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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.

Comment: Re:A smart phone is rarely convenient (Score 3, Insightful) 248

by boristdog (#49051369) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple

Pardon me as I adjust my tinfoil hat, but convenience isn't the ultimate goal. I imagine the ultimate goal is to capture as much data as possible for a variety of uses.

Exactly that. Plus the fact that they've created a whole new market to make people feel like they need to buy something they don't need.

But I'm old. I've seen the "smart home" touted every few years for the past 4 decades. It was probably touted in the 60's as well, but I was too busy playing astronaut then to read about it. The "smart home" and the "video phone" come around with a new implementation every 10 years or so, then they fade into the woodwork until the next group of geniuses thinks "You know what people just HATE? Flipping switches to make things happen!"

Comment: Re:Enough (Score 1) 288

My wife is also somewhat averse to coding. But she LOVES network administration. She's a CCIE, gets paid very well and loves solving network and voip issues.

Whereas I've been doing IT/networking/database/coding BS for over 25 years and I'm pretty sick of it all by now. I'm paid well, but just burnt out. I have a plan to quit in three years and do anything else.

Comment: Re:Don't forget (Score 2) 330

by boristdog (#49039705) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Affordable Large HD/UHD/4K "Stupid" Screens?

Holy cats, yes.

I run a weekend cabin rental business on the side and at least once a month I get a renter who pushed the wrong button on the TV or DVD remote that screws up everything and I have to go help them figure out how to get it back to a state where they can watch a DVD.

At the very least put a "Reset" button that can be programmed to put everything back to a particular state with one touch.

Comment: Re:I'll save science billions of dollars in resear (Score 4, Interesting) 200

by boristdog (#48980741) Attached to: Too Much Exercise May Not Be Better Than a Sedentary Lifestyle

Exactly. My father was a big jogger in the 1970's and 1980's. He ran 5 to 10 miles almost every day.

Around age 68 he had to get a knee replaced. At 73 he had the other knee replaced. The doctors told him that pretty much anyone who jogged that much has to get new knees. Now he still has trouble walking long distances, which sucks for him since he lives in the mountains and loves to hike.

My father has advised me against jogging more than a couple miles twice a week.

Eureka! -- Archimedes