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Comment Re:Tabs are a poor approximation (Score 1) 164

I shared a ski cabin with Eric Allman's sister. Actually, it was sort of the Berkeley and Sun Unix cabin. Everybody but Bill Joy stopped in. So Eric heard from me directly that I didn't like Sendmail.

I changed a number of projects from Autotools (which I am joyous to have left) to cmake. Cmake's language design leaves something to be desired, but it is in general sane, portable, and more capable than make, and you rarely have to look at the makefile (or whatever) it generates.

Comment Tabs are a poor approximation (Score 2) 164

Tabs descend from the manual typewriter, where they were a poor approximation to properly-formatted columnar layouts. Unfortunately now they join several other forms of white-space (because of Unicode) which are sometimes impossible to distinguish from each other. The safest thing to do is thus to only use space for horizontal spacing. Certainly software should not distinguish white-space characters differently. I'm looking at you, "Make", and yes I've heard the story about it being too late to change because there were already 12 users.

Comment Dear Netflix, a bit of advice (Score 5, Insightful) 193

Dear Netflix,

I have no interest investing time to watch a show that goes nowhere. Gets cancelled. Or has no definite ending. Even worse, that ends on a cliffhanger.

Follow a formula like Babylon 5 used. A story with a beginning, middle and end. Having a definite ending where everyone lives happily ever after is important. In the last few episodes you can see the pieces being moved off the chessboard as everyone gets promoted or retires or whatever. It doesn't have to be a five year story arc. But it does have to be something that you can definitely pull off without cancelling it.

I've watched shows that had a well conceived first season. Obviously thought out by a single mind. Or maybe a small number of people. Excitement builds from episode to episode. It has a good season 1 ending. Then it gets a second season and goes off the rails. In season 2 the show has no planned story. The writers wander aimlessly. Eventually the writers turn to thinking about what outlandish twist can we do to a major character -- completely ruining the character's back story in previous episodes.

I know it is tempting to think that if you can drag a show on for more seasons that it makes more profit. That is true in the short term. Eventually your audiences get tired of being strung along without ever having a conclusion. Resolution. They just quit watching. Find other forms of entertainment that have a satisfying ending -- like reading a good book. In the long run, it is more profitable to have a limited pre-planned number of seasons with a story that winds up and makes everyone happy. This kind of show might be watched and re-watched for generations. Just like a good book.

Stop worrying about trying to make a show that everyone wants to watch. There is no such show. This thinking is what killed television, and later cable tv. Make a show that a certain audience will love dearly. Make another show that another audience will love. People who like particular types of shows will continue to appear as new viewers -- forever. There will always be new sci-fi viewers, for example.

Comment Re: Kaspersky Lab (Score 1) 41

You might take it as racist. It is not intended to be. The point is that there are global CA's and not all of them can be trusted. An innocent seeming CA like Honest Achmed's, could be controlled by a government that the US might consider unfriendly. I could have called the CA Joe's Bakery, Shoe Shine and Certificate Authority. But that wouldn't quite fit with a foreign nation that I wanted to use to make the point about being considered less than friendly or trustworthy to the US. Or a government that might have a reason to try to hack Google, or Apple, or Microsoft. I could have used a Chinese name and China. Or Russia. You would have called it racist nonetheless.

Comment Re:Wrong! (Score 2) 337

I do not vocalize anything when reading.

One of the key things about learning 20 WPM Morse Code was that you could no longer think of it as dots and dashes because that would slow you down. You had to recognize the entire sound of the letter as just a sound. Similarly, good readers read entire words at once, not the letters, and they don't sound anything out. Those things slow you down.

Comment Re:that apps apps LUDITTE guy needs to do AI next (Score 1) 123

Rewind one hundred years.

Electricity is the most overhyped BS on the planet.

Telephones are the most overhyped BS on the planet. People mostly use them for idle chatter. What use are they? Almost as bad as facetwit.

Automobiles are way over hyped. They'll never be as popular as the beautiful traditional horse and buggy. Autos are noisy. Smelly. Difficult to start. Unreliable. If it backfires while you are cranking it, you could break your arm. And worst of all, automobiles frighten the horses. Automobiles are the most over hyped thing ever. Don't expect anything to come of these new fangled auto mobiles.

Back to the present. AI, a type of technology, is so over hyped that it already takes away jobs that people could do.

Comment Re:You're all a bunch of faggots! (Score 1) 123

Hey, be nice. Even straight people might feel threatened by AI. Now that Google can beat humans at purely intellectual challenges, like Go; they need AI to beat humans at physical challenges like soccer, and the locker room activities that follow. But no need to worry about the potential downsides of AI.

A guy worked at a coal mine. The coal mine closed.
So he got a job as an auto assembly line worker. His job was replaced by a robot that could do the job faster, more accurately and cheaper.
So he became a truck driver, because those trucks aren't going to drive themselves.

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