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Comment: No advice... But... (Score 1) 264

by LostMyBeaver (#49748805) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?
Why the heck did you wait this long? I'm 40 as well and frankly I never considered even once letting my skills go out of date. You don't wait for the last two months to plan for what's next. You watch hundreds of hours of videos and learn all the time. There are 16 hours in a waking day. There are at least 4 you could have spent learning something new. In 2015 if you aren't practically an object oriented expert, you shouldn't be in the business. You've had 25 years to learn those skills.

I would honestly consider claiming unemployment and going back to the university for a semester of object oriented programming, design patterns, and data structures.

Oh, by the way, 40 isn't aging. I'm 40 and just got started.

Comment: Your solution was pretty good (Score 1) 382

by LostMyBeaver (#49739015) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?
It's not great... It's pretty awful actually, but it's about the best you can hope for if you can't get a software update to support something better.

I can recommend a much more efficient method of it works.

if the software will operate on Windows Server 2012 R2, you can do a core installation which runs pretty well on 256megs of RAM.

If you can make it work with WINE, you can run a Linux installation which consumes much less.

If it runs on ReactOS, that might be even smaller.

If it's command line, you might be able to run it on Intel Galileo boards and have one for each pump.

You can actually probably do a single USB Ethernet adapter and a switch with multiple VLANs and run Hyper-V which is amazingly efficient for running Windows guests.

There are many ways. I would be most concerned about Ethernet cables sprawled all over the gas station.

Comment: Re: It's not a networking issue. (Score 1) 382

by LostMyBeaver (#49738945) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?
You're not even coming close to solving the issue which is how to get the software to work. Your solution would require a router with a layer-3 switch module and each port in a separate VRF, two NAT instances, a pile of strange static routes and then a PC with 16 virtual machines with 16 virtual Ethernet adapters configured for 16 different VLANs.

You haven't even scratched the surface of the issue of the software in question.

Comment: Re:Pretty sure the heat death of the universe will (Score 1) 386

by LostMyBeaver (#49679139) Attached to: Criticizing the Rust Language, and Why C/C++ Will Never Die
Yup.. I personally adore hand optimizing string functions when developing large performance insensitive applications too.

The true problem with C programmers is their crap coding styles. Even "clean" C code looks like 900 lines to do what C++ does in 20.

C++ has definitely outlived its "useful for new projects phase". C++ sucks because of its ABI issues and it's disgusting standard library.

Let's start a Microsoft bash fest... those jerks decided to slowly move to managed code which allows all languages to call all languages. Even better, they proved you can write an OS kernel in it.

Comment: Re: and... (Score 1) 299

by LostMyBeaver (#49552225) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes
I believe he had nothing to say and said it anyway.

He apparently didn't read the history of the rocket science comment and landed WAY FAR off.

SpaceX doesn't qualify for the statement. They are building improved technology to go places in space, but he blindly used a comment that specifically was intended as a comparison against the initial space age where we were clueless and entering blindly to achieve something believed impossible with no fore-knowledge. SpaceX, while awesome doesn't fit his reference.

Kinda sad. Some people can be so clueless. More important isn't the could. Should Tesla flood the planet with their toxic batteries

Comment: WTF? (Score 1) 178

by LostMyBeaver (#49391627) Attached to: UK Forces Microsoft To Adopt Open Document Standards
first of all, I get annoyed every time that Word bugs me with the question of whether I'd rather use ODF or OOXML... I always choose Microsoft's format as it doesn't really give me anything I didn't have before to use ODF.

Second, ODF is a dog with flees. Unless two or more word processors actually support the same feature sets, it doesn't actually support a standard format beyond very very basic functionality. Different word processors (or other office products) regularly differentiate themselves from each other by adding multiple awesome features. So, if Microsoft were to standardize on ODF, it would need to add all the features required to support all their extensions. Just as other office products do the same. I've used many features in ODF word processors that just don't work in other ODF word processors.

I simply don't see how half-assed support of OOXML in other office packages is any worse than their half assed support for ODF.

Comment: Holy Sheep Testicles Batman! (Score 1) 298

by LostMyBeaver (#49359515) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?
Can you honestly expect to get a worthwhile answer to this question on Slashdot?

Wouldn't it have been better to ask people to link Git repositories with examples of good, clean code instead? Better yet, make a site which allows people to link a repository instead and explain why that code is either good or bad. Let people vote as well.

I can show you massive portions of the Linux kernel tree which is both good and bad. Good because it's functional, tested and works well. Bad because it was ransacked by the spaghetti monster. Want a great example?

This code is fantastic because it is rock solid and has been tested to death. It's even relatively clean, but while some people can actually use it, maintaining it would be nightmarish due to lack of documentation. It's documentation isn't entirely awful, and I really wouldn't say "replace it because it's not pretty", but it's code is simply not pretty.

It also has to be handled with care. It makes assumptions that the parameters passed are proper. Used improperly, it can cause overflows. There's no real error handling or bounds checking. It's not what I would personally call "secure code".

But it's great code all the same.... if called from a function which ensures what is passed is valid.

Comment: Re:No more 1 year update cicle, but... (Score 1) 307

hahaha!!! Yesterday, I just bought a thunderbolt docking station for my 4-5 year old MacBook Air since I can't see the point in buying a new MacBook Air... they cost so damn much that I'd rather spend $400 on a dock than $1000 on a new MacBook which isn't actually any faster for what I'll use it for.

I do buy a new Surface Pro each time one comes out.. mainly because I like when they make it thinner and lighter. I'm pretty excited about what will probably be announced next. I can feel a fanless, ventless Core i7 at 1.5lbs coming. Give me a thunderbolt 2 port as well and I think I can go 5-10 years without something new.

Comment: Blessing and a curse? (Score 3, Interesting) 573

by LostMyBeaver (#49311817) Attached to: Greenpeace Co-Founder Declares Himself a Climate Change Skeptic
I'm sure there are people here far more knowledgeable about politics, science and other topics than I. I however am moderately versed in all these things and I specialize in cause and effect both mathematically as well as sociologically as a hobby.

1) I'm glad he came forward as a "semi-credible" skeptic. It's time we get someone "on the other side" who will attempt to use gray matter to ponder the mysteries of global warming. Of course, he's a political activist and therefore probably has burned up most of his gray matter and left holes by now, but he poses questions that need to be addressed.

2) Has anyone noticed that there's probably twice as many global warming skeptics that don't even know what it means, but side with the "Right" because they would die before siding with the "Left". I know people who believe strongly that it's Jesus's will that we have this issue and therefore when eggheaded lefties contradict that, it must be gods will to disagree. There need to be people trying to actually ask and answer questions who don't think in terms of "If we evolved from the monkeys why are there still monkey then?".

3) People will side with this guy. He's an egghead they agree with. Let's raise him up as a major scientific leader. Let's not bash him or attack him. Let's reason with him and show his new groupies that we don't have to make this a political left and right thing. It can be more reasonable than that. This is something that should rise above political interests and be delt with.

4) I am not a climate change skeptic.... I believe that since the beginning of time, there has never been a constant climate. I believe it's always changing. I believe we're hellbent on proving that we were right all along and that this chemical or that one must be the specific reason for the climate change. I am inclined to agree with the research I've read in the direction that suggests that CO2 is in fact the primary cause. I however also believe that it seems a little too easy and too obvious. I'm thinking ... somehow when there's just that much CO2 rushing up to suffocate us, it feels like a reaction to something we're not looking for. I don't like the idea of trying to scrub the CO2 down without first checking to see, do we need to CO2 to protect us against something else? Was CO2 the lesser of two evils?

5) We have far bigger problems than CO2 right now. We have things like fracking. Don't get me wrong... global warming is very very very dangerous... but I see drinking water as being far more important short term. Do I think we should stop working on climate change? NO!!! We need to address this. We should have trillions of dollars of tax money going into fixing this. But we need to get the damn research done to prove that intentionally attacking the Earth's mantle and intentionally destabilizing it by intentionally cracking it to force it to bleed oil has to stop. I have never in my life dreamed of anything that sounds so impressively stupid as this. The U.S. is in a damn near perpetual clean water shortage in areas where 50+ million people live and now we're destroying even more clean water reserves. This is clearly a problem we can address and we don't. Why the hell isn't fracking a major item on the presidential election agenda?

I think I love this guy. I am so happy he's there and now let's use him for all he's worth. Let's stop attacking him and instead talk with him. Maybe his believers who have raised him to messianic status will follow him because they finally have "a credible scientist" to listen to. Let's educate him so he can educate his people.

Let's lead by example, not by insult.

Dead? No excuse for laying off work.