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Comment: Running light... (Score 1) 156

by whitroth (#48618489) Attached to: Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

...without overbyte.

But with all the OOP being done, who cares about that anymore? Too big, too slow? Throw more storage and CPUs at it, and offload some of it to the user's machines, never mind that they've never tested their bloated crap on the generation or two old systems that most people use....

In the nineties, when I changed jobs, and didn't have a company paying for my subscriptions, I had to chose between Dr. Dobb's and the IEEE Comnpute - that was easy, I dropped Compute.

It's a real shame.


Comment: "boatload of money"? (Score 1) 121

by whitroth (#48573745) Attached to: NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget

Who is this idtiot OP? If you do the simplest websearch, the inflation rate for the US in the last year is 1.7% (which, off the subject, is higher than the "raise" I and my coworkers got), so in other words, NASA's funding is absolutely static.

But then, the GOP secretly believes that the world is flat, and was created 4004 BCE....


Comment: A modest proposal: The Old Republic (Score 1) 346

I only read it occasionally, but it was good, and has been for a long tim.

I think the editors and staff and contributors should get together, scrape up some money (hell, I'd buy a subscription), and start a new magazine. Perhaps it could be called "The Old Republic", given our new oligarchic collective mind Emperors....

                mark "A more wretched hive of scum and villany (and I don't just mean Facebook)"

Comment: Not just yes, but HELL, YES! (Score 3, Insightful) 545

by whitroth (#48534485) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Old-style "salaried" meant that you didn't have to worry about your hours, and neither did your managers - you'd get you work done, and could take off, say, for a federal holiday. Now - I'd put down a $10 that 99% of you who are in IT work, or have worked, over 40 hours, had vacation time or holidays that you couldn't take, or, like I do, have to "make up" the hours if the federal gov't shuts down or has a holiday, and we *don't*.

By definition, it means what you're really just fairly well-paid hourly employees. *Hourly* employees get time and a half overtime, and double time for working on, say, holdiays. But you're all making *so* much money that you don't care (nor do you have a life outside of work), right?

                  mark "would be seriously tempted to strangle a manager who said, 'whatever it takes'"

Comment: What a joke (Score 1) 375

by whitroth (#48508417) Attached to: The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

Perhaps he should get out of his cloud, and move about in the RW. Say, talk to people who not only don't own an iPhone, but are lucky to have phone service, becasuse they're earning minium wage, or near it, and are trying to pay their rent, food and utilities. Or look at all the secuirty breaches (hell, my wife was talking about a restaurant that's a spin-off of PC Chang, and my instant reaction was that if we went, we'd pay cash, given the long-term breach that Krebs revealed months ago). Or folks who actually give a shit about being tracked every minute of every day....

              mark, who wouldn't touch an Apple, disliking would-be monopolies

Comment: The *obvious* answer... (Score 1) 488

by whitroth (#48370679) Attached to: Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Is to nationalize the electric utilities, then they don't need to be run to make a profit fo their CEOs and venture capitalists. Then running them at cost, or a modest "surplus", would also cut costs, and prevent sudden shutdowns by aforesaid CEOs and investors....

                mark "but the libertarians here would rather pay through the nose (but none of *them* live near a coal-fired
                                        power plant)"

Comment: Turnout? (Score 1) 224

by whitroth (#48352141) Attached to: Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

As in the headline "lowest voter turnout in 70 years"? As in, " Just 36.4 percent of eligible voters turned out in 2014" http:///

This is a US national disgrace. You don't like who's running, so just go play video games, and let the oldigarchs get the best government money can buy.

If you didn't vote, shut up. Better, leave, and go somewhere that you can play games, and as long as you do that, the government won't bother you. Hmmm, isn't North Korea like that?


Comment: Too bad I'm an old guy... (Score 1) 716

by whitroth (#48335091) Attached to: Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

... and no one threatens me. Bounties would be nice... but I think I'd start out with the simple solution: you threaten me, you're a coward. Come on, show up at at and try to kill me... or are you that much of a coward that you can't deal with what I said, and if you actually do something, you'll want to shoot me in the back, just like any *coward*.


PS trolls - yeah, your cock *is* too small, and if you've ever gotten laid, you've never been able to satisfy a woman - you're just a selfish little kid, not a man.

Comment: Give me a break! (Score 0) 349

by whitroth (#48273183) Attached to: Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

My odds on winning the lottery for hundreds of millions of dollars, and buying a ticket on a Soyuz to the Space Station are *vastly* better than your odds of catching ebola.

For that matter, my odds of getting killed when someone "looses control" of their car and jumps the sidewalk are zillions of times higher than catching ebola.

Oh... and I work not a few hundred yearas from where one of the nurses that was suspected of having it was sent.

                    mark, in the home of the of the terrified and stupid

Comment: They did sell Newtons (Score 1) 287

by whitroth (#48213813) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Google car ain't going anywhere.

Last week, we had an IPv6 transition seminar where I work, and the keynote speaker was none other than Vint Cerf.

His title of "Internet evangelist" is right - sorta like, I dunno, Pat Robertson.

He told us that the next iteration of google car will *NOT* have a steering wheel, brake, or gas peddle. I quote, "you might be in the back, drinking, or doing crosswords, and so you won't have the context if an alarm goes off, and you'll do the wrong thing".

Now, when I drive home, one road goes from two narrow lanes, with the center line going away to no center line, cars are parked on one side (there's a park on the other), and busses use this route. Go ahead, tell me that anyone's software can handle that road... and we're in a old, big suburb of Washington, DC.

                mark "and I don't want *you* to have a flying car, either, since you'd crash into my second-floor bedroom"

If it is a Miracle, any sort of evidence will answer, but if it is a Fact, proof is necessary. -- Samuel Clemens