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Comment: What DevOps movement? (Score 5, Interesting) 192

by PJ6 (#46763481) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer
I had a job where I did everything once, wrote a full-blown ERP system for hundreds of users, all by myself. Everything. Though I was salaried, sometimes I worked whole weekends, or to 2 in the morning - not because I had to, but because I wanted to. No politics, no being just a cog in a machine, no project management, no BS. Just me and code, giving people what they needed and making their jobs easier. It was my dream job, my first and best job, and I've never had anything like it since.

This DevOps movement the author speaks of... I've never seen it, not in all the years I've looked to find it again. He may complain that it's bad, bad for the industry, but I would take it in a heartbeat.

Is that what I was, a DevOp? I miss it so much I can taste it.

Comment: Solving the wrong problem. (Score 1) 333

by PJ6 (#46752305) Attached to: Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming
Enough of this talk of efficiency and carbon neutrality and environmentalism - in the long run none of these measures will do jack shit for the real problem.

Environmental catastrophe is not inevitable. Developed for god knows what reason, we've had the solution for years. Terrible, but costs almost nothing, and more humane than war.

Mark my words we shall see this come to pass, since restraint is against everyone's moral and religious views.

Comment: Re:Give 'em your Kool-Aid (Score 1) 226

by PJ6 (#46710757) Attached to: Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

Time was - companies like this would give this sort of stuff away to get [younger] people hooked on these technologies. Would Microsoft want to get kids hooked into nice wholesome activities like MS-SQL, C#, .net or VB - or let them pick up stuff like LAMP an Python from their friends on the street.

Giving the stuff away is a way to groom the next up-and-coming generation into drinking your Kool-Aid. If they don't do this - they have only themselves to blame when the next generation grows up to be FOSS zellots...

No, sir, and LAMP doesn't have any of its own Kool-Aid drinkers.

That shitty database MySQL...

And f*ck Python.

Actually, Python's great. Lots of brilliant work posted to Project Euler in Python. Just... scripting languages aren't the greatest for large, real applications that change. Especially if you don't want to have to cover absolutely everything with unit tests.

Yeah LAMP is used everywhere, but it's overrated.

Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 1) 1036

by PJ6 (#46687319) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion
How long is your commute?

Download Paradise Lost onto your phone and have a listen while you're driving to pass the time. Start with Book 4, Part 2.

I'm not religious, but Milton was highly intelligent and gave a lot of thought to questions like these; I found his work interesting and highly entertaining.

You like Tolkien, right? Milton's work is the great-grandaddy of Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, and every bit as good.

Comment: what about "2x HPUS" products? (Score 2) 173

by PJ6 (#46599139) Attached to: Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine
What I find more confusing is that I know of at least two products labelled "homeopathic" that actually work because they contain real medicine at resonable concentrations ("2x HPUS", or even "1xHPUS"). ZICAM contains zinc glycine glucconate, which had been proven in double-blind clinical trials to reduce the severity and length of a common cold (and I can attest to this from personal experience), and Arnica gel, which contains a powerful anti-inflammatory extracted from a plant. Another product that I know from personal experience that actually works pretty damn well.

Can someone explain to me why the FDA thinks is OK to label real medicine "homeopathic"? And why would a company chose to label real medicine "homeopathic", when it's likely to put off people who know that homeopathy is bunk?

Comment: Re:I've heard that government moves slowly... (Score 4, Insightful) 299

by PJ6 (#46451415) Attached to: Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

These people have access to all the modern conveniences via their jobs. They have chosen not to learn anything about them which would be O.K. if it wasn't critical to their job performance.

Actually the SCOTUS has shown they are more than willing to learn about something required for them to do their jobs.

Go back a few years when they had a specific case about video games and free speech in 2011. They set up a lab and played the ultra-violent games for a few days, both online and off, to help make a decision. (All of them agreed with the free speech, two dissented saying it was not regulating speech, but was regulating the sale of products.)

Historically the judges have been willing to get their hands dirty and view the gritty details when they are called to review them for a case. They have traveled to remote locations, dug through physical evidence, and gotten their hands dirty. They may not be hardcore gamers or telecom experts, but when it comes to ruling on the law they are making determinations based on the exact wording on the law. Such a decision can be made based on reviewing the facts, reviewing details provided by experts, and looking at the specific items enough to satisfy their opinions.

... which makes the shocking naïveté they've shown in certain opinions pertaining to campaign finance even more unsettling.

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