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Ask Slashdot: Best Approach To Reenergize an Old Programmer?

ynohoo No COBOL? (360 comments)

Curious how you managed to avoid COBOL, did you believe all the "COBOL is dead" propaganda? There are still plenty of well-paid COBOL contracts out there, your Assembler experience may be relevant.

about 2 years ago

What's Keeping You On XP?

ynohoo no debug under Win7 for older IDE's (879 comments)

We support products written in a couple of older versions of Delphi, which cannot run debug under Windows 7. There are no plans that I know about to transfer these products to a later version of Delphi, and the released products run under Windows 7. So we will need to keep XP installations around for the foreseeable future to support these products.

more than 2 years ago

Of Diamond Planets, Climate Change, and the Scientific Method

ynohoo Re:Duh. (821 comments)

price of a incandescent bulb: 50c
price of a neon replacement: $5

Are you lucky enough to have never had less than five bucks in your pocket?

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Web Site Editing Software For the Long Haul?

ynohoo Re:Notepad (545 comments)

Web-designers will throw their hand up in horror, but good old HTML2 frames still work just fine, just be careful about escaping the frame when linking out of the site. See sig for example. HTML2 is also readable by mere mortals, a feature which later versions have endevoured to remove.

more than 3 years ago

Wikipedia Edits Around the World

ynohoo the French... (85 comments)

did they leave them out just to annoy them?

more than 3 years ago

Single-Player Game Model 'Finished,' Says EA Exec

ynohoo EA finished says single-player gamers (439 comments)

Who cares about their retarded business model? I cannot recall the last EA game I bought. Not that I didn't buy one, it just wasn't memorable.

more than 3 years ago

Aussie Government Gives PDF the Thumbs Down

ynohoo Re:Aussies IT Directors Retarded (179 comments)

So where is the free PDF editor? Never mind, there isn't one.

Who wants dead tree format anyway? Most times I follow a link and discover the content is PDF, I give it a pass. If you want to publish on the web, use HTML.

more than 3 years ago

Oxford Scientists Say Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats

ynohoo Re:From the No-shit-sherlock department (716 comments)

A hypothesis is that dogs became domesticated through captured wolf cubs being trained, whereas cats started hanging out with humans when we started storing grain and they found a ready supply of rodents. Cats got used to being around humans, rather than being actively domesticated.

more than 3 years ago

Search Engine Optimization Poisoning Way Up In '10

ynohoo in my experience, not as bad as Bing (175 comments)

Just yesterday I wanted to download VLC media player. Top link on Bing: repackaged with junk seach engine and crapware newsletters. Top link on Google: the home site which linked to the sourceforge download. Of course Microsoft could be doing that on purpose for Open Source software...

more than 3 years ago

Online Ads, Privacy Remain In FTC Crosshairs

ynohoo Don't accept cookies? (95 comments)

I only accept cookies from sites I trust. Yes this sometimes causes problems on untrusted sites - which gives me further reason to not trust them! If a web designer does not anticipate "no cookie" users, their intention is to give your privacy a good shafting.

more than 4 years ago

Zoho Don't Need No Stinking Ph.D. Programmers

ynohoo Re:My experience with the US government rules (612 comments)

You start him with "B" visa, hiring him via a Canadian agency, who pay him from Canada. While he works for you, you send him to a local community college to get the extra points, qualifying him for a "J" visa, at which point you can cut the Canadian agency out of the loop. When he gets the extra points, you switch him to an "H" visa, and support his green card application. Thats how it worked back in the 90's, anyway. Except I stuck with the agency, then got left high and dry when the development work dried up before Y2K,and I returned to Europe. I was pleasantly surprised, some parts of your country are quite civilised ;)

more than 4 years ago

Cory Doctorow On For the Win, Gold Farming, and DRM

ynohoo Re:What a tool (179 comments)

As a geek a decade older than this particular fruit-bat, I can assure you he's right on the monkey.

Fuck off back to Digg where you belong.

more than 4 years ago

America Versus the UFO Hacker

ynohoo Re:Are Slashdotters too emotional? (452 comments)

If the US did not have such a fondness for extreme prison sentence length, it would be a simpler issue. To quote the article:

If McKinnon is extradited, he could be given a 70-year sentence in a high-security prison (he would, as an overseas national, be considered a "flight risk", hence imprisonment with violent criminals rather than in an open prison). If tried in the UK - his home country, and where he was living when he committed the crimes he admits to - the sentence would be more lenient. As the human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, QC told me: "The real impropriety of the McKinnon case is the disproportionality in the merciful sentence that he would have received here and the sentence that awaits him."

more than 4 years ago

iPad Bait and Switch — No More Unlimited Data Plan

ynohoo all mobile Data plans are unreasonable (670 comments)

They seem to think they are in competition with Internet cafes instead of broadband providers. The result is that mobile internet is strictly for fashion victims.

more than 4 years ago

GCC Moving To Use C++ Instead of C

ynohoo welcome to 1985! (546 comments)

Nice to see they are not easily swayed by the "fashion victims" of more recent languages.

more than 4 years ago

Lawmakers Want a Space Shuttle In New York City

ynohoo you let MIR die... (246 comments)

You burnt MIR up in a forced re-entry, when it would have just as easy to park it in a safe orbit for future generations, but you want to stick this bus in a museum?

America, your make me sick.

more than 4 years ago

Rupert Murdoch Hates Google, Loves the iPad

ynohoo Re:f this dirty old white man (412 comments)

Just strip them of citizenship and stick them on a boat back to Oz - if only our politicians weren't running scared of them.

more than 4 years ago


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Slashdot .sig's

ynohoo ynohoo writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I have been collecting amusing slashdot users' .sig's for a while, and have posted them at for you delectation.

If you claim copyright, let me know and I'll accredit or remove, as you prefer.

If one of your 10,000 random monkeys claims copyright,
give me his contact number and we'll headhunt him ; )

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