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Comment: take a cue from the Catholics (Score 1) 311

by PJ6 (#46784307) Attached to: Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk
Sit, stand, kneel. A simple way to keep the rabble comfortable for those awfully long Latin masses. I worked out that they were onto something one day when I decided I needed to do more than sit all day. Now I sit, stand, and kneel (kneeling chair) at an adjustable desk. I even cross myself when I feel particularly silly.

Comment: What DevOps movement? (Score 5, Interesting) 225

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) 341

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) 1037

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.

"Atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed." -- Robin, The Boy Wonder