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Comment: Re:Back in the day... (Score 1) 295

by OzPeter (#46822467) Attached to: 'The Door Problem' of Game Design

I know what you mean. Back in the day I wrote a "multi-tasking" program in TI-Basic(*) that simultaneously handled operator keystrokes as well as performing "real-time" calculations. And disk I/O meant overlaying disk sectors (from the 8" floppies) onto arrays of variables in memory from where the program could access them.

* One thing that annoyed me about that system was the operator stations were programmed in TI-Basic, but the control sections could be programmed in genuine MS-Basic, which was a hell of a lot more mature and had a much richer syntax.

Comment: Re:I do this (Score 1) 293

by OzPeter (#46777883) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

I have to do a risk analysis for each change that gets made to a system (not just patches)

Which sounds like its straight out of the OSHA playbook for considering the health and safety aspects of a physical job before performing it. While it is a PITA sometimes, when the shit does hit the fan you are glad that you have all the correct responses ready to roll.

Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 4, Insightful) 293

by OzPeter (#46777855) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

So... the business made a stupid decision, and when they realised the error of their ways, rather than trying to reach agreement on the best way forward, you delighted in rubbing their noses in it, using processes designed to protect you to hurt your employing organization instead.

If he had said .. "OK .. sure I'll stop sending you those 400 pages of paper per day", then the policy would still have been left in place, and sometime win the future his employer could have used his inability to follow policy as an excuse to ream him over. Yes its CYA, but some employers are not above using any tool at their disposal to justify their actions.

Only by being a genuine PITA does the stupid police get removed, rather than ignored until convenient.

Comment: Flip it around to put it in perspective (Score 1) 581

by OzPeter (#46726101) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

I can code in multiple languages on multiple systems and have been doing it for a shit load of years .. and right now I am sitting in front of OSX, Windows 7 and Debian systems.

But suppose my choice of career was suddenly cut short for some reason (the singularity?) what would it take for me to learn a bunch of manual skills in order to become a productive member of society? And to learn them to the same skill level I have now?

Basically I would be fucked as I have spent all these years adapting to intellectual challenges that rely on understanding arcane facts about specific systems, and then shuffling that knowledge around to find oval solutions to problems. I chose this career path because I was not enamored with the idea of manual labor. Actually I take that back .. I chose this career because I was enamored with the intellectual challenges. So I know I would suck at being a coal miner or a machinist or a welder or barrista compared to people who willingly have taken on those career paths.

The mythical coal miner to coder transition would suck for the same reasons that me being a coal miner would suck

So in general I agree with Bloomberg

Comment: Re:You won't go very far ... (Score 1) 452

by OzPeter (#46717677) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

I wonder where "Screw your fellow workers" comes into "proper research" thing.

Because they don't have a choice in what is dictated, as businesses are not run as a collective of feel good measures.

Either the proper research (and did you see that I had education in my original post?) shows a long term cost benefit, or it doesn't.

Comment: Screw your fellow workers (Score 1) 452

by OzPeter (#46716165) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

They are employees .. so they do what they are told to do by their boss.

Now developing a proper business case for your boos to show that you have considered all of the angles (installation, administration, education, usage and changeover issues) , and how that affects the bottom line is a totally different question.

Comment: Re:Cue the naysayers... (Score 2) 172

by OzPeter (#46705279) Attached to: Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

Just be prepared to have to constantly get out of your vehicle to clean all those different lenses, or else camera tech is useless.

Why do you think that has to be manually done? Air blast of sensors to keep them clean is common in industry, and various high end cars already have things like head light washer/wipers.

Comment: Re:Cue the naysayers... (Score 2) 172

by OzPeter (#46705219) Attached to: Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

Recently both rear view cameras and sideview camera systems have been criticised as a bad idea by some here on Slashdot.

This Land Rover invisible hood system seems beyond criticism. But I'm sure slashdot naysayers will find an angle anyway. Go for it...

I think the biggest legitimate criticism that came out of the rear/side camera replacement of mirrors was that you had to refocus your eyes from infinity to dashboard to infinity each time you glanced at the video display. In this case you will already be tracking your bonnet so that the required change in eye focus will be minimal.

Comment: Re:Please specify a better scenario (Score 1) 272

by OzPeter (#46704093) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

I have been a developer for almost 20 years now and can spin this up with a SQL database in under an hour.

If you have have been a developer for 20 years then you should know that people will be skeptical of any question that lets them play and win Buzzword Bingo from a single sentence.

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis