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Comment Swicthed to ubuntu in 2006 (Score 1) 373

and switched back in 2011/2012.

In 2006 they just fixed the things in debian which were a little bit annoying.

in 2010/2011 they started making the distribution completely unusable (do you remember the first releases with unity?)

Most of their gold-coated crap was badly documented and did not fit into the rest of the distribution.

Comment Fashion? (Score 1) 245

Should i dress white or black today? Should i wear a fancy shirt or a hoodie when going to work?

So no, unless you have a really compelling reason (like: the project i am currently doing sucks in java and would be very nice in scala), stay with what you know.

Comment Makes sense (Score 1) 86

The investors see that now they would only have to take the loss, since there is currently nothing to fetch. The company would immediately be bankrupt, the founder would be bancrupt, but it would not help the investors much. From their perspective the likeliness that the value of the company rises again is not zero and the current value is probably negligible.

Comment O yes (Score 3, Insightful) 111

at some point the AI realized that trainings the simpler AIs on cat videos could create entertainment for humans. In therefore decided to only consume cat videos. When it ran out of cat videos it orderd human to make more cat videos via amazon mechanicalturk.

That was when it got out of control, and soon the earths resources were being consumed by making cat videos.

Comment Funny thing. (Score 1) 99

I think i did not. Back then i only bought used thinkpads, so i did not by that drive from a manufacturer - and probably these were made before 2003 (I anyway used mainly external USB-dvd drive). Next step (around 2008) was to buy laptops without optical drives embedded (i had an external one+did not see the need for installing OSses-1G USB drives worked fine for debian/ubuntu).

Comment Forgotten? Forbidden? (Score 1) 600

(Exclude recursion here - i think he talks about the examples given in school for recursion, which often are not good in terms of resource usage)

About the rest: Bullshit. These are not forgotten, and they are forbidden in most coding guidelines for a reason. His musing about that goto is only bad if you jump "backwards" is borderline funny.

There is a reason that goto should only be used in extremely rare occasions (and i would agree that some of these *may* be for kernel programming). The examples of this "programmer" are excellent examples why for people like him these should be forbidden. Any of his examples are better off without goto, and if you don't see a more efficient, clearer and safer solution without his shit, you should not program any high-level language.

Eval is another piece of cake (I exclude python here because it seems to get eval right). My practical experience is that i is rather overused by inexperienced programmers. Filtering a string that should be evaled in a way that it has a predictable outcome is as difficult as writing an eval. Typically my recommendation would be that evals need to be a) sanctioned by a senior developer (just to make sure nobody uses these out of pure incompetence) b) encapsulated in a function (e.g. for the dection of a laguange feature/level) c) filtered carefully if they accept user input.

Comment IoT Profit! (Score 1) 203

Because of this I'm building a LAN of things for my own use. I have no need to stoke or control my woodstove from on the road anyway, but I do like to have as much as possible on my homestead automated and monitored - verily, even stuffed into a database so I can see what the weather has been like at such and such a time over the years and so on.

Works for me - I rarely go out (living in what amounts to the Garden of Eden will do that for ya) - and no one gets my data if I don't want them to.
BUT! Now let's look at why things are the way they are. Artificial scarcity of both IPv4 addresses and um, profits. No one wants to settle for the margin they can get selling you something just once, now. Oh no, we all have to subscribe to almost everything (I Avoid this like the Plague - and do without if I hve to).

So they have to insert themselves in the loop by owning a static IP and domain. Yeah, some of them are free NOW - how long before you get charged rent to even make your own home work? I'll ignore the snooping for the purpose of making this point. You're willingly handing over control via IoT and anything subscription model. Period. You might not like the eventual results.

You have been warned!

Comment Capped by slow speed (Score 1) 243

I have DSL at 1 Mb up and 4 down (eg ~100kB up). There'd be no point for my ISP to cap what I can do with that (or at least, what most customers could). As a workaround, I built a NAS with a raspberry pi and a 2 tB drive...and I use that for major uploads/downloads overnight, so my main machines aren't tied up. Great for uploads to youtube or my website, and downloads like linux distros.
Being off the grid (solar), I can't leave a gaming-class machine on overnight...and the pi can keep up with DSL fine. Yes, the NAS is slightly slower than ideal, but it works and works - I think I rebooted it last year, maybe not.

Comment Security expert? (Score 1) 377

Wow. Some obviously clueless thief manages to log in into his computer without re-installation? Doesn't he use LUKS/Bitlocker?

My Laptops are encrypted. I dont plan to change that for the slim change of catching a hardware thief by installing a tracking SW, which requires the OS to boot up unencrypted.

Comment Why not? (Score 1) 161

i have a real workstation in the office, thanks.

I mean - i could imagine very limited use cases where you want to have something like a movable office which you may need to set at a customer site as soon as you arrive there.

But 17' is already big, and unless you have a table somehwere unfolding this thing is a no-go.

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