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Comment: Re:Hint (Score 1) 109

by cyberchondriac (#48207899) Attached to: Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People
Well, what the gp suggests is pretty much impossible, but the truth is, software *is* the weakest link. OSes and apps are never or rarely bug free, and each new patch often introduces new bugs. Some things, like OSes, have tens of millions of lines of code, and where just a missing or misplaced semicolon can wreak random havoc, that's practically a guaranteed problem waiting to happen.
Flexibility is proportional to complexity, and inversely proportional to reliability/stability. Dedicated hardware devices are the most stable, followed by firmware driven appliances. I've been in IT (repair, then administration) for about 20 years now, which is a fair amount of time, and I've seen far fewer hardware issues than I ever have with software.
Then there are the issues of security; Windows, for one example, has been around for two and a half decades now, and there are still numerous bug fixes and security patches released on a weekly basis. It is permanently flawed.

I sometimes wonder if it's really a language thing. I'm not a developer though. High level coding (that I'm aware of anyway) is in English, yet there is a pervasive attitude these days, even here at /. among IT and science people, against "grammar nazis", with the frequent defense of "you know what I meant". Well, computers don't know. And recently I've seen a surprising number of typos in SuSE/SLES conf file comments and whatnot.. it makes me wonder if developers are screwing up in the code too, syntactically.

Comment: Re:backup for 911 (Score 1) 109

by cyberchondriac (#48207677) Attached to: Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

Sounds like a variant of a famous joke.

Operator: 911. What is your emergency? Hunter: My hunting partner just had a heart attack. I think he's dead. Operator: Go make sure. [sound of a gunshot] Hunter: Okay. Now what?

Yep, this is the right way to phrase it, makes more sense this way.

Comment: Re:Hold on a minute (Score 5, Insightful) 191

by cyberchondriac (#48187377) Attached to: Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries
1) Why do teachers always rank as an all important metric? There are good teachers and bad teachers.. even lousy teachers, there's nothing that special about their profession compared to many others. They are not beneficent deities, shaping our future via our children, though the rhetoric would have you believe that. It's just another angle for the whole, "think of the children" routine.
2) My sister-in-law is a teacher for a high school in NJ, and makes over $80k a year. And that's for 9 months out of the year. I just don't see public school teachers who belong to the NJEA doing all that badly. Private catholic school teachers maybe, but public teachers in a union have it pretty good around here.

Comment: Re:Maybe you would and maybe you would not. (Score 1) 111

by cyberchondriac (#48169167) Attached to: Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

What you're - perhaps unintentionally - highlighting is itself interesting although something we've known for years that's illustrated perfectly by, say, Politico - modern political journalism is not about holding politicians to account, it's about gossip, being in with the in-crowd, and confusing the public interest with what the media thinks the public are "interested" in.

We're in agreement there, political journalism has gotten so yellow it looks like it's got a terminal case of jaundice. But when Obama stated his administration would be more transparent, it was in the context of the laws and executive orders he would sign/pass, the initiatives he would undertake regarding defense, the wars, the Patriot Act, the economy, and that's how most of us understood it. That's the important stuff of actual consquence. If the media wants to go all tabloid, that's on them, but I don't believe it absolves Obama from essentially reneging on his campaign rhetoric.

Comment: Re:Maybe you would and maybe you would not. (Score 1) 111

by cyberchondriac (#48160261) Attached to: Journalists Route Around White House Press Office
Great, so he can tell us all about his golf score, but cover up actually significant stuff, the political shannigans? - y'know, the shit that actually matters, like he'd said he'd do when he campaigned for office. The only ones who care about pointless handwaving personal details are the tabloids.

Comment: Re:I am not alone when I say.... (Score 1) 139

by cyberchondriac (#48158475) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription
BeOS? Wow.. I haven't heard a mention of that OS in over ten years, blast from the past.
I would be game for this change: where HBO is concerned, I only care to watch Game of Thrones, and I don't see the point of paying for a full subscription for one show, because nothing else interests me, honestly (well, True Blood, but that's over now). But then I have to wait, and be a year behind everyone else in buying the BluRay when it's finally released.

Comment: Re:THIS JUST IN (Score 1) 252

by cyberchondriac (#48111493) Attached to: Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

If they want people to stop doing something, they should demonstrate that you can still get other things done without doing the thing they want people to stop doing.

Should people who are advocating for the legalization of assisted suicide kill themselves then?

Wow.. just, massive logic fail. That's not even a comparison. Advocating for the right to make your own choice regarding your life is nothing like being forced to kill yourself. I guess here we see some insight into the twisted perceptions of greenpeace whackos.

Comment: Re:Chimps have rights, babies don't (Score 1) 385

by cyberchondriac (#48103729) Attached to: Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

Oh, that's easy. because they had unprotected sex and didn't have the education for how to use contraception.

Independent voter here. I usually vote for moderate Republicans, Independents, or moderate Democrats.

Politically, I'm probably similar to you, (personally I lean slightly right yet am not pro-life, and anti-contraception is just insanely stupid, but hey, catholics) but I never got why using contraception requires special education and how that's an excuse. How friggin' hard is it to put on a condom, insert a diaphragm, or get birth control pills from a doctor? That requires lessons??
Or is that someone is that clueless or stupid that they are totally unaware that sex can cause pregnancy- in which case we may have even more serious problems. You'd have to be cut off from the Internet, TV, classmates and friends, and live in a bubble. I don't buy it. I don't think the problem is (lack of) education, it's just simple willful disregard. And to be fair, I remember well what raging hormones feels like, so I can sort of understand how the heat of the moment trumps their better sense in some cases.

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