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Comment: I tepidly agree. (Score 1) 131

by Slartibartfast (#49132603) Attached to: Inventors Revolutionize Beekeeping

But not enough that I don't think this is cool.
1) Full supers are *heavy*.
2) They don't lie: between the capping knife, the extractor, cleanup, needing to keep everything bee-tight... it's a bit of a pain.
While the joy of going through "the process," and getting honey in the end, is damn rewarding, I have to say that it's also a Hell of a lot of work. While I think there are legitimate concerns for this product, it strikes me that "I don't like it because it's not the way I'm used to" is probably not a good argument. I used to use bee escapes, which certainly made life easier, but it was still the single most impacting element of keeping a hive. That being said, a lot has changed since I kept bees (CCD, mites, etc.), so I'm unsure what the long-term impact of this would be.

Comment: QNX is great... (Score 1) 233

by Slartibartfast (#48581531) Attached to: Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

And if it were still a standalone company, I'd find no surprises here. But I'm not sure I'd want to go after *anything* that's under the umbrella of Blackberry right now. In Ford's shoes, I'd've probably just gone with some embedded Linux and called it a day. Unless, of course, they were able to get Blackberry to give them one of those, "You go under, we get the source code" clauses.

Comment: You can get for-real IBM Model-M like keyboards... (Score 4, Informative) 304

by Slartibartfast (#48093385) Attached to: The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

I've got one, and it's *the same* -- and I care, 'cause on a Model M, I can break 100 WPM -- from Unicomp, and, yes, with USB connectors. Some even have trackpoints (which is what I went with). AWESOMENESS DEFINED.

But I may be somewhat biased.

P.S. My co-workers hate 'em, 'cause it's so damn loud. So do consider them before purchasing for the workplace.

Comment: I tepidly disagree... (Score 2) 191

Your comment is way funnier the way you put it, but I trust the Internet as a transmission medium -- so long as I'm using solid encryption. Unfortunately, between reports of NSA backdoors in NIST encryption algorithms, and SSL bugs, "solid" has become a somewhat relative term.

Excuse me. Time to fire up my Tor client over OpenVPN using pufferfish through an SSL tunnel.

Comment: And this surprises... who? (Score 1) 191

I mean, really. We *know* that (most) grandmas ain't exactly surfin' like crazy. They're terrified of viruses, and all the other associated buzzwords, and were uncomfortable around new technology before that. Certainly there are exceptions -- but I'm not at all surprised to hear that the demographic mentioned isn't exactly spearheading the digital revolution.

Comment: Wow, I wish you were right. (Score 3, Insightful) 210

But you're not. (For the record, I work for $MAJORCABLECOMPANY as an engineer in the group... well, under discussion. So I'm somewhat informed.) Case in point: the ability to use a song in a movie for theatric release is not the same as the ability to use the song when released on DVD. Likewise, songs played on the radio cannot (unless, of course, specified) be willy-nilly copied for downloads in podcats. The biggie, of course, is region-enforced blackouts for sporting events.

I could give more pertinent examples, but I also like my job, so I guess I'll have to take a pass. But trust me: it ain't as easy as you'd like to make it out.

Comment: Ironically... (Score 1) 21

by Slartibartfast (#47326589) Attached to: Sigsense is Making Interchangeable, Modular Sensors (Video)

I was instrumental in the non-launch of a Linux magazine. I planted the right idea in the right person's brain, and he was going to go with it... but then he kinda bailed on magazines altogether as part of his divorce.

All things being equal, that was probably the best choice after all, anyway. I hadn't realized just how hard magazines were gonna get hammered by the web. (I used to live in a town that had a HUGE number of tech magazines published from it. The late 90's were not a good decade, there.)

Comment: If Roblimo makes a video in a forest... (Score 2) 21

by Slartibartfast (#47310967) Attached to: Sigsense is Making Interchangeable, Modular Sensors (Video)

Does anyone care?

I mean, really. Granted, I have some animosity toward him on general principle -- I think he's a bit of a jerk. But more seriously, he keeps putting out these videos that are essentially the multimedia equivalent of a vendor press release. Why should I care? There are so many cool things that videos could be made of, you gotta wonder why we should care about these even a little bit.

Get Command Taco and Hemos on and have them talk like in the olden days. Get videos with interesting content from (say) a kernel conference, or an embedded conference. Get Google to give some down-low on Android development. Find a cool something that *isn't* vaporware. (Having worked for two failed startups -- both of which had really cool ideas on which they couldn't fully execute -- I'm far too familiar with just how ethereal vaporware really is.) Get some black hats to talk about root server DNS vulnerabilities, or real-life ways to fight DDoS attacks. Get a banker and a BitCoin guy in the same room and see who walks out at the end. Arduino! ARM! 64-bit ARM! IPv6 adoption rates and how to make use of it, especially since the country's largest cable provider, Comcast, has pushed it out to the majority of their subscribers -- something most people seem not to have noticed! Linux-based intro to robotics that's more than just video from a FIRST competition! Al Franken on Net Neutrality! Of course, this might actually take *EFFORT*, as opposed to asking vendors if they want to sell stuff. But that's kinda what journalists are, y'know, supposed to do.

Comment: Perl isn't (un)dead: worse, it's moribund. (Score 3, Insightful) 283

by Slartibartfast (#47302421) Attached to: Perl Is Undead

All traction was lost when Perl 6 became some amorphous goal, and nobody gives a damn any more. Personally, I think this is a shame -- but I've found Python and Ruby to be more-than-acceptable replacements. (Honestly, I think Ruby is the cat's pajamas, aside from regex speed on 100+ MB logfiles.)

So... does Perl wish to make a comeback? It really would be fairly easy:
1) Have Larry Wall take the reins well-and-truly again.
2) Give a timeframe for a for-real reference release of Perl 6. Not this sort of wish-wash "everything that says it's Perl 6 *is* Perl 6" thing. Choose *one* of the projects, and have it be the reference against which all others are measured.
3) Give direction and make it public. While associated clearly with #1, merely taking the reins won't do the job -- it has to be clear that Perl is *GOING* somewhere, and not just stagnating. And this has to be made known.

There are plenty of sysadmins who learned Perl when it was 5.x, and who have fond memories of it. Give them something more than memories to work with, and you may well go somewhere. As it is? I just couldn't be bothered to care. Gimme Ruby.

Comment: I keep *hearing* about age discrimination... (Score 1) 370

by Slartibartfast (#47292409) Attached to: Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

But, as a 47-year-old Linux guy, with many different positions at companies large and small over the years, I've never *seen* it. Of course, anything I say is anecdotal; makes me wonder if some facet of my experience is keeping me from where it's practiced, e.g., I'm in the northeast; I'm a 100% Linux-head; I've been in senior positions for years, etc. Perhaps it's more prevalent in different locales, outside of the Linux community, or among mid/junior-grade positions?

If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.