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Journal Journal: Gone Again!

As always, if slashdot has borked the text, just go here.
She was gone again, shortly before my elderly cat died. I refer to my muse, of course.
I looked everywhere I could think of, to no avail. Stolen again? I went for a walk, on the lookout for that aged black aged Lincoln with that blonde and that brun

Comment Re:The 3 Laws (Score 1) 7

I should have it posted in a day or two. Both translations will be there (the Australian one is better, but still not good enough as it has a fax, which wouldn't be invented for decades).

Comment Re:Doesn't make sense. (Score 1) 169

What you're missing here, is that this person believes developers are special. The tell is throwing in "cab drivers" right before talking about how passionate developers are about building new things. The subconscious bias at play here is "developers are a better type of people because of our virtuous pursuit of making things". Now they want to figure out how that can be showcased without the negative effects of the other side, which is strutting around the office, playing by different rules than everybody else because our skills are in high demand and we can get away with it.

Of course, in reality both of those things are stereotypes because most developers are just normal people that come in and do their job professionally and don't need to be pampered because they aren't dedicating their life to the pursuit of building the next hot thing and perpetually failing to do so. They've got real lives to reward them and a job that stimulates them. The funny thing is, those people don't care about the stereotype because they don't self identify with the genius developer type. They aren't that arrogant. The people mad at the stereotype are the guys that feel like they're the hero in real life, so they don't like how they're being portrayed because shockingly real life is harder than movies and deep down they're terrified they don't measure up in real life either.

Comment Re:Dress is Statement (Score 1) 169

Yeah, but that's the problem. That's just being a dick and a poor sport. They aren't more talented or special than anybody else, their specialty is just in higher demand right now. Seriously, when I look around at the average intelligence of the development team versus the legal team or other types of analysts, (all of which dress nicer than development) it feels about the same to me. One day, that won't be true anymore and everybody will remember that you're kind of unreliable, take as many liberties as you can get away with, and need special care and feeding or you get unhappy. Worse, you may not be able to make the adjustment to normal business rules.

Comment Re:As opposed to? (Score 1) 47

He's cut funding for the State Department, making the entire world less safe. He's cut the EPA budget to the bone, and I remember rolling up the windows in 95F degree heat when driving past Monsanto because the air burned your lungs. I remember rivers catching fire. I remember leaded gasoline and paint.

Trump is destroying the US.

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Journal Journal: Rossum's Universal Robots 7

Slashdot has probably borked the text although it looks fine in preview. A non-borked version is at my blog.
Half a century ago I was reading a book by Isaac Asimov. I don’t remember what book, but I know it wasn’t I, Robot because I looked last night and it wasn’t in that book. But in the book, whichever one it was, Dr. Asimov wrote about the origin of the word “robot”; a story by K

Comment Re:Chrome _is_ the standard! (Score 1) 87

It's actually kind of the reverse. It's cute that you still don't understand that IE6 wasn't a problem. It added a tremendous amount of functionality that wasn't available before. The problem was how long it took to go from IE6 to IE7, how long it took the W3C to provide standards that people wanted, and the fact that Firefox, Opera, IE6 and Safari all implemented standards differently for a long time. I concede that IE took the longest to get their shit in order, but I don't think we'd be better off had IE not pushed forward ahead of standards.

Of course, things are a little different now because we aren't having a problem with the standards lagging so far behind desired capability. This whole thread is stupid because CSS Grids are standard.

Comment Re:Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 1) 805

Also, that's not including that everything else is more expensive too. All of the businesses around him and their employees have to make more than they normally would as well to pay their own rents. So guy in SF is paying $3k for less, has a higher tax rate, and everything around him is more expensive.

Comment Re:Only a penny a page, duplex? (Score 1) 5

I'll be better able to figure it when the cartridge is empty. The savings come from not having to pay eight or ten bucks for copies that I'm proofreading.

They're already online as free e-books, HTML, and PDF, with printed copies available at a price.

Comment Cataracts and Suse (Score 1) 6

IIRC you're Canadian (if in the US you'll need insurance) and should be able to get CrystaLens implants for an extra $2,000. They cure nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and cataracts.

I ran Suse back in 2003 and liked it, but moved to Mandrake because my TV didn;t like it; I was using the TV as a monitor with an S-video cable. Still trying to find a distro that will run on an old Gateway laptop.

Comment Re:Only a penny a page, duplex? (Score 1) 5

I based the estimate on $5o for a cartridge that prints an average of 3,000 pages. A color laser would be nice, but as you say, far more expensive both in up-front costs and toner. And changing toner in a color printer is a PITA, at least the ones at work were.

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