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Comment: Home and offsite data center (Score 1) 284

by Walter White (#47944083) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

No racks. I have a Thinkpad T500 ('08 vintage) that I've bumped up to 8GB RAM and 240GB SSD so the T9400 Core 2 Duo provides decent performance. I've recently added a similar vintage aluminum MacBook that's been bumped to 4GB RAM and I've installed an SSD in that as well. Despite the 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo it does a decent job for surfing and perhaps some day some light IOS development. For heavy lifting I have a dual monitor workstation powered by an i7-4770K with a 260GB SSD (and an older 30GB SSD) for boot, system and home and a couple of RAIDED 7 year old 200GB Barracudas for scratch storage. This all gets backed up to a box with a couple 2TB drives that are mirrored. It was running on an Atom D525 but that motherboard stopped working a few weeks ago and has been replaced with one sporting a J1900 Celeron. With a newer PSU it idles along at 24 watts. That system also serves as NAS on the home LAN. I have a similar system (still running on a Atom) that is located at my son's place for offsite backup. In the middle of the night I send it a Wake On Lan packet (over the Internet), kick off the backup and when that's finished, it goes back to sleep. SWMBO has a couple year old Thinkpad that she uses. I have some older equipment that I don't count since it rarely gets used. I also don't count my smart phones or HP Touchpad since they're not real computers. ;) At the moment I also have a Cisco router that VPNs into work and an i7-4770 based Dell box (tiny little thing!) that I develop on. Everything except wife's laptop, MacBook and the work computer run Debian or Mint Linux.

Comment: More tools (Score 1) 387

by Walter White (#47867417) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

The more tools you have in your box (that you are actually skillful with), the more valuable you will be to any given employer/client. I got my foot in the door at a particular trading shop because I could program in C/C++ on OS/2. Later on I did another job for them because no one there wanted to deal with SNA networking. Skills like that earned me a *lot* of money over the years.

Comment: What about advancement? (Score 1) 546

by Walter White (#47829557) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

I'm not going to comment about the value of the degree to the employer. I have my own opinion and it and it has already been covered more than adequately. I want to point out the value of the degree to the developer.

When my son was in college he mentioned that a friend of his had been offered a job with a decent starting salary without the need to finish his degree. That was in 1999. The industry was flying high. I pointed out that he risked stagnation w/out the degree. It would be difficult to move to another employer w/out the paper. This meant that his current employer need not pay him commensurate to his skills. I saw it as a cynical move on the part of the company to capture talent that would then find it harder to leave. Worse, if the economy tanked. he would be competing with degreed professionals for the better jobs.

He took the work, the dot com boom turned into the dot com bust and he was out of a job. At that point he returned to school and finished his degree. Fortunately he was in a life situation where he had that kind of flexibility. Had he a family to support and perhaps a new car and mortgage to pay off, he might have been in a pickle. Lots of degreed professionals found themselves out of work at that point but I'm sure the degree gave them an advantage finding something else to do.

And just for grins, I interviewed for a position today and they *did* ask about my degree (earned in '82) and how applicable it was for the work involved. And yes, I will start Monday.

Comment: Re:Why 80% (Score 1) 278

... some President or intelligence chief ...

I doubt that "some President" would be wielding this power. It is much more likely that he would be the subject of the power. First off, the agency would be loathe to be controlled by an external political agent. Secondly, it seems like it would be more useful to have a disposable puppet in charge rather than put one of their own in such a highly visible and yet temporary position. After all, their normal MO is to work in the shadows.

Comment: Re:Instead of buying a phone every three years... (Score 1) 129

by Walter White (#47405973) Attached to: Android Wear Is Here

There are three broad categories of watch people these days: ...

Consider a fourth category, though likely not as broad as what you have already listed. That would be athletes and fitness buffs who obsess over the statistics of our training activities. We regularly wear huge GPS enabled watches that track our activities and statistics. The more popular brands include Garmin devices and if you have ever had the "pleasure" of using anything designed by Garmin's UI team you can imagine how excited some of us are to have an alternative. A cell phone with a watch peripheral would be a great combo. In my particular case, I perspire heavily when I run so I have to carry my cell phone in a zip lock bag, making it awkward to get to. Having a display on my wrist would be a significant usability factor. At ~$200US the watches are priced competitively with the stand alone units.

The only reason I have not ordered one is that I'm waiting to see how the Moto 360 stacks up against these two.

Comment: Re:Dear federal government: GTFO (Score 2) 216

by Walter White (#47248935) Attached to: US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

Your point would be better taken if you (and I mean the generic you, not you specifically) did not risk others lives by the actions that you take. I'd be perfectly happy to let you do whatever you wish in your vehicle but when a mistake on your part can kill me, then I'm happy to have the government interfere with your ability to do so.

Comment: Re:Law of Leaky Abstractions (Score 1) 352

by Walter White (#47007685) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

Someone pointed that one out to me when I started working on a framework to manage timers, digital I/O and so on on the Arduino platform. Apparently Joel feels that abstractions are not useful because they cannot be perfect. He points out that stream sockets hide the errors in network transport by 'guaranteeing' packet delivery order and retransmiting dropped packets but cannot mask the problem when the cable is pulled. So what? If someone needs to read this to understand that the network is not going to work when the cable is disconnected, they're probably in the wrong business.

How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else. -- R. Buckminster Fuller

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