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Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 267

by kmoser (#47924075) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

...every minutae of a persons life is available to the world and in 50 years nobody will care unless you become noteworthy or famous or happen to have descendents who are into all that genealogy stuff..

Not true. Sociologists and all sorts of other people who study things that may be in those pictures (cars, architecture, clothing) would find those original negatives very interesting. There are various institutions that take such media as donations. Here's just one example: http://www.chicagofilmarchives...

Comment: Re:Bullcrap (Score 1) 385

by kmoser (#47872713) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

The entire premise of the article is bull. Are companies ever going to get off this fixation on specific programming languages?

No. Companies (at least the executives running them) look at their code base differently than technologists. They see the cost of maintenance as X$, and if it's written in ten languages, the cost of hiring ten people to do maintenance is 10X. If you say "one person can know ten languages" they assume such people are expensive and very hard to find.

They want a simple way to manage the cost of maintenance. Cutting the number of languages in use accomplishes that goal, in their minds. Therefore, this practice will continue at companies that don't have unlimited IT budgets.

Generally speaking, the more languages a programmer knows, the higher a salary they can command. What's unintuitive about that?

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 1) 819

by kmoser (#47856597) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Since they have apparently reached the limit of human tolerance, one answer is to offer wider seat spacing for a little extra price on some flights. The remaining "dense pack" passengers then have no reason to complain: "If you needed more space, why didn't you choose our XL flight?"

Get ready for: "I chose the wider seat. It wasn't wide enough" or "there were no more available because everybody wanted one."

Comment: Re:god dammit. (Score 1) 521

by kmoser (#47721355) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

~3 birds each day seems like a lot of KFC for a power plant....

anyway, seems like the environmental impact is quite less than mining of coal etc etc, and more easily chirps, clicks, etc to scare the birds away? Or maybe a little metal eagle or hawk statue on the roof..

Putting a roof over the array of mirrors would greatly reduce its ability to collect sunlight.

Prediction is very difficult, especially of the future. - Niels Bohr