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HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

mikein08 This is a very big deal (136 comments)

to those of us who know and love this OS. Very big. VMS is secure, stable (can run for years - yes I said years - without need of reboot), and the UI is about 99% intuitive (unlike unix/linux, windows, and others). Sometimes I think I'd un-retire for a chance to work in a good vms shop ...

about a month ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

mikein08 Yet another C variant? (636 comments)

Just what we need! Better compilers is what we really need, but that apparently is too difficult.

about 3 months ago
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Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

mikein08 The LGBT crowd must be placated! (384 comments)

Nintendo needs to tell the LGBT crowd to get a life, be concerned with real issues, and pound some sand in the process.

about 4 months ago
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Kids To Get the Best CS Teachers $15/Hr Can Buy

mikein08 Help me out here (157 comments)

The idea is to teach kids to code? In what language? And how long will that language be in vogue? Are we ever going to have a "universal" programming language? Or is the idea to teach the kids the fundamentals of computing, computers, programming, file structures, algorithms, etc? At present, we have a plethora - perhaps an excess - of programming languages, and new ones are popping up like weeds all the time. It seems to me that an ability to program - at least in some high level query-only language - is highly desirable, rather like the ability to use a calculator or smartphone. But if we try to teach everyone to program, are we not simply creating even more potential hackers than we already have, thus making everyone's everyday experiences on the internet even more insecure than they already are?

about 4 months ago
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Free Can Make You Bleed: the Underresourced Open Source

mikein08 You get what you pay for. (175 comments)

I don't trust "free" software. And never will. If you pay for software and it does not perform, you probably have a comeback on the vendor. If "free" software does not perform, you have no comeback on anyone, OpenSSL being exhibit one. And in case anyone was wondering, the ONLY reason "free" software has been so widely accepted by corporations is because it is supposedly "free". IMHO, free = crappy.

about 4 months ago
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The Ways Programming Is Hard

mikein08 Let's stop bitching about our jobs (278 comments)

Bad code keeps many, many, many people fully employed at good hourly rates. So be thankful for it.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Embodies the Gender Gap in Tech

mikein08 Maybe if more women wanted to be in IT (302 comments)

there would be more women it IT. Seems that IT is not an attractive career option for the ladies. BFD. Interior design is not an attractive career option for men, BFD. I worked in IT for 30+ years, but wouldn't do it again. Too much sitting, too much listening to incompetent management, too many clueless users who didn't know what they wanted or needed and couldn't be bothered to figure it out ("how do I know what I want until I see what I get"), never-ending software updates, greedy and incompetent vendors. But it did pay pretty well.

about 4 months ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

mikein08 Why the hate for Rice (448 comments)

The PC crowd have their collective shorts in a knot over this one, as they did with the Mozilla CEO situation. Seems you can't hold a political view which disagrees with the official PC/libtard position without them having a temper tantrum. And it's so easy to set these people off on a tantrum that it's tempting to do it on a regular basis just to watch them scream. But I digress. There are only 2 reasons I can think of to put Rice on the Dropbox board: her business acumen and her political connections.

about 5 months ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

mikein08 It's really annoying (303 comments)

There are security vulnerabilities seemingly EVERYWHERE. Do programmers not test their code anymore? Is there no testing protocol for security issues? Is no one embarrased to have released a piece of software that's so porous? I'm retired, and I can tell you that if I had written code with the security holes that modern programs and apps seem to have, I would have been unceremoniously fired very quickly by any and all of the several employers for whom I worked in my career. But that doesn't seem to happen today, unfortunately.

about 5 months ago
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Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services

mikein08 Anyone ever heard of a one-time pad (151 comments)

encrypt your message, send it in clear, no one but no one can decrypt it unless you give up the key. Never heard of one time pads? Google it.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

mikein08 Here's my advice (263 comments)

Stay right where you are: max out your pension fund contributions, enjoy the perks your current employer provides, and take some contract work on the side to satisfy your need for challenge. Figure out how much money you need to retire comfortably and work toward accumulating that money as fast as you can. Then retire. You'll be much happier. Trust me, not having to respond to an alarm clock 5 or more days a week is very nice.

about 6 months ago
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Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?

mikein08 This is nosense (259 comments)

Doesn't matter to me whether my ISP is feeding me data at 50 mbs or 100 gbs. 50mbs works just fine and handles my every need. Unless I am trying to watch 4 movies at once or somesuch as that. I suppose the average mormon family, with 2 adults and 6 or more kids, might need faster speeds, but I just don't believe the average household needs 100 gbs.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

mikein08 Some of my favorites (796 comments)

Edward Abbey - Desert Solitaire Ken Follett - The Pillars of the Earth Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged (I know, the (il)liberals here have no concept of what the woman is trying to get across, which does not surprise me, but it truly describes the situation into which we are ever more rapidly descending).

about 8 months ago
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If UNIX Were a Religion

mikein08 Screw Unix (392 comments)

VMS forever. Far more secure, far easier to use, far more features, and has an excellent built-in file system.

about 8 months ago
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Aaron Swartz Prosecution Team Claims Online Harassment

mikein08 Couple of things (429 comments)

As we know, there is no privacy anymore. Hence, prosecutors are going to be facing more and more of this sort of thing. You cannot hide. Ask that DA in Texas. Once prosecutors become aware of this, they might become smart enough to NOT mount silly prosecutions like this - but I doubt it. If you as a prosecutor think your own bureaucracy can protect you, think again. I'm predicting an increase in violence against prosecutors and law enforcement in general.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Employers Ban Smartphones?

mikein08 Well, you could get a "dumb" phone (510 comments)

They're cheap. I've managed to live without a "smart" phone for a very long time. Yes, they have some nice features, but nothing I cannot live without. And yes, your employer is perfectly justified in banning personal electronics on company property or a company functions. He does, after all, pay your salary.

about a year and a half ago
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New Documents Detail FBI, Bank Crack Down On Occupy Wall Street

mikein08 A bit of advice to OWS types (584 comments)

1. Do not carry any kind of ID on you. None. And remember, personal cell phones, esp. smart phones, are a form of ID. If you absolutely MUST have a phone with you, make sure it's not registered to you. 2. Do not talk to the cops. Not one word. 3. And, instead of "occupying wall street", you might try "occupying a job". Lastly, a question: did you vote for Obama? Remember, it's his minions who are spying on you.

about a year and a half ago
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Book Review: Version Control With Git, 2nd Edition

mikein08 Version control ... sigh ... (116 comments)

Version control was a solved problem 20+ years ago ... if you used VMS, that is ... Unfortunately VMS was never cool, for some reason I can't fathom.

about 2 years ago

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