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Comment: Re:35mm film (Score 1) 635

by sbjornda (#47790777) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
A couple of years ago I picked up a Pentax 67 with the personal commitment to put a few rolls of 120 through it every year. You can get great lenses for stupidly cheap prices if you keep an eye on that auction site. Provia for landscape/nature work - there's nothing like a big, brilliant transparency.


Comment: This is going to happen in 2038 anyway (Score 1) 187

by sbjornda (#46998875) Attached to: Do Embedded Systems Need a Time To Die?
This will happen in Jan. 2038 anyway, for many devices, because of the Year 2038 Problem Anything keeping time using a signed, 32 bit integer that uses the Unix epoch of 1970-01-01 will be affected. I hope someone fixes that problem for pacemakers by the 2030's, just in case I need one.


Comment: Pilot (Score 1) 452

by sbjornda (#46485437) Attached to: Lies Programmers Tell Themselves
This is just a pilot project. Before we start rolling it out for real, we'll make sure to create the training and system documentation, the capacity plan, the backup and recovery plan, the business continuity plan, the refresh cycle plan, the communication plan, and we'll shoot an email to the Help Desk.


Comment: Re:CMMI is a scam (Score 1) 228

by sbjornda (#45824797) Attached to: US Requirement For Software Dev Certification Raises Questions

I would fucking kill for software developers to be licensed like an engineering displine

Out of all your rant, I agree with this. Engineering got licensing because of human deaths attributable to lack of enforceable standards. I think the same will have to happen in I.T. - some huge disaster will happen that kills thousands of people, and then the population will arm itself with torches and pitchforks and require us to police ourselves adequately and put our very livelihoods on the line each time we claim something is ready to promote to production.


+ - You Are What Your Dad Ate

Submitted by Freshly Exhumed
Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "What a father eats before his child is conceived may influence the chance a baby will be born with a birth defect, a new study suggests. Much of the focus on how diet relates to birth has been done on moms. A father's diet before conception plays a crucial role in the health of his offspring, researchers in Canada suggest. Sarah Kimmins, a researcher at McGill University in Montreal, said the study focused on vitamin B9, also known as folate, which is found in green leafy vegetables, cereal, fruit and meat. The researchers found that the mouse offspring of folate-deficient fathers had a 30 percent increased risk of birth defects, compared to those offspring who had received a sufficient amount of folate."

Comment: Re:No, it's both (Score 4, Interesting) 275

by sbjornda (#45586241) Attached to: How Much Is Oracle To Blame For Healthcare IT Woes?

The Oracle Identity Manager appeared to be rolled out with default settings

Rumour within my organisation is that Oracle themselves have admitted to our architects that they don't know how their own Identity Management suite really works. They advised us to hire a systems integrator that had worked with all the pieces prior to Oracle's acquiring them.

+ - SF Commuters Stared at Phones, Oblivious to Murderer 3

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "A security camera shows a man raised a .45-caliber pistol several times and pointed it across the aisle on a crowded San Francisco Muni train, but not one of the dozens of passengers looked up from their phones and tablets until the man fired a bullet into the back of a SF State student getting off the train. "These weren't concealed movements," said District Attorney George Gascón, "the gun is very clear. These people are in very close proximity with him, and nobody sees this. They're just so engrossed, texting and reading and whatnot. They're completely oblivious of their surroundings.""

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