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Comment: Re:Apparently the trolls are out here, too (Score 1) 1188

I think Slashdot ought to consider that some articles, especially those about anonymous internet trolls going open loop, might be set to not allow anonymous posting.

I totally agree that those people should only be free to say the kinds of things we believe. I can't imagine the anarchy of allowing everyone the freedom to speak their opinion, however repugnant.

Comment: Re:anyone remember when (Score 1) 314

by Just Some Guy (#47766407) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

My first computer with a hard drive was an Amiga 2000 that came with a 120MB Maxtor. I was gleeful at its blinding speed and unfathomable capacity compared to my older floppy-based system. So much so, in fact, that I spent quite a few hours brilliantly doing the AmigaDOS equivalent of cp -R /media/floppy / so that I'd never have to bother with those slow things again.

That was perhaps my first introduction to the importance of namespaces, a lesson which I carry with me unto this day.

Comment: Re: Switched double speed half capacity, realistic (Score 1) 314

by Just Some Guy (#47766277) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive
Why would they have lower seek times? It seems like lateral, track-to-track movement would be at the same speed regardless of position. And since rotational velocity is constant, the average time for a sector in the current track to come around should be identical. What's missing from that line of thinking?

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 522

Let's put this in geek terms:

You're using "free" in the RMS sense, where the market itself is liberated. You and I agree on this. A free market is one that has been liberated from monopolists and others who want to lock it down for their own benefit.

The Koch brothers want a free-as-in-BSD market where they are free to manipulate it as they see fit without allowing others to benefit.

Which freedom is more important - that of the market or that of the actors in the market? I suppose the answer boils down to your demographic. If you're one of the billionaires who doesn't want to work for a living, you probably want the latter version so that you can run roughshod over rules meant to keep one person from screwing it up for everyone. If you are literally anyone else on the entire planet, you should probably prefer the first definition.

Comment: Re:Already? (Score 1) 251

by Just Some Guy (#47758147) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

However, there are number of inexpensive (under $10) and free utilities that fixes the interface so that you boot to the desktop and never see it. But... most consumers wouldn't be smart enough to know this. They were forced to use the new UI.

I'm smart enough to know it, but dumb enough not to bother. I'm not an extensive UI customizer (outside of when using Linux and a tiling window manager) - you dance with the date you brought. If I'm on a Mac, I use it like a Mac because that's how all apps, settings, and utilities expect you to use it. Why fight against the current? I'll use the keyboard prefs to put the control key in the right place, but other than that, OK, today I'm a Mac user.

Same with Windows. Sure, I could install a shell that works the way I'm used to everywhere else. But that's struggling against The One True (Terrible) Way and seems futile. Worse, it means I'll only be proficient on that one particular computer, and somewhat lost when using someone else's. When in Windows, I do as the Windows does.

You can know all about the alternative interfaces and still not choose to use them. Personally, I just adopted the approach of not using Windows at all, ever, unless I absolutely have to. It's served me pretty well so far.

Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 808

by Just Some Guy (#47751315) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

My story: Been using Linux and BSD heavily since the 90s. I don't really care if you spell "restart foo" as "/etc/init.d/foo restart", "/usr/local/etc/rc.d/ restart" "service foo restart", "systemctl restart foo", or just "pkill foo && foo". As an end user of the init systems, those are fungible.

As a developer of things that uses the init systems, there's a huge difference. SysV and BSD inits are close enough in functionality that if you learn one, you can pick up the other. systemd changes that totally, in ways that many of us aren't convinced are actually better. I love learning new stuff! I just changed jobs to learn new stuff! New stuff is cool... but only as long as there's a reason for it. I don't see systemd as being advantageous, at least on the server machines where I spend my days.

I'll be happy to pick up systemd if and when 1) there's no alternative short of maintaining my own private Debian fork, or 2) I can see a reason I'd want to rip out the tried and true, Unix-philosophy-conformant "do one thing and do it well" init systems we have today. As of this moment, systemd seems to do way too much. Given that it's a single point of failure for an entire host, that makes me distrustful.

Comment: Re:BTSync (Score 1) 273

by Just Some Guy (#47750669) Attached to: Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

I bought a Synology NAS and it comes with something called Cloud Station, which is basically Dropbox. You install the client on your machines and it keeps your ~/CloudStation folder in sync with your own NAS. Your data never leaves your personal control. I currently have about 4TB of open storage, which is a little more than the 8GB or so of Dropbox I've accumulated over the years.

I'm sure other NASes offer similar arrangements. Pick one you like, install it, then forget the whole idea of paying some company $$$ per month and praying they care about your privacy.

Comment: Re:Agile can fuck off. (Score 5, Insightful) 239

by Just Some Guy (#47724723) Attached to: Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

To be fair, Agile can be freaking awesome. I worked at a devotedly Agile shop and it was a developerocratic utopia. After the few meetings we had, all participants walked away with legitimate action items. You didn't just get called in to listen to something that didn't concern you - if you were invited, it's because you were specifically needed.

I've also worked in places where Agile was a stultifying cover story for "actually waterfall but that doesn't sound as cool so we'll never admit it". That might be the kind of /dev/hell you found yourself stuck in. But that's not Agile Done Right, and shops that Do Agile Right really do exist.

Comment: Re:Working from home (Score 2) 161

by Just Some Guy (#47721135) Attached to: Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Should companies pay for part of the cable bill when employee are required to work from home?

I'm perfectly happy with the compensation of "we'll let you use the Internet connection you already had if you want to not come into the office and be distracted by a hundred meetings and other interruptions".

Comment: Re:us other engineers matter, too (Score 1) 371

If you're good you should be in charge of more people

Ummm, no. The skills required to be a good engineer are not the skills required to be a good manager of engineers. There's some overlap, sure, but you can be an outstanding engineer but have poor leadership skills, or be an amazing and revered leader but terrible at actually designing the stuff your people are working on.

You should be in charge of exactly as many people as you are good at being in charge of. That's unrelated to how good you are at being one of the workers.

Comment: Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (Score 0) 427

by Just Some Guy (#47673365) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Programming is complex, system's programming doubly so and C++ is designed to help reduce that complexity, while at the same time remaining resource efficient, when it's used correctly. If it's too hot to handle for you there is always Visual Basic.

Or Go, which looks a lot like C Done Right, was designed for systems programming, and has a positively minimal learning curve compared to C++. I get why C++ exists and what problems it aims to solve, but I don't think I'd want to have to use it to solve those problems when there are more programmer-friendly alternatives.

UNIX was half a billion (500000000) seconds old on Tue Nov 5 00:53:20 1985 GMT (measuring since the time(2) epoch). -- Andy Tannenbaum