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Comment: Re:ABOUT FUCKING TIME! (Score 4, Insightful) 419

by dotancohen (#49197191) Attached to: Ubuntu To Officially Switch To systemd Next Monday

Interestingly enough, 15.04 is deep into the Beta status and due for release next month. A major change, such as swapping out the init daemon, should be done in Alpha, and far before any Beta release. Certainly not in the month before a release!

Why is everything connected to systemd pushed out in such a hurry? Why isn't systemd getting proper time for review?

Here is the Ubuntu 15.04 release schedule:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/VividV...

Comment: Re:Nuclear ain't cheap any more. (Score 1) 379

by dotancohen (#49197143) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

The tricky question(and the one that I've been bombarded with vehement and competing answers on, which has left me confused) is whether nuclear isn't cheap; but military procurement slush used to make it look that way; or whether nuclear could have become cheap; but military procurement slush made that unnecessary and potentially even directly inhibited it.

That is pretty much what happened to the space industry, until SpaceX came along. And until SpaceX came along, nobody would have believed that space could be done both more cheaply _and_ more reliably.

Comment: Re:Simple methodology (Score 1) 347

by dotancohen (#49145219) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

In regards to client handling, you sound like you are at the point where I want to be! Would you mind sharing your SoW with us, or with just me at least? My Gmail username is the same as my /. username. I really appreciate it, and you could possible save me quite a headache as I'm still too young (37) to have made enough mistakes with clients and continually shifting requirements!

Thanks!

Comment: Re:(binary protocol)-- (Score 1) 171

by dotancohen (#49081529) Attached to: HTTP/2 Finalized

echo -en "HEAD / HTTP/1.1\nHost: slashdot.org\nConnection: close\n\n" | openssl s_client -ign_eof -host slashdot.org -port 443 -servername slashdot.org

Thanks, Lennie. I'm self-learning the whole HTTP (simple) and TLS (not simple) protocols out of interest as I work as an ad-hoc server admin (devops). This one-liner answers a whole slew of questions that I had, and points me in the direction to learn others. Thank you!

Comment: Re:UX (Score 3, Interesting) 323

The 2 best programmers I have ever worked with in my life, both had little more than high school educations. One quit programming to become a massage therapist. I dont know what it takes in the heart/mind to be a great developer, but I do know that neither a degree in CS or Engineering is a requisite.

Our number 1 dev just quit to work on his film hobby. He was also completely self-taught, no formal education. Some people just 'have it'. Some don't, no matter how long they study.

Comment: Re:What makes a plane a plane? (Score 3, Informative) 56

by dotancohen (#49038113) Attached to: ESA Complete Spaceplane Test Flight; IXV Safely Returns To Earth

The "plane" in "airplane" or "spaceplane" refers to the shape of the lifting body (i.e. the wing, technically the bottom of the wing). Just like your hand forms part of a geometric plane when outside that car window, so does the bottom of the wing form part of a geometric plane. It is this plane which forces the air down, hence the term "air-plane".

Since this design generates lift by pushing the air down, it is a "something-plane".

Comment: The view is wrong. (Score 1) 119

by dotancohen (#49030191) Attached to: NASA Releases Details of Titan Submarine Concept

On Titan the view of Saturn is edge-on to the rings as Titan is in the ring plane. So the rings of Saturn would not be visible in the sky.

Seeing the artists get this wrong in the 2009 Star Trek movie is a bit forgiving, as they need to impress their audience. But on Gizmag?!? I would have expected better.

Comment: Re:Have I lost my mind? (Score 1) 378

by dotancohen (#49006923) Attached to: Woman Suffers Significant Weight Gain After Fecal Transplant

If you've ever changed an infant's diaper you'd have seen that green-yellow mess that comes out for a while.

Kids put everything in their mouth. Put them on the floor, they'll lick the carpets. Unsupervised they'll eat the "poopsicles" in the cat litter, and play with the dogs "turdles." Every time they find something they'll put it in their mouth.

Thanks. In fact, I have changed quite a few diapers and I'd love to change more!

It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.

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