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Comment Re:Missing the point (Score 1) 241

I was 8 years old when I wrote my first BASIC program on an Apple ][ E. I felt that same world-changing around me sensation.

I didn't get my first modem until I was 18. I was away at college and discovered BBSes, Gopher, Telnet, MUDs, MUSHs and IRC networks.

I was exposed to people from different walks of life, from different corners of the planet and of different points of view.

I'm far from the most open-minded person around but I know and appreciate the differences between people so much more than I would have if that experience of learning to code hadn't expanded my mind when I was 8 years old.

I hope that this young lady gets to experience some of what you and I did when beginning the journey.

LK

Comment The reasons it won't die (Score 4, Insightful) 138

It's not hard to figure out why email isn't dying and won't die:

* It's not tied to a single provider. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, iMessage and all the others are.
* It's an open, federated system. Companies in particular can take charge of their own email servers if they wish.
* Installed base.
* It is available on all devices from phones to tablets to PCs without the need to install additional software.

Comment Re:Typical of America. It always belittles... (Score 1) 165

Needless to say, he returned to our company as a consultant on some project that had incurred budgetary overruns and incompetency.

All at the hands of our so-called American trained "engineers."

I can't speak to the specifics of this situation but I have seen others where the desires of in-house personnel were ignored but when the same initiatives are suggested by a consultant, they're followed with gusto.

Don't blame the engineers, blame the management.

LK

Comment Since I left IT and joined academia... (Score 1) 160

Yeah, it's been many years since I worked in IT. I can see it now that it took me several minutes to decipher "SAS". In academia we use and love open source, and abbreviations such as "SAS" mean little to nothing. At first I thought "the British SAS? Or is it the Scandinavian Airlines (that would be more plausible)?" I guess it's not only me having left the world of IT industry but also the arbitrariness of the statement of 60% proprietary + 40% OS. I haven't had to deal with such BS in over a decade.

Comment Re:Pittsburgh is losing its identity (Score 1) 127

I get it. That's a part of why I typically try to negotiate non-standard start times when I take a position. Starting work at 09:30 makes for a much more relaxed commute both to and from work.

If/When telecommuting become the norm, most of my problems will be behind me because I'll be able to live and work far enough outside of the city that none of their decisions will have any impact upon me.

LK

Comment Re:I don't have any you insensitive clod! (Score 1) 197

There is a list.

If you apply for a visa waiver, you will be asked for your social media accounts right now but it is listed as OPTIONAL. There is a list on the visa waiver sites they want you to give details on accounts on, the list has about 30 sites on it as well as an "Other" where you can disclose information about anything else.

It is currently optional, but the question is already there even for visa-waiver countries.

Comment Re:"vacation" (Score 1) 197

All foreign journalists need a visa to go to the US.

Journalists do not qualify for visa free travel, even if they are from a visa waiver country, if they are going to the US for the purpose of journalism. (All other professions can go on business trips to the US visa-free - but journalists have always been excluded from this since the visa waiver program began).

Comment Relatives from out of town. (Score 1) 158

I had a cousin and her family come to town from Maryland and when it was time for them to go home, I tried to give them directions to the Turnpike. It was literally take the next four right turns and then drive about 6 miles, you'll see the signs.

She was like Nope, I'm GPSing it. The GPS gives her valid directions but they were longer and more complicated.

I was amused but she got home safely.

LK

Comment Re:Liability (Score 1) 499

Whomever performed the modification, if that modification is the cause of the incident.

It's not like we're discovering new issues here.

In 1968, if you took your Buick to your neighborhood fix-it guy and he used sub-standard wheel bearings and they caused the wheel to fall off and kill someone, Mr. Fix-it would be liable.

Really, this isn't rocket science just because the story includes the word "firmware".

LK

Comment Instinctively, I have avoided opiates. (Score 1) 181

I have always felt that pain killers should be used sparingly and that one should only take the minimum level necessary to make the pain tolerable.

For me, it wasn't about avoiding addiction. I don't like the feeling of having my mind feel cloudy.

When I had my wisdom teeth removed, the doctor gave me a prescription for Lortab. I declined to fill it. I said that if Tylenol or Aleve made it tolerable, that's what I would use. Even though I had already made my decision, when a friend offered to buy them from me, I was even more certain that I made the right choice.

LK

Comment Re:Pittsburgh is losing its identity (Score 1) 127

You don't know anything about the city, and probably weren't born there.

I was born out of state but I have been here in Pittsburgh since I was an infant, more than 40 years.

I bike year round in Pittsburgh, with studded tires for use in the winter.

I'm sure that you and the three other people who will face sub-zero temperatures on their bikes appreciate it but those lanes would be more useful with cars in them.

The chairs at Market Square were removed due to issues with loitering and drug use

I believe that those excuses were pretexts.

How does removing amenities make "more room" anyway?

By providing more space for outdoor dining areas for the restaurants. When (not if) they expand, that seating will be private property that can be limited to paying customers.

Gentrification of the Hill District is a strange thing

It's not just the Hill District. It's Homewood and East Liberty too. 10-15 years ago, it was Lawrenceville. I suspect that the Hazelwood/Glenwood area will be next.

The drug problems are real, but they were real in the 1980's too, it's just white people didn't notice except when they saw them on Hill Street Blues.

Nice try but it's not going to work here. I'm not white. I lived in the Duquesne projects back in the 1970s. I was harassed by cops during the drug wars in the 1990s. There is a black middle class in the region and most of us moved to the suburbs to escape the problems of the city. Now the city is sending those problems our way.

LK

Comment Re:Its rather exaggerated (Score 1) 63

But with potentially only 33,000 rewrite cycles per cell to failure that's seriously problematic. (And that's the best guess, since Intel won't actually tell us what the cell durability is).

I can guarantee you it's not 33.000 R/W cycles - the only tech that would allow that is SLC, and practically nobody sells SSD based on SLC anymore. A few manufacturers sell highly overpriced SLC-based SD and microSD cards. Hell, nowadays you'll struggle to even find MLC-based SSDs (~10.000 rewrite cycles AT BEST). Every SSD manufacturer today uses TLC, which means 1000 R/W cycles per cell.

Comment Pittsburgh is losing its identity (Score 1) 127

So much is being done to attract people to the region that it is making it unbearable for those of us who have always been here. We're giving up lanes on major city streets to make room for bike lanes that are only usable for 5 months out of the year.

The city just removed the chairs from Market Square to make more room for the patrons of the upscale restaurants that surround the place.

The glut of well-to-do out of towners has led to the gentrification of several areas like Homewood, The Hill District and East Liberty which is in turn creating problems out in the suburbs. Basically, people are going in and buying blocks of low value property, renovating them and charging more for rent than the current occupants can afford. Those people move further and further away from the city and when you have an influx of low income people, a small but extremely destructive minority of drug dealers comes with them. We have had numerous heroin busts just a few miles from my house in an area that never saw that kind of activity before.

When people like me complain about it, we're met with the response that this is how things go in other cities. My reply is that if I wanted to live in those cities, I'd move there. I live in Pittsburgh and I like it.

LK

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