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Comment: Re:Sharing channel == worse picture quality (Score 1) 79

by bughunter (#47892449) Attached to: L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

Wish I had a mod point for you today.

I'm very unhappy with the state of PBS in Los Angeles.

For the second biggest TV market in the US, it has a miserable selection of mediocre PBS stations, and very little original content (unlike say WGBH or KQED) but it seems like KOCE is slowly stepping up its game...

Comment: Re:R is less popular? (Score 1) 380

by rnturn (#47868955) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

I, too, found it curious to call R ``unpopular''.

If it means anything, a couple of years ago, doing a search on the internet for "R" was almost useless. Now entering just ``R'' into a Google search brings back , as a suggested search string, ``r programming language''. And as the first entry in that list. Seems to me that means it's not exactly ``unpopular'' when Google is suggesting it in the list of suggested searches. Of course, it could be that this article is the reason for ``r programming language'' percolating up in the list of suggestions.

Comment: Re:think about what it says about the company (Score 1) 380

by rnturn (#47864101) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

``R is something used by statisticians and scientists; if you get hired solely as a programmer (rather than a scientist/analyst) to do R programming, your job is likely to clean up other people's messy R code. Can you make money with any of those languages? Sure, but the job may not be quite what you expect or what you are used to.''

While I've found R to be useful for analyzing/plotting/etc. system performance data I haven't seen any actual job listings in the past couple of years that required `R' experience that were not actually looking for someone with a background in biostatistics. I.e., they weren't programming jobs but for folks with backgrounds in medical/genetic research who would be using R at those jobs. I can see where R would be useful for working with financial data . Wonder if Wall Street might be a good place for someone with R experience to find work?

Comment: Re:Python is eating Perls lunch (Score 1) 380

by rnturn (#47863941) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

``so we all don't have to keep half-a-dozen different versions of it lying around''

Sounds like my experience having to keep 4-5 Java runtime environments on UNIX systems to support older code that nobody had the time to rewrite to be compatible with the runtime du jour. Figuring out how to keep those old runtimes up to date every time some bozos (*cough* politicians *cough*) decided to monkey around with daylight savings time was, oh, so much fun.

Comment: Hey! Why not... (Score 3, Interesting) 280

by rnturn (#47856051) Attached to: Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

... a `Professional' and `Home' edition as well?

Seriously... is this what some people believe is holding back wider Linux adoption? There's already more than enough FUD in the press and on the web in articles about Linux providing too many choices now without adding a server and desktop edition for the naysayers to complain about.

Comment: Re:That guy just wasted his time (Score 2) 314

by volkerdi (#47854461) Attached to: GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

By what strange theory does Slackware support systemd? And how is the conversation being "held back"? At least on LQ, I think it's been discussed to death to the point where there's really nothing new to say about it.

I can say one thing for certain: you do not know that anything concerning systemd in Slackware is likely or not. Hell, *I* don't.

Comment: Re:Define technology (Score 3, Interesting) 230

by bughunter (#47831303) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Most of my troublemaking involved the oldest technology: Fire. Matches and flammable liquids were frequently my preferred tools, although as I got older I learned to steal my mom's Bic lighters.

Remember steel soda cans? Those could be stacked to make tennis ball cannons, fueled by lighter fluid. You could also soak the tennis balls in lighter fluid, ignite them, and play fireball hockey.

Firecrackers, Roman Candles and Bottle Rockets used to be legal when I was a kid. In the summers, our dads would buy cartons of the stuff, far too many to light off on one early July evening.

So we'd have wars.

A dozen or so of us would line up on either end of a basketball court, with a cigarette in mouth (to light the fuses), a garbage can lid or folding lawn chair in one hand (as a shield), and pockets full of fireworks. We'd tape the roman candles to our shields, and light and toss the firecrackers like grenades (better watch the fuse burn down to 3 seconds first, or your firecracker would get thrown back at you). The bottle rockets were harder - you had to do a little aimed loft so that it would be at the apex of a gentle toss, pointing in the right direction when it fired. Done right, and the rocket would fire right into the opponent's crowd. Using a basketball court helped because they'd skip right off if you aimed low, and some people used that as a tactic. Having an off hand shield was essential, since the bottle rockets moved pretty fast, but not too fast to block if you saw it coming, and even if they exploded when they hit you it barely left a scorch. But the roman candles, those fkrs *burned.* Good thing they were slow and bright.

Of course we wore shorts. And no shirts. It was summertime in Florida.

OMG -- and wooden pallet bonfires... sometimes nightly. They used to just toss 'em out like trash. Nowadays pallets are almost as valuable as gold.

It's no surprise I grew up to be a rocket engineer... just about every rocket scientist I know is a major frikkin pyro.

Comment: Re:Makes me feel old (Score 2) 237

by bughunter (#47817707) Attached to: Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

Never say anything on a phone that you would hate to see in a newspaper (or on a blog) - that most definitely includes credit card numbers.

That goes for the camera, too. Don't take photos with your phone that you would never want revealed in public.

I would have written the same thing last Friday, but the whole fapocalypse thing last weekend underlines the risk. Unless you encrypt it yourself, your data isn't secure, not on the cloud, and not even on your own phone.

(So, can we just assume that the purpose of these towers are to collect nude photos of celebrities?)

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