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Comment: Check with the county office (Score 1) 535

Where I live, those utilities contractually provide service. If you are in one of those areas, they HAVE to even if it costs the $$$ to upgrade their infrastructure to do so. The county manager can help here. Not sure if that is how they do it out there but where I am, they forced Comcast to run 1 mile worth of cabling to supply one house or get their contract canceled. some pennies.

Comment: Walk in another person's shoes (Score 1) 1746

by z3r0w8 (#46655323) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO
I can only imagine the out-cry if someone from the LGBT community had been chosen as CEO and people complained about it enough to get them to resign. But I doubt that would happen. Would it be ok for the supporters of Prop 8 to drive out an opponent of the bill?

If a CEO is hurting the face of the company he should resign but the only reason that happened in this case is because the opponents of Prop 8 made it untenable. I find it odd the opposition people were so threatened by his views with little other evidence.

I don't agree with the man but we are talking about a technology company, not a legislative body. I despise my CEO but I would never fight for his resignation unless he was killing the company.

Comment: Re:not dying in DevOps (Score 0) 400

by z3r0w8 (#45779691) Attached to: Is Ruby Dying?
And it's sad that DevOps tools like this are tied to a specific language, Puppet especially. I suppose the engine has to be written in something, and the use of classes I guess lends itself to CM somewhat, but I think the learning curve cost is high. When you start wanting to do complex things with Puppet, it starts to degenerate quickly if you are not careful with the manifests->templates->heira to dereferencing variables in the correct context and yadda, yadda, yadda. Although it's simple to write puppet modules with barely any Ruby knowledge at all, it's dependence on Ruby a steep price of entry. Python's whitespace syntax is just irritating at any level. I thought that shit was left behind in COBOL. And yes, I'm a neckbeard.

Comment: Re:Peer review isn't about validation (Score 0) 197

by z3r0w8 (#45257745) Attached to: How To Better Verify Scientific Research
So, scientific papers shouldn't try to do the best work they can before publication? The article(to me) seems to insinuate that just like "news", paper publishing is rushing to get out regardless of the claims. True, this sample size is no where near what it needs to be to imply anything factual, but a 10% verification rate seems a little bit more than "a few slipping through." I guessing if you did a follow-up study of how many of the unverified papers had follow-on studies, the rate would be alarmingly low. So, we end up with a lot of published scientific papers that people can point to that are inaccurate and kicking the verification can down the road. The just seems bad all around.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?