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Comment: Suck it up (Score 4, Informative) 308

by CokoBWare (#46140433) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

It's a sad thing. When someone who is well respected basically gave birth to a turd, and you need to clean it up, this is not ideal, but definitely the nature of the business... the business will become acutely aware of how crappy this app is in short order without your input.

Advice: keep your nose clean. Don't complain about this person's code, but explain how the condition of the code will cost your time and energy to fix the problems as you dial in new changes. When they question you on it, tactfully explain that design decisions in the app are not entirely flexible, and changes may cascade into other areas that need to be fixed.

Comment: What could possibly go wrong? (Score 5, Insightful) 192

by CokoBWare (#45739405) Attached to: Embedded SIM Design Means No More Swapping Cards

I view this as bad for a number of reasons:

1. Normally, when you have service, it's attached to the SIM, not the phone. With this new embedded SIM model, this goes away. Your service is attached to the phone. Bad.
2. Remotely programmable means that it will be even easier for hackers to fuck with your phone. Bad.
3. Your phone is really no longer your phone. The carrier will have ultimate jurisdiction over the phone, unless you pull the battery. Bad.
4. If I lose or seriously damage my phone, my SIM is gone, and I HAVE to buy a new phone and activate it again. Bad.

I won't want a phone like this if this is how the carriers want to do business. I'll keep my removable SIM card thank you very much.

Comment: No media server support upsets me (Score 5, Interesting) 312

by CokoBWare (#45290635) Attached to: Sony Issues Detailed PS4 FAQ Ahead of Launch

So I was excited to buy a PS4 until they announced no media server support. Same with XBone. I guess I'm just one of those guys who will stay with his PS3 for the forseeable future...

I know why they made that choice, but it doesn't service the customers who put their media library on a server instead of on disc.

Comment: /. editors need their heads examined (Score 1) 505

by CokoBWare (#43202205) Attached to: Microsoft To Abandon Windows Phone?

The title on this article is TOTALLY misleading, as the source article said nothing about abandoning Windows Phone as a platform... just wrapping up mainstream support on their current mobile OS versions. /. editors are stooping to Fox News levels with this sort of bullshit. Sure this is /., but be accurate in your reporting, and don't start unfounded rumours based on BIAS.

Comment: 5-day service is not bad (Score 2) 582

by CokoBWare (#42812375) Attached to: US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery

In Canada, we've always had 5-day a week mail delivery service. What doesn't get delivered on a Saturday will be distributed on a Monday instead. Yes, individual postal workers won't get to work as many hours during the week, but you'll all still get your mail. IMHO, Americans will get used to this, and it won't harm the quality of service of mail delivery in any real measurable way.

Comment: Forbidden from researching internall (Score 1) 255

by CokoBWare (#41832209) Attached to: Surfcast Sues Microsoft Over Tile Patent

MS employees are forbidden from researching other technologies and patents by other parties when "inventing" something. They build it straight-up, and if their invention collides with another invention that's patented, they have to sort it out through legal.

Likely the folks in MS who designed the Live Tiles didn't know StreamCast had a patent on this tech.

Comment: Re:If it ain't broke don't fix it (Score 5, Insightful) 823

by CokoBWare (#41766899) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?

Arrogance is never justified. This is why it's never seen as a positive trait in people. Arrogance puts yourself and all of what you are in front of EVERYONE else. Arrogance is NEVER confidence.

My beliefs:
- Arrogance is not a virtue. Arrogance alienates you from people.
- Humility is a virtue. Humility brings us closer to people.

Be confident yet humble, and people will follow you to the ends of the Earth...

Comment: The truth? (Score 2) 823

by CokoBWare (#41766667) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?

Why not just be blunt with them and tell them the truth that you find their arrogance offensive?

Or, you could try the school-yard model: lead by example and be humble and open and good to your peers. If and when someone tries to trample all over you with their arrogance, socially boot-stomp them in public so they learn that they can't just be a fucking douchebag without social consequences.

Example: My old manager could be highly arrogant and sometimes pious... A coworker snapped one day over a GoToMeeting and yelled at our manager for habitually speaking to him with disdain (which happened all of the time to most people). My manager's tone changed very quickly after that. Very risky move by my old coworker, but it did work out in the end.

He: Let's end it all, bequeathin' our brains to science. She: What?!? Science got enough trouble with their OWN brains. -- Walt Kelly