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Comment: Re:because drinking water is so pristine (Score 1) 92

by gbjbaanb (#47439075) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

pretty much everyone. Water that is treated is stored in reservoirs that are sent directly (with a little extra filtering and bleaching) to your tap.

Mineral water out a bottle is even worse.

but that said, this is the way its supposed to be. You don't want to live in a sterile bubble, you'd never be able to leave it if you did. A little bit of what you don't fancy does you good :-)

but though a reservoir is a lake, its not the same as the ones filled with untreated water - they're full of bad stuff, mostly produced by farming and other over-populated human practices.

Comment: Re: Murphy says no. (Score 2) 242

by gbjbaanb (#47432249) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

so once a week you have to get up early and do some work.

big deal.

The benefit is that you get to go home early too - and that mean you're there to pick up little johnny from school instead of seeing him when you drag your sorry arse in from a full day of meetings and emails and stuff.

Frankly, I wouldn't want to do it every day, but I can't see how the occasional early is anything but a good thing for family life.

Comment: Re:Things like this rarely work out (Score 1) 177

by gbjbaanb (#47419843) Attached to: Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

it is, so there needs to be a compelling reason to get rid of javascript in favour of something else. A new language that is a bit like javascript anyway, and gets translated to javascript for most browsers anyway is really not it.

Now, if they could get native performance standardised and included in the major browsers I think people would be interested.
If they had a way to compile new controls into native binaries that could be dropped in a html form, maybe we'd be interested (I know,. ActiveX, but imagine it could be done right).

Dart... is nothing particularly exciting at all. Its a waste of effort. Standardise NaCl and get it out there for all, and maybe you'll have something. Dart, na.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 586

by gbjbaanb (#47419611) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

I guess the old days we ignored the "cool new stuff" until it had proven itself capable. I don't know why that has changed - probably the web hyping crap at us from some corporate marketing department.

In particular I find Microsoft the worst offender. I mean, once upon a time we used ODBC to connect to databases. Then they came up with DAO, or Jet, or RDO, or ADO, OLEDB, or ADO.NET, or Linq2SQL, or EF or Native Client, or now they're preferred standard ... ODBC.

Or just ask any Silverlight developer what they think.

What we used to do years ago was basically stick to the tooling we knew and what would now be a new tool or framework was described in terms of documentation - a kind of "this is how you do it" article.

I know we have to have some development in technologies - but we don't have that, we have churn instead.

For web development, was old CGI perl that bad? Not really. Was PHP better? possibly. Was Perl scripts so bad that we had to change it all to PHP., then Java, then Python, then Ruby, then Node.js and now... I'm not sure what's flavour-of-the-month now. Probably ASP.NET MVC 5 with the MVVMMVM patttern.

You see, the difference is not that we have the tools that allow you to spend 20 hours throwing something together, you have a totally different stack that takes just as long as it used to.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 4, Insightful) 586

by gbjbaanb (#47414981) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

No, he has a point. Back in the day, we had few tools and we learned how to use them.

now, we have a tool for every hour of the week, and as soon as you've mastered one, someone comes along and says "your skills are sooo obsolete, you must learn now or fall behind", so you get to grips with it and start top master it, and then realise its a pile of poop and hunt around for a new, cooler tech to use instead.

Software projects today are littered with the corpses of technology that was the silver bullet to make your life as a developer so much better, easier and productive. Constantly.

That's the problem - we're not productive, we spend all our time learning new crap that is little better than the ancient stuff we used to use and got stuff done with.

The tools, well I know people who swear vim is easier to use than the latest IDE that has full intellisense and refactoring builtin, and they are probably right - in that they have learned their craft using that tool and actually are more productive than the bloated and slow IDE could make them. The trouble is that newbies start with the IDE and don't know anything else, so they stay in the "its easy" camp and never progress to real masters of their art. Which is understandable when you need to re-skill every couple of years, but not beneficial to the software industry.

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