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Comment Re: Same As Before (Score 1) 376

You've totally nailed it on the head there. 8 years ago I was using Ubuntu. It seemed like Linux on the desktop was getting better at a nice pace. The graphics stuff improved considerably from 2006-2008 such that the same laptop that in 2006 felt pretty jerky just moving windows around was silky smooth in 2008. And then somehow it all went to shit and I bought a macbook.

Comment prefer airbnb to exist (Score 1) 260

As someone who rents I dislike the idea of AirBnB pushing up prices. But as someone who travels AirBnB has been the best thing in years. Hotels are fine if you're on your own, but I usually travel with my family. Staying in a slightly run down home is way better than a very nice hotel or holiday home when your kids are going to run around in it. Not to mention seeing into other peoples lives and houses.

I travelled around the US with my family and our 3 cats. I know some hotels let you have pets, but the limit is usually 2 and they don't like cats. Didn't have trouble finding places on AirBnB usually within a 4 hour drive of one another. I know that it would be possible before AirBnB existed, but would have required a lot more planning, and our trip was entirely unplanned.

Comment Re:Rails is deja vu all over again (Score 1) 37

Yes you're correct, and Rails is still like that. It figures out all the columns on boot (in production, on each page load in development). It has a separate migration system that allows you to modify the schema.

I developed on Rails for a few years. I'm not fond of using it now but I recognize it for what it is/was, a product of it's time. It made developing database backed web applications much faster and easier than Java or .NET at the time, and more structured than PHP. Nothing in software is new, but it built on what came before in it's problem space at just the right time to capture a wave of interest and to spread it's ideas to other platforms.

Comment Re:IT is a big profession (Score 1) 246

Ruby on Rails is 10 years old, and there's still plenty of jobs in it, and new projects. It's not something I personally want to do anymore, but it fills a niche well enough. JavaScript is 20 years old, and I don't think that's a language that will disappear any time soon. Frameworks may come and go, but surely the same is true of C/C++.

Comment bad summary (Score 1) 57

The summary has it back to front. The polymer can be stretched into other shapes which it keeps until it is raised to body temperature. The material will snap back into shape even when lifting a weight or crush an object that it has been wound around.

This means that in surgery a strand of polymer can be stretched to put into place, whereupon it springs back into the desired shape, perhaps constricting something, or raising / pulling something.

Comment I want to pay but... (Score 1) 675

I don't want to see ads ever. If I visited a site like wired every day then I could see myself paying, but I don't, I only ever follow the occasional link there. Some kind of multi-site micropayment service might work quite well - something like a spotify subscription where the money from my subscription is distributed to the content provider that I visit, proportional to the number of visits. Not perfect but if one provider ducks behind a paywall I just stop visiting, if they all disappeared then I'd probably pay.

Comment Indeed (Score 1) 131

I read this yesterday and I found it slightly annoying in the tone. Alpine has been around for awhile, and I don't think anyone using docker for more than experimentation will be happy with massive Ubuntu based images. But would you really use these minimal images packaged by an unknown entity when you can make your own with one line in the dockerfile?

Comment Re:Nothing to do with American Tech Industry (Score 1) 460

Yes, I've visited many small cities in the US, and many do not have sidewalks. It's a pain tramping over verges. And you get odd things, like an overpass with a sidewalk half way across, so you need to be careful of the traffic over the second half.

I lived in a city in CA with good sidewalks, and it was less than 10 minutes from our house to the center of town. We walked in all the time with our kids, but I hardly ever saw other people walking around. Our neighbour would take her dogs for a long walk, bring them back to her house, get in the car and drive to town. But suggest that she could walk to town instead - blank stare.

There was a playground about 1 mile from our house that my wife would take our kids to often, walking. We had friends with kids the same age whose house was about 5 minutes walk from the playground - and they would DRIVE every time! It's madness, it is as if American's have forgotten that walking is a method of transportation. Having a car with you can be a pain, you have to get everyone in and out, find parking, put up with boiling temperatures if you leave it in the sun, etc etc.

Comment Re:Nothing to do with American Tech Industry (Score 5, Informative) 460

This. My wife and I were chatting to an Aussie couple in Copenhagen who were asking where they could get a taxi. I was about to suggest Uber as an option, but my wife pointed out to them, it's a 20 minute walk and the streets are pedestrianised the whole way. And if they don't want to walk, there's a bus every 5 minutes.

Not long ago getting public transport in a foreign location (even an English speaking one) could be a challenge. But with Google maps showing public transit it has become much more accessible.

They still went and got a taxi from a local hotel AFAIK.

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