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Comment Virtualisation? (Score 1) 128

Sound's to me like you're ready for virtualisation at a professional scale.

Why don't you just swap all your PC trinkets for one single extremely powerfull box and a single big fat screen and virtualize all the rest?

And with powerfull I'm talking 3+GHz Quad-Core i7, 32GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD or something.
And by big screen I'm talking extra wide, as in, seriously *extra* *wide*.

I'm using a pimped out Cirrus 7 Nimbus, which has those sort of performance specs and runs completely fanless. ... And it's pretty small and not even that expensive.

Before you spend a large sum on a special KVM solution, you should definitely consider a professional VM setup on a single machine. ... It's 2015 - you get supercomputers of the shelf, on a shoestring budget these days. It may be just a a few hundred dollars more and way more future safe. ... All my KVMs from back in the day are collecting dust in the cellar.

Comment I'm no musician ... (Score 1) 300

... but I know enough about scales that I can find the notes and I also know that they are historically grown - much like the computer keyboard. I also can sing and recite some classic songs from Schubert and Loewe. I learned all this in school, in regular music class. I also learned poetry and what a jambus rythm is. These are all small but valuable cornerstone of my education.

Long story short: No one in his right mind expects everybody to be able to code a well-architected appserver or an asynchronous website that runs on all browsers or whatever. Or, hell no, how to deal with those bazillion quirks modern IT comes with. ... That is the job of people who are grown up and earn their money with this sort of thing.

What people should learn in school is the difference between a variable and a value and a constant/literal. They should also have some basic concept of a digital network such as the internet and what a client and a server are and what their differences are and how these two relate to each other. CUAS and a few regular expressions or simply knowing that such things exist would be neat too. If they can write an if statement and roughly know how a function looks in some easy but useful PL such as Python - that would be something someone knows after having "accelerated IT" in school as a kid or something.

The big problem is that even professionals today don't know the CUAS, don't know how to use the clipboard or that a computer is there for automating stuff and that somewhere within their word processor there probably is some function for a more adanced search & replace. This is the problem we have to fix. If members of the bundestag are to dumb to handle computers and the entire site gets infected by malware and bots - that's an exact result of people not even learning the very basics of computing - something someone would learn in less than two hours in their initial lesson with a computer professional.

Bottom line: Proper computer classes in school won't magically transform society into an utopia, but teach children the very basics of how to handle computers and smartphones and tablets and "cloud-services" correctly. And that would be a very big plus.

My 2 cents.

Comment I don't care if my superiours are techies or not (Score 2) 152

... and neither should anybody else.

Managers don't need to now tech beyond basic principal levels.
They just should do their job properly, which actually does include just freaking come to me when there's a techical issue at hand or a deal with technical details to sign or the technical part of a project that needs evaluating. And all that has nothing to do wether a maneging position is techie or not, it has to do wether the manager is a good one or a bad one.
If management sells something to the customer that tech can't deliver within the set parameters and managers havn't ask tech before, then they've screwed up and aren't worth the salary they're raking in.

I don't care wether my boss can do PHP, MySQL or Linux CLI. I can show him some good parts whenever those may be useful, but heaven forbid that he wastes his time with PHP LDAP or some strange MySQL bug or something else. That's my frickin job! I'm the one doing those extra hours to make it work - he's supposed to put in those extra hours to get a hold of new customers and sell them gigs ... and *then* ask me how the margins are and what hours we have to expect to put into the project.

My 2 cents.

Comment Whoa, careful now. (Score 1) 535

To be honest, I'd trust a car from Apple more than I'd trust one from GM.

Apple knows how to do nigh impossible feats in product development, I'd trust they'd do a car right aswell.

However, I'm still wondering where these Apple car rumours are coming from. It seems way out there, imho. ... Why would they build a car? A professional camera or something is far more likely imho.

My 2 cents.

Comment Lenovo Think Pad, refurbished (Score 2) 237

One of the few non-mac laptops with simular resellability are the ThinkPads. A refurbished one will come way less than half the original price and still have all the quality. Get a high-end refurbished thinkpad, max ou the memory, replace the hdd with an ssd and you've got yourself a high-end linux laptop for a bargain-deal. I use a pimped out refurbished TP W510 as my main linux machine - it's the best I ever had.

Comment It's "basic income". Not 'imeasurable riches". (Score 1) 1291

It's "basic income". Emphasis on basic.
You'll get to keep your studio appartment and they won't be much richer. If they want your lifestyle, they'll have to work/earn money anyway.

It's about "basic income" - which means basically consolidating all transfer-payments into one generic monthly income for every citizen alive. It would also work as a automatic monthly paid negative income tax.

One of the arguments for this sort of thing is that by simply reducing the bureaucratic workload it would basically pay for itself. There is quite some truth to that. The other part of the argument is, that this would offer a slight distribution of the automation dividend. Which is a good thing too.

Comment Thank you for reminding me ... (Score 1) 143

... that I have to get my lazy ass moving and see to it that I finally enroll in one of the countless tution-free universities in the rhine-ruhr area to ooph my education and academic rank for zero personal costs . I've been dragging this out for months now since I left the local GED evening high-school with a neat score.

Curiously, my indecisiveness is partially actually due to the abundance of choices available. I'm still not 100% sure which field to study in. ... First world luxury problems I guess.

BTW: How is that two-party gridlock and effed-up electorial and campaing financing system over there working out for you guys? *aaaah rub it in* ... Have you started supporting Lessig/Mayday yet? How about it? Get your lazy asses moving! *cheering from across the pond*

My 2 cents.

Comment Computer required for English? Really? (Score 1) 508

Are you serious about that? If you are, it should be perfectly acceptable to hand in assignments as plain ascii text. In fact, it should be a requirement. If that is the case, people can salvage an old DOS or lightweight Linux PC for free from somewhere and use that for their typing assignments.

If you'd require regular internet access and/or pro-level processing power from a student without funding plans I'd smack you.

The worst are those idiot teachers requireing assigments to be handed in in MS Word. My daughter has a Acer Aspire One Netbook with Ubuntu - which, for a teenager - already counts as a luxury item in my book. And I'm a computer expert.

Anything you can't do with a computer that costs a few dollars or can be aquired for free from a junk yard or a donation center shouldn't be on a school curriculum.
Kids should learn the basics of computing, not that abyssmal subscription MS junk.

Basic computer stuff can be done with FOSS on anything that runs on electricity nowadays. Or an emulator running in a browser on a library computer. The only two acceptable options for such school assignments - period.

And, btw., handing in handwritten stuff should still be allowed as an option, especiall in a country with a borderline third-world educational system such as the US.

My 2 cents.

Comment A modern IDE and a consistent API (Score 1) 889

I'd love to develop applications for linux. The fuss of developing a half-decent GUI app on and for Linux is a huge turn-off though.

Anjuta crashes on me, code blocks doesn't run and gives me awkward compiler messages, Kdevelop requires a bazillion libs and still looks really tacky around the edges. The only two IDEs that are halfway professional for sorta-kinda native Linux apps are Monodevelop/Xamarin and QT Designer - ironically both commercially supported x-plattform kits - all though I think the latter also got pissy with me upon compiling.

This is all on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a neat Lenovo W510 Thinkpad.

The plain and simple truth is, development and deployment on Linux is a freaking mess.

Developing useful GUI stuff for Linux is a complete and utter disaster, with no way to know how your programm will compile, let alone run on the countless distros out there. Until that is fixed and Gnome, KDE and whatnot finally get their shit together, unify and fix this, it will remain to be seen as a toy in the desktop/gui department.

Comment I know a woman with em field sensitivity (no joke) (Score 1) 456

I once knew a women with em field sensitivity. One of the things she can feel pretty distinctly is a cellphone handshake. She annouced incoming calls before the cellphones rang in her vincinity. Her life is quite unpleasant, also because quite a few people don't take her for granted - especially those she seeks out for help.

I personally would like to know if her sensitivity has to do with palladium alloy tooth fillings and acidic saliva or if it really is her inner ear or her brain or something sensing EM pulses and fields.

Bottom line: I personally wouldn't rule out em sensitivity in humans completely just yet. It's not that intensely researched just yet, AFAICT.

Comment As usual: Marketeers decide without asking (Score 2) 154

Thats an easy one. This one happens like all the rest, as usual: Marketeers decide without asking the Techies. Techies have to solve issues in record time with no say.

When all comes crashing down, the techies save the day with the secret auto-backup they've been pulling off the cloud for the last 6 months.

Comment WP has impressive security. (I'm not joking) (Score 0) 51

I've done a massive amount of deployments with various PHP based web-CMSes, mostly Joomla and Wordpress. And while they're all built on ancient hacks of incredibly crappy architecture and application models, the type that lets you stand back in awe and amazement vis-a-vis the utter shittyness of each of these webapp-hodgepodge behemoths, I like WordPress the best, because at least I don't feel dirty when building a quick hack with it *and* I actually *can* build a quick hack with it.. Unlike, for instance, Typo3, which is truely FUBARed.

WP is an entire hack in itself - sort of like an extension of the non-existant PHP philosophy it's built with.

However, as for the WP security record, I am honestly suprised how good it is. And before you start laughing, keep in mind that there are an estimated 50 million actively used installs of WordPress running on the web, with more than 80 million in total.

Yes there are security updated every odd month, yes the plugins are a mess and yes the people deveoping for and with WP and building extensions for it couldn't code a proper class if their life depended on it. And they should be prohibited by law to approach a keyboard. But they do get the job done and it's exactly for that very reason that I'm suprised how well the core team keeps up with stuffing the most prominent and dangerous holes, often before anybody else discovers them.

I'm quite certain this hole will be plugged in the next few days aswell.

Bottom line:
Measured by it's install base, WordPress security actually is quite impressive. There is no other WebCMS with such a marketshare out there and I doubt any other product would be measurably safer. ... My 2 cents.

Comment Quit whining and grow up. (Score 1) 242

"Spending a lot of time on Github" ... WTF is that supposed to be?
As far as I can tell, Github is way better than the classic mailinglist, because it has a web-ui you can use everywhere and the code is right next to the discussion you're having. If anything, I spend less time on github than on mailinglists. I can post a bug in an instant, if I run into one and it get's resolved faster than ever because Github is a godsend of a ubiquitous FOSS pipeline.

If you think Github is a "new hoop" you have a problem. Github is a breeze of fresh air for the FOSS and dev community and all it does is put your coding skills under public scrutiny and two clicks away from review with no need for anybody to install any dev-software what-so-ever.

If you're such a seasoned pro, that shouldn't bother you at all.

Everything else is free IDEs, awesome new PLs, great FOSS software that reduce the gruntwork of back in the days to tweaking a few things here and there, advanced supercomputers that cost half a months wage and sit on your desk, slowly ditching pixel-based screenresolution. The team around me is a bunch of younger people that wet their pants if they see or have to look at a CLI and come running for my help. ... And tell emphasise all around that I'm indispesable.

Really no problem here for seasoned devs, AFAICT.

As for ageism - quit whining and grow up. ... Here's a comment on that issue from me from about a year ago (modded +5), if you need a hint or two on how to do that.

My 2 cents.

You will lose an important tape file.