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Comment MSDN Still has the ISOs (Score 1) 190

Downloading images I didn't get (Enterprise x64 and 32-bit, Multiple Version 32-bit) using my MSDN account.

I wanted them handy to install directly using the Windows 7 and Windows 8 serials, as well as the semi-fixed start menu (limit changed from 512 to 2048 items).

Perhaps they were only pulled on the public channel?

Comment Linux OS gaming performance lags well behind... (Score 2, Insightful) 184

I guess that is too hard for Slashdot editors to write.

Nothing new here, but at least things seem to be changing, even if it's slow going. Who really expected the same or better performance at this point? Until Linux becomes mainstream (and by that, I mean holds at least 15% of the desktops), it will always be a "back burner" kind of thing for GPU manufacturers; not to mention the fractious bickering (usually over nitpicky crap) that pelts anybody who steps in to try and improve the situation.

This article's headline kind of exemplifies some of the problem - directing scorn and criticism on those who are trying to make things better.

Comment In other news, Toyota researcher finds... (Score 2) 258

Toyota researcher finds autonomous driving technology is hard to do, beyond the autonomous accelerator pedal.

On a side note, this stuff has been worked on for ages. I worked with a company in 2000, doing image recognition for lane departure warning systems and other subsystems that are currently in use today. The technology is there, but not all companies are happy that many of those technologies are tied to patents and would rather be able to use in-house sources. Developing those sources now is a bit late in the game.

In 5 years, comments like Pratt's will be completely laughable. The only reason he's taken remotely serious now is because it isn't ubiquitous yet. Consumers do not have serious experience with autonomous driving, so his FUD is accepted at face value. In reality, he's just faced with a tremendous uphill battle to catch his company up in the game, and it's overwhelmed Toyota, to the point they are sowing caution to the masses, mostly in the hopes to catch a breather in the court of public opinion.

Comment Simple.... (Score 1) 198

It got here because Meg wanted to spin EDS back off.

Or course, this brilliant move is from the idiots who kept calling the original HP garage a "two car garage" every couple of days, while featuring a picture of that garage, which was clearly only big enough for one car.

Comment It's time for a new type of university (Score 3, Interesting) 363

Create a "Credit Union" version of the University - open sourced books, leverage videos, implement real world methodologies into projects, and foster ethical and professional behavior across all disciplines. Drive to create a true non-profit organization centered on delivering actual education and value back to the middle class students who need that accredited degree to get their foot int he door professionally.

Our President and business leaders talks a good game about promoting STEM and education in this country, but won't do anything to overhaul the terrible system that is our college system. Make it affordable, practical, and worthwhile.

Of course, the same could be said about our health care system, too.

Comment Re:Smart move (Score 2) 89

If they want to dive into a market, they have to be in it for the long run, just as Microsoft is prepared to do. Amazon is leveraging a lot of their existing resources, which helps them; but Microsoft is probably bleeding pretty badly in the short term, and that's OK.

HP keeps doing dumb things, jumping in head first into a market and mismanaging that effort to a bitter, short end. Part of the problem within HP is that while they can easily manufacture that cheap disposable whitebox hardware to set up the required data centers, the company is run like Lord Of The Flies - with groups charging FULL PRICE for products and services between other HP groups. There isn't even a chance to negotiate terms, and some groups are faced with outsourcing things as simple as a web site for internal support, because to do it in house would cost them 10 times what Azure or Amazon will. You can bet that those server blades to run the data centers (which would also be owned by yet another chunk of HP) will cost exactly full retail, instead of leveraging their resources and providing them at cost (which helps everybody, since the increased production drives down costs and increases profits on outside business). Groups will simply not cooperate within HP, and that kills the bottom line.

Comment HP's killing joke (Score 1) 89

"It’s anything but cloudy in Europe" says the e-mail they just sent out, as HP's executives enjoy a European vacation touting... the "Cloud" the day after they shut down Helion.

Maybe they should have priced Helion's could services competitively and gave it a chance, but right now, the board and CEO don't have a long attention span, nor any long term strategy beyond jacking up the stock prices so they can sell off and make a quick escape.

Comment Probably mailed himself his EQIP from work (Score 1) 100

EQIP is the questionnaire the FIB uses to screen people for clearances. It's quite extensive, and quite invasive. It's the information the government lost in the big breach last year. At any rate, it is entirely possible this idiot mailed the form from work to home to fill it out, and then back again... and it sat on his mail server until the hacker gained access to it. It's been a couple of years since I did mine, but I do believe SSNs are on it, including SSNs of family members and associates.

Comment Hewlett-Packard effect (Score 4, Interesting) 167

At HP, there are a LOT of people leaving, as morale is at an all-time low. Those with marketable skills would rather leave on their own than get a dreaded "offer" to work at Ciber or Modis at 30% less pay, reduction in benefits, and a loss of seniority - and finding they can make more at a company willing to actually offer reasonable compensation increases on a regular basis.

There may be other companies, not as high profile as HP, where this is also occurring. Obviously, there are many companies "below average" (Kind of has to be that way), but the disparity is pretty high - when people start shopping around, they quickly realize they are underpaid, and the rest of the pieces start falling into place.

It can't go on forever... which is all the more reason those people confident in their ability to place at better companies are going now, rather than waiting.

Comment No fix for the Start Menu overflow showstopper (Score 1) 578

Don't have more than 512 items (who would ever need more?) in your Start Menu, because Microsoft won't track them, and Cortana won't find them, and random items will disappear.

Also not fixed, probably never will, the "designer" decision to flatten Start Menu's folder structure to one level max, because mobile users are apparently morons who cannot handle the complexity of subfolders.

Comment More of an issue about how bad Objective-C is (Score 1, Interesting) 161

...than about how good Swift is. Swift is an improvement over Objective-C, but that isn't saying much, and quick adoption also says more about developers fears that Apple will deprecate Objective-C from new iterations of its X-Code and force everybody to use Swift moving forward to new Apple Operating Systems.

The world didn't need more languages. Developers write millions of lines of code for open-source libraries in multi-platform languages, and Apple and Google get into a dick-waving contest with these languages that add little, if anything, to their corner of the programming world.

I'm not sure what the right answer is, but it won't be found in a niche language whose sole purpose is to support one company's ecosystem and lock in developers to their platforms.

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg