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Comment I know a woman with em field sensitivity (no joke) (Score 1) 445

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 Re:ADVERTISING (Score 1) 198

They want to control your network. They want to inject advertising into everything you do. They want you to have no choice but to use DNS servers they control.

That was just about my first thought too: "what are the odds this will have/allow something like Privoxy to do ad-filtering?" To be fair, I haven't bothered installing that on my own firewall just yet (relying on ABP and Ghostery for now), but it's on the to-do list - and having seen recent upturns in ad-blocking usage lately, I'm absolutely certain Google will have noticed that upturn too, and strongly suspect it's a factor in any move like this. (It's also interesting to note that Apple have just added support for ad-blocking in Safari without jailbreaking to iOS 9 - probably not something welcomed in Mountain View!)

Comment In the junk pile (Score 1) 284

I have an old, old box with Windows 95 on it. If I could ever find a replacement for the motherboard battery, I could probably even boot it. If I wanted to. The question would be "why?"

(The answer is that box still has a copy of Syntrilliam's CoolEdit on it, so I can convert MP3 to OggVorbis. Worth it? Flipping a coin...)

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 Re:My Microsoft ergonomic keyboard has it on the l (Score 4, Insightful) 240

Because people who type all the time don't like to have their wrists twisted like they are wear handcuffs. I remember the first time I used a Hodgekiss keyboard (split and tilted up) my wrists were much, much happier in just a few minutes.

Comment Re:You still go through HR for jobs? (Score 1) 242

Let me disabuse you of your incorrect notion. My last four jobs did not involve an HR department. (1) One was a "promotion" from freelance to full-time. (2) One was a contract gig "promotion" to full time. (3) One was from a newspaper ad sent to me by a friend, who knew the owner of the business. (4) One was an equipment co-location customer who got so dependent on me that he hired me to continue what I had been doing as "customer service".

Indeed, looking back on my career I have very little contact with any HR department. My very first job came through the efforts of a gradute-student-run research project at Southern Illinois University. Several jobs were as a college student worker. Several more jobs came via recruiters. My best jobs was one of those error cascades involving computer magazines, the American National Standards Institute, and being a take-over-Charlie in a standards-setting committee.

Comment Re:"You have to upgrade NOW, or you are losing mon (Score 1) 4

How do you mean that? You expect 10 to become better? Upgrading to 10 also means you give Microsoft free reign over your computer. With 7/8(.1) you had at least a certain level of control.

Basically, the best way is to upgrade and then rollback. That secures your "free" upgrade and you can continue to use whatever you like.

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.

Comment Re:Stupid question. (Score 5, Informative) 242

The problem is that the HR departments want X years in specific technology. I still remember years ago an ad wanting a programmer with 10 years of Java programming experience...and Java was just turning five.

The last time I was looking for work, I found ads that were so specific that I surmise the hiring person had a specific person in mind, but was required to put job openings out to the world. I do know one instance where the job was intended for a H1-B visa applicant; no way they were going to hire a citizen for the position.

Yes, I agree that people should continue to learn new stuff. I'm picking up Python as part of my current job.

Comment Old programmers for old systems (Score 4, Interesting) 242

There has been quite a discussion (including in CIO magazine) about old programmers being exactly the right people to deal with "ancient" legacy systems. There is still a lot of systems in current use written in COBOL out there, even COBOL that predates the ANSI version. FORTRAN is still surprisingly strong in the scientific community.

The article mentions programmers continuing in niches. Me, for example. I've discovered a very nice corner where I work with RS-232 serial ports and the mistakes engineers/programmers 20-30 years my junior inflict on the community. Schools don't teach the National Semiconductor 16550 UART anymore; not to mention all the errors made trying to utilize the FIFO capabilities. (It's not engineers using the chips themselves, it's the ASIC people using the 16550 from the cell libraries!)

I'm on the wrong side of 60, yet I've not decided when I'm going to retire...if I retire. I may just decide that, as long as I can find people who need my skills, I'll keep going until they carry me out feet-first.

Comment Re:Yes, comments are too hard to police. (Score 1) 226

Churchill said "We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.".

The same can be said with technology in general... social and technical factors are deeply intertwined. It's true that individual character help shapes the final outcome/feel of a community, but that's just one factor out of many.

You may find this essay by Clay Shirky interesting: A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy.

Biology grows on you.