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Comment: Re:PHP and Frameworks (Score 1) 267

by coofercat (#49749585) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?

If you're going down that route, then maybe Drupal might work out too? It needs a RDBMS, and is used for some pretty large scale stuff here and there. It's got some OO, but isn't hell-bent on it (yet), and is relatively easy to pick up (after an initial 'hump'). It means you can still use your front end skillz, you might still get some Perl time if people have some backendy stuff to do, but PHP isn't hard to learn from a Perl background.

That said, almost every place I've ever worked in has some surprisingly large and important Perl knocking about (even if the 'official' language has moved to to Python or Ruby or something). There's still perl-with-sysadmin work around, although maybe people aren't quite admitting it on the job spec.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 40 it can do more of the recognition tasks it already does (like voice search, face recognition in photos, and others) in the phone without having to send them off to "the cloud" for processing. "Lighter" tasks such as predictive text and so on can be done faster (and consume less power), and so have more room to be better, if done in dedicated hardware.

So in terms of tracking, this could/should lead to less, not more tracking.

Comment: Re:Bureaucrats (Score 1) 312

Just how scared of home invaders, carjackers and muggers are you? Where I live all of these things happen occasionally, but honestly, it's not something that I would think most people here would consider very likely. Thus, our need to 'defend ourselves' is close to zero because the threat of that sort of crime is close to zero. If where you live it's not close to zero, then I'd ask why not, and what could be done to address that problem?

Comment: Re:Now do the same for Russian & NK? (Score 2) 82

...or maybe they're helping expose the morally-bankrupt twats what work in the security services? If everyone thought less of the 'intelligence community' than they do of their local estate agent or lawyer or whatever, then maybe, just maybe we'd bet the intelligence community we want rather than one that's way too big and way too intrusive and has it's head way too far up its own arse.

Comment: Re:Have you looked at website internals lately? (Score 1) 74

Worse - if you're using Adobe SiteCatalyst analytics (and probably others), you need* to create a domain below yours for the tracking to go to (basically, create a CNAME to their server somewhere in your domain). That means Adobe get to see all the cookies you set in the root of your domain (and I'll bet you don't set all your cookies to just your website or webapp). If you're not very careful, that's just about everything you know about your visitors also going to Adobe.

Ghostery/Adblock or similar are the way to go - the site you're visiting might not really want to know everything about you, but whomever they partner with sure does.

* I say 'need' because this is how I've seen it done. There may be other, less intrusive ways, and possibly different levels of contract with Adobe that demand different infrastructure.

Comment: Re:Single shop most likely (Score 1) 323

My thoughts exactly - why don't MS just return "not activated" for all the activations from this IP?

On another note, how come one IP is able to activate a bajillion copies of Windows? I tried re-installing Windows on an Asus EEE pc (not using the crappy pre-load) and my god, it was hard work. It's got a key on a sticker on the bottom of the PC, but even then I needed to phone some automated crapfest and type in about a thousand numbers into my phone and the computer to activate it. Whatever the person/people on that IP are doing, can they please publish it so that us ordinary, legitimate customers can benefit, please?

Comment: Re:Kindness of strangers? (Score 3, Interesting) 101

by coofercat (#49568355) Attached to: A Cheap, Ubiquitous Earthquake Warning System

Do Californians tend to take their smoke alarms with them when they move house? I ask because where I live we don't tend to do so - if the place you're moving to doesn't have one then you can choose to get one (or not), but once fitted, they tend to stay that way. A lot are battery powered, but all new renovations and new builds have to have mains powered ones that are linked together (just a modicum of building control regulation ensures this). It strikes me that this isn't all that different to having a smoke alarm fitted to your ceiling. If his plan works out, then why couldn't it be added to building control regulations as smoke alarms are where I live?

Comment: Re:Protect the income of the creators or they can' (Score 1) 302

My only problem with the "until death" thing is that legally, everything else I do whilst married is partly due to my wife, and so would be part-owned by her in the event of a divorce. Thus, if I write a new 'happy birthday' song, it's in-part down to her. She should get some benefit if I die the day after I write it. I'd agree that a bazillion years of benefit is too much - I'd imagine 10-20 years should be plenty.

Comment: Re:as much as big companies? (Score 1) 77

...or the small ones only hire people who believe the same things as the company. That is, if you're small (and you believe in privacy), you can only afford to hire people that also believe in privacy, have integrity and can keep a secret. Big companies cast their net much wider, and by the miracle of crap middle-management ensure that those people only do as they're told and don't think for themselves. Thus, those people need to be told to observe privacy through training courses.

Ultimately, privacy is either a feature your company bakes into what it does or else it's not. If it's not, then it only makes an appearance if people are told to do it (which won't happen unless someone sees some 'bottom line' in it).

Comment: Re:Best idea since sliced bread (Score 1) 117

by coofercat (#49492151) Attached to: UK Company Wants To Deliver Parcels Through Underground Tunnels

Water and gas are delivered by 'tunnel' and they seem to work just fine. If you think of this as a refinement of that, then it makes a lot more sense. If they need to dig human-safe tunnels, then yeah, it's going to get expensive, but a "fat pipe" network seems pretty simple. The things that go up and down oil pipelines prove that we can have machines in pipes doing jobs for us, so I'm sure moving some boxes around is quite possible.

That said, I seriously doubt we'll all have a chute outside our house where we drop off or collect things. I guess the local shop might have one, but even then I doubt it. Some sort of depot network could work, and I guess each depot could be small so long as there was a hulking big warehouse somewhere nearby. The thing is, you wouldn't want to rent your depots because you can't move to alternative premises if the landlord jacks up the rent, so that means buying property which is expensive (at least up front). It could scale, but it's got a huge upfront investment and as Doddle ( are finding, the 'depot' model isn't actually all that compelling and competing in a market where price is king isn't easy.

Comment: Re:Shocked he survived (Score 1) 327

by coofercat (#49484273) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

...and it seems to have sparked a lot of people into saying "they should have shot him before he got anywhere close" or similar. That really means "I want my politicians even more remote and inaccessible than they are now". This guy's got more to accomplish than he first thought :-(

Comment: Re:The only way to win at Google? (Score 1) 185

by coofercat (#49437065) Attached to: The Key To Interviewing At Google

Actually, I suspect there's some good in there somewhere. I have no idea, I've never interviewed there, and never worked there, but being slashdot, that won't stop me voicing an opinion ;-)

Whenever I've done any interviewing, I've always struggled to 'measure' the candidates in any verifiable way. I guess I just work on the feeling I get about them. However, if I had a nice intranet tool that could give me a few relevant questions to ask them, then maybe I could actually get a (technical) measure of their worth in addition to my gut-feel. In my experience though, the question/answer part of any interview is either completely convoluted, or else it's irrelevant, and so I wonder how Google keeps the quality up (partly by making the questions optional, I expect).

Either way, some of the stories I've heard of their interviewing 'techniques' of-old would have had me standing up, thanking the interviewer for their time and politely leaving. I guess I'm not a 'good fit' for Google, or wasn't when they did that stuff.

Comment: Re:Too many pixels = slooooooow (Score 1) 263

by coofercat (#49421355) Attached to: LG Accidentally Leaks Apple iMac 8K Is Coming Later This Year

All those people who have multiple 30-40 inch monitors could buy one 50-60 inch monitor and have everything on one screen. Traders (for example) typically have four screens arranged in a square - they could just have one 'super screen' instead and get to use the 'gaps' between screens. I'm not in that league at all, but work gives me two screens to do devops. I'm not sure but I suspect the multiple monitor refresh affects my vision, so I'd love one massive one that did it all. Whether I'd pay early-adopter money for it is another matter though (and I'm sure my buy-shiny-screens-because-they-are-five-quid-cheaper-than-the-matt-ones employer definitely won't).

Recent research has tended to show that the Abominable No-Man is being replaced by the Prohibitive Procrastinator. -- C.N. Parkinson