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Comment: Re:It's a model (Score 5, Insightful) 230

by hodet (#49242263) Attached to: Man 3D Prints a Working 5-Speed Transmission For Toyota Engines

Not picking on you specifically, just answering a chorus of boos from the peanut gallery. People have lost their love of how stuff works. Who cares if you can't use it as the real thing. I can think of no better way to learn about transmissions than what this guy had done. And all the negative posters on Slashdot just shrug and criticize. You do this stuff because __you can__, end of story, no other reason needed. From the interest he has received I am thankful others still get joy from doing stuff for purely learning and discovery purposes. They are the ones that go on to invent cool things. The rest drool over their shiny new sealed smartphones and tablets.

Comment: If it were me... (Score 1) 698

This is very touching and I can only begin to imagine, as the father of a 5 year old son, how I would cope with this. Strangely enough, I have given it some thought in the past. What if I am not here, how will my wife and son fare? What would I want to tell my son, being the age he is at and all of the experiences I would miss. You have already touched on video messages but also consider leaving her your written thoughts. These can be shorter musings, your inner thoughts to share with her. Stuff she can pick up without having to experience the intensity of a video. Take the opportunity to share who you are with her, your values, your hopes and dreams for her. Let her know that you love her mother, why you love her. This can be important to her later when she is experiencing her first relationships.

When I was in University (many years ago) I got my degree in Business. Majored in HR and got a job as an employment counsellor out of university. Business is what was needed in the world, and there were opportunities there. I was miserable. I once read of a man who spoke at a Career Day at a high school. In question period a student asked him what he should study, what did the world need. He took a deep breath and said that this was the wrong question. Ask yourself instead what gives you passion, then do that. Because what the world needs is people with more passion. It stuck with me and I moved into a Technology stream which is always something I enjoyed (it wasn't so clear cut when the major technology in the office was the photocopier). IT was not really even recognized as a profession in the business world at the time.

Apart from that, don't be afraid to post online in various circles with your real name. I use a pseudonym here because I would not really want some of my old comments to come back and haunt me. I could be a dumbass when I was younger. But lately (past several years) I have take to using my real name. My approach is to always post in a way that I can stand behind what I said as a person, even when posting pseudo anonymously. With your real name out there commenting on technology, social, political or business issues it is an opportunity to raise the level of discussion because it will force you to reread before hitting 'Submit'. Once it is on the net it will always be there, a legacy for her, that she can come across and be proud of. I would want my son to see a father who was engaged with the world and interacted with it in a dignified manner and with humour (maybe bad humour, he can judge that I guess). Life shouldn't always be serious.

Good luck to you in the coming months. I feel priviledged to have read your story and that you took the opportunity to reach out to your fellow geeks here.

Comment: Re:Microsoft SharePoint (Score 1) 343

by hodet (#49077425) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?

I hear ya. We use Sharepoint at work and it is very capable for version control. We have one library with over 2000 documents in it and they hold numerous minor and major versions of the docs. Even clueless users can be shown how to use it relatively quickly. Other nice features is Alerts. SP sends you an email if someone has modified a doc. Handy when you are waiting on information from someone before proceeding with your work. As soon as they check it in you get an email alert.

Comment: Re: What we really need to address ... (Score 1) 288

by hodet (#49039317) Attached to: WA Pushes Back On Microsoft and's Call For Girls-First CS Education

AC's message was crude, which is unfortunate, but there is a point in there. Some occupations attract one gender more than others. It would be better to ask why that is in CS rather than just throw money at the issue trying to balance out the numbers. If CS is a hostile environment for women that needs to be addressed. Once upon a time male nurses were scorned, but now it is common although still more dominated by women. Why is it more acceptable now, maybe there are lessons that can be learned from that. Oh and no matter how good it gets idiots will still be idiots so that won't change.

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis