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Comment: Life is not a disaster movie (Score 1) 109

by dbIII (#48472383) Attached to: Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

I fear the people who will get desperate when they reap the fruit of their own ignorance.

When shit gets real there's more "the spirit of the blitz" than Mad Max. Compare the hysterics of meteor movies with Russian dashcam footage where the real thing is not even enough to turn down the stereo, let alone stop driving.

Comment: Re:You got a word wrong (Score 1) 364

I can only presume you are addressing that to yourself with your all powerful environomentalist strawman that does not exist. Thatcher and Reagan were real people, not strawmen, that really did cut back on nuclear power, and neither of them had a reputation as environmentalists.

Comment: Re:Burial customs? (Score 1) 109

by gstoddart (#48472279) Attached to: Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

No, the entitled assholes are the ones who feel no reason to stop doing the very things that are spreading the disease.

Wow, speaking of entitled assholes.

Do you understand the average education levels in Africa? The average wage? The living conditions?

Has it occurred to you that people simply do not understand some of this mumbo jumbo about how the virus spreads? That the entire continent (including the medical people) struggles with this stuff?

Are you really that much of a smug and out of touch western douche that you think the Africans do this stuff out of a selfish sense of entitlement?

So, yeah, the heck with skin color. Let's focus on Westerners who sit around and act like they have the solution to the worlds problems, when in fact they're so ignorant and clueless about those problems as to sound like fucking idiots.

Seriously, do you ever go out of the basement and actually interact with humans? Or do you just sit in your smug chair thinking of ways to be an even bigger asshole?

I'll tell you what, you go to a Baptist church and tell them they need to give up a "ridiculous part of their culture". Or try it at a Mosque.

Hell, try it at a gun range and do us all a favor.

Comment: Re:Its Urban Trees (Score 1) 469

by Aighearach (#48472133) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Very few trees fall over from heavy rain. The vast majority of the treefall is wind and ice. That is just something obvious if you've been involved in the industry, or even read the numbers of customers affected by outages. It is just not the normal end that a tree has, and so it doesn't happen to a lot of customers. It shouldn't be more than one street for a couple blocks, and their power will be restored within a couple hours. And there are so few of those happening, that the response time will stay low.

Whereas wind and ice will cause more widespread outages that will strain response time, and that represents the vast majority of total downtime anywhere in the NW.

Comment: Re:If it's losing steam it's because (Score 1) 253

by Aighearach (#48472105) Attached to: Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

Right, the very smallest stuff it is not realistic to add a lot of high level features to the language running on the hardware, you'd want the high level stuff to be code generators running on the development workstation. But where you have more complicated processing needs, for example inside factory robots, then mRuby is getting a lot of use. It was funded by Japanese heavy industry.

Comment: Re:If it's losing steam it's because (Score 1) 253

by Aighearach (#48472089) Attached to: Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

strictly speaking, mRuby is just a framework for C. It is basically impossible to use unless you're already using C as your main language. You don't need to run the interpreter to use it, or to evaluate any Ruby code, you can use it entirely for the type system for example. It is like Lua. It is really useful to have in the bag for prototyping, and the end result is still C.

Comment: Re:Rails never had 'steam'. (Score 1) 253

by Aighearach (#48472067) Attached to: Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

a temporary fashion, notion, manner of conduct, etc., especially one followed enthusiastically by a group.
1825-35; noun use of dial. fad to look after things, busy oneself with trifles, back formation from obsolete faddle to play with, fondle. See fiddle


fad /fæd/
noun (informal)
an intense but short-lived fashion; craze
a personal idiosyncrasy or whim

I'm honestly very surprised to find multiple people in the same thread who not only don't know the word "fad," but apparently can't even operate a dictionary. If it is not temporary, it is not a fad. Disco was a fad because it was temporarily very popular, and then went back to not being very popular, except as a funny thing from the past. Rails, OTOH, was quickly popular, and has remained steadily popular for reasons having nothing to do with a fashion, craze, or following. Rather, it is seen as a quality tool for building dynamic websites rapidly and with polished results.

Comment: Re:If it's losing steam it's because (Score 1) 253

by Aighearach (#48472031) Attached to: Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

There are plenty of better languages to learn over Ruby if people need to learn the "basics of the industry". Ruby is only marginally more popular than moribund languages like Delphi.

That's pretty derpy. Haters hate, but you might want to check your data source on that one. I doubt it is based on programmer demand.

But lets see, there is a linked article! Maybe it says something relevant. Oh, it talks about programmer pay, a realistic gauge of demand. Turns out RubyOnRails is at the top of the list.

You really, seriously are going to come out and claim that Pascal is almost as popular as Ruby? In 2014? That wasn't even true 10 years ago, but it was closer.

If money can't buy happiness, I guess you'll just have to rent it.