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Comment: Preaching to the choir (Score 2) 232

by laffer1 (#47769995) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

I work at a large university. IT gave us two options for operating systems on our servers, Redhat or Windows. They also offer a DIY vmware setup. Rather than having IT manage our servers, I have to do it just so we can run Ubuntu. It is impossible to run certain packages like OpenCPU on Redhat because no one ever bothered to port it. Before you jump to the conclusion that linux is linux, it's really not. You can blame Ubuntu for going off the beaten path or Redhat for not keeping up with the times but some software packages only run on one linux distro without considerable effort. Conversely, the only supported backup solution for our servers is IBM tivoli crap and I went through hell to convert the rpm based installer into something that would work on Ubuntu LTS. IBM doesn't get that Ubuntu (or debian derived) distros are popular now either.

As a *BSD guy, I find both Ubuntu and Redhat irritating but at least ubuntu has apt-get. Funny thing is I started on Redhat 5.0 in '99 or so as my first *nix like os. Back then they had a desktop that didn't suck though.

Comment: Re:Yes Google and FB are the ones to protect us? (Score 1) 116

by laffer1 (#47732341) Attached to: NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

It's not just about companies. I haven't used Tor despite my interest in the project because I don't think a court would understand if illegal traffic came from my home internet connection despite me running Tor. Most courts hold the account holder responsible for traffic on their network.

Comment: Still a member (Score 1) 213

by laffer1 (#47573179) Attached to: Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

I agree with a lot of the comments here about how it's got declining value. I usually catch up on issues during vacation each year and it's always enjoyable to read some RMS or PHK rant. That said, it's not really worth the $100 for the digital library on top of the yearly dues. I only have it at this point because some of the old content is helpful when working on my hobby.

Comment: It's not just the OS (Score 1) 281

Most people are blaming Apple directly for iOS getting slow with new releases. I've seen that in some cases with built in apps, but the real problem is usually third party apps. Developers by the latest and greatest iPad and iPhones and then they target those with their apps. The apps get big and have memory usage issues and start crashing on older devices. Usually toward the end of my contract I start having problems with twitter/facebook/google apps crashing a lot and many others that regularly receive updates. My contact timeline usually falls a few months after a new major number iPhone release. I've noticed people on the "s" releases tend to have less issues between hardware upgrades too.

Comment: Re:Modern Weak Languages (Score 2) 283

by laffer1 (#47301805) Attached to: Perl Is Undead

That and the Perl community is good about taking upstream patches, has CPAN and a faster, cleaner implementation. Ignoring syntax, Python's got some ugly code in the implementation and it's touchy and irritating to port.

I actually got into Perl because I tried to port Python and Ruby. When you see what's under the hood, it really makes you love Perl. I've migrated from PHP to Perl for scripts and web stuff in the last few years and I find it much less frustrating. The problem is no longer how am i going to get this to work, but which CPAN module do I want to use to do it.

Comment: Re:Age discrimination exists, but it works both wa (Score 1) 370

by laffer1 (#47293013) Attached to: Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

I've had age discrimination happen during interviews the other direction. I was told I looked too young at 21 and that clients wouldn't believe I had the skills. This was for a consulting company. I also had it happen with another company that was just simple web application programming.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 210

by laffer1 (#47217219) Attached to: Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

what happens if your internet goes out? - Except for occasional phone home, you can play content offline that is stored on your Mac or PC from iTunes.

what if i don't want to turn on my macbook or PC to stream movies to my apple TV all the time -- You don't have to. The Apple TV can stream TV and Movies from your device directly. If you have iTunes match, the same is true for music.

For me it's about avoiding the storage space of physical media. I have a lot of DVDs and some blu-ray (mostly for 3d content) and it's getting to be a hassle to save space. I saw the big reduction with ebooks and it just makes sense to store everything on an external hard drive now. I can download most of it again from iTunes and I also have a backup on a second hard drive through Time Machine.

Comment: Re:Run your own resolver (Score 1) 90

by laffer1 (#47141689) Attached to: OpenDNS Phases Out Redirection To Guide

Oh I got this...

telnet 2001:4978:f:d9::2 80
Trying 2001:4978:f:d9::2...
Connected to cl-218.chi-02.us.sixxs.net.
Escape character is '^]'.
GET / HTTP/1.0
Host: www.midnightbsd.org

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Sun, 01 Jun 2014 17:02:59 GMT
Server: Apache/2.2.25 (MidnightBSD)
Accept-Ranges: bytes
Vary: Accept-Encoding
Connection: close
Content-Type: text/html

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