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Comment Re: Sounds like a psycopath. (Score 2) 486

The news has reported that many of the attackers, prior to recent radicalization were shiftless layabouts with no particular interest in their religion and violated most of the popular tenets of it. They drank. They had sex. They did drugs. They obviously weren't praying on a schedule.

One of them actually owned and operated a bar (which was closed three months ago for drug-related activities).

Comment Bad compiler, then (Score 3, Informative) 246

My students regularly copy-paste from an otherwise excellent source in which plain vertical double quotes have been auto-replaced with pretty slanted quotes. GCC complains about the illegal character on line XXX, I usually have to explain, and that's it. No hair-pulling involved, only git pulling.

Comment Re:Exchange (Score 1) 889

And by "Exchange" I mean software that provides all the functionality of Exchange beyond simple email. Calendar and contact management; synchronization of mailbox folders, calendar, contacts with mobile devices; user specific server side email processing rules; replication of mailboxes (email databases) for high availability; security model that allows administrative assistant and other delegations; etc.

That would be Zimbra. It has all of that except *maybe* "mailbox replication for HA", which is either useless (run it off DR-enabled VMs running on a replicated SAN) or in the future "cloud" version.

Comment Invest in longevity (Score 1) 842

Once you've set up all your kids and family and (other) loved ones and ensured yourself a permanent comfortable income, invest where you want to make a difference : computing, politics, health. Your health... if I had so much money that I have to ask for ways to spend it, my second question would be how to make reasonably ensure I get a lot of time to spend it in. Money can't buy time, but maybe *lots* of money could? Peter F Hamilton, here I come!

Comment Re:I would (Score 1) 842

If I had the capital, I'd likely set up a small company to do software development that interested me, and which would also be either useful to others (purely philanthropic) or would have some commercial demand too.

I seriously feel that one could revolutionize computing by applying capability theory to it (think KeyKOS / EROS / Coyotos / CapROS). I know that if I sometime needed or just wanted a computer in my eye or ear or something, something I had to trust, then that would be it.

Comment Re:Trading one set of problems for another (Score 1) 842

I dunno, I make [100k] in NYC. I have an awesome decently spaced (700 sqft) 1br apartment [...] Anyone who doesn't think 100k in NYC is not only doing well but is damn well luxury has a lack of perspective and is completely, 100% out of fucking touch.

Hmmm. 100k. Add in wife and two or even three kids (2br, 3br, 4br apt?) Suddenly maybe 100k seems a bit low... it's all about your expectations! Personally, I've run the numbers and decided that 100k would be enough to make me move the family to NYC, but maybe I'm optimistic.

Comment Re:Buy an island (Score 1) 842

I'd buy an island and make a nation out of it.

Back to the drawing board my friend:


Seeing what you want from life, I'd recommend simply moving to a country with a permissive view on prostitution. It would probably be much less expensive than rolling your own (recommend firing those unworthy instead of "destroying" them, though).

</troll accepted>

Comment Re:Mobile communications experience in the US (Score 2) 142

My wife and I have unlimited phone/4G Data/texting, plus 5gb hotspot data apiece, for a total of $100/month through T-Mobile. If US was really that bad, why the need to make shit up?

Assuming that's a total of $100/month for two people, it still seems three times as expensive as (the cheapest and best provider) in France, 16 or 20 €/month for unlimited everything (you get 4€ off if you're also a broadband client). What's with the 5GB hotspot data if you have unlimited 4G data, does that mean you only have unlimited if it's 4G and not if it's 3G or Edge?

Comment Re:25+ years (Score 1) 620

Not 1950's, but in my office there is a box of punch cards. On their edges[1] are written the monikers of different computer programs that still run today.

[1] You may know, or might like to know, that people used to write literally on the edges of the cards, like you would if you closed a book and wrote on the side opposite the binding. Not only did it make it easy to identify the dozen(s) of cards of your program in the box of hundreds, but also made it easy (easier) to sort them if you happened to spill them on the floor -- or if the car transporting your code to another site happened to roll over in a highway ditch, which allegedly did happen.

Comment One-line classic Cisco network outage (Score 1) 377

Working on Cisco command line, I was in the habit of typing "no " and doing a double-click-middle-click on the line I wanted to delete. Worked very well except for

        redistribute bgp 100 metric 100 metric-type 1 subnets route-map BGP2OSPF

In this specific copying the entire line after "no " does not remove the line, it just removes the route-map limitation, and hey presto I was redistributing our full BGP into OSP. Clincher was that it took some 20 minutes for the network to actually stop working, so bu that time I had totally forgotten about it. It took an hour to find out what the problem was and to correct it, during which my ISP was basically of the network.

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