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Comment Re:And yet, even at 24, it's not the year of Linux (Score 1) 151

"Hey kiddo! You know I've always been there for you and I will always be there for you. But I've gotta tell ya, you were a disappointment as a kid and you're a disappointment as a young adult. Yet, in spite of all of that, I'm still holding out hope for you in middle age."

Life of the party indeed! ;)

Comment Ultimately senior management, with caveat ... (Score 2) 154

The "techies" should submit a report, in writing, outlining the implications of a decision. No matter how much people hate writing reports, it does have a degree of accountability that casual consultations do not have. The writer is more inclined to provide both the benefits and the drawbacks of the decision as well as providing the rationale for approving or rejecting the decision. Documentation also forces accountability on senior management, since they have information upon which to base their decision. This is information that they have to take to their bosses if called upon.

This is not to say that the techies will agree with the outcome, but it can soften the blow. I have certainly written proposals for things that I did not approve of, but it was better than their alternative. (That original plans would have resulted in my resignation since they were planning to do something illegal. The alternative accepted their goals, but brought them in line with the law.))

Comment Why? (Score 1) 102

Jobs clearly made "one more thing" work for Apple. But that was for product announcements and it seemed to be an in-joke by a secretive company that couldn't keep its secrets very well.

Other than that, the expression seems to have more negative connotations than positive ones. It is the sort of thing that people say when they cannot stop talking, or when someone wants to emphasize a piece of bad news. It is the sort of thing that implies excess or redundancy. It is not the thing that many smart companies say unless they carefully engineer it to be an advantage.

Comment Re:Why car info tech is so thoroughly at risk .. (Score 5, Interesting) 189

Because the tech is invariably based on open Source and written by some unpaid intern.

Though it's probably not in the way that you intended, you do have a valid point. Far too many companies seem to piece together open source software then slap on some proprietary code, without adequately testing it. Since they are doing so to save development and licensing costs, it frequently ends up as a disaster.

That being said, many companies do spend some time in integrating open source software and do thorough testing. So the success or failure of open source software in such circumstances is more a product of the company's motivation and culture than an indicator of the quality of open source software.

Comment My memory isn't that good ... (Score 1) 136

We're talking about something that happened 20 years ago in the basement of a library. Some representatives from O'Reilly were talking about one of the latest developments, ELF, and brought along some free goodies. Soon thereafter I bought a thick book from a competing publisher that included Slackware on CD-ROM. I marveled at how easy it was to install compared to OS/2 (involving only a boot disk and kernel parameters, rather than custom boot disks) and set about learning the thing.

Comment Re:Nice Nazi regime you got there (Score 1) 264

By arming yourself, expressing your opinion, and being fully prepared to kill when necessary to defend your rights. That's too "scary" for most people

You're damn right about it scaring me. Far too many of those people who are "fully prepared to kill when necessary to defend their rights" see their rights as being more important than the rights of others. Defending your rights at the expense of others is fine, provided that you have a way to mediate between parties. Killing is not a form of mediation. It may "solve the problem", but it is murder nevertheless.

Comment Re:And all they wanted was a faster horse (Score 2) 732

No. It's like saying that your new car sucks because it's performance on highways is sub par. After all, why should we be concerned with designing cars that perform well on highways when most people live in cities?

I'll let the military types decide what they actually need. Yet when it comes down to making comparisons, choose something that is more appropriate than cranks and horses.

Comment Great idea for one cartoon, lousy for a book ... (Score 0) 90

When I read "the up-goer V", I received the message that technical language is a good thing since it helps to clarify concepts. (At least to a degree. I'm sure that we have all run across texts that use jargon to such a degree that it obscures concepts.) Just look at that cartoon. It is almost impossible to figure out what the Saturn V actually does because the language is so simple that it fails to convey the purpose of the various parts.

Making that point only takes a single cartoon. Anything more is tedious.

Comment Re: The street will become half as wide (Score 1) 258

Vancouver (Canada) has a few bidirectional bike lanes, and I agree that they are a bit problematic. That's particularly true when making left turns.

As for overtaking other cyclists, just do what you would do on a pathway (or as an automobile would do on a side street or highway): ensure the oncoming lane is clear and pass. Unfortunately, there is not enough bike traffic to justify a passing lane.

For the most part, I prefer riding on roads without bike lanes. But I'm an experienced cyclist who would much rather be in the traffic than invisible to the traffic.

Comment Re:wish this existed in silicon valley (Score 3, Interesting) 258

You can reduce those risks by becoming familiar with your route and how motorists behave at different times of day, then adjusting your riding habits accordingly.

To give you an example of what I mean: there is a particular 3-way stop in my city where I always pull over to the left hand side of the lane. This is because the driver's view on one of the streets is obstructed by a large tree, so a cyclist on the right would go unseen. While my first couple of trips through that intersection were scary, because I was sticking to the right, becoming familiar with the intersection and modifying my riding habits accordingly made the trip much safer.

Comment Re:Foolproof (Score 1) 258

It depends upon the commute. One of the sites I work at is a 10 minute ride with a small downhill stretch. I'm not covered by sweat, and I doubt that I smell any different than I normally would.

Another job is a 25 minute ride with a 60 meter high hill at the end. I sweat. Oddly enough though, people only notice when they're uncomfortably close to me. The obvious solution to that is to respect my personal space.

As for the rain and snow. Dress for the weather. Or do what a lot of cyclists do: bus or drive during bad weather.

Is your job running? You'd better go catch it!