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Comment: Labview, and ExtendSim, and ... (Score 1) 876

by honestmonkey (#46192469) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?
I used to program for a number of years in Extend/ExtendSim. It's mostly for simulations (thus the name-change to ExtendSim I guess). I always called it "Lego-block programming" to explain it to anyone. It was pretty powerful, did most everything we wanted it to. I wrote some blocks as well, and the internal language was more or less C. There were other languages that were similar, some more suited to supply-chain programs, for instance. In general you could do almost everything you needed to by drag-n-drop placement of blocks and connecting them together via their inputs and outputs. It was even fun most of the time, and you could "debug" it graphically by watching the data flow around.

Comment: Re:Windows keys? (Score 2, Interesting) 459

by honestmonkey (#45998731) Attached to: Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse
Does anyone actually use the damn Windows Key? I have a Microsoft keyboard (the "split-in-half" one, tilted and all). It has a "Windows" key and another one on the right the is for - menus or something? I never touch either one. Hell, I rarely even hit any of the function keys. The only non-standard key I use is the one that brings up a calculator because at least that's useful.

Comment: Re: iTunes-exclusive recording artists (Score 1) 317

by honestmonkey (#45628753) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement In 2013?
Not always. There is an artist that is the only reason I've ever gone on iTunes (Patrick O'Hearn), and to be a complete-ist, I signed up to get a couple of his albums that are not on CD or available anywhere else. Downloaded them, burned them and have not gone back since.

Comment: Six dollars billion dollars (Score 4, Funny) 205

I like that they laundered "$6 billion dollars". So one guy, Mr. Six Dollars had his billion dollars laundered? Or was it a billion and six dollars? A billion dollars worth of six dollar bills? Or is it that the dollar sign or the word 'dollars' was redundant? Hmmmmm.

Comment: Re:I remember (Score 1) 295

by honestmonkey (#42878103) Attached to: Is It Possible To Erase Yourself From the Internet?
I honestly have no idea what you just said. It doesn't seem to make much sense. The laws I was talking about are sort of the opposite of free speech. They limit people's ability to get jobs or live where they want, on the basis of appearance. How does limiting free speech reduce discrimination? The answer to speech you don't like is speech you do like, not limits on speech. And which are these "sane" countries?

Comment: Re:This problem is easily solved (Score 1) 295

by honestmonkey (#42867257) Attached to: Is It Possible To Erase Yourself From the Internet?
There are 29 (I think that's the number) states were this is the law. So now, I have 21 to choose from (assuming they don't have some other fuck-ass laws). Or I can leave US and move to Canada, where there is no censorship, but at least great health care.

So you are saying, don't ever do ANYTHING that ever again there after might be misconstrued and used against you, because you always know that the future holds, eh? Good fucking luck with that.

Comment: Re:This problem is easily solved (Score 1) 295

by honestmonkey (#42867225) Attached to: Is It Possible To Erase Yourself From the Internet?
Maybe, partially. But part of it is a change that many older people might not realize, and I think probably younger people don't care enough about until it's too late. When I was growing up, if you wanted "dirt" on someone, you had to do physical work - root through their trash, talk to people they knew, try to get access to records that may or may not be available down at city hall or whatever. Now, you google them and get just about everything. Younger people think it's fun to post everything online - look at the recent reports of guys being caught raping someone because someone took a video and posted it. I mean, WTF were they thinking? They weren't. And even if it's not rape, everything you say can and WILL be used against you, in court, in the job market, in life. It sucks, but that's the way it is. Not just in the US, I think.

Comment: Re:I remember (Score 1) 295

by honestmonkey (#42866545) Attached to: Is It Possible To Erase Yourself From the Internet?
People are missing a key point here. Well, several, actually. Yeah, it doesn't matter if you're friends or family find out you got drunk last Saturday, and fuck 'em if they can't take a joke, right? But there are, for instance, states (29 I believe) where you can be fired for being or appearing to be gay. So any joking or Liking of "Glee" or "Le Cage aux Folles" could make it so that you can't get an apartment. But also, you might leak enough information so that it would be easier to steal your identity (mother's maiden name or favorite movie or first school you attended). "This is John, I've known him since we went to ABC elementary school." Lots of folks don't realize how much information is now available about everyone that just wasn't 20 or 30 years ago.

Also, you're 6 foot, dark haired and named John Smith. Well, we wanted to hire you, but here's a 6 foot, dark haired John Smith on Facebook saying he wants to "kill the pigs". Sorry, we can't take a chance in hiring you.

It doesn't matter if YOU care or not. It only matters how much hassle it can cause you at some point. Think it won't happen to you? Good luck.

Comment: Re:This problem is easily solved (Score 4, Insightful) 295

by honestmonkey (#42866265) Attached to: Is It Possible To Erase Yourself From the Internet?
Yeah, maybe so, maybe no. Did you every "Like" something? How about a song somebody sent you the link to? How about a Youtube video of a song, say from "Glee"? And also, do you live in one of the states where it is LEGAL to fire your ass or kick you out of an apartment if you are gay or suspected of being gay? Fucked now, hey. Just because you said silly things to your friends.

Anything and everything can come back to haunt you. And occasionally someone does give a shit.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen