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Comment Re:military grade linux ? (Score 1) 140

The one place I ran into Windows 3.1 where I work (state agency) it was running a product called Johnson Controls Metasys - its used to program HVAC controllers - that control the physical devices to cool/heat/duct buildings (and read all the zillions of temperature sensors in a given building). There are newer versions of Metasys that will run on Windows 10, but they require upgrading all the controllers. Upgrading the controllers in a single building was around 250,000 dollars. It was one of those things where I was like - if facilities wants to deal with this I'll wash my hands of it.

I'm sure a lot of these 95 machines are doing stuff like this. While I'm sure the DOD could do a RFP for a Linux based open source HVAC control system (software and hardware) - and actually succeed - it would probably cost millions of dollars.

In real life (tm) when someone has a project - 9 times out of 10 your going to buy something off the shelf and make it work - hopefully with a budget for maintenance (which was our problem really - if we had kept it up to date - it would have been far cheaper to maintain on a current OS).

Comment Re:Too much work (Score 1) 8

Every once in a while - like every fucking day? It's hard to find a day that some conservative talking head isn't saying something derogatory about either Hillary or President Lawnchair.

Still cheaper than investigations and hearings, y'know, actual work.

Cheaper? Sure. The GOP showed how much TV exposure they can get for free in the 2016 election cycle. But at some point their own electorate will notice how staggeringly little they have accomplished with all the power.

If the democrats had a spine between them they would start calling out the GOP on neglecting the legacies of the people who died that night.

That is one bizarre sentence. You actually want them wasting their time just like you complained about the GOP doing?

In this case, I'm fine with them wasting their time. The democrats are going up against he party of maximum dickishness. Calling out their hypocrisy and lack of morality is fine. It's not like there is anything pertaining to Benghazi to investigate, at this point it is more important to point out that the GOP almost certainly knew that all along and used it as a tactic to avoid doing their actual jobs.

After all, it doesn't appear that the GOP has any plans at this point to pass any legislation.

Comment Re:Too much work (Score 1) 8

Every once in a while - like every fucking day? It's hard to find a day that some conservative talking head isn't saying something derogatory about either Hillary or President Lawnchair.

And as for much cheaper, when did that become important? They happily threw many many millions of dollars down a hole and set it ablaze in their endless Benghazi witch hunt. Why did it suddenly end? If the democrats had a spine between them they would start calling out the GOP on neglecting the legacies of the people who died that night.
Republicans

Journal Journal: Hey Slashdor Conservatives - You Forgot Something! 8

So your new BFF has the white house, and your team has the house and senate. They've shown a mastery for grandstanding and overall work-avoidance. But there is an important bit that has been conveniently ignored this past few months that we were previously told was so mind-shatteringly important.

Benghazi!

Comment Re:What can you expect? (Score 1) 2

Yeah, greed has been made sexy again. The people who hype it the most often are blinded to how much it would hurt them, as well.

As is said in the famous John Rogers quote:

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

Comment Done right, it SHOULD be unpredictable. (Score 2) 222

If you're doing it right, you should never be doing anything twice. Anything you do should become a packaged and re-usable element that doesn't need to be coded again. I don't care whether you call it a subroutine, an object, or what have you.

Software development, done right, should grow exponentially--with a highly fluctuating exponent. No task should be predictable because no task should closely resemble anything you've done before. If it does, you shouldn't need to develop new code, you should just be able to re-use old code.

Well, OK, this is a gross oversimplification, but it does capture something fundamental about software development.

In the past I've found that managers almost prefer to do thing repetitively, over and over, the same stupid way. They love what is conceptually close to a duplication of the essentials of the last job, because although it's highly inefficient, it's also highly predictable. They would much rather have a near-linear curve of accomplishment versus time, then a much faster, but much less predictable exponential-with-fluctuating-exponent curve.

The typical manager would probably order you to recode the same thing ten times rather than "waste time" writing a subroutine.

(To be fair--it's hard to write a truly re-usable piece of code and easy to waste time in the name of re-usability and write code that isn't actually re-usable).

Comment Just pay enough. (Score 5, Interesting) 372

I remember this coming came up during the Y2K flap. COBOL programmers are dying out because companies have decided, for whatever reason, that they aren't willing to pay them much. A quick Google search--I don't know how reliable--shows me:
COBOL Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer $88,049
Java Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer $103,239
But that understates the difference because the various job titles shown for COBOL positions are predominantly lower-sounding and lower-paid positions.
As several have said, COBOL isn't hard to learn--I don't know it but I crammed it once for a test. Like all languages it takes a while to get good at it, but it's not specially difficult, nor is it specially bad.

The best strategy would be to render unto COBOL what is COBOL's--keep good legacy systems in COBOL--and pay enough to give people a reason to learn the language.

Comment Re:Retirement is unreealistic, period (Score 1) 546

If the jobs you can get in an area won't cover your minimum living expenses and savings simultaneously, then you need to change the equation. Either look for employment somewhere where you can live cheaper or learn a skill or trade that can command higher pay.

That is exactly why people move to the city. More jobs, better jobs, better pay. People living beyond the suburbs are being replaced by machines and other mechanisms that result in sub-livable wages at rates faster than those in the cities. At any location on this planet though there is a cost of living, and when people can't meet that, they have to make a decision. And if people are only meeting that cost of living, they aren't going to be able to save any money.

This isn't about art history majors graduating college and wondering why they can't find jobs. There are plenty of people who pursued education and training in more marketable fields who then find there is still adequate competition for the path they prepared for that they aren't able to bring in enough money to put anything into retirement until they are at least into their mid-30s. It's also about the fact that "get up and move" isn't as straightforward as it sounds for many people. Even young people with zero dependents still need transportation to get to wherever they are going to move to, and if they are moving across national boundaries they need the proper documentation to do so.

Have some people failed the economy for various crap choices of their own? Certainly. However an even larger number of people have been failed by the economy. Every day more people wake up and realize "holy shit, I'm in my 40s and I have zero dollars saved for retirement - my best hope is to die at work now". Many of these people never had a chance, in spite of what they were told in high school.

Comment Re:Retirement is unreealistic, period (Score 1) 546

My number for median income came from a different wikidpedia page: Personal_income_in_the_United_States. But $28k is close enough that the difference isn't really relevant.

A difference of $2k is huge in that realm of income; we're talking about roughly 8% of the total pre-tax income. You also have not addressed the fact that people in that income bracket tend to pay ~30-35% in taxes between federal and state, so if they are puling in $30k pre-tax they are closer to $20k after taxes. If they are spending $1k per month on housing that leaves them with less than $8k for everything else for the year.

Even sprawling metropolitan areas like Los Angeles have them within ~60 miles from the city center and that's ignoring low cost areas within the city.

A 60 mile commute is not reasonable for most people, especially those of limited income. If you are making $30k or less, the odds of you having reliable transportation that can do 120 miles / day is very low. On top of that most jobs that pay that little have little to no stability or worker support, so if the employee's car breaks down once on their way to work now they likely have a car needing repair and they are out of a job.

And yes, compound interest favors saving when you're younger. That's a damn good reason to start saving as soon as you have income, not an excuse for delaying retirement.

Again, you are making a huge sweeping assumption that people are pulling in enough money to be able to saving money when they are younger. Very few people are actually in that situation right out of college or high school, for the reasons I just laid out above.

Comment Re:Retirement is unreealistic, period (Score 1) 546

The cost of basic needs (food, water, basic shelter) are a fraction of the median personal income (~$30,000/yr)

First of all, the median personal income is below $30k for the country, and some places it is below that by quite a bit. The national median is closer to $28k per person. However there are many many different costs of living distributed throughout the country, and within any given community your own cost of living is influenced by who you live with, how far you travel to work, the transportation infrastructure, etc. There are plenty of places in this country where an individual cannot save money if they are living alone on $30k, in fact they are likely accumulating substantial debt at that wage - particularly once you deduct the taxes they pay on their income.

You are also overlooking the fact that compound interest favors those who can save money at at earlier time in their lives. Few workers can save money towards retirement before their mid-late 30s any more, and at that point it is almost too late unless they plan to work until they are 80.

Comment Re:Vigorous debate? Surely you jest (Score 1) 521

If you actually read the comments here on this site you would know that what you have said is simply not true. For every comment from a liberal - or "collectivist" as you call them - there are 5 comments from a free market fascist such as yourself. Ever stop to think about why your karma is in the shitter? I can see your comment history, and it's all right there in front of us. You have shit karma not because of what you say - which would generally be moderated up on this site - but because of how you say it. When you expend more energy into attacking other people personally than on actually expressing an opinion (or even better yet putting out facts to support an opinion) you will see your karma here take a corresponding nose-dive.

But if this site is not conservative enough for you, I'm sure the folks over at townhall, breitbart, powerline, foxnews, and pajamas would love to hear from you. You could go whine to them about how "oppressed" you are here and they'll offer you sympathy.

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