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Comment Re:Linux is sadly becoming irrelevant. (Score 1) 109

Look, I wasn't trying to be a troll and bash linux (pun intended) I use Linux at home for my media center and file storage, and Linux has gotten more friendly - but it still has a long way to go before it's as user friendly as Windows.

A LOT of people do not want to use, or learn how to use, the command line.

Until the Linux developers figure that out (Mark tried with Ubuntu) Linux is not going to replace windows. It's that simple. You can spout the incredibleness of scripting and stuffs but if the windows person you are selling it to doesn't give a fuck you are wasting your time. BTW all of this scripting goodness can be done in windows, I always have a power shell open, haven't played with bash on windows yet.

And just to clarify I use the command line all the time, be it in windows or linux.

Comment Re:Linux is sadly becoming irrelevant. (Score 1, Troll) 109

Who the fuck modded you up? Linux is a pain to configure, 90% of anything needs to be done via the command line, that is not "pleasant".
Reminds me of a quote from bash.org

it only takes three commands to install Gentoo
cfdisk /dev/hda && mkfs.xfs /dev/hda1 && mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/gentoo/ && chroot /mnt/gentoo/ && env-update && . /etc/profile && emerge sync && cd /usr/portage && scripts/bootsrap.sh && emerge system && emerge vim && vi /etc/fstab && emerge gentoo-dev-sources && cd /usr/src/linux && make menuconfig && make install modules_install && emerge gnome mozilla-firefox openoffice && emerge grub && cp /boot/grub/grub.conf.sample /boot/grub/grub.conf && vi /boot/grub/grub.conf && grub && init 6
that's the first one

Comment Re:What are the benefits over electric? (Score 1) 163

Batteries are still horribly expensive, and whilst in use they are environmentally 'clean', but disposing of them after they have reached their end of life is a BIG environmental problem. Add to that they have an average life of 2~5 years IF treated well.

I see Hydrogen as a perfect fit for home energy needs when / where renewable energy is not always available, and space is not as much of an issue.

Comment Re:I have always wondered... (Score 1) 114

What is baffling is you seem to think we are so technologically advanced that we should be able to do this, we are not. Sure we have nifty cellphones and stuffs, and that IS amazing to some degree, but we are nowhere near the technological level needed. We have a long way to go, and we probably won't make it (as a civilization at least).

If we don't destroy ourselves in a nuclear war, we will poison ourselves with all the crap we are doing to the planet.

Off the beaten track and not really relevant, but I hate when people say "We are destroying the planet". We are not destroying the planet, if we all died at once (or there was a rapture, and we were all really good) in 100 years the earth would mostly be back in balance again. We are are not destroying the planet, we are destroying ourselves. It would take a lot more than an ocean of plastic (or even a nuclear war) to destroy the planet.

Comment Re:Just offer more money (Score 1) 300

Yes, I am sure, I modified the WFL to compile it faster so we could go to the pub earlier. It may be the exception, but I have come across more than one huge COBOL program. Don't forget with working storage a lot of the "code" is actually just defining memory for usage. I remember one program which when printed out double sided took over a ream of paper. Long story about why they bothered printing it, but yeah, it was that big.

Comment Re:Did I miss the boat? (Score 1) 150

Agreed, my niece and nephew said the same thing about 2 years ago, they might go on to share some pics etc. but for the majority of stuffs they don't touch facebook. Facebook is officially for old timers in their eyes, and if you don't think this matters much, think again. NO ONE has as much free time as a teenager.

Makes me laugh actually, hind sight being 20/20 and all that, I did not realize that school wasn't all that bad in comparison to the hamster wheel that is work. They can't wait to get out of school and get a job and then the "freedom" and money to do as they want. Yeah, takes a year or two to realize you've been had. Hardly any holidays, and if they are in I.T. they can start kissing weekends goodbye as well. Lots of "freedom" awaits them.

Comment Re:Just offer more money (Score 2) 300

It's not just the COBOL language you have to learn, you also have to know JCL (Job Control Language) CICS (Customer Information Control System) and SQL (Structured Query Language) - most programmers will already know SQL - but you are going to have to deal with the little quirks of DB2 sql. Now depending on your environment you MAY have someone else there who is the JCL expert and they can write the jobs, but you still need to know enough to read them otherwise the JCL expert is going to be a VERY busy person. There also might be parts of it written in REXX, so another language to learn. Then there are the commands to do stuffs on the mainframe. V-Series interface is a lot more advanced then a command prompt, but not by much, so you are going to have to learn that as well. Ever worked with keyed sequential files? Gotta learn about those as well. The learning curve is steep, and god forbid you end up on an older A-Series mainframe, because then you have to learn WFL (Workflow Language - predecessor to JCL) as well. Someone mentioned further up that it's not so much the languages you have to learn, but these programs are generally HUGE, millions and millions of lines of COBOL in one program, and THAT is probably the hardest part.

Comment Re:Wrong. (Score 1) 44

I have a simple phone rule: I don't answer unrecognized numbers.

I do this as well, people get annoyed I am not "contactable" if they are not in my address book, I don't give a shit. People who know me well, know how to get hold of me. Everyone else can go to voice mail. Which I don't ever check. If it's important to me, you should know the right channels to contact me. If you don't, well then it can't be very important to ME. It might be important to YOU, but that is not the same thing in my book.

Comment Well I am not surprised (Score 1) 163

Considering most of the people on /. are, in the main, IT sort of people, so it's not very surprising someone decided to take matters into their own hands and sort out the problem themselves. Surprised it took this long. I mean, Mirai's source code was available ages ago, I even downloaded it to take a look. What's amusing is my antivirus only picked it up a couple days ago.

Good luck to them, I hope they are hiding their tracks properly, because this is still illegal.

Comment My new hobby (Score 1) 421

This is the reason my new hobby is dabbling in electronics, at the moment it's messing with Pi's and Arduino's but I am gearing up to move onto PIC's.
I want a smart home, but I don't want any of the expensive proprietary IoT crap that is out there at the moment. Fly by nighters, incompatible protocols, slow to fix security issues, needs internet access to work etc. etc. All my IoT devices are going to be on the LOCAL network only, I might have a outward facing port on a server for monitoring stuffs when I am away, but the devices themselves will not be outward facing.

Comment Retarded (Score 3, Insightful) 180

This is like someone saying, "there are more VW's than Mercedes on the road, Mercedes should just give up already", it's fucking retarded. You don't attempt to compete by giving up. If you don't like windows mobile don't buy a fucking phone with windows mobile on it, it's that simple. I know a lot of companies who prefer windows mobile because the ease of integration and security when paired with a windows based network, there IS a demand for it, albeit a bit low.

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