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Comment: Re:Suck it Millenials (Score 1) 395

by boristdog (#49353485) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

Get off'n my lawn you young punk!

We snuck into the school at night, typed the programs from magazines into a TTY printer terminal in my high school, that was connected to a mainframe at the local university. We didn't even have a monitor, all commands and results were printed on striped, continuous-feed printer paper.

And we got in trouble for it, too! The school got a bill for the mainframe time used. Or we WOULD have gotten in trouble if anyone knew it was us. As it was, the terminal got locked up at night after that. The 70's were the wild and wooly days of computalyzin'!

Comment: Re:eliminate extra sugar (Score 1) 491

by boristdog (#49330251) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

Holy heck this is as true as it gets. I was a 2 to 3 soda per day man for most of my life. A couple years back I cut out all sodas, regular or diet.

Now I can taste food properly. Sodas taste too sweet to drink, most fast or packaged food tastes WAY too sweet or salty. Healthy foods taste GOOD, like they should without that salt and sugar overload that I used to live with. I feel healthier at 50 than I did at 40.

Cut out the sodas, kids, even the diet ones. After a few weeks you'll feel much better.

Comment: Re:Bulls... since when will self driving cars have (Score 1) 451

by boristdog (#49291561) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future

So you think millions of humans with millions of differing attention levels, skill levels, alertness levels, differing visual abilities, physical abilities, inability to communicate with each other, etc. is better than millions of computers with all equivalent abilities and which can communicate with each other? So that 16 year-old and that 89 year-old on either side of you are better than strictly computer controlled vehicles?

Thought is wonderful. It doesn't matter one whit.
Reaction and reaction speed is what is critical in any non-standard driving situation, not thought.

Comment: Re:Oh just stop already (Score 2) 201

by boristdog (#49165307) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

you'll still like sex and music even when you're over fifty. You just won't be staying up late to enjoy them.

You need to tell my wife that bit about staying up late. She likes to keep me up until 3 am having sex. I am tired all the next day.

Women in their fifties are amazing sex machines.

Comment: Re:Well someone has to do it (Score 3, Informative) 347

by boristdog (#49142215) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

IF managers listened to the developers.

My last major project:
Manager: What resources do you need for this project (Replacing a huge, entirely file-based factory product manufacturing system)
ME: At minimum, I need two more people, plus someone to take over most of my smaller duties. And a couple new DB servers.
Manager: How long will this take?
ME: Two years minimum, since we are replacing an entrenched 15 year old system.

Manager's report to director: He can do it by himself in 6 months.

3 months later:
Manager: Why isn't this finished? You started over a year ago!
ME: I started three months ago, you gave me nothing I asked for and you've given me several other projects since then that you said were higher priority.
Manager: Well stop wasting time and get to work! I told the director it would be done by now!
ME: You gave me nothing. At least let me have a CS temp.
Manager: There's a woman in finance who has a sister that might want the job. She knows Excel really well, she can probably learn databases and programming.

Aaaand I think we've all been there.

Fortunately the sister didn't want the job and I got a great college grad as a temp. I would not have finished the project (in two years) without his help, we hired him after a year, too.

Comment: Never be fearful (Score 4, Insightful) 698

Teach her not to be afraid.
Don't be afraid to try new things. Try all the things.
Don't be afraid to go against the popular ideas. Do what you think is best..
Don't be afraid to ask for what you want. Ask for it!
Don't be afraid to do what you want. Do it!
Don't be afraid to travel. Go!

Women and girls especially need to stop believing they are weak and helpless. They need to learn their strengths and learn to reduce their weaknesses. Nobody is respected for their fears. Learn to not be afraid and you will get respect.

Comment: Re:Fuck. (Score 2, Funny) 116

by boristdog (#49088817) Attached to: The Disastrous Privacy Consequences of Canada's Anti-Terrorism Bill

I actually did move to Canada after getting disgusted by REAL ID. I'm starting to think I should have moved to Uruguay.

You know, about 30 years ago I would think "If I had to leave the US, where would I go?" And one of the countries that always came up was Uruguay. Apparently I was quite prescient in my 20's.

No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.