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Comment Re:I don't get it,... five a day? (Score 1) 379

cooking my self I can manage a (I hope) tastier alternative for less,...

Sorry, but I really don't get why this is interesting at all

You answered your question in the first word of that quote. Soylent buyers don't want to cook. Many of them don't know how to cook. Few of those are interested in learning. I spoke with a man who literally gets anxiety just walking into a grocery store and seeing all these things he has no idea what to do with.

I think it's nutritionally foolish ("science" has a moderate but incomplete conception of nutrition), and I think with my stomach, but that doesn't mean there's no use case.

Comment Re: VistA is a nightmare (Score 1) 186

Anyone able to use a touring complete language in a productive way can learn basic M in a day or two.

Yeah, the hospital I used to work at would take tech school kids and teach them M in six months, and then have a competent programmer. It's not work I wanted to do, but it's a real job. Jesus, hasn't anybody here done assembly?

Using it to the fullest will take longer because one needs to grasp the elegance of the design to realize why constructs commonly seen in other languages seem to be missing in M.

The best thing about a Jim Jones joke is the killer punchline.

Seriously, I did Perl vs. M in the '90's with co-workers. Don't even. It was possibly a good argument in 1981.

M persists because managers are afraid of making big changes and those big changes cost more up front than staying with the existing junk. Also they have a cartelized industry to draw resources from, so cost-competitiveness is not really a factor. Third-world countries are running their medical-records systems on "low-end" modern stacks because that's all they can afford.

Comment Re:Technical superiority means very little (Score 1) 276

The thing that distinguishes G+ is circles, which is actually a terrific idea.

Circles are great for organizing but I started to get weird, stupid, argumentative people on my posts because of the unidirectional nature, so I pretty much used it only for announcements after a while, and kept my microblogging on FB.

It also still took me more than ten seconds from when I hit 'enter' to when I could start to type into G+ and then reading it was awful. Did the person who did Maps 2015 also do G+? Why doesn't Google have a metrics-driven HCI lab to validate its developers' work product?

It seems like Google has lost the ability to develop web apps that users like. That should terrify management. It may be related to their hiring process, though - it narrows the personality types that will work at Google in an extreme way. Their corporate culture is not the same as the world's culture(s), and the impedance mismatch is causing lots of heat. And it may even be that they've positive-feedback-looped themselves into not being able to get out of that trap at this point.

Comment Patched on 7/28 (CentOS) (Score 5, Informative) 67

I noticed this on Google News yesterday - checked a CentOS 7 box to find that yum had installed the patch overnight on 7/28 and systemd had restarted named for me. Good work, everybody. Make sure your updates are working.
Oh, hai dollar-short Slashdot.

Comment Re:The Onion had it right (Score 1) 114

Hey, the malaria vaccine that was proven safe and effective in the 90's just finally got out of UK regulatory hell last week. About a million kids a year die from malaria. In the time they were bickering about the typeface on the label about 330,000 kids died from malaria. But we need that kind of officiousness and palaces and such for "civility". Those kids weren't white anyway.

Now it goes WHO regulatory hell, but if we're "lucky" the bureaucrats there will only let a quarter million kids die while they get their paperwork in order.

Oh, but a rival gang leader kill three hundred kids in Africa and Twitter loses its shit.

Comment Re:So much stupid (Score 4, Interesting) 111

How do these writers make it to mainstream media.

Uh, that's a skill required in mainstream media. "The Officer's pistol discharged." Obfuscate and decline to the passive voice. Don't rock the boat and always demur to power. Keep the corporation highly profitable.

It's indy media that says, "yet another cop shot an innocent fucking black man in the head," not establishment.

Comment Re: Wow (Score 2) 89

One of the early postulates was that a software bug caused the autopilot to fly along 90 E towards 0/0. If it ran out of fuel on that course ... I wonder what Indian Ocean currents look like. Given the time and some current mapping it might be possible to estimate the splash zone now.

Comment Re: Bravo (Score 5, Informative) 183

I take some of that back. It seems the real credit for digging in goes to these guys. Samsung came in a month ago after they were provided a test suite and then gets credit for finding the kernel code path that caused the problem. An Oracle engineer provided a more-correct patch.

Comment Re: Bravo (Score 4, Interesting) 183

Yeah, the outcome is great. I just wonder why they waited more than a year to look into it. Maybe this will set a good example for the industry that with a little bit of effort you can take care of your customers and sell more product.

If this were the 80's and a hard drive vendor had more than two reports of data loss under, say VMS, there would have been engineers on a plane to DEC by morning to get it solved by the coming weekend.

Now we have thousands of users with reports and millions of units sold, and a wealthy vendor, and it's all crickets, leaving some kernel hackers to half-ass a blacklist. It's not like this is BeOS - there are millions of servers running in the target market. I don't mean to absolve the bad troubleshooting by kernel devs, but want to know what drove the apathy at Samsung (and other vendors behaving poorly). It's obviously not profit motive.

"In the face of entropy and nothingness, you kind of have to pretend it's not there if you want to keep writing good code." -- Karl Lehenbauer