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Comment Re:Start over (Score 1) 191

That does not make this thread's OP incorrect in using it. It does mean, though, that you've essentially dropped to character assassination, simply because you don't like him using it in the recently dictionary validated way.

Now that the usage is officially correct, after being added to many dictionaries over the last few years, people need to just get over it. That means, that when someone uses it, changing:

"I *hate* that, it is incorrect usage"


"I *hate* that, it *should* be incorrect usage, so I'll make up some arbitrary insult about that usage, due to my emotional dislike of it in that context."

is quite .... unfair? Stubborn? Self-satisfying? Not sure which, but something akin to those.

Realistically, you (and others in this thread) that dislike this word, in this usage, are suffering from "old man" syndrome.

The world is changing! Everything has gone to weed! Bah!

Embrace change, in a dynamic language.

NOTE: I say this as someone that *hates* incorrect usage. Its versus it's is my big "bah". I keep posting crap like this:

"How to keep its and it's straight! It is the same as hers and his. Why?

Well, my premise is that it used to be "hes", but morphed to 'his' over the years. So:

he => hes => his
her => hers
it => its"

So.. I DO SYMPATHIZE. However, if its and it's were somehow merged in the dictionary, I think I'd have to give it up.

The war is over. The battle is lost. There is no going back, no reversion, for literally all eternity, literally has changed. ;)

The best you can hope for at this point, is that in a few hundred years dictionaries change that second definition to 'archaic'.. like I've seen for some other words.

Comment Re:sdfvzzvxc (Score 1) 212

I might add, the concept that an add on to an alarm system, one that can trigger alarms or silence them, should receive automatic updates without any way to intervene, is bizarre.

Envisacorp couldn't comprehend that some users might want to control that process. To be able to rollback. To not have forced updates. And, as is always the case with such a policy, there were lots of 'this update did this!' complaints in their support forum. Which is another vital reason why one might want to firewall of their IP.

(And, frankly, firewalls should be inclusive not exclusive, so they were just firewalled off by default.. another thing that they found confusing. Great for a security system company, yes?)

Frankly, these guys didn't even get the concept that security should be involved in an alarm system. For example, their web page portal is http, and they also have telnet. Bah.

Comment sdfvzzvxc (Score 1) 212

There are lots of IP/Net modules that you can connect to traditional alarm systems. These often allow IP based control over the alarm system, reporting, etc.

Just be careful what system you buy. I bought an envisacor add on to my alarm system, and it's fairly poor. Worse, they insist on phoning home (not to the alarm center, but to their corporate center), and if you firewall of their IP.. their system reboots every 15 minutes.

(Why would I want an external 3rd party entity I don't even know, receiving unknown data about my alarm system is incomprehensible. Especially considering that this includes when the system is armed and disarmed, when specific zones are triggered (think motion detectors as you walk about the house), and more. Including, for some systems, listening to audio and watching video! Heh!))

Anyhow, there is no way to control/alter that behaviour. Couple that with poor envisacor support, and you won't be happy. So, definitely stick with something usable.

That said, yes.. it can be nice to integrate, but really -- get a real alarm center. You don't want to get an SMS or email saying "ZONE 1 OPEN" (your front door), then have to ssh into something to see what the situation is, then decide if you want to call the police, etc.

Once I got past the lame shortcoming of the envisacor module, I scripted things so that I only get SMS alerts for network events when I'm not at home. My phone is off when I'm at home, so nothing was more annoying than 100 SMS messages when I turned the thing on...

So, sure, lots of things you vcan do. As well as SSH in to your home, and remotely disarm the system if someone visits...

Comment Re:Literally (Score -1, Troll) 307



Erm. Here's something to LITERALLY drive you insane! ;)

With the way literally is being used, quite literally it will soon have a new meaning added to high profile dictionaries.

And then literally will also mean literally, and you'll go mad with frustration. ;)

TAKE THAT SIR! TAKE THAT, and find yourself in a corner, shivering and curled up in a ball of denial.

Hehe. Sorry, it's too early here.

Comment Re: And we care because...why? (Score 1) 280

And I might add -- the whole point of my above statement, is simply this.

If women don't want to be in the field, WHO CARES. All that is important is that there are no blockers if a woman DOES want to be in the field, and she is capable.

That's it. Anything else is an INSULT to women. The thought process that "We need to HELP these POOR, INCOMPETENT, TIMID creatures get into a workplace" is absurd beyond comprehension.

Women are STRONG. They don't need YOUR help, or ANYONE's help, as long as artificial blockers to employment are not in place.

As for language, and "how people act", what the hell man? I've met women that are far more foul then men. If you want the workplace to change, then fine, it can change. But it had better not change for one sex or the other, but for logical reasons.

Comment Re: And we care because...why? (Score 1) 280

No, it is very much different. Your example of sameness (help clients and keep things running smoothly) could be said of computing versus hvac equipment. So what if you still help clients? You do that at McDonalds too! So what if you have to maintain something?

You have to maintain and keep any number of things running smoothly, from a slushie machine to a high end server farm. That doesn't make them the same, but good try at trying to pretend that someone could be parachuted in from 30+ years ago, or even 20 years ago, and be able to do the job today.

No. Way. It is an ENTIRELY new field. New management techniques. A new place in the business place. More widespread. More complex, by FAR in a variety of different ways.

But all of this is a red herring! Who the hell cares how many people of what type were in the computing field $x years ago. It is an utterly meaningless metric. So many things change over decades, not only the field itself, but society as a whole, schools, societal norms, you name it!

Yet, you're picking on some unrelated example, and thinking that it has to do with what's inside. It isn't. Look at the world in its entirety.

Perhaps there are good, high paying jobs in other fields? Perhaps there are fewer women that want to be in the workplace? Or, any number of things?

Further -- sexism is about equal opportunity, not equality. Women are NOT men. They are NOT THE SAME as men. At all! Why?

Because we're using the plural, and the plural allows one to use statistics to validate data on large sets.

Individually? Sure, there are smart women, educated women, women that WANT to be educated, and women that beat out men in many metrics. Equality is all about ensuring that even though metrics exist, that stipulate that a certain group tends to be "this way", that the *individual* gets the change to show their own skillset.

So, it is absolutely, 100% not wrong to say "Women are not well suited to technology fields in general". Because it is *true*.

The very important thing, however, is that "no one is left behind" due to the above valid assertion. Because yeah, individually, there are some kick ass women out there, in this field -- and others that can contribute equally well.

Comment Re: And we care because...why? (Score 1) 280

Good grief.

I keep hearing how women used to be large part of the programming community.


It's like comparing how many people worked creating clothing, centuries back. Yup, a lot more of them were men.

Now they're women or children in third world nations. There is LITERALLY NO COMPARISON!

Programming 30 years ago, was so different in environment, in the way it was done, the languages, what you needed to know, the work methodology... that it was an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT FIELD!

Equality isn't declining. It never existed. So, ask yourself, why?

Comment Re: Poor example (Score 1) 451

In Quebec, Ontario and BC (places I've lived), school zones have speed restrictions, but only when defined. In Quebec, for example, that's 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, September to June. All to 30kmph signs say just this, too.

And here, travelling more than 15kmph under the speed limit is ticketable too.

Comment Re:Hang on a minute... (Score 1) 747

Yes, I most certain do "honestly, seriously" sometimes wonder that.

"Wonder", in this context, can be understood to mean many things. Including, speculative thinking.

Speculative thinking is at the heart of all invention, all development, all creation.

It is often called 'an imagination', which often can bear fertile fruit and great change to society. Other times, it provides amusement and entertainment. Sometimes, when you think of something poorly implemented, and put forward without technical merits, you try to think of why such a thing might exist. You wonder "what if".

But of course you are just a troll, looking for any way to criticize any form of speech you can... so, I suppose there is little point mentioning this to you.

Comment Re:Hang on a minute... (Score 4, Insightful) 747

I honestly, seriously sometimes wonder if systemd is Skynet... or, a way for Skynet to 'waken'.

And if Pottering isn't just a T3 from the future or some such, working to prepared the existing internet for it to awaken.

I mean, really -- honestly, he has essentially re-written the entire userland, as one package, maintained by one. More kernel patches are next.

Comment hmm (Score 1) 23

While I would not draw a clock as per the example image, I've always been *crappy beyond belief* at drawing circles, you name it. Hell, my hand writing makes chicken scratch look like fine art.

For the circle, I'd get the numbers in the approximate correct place, you know, put 9 and 3 and 12 and 6 in first -- but, I can imagine people that never really drew much, perhaps not even thinking about that ahead of time.

So yeah, my circle might be as misshapen as the one in the example article. And, someone that is poor at makin' a circle as me, but has also never thought of the clock-draw, pre-set your numbers concept -- may do just as the example did.

My point is that the pen is an excellent idea, but the doctor's subjective opinion is a detractor AND an benefit. The pen will get rid of both sides of the equation. I'm not sure how accurate it will be, and it may be more of a 'this is a cool product!" that isn't wanted or needed.

(I'm willing to bet that if you ask many doctors, they'll say "My educated, well informed opinion on test outcome is a benefit, not a detractor!")

There can be no twisted thought without a twisted molecule. -- R. W. Gerard