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Comment: extremists are extreme (Score 3, Interesting) 759

is it really news that a subset of people hate men and wish to eradicate gender? the more airtime these people get, the more they get to push their agenda and market themselves. so you hate the penis and have no sense of humour, great. stop complaining and go get some therapy.

Comment: Re:Should be called "Whine at Slashdot" (Score 1) 809

by Idimmu Xul (#49052497) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

if you don't know the basics of public/private key cryptography, you'll get ass hat developers passing their private SSH keys around instead of their public ones, wasting a lot of people's time who will have to run about doing damage control.

If, as a developer, you think your job starts and ends in an IDE, you're going to be a shit developer if you are unable to navigate the systems and infrastructure you are developing for.

Comment: Re:Probably not... (Score 3, Insightful) 136

by Idimmu Xul (#49011019) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is There a Web Development Linux Distro?

Exactly this, thread over.

You should be developing for the platform you're deploying to, whether that's a series of company maintained servers or some random CPanel hosting you've bought for $1 a month.

The best way is to bake yourself an image you can run from scratch each time that gets installed and configured to a known outcome, hello Puppet/Chef/Ansible/Vagrant/etc/etc

That gives you the benefit on developing on what ever platform with whatever toolset you like the most and an extremely reliable test platform that accurately mirrors your deployment platform.

Otherwise you open yourself and your code to all kinds of unnecessary bugs later on.

Comment: Re:Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Die (Score 1) 958

by Idimmu Xul (#48975869) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness

When I was a student I made myself very ill by eating Asda ready meals 3 times a day, not all ready meals are healthy.

People definitely don't know what vitamins are in their food and which are missing.

I would love to see some citations that show your varied meal plan would be 100% nutritionally complete. I don't think I've ever met anyone who has a steak 7 times a week and/or eats fish 7 times a week though.

Comment: Re:Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Die (Score 2) 958

by Idimmu Xul (#48965837) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness

Bullshit the former, of course right the later. It has never been the standard that a healthy person needs any kind of vitamin suplement aside of what comes with a varied and healthy diet. Big pharma will say otherwise, of course.

Whilst technically correct, the amount of people eating a diet that provides all the vitamins they need is minimal in this fast food world we live in. Whilst you can survive and live quite happily with a minimal intake of things like omega fats, supplementing with them, and many other vitamins, can be advantageous.

To simply say we as a society don't need vitamin supplements because we all eat varied diets is as much a fallacy as a marketer saying we are all deficient in all vitamins.

Comment: Broscience .. (Score 2) 958

by Idimmu Xul (#48965679) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness

Athletes and bodybuilders have managed to have their diet and fitness nailed for decades, it's only the common joe that seems to be confused.

This issue is less the fault of science and more the fault of marketing. Marketers will latch on to any scientific study, however tenuous, to push a product and the news will happily inflate their claims for headlines, e.g. the thoroughly debunked '1 glass of red wine is the same as an hour of exercise' study released recently. It's not scientists making these claims, its marketers and news reporters.

Corporations that lobby politicians to to sell more of their products also aren't helping. The US food pyramid isn't the fault of scientists, its the fault of farmers wanting to sell more grain. Michelle Obama's attempts to revamp America's food issues are being thwarted by huge corporations with deep pockets and news reporters siding with the opposition doing their utmost to paint any attempts for nutritional revamp in a bad light. None of those guys are scientists.

If you want to learn about nutrition and exercise get away from the marketing and the news and start looking at what athletes and bodybuilders are doing. They've been doing it for a long time and if you look closely a lot of what they do is backed up by science. Eating grilled chicken/steak/fish with brown rice and steamed vegetables and doing weight lifting/high intensity interval training doesn't grab headlines though and takes effort.

Comment: Re:This really is a man's world... (Score 1) 377

by Idimmu Xul (#48570839) Attached to: Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

I know it's a good image for this purpose, it's just the origin that is really sexist.

Forgive my ignorance, but how is this image sexist and/or how is it's source (Playboy?) sexist?

In order for something to be sexist doesn't it in some way have to discriminate between sexes?

Comment: The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (Score 4, Informative) 270

by Idimmu Xul (#47924369) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

I looked in to Cobol rolls as a potential career shift as I keep reading on Slashdot how amazing a Cobol job can be...

After a quick scan of most UK job sites for Cobol in London (where all the banks are ..) e.g.

http://www.indeed.co.uk/Cobol-...

Pretty much all roles are £40l-£60k a year and require some kind of real world, commercial experience with Cobol/mainframes etc etc

That's not that exciting, The salaries are lower than equivalent positions in other areas of development. You have to work for someone like Lloyds. Chances are you'll need to wear a suit to work. Have to work in London. By definition, you're going to be supporting ancient, systems which have undergone years of maintenance by probably dozens of different developers and it's going to be super enterprisey, loaded to the gills with change control and red tape, etc etc.

I don't get it.. sounds awful..

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