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Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 2) 113

by grcumb (#49788533) Attached to: Thanks To the Montreal Protocol, We Avoided Severe Ozone Depletion

but we did inflate duPort's bank account as their patents on Freon had run out and Congress made the old Freon illegal just in time for the new and improved patented Freon to enter the marketplace.

Yes, Dupont sat on the patent for a chemical compound they knew was safer until it became clear that the courts and governments were going to act, and then and only then did they finally file the patent on an HCFC compound to replace Freon. It was an act of stunning cynicism, but you're aiming your contempt in precisely the wrong direction.

stupid rubes

Physician, heal thyself.

Comment: Re:Give it time (Score 1) 113

by grcumb (#49770821) Attached to: Privacy Behaviors Changed Little After Snowden

People can't change that radically.

Schneier suggests that actually they have, and that media is mis-reporting the results:

It's worth reading these results in detail. Overall, these numbers are consistent with a worldwide survey from December. The press is spinning this as "Most Americans' behavior unchanged after Snowden revelations, study finds," but I see something very different. I see a sizable percentage of Americans not only concerned about government surveillance, but actively doing something about it. "Third of Americans shield data from government." Edward Snowden's goal was to start a national dialog about government surveillance, and these surveys show that he has succeeded in doing exactly that.

Comment: Re:why is that the question? (Score 5, Insightful) 382

by grcumb (#49748461) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

But if that attention does not lead to action it didn't accomplish anything in the end.

Not to put too fine a point on it, the lack of action is your fault, not Rand Paul's. He's more than done his part. He's offered a rallying point for anyone who cares about the issue, and he's elucidated in the most detailed way possible just what the hazards are. He's actually stopped the machine for a moment, and all you can manage is to diss him for too little, too late?

Look, I don't even like the guy. He stands for a lot of things that I fundamentally oppose. But I respect him. At least he is willing to do politics using the machine the way it was designed, rather than breaking it further—which is what the rest of the right-wing establishment seems to want to do.

Rand Paul is someone I feel I could reason with on most matters. I can't say that of most other politicians. And the fact that you're damning him with faint praise is actually enabling the others and contributing to the sense of futility that pervades so much of modern political discourse today.

Comment: Re:Moose, Moo, Mo (Score 0) 269

by grcumb (#49747459) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?

If you plan on staying with Perl, I would highly recommend checking out Moose and the other derivative packages that append object systems to Perl 5.

Then learn to affect a cheesy eastern European accent and tell the interviewer you are after Moose and Perl.

Nobody here is going to get that, and tragically and alas, I am without mod points at this moment. But take comfort in the knowledge, sjames, that somewhere on the internet, someone LOLed.

Comment: Re:Flip to a modern stack (Score 2) 269

by grcumb (#49747423) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?

Learn Perl, Mojolicious, ReactJS, Bootstrap.

Once you learn these, you'll never go back to the "old way" of doing things again.

Also, Mojolicious.

Oh - and Mojolicious.

Okay, seriously: Mojolicious is an excellent and fast way to jump from legacy Perl to modern, rapid turn-around, DevOpsy kinds of web work. I've written a fairly non-trivial web service in it, and it's everything a (Perl) guy could want. The documentation is a little opaque; the authors assumes too much knowledge about the approaches he's taking, but once you learn his... uh.. dialect, I guess.... Once you get the way he expresses stuff, it's pretty easy to do non-trivial work with it.

Also, learn CouchDB or similar, because NoSQL and regexes can do wonderful things together when you're dealing with large amounts of heterogeneous data. And just because some new things are actually worth it, start learning NodeJS and Angular (or similar), because they incorporate some very cool—and accessible—new approaches to things that will appeal to a dyed-in-the-wool PerlMonger.

Me? I'm a 51 year old ex-Web guy who just recently decided to move on to entirely new things after facing a similar dilemma, so pardon my hypocrisy. If I were to stay in software, that's what I'd be doing. :-)

Comment: Re:Pick a field you like (Score 2) 420

by grcumb (#49655591) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Moving To an Offshore-Proof Career?

I had a flash of insight the other day. I thought of being an actor that only plays dead bodies. Job should pay well.

ACTION!: Lie there CUT!: "That was brilliant".



Director: That was good, but let's get another, just to be sure.


Director: Yeah.... Not bad. I'm just not sure that we're really nailing this. Let's try another angle....


Director: Cut and pri-

Director of Photography: We could see him breathing.

Director: Oh fer fuck... alright let's try again. (to actor:) You know we hired you just for this, right?


Director [reviewing tape]: Yeah, I see it. (to actor:) You blinked. You know dead people generally don't blink, right? Right?!?


Special Effects Coordinator: No, look, all I'm saying is it would cost less just to corset him so his ribs can't move than it would to CGI out the breathing. The risk of asphyxiation is minimal, and anyway, the insurance is still less than green-screening him.



Director: Yeah, I fucking get it that you're tired and can't breathe. Now why don't you tell that to to those 14 teamsters over there who have been waiting SIX FUCKING HOURS for you to get one fucking scene right? Still tired, hotshot? Good, now get to your fucking first position.



Director: Finally! Print that, it's fucking magic! Perfectly lifeless. Look at that part—right there—see that? A fucking fly walks right across his eyeball. Kid, that was fucking amazi- kid? You okay? Oh for fuck sakes. We lost another. Propsmaster! Get this body off my set. And can somebody please tell me why we can't just fucking offshore these parts?

Comment: Re:On the other hand (Score 3, Funny) 51

Drug smugglers in Europe managed to deliver 400kg of cocaine to the Aldi supermarket chain in Berlin. So apparently not all drug smugglers are good at moving their contraband.

Aldi supermarket workers find record cocaine stash in banana boxes

'Allo? Polizei? Ve bin finden der... four... five... six... er, FOUR hundred kilos von der cocaine!'

Comment: Re:Sort of dumb. (Score 1) 553

by grcumb (#49616511) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

Not only that... I'm 43 and I consider myself a "Digital Native".

When you've been Digital Resident longer than many of these so-called Digital Natives have been alive, it's hard to take the term very seriously.

It's also easy to imagine how a 50-something might bridle under the 'tutelage' of a 25 year old. There's a lot to be said for a society that rewards innovation and youthful energy, but that doesn't mean there's no longer any reason whatsoever to venerate our elders. And I, for one, would not hesitate to remind any youngster of that, should circumstances require.

But it's true that we oldsters shouldn't just assume that we deserve respect by default. Not at all. I should earn it, by reminding these callow youths that hipster used to actually mean something, and that I knew Mick Jagger back when he wrote music, and not only did I have an Apple ][, but I rebuilt it on Saturdays just for fun, and that was a time when cars had exhaust and tires actually squealed, and the TV had channels, and a real man earned his stripes by dismantling one of those cathode ray tubes without dying in the explosion. And THAT was being a geek back then, so fuck you, you sniveling little runt, go climb back up your mother's vagina for a few more years until you're ready for this world. Fuck.

Or something like that. :-)

Comment: Re:It took 5 years? (Score 5, Interesting) 180

Yeah, I can't wait to hear how this is spun I to a tale of how great OSS is.

Wait no more!

The article states that the analysts have identified 8,867 infected IP addresses. In April 2014, Netcraft confirmed that there were roughly 958,919,789 sites on the web at that time. Independently of them, W3Techs state that nearly 68% of servers are running some form of Unix, and the vast majority of those can be safely assumed to be running Linux.

So let's say, then, that better than half a billion sites are potentially vulnerable to this exploit, but in practical terms, over the course of years, a mere 8,867 of them actually were infected by this exploit. That means that, uh... carry the 9... somewhere around, oh... 0.0017734% of all vulnerable Linux sites have been compromised by a hitherto unknown and unmitigated active exploit.

Clearly this debacle is indisputable proof that Linux security is a shambolic, shameful charade that needs to be stopped before the world collapses into chaos.

Comment: Re:so....why? (Score 4, Informative) 94

by grcumb (#49542027) Attached to: Gen. Petraeus To Be Sentenced To Two Years Probation and Fine

We get a lot of articles here that people say don't belong on Slashdot, but I usually side with them being good articles. "Stuff that matters" and all that, personal freedoms, general interest to nerds, etc. But this, I'm just not seeing it. Nothing to do with personal freedoms, nothing to do with computers, nothing to do with public policy, absolutely zero effect on any of us, even those of us in the USA. It's just political celebrity news.

Except that his indiscretions were discovered because his electronic cloak-and-dagger skills weren't what he thought they were, and that the FBI discovered this in an electronic dragnet, and that he, the director of the CIA, disclosed state secrets to his soon-to-be-jealous lover, which constitutes a greater potential breach of security than Snowden and Assange combined....

But aside from that, yeah, no relevance to the life of the average geek. None whatsoever.

Comment: Re:destroy the cell phone? (Score 1) 42

by grcumb (#49402263) Attached to: The Unlikely Effort To Build a Clandestine Cell Phone Network

Wouldn't it be easier to change the SIM card? Destroy the old SIM card instead? Destroying the cell phone seems like a waste. Just delete the incoming call log.

Most phones have a unique handset (i.e. hardware) identifier which is accessible during a telephone or internet session. It's in firmware, but you may or may not be able to change it on demand.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.