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Comment: Re:A rather simplistic hardware-centric view (Score 3, Interesting) 145

by jemmyw (#47660825) Attached to: The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

Indeed, and virtualization is a rapidly evolving part of infrastructure right now. We may no longer be upgrading the hardware as rapidly (although I'm not certain about that either), but the virtual layer and tools are changing, and upgrading those requires just as much upheaval.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 608

by jemmyw (#47419205) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

I agree but it's a difficult situation. A lot of the interpreted languages (ruby, php, perl, python, node) offer a standalone packager of some kind. Then the linux distros offer *some* integration so that you can install those packages their way, or get access to precompiled versions of ones that require it. In my experience that integration has always been the pain point.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 2) 608

by jemmyw (#47417099) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

I'm working with some web software at the moment. It's the kludgiest amalgomation of crap that I've seen in quite some time.

It sounds like some poor decisions have led to that situation for you. Ruby and Node both have fairly flexible package management solutions that let you pin dependencies and provide private repos for your specific dependency versions when for some reason you can't use official ones.

However, one thing that has always bothered me is when we say "well we're using ruby xx.xx (or node xx.xx or php xx.xx or whatever) on our development machines, so we must install that version on production" and then the hoops taken to do that. It should be "production can run ruby xx.xx so that's what you have to develop against".

Comment: Re:I've quit two jobs, due to overwork (Score 1) 710

by jemmyw (#47316205) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Working 5 days a week for 8 hours at a time doesn't make any sense anymore.

I agree. But it's good to have that structure when you first start out. It's also good to know when to break out of it, and I wish I had done so far earlier than I did. If you are a technology worker you should understand that some days you can work longer, some shorter. Sometimes you feel like you can't work on the major tasks so you do support for a few hours. And I often shift the time around. For some reason I feel way more productive between 11pm and 1am than 11am and 1pm.

Comment: Re:I've quit two jobs, due to overwork (Score 1) 710

by jemmyw (#47312833) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

My wife often comments that I am not very easy to distract when working. And the day is still delineated with events: children wake us up, time for breakfast then work. Lunch time, walk out for coffee. Dinner time, 5:30, time to stop working. Sure if you had no family then that might break down.

I've seen plenty of people working long hours at the office.

Comment: Re:I've quit two jobs, due to overwork (Score 1) 710

by jemmyw (#47312507) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Yes I overplayed it a little there. The best workers work wherever is best for them, be it the office or at home. But the thing I find distracting at the office is the people. I love talking to people and helping them out and so forth (which obviously happens remotely too, but not as much) but for getting some programming or spec work done my own calm space is best. I can work a little long from home without really thinking about it because there's no hassle of "getting ready" or the commute. Although there is often the "shit, video conference in 5 minutes, no trousers" moment.

Comment: Re:I've quit two jobs, due to overwork (Score 4, Insightful) 710

by jemmyw (#47312149) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

This is rather anecdotal. I refuse to believe that I'm in a 5% percentage of people more effective working from home than in the office. The office is full of distractions, noise, people to waste time with, toys like pool tables and so forth. I go in every so often because some of those distractions are important.

But home is nice and quiet. Can move between desk, sofa, bed, outside with laptop. I suspect that those who find distractions working at home will find distractions working in the office.

I've noticed that the best workers in my company are the ones who have gone remote. I'm not saying that they are best because they're remote. But they're probably the ones who don't feel they need to be seen in the office to prove their worth.

Comment: Re:Good! (Score 2) 619

by jemmyw (#47277725) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

I've lived in NZ and California.

3) the population is mostly concentrated in a couple of cities, and not of a huge relative geographical area. More folks can do mass transit there, and drive less often.

The USA could really do with more mass transit. There's plenty of concentrated population. I've not spoken to a single American here who disagrees, so it must be down to politics. When you say concentrated... the Wellington region has less than 400k people. And yet you can get around reasonably easily via train and bus. I lived in Waikanae, an hours drive north of Wellington, and getting the train + bus took an 1hr 20 mins.

In the USA I live near Santa Rosa, and it takes 1hr 15mins to drive to where I need to be in SF when there is no traffic (ha). Public transport would take more than 3hours! And North Bay alone has a greater population than the entire Wellington region.

4) an immigration policy that would get us called Nazis if we implemented them here (see also the current immigration woes and their contribution to economic issues here in the US)

Really? I did not know that. I found it way easier and less bureaucratic to get into NZ.

Comment: Re:A minority view? (Score 1) 649

by jemmyw (#47269485) Attached to: Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

The idea of no God or afterlife doesn't really give me any feelings at all because I don't think of them. They are unrelated and uninvolved in the grief I've felt when a family member died.

As you state, you've always had faith, so how can you conceivably tell someone who does not how they feel about it (smug), and link that to the death of your loved ones in any way?

Comment: Re: This is what happens (Score 1) 186

by jemmyw (#47243033) Attached to: The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

That the world was flat was not a seriously held belief, and CC did not set out to prove that it was spherical.

Whereas we know the energy requirements of settling outside of the Earth are beyond us at the moment. That's not to say that will always be the case. But putting hope into that without a viable path there is pointless fantasy. Figuring how to cope where we are with what we have is reality.

Comment: Re:Let's get rid of EU (Score 2) 272

by jemmyw (#47238821) Attached to: EU May Allow Members Home Rule On GMO Foods

We have at least two of those, a common language and shared history. The language is English, because as much as the French hate it, it is the lingua franca in the EU. The history is one of fighting one another tooth and nail, but it is a long history and most of those wars were about a small handful of elite too.

Is there enough of a shared culture to convince the French to send their sons and daughters to die for the Latvians?

Yes, absolutely. No different to what happens now with NATO.

My argument against a federal EU is from another direction. The USA is too big, and it's politics have become paralyzed by it's size. It might be better off devolving a lot of power to the states.

Comment: Re:Don't bet on it. (Score 1) 389

Canada and Australia, while not truly British colonies still are subjective to Britain

Sort of but not really. These countries have chosen to retain their links with Britain, but all three (you missed New Zealand) would be able to remove those links by democratic process. And some of them have had referendums on the subject. As has been happening slowly over time, example NZ recently introduced it's own high court and so abolished the law that allowed cases to be taken to the high court in the UK.

And the UK, is a free country, therefore it's "subject" countries are also free. Again example, this year Scotland will vote on independence, and although the UK government is being underhand in its dealing with the subject in a PR sense, if the result was for independence I doubt they won't get it.

I wish you humans would leave me alone.