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Comment Re:I was happy with my Samsung Gear S2 (Score 1) 4

Thanks for your suggestion. I'll add it to my list of possible devices.

When I've bought watches in the past, I had a tendency to wear mine 24/7. I'm expecting that this would not be possible with any Smart Watch. If I'm lucky, I'll find something that is perhaps "Water Resistant", so I'm not wasting a device if I jump in the shower and forget to take it off until the water hits.

As for the GPS and SIM card slot... I'm not sure I'd want that on my wrist, to be honest. If I needed that, I'd expect to pair it to my phone. :)

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Journal Journal: Smart Watch suggestions? 4

My watch has bought the proverbial farm. Usually this means that the strap has broken in a way that makes it difficult (if not impossible) to repair. In this case, the strap was part of the body and it tore straight through.

Do not feel bad for my watch, as it has served me well for several years. Considering how things are made these days, I see this as a Good Thing. It is not unusual for me to replace my watch every three to five years.

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Journal Journal: Coming Home Again? 11

I've been hopping Linux distros since I decided (for reasons of my own) against intentionally using systemd-based distros. I'm not interested in systemd flame wars, so don't bother here.

At any rate, I've come across SalixOS, and so far I think I like it. It's a direct Slackware derivative, which I find quite interesting because Slackware is the first distro I ever used.

Comment Re:You're making up contradictions that don't exis (Score 1) 274

I see a lot of anonymous cowards on Slashdot being loud against systemd, but in the real world it's just another tool that people use, no different than the GNU utilities or APT.

I'm not an AC and I'm actually in agreement with most of the people against systemd for reasons that have already been discussed ad nauseum.

Does SysVinit need to be updated or replaced? Probably, depends on what you want or need. Is systemd the answer? Oh, hell no. There are plenty of other alternatives that don't risk breaking the system to the extent that systemd does.

I'm pretty sure that the only reason systemd got off the ground is because GNOME3 required it. It is the epitome of "dependency hell".

Comment Re:Perl (Score 1) 181

This was, arguably, the most cohesive and agreeable commentary in this entire thread that I've read so far. No clue why some young farts chose to down-vote it.

I write things in Python right now because I'm trying to learn it. I wrote a cool routine that makes graphs and all, and tried to share it with Management.

The people in charge of routines that are shared among teams here won't touch it because their team doesn't know Python (they seem to be the only team in the company that doesn't), so they can't maintain it. I find this disgusting, because a child could follow the blocking in Python, and if one is versed in other languages, it's really not hard to figure out what's going on... ...and yes, I have every major block documented. It's a habit I picked up from Pascal and BASIC+, because I found I would have an epiphany on how to get something to work, look at the code a couple months later and wonder what the hell i was thinking. Documentation for the win.

I've used Perl professionally, but I get irritated when people seek to obfuscate their code. It just makes it difficult for people later on, when their crap err... clever code needs to be tweaked. Python doesn't have that problem quite so often.

Comment Re:Employees are now training their replacements. (Score 1) 474

The way this reads, the replacements aren't H1B's, but actually off-shore.

Companies do this crap all the time. If I were informed that I'd be training my replacement, I wouldn't do it. Buggers want to replace me, they can figure out what's going on for themselves.

The search for cheaper labor is biting India too: they're losing jobs to nations on the African continent, because they'll do things for less than India's workers will.

Comment For the record (Score 1) 9

I can't stand Trump. I like Hillary even less. If Major Suckage has to be elected, I want the one that can be removed if it comes down to it, not someone who people are afraid to remove.

Electing someone solely because of their sex or the color of their skin is ridiculously stupid. It should be avoided at all costs.

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Journal Journal: A simple reason... 9

I'm writing this here, largely because I don't trust Facebook to not remove the post when someone gets all butt-hurt about the subject matter.

If you're going to read this, I encourage you to read through the whole thing before you decide to trigger off of one or two phrases I choose to use.

That said...

I have one simple reason why people (in the US) should vote for Donald Trump: he's a white man.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 177

Maybe the US should copy our constitution? :-)

That SOUNDS like a neat idea, but for two things:

  1. Our Constitution is a good document, and we have that already
  2. Even if we adopted yours, the problem we have is that there are too many (even, or especially, in Government) that fail to adhere to its simple principles. Instead, they try to read complicated ideas into a single sentence, then claim that unless one is a legislator, one is in no position to question their action.

I dare say that in the US, the problem isn't the document, but the so-called "leaders" in Washington. Every one of them, regardless of party affiliation, have lost sight of the fact that they work for the people, not the other way around.

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