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Comment Trains for people (Score 1) 258 258

So we are going to pay for a nuclear freight train to nowhere?
Couldn't we instead use the money to improve the existing rail network to encourage humans to use it?
The rail service in this country is such a joke that most people choose to pay between 3 and 4 dollars a gallon for gas, increasing pollution and funding the arms buildup in the middle east.

Comment Let it self-destruct or interfere and prolong it (Score 3, Interesting) 542 542

Much of the foreign interference offered by this country's government results in the reverse of what they were trying to achieve.
To meddle in something that is none of your business merely tends to give credibility to whatever you disagreed with in the first place.

“Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” - George Carlin.
“Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.” - Mark Twain.

So if Iran or wherever wants to pass stupid edicts, just let it go ahead.
Have some respect for Iranians to recognize a horse's ass for what it is.
If a stupid government passes a sufficient number of dumb edicts that they eventually make themselves irrelevant.

Or maybe we should interfere and start another war which would surely help support a dumb regime (on both sides).

Comment very, very private (Score 1) 124 124

Typed URL into my browser and after a long wait got:
Server Error in '/' Application.
Runtime Error
Description: An application error occurred on the server. The current custom error settings for this application prevent the details of the application error from being viewed remotely (for security reasons).
[...and some more]

Comment No job, no schedule, no worries (Score 5, Interesting) 311 311

Eat your hearts out.
I'm recently retired and loving it.
I'm currently building a kayak rack in my back yard without any deadlines.
Sometimes I just put down the tools and paddle off to check my crab pots.
At the start of every day I sit on my patio overlooking the water, drink my coffee and decide what (if anything) I will do for the rest of the day.
I wish I could have retired 40 years ago.
So long and thanks for the fish.

Comment Just another process crash? (Score 1) 45 45

"I'm going to rebuild the car kernel and take her out for a spin" Sentences like this can give a more literal meaning to the crash and burn of a process. I suppose they take the injured driver to a hospital with his core dump. Who guarantees there was even adequate unit testing done before a car goes out onto the highway with other unsuspecting drivers? Then again, I suppose its the same answer as to when I added the airbag suspension to my low-rider without getting my car re-inspected.

Comment Conclusion: it will never happen (Score 1) 360 360

I have been educating users for years on how to submit even vaguely reasonable problem reports. It's an uphill battle.

Everything in our system has a ticket id.
More than 90% of all problem reports never mention a ticket id.

Some of the worst offenders have been other developers!
If peer developers cannot do it, what makes anyone think that the regular user community will step up?

Regard it as an exercise in patience and endlessly request the ticket id that was missing from the original problem report.

Comment What goes around, comes around (Score 1) 495 495

I regard it that the reviewer is trying to do me a favor. As such, it is my job to return the favor by reviewing some of his/her code. This role reversal typically keeps reviews sensible without too much arrogance on the part of the reviewee and without too much intransigence on the part of the reviewer.

Comment A fine example of American justice (Score 5, Interesting) 488 488

Terry Childs was clearly on an excessive one-man power trip. I don't think too many on /. think that deserves jail time though. A firing for unprofessional conduct: sure. A $1.5M fine? This just adds to the farce. I'm sure the head of the IMF will get a fair trial. He has already been convicted (by the media) and is in jail. ... now all we need to do is to get most of Wall Street in jail. They have been tried in the media but not put in jail.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder