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Comment Re:Or from Apple's perspective, mission accomplish (Score 1) 138

I use Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client (Version 3.1.06073 - Copyright 2004 - 2014) and it works with El Capitan..... Based on the copyright not being updated, I don't think this is the latest version either..... and it works fine.... so El Capitan does not "break" all VPN clients....

Comment Re:lesson learned (Score 1) 138

El Cap graphics performance improvements are limited to fairly recent computers (Mac Pro 2013 only, though some other lines will be supported for a generation or two back).

I have a Mac Pro 2008 with two "upgraded" graphics cards from ATI HD 5770s x 2 (from I think the Mac Pro 2012 line) and they are not supported by Metal.... and I don't plan on replacing the cards again.

Claiming that the new OS is much better performance to someone running Mountain Lion or Snow Leopard is disingenuous since the hardware that they are running are unlikely to see much "performance" benefit from the newer version of the operating system.

Comment Re:Outlook (Score 2) 138

I used the latest Outlook while it was in beta earlier this year - and to be quite honest.... I preferred it over the Windows Outlook. I find the Windows Outlook to be just insane with the number of buttons, and the placement of them is not always logical. I have no idea why they put the send button to the left of the to/cc addresses, other than they might have had a spot there.... most western eyes naturally flow left to right, top to bottom, then back to the top..... so the send button is the last place you would look for it when your flow has already taken you away from that location (first fill in to/cc/subject then body). There has got to be 30 buttons scattered around the mail all over the place - just full of clutter. After the beta, I decided not to buy (I have 2008 around somewhere - but don't use it anymore - I tend to use Pages/Numbers for personal, and LibreOffice for reading work documents since they are in that format).

Now the built in email client in OS X seems to work fine with the Exchange Server (webmail since I work at home) [a year ago it use to get stuck and not update after a while] -- which makes me happy since I really only want a simple email client. Most Outlook users that I have worked with only tend to use it for email as well -- nothing that the internal OS X email client won't handle.

Comment Re:Not just MS Office (Score 1, Informative) 138

Native Instruments problem sounds like it was their (Native Instruments) drivers....

The fact that it has been in public beta for 3 months and now all of a sudden they realize there might be an issue is just negligence on their part.

For me, the update has been smooth and all 40 applications work fine. The only issue I have had is the configuration for background on 2 of my many monitors keeps going back to default on boot :p

Comment Re:Not just MS Office (Score 1) 138

I have not seen this as a problem. /usr/local/bin is still accessible, why would you modify /bin? Homebrew made changes in /usr/local/bin so I know that is available. Why would you just not put your "changes" in another directory and put it first in your PATH?

It does not require that apps go through the app store, the vast majority of my applications are installed from other sources. The "hardening" that they are doing is similar to selinux etc. where their is fine grained hardening of files you should not need to modify -- because of a number of potential attacks that have been cropping up recently.

Comment Re:Likely parents as well (Score 1) 445

So what you are saying is ignore those that may be able to learn at a different pace, make them go into a regular stream.... bore the living daylights out of them....

Not everyone learns at the same pace, not everyone learns the same way. If you gear an educational system to the lowest common denominator, you will end up with a country of underachievers and an economy that is floundering.

I had a mix of "accelerated" and "regular" classes -- the slower the course was the worse my marks became and the more disruptive I became.... The more interesting it became, the more I was engaged. I also remember even early on I had one science teacher that had the course material prepared for the whole year and allowed students to get ahead if they wanted.... I finished the material in about 2 months at most..... then I became bored and disruptive.

Gifted BTW is a mislabeling of reality. You can have students that would be "gifted" -- but are limited by their parents.... School system is riddled with children that are dumped into it by their parents who have handicapped their children by their actions which then the school system has to gear to the lowest common denominator and the rest of the children suffer because of negligent parenting.

Comment Targeting the symptom not the problem. (Score 1) 445

The program is likely more accelerated or "deep diving" into subjects than "gifted" for students that would otherwise get bored in a program because it is going too slowly. The problem is likely less to do with the program and more to do with the children's home life and parents. If you have parents that have a generally higher education, or interact more with their children at a younger age.... then the child is likely to be more likely to be suited for the accelerated programs later. Therefore targeting the program as the source of the problem is likely targeting the symptom rather than the problem.

Comment Not just a technical management problem. (Score 4, Interesting) 152

I see this as a wider problem, not just with managers.

It is no different than the problem I have seen with many developers/programmers who are unwilling to learn (to the point of fighting it) the business that they are developing software for. Most developers develop software for some business other than for other developers and refusing to educate yourself about the business that you are developing for limits the usefulness of those resources.

Similarly, Managers managing technical people should learn what they are managing - though they don't necessarily have to worry about the details of it. Of course the smaller the company the more knowledge technically that manager should have since there is less room for specialization.

Comment Re:sigh (Score 1) 279

I remember the palm pilot - and yes the use as stylus as the primary input device drove most who used those devices nuts. I doubt Steve Jobs ever was really against the stylus for use as what it was designed for -- drawing / diagramming etc. -- just not as the primary input device as the device - or having multiple confusing inputs where sometimes you use x and sometimes you use y (something Microsoft is famous for). I would love a good stylus with an iPad - but really only for electronic Whiteboard stuff etc (existing stylus / iPad is not that great -- in fact down right annoying).

Comment Re:Apple Products (Score 1) 279

And most of the programmers I know that are not tied to the Microsoft development environment. A company I worked for gave its consultants (mostly programmers) the option of sticking with Windows work machines or getting Apple / "OS X" devices..... and most went with "OS X", some went with Linux, and a minority stayed with Windows (less than 10%).

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.