If you want to stay in programming you need to know current tools. Converting your last project to a current Perl Toolset would be a resume selling point. Right now there is a high demand for Perl Programmers, there's even been an uptick in new Perl Projects (and if Mojolicious keeps gaining converts its going to be in a lot of job reqs). A project lead looking at you for a Perl job would be concerned about the need to re-teach you Perl and probably prefer a Ruby programmer who was willing to learn Perl over you. On the other hand there is still tons of gnarly ancient Perl code out there that needs to be maintained, and you're well qualified.
The thing I always hated about LaGuardia is that it is Taxi accessible only, I could never fathom why the N didn't get extended to resolve that. Other than doing that I think investing in LaGuardia is a mis-allocation of resources.
Several Million People live in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, but to catch an airplane they need to drive past MacArthur/Islip Airport on their way to JFK or LaGuardia through rather intense traffic or take the Long Island Railroad (which may depending on when they're travelling and which line still be slower than sitting in traffic). Spending the money expanding Islip would both add significant capacity for the region and provide a lot of convenience.
Considering New York-Princeton-Philadelphia as a single very large market, Trenton is the most interesting of the Auxilliary Airports. It is not only the shortest drive airport for Central New Jersey (Princeton and New Brunswick), but it is also the shortest drive for airport for the Northern Philadelphia Suburbs including the Northeastern corner of Philadelphia itself and King of Prussia (which is the economic centre of the Philadelphia Market, not downtown). Right now the transit connections to Trenton are awful, but with about 6 miles of track to build there could be direct service from Trenton Airport on three lines to Center City Philadelphia, Camden NJ and New York City. Politically the region either needs to either be taken over by a state or regional authority or get an exemption from the outdated federal restrictions on commercial flights at private airports and be privatized because the Municipal authority that owns it changes their mind every few years as to whether they want to expand it or shut it down entirely.
Because of the tangled politics the money will probably be wasted on a renovation of LaGuardia (probably without the subway extension its always needed and no added capacity or other benefits to travellers than a shiny terminal), rather than on ISP or TNN expansion which would provide much greater benefit to travellers.
If the self appointed RealNamePolice hadn't made such a stink, ello wouldn't have gone viral. Suddenly facebook, a company I loathe and despise and use only with fake names, has competition. I haven't seen their service, but ello have a good manifesto, and plan to use a business model where their end-users are customers rather than assets. Facebook has achieved a degree of critical mass they've been using to revert the internet to AOL. Unless an open distributed social networking protocol emerges (unforunately, Diaspora wasn't able to make it happen), someone has to run the backbone of social networking, and I'd rather it wasn't Facebook.
So thank you RealNamePolice, not for being a dork harrassing Drag Queens, but for stirring up 30,000 Facebook users an hour to go somewhere else.
On the other side I've seen artists complaining that when they do get a lot of play on streaming services they still don't get much in royalties. I would venture (meaning I have better things to do this afternoon than research the real numbers) that in terms of revenue to the independent artist that sells their own music, one customer who purchases a download or buys physical product is equivalent to a much larger number (10? 100?) who play them repeatedly on streaming services. From a label or self marketed artist standpoint the streaming services are successors to the record clubs, what makes them more complex is that they also function as radio stations. From the standpoint of an independent artist getting on the streaming services is important promotion, but then every time someone saves them to their streaming service library instead of going to Itunes or Amazon they are getting a tiny fraction of the income. No surprise that established artists who have control over these things aren't available on these services. Further given that the labels probably also believe they should charge a lot more, I'm surprised that there aren't complaints that the agreements call for forced exposure of their developing artists.
An example that most people miss about the record companies not adjusting to technology is that the record companies aren't shifting to DVD Audio. I still buy most of my music in physical format, in large part because of MP3 quality (unreliable). For customers like me who pay a premium for quality there is no excuse with today's technology to deliver less than 48kbps 20bit. DVD Audio can deliver lossless 96x24 when CD is still limited to 44x16. (As for the alternative SACD format, only about 1% of all CD capable devices can decode SACD as compared to about 50% that are DVD players or ROMs).
Getting back to the main point, the Legacy Recording Conglomerates don't know to deal with anything in the new landscape, historically they've had difficulty with change. In the 1940s a startup called Capital Records changed the rules by sending free copies of records by their big signing (Frank Sinatra) to radio stations, eventually the 2 conglomerates of the time (RCA and Columbia) had to do the same to remain competitive. It is the up and coming independents who will figure out how to navigate the new landscape, all the big labels want is a return to the way it used to be.
Catalyst is one of the oldest MVC frameworks and very actively developed. Catalyst is also very stable, a few years ago the Catalyst team implemented the new Moose Object system for Perl and older Catalyst code still generally works. When I upgrade a system running Catalyst or redeploy my applications to a new system the major headache is from missed dependencies, but once I sort them out it is unusual to have to change code, and deprecations are infrequent and get long notice periods. When the new MOP object system (it is based on the Moose Object extension Catalyst already uses) ships in an upcoming Perl release your old Catalyst Code is still going to work, and as each release of Ruby and the path from Python 2 to 3 show, those other languages don't maintain the stability that Perl does.
The mechanical typewriter manufacturing lobby will back the move to force vi on the population at large, as 98% of the population will be unable to type anything as soon as the mandate was extended to all wordprocessing (which would be inevitable). The American Psychiatric Association would support an Emacs mandate instead as long as their members didn't have to use it. A truly beneficial mandate would be to require all Text Editing and Wordprocessing software to implement a wordstar compatible control set instead. For those of us who can touch-type the WordStar interface remains the only choice, and JOE is the one true editor!
The overall quality of instruction and graduates in many of these tech schools is often pretty low. Technical College not only costs more than Community College, but is an indication that you didn't have the academic chops to get through Community College. I can tell you how I would stack my resume pile if I was hiring and all that hr was providing was a brief summary: Experience+College, Experience (no degree), Self-taught limited experience, College Grad (no experience), Technical Trade School, No apparent Qualifications. Self study, some certifications, and anything you can do to demonstrate competency will put you ahead of the Trade School Graduate and at least equal to the no-experience college grad. Do it on your own or go to a legitimate college that fits your budget.
Gary Johnson is even better than Ron Paul.
Former Governor, many similar views -- low spending, anti-war, consistent over time and a two term Governor to boot. He will be the Libertarian Party Nominee this year. Maybe the Republicans have finally marginalized themselves to the point where people are ready to pay attention to the Libertarian Party.
All of the copy protection nonsense the industry was doing with blu-ray really sours the customer experience. When a movie comes in from netflix I want it to just play. I don't want to perform a firmware or software update, I don't want to have to rip it to break the encryption (which most consumers aren't tech savvy enough to do anyway). Meanwhile I have a cheap multiregion DVD player and on my computer I have about 10 different programs that play DVDs pretty reliably.
A well mastered DVD looks pretty spectacular on my 27" 720P device, and while some BluRays do look even better, you need a larger 1080 device to really see a benefit from the higher resolutions.
I have 6 computers, and a dvd player that can play DVDs, but only 1 computer than can play BluRay, so there is a big convenience factor,
When I first bought my BluRay player I signed up for Netflix BluRay. Over time I realized that most of my titles were DVD only, and I was watching a lot on streaming, so I cancelled the BluRay option.
Several of the USB sticks I've purchased came with pre-installed malware which Windows dutifully executes when the stick is inserted. A few months ago I made a presentation and stuck one of these in someone else's machine, and their anti-virus actually detected the stick as containing a trojan, about effing time. Given that MS continues to support vendors including viruses (claiming them to be drivers or other necessary software) and executing them, I'm really surprised that a lot more malware hasn't spread this way. I'm also a little surprised that more malware authors have not broken MS Code Signing. As for the target systems it looks like they are living with their heads in the sand, it was just a matter of time for them to be targeted.