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Comment: They've murderated it.... (Score 1) 54 54

Google Voice, the service be it through a web browser, a dedicated app, or an embedded appliance was perfect circa three years ago. Since then, it seems the steering committees within Google have vacillated from not competing with carriers to competing with Skype/Lync, to being a dongle for android, and ultimately being a widget wedged up Hangouts ass in order to entice a migration and integration that doesn't work and sorely lacks the clear headed design objectives of the original. Once upon a time ago, one could manipulate GVoice with standard libraries and Python, one could buy a standard VOIP appliance and use it as a primary phone, and keep a history of every telecommunication with number portability in a web browser! It was awesome! Since then, its become a tepid mess of remembering where not to click to keep from flushing the entire kludge down the urethra of hangouts. Restore 3rd party app support, restore GVoice to the core functionality and greatness it once was, and quit breaking it!

Comment: Re:Not as such - very stupid analogy (Score 1) 323 323

When ever someone ask the question, "What would Jesus do", they are usually less interested in what Jesus would do and more interested in persuading someone else to do something they would not otherwise do.

The historical figure "Jesus" set a pretty clear example of how an individual should coexists with others. An example that by and large is but a footnote in most American evangelical offshoots of Christianity. Rather, self serving power structures construct a hodge-podge mix of old and new testament hegemony that 90% of the time ain't got jack shit to do with the near Buddhist examples of Christ himself. Godly inspired racism, sexism, discrimination, intolerance of another's beliefs, and war upon your fellow man are all "classic" examples.

In the 150 years after Christ got hammered, Just about every permutation of future church leadership was tried out. There's at least some evidence of a blood line based church leadership and the sect that buried the dead sea scrolls. The only one that survived used a form of elections to pick successors, and by implication, who spoke for god.

In Islam, following the death of Mohammed, the same thing played out again with the Sunni and the Shiites. And once again in America with the LDS church after the martyrdom of Joseph Smith. In every case that I know of, bloodline ascensions (or similar predisposition), almost always become the weaker of the two splinters. Where as the sects that hold elections and decide whose going to play the role of god's spokesperson, thrive.

It will be the same with Linus. There'll be red faced rants quoting mailing lists from the "holy years" of Linus. "Linus would never allow....", "It would be an abomination to Linus if....".

Same shit, different day, different Jihad. Meanwhile, FreeBSD and the like, being godless and democratic, will continue to move forward with nary a speed bump.

Comment: Just like the ascension of power in any religion.. (Score 1) 323 323

The opensource/OS wars are no different than any other religion. Those with a god-head thrive and press forward fastest up until mortality gets in the way. Overwhelmingly, religions that favor single supreme leader (usually based on bloodline) end up withering and eventually perishing through fragmentation and indecision, while those that adopt a kind of voting democracy for leadership, thrive and grow sustainably. Perhaps when Linus is no longer in the driver's seat, Linux will fragment, being pulled apart by commercial interest. Meanwhile, FreeBSD, having never had a benevolent dictator, will continue with its elected core team, nominated committers, and filtered contributors just like it has for the past 20+ years. If we are still using OS's built upon "C", my money bet is on FreeBSD.

Comment: Re:Not a Canal (Score 5, Funny) 107 107

Being of Dutch descent and having chosen to live in The Netherlands for a number of years to reconnect with my (soggy) roots, it pleases me to no end that a Slashdot headline featuring 3D printing AND bridge construction, so quickly devolves into the nuances of Dutch linguistic syntax.

Comment: Follow your own passion first. (Score 3, Interesting) 271 271

I hit this decision point about 10 years ago (soon I'll be 50). Every manager I've ever worked for who moved on from being a crusty coder, sucked as a manager too, where as managers who did what they did because they loved it, where almost always really great. As the technologies I knew well began to fall to the wayside, I didn't not want to become a reluctant manager or lead. So I started over. And I have continued to do that every 3 or so years. Short of using a compiler, there is not one thing I do today that has much of anything to do with what I did 10 years ago, but I love what I do just as much. That's the trick - keep yourself engaged in what makes you excited. If that is managing teams - great. If not, don't become one of "those" mangers that lost his spark.

Comment: Re:I know that happened to me. (Score 1) 361 361

I recently went to replace my Sansa Clip from several years ago after I'd broken the clip through careless handling (while wearing motorcycle winter gloves). I also had tried a variety of replacement strategies and found none to be as all around functional as the old Sansa. After a bit of shopping and what not, I was floored that no one had made anything _better_ than the Sansa. Some where close, but skipped the FM radio functionality. So now after 5 years, I'm on my second Sansa. Might just go ahead and order another one while I still can!

Comment: Re:I'll bite (Score 1) 265 265

When I was trying to learn Dutch, the biggest impediment I had was knowing some German. It's similar enough to feel familiar, but that familiarity leads to frustration more often than not. I think this is the biggest handicap in feeling comfortable with PowerShell is not the fact that it is not better or worse, but different. Once you get the hang of the verb-noun attribute conventions it becomes fairly easy to intuit ways to do what you want to do (or navigate the inline help). Microsoft has made the syntax and paradigms (sometimes annoyingly) consistent. I once wrote the back end infrastructure for SpecExplorer's SMB tests to exercise a FreeBSD CIFs server. The ability to embed inside the PowerShell test scripts, the C# code needed to implement ssh connections and adapt the behavior of windows shell "objects" to affect a POSIX SMB server was beautiful and elegant. I'd probably have to use Python or Ruby to do something similar on a real POSIX box. And then there is the issue of portability. Unless your POSIX shell script works in dash, it probably is not as portable as you'd like to think. On the other hand, pure PowerShell script that doesn't exercise platform specific extensions tend to be very portable (on windows).

Comment: Re:Docking Station (Score 1) 301 301

The only externally facing port a laptop needs is external video and a single USB port if it supports a reasonably priced docking station. The whole idea of a laptop is its portability. The notion of wiring it up every time you sit down to use it completely defeats the purpose.

Comment: While we've been busy distracting ourselves... (Score 2) 182 182

While we've been busy distracting ourselves with purely ideological debate that can neither demonstrate a definitive start nor end of human life, the Chinese have been busy figuring out how to make that life "better" (for various definitions of better). I've yet to hear a single argument that can define life beginning at conception, whose logic can also be applied to define the end of life.

Comment: Re:Hey, this question is interesting! (Score 1) 281 281

UI is important... detented knobs, trump push buttons ALWYAYS. Impedence and other characteristics of available probes.. determenines what you can use the scope for.. On a DSO, see how fast you can get "to" a part of a single waveform... This it the part you are going to have to play with, every one does it different.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (10) Sorry, but that's too useful.