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Comment: Re:COBOL and FORTRAN (Score 1) 380

by Errol backfiring (#47869785) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

I would not replace it with something new, but migrate it to something maintainable.

you know the mantra:

  • If it ain't broke, maintain it
  • If it's broke, either repair it or discard it
  • If it's beyond maintenance, it's definitely broke

The fact that it is a core business system does not provide an excuse, it makes it even worse.

Comment: Re:No surprise, but a bad idea (Score 1) 97

by Errol backfiring (#47869769) Attached to: Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms
You'd be surprised. My compost toilet is a "collector" type, so it is basically a bin with a toilet seat on top (see http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... ) and it must be emptied on a compost pile. So the composting should take place outside the toilet itself. However, the composting process already starts in the toilet and hardly needs any mass at all. It just needs rest and the right ingredients.

Comment: Re:COBOL and FORTRAN (Score 1) 380

by Errol backfiring (#47862643) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

, but he was also getting paid something like 4-5x his previous salary as a consultant to maintain the systems he used to simply because there wasn't anybody else on the planet who knew it.

Wow, that is an extremely expensive mistake. He's bound to take his final breath at the least convenient moment. In fact, the later the less convenient. If you rely on tools that much and have no control over it, you have a very dangerous business.

Comment: Re:No surprise, but a bad idea (Score 4, Informative) 97

by Errol backfiring (#47832847) Attached to: Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

Nothing new. If you have a compost toilet, you will have encountered spontaneous mushroom growth on your compost pile often enough. Also edible ones, like inkcaps. There is nothing against seeding it with a known mushroom kind. When you do that for your own household, you will know what diseases you have, and you get them anyway or are already resistant to them. Also know that the compost process kills any disease over time, and most diseases within days.

But I would never add a plastic, chemically poisoned diaper to my compost pile. Most modern diapers are chemical waste and need to be processed as such.

Comment: Re:Too simple (Score 1) 588

by Errol backfiring (#47806787) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study
I am talking in this case about the sliced meat you eat on bread. In the local shop, only the super-expensive, high-garlic "Italian" meat is sugar-free. The rest contains both sugar AND at least one kind of syrup. The ingredient list is on the back side, so if you see, for example, roasted chicken meat, you would not think that it would contain anything else than roasted chicken. But if you turn over the package, you see what junk is used to produce it. Hey, but it is organic junk!

Comment: Too simple (Score 5, Interesting) 588

by Errol backfiring (#47805765) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

That is a bit too simple. Lots of modern food contains so much energy that our internal alarm switches are blown off-line. Therefore, you don't feel full anymore and you keep eating. That is called Insulin resistance (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... ) It is hard to overeat on apples. It is easy to overeat on sweets.

Off course, the food industry just loves to create food that makes you keep eating, because that will also make you buy more of it. That is why even organic meat contains sugar and all kinds of syrup nowadays. The first step to a healthy life is to eat real food.

Comment: Open it up: "internet of electrical devices" (Score 1) 117

by Errol backfiring (#47754701) Attached to: Securing the US Electrical Grid
Design the grid in such a way that devices (solar generators, wind generators, storage like your hyped elecrical car) can plug on and off. Allow anyone to build his own grid. That way, you can easily detach your own local grid when the "Big Bad Grid" has been compromised. Off course, this means getting the control OUT of the hands of monopolistic companies and governments must somehow grow a facilitating mindset. Mind you, control is still necessary, but it does not need to come from technical dinosaurs.
Security

Securing the US Electrical Grid 117

Posted by samzenpus
from the locking-things-down dept.
An anonymous reader writes The Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC) launched a project to bring together representatives from the Executive Branch, Congress, and the private sector to discuss how to better secure the U.S. electric grid from the threats of cyberattack, physical attack, electromagnetic pulse, and inclement weather. In this interview with Help Net Security, Dan Mahaffee, the Director of Policy at CSPC, discusses critical security challenges.

Comment: Re:Guilty (Score 1) 102

by Errol backfiring (#47746053) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges
It is totally relevant. By outlawing something harmless you create an artificial crime scene. Oh come on, there are STILL movies made about alcohol, the US and gangsters with "Chicago Typewriters". Off course any government who actually promotes crime can also use it to conveniently accuse anyone to be a criminal.

1 + 1 = 3, for large values of 1.

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