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Comment: Re:This is newsworthy??? (Score 1) 77

by ignavusinfo (#46872773) Attached to: After a Long wait, GNU Screen Gets Refreshed

WTF is this "button" you speak of?

Seriously though, in addition to the use cases others have mentioned I get a lot of mileage out of starting a REPL in a screen (or now, tmux) session and just letting it run -- it's easy then to re-attach and occasionally debug issues or upgrade code. I've had some Erlang jobs running for years like that.

Comment: Re:Shuffles (Score 1) 386

by ignavusinfo (#46833115) Attached to: iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

The storage is one nicety that Classic brings to the table. The other real benefits -- depending on your use case -- are the interface and software. I've *never* had an iPod Classic crash; this isn't true of the iPod Touch (at least the early generations). Out on the highway on the motorcycle it's damn inconvenient to have the sound just stop. But also, having real push buttons on the Classic means that I can throw the unit in a tank bag and pause/play on the fly.

(Yeah, I get that there are probably all sorts of other ways to listen to music while riding but the Classic + Etymotic earbuds has been a cheap and reliable solution for going on a decade now. No bluetooth nonsense or fancy adaptors; just plug in and go.)

Comment: Re:Here's a few I like (Score 1) 285

by ignavusinfo (#46779113) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Finally! The LRB is woefully underrepresented in this thread. Although UK centric -- to some degree -- its coverage of economics and the Middle East is really excellent and informative for a US reader too. (Plus, of course, the book reviews.) Perhaps a little stuck in its ways but always interesting.

Comment: Re:Airbnb profiting on illegal activity (Score 2) 319

by ignavusinfo (#46690271) Attached to: SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Here's a New Orleans take on the issue from an alternative periodical. Your supposition seems to be substantiated by the article: the issue's not just the money but the culture. (I don't claim it's the best article ever, but it's not the voice of "the man" either.) The points here are compelling and not out of line with what I'm seeing in my neighborhood.


Comment: Re:Im all for human rights... (Score 1) 1482

by ignavusinfo (#46633909) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

The question's an interesting one; it has an analogue in the deaf community with regard to cochlear implants. There's a brief paragraph on wikipedia about this: but isn't particularly nuanced. My point being that questions like that aren't cut and dry: there's a lot -- the identity of self -- at stake there, as there is with the whole marriage thing.

Comment: Re:Awful (Score 1) 250

by ignavusinfo (#46489591) Attached to: Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence

Gosh -- liberal, no dress codes, too numerous to count food choices, good weather, a few negatives -- that sounds a lot like here in New Orleans. Except, right, we work 35 hour weeks (from home though: we most certainly do not have high tech companies), take Friday afternoons off, have $5 beer & a shot happy hours, and dirt cheap expenses.

In all honesty I'm glad you like where you live, that's cool. In a world with fast pipes though there are lots and lots of options and the Bay Area culture seems from this distance to be one dedicated to working, not living.

Comment: Re:This is Elementary School. (Score 1) 231

by ignavusinfo (#46053591) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Reimagine a Library?

So if it's not in the library it hasn't been censored, it's just drivel.

That's certainly not something I said or implied. In my experience librarians have always gone out of their way to acquire any material that's been asked for. Further, they get really pissed off when parents and school boards and the like start to dictate what can and cannot be on the library shelves -- for instance, it's the ALA who sponsor Banned Books Week and is mighty vocal about censorship in any library. Remember too that this is the cohort who stood up to the g-men demanding patrons' borrowing records.

They do curate a collection: obviously they can't choose to stock every book and have to decide what to put on the shelves. I don't see an elementary school librarian not selecting, say, Kingsley Amis's _Lucky Jim_ as a form of censorship (and it's certainly not drivel). It would be an inappropriate read for most elementary school kids though, boring to them, and a waste of valuable shelf space. If you see that as censorship I'd posit that you have a very broad definition of that term.

There are, no doubt, librarians who do censor and do exert an agenda. Fortunately they seem to be in a minority.

What librarians are very good at is knowing what books are going to be appealing to kids. If you really liked The Phantom Tollbooth they're the people who are then able to nudge you towards A Wrinkle in Time. I think asking a fourth grader to surf the 'net and select his next book without guidance is fraught with issues.

Comment: Re:This is Elementary School. (Score 1) 231

by ignavusinfo (#46051203) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Reimagine a Library?

I hate to say it but at the Elementary level the research part of library just does not have a high priority to me. I am thinking about reading Swiss Family Robinson when I was a kid and dreaming about living in a tree house and fighting pirates.

I hope I didn't imply that there shouldn't be whimsical books. By "research" I mean reading about dinosaurs and then looking them up in a Childcraft encyclopedia or perhaps finding a second book about dinosaurs or planning a dinosaur costume. Knowing the mechanics of research (how to use a table of contents, an index, a catalogue -- hell, the kik-step) makes these activities more fun and natural. I think a good school librarian should be teaching kids how to do more than click. Having known more than one university librarian who talked about having to teach college age students how to use a ToC, an index, a catalogue it's pretty clear that we're not doing enough when these kids are young.

Modern technology is ancillary at best in an elementary school library and probably more distracting than useful. The above mentioned dinosaurs don't have to move, they don't have to sing dinosaur songs, and they certainly don't need to be advertising dinosaur treats to the under-9 set.

Comment: Re:What about kid librarians too? (Score 1) 231

by ignavusinfo (#46050901) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Reimagine a Library?

Woah. That's crazy talk. I don't think kids are allowed to learn stuff that's not on The Standardized Test. Next you'll be suggesting that older teens from the local high school could be library interns or something. Where will the madness end?

In truth, of course, I'm wholeheartedly in favor of such schemes. We provide an outlet for sports and music and theater (and so on); it's important to provide a place for kids who are bookish to be bookish -- and to acknowledge that reading a book or looking something up, &c. is as noteworthy an accomplishment as scoring a goal or even creating something tangible, i.e., that the reading of the book is the point not merely a means to some other end. But then I also think that there should be industrial arts and home economics, even for young kids.

Comment: Re:This is Elementary School. (Score 4, Insightful) 231

by ignavusinfo (#46049775) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Reimagine a Library?

I was wondering when someone would mention books.

The other must have for a library is a librarian. Honestly, at the elementary school level libraries are no less relevant than they've ever been -- research is research and learning how to do it, even with a crappy old encyclopedia and out of date dictionary is a vital skill. So if your school's library is irrelevant it's time to find a new librarian because there's your problem.

Librarians are also pretty skilled at finding and purchasing the right materials, recommending age-appropriate books, fighting censorship, and -- at least when I was a kid -- being an non-teacher/non-parent adult confidant. Parents, even involved, educated ones, can't fill the same role.

Comment: Re:Generation Y (Score 1) 144

by ignavusinfo (#44269857) Attached to: Smartphones May Help Reduce Traffic In the Near Future

Eh. I couldn't imagine being unfortunate enough to have to trade 2-3 hours a day [*] sitting in a car for a yard to take care of when there's a well maintained city park across the street -- not to mention all the other amenities the city provides. I'm sincerely glad what you have is working for you but don't believe that city dwellers all feel "stuck."

[*] 2 hours/day x 5 days/week x 45 weeks/year x 10 years is 4500 hours, pretty much a full 1/2 year of dead time in the period you're talking about. Even if my public transportation commute were that long, I'd have been able to read, say, 450 books in that time.

Comment: Re:The fog of memory is vital (Score 1) 379

by ignavusinfo (#43013327) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Feel About Recording Your Entire Life?

"Remember when I suggested The Naked and Famous to you like three years ago? Oh, you don't? That's funny, this e-mail says otherwise."

Meh. The far more felicitous response is "Damn, I sure meant to." Conversations with friends -- and especially friends one is romantically involved with -- shouldn't sound like courtroom transcripts.

Comment: Re:Few things (Score 1) 260

by ignavusinfo (#41897951) Attached to: iPad Mini Costs $24 More To Make Than Kindle Fire HD

I keep talking to developers that code on OSX and I keep having the same question:

You're not going to be deploying any of that code on OSX, your target is almost always going to be Linux. So why not just develop on Linux?

It's a reasonable question.

For me it's really that I make money writing code; I haven't figured out how to get paid for configuring my laptop, so I'd prefer not to spend time on it. Also, work has no issues handing me an iMac but would get testy if I started running Linux on their network ... I realize that's silly but it's not a fight I'm interested in having. Once that stake is in the ground it makes sense to me to keep the environment homogeneous. Plus there's software I really do find useful: File Vault, Time Machine, iTunes, Omnigraffle, Skype, Live, Logic, iPhoto, and so on. I'm sure there are Linux alternatives but there's a cost associated with switching that I would find very expensive. So although the hardware might be more expensive than the alternatives (and again, even if it's $1k over the life of the machine is that a lot?), the operating costs are -- for me -- cheaper.

If I'd ever run into serious issues moving code between Linux and OS X I'd rethink it but I'm not sure I can remember a time when functional tests passed or failed in one environment but not the other. It all gets rerun in integration testing anyway, so even if something cropped up it'd be more of a curiosity than a production issue. I wouldn't run serious load, capacity, or performance testing on my desktop no matter what the OS, so that's a wash. I could imagine cases where this isn't so easy but apparently that's not the kind of development I do.

I'm not trying to sway anyone. It works well for me and has proven a profitable choice, that's all I really care.

To write good code is a worthy challenge, and a source of civilized delight. -- stolen and paraphrased from William Safire