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Comment: Evolve or die (Score 1) 217

by CHK6 (#48621165) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?
I'm of the opinion that Microsoft got to a point that they could no longer grow or any growth would become to expensive in comparison of gains against their competition. Many of the business models Microsoft capitalized on no longer fit or started to erode for enterprises and consumers alike. With the emergence of Apple products taking the consumers by storm, Google's penetration of Android devices, and the once online book seller Amazon becoming the IT Cloud giant must have been the evolutionary kick in the fanny Microsoft needed. So it cannot be business as usual for Microsoft. They know to continue to thrive they have to evolve and change how they do business. So their embracing of open source in a more public manner has more to do with knowing what it will take to continue to stay relevant today and focus on the future. Microsoft has shown it can adapt and change its business models. From corporate licensing to the developers that write the code.

Comment: Young & Standards (Score 2) 155

by CHK6 (#48203297) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?
I can imagine attracting new talent to what is established is not an easy one. And if it is "de facto standards" as the author says, then what changes are needed once the standards have been met? There is nothing new or exciting taking place. It's basically in maintenance mode and you really have to love it to become what essentially amounts to as a source code janitor. And there has to be a special desire to shine and wax someone else's trophy. And add to the mix if the old guard sticks around to insure their baby is in good hands, the new blood has to deal with eyes over the shoulder feeling.

Your best hope is to inject a new change and goal of standards that excites a new base of contributors.

Comment: Service Level Agreement (Score 1) 204

by CHK6 (#48096517) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?
Hopefully you or someone at your company that signed the contract built in a Service Level Agreement (SLA). That should clearly define what actions both parties are contractually obligated to handling service issues. SLAs can get a bit complex, but the basic flow is your vendor is given an amount of time to respond to an issue and then given an amount of time to resolve the problem. Outcomes for not resolving the SLA in the time contractually agreed upon vary from monetary paybacks to litigation.

Go read your SLA.

Comment: Good for them and well deserved (Score 1) 368

by CHK6 (#47871149) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+
Nothing like a $2,000,000,000 payday. I say good for them, well deserved, and job well done. Now have fun with life and do more cool things. Just don't piss it away. The freedom to live without the worry of the cost of living is something only a rare few can enjoy.

As for Microsoft get to work. You bought a pretty, now make it better.

Comment: Pandering to cosplay (Score 1) 590

by CHK6 (#47461365) Attached to: Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman
I applaud Marvel for giving women caricatures strong roles and story lines. (And sometimes taking on social topics and bringing them into the comics.)

I'm not sure if this change is how Marvel sees empowering women as strong(er) enough to take on a traditionally masculine roles. Or is this just a petty handout in the lack of Marvel's ability to create a "just-as-strong" role? This move has the air of cosplay pandering and in-the-box thinking. Having to steal a well established role to reboot a gender swap is lame.

I would have far more preferred if Thor had a twin sister, wife, or daughter that grew stronger than Thor and overtook the mantle of power from him. But a character do-over is such a cop-out.

Comment: Space Travel Studies (Score 1) 914

by CHK6 (#46535021) Attached to: Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences
This drug would be better used in the study of mental behavior for long space flights.

Or the opposite, create a drug where individuals still recall past events, and feel as if for example they just launched into space yesterday when in fact it was 6 months prior.

Lets use science for good. Not what this scholar is envisioning it for.

Comment: SMS: Yes Talking: No (Score 1) 340

by CHK6 (#45987817) Attached to: Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please
I would be fine with SMS texting only. But allowing people to talk on their phone, would be a huge discomfort to passengers. The problem is most people (including me) talk louder when on the phone. A little of this falls on the lack of good technology to allow quiet conversations to take place on phone calls.

In the end I hope FCC continues the ban of talking on the phone while in flight, but allowing texting.

Comment: How hard is it? (Score 1) 408

by CHK6 (#45594325) Attached to: Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible
My minor annoyances with plugs are with all plugs that require a single form of orientation to work. I seem to find myself frequently having to twist wires to match up with the devices.

My biggest gripe are the small AC to DC wall warts. Try as they might with different orientations of their bulbus shapes, they always take up to much room on my power strips.

I do love the headphone jack. Simple, easy, and universal.

Comment: I love a come back story (Score 1) 83

by CHK6 (#45327415) Attached to: BlackBerry Abandons Sale Plans, Will Replace CEO
Personally I want Black Berry to rise up as a Phoenix and fully recover. Yes the executives were very narrow sighted and poor executors, the proof is where the company is now. Many times this is the death spiral of a great many technology companies. Instead of hiring an ivy league executive as the CEO, find a passionate visionary that is hell bent on lifting Black Berry back into position. To many tech companies have died off due to the shear stupidity of the executives. So going back to the same executive well, will mostly result in the company to limp along a sad path of defeat.

So Canada, grow a new pair of hockey pucks, open up a Labatt Blue, and get the frak back to work.

Trying to be happy is like trying to build a machine for which the only specification is that it should run noiselessly.