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Comment Re:Glasses, contacts, lasik (Score 1) 197

Actually, not quite solved. It requires collaboration between the opthalmalogist/optician and the person.

I had terrible problems reading computer display screens until I worked with my optical experts and discovered the "reading" glasses are set for around an 18" focal point...but when I measure the distance from the plane of my eyes to the plane of the screen, it's about 25". If you're getting older, your "accommodation" (i.e., ability to do dynamic focusing on demand) diminishes, and so you're stuck with trying to focus about 7" in FRONT of the screen. That means the screen is beyond the point of best focus.

So, sit at your computer, in a chair you use often, with the display a distance away that is comfortable for you. Then, measure the distance between the center of the screen (irrespective of whether you can read that screen right now, or not) and the plane of your eyes (I have the measurement made with my eyes closed, so the tape measure can touch my eyelid; it helps to have a friend take the measurement for you). Take that number to your vision experts, and tell them that's you're preferred "focal distance" (the distance at which you want the best focus).

Those lenses will be useless for reading, because text will be all out of focus (too near the eye). You can have a pair of "reading" lenses, too...or, you can have bifocal lenses, which give you display-reading in the top half, and book/magazine reading in the bottom.

Incidentally, when you get older, and your lenses get "cataracts" (noticeable when oncoming cars, at night, have "startbursts" from the headlights), your lens replacement(s) will be fixed-focus at infinity, giving you great distance vision.

Comment Re:(Video) Not Available in your Country (Score 1) 63

That's a YouTube restriction. Unfortunately, it appears that the only sites that host this film have pirated it in Ireland, and put it up only on SCAMMER sites. I would hope there would be a downloadable version available as .mp4, so we can educate others about the magnificent achievements Boole made in understanding basic logic. I believe him to be as important to the evolution of computing as I do Alan Turing (where would Turing have been without Boole???).

Irish Television, RTE, could make the film available, but apparently the developers of the documentary wish to retain total control over it's distribution. I'm hoping someone puts the pirated version up on a Torrent, so the rest of us can learn from it, too.

Comment Open Source is no guarantee... (Score 1) 214

...but it admits to the possibilities that a) an enterprising white hat (or black hat) CAN inspect the code for integrity, logical structure, and fitness for purpose, and b) if a black hat can (or could, or does) exploit the code, a white hat can improve the code to close that security breach. Closed Source limits the potential white hats to those the intellectual property owner chooses...and they have little economic incentive to choose well or comprehensively, or ask for expensive comprehensive inspection of the code to find potential flaws, because it will increase their costs.

Comment Bad Habits? (Score 2) 497

We ALL fully document our code, have clear specifications before we write code, use meaningful variable names and rely on IDEs...amirite?

In my case, I only program (after doing it for pay for 45+ years) for myself, and I'm creating new stuff all the time, based on experience. For example, my backup strategy. It started out as a simple script to launch Drive Snapshot. It evolved, into having multiple, cascaded backups on one partition of the computer, which are replicated automatically to my main "server" in case the computer dies. Each computer in the office uses the same central repository. It's got bells and whistles that make my job a lot easier when I experiment...if I try some new app and it trashed Windows, I just roll back to last night's backup. (I believe in 100% backups of all computers...including the server...every night, and schedule "fixit/improve it" time first thing in the morning, so I can rollback and lose nothing.)

So, personally, I now break all the rules, and let my needs dictate the code I write. It isn't specified, it's an evolving organism in my small environment.

Oh, and I'm doing all that in cmd files...might consider upgrading to something exotic, like AutoIt, someday, but I've been saying that for four years now...

Comment Re:Switch to Linux (Score 1) 193

Nonsense! You're just trading one O.S. for another, and one that--in the wider world--is more obscure and harder to find support for. I build Windows systems that are as reliable as Linux systems...and a LOT more secure because of regular Updates. (P.S.: I use both Windows and Linux; I don't use Mac because I don't like closed eco-systems any more than I like Monsanto's GMO seeds for the same reason: It's harder to determine what is happening inside.)

Comment Find A Good Local SysAdmin (Score 5, Interesting) 193

I offer free service to many older folks in my community (56 years in the business; you do the math), and don't charge them for calls less than 30 minutes. 80% of the time it's helping them figure out what to do, not fix something like a broken drive. The other day, a friend (a year older than me) asked for help, I started CHKDSK, he bought me lunch, and we had a great time. I DO charge for heavier stuff (like people who consistently do the same dumb acting as if they understand what an "Active partition" is, for example, and try to make every partition "Active"), and for initially configuring a new computer so it will remain reliable for a long time.

These off-shore services always break something that will force a new, billable call in a few weeks, so they can boost revenue. I've NEVER known any reliable, phone-support, reputable organization, unless you have an annual contract.

Kudos to you for taking care of your elders; so many adults don't.

Comment This is ignorance at it peak!!! (Score 1) 281

Just one simple issue reverses the ignorant "reversal" touted above: A team of 5 five people who have to maintain bilateral, substantive communications with 4 others, has a total of 20 paths of dialog to maintain, so the project can be completed in five months..

For a team of 25, there are 25*24 paths: A total of 600. And, only one month.

So, FIRST, you have 5 programmers with 20 total dialogs going on, and it endures for five months. The alternative offered is 25 programmers with 600 paths of communication, and it all has to be done one month. When do you do YOUR thinking?

If you can't see the fallacy in that comparison, you are a typical, incompetent "business manager" who's can't write the BASIC program to print "Hello, World".

Fred's empirical observation still stands, to this day.

Comment Re:stupid summary (Score 1) 60

Unfortunately, you can't actually use much of the Internet without higher speeds. The FCC itself defines "Broadband" as 25 Mb/s and above. That's virtually a minimum threshold to do anything like generating revenue with a business that relies on the Internet.

Try it out yourself: Throttle your own bandwidth back to, say, 3 Mb/s (great ghost of DSL!) for a week and notice how little you can actually get done. Google Maps are a drag, Amazon seems like you're trying to communicate with Venus (or the Pioneer), even social media is nearly impossible. eMail is acceptable at that speed, but don't bother trying to attach anything, or your Internet service is saturated for minutes-to-hours. Now, add to that, Microsoft's demand you download Windows 10, and you've wiped out your bandwidth for a month.

Comment Re:stupid summary (Score 1) 60

It's not about being "more efficient." It's about getting the investment capital.

All Utilities are like that. When San Francisco wanted electricity at the turn of the 20th century, they first had to build the huge Hetch Hetchy dam in rural California. Next they had to install electrical generators. Then they had to string all the towers and cable to bring that electricity back to the Peninsula. Then they had to wire the streets (with industry getting first service). AFTER all that capital expenditure, they could bill for their first dollar of revenue. We don't have an economy that allows that anymore.

And on the seventh day, He exited from append mode.