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Comment Re:Well I'm gonna break up the hate party (Score 1) 118

I've also been using Linux for the same amount of time as my primary dev platform. I, like many others, hated Gnome 3 when it first came out. I still grumble about it when something weird breaks, but I wouldn't go back to Gnome 2 now if you paid me. Gnome shell with the right extensions is in fact now my favorite desktop. I wish more things were customizable but with extensions I can get most of what is needed to make it the way I want it. I don't care if those who prefer MATE or whatever use that instead; choice is good.

For some reason people seem to believe if they don't like something, no one else possibly could. Try to grow up and stop complaining about something you don't even use.

Comment Re:I don't think it's got anything to do with gend (Score 1) 370

Funny, my son majored in Applied Physics, which required math up the wazoo. I gently urged him to take a programming course which he enjoyed and took a couple more courses. When it came time to find a job, the only thing he could find was programming jobs. Which has now turned into a career. But yeah, sure C.S. is a dead end. I guess you must be right.

Comment Re:40 hour week is a myth (Score 2) 193

You know, it's not a myth. It just requires discipline, and working for a company that doesn't suck. I've managed it for the 28 years since my first child was born. I just decided to start working normal hours. Since I got as much done as when I worked 60+ hours, no one seemed to care.

Is this is really true for most large US companies? What's your definition of large? I've worked for companies with several $100 million in annual revenue, is that too small too count? Maybe you should avoid really large companies if that's the case.

Comment Re:what's wrong with ifconfig? (Score 1) 164

Never heard of it before, but thanks for the tip. It solved a problem I started having with NetworkManager after upgrading to Fedora 21. It was interfering with my Juniper VPN (route monitor alarm when connecting, stopping the VPN). Took just a few minutes to install and get it running, nice tool.

Comment Re:Female programmers (Score 5, Insightful) 608

Up until I the last few years, I would have agreed that women programmers are rare (and they are at most companies). However, I now work for a company with a large number of Indian engineers, and about half of them are women. My conclusion is that the lack of women must be largely cultural (in the US) and nothing whatsoever to do with gender differences in ability.

Comment Re:I get up .. (Score 5, Interesting) 635

Yep, although I don't go to the gym, I just walk. And not for 3 hours. I walk 15 minutes before work, 45 minutes at lunch and another 15-30 minutes after work. And I stopped overeating. That's all it takes. I lost 90 pounds in the last 6 months and feel so much better. Really, it just takes a little discipline. Also take a walk around the floor at work every 2-3 hours, not good to sit for extended periods.

Comment Re:Word (Score 2) 586

Well I've been programming for 40 years (since I was 14), and resisted IDE for a long time until I realized that I was being an idiot and embraced Eclipse. It's a tremendous productivity booster, I can't imagine not having the wonderful refactoring tools it offers, and I have no interest in navigating folder hierarchies. But it's a personal choice, use whatever you prefer and don't worry about what others are using.

Biotech

Printing Replacement Body Parts 101

Deep Penguin sends in a piece that appeared in The Economist a couple of weeks back about a developing technology to "print" body parts for transplant. "A US and an Australian company have developed the $200,000 machine, which works by depositing stem cells and a 'sugar-based hydrogel' scaffolding material. (The stem cells are harvested from a transplant patient's own fat and bone marrow, to avoid rejection down the line.) The companies are Organovo, from San Diego, specializing in regenerative medicine, and Invetech, an engineering and automation firm in Melbourne, Australia. The initial targets are skin, muscle, and 'short stretches of blood vessels,' which they hope to have available for human implantation within five years. Down the line, they expect the technology could even print directly into the body, bypassing the in-vitro portion of the current process."

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