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Comment: CMStorm QuickFire (Score 1) 452

by CAOgdin (#49276083) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?
I love the key layout, the tactile feedback, and the sturdiness of the assembly. My only problem is that my skin oils tend to erode the white letters on the keycaps. If I could get one with "double-shot" keys (the white is MOLDED into the black key), I'd be happier. But, $85 or so every three or four years (I'm not willing to spend my time changing keytops), is a cheap price to pay for a keyboard that is so reliable and stable that I just don't much ever think about it.

Good luck on picking through all these opinions!

Comment: First, Stop the Abstract Judging (Score 3, Insightful) 255

by CAOgdin (#49233831) Attached to: On Firing Open Source Community Members
This thread is evidence of the problem: Many commenters here post one-sided, one-size-fits-all solutions in which they believe. But, flexibility is the hallmark of successful people. Your ability to see each contributors' strengths and weaknesses, and help them contribute from strength and evolve from their weaknesses is what successful managers and executives do. The rest are just "wannabes."

Comment: Re:You can't have both. (Score 1) 255

by CAOgdin (#49233751) Attached to: On Firing Open Source Community Members
This is the kind of binary thinking from programmers that erodes the nascent relationships among well-meaning human beings. Your ignorant approach is neither an "Uncomfortable Truth" or a useful concept. Often the most obstreperous person can be the most productive, but they must be carefully taught in social graces. Even elementary schools have learned that "Everyone work alone!" is not a useful model; the best schools now bring along the slower (or more socially inept) students through consistent and persistent group activity. Only autocrats refuse to work on building viable, productive teams in which a disparate members each contribute in their own ways, but in accordance with a common "culture" of mutual respect.

Comment: First of all... (Score 2) 698

...my condolences on your medical situation. And, my compliments to you for paying attention to the legacy you want to leave that would benefit your daughter. She has a fine father.

As a recovering "shrink," my counsel to you is this: Don't worry about the legacy you can leave; you've already done that with your life, which gave and nurtured her life, and your evident attention to her growing-up years. Start with questions: What is SHE planning; what interests HER, what would help HER cope with the loss of her father. Probably the greatest gift you can give her is now: Your presence, your love, your time, especially since these are now all in limited supply.

My counsel: Don't worry about some grand legacy to leave, but do record these happy moments--tinged as they are with bittersweet facts.

Finally, your love for your daughter is palpable in your public plea here on /. When you are but a memory, she will still be influenced by your love, care and devotion in the midst of your own crushing burden. The grand gesture--should you pursue it still--will pale in comparison to those memes you bury in her brain in these next few months.

I am saddened by her impending loss.

+ - Do we WANT ads in /. RSS feeds?

Submitted by CAOgdin
CAOgdin (984672) writes "I've been getting an RSS feed from /., and in the past few days I've noticed the same obnoxious, irrelevant flash movie in every item. I find it an intrusion in one of my favorite website experiences, and wonder how others feel about this undiscussed change in service. Are you for it or again' it? (Hint: I don't like it.)"

Comment: Re:US Robotics 56K (Score 1) 430

by CAOgdin (#48935681) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband
Sure. By setting a higher speed as the new definition of what is to be considered Broadband, the government has taken away the speed you have. You clod. All the FCC did was to change the definition. If they hadn't, then Telcos could offer you 1.5 Mbps service and call it "Broadband." In other words, they changed the definition of what Telcos can advertise, not what they deliver today.

Comment: Re:That doesn't sound bad (Score 1) 430

by CAOgdin (#48935621) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband
Nonsense. 80% of Americans are SUPPOSED to "HAVE ACCCESS TO 25Mb" (stet). But, in fact, most of the largest firms (AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, et. al.) limit available speeds, and price higher speeds dramatically higher, so they don't have to invest in more backbone bandwidth for all that aggregate traffic. AT&T would be happier to deliver you 1.5 Mbps than anything higher, because they minimize their capital investments that way. The FCC is calling their bluff, and when the major firms can't deliver the 25 Mbps now defined as "Broadband" minimum speed, the FCC will have more motive to convert all their Internet services to the more highly regulated Title II of the Communication Act.

Comment: Re:That doesn't sound bad (Score 1) 430

by CAOgdin (#48935573) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband
It means, simply, that adoption of broadband is measured by Census Tract. If an ISP or other provider services ONE customer in that Census Tract, they report the ENTIRE Census Tract as served. When challenged by government, the Telcos respond, disingenuously, that "Well, the rest of the people haven't ordered yet." But, they get full credit for all those doorsteps that are unserved because, according to them, those people at that doorstep haven't asked for service. Of course, if you're one of those putative customers, you'll quickly discover that calling that provider just gets you the standard, "We don't service that address, yet." The implication is that you WILL get service, someday, depending on what the executives of the Telco decide: "Do I want to line my own pockets with more bonuses for profitability, or invest in more rural broadband, which will benefit my successor in this job, not me, because of the length of time it takes to recoup that investment?"

It's a game the 1% play with the rest of us.

Comment: Re:Mod Parent Up (Score 2) 302

by CAOgdin (#48875977) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?
Frankly, if I delivered that kind of site to my customers, they would never refer me to another prospect. While I applaud your getting it all done with such compact code, it's inflexible, unadaptable, and visually appealing only to the kinds of people who hang out at /. (and they are a small minority in the larger world). Nice job for your particular needs, but for any practical business trying to lure customers, it would could easily be replaced by large boards nailed over the business' front door.

Comment: It's Not What It Appears To Be (Score 1) 101

by CAOgdin (#48875805) Attached to: Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile
I would argue it's just Google's way of getting into the wireless market by pouring money (of which they have an inordinate amount) into "weak sisters" in the cellphone business.

The reason I say that is that the lowest penetration of wireless is in rural areas, and the lowest penetration of non-dial-up Internet access is in rural areas (irrespective of speed). So, the biggest need for Internet access is in the very areas where the "weak sisters" have virtually no presence. I believe that puts the lie to the expressed intention of broadening Internet access.

Cell and Internet services in rural areas are plagued by a single problem: Inadequate population density to make capital investments worthwhile. You can roll-out celltowers or fiber in an urban area rather economically, because of the density of customers from whom the fixed costs can be (relatively) quickly recouped. However, getting the capital to do that in a rural area runs up against the need for investors to recoup their investment, which they value as an inverse function of time (i.e., faster ROI is better). Therefore, it is more expensive, and slower to recoup in rural areas, because of a smaller number of potential customers...so, from the contemporary view of investing, "It makes no sense." That's why I claim their just buying their way into eventual ownership of Sprint and/or T-Mobile.

Comment: Re:Insteon vs x10 (Score 1) 189

by CAOgdin (#48776357) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Options For Cheap Home Automation?
Sure: Trade the insecure Insteon IoT for the impenetrable X10. I'm still using X10 around my house, but with no central controller that can be hijacked to send malicious signals to controlled devices.

Until IoT has robust security, you may's well hang your unfirewalled computer directly on the Internet. IoT has the capability of burning your house down if you have the wrong devices installed.

An optimist believes we live in the best world possible; a pessimist fears this is true.