "Guitar Hero, implemented in Christmas lights and playable on the garage door! From the description on the Youtube page: "What do you get when you mix a Christmas Light show with Guitar Hero? Christmas Light Hero! A real game you play with a wii wireless guitar controller. Optional TV screen is available if you get in trouble, but if you use the screen, you don't get your name in the high score list. Song is "Cliffs of Dover" by the incredible Eric Johnson. ""
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Parrot 1.0 slated for March 2009

mbadolato mbadolato writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mbadolato (105588) writes "The Parrot Developer Summit recently concluded, and with it came the Parrot release plan. According to Allison, "The release plan is to continue the monthly release schedule, but twice a year have a time-based release attached to a major version number"

- March 2009, 1.0, stable API for language developers
- July 2009, 1.5, integration
- January 2010, 2.0, production use
- July 2010, 2.5, portability
- January 2011, 3.0, independence
- July 2011, 3.5, green fields"

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mbadolato mbadolato writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mbadolato (105588) writes "The O'Reilly Network published a survey asking why people contribute to online forums, wikis, and other technical documentation. With over 350 responses, the results and analysis are published here

The article summarizes some of the debates concerning online gifting, presents the results of the survey, and attempts to analyze the meaning of the results."

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mbadolato mbadolato writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mbadolato (105588) writes "A few stories and blurbs stating:
An Australian computer programmer says he found the missing "a" from astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous first words from the moon in 1969. That's when the world heard the fabled phrase, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
The finding was made using sound editing software that enables handicapped people to communicate though their computers using nerve impulses.
The famous astronaut has maintained he intended to say it properly and believes he did. Thanks to some high-tech sound-editing software, computer programmer Peter Shann Ford might have proved Armstrong right.
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