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Comment Re:Dumbest thing I've heard today. (Score 1) 571

FedEx packages are travelling through a confined system of checkpoints. Unless Christie wants to put checkpoints all around America and have everyone showing their papers to TSA agents on every public highway, it just won't work.

The day is young! This most likely means you have just not heard the latest comments from some other candidate. If all else fails (and it probably won't), you can depend on The Donald.

Comment Been there... done that... didn't get a T-shirt (Score 1) 50

Very nice, but hardly new. Both ESnet (U.S. DOE research network) and Internet2, the national collegiate research network have been running at Nx100G to major research sites and the rest of the Internet for at least two years. They provide Internet service places like CalTech, MIT, the University of Califorrnia, Berkeley Lab and Fermilab. These are full production networks with ESnet already moving vast amounts of data from the LHC to the US for storage and dissemination to many public and private research facilities.

Comment Re:Not the right tool (Score 4, Interesting) 144

It's really amazing what you can do in a spreadsheet.

Several years ago I was involved with management of optical wavelength switching gear (DWDM) in conjunction with a large, national telcom. They had some very well designed tools with very nice GUIs to allow things like building an optical path. Things that require managing complex database and doing a lot of checking on availability of resources and validity of the circuit.

It was all written in Excel!

I was amazed at it all. Nothing looked at all like a spreadsheet. and it actually worked and seemed pretty maintainable. I'm sure that they would have been delighted to see this sort of things as the one issue was the time it took to update the screen when certain changes were made (re-calculation).

Comment Re:25+ years (Score 3, Interesting) 620

And exactly what were people committing into in 1980? :O

RCS was released in 1982, but SCCS goes back to 1972. In the latter part of the 70s it was dominant and available on IBM OS/360 systems and letter on AT&T Unix System III and V. It was not terribly difficult to move data from SCCS to RCS when it moved to a dominant system.

So managing a code base going back to 1980 is not at all unreasonable.

Comment Re:Casper is Concerned (Score 1) 352

People who feel "offended" by an algorithm are batshit crazy.

No, for the most part they have no idea what an algorithm is. The deliberate "monkey" references used to refer to blacks touches a very painful part of many and, not even caring why, they are disturbed. They should not be, but they are.

Comment Re:Nude == Rude? (Score 3, Informative) 172

In San Francisco there was (is?) no law against nudity in public. Last year the Board of Supervisors (the SF equivalent to a city counsel) voted to require those with an unclothed buttocks to cover any public seat with a towel or napkin before sitting. Many businesses also banned nudity and suggestive behavior was still illegal, but certainly you could not be charged because a child saw you while unclothed.

Comment Re:Lena image was not "RUDE" at all (Score 3, Interesting) 172

Exactly! People are conflating the original from Playboy (which I had) and the USC scan used by every facility in the world that was working on image processing... especially color processing. The famed image was only head and the top of the shoulder from the full centerfold.

The other images included "Drop" and "Baboon" as well as some I no longer remember. "Drop" was a glass of milk just after a drop had landed dead center, raising a drop of splash. Baboon was also mis-named. It was a male mandrill. Red nose and blue cheeks. It was the one we used most frequently.

Comment Lena image was not "RUDE" at all (Score 3, Informative) 172

Having worked in image processing and having made extensive use of the "standard" USC images including Lenna, I can assure you that the Lenna image was cropped at the shoulder. The Wikipedia article shows the image as encoded as an uncompressed 512x512 image.

USC errored in the image name, naming it "Lenna" when the model was correctly identified in the Playboy issue as "Lena Soderberg".

Comment How is this a "throwback"? (Score 1) 219

I'm confused. I have a T320. It's about three years old. With two minor changes, the "mock-up" picture is identiacl to my T520. The only differences I can see are the ugly "ThinkPad" logo which in no way is reminiscent of the old, multicolor IBM logo.and the status LEDs being moved from the bottom edge of the lid to the keyboard where they replace the useless "ThinkVantage" button.

Identical TrackPad and buttons. Identical fingerprint reader. Not very different. Makes me wonder what the latest ThinkPads look like, that a three year old system could be considered a "throw-back" to the old 700. They already brought back the most glaring "lost" feature when the new T450 restored the TrackPoint, a feature I consider essential as it "fixed" my RSI issues. (I just disable that silly touchpad.)

Comment Re:Is there a little bias in the article? (Score 1) 337

Words and phrases like 'hideous', 'food poisoning', and 'to hell with this'. The article needs to be withdrawn, edited, and resubmitted. Otherwise I can't take it seriously. Highly unprofessional.

Shouldn't this be labeled as "Funny"? I mean, this is slashdot. Do you really expect anything like "professional" editing?

FWIW, I find the words pretty appropriate. If you use the Internet, you better take them seriously.

Comment Re:Negotiating when desperate (Score 1) 583

Most Americans simply don't negotiate and even look on negotiation as a "bad thing". Last week there was a letter to one of the advice columns (I don't recall which) from someone who was upset that a friend was so ruse as to negotiate a better price on some item from a local merchant. Said that the negotiation was rude and embarrassing and that it was essentially stealing from the small merchant.

And the columnist agreed!

I was simply stunned. I am a terrible negotiator, but I know I should do so and never thought of it as rude. The vendor is welcome to say "No, the price is fixed."... and they almost never do so. In many cases the posted price is well over when the merchant needs to make a profit and has a "real" price that is acceptable.

Employers look at it the same way. If they can get you cheap, they are happy. At some point they will decide that you are not worth it. Negotiation is simply a matter of agreeing a a "price point" that is within the a range acceptable to both parties.That may be the empty set.

If you really want or need the job, you need to be less aggressive and make sure that the set is not empty. But a good negotiator can almost always reach a point that is better then the first offer by a significant amount.

Comment Re:None of these solutions "work" (Score 1) 384

Most stations are not open 24 hours. Updates are normally run at night when there are no customers.Even stations open around the clock, at night have light business loads, so taking two to four pumps off-line at a time may be quite reasonable. So some of these solutions should work. The ones to avoid are those that remove the air-gap to the Internet as these expose lots of potential issues.

The switch with VLANs looks like a reasonable approach.

Oh, and every gas station has ducts running to the pumps, so there won't be any exposed cables to trip over. Just be sure that the cables and how they are run comply with codes.

Comment Re:Government Intrusion (Score 1) 837

Weight is really not relevant to passenger cars and light-duty trucks(e.g. pick-ups). A big SUV may weigh 2.5 tons. An empty container on its carriage support will weigh in at 5.5 to 6.5 tons not including the tractor. That is why many (most?) states already charge trucks based on weight.

The difference between a hybrid or electric and a standard vehicle is noise and no passenger auto is heavy enough to make a significant impact on road wear if it is a road normally used for tractor-trailers (18-wheelers).

Weight-based fees for passenger vehicles really, really don't make much sense.

Comment Flush twice (Score 1) 278

When I grew up in Colorado Alamosa disposed of treated sewage into the Arkansas River. Pueblo used Arkansas River water, treated it, and sent it right back into the river. La Junta took its water from the Arkansas, treated it and used it. It then treated the sewage and put it back into the river. Everyone seemed aware and untroubled by this simple fact: Everyone downstream from at least Alamosa was drinking some treated sewage and nobody bought bottled water.

Standard bathroom graffiti in Alamosa read "Flush twice! Pueblo needs the water!!!". In Pueblo you saw the same thing with La Junta substituted for Pueblo.

Comment Re:Feminist bullshit (Score 1) 950

While I agree with the concept, that is often unwise. It makes the assumption that everyone wants to be treated the same way when this is often not true. It is especially likely to be untrue where psychological characteristics are as different as they are between genders.

It is also unwise to assume that they are always different or the same just because of a difference in gender. These facts make human interactions very tricky and leads to lots of confusion and stereotyping. It also does make life interesting.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"