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Comment: Re:Learn to sit properly (Score 1) 154

by holophrastic (#47867293) Attached to: 3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

Learning has nothing to do with anything. Try invoicing. I was invoicing at age 14 when I started my programming business -- the one that/s paid for my house, my sportscar, and a generous flower budget for my beloved. That's programming, whether or not it meets your definition.

Comment: Learn to sit properly (Score 2) 154

by holophrastic (#47866693) Attached to: 3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

v-sit. feet on ottoman, back reclined, butt low, torso-weight on back, leg weight on heels and haunches, arm weight on elbows, hand weight on the heel of the hand, proper security-guard chair, well padded, designed for long-term sitting. wrist flexed downward (by the bigger muscle), neck flexed downward (by the bigger muscle), abs flexed instead of lower back -- again, the bigger muscle works, the smaller muscle doesn't.

it's been 21 years of programming, 15 in this same exact chair. good weight, good energy, good appetite, good drive. healthy all around, no pain, no injuries (typical broken bones as a child, including a wrist), age 35.


Comment: The Rolling Stones (Score 1) 380

by holophrastic (#47863325) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

The Rolling Stones make a lot of money, that doesn't mean that you should start a band. There are countless garage bands that make no money.

Sure COBOL can net you big bucks, and a really great set of very stable clients; but how many of those do you think there are? and how many near you? that you can approach? and have the "other" industry qualifications that they require?

Look, if you are passionate about old industrial equipment, then sure, you may be the guy for the job.

Comment: popular science is back (Score 1) 168

by holophrastic (#47686185) Attached to: Processors and the Limits of Physics

one day, computers will be twice as fast and ten times as big -- vacuum tubes? meet transistors.
computers can't get any more popular because we'll run out of copper. . . zinc. . . nickel -- welcome to silicon. Is there enough sand for you?

everything will stay the way it is now forever. things will never get any faster because these issues that aren't problems today will eventually become completely insurmountable.

relax. take it easy. we don't solve problems in-advance. capitalism is about quickly solving huge problems, while totally ignoring small and medium problems.

wait for it. computers will be different in twenty years. I promise.

Comment: "convenience" (Score 1) 97

by holophrastic (#47627741) Attached to: The Doctor Will Skype You Now

So, without commenting on accuracy, precision, completion, mis-diagnoses, missed symptoms, bias, colour correctness, nor smell, I think convenience is the all-time most important part of a doctor's check-up.

Oh yeah, house-calls. Remember? That's where we started. We are where we are because we made it convenient for the doctors, not for the patients. Remember? The guy with the expertise gets the convenience. Remember? The guy getting paid gets to make the rules. Remember?

Comment: Re:University of Waterloo, Independent Studies (Score 1) 205

by holophrastic (#47615145) Attached to: MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

Quite well actually. With an aim for artificial intelligence, I started in the computer science set of courses, hated what it was in terms of mathematical algorithms, shifted to the psychology set of courses and wound up in cognitive modelling with lisp and neural networks. Of course, as with any independent learner, I then focused on my own business, programming web-oriented business solutions for small and medium business. I still program the odd neural network solution now and then.

All of that said, apparently it was a very odd and very unusual university experience. Completely unstructured, and no one else in the same "stream" of courses. Obviously I had no appreciation for how unusual that is. But as an entrepreneur, that's been true for ages.

University got me through the years of friends and family telling me to "get a real job" and to "get a degree to fall back on". With six-months left to get my degree, I left the world of academia behind me forever, to focus on my successful business, which worked out splendidly.

So yes, I see it as two-and-a-half years wasted in that I'd have rather spent it developing my business full-time; but I didn't know that before hand, so I see it as the limbo-time to realize that I don't fall back on things, I fall forward, and that my own business is infinitely more stable than any real job, and it's a much better lifestyle too.

How did it work out for me? It got me what I wanted, when I wanted it, the way I wanted it. So, perfectly.

Comment: Absolutely it is, and that's ok (Score 1) 348

You drive your car quite fast on roads with on-coming traffic separated by nothing more than a stripe of paint.

There's no limit to the amount of security that you can add to a network. But in the end, the odds are fairly good that fixing the few problems likely to occur is far simpler and more cost-effective than preventing them in the first place.

Obviously, we're talking about a small business, that isn't subject to large and persistent attacks. And should the day come when it is, that's when increased security can come around.

Regarding the ecommerce side of things, most small companies use ecommerce to receive money. So the worst thing that can happen is that they receive more money. That'll be noticed. Providing they aren't storing credit cards, then there's nothing to lose.

Safety third: first the job needs to actually get done, otherwise there was no point in starting it. second, the job needs to be worth doing, or there was no benefit to having done it. third it needs to be done safely. think of all of the great achievements that came from numbers one and two without any degree of reasonable safety. think the discovery of new worlds, exploration, animals, major construction, and every dangerous job out there. the line of what's considered "safe" moves quite freely to accomodate the other two priorities.

Safety Third.

Comment: Risk vs Reward (Score 1) 550

by holophrastic (#47525101) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

It's never been about cost. Even at the early prices, it was "affordable" for a one-off life-changing surgery.

The issue is the same as it's always been. There is risk. There is virtually zero reward. My vision isn't poor enough that I can't go to the bathroom at night. I wear glasses all day every day, minus sleeping, sex, and swimming. Right now, I have zero problems, and a set of light glasses on my face.

Why would I ever risk damage to my eyes -- which I use to earn every dollar of revenue to fund my life -- when I can do nothing and having everything that I plan to have?

It's an easy decision. I don't opt for voluntary surgery. That's the rule.

Comment: Name things that shouldn't be automated. (Score 1) 265

by holophrastic (#47432881) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Consider all of the tasks that you do as a part of your job. Identify which ones should absolutely never be automated -- maybe they're too dangerous, maybe the risk is too great, maybe they're too much fun. I'd bet that upgrading the OS would be pretty well the top of your never-automate-this list.

Comment: How original (Score 1) 564

So let me get this straight. Humans are bad because they create computer viruses. . .that apparently the conscious computers can't easily resist. Thanks for re-iterating 100 years of sci-fi non-sense.

I, for one, look forward to living the life of a pet. Like a puppy; safe and happy.

Of course, I may be a wee-little-bit different from most. I guard ants in my house and spiders have my full protection -- but that's because I'm smarter than most humans.

It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions. - Robert Bly