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Comment Re:No. It won't be (Score 1) 121

If Adobe rewrites their CC apps for WinRT from Win32 they would semi-automatically pick up ARM support. But now that Microsoft is offering Win32 through the Windows Store they'll probably never move over to WinRT except on their mobile apps. Microsoft *should* have thrown $100m at Adobe and said "get this Win32 ARM compiler that we used to create Microsoft Office and port Photoshop" at the launch of Surface RT. That would have been an enormous coup.

It's rumored the Surface Phone will be x86 and run Win32 apps when in Desktop mode. At that point, Windows's experiment with ARM will be entirely limited to budget phones and then probably nothing again.

Comment Re:Sounds like you need the clue by four (Score 1) 162

In the past companies have reversed their decision based on public outcry; it's not unprecedented.

My guess is that Verizon loses money on the handful of grandfathered plans that remain. You can stomp your feet and pout but it's like the old "sure we're losing money on each item but we'll make up for it on volume."

Getting people to quit is the *point* of this move. They want people to quit so that they stop wasting their attention and resources on a handful of entitled customers that they no longer want.

Comment Re:Give me a raise (Score 2) 325

If I had a manger in a software development team role, I'd want a structure where I'd look to him as my peer; there to do an important job of his own, where we evaluate each other; and where we can replace him if he's not working out...

This is how our company works and it's perfect. Their role is to handle client interaction, to set budgets (and hold us to budgets) as well as set schedules and work with us to accomplish the schedule. Ultimately their ass is on the line for staying within budget and schedule so anything within the purview of budget and schedule they are god. If something has to be cut because of budget, we cut it. So that naturally creates a healthy working dynamic. If they need to cut the schedule and/or budget then they come to an artist and ask them if we have any proposals. They then handle working with the client to let the client understand what the implications of moving up a deadline.

But just like an executive assistant isn't actually superior to an executive a producer or project manager isn't actually superior to the team they just are responsible for different aspects of the team's performance. And we understand that it's their ass on the line for schedule so if we deliver late, we need to let them know. If someone isn't delivering on time and making the producer look bad then we aren't going to team up on the project manager or producer like you would if they were your superior you are all in it together and if you are happy with your project manager's work then you can usually all pretty easily recognize the real problem source: the team member who isn't delivering on time. Conversely if the producer is setting impossible deadlines and not providing support to achieve those deadlines then everybody on the team will pretty easily be able to identify the source of the problem. It's not a position that is more highly paid, it's just another position on the team. You need goalies and you need forwards and you need coaches. Sometimes coaches get paid more, sometimes goalies get paid more, sometimes strikers get paid more. You need a chain of command, but mostly just to make arbitrary decisions.

Comment Re:Give me a raise (Score 5, Insightful) 325

The problem is regarding management as a position of importance that people are promoted to.

This is perhaps one of the single largest failures of our social organization. "Boss" has come to mean "important" or "ruler" instead of being an integral component to facilitate real work. It would be like saying that a switch is the most important and valuable piece of hardware in an organization.

In college I studied film direction and my friend was studying producing and one night while bitching about this exact phenomenon (everyone wanting to be a director or producer because "they're in charge" instead of because they were attracted to the unique specialized work of a director or producer) we settled on the "Doer and Enabler" dichotomy. Directors, Managers, Producers, Supervisors are not Doers, they are Enablers. An enabler's job is to help the doers do. An enabler should be clearing the way, organizing materials and answering questions that doers need answered. A doer obviously actually creates things and does the work.

There certainly are Doer/Enablers, if you have an art director, or a software architect they often start to straddle enabling others to execute their vision while also providing a high level plan--but for the most part management is not a doer, they are an enabler.

However, people generally want more money than they have so the only way to get that more-money is to become a manager. It's stupid. If I was running an experiment I wouldn't fire all of my enablers, I would simply stop making the management position necessarily an upgrade or promotion but more of a crossgrade with a similar payscale.

Comment Re:securelevel who? (Score 1) 686

so Linus can turn it off if he wants

I don't know anything about this technical controversy, but I know enough about software to know that this attitude is fucking poison.

Linux isn't a democracy. Committees don't produce good design in any context, whether it be code, or art, or even government - if it works, there is always a coherent vision driving it.

If you don't like that vision, by all means, prove it wrong by competing with your own, but don't push the belief that increasing complexity with a hodge podge of solutions that try to please everyone is ever good design. That always leads to failure.

Comment Re:Can't make this shit up (Score 5, Informative) 233

If it worked as intended it would have been a good deal.

$65m in "stolen" money as you call it (taxes).

$250k tickets * say 10,000 = $2,500,000,000 into the net economy. Let's say that 15% of that is operations that's still $375m back into the economy in the form of wages. You aren't going to find a 576% investment opportunity very often.

Furthermore those people would probably want to eat somewhere while in town and maybe even visit a shop or two which would further boost the local economy.

It was a sound plan, and I'm sure virgin would very much like to be making a ton of money as well but the part that failed was the fact that they didn't have more protections for the county in the event that say.. a rocket exploded and the business plan was put on hold for 10 years.

Comment Re:None of the people I know that Like this Show.. (Score 2) 403

None of the geeks I know watch TV.
They are too busy getting stuff done.

You don't know any geeks who watch Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead or...

I like the Big Bang Theory. It's not smart, it doesn't try to be smart but I find it plenty funny. Sure they laugh at the geeks, but they also laugh at the non-geeks. Geeks are getting pissed off because geeks are being made fun of but it's like South Park, there is nobody who is off limits so it's fine. The geeks are dumb and the regular people are neanderthals. Bafoonery is a old reliable source of comedy.

Comment Re:Hmmmm (Score 1, Troll) 924

So she's a social justice warrior troll doing this for attention? Called it earlier.

Since we're predicting things, I'm predicting you're a gamer gater conspiracy theorist who yells "SJW!" when you step on a Lego.

You do realize you're an actualized stereotype, right? You're who feminists visualize when they want to feel good about being right.

Comment Re:"Women don't like trash talk, be more sensitive (Score 2) 924

Projection? You're denying the elephant in the room. Rather than dig up all the feminist teeth gnashing over this when it was news two years ago, let's just get it from the filly's mouth:

I don't think this is a gendered topic.

Two questions later...

I think that my perspective is somewhat coloured by both my gender and my age... So I think they picked up a little bit of the brogrammer culture... that just doesn't work for people who aren't men

Oh dear, gender essentialism... tsk tsk. There's nothing preventing women from learning and appreciating this "brogrammer culture". Women have done it forever, until feminist called them "cool girls" and started shaming them.

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