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Comment: Re: Do not (Score 1) 121

by dargaud (#49556203) Attached to: Liquid Mercury Found Under Mexican Pyramid

An intelligent person from say Pharonic times, would be able to understand modern technology after some exposure to it.

It's something that somewhat pissed me off in the movie The Mummy: they used Imhotep as the bad mummy came back to life. It's an insult to that guy who was a true genius of Galileo/Newton/Einstein caliber. 5 millennia ago he wrote medical texts, built the very first pyramid (still standing), invented collumns, performed surgery, astronomy, poetry, philosophy, was a prime minister, was born a commoner but was accorded divine status after his death... One of his diagnostics is still used in current medical textbooks. Come one Hollywood, have some respect ! OK, besides that, the film was halfway decent.

Comment: Re:i educate (Score 1) 190

by dargaud (#49436055) Attached to: How do you contribute to open source projects?

Proprietary (and supported)

Well, if only that was true... I remember a long time ago (Win95 ?) I applied a service pack in a different language than the OS. The result was a clusterfuck. I called MS and from the conversation I could tell that something wasn't right. After a while I asked: "It sounds like you think I'm using a pirated version", which I wasn't (full on-site license with hundreds of seats). I think it was my beginning of a search for something better.

Comment: Re:Stop Now (Score 1) 626

TL;DR: Attempting to artificially create a human language is a complete waste of time.

Right on the money. The only artificial language I did find interesting is one whose premise that you could use any word that exists in at least 4 European languages. I think it was Interlingua, but I can't find its specs right now. I did find it very easy to read. But then a chinese or bantu wouldn't understand a word anyway, so why bother ?

Comment: Advanced is good enough (Score 5, Interesting) 220

by dargaud (#49397985) Attached to: How would you rate your programming skills?
Although I've been a pro for 3 decades, I wouldn't want to be called an expert. The latest fads or syntax gimmicks of C++ and others can be a hindrance to sharing your code and making it maintainable. Case in point I just upgraded a software I wrote in C 20 years ago and there were no fundamental changes, just some new hardware, removal of now unrequired optimizations and off you go thanks for the check. I'd like to see the same thing with Dart or generic lambda containers or JQuery...

Comment: Re: What an Embarrassingly Vapid Article (Score 5, Insightful) 477

Particularly since there will be empty cars driving around to reach their next 'driver' instead of being parked. Either by being full on autonomous taxis, or shared between a number of individuals (like one car per family, once the father has reached work he sends the car back home so that the mother can take the kid to kindergarden, etc). Also, instead of paying 40$/hour to park the car download, tell it to drive around slowly until your meeting/dinner is over; that's not going to be a good thing for traffic.

Comment: I'm afraid (Score 1) 155

by dargaud (#49378809) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who's Going To Win the Malware Arms Race?
With the latest exploits talking about dormant BIOS exploits impossible to remove without a JTAG hardware programmer, or USB port reprogramming with direct access to your memory... I'm afraid the worse is yet to come. This kind of exploit is mostly OS agnostic (plug in the wrong USB device and get completely owned), directly on hardware, undetectable, etc... If the authors want to keep it dormant for long periods they can.

When the first bots started I wish the internet providers had taken steps to completely block the internet access to the clueless owners of owned Windows systems. Show them a captive page with a short explanation why, and a download of an antivirus. No internet access until then. But this should have been done over 15 years ago.

Comment: Re:software dev vs programmer (Score 4, Interesting) 139

by dargaud (#49377485) Attached to: IT Jobs With the Best (and Worst) ROI

In England we call them, much more accurately, train drivers.

Interestingly, in France we call them chauffeurs, as in heaters. Because they used to have to shovel coal under the steam engine long before they could start them. And taxi and truck drivers are still called this way. Etymology...

Comment: In the future... (Score 5, Funny) 162

by dargaud (#49356921) Attached to: How long until our skies are filled with drones?
"In the future, airplanes will be flown by a dog and a pilot. And the dog's job will be to make sure that if the pilot tries to touch any of the buttons, the dog bites him." -- Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame)

Looking at the latest event in France, I'm pretty sure that time is not very far ahead.

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