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Comment Re:overreach (Score 1) 248

Nope, not sure at all. Weak antibacterial properties will leave populations of higher resistance bacteria in your 'kitchen colony'. We were a lot dirtier (in many ways) in the 1960s, it hasn't harmed us (I can see the flame comments already building under this!) and may have been of benefit to our immune systems. Don't clean that basement (every week, anyway).

Comment Making Python and even Perl look good (Score 1) 427

I'm old enough to have programmed in COBOL, and Java is the COBOL of the 1990s, bloated and ugly. The licensing is 'murky' and therefore subject to the current Google/Oracle 'discussions' and probably more of the same later.

However, as a Perl person and increasingly a Python person who 'sometimes' does Java, it makes both look good. I'm expecting some flaming for the mention of Perl, but, when you're used to it, it's nifty, just over-comment. Admittedly APL was probably 'too' expressive, but Java makes one die of boredom before the first finger hits the keyboard.

Comment Financial 'Industry' and generally too. (Score 2) 349

See for example. It's endemic. They'll probably derail civilisation as we know it eventually, bridges falling, weapons launched. Then, when we're back to the caves/trees and eating nuts and berries (not a bad life outside the cubicles, really), we will curse the evil god Ex-cel and provide blood sacrifices on altars (inscribed with A1, C2 etc.) to keep him away?

Comment Re:Why do people still go there? (Score 1) 348

Thank you. Exactly, I haven't been there since 1989 and I'm 65 now, so I won't be going. Shame, good conferences and there's lots I like/admire about (some of) the 'common people' but your government is as bad as ours in the UK now. We're probably sneakier and more hypocritical though, that's the British way.

Comment Re:Yes, and maybe (Score 5, Funny) 225

Whoosh! Please accept a hug from 'an ignorant old fuck'. I was funning, hey, I even know what 'Facebook' is. Remember too that you will be 'an ignorant (you're that already!) old fuck' someday unless you'd prefer to die before reaching that exalted state. Normally, I don't feed trolls, but today, on behalf of my decrepit sisters and brothers and polite people everywhere, I'm making an exception.

Comment Yes, and maybe (Score 5, Funny) 225

I remember it, at 65, actually I remember huge batch only mainframes. On a more serious note, I have a lot of time for Gopher, Lynx and all the 'simpifiers', I'd prefer everyone to have knowledge and communication at a low bandwidth rather than adverts, emojiis (whatever they are) and pictures of cats. My vision, going forward is goodbye port 80 and port 443, let's start again.

Comment Steampunk in a Good Way (Score 1) 133

As as child in the 1960s, I went to the Science Museum in London. There were lots of handles to crank and buttons to push, and the science tended flow out of that. Taking my own son in the early 1980s, it was somewhat the same and rather enjoyable, crank something and see what happens.

Also (one of) MONIAC, the Philips Hydraulic Computer was there: and currently there's a reconstructed Difference Engine (also in Mountain View, I think?). These objects make computing very 'visible' and kids (quite wisely) are not very abstract. Besides they can now get all the coding lessons etc. in school, so a musueum shouldn't be more of the same.

Comment I removed myself from Linkedin on the very day (Score 1) 64

I removed myself from Linkedin on the very day that Microsoft bought it. I'm not a totally rabid anti-Microsoft, but there's a sustained history of unpleasant business practices. I don't want them in my professional life, such as it is, at 65. People may say (somewhat rightly) that I have that option.

However, here is a thought experiment. If everyone closed their Linkedin account, then Microsoft is immediately out $26 billion, no rioting, no police or lawyers, nothing. This is rather beneficial flip side of if it's free, you are the product, more like if you can de-subscribe, you control the value of the product, less elegant but truthy.

Comment The key word was/is 'universal' (Score 1) 536

Doesn't anyone understand that half of the consumer offer is (what I call) 'binaries' now? For a specific razor, there is a specific blade, printer and printer cartridge (preferably with phone-home and self-destruct for any third party supplier), coffee machine and specific coffee capsule. So basically, you buy the thing and then you buy the accessory until the thing wears out.

If people start making stuff according to universal standards, then things fit in other things and the sky will fall. I agree that this argument is weak when applied to headphones, but it's part of it. For example, once we have bluetooth only, let's encrypt the stream, so that only Apple headphones (or Whatever TM and licensed) work.

Comment No, but work on moderation (Score 1) 369

I voted no, I think that people do need to hide their identity in many circumstances (oppressive country, government position for the easiest examples).

However I sometimes want to pass a complete thread to non-slashdot civilians (yes, there are some, they live on the surface, they are hideous) and, as such, I don't want to see 'gay n**ger' (I notice that the full version is defeated by the lameness filter, that's a good start) or goatse etc. in the thread. I don't mind constructive obscenity, such as complaining about world hunger. There are plenty of reasonable moderation policies that do just this.

So long story, short, before tl:dr, it would be good to have the ability to kill -9 those bits. Yes, people can argue that it's 'censorship' but slashdot can argue my platform, my rules. People can go elsewhere to be juvenile. Actually, when I'm feeling conspiracy minded, I sometimes wonder whether it's a form of shilling via 'reducing the value of the thread'. Probably not.

Comment Re:16+ Languages from FORTRAN to IA-64 (Score 1) 331

Yes, I'm part of this thread, as a 65 year old. I first wrote a little FORTRAN program in 1966 to calculate Ï to run on an ICL mainframe that was part of the UK steel industry. Because computer time was so expensive, 'they' (management) wouldn't let it loop and loop.

On my list is Filetab: as mad as Perl and, like Perl, very useful.

Comment Re:futile (Score 1) 146

Yes, as I [mis]understand this, it has to go to the Tory (Conservative, for readers abroad) party membership in September. Leadsome is/was a 'leaver', a Brexiteer, May isn't. The non-London members may well be a majority of 'leavers', who might feel that May's heart is not in 'leaving'. Who knows?

Incidentally, May is a great image-person and self-publicist but her actual level of achievement is less than stellar, see: which was pulled from the (right wing) Daily Telegraph.

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