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Comment Re:"Laser Strikes" define? (Score 1) 161

The color of the laser matters, too. Geeks pointing out constellations are likely using a green laser. A green laser will be more visible both because they are mostly just available as higher-quality devices than the average red laser (which can get as cheap as $2) and because your eyes have more cones to sense green light.

Comment Re:Capitalism. (Score 2) 58

Wow, only $200k, and only because of EU privacy protections that half the country are so desperate to exit? seems worthwhile to do it again.

Exactly. With a fine that small, I have to wonder how much of a net profit the pharmacy made on selling information. The $200k is just going to get written off as a cost of doing business like most other paper tiger fines.

Comment Re:git (Score 3, Insightful) 325

I don't know that I share the same experience. There are plenty of UI tools that help make git easier to work with, such that I wouldn't have much hesitation in making it the first VCS for a team.

I certainly don't expect them to be doing rebasing, bisecting, or force pushes anytime soon, nor would I suggest they start by setting each other as remotes to take advantage of the distributed aspect. However stage, commit, merge, pull, and push operations on a central origin are all pretty simple, and not much different than they would be doing with any other VCS.

Comment Re:Change Is Life (Score 1) 149

We decided to wait for VS2015 because 2010 was fine and we didn't find 2013 had enough to offer in terms of improvement for our dev team.

That actually surprises me a bit. For my team, VS2012 (and later, VS2013) were night-and-day performance improvements over VS2010.

I have been using VS2015 throughout the betas with mixed results, but the latest RC was OK, so I put RTM on my main dev machine. There have definitely been some hiccups - it takes longer to load our main product's solution, and it hasn't been as stable as VS2013 was. However, I have stuck with it because Roslyn and its integration with the IDE is a leap forward compared to the tooling in VS2013, especially when you start looking into analyzers. Such is the price of living on the edge, I suppose.

Comment Re:Seriously... (Score 1) 245

That's true for performance metrics in general: those in charge (management, administration, etc.) get a warm, fuzzy feeling that they get objective information about the performance of those under them, while the reality is usually that the metrics themselves are both easy to game and often detrimental to actual performance.

"Survey says..." -- Richard Dawson, weenie, on "Family Feud"