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Comment: Like putting Marketing in charge... (Score 1) 102 102

Here's an age old adage for the outdated generation: "If you want something done right, you do it yourself." I don't think I truly understood its meaning until fairly recently. If you really do have a clear vision for something, that automatically makes you the best candidate to bring it about.

All of this talk about the "Idea person" reminds me of when I was working in the electronics department at Sears, and the pompous district manager who had never worked the front line insisted we implement his 'brilliant' idea to crank up the volume on all of the display TVs so that they could be clearly heard from anywhere in the store. Everything that's wrong with that scenario should be obvious, but that was his level of disconnect between his 'idea' and reality.

Unfortunately, far too many people are worshipping at the church of Steve Jobs for the concept of the unskilled idea person to die out any time soon.

Comment: You had me until 3 years (Score 5, Insightful) 70 70

I was actually buying this until the "for a minimum of three years" part. Why only 3 years? Why not 10 years? Why not indefinitely? How can a "Net Neutrality Activist" actually have the nerve to present that to us with a straight face? I certainly think that Charter is better than Comcast, but this looks like a publicity stunt to get their merger approved.

Comment: Big things in small packages (Score 1) 558 558

After my previous enormous rig proved to be a pain to move around or even keep on my desk, I became fixated on the impressive progress that Mini-ITX systems have made. Unless you are doing something extreme and/or specialized such as SLI, water cooling, or multiple-disk arrays, there really is no need to build a large ATX system anymore; even for gamers. My current setup with a Silverstone SG08 allows me to use a video card of any length in a sleek, compact system that still outperforms many of my friends' much larger rigs. This is also the main reason why I finally ended my many years as an AMD fanboy and went Intel. AMD's options for SFF systems are paltry in comparison. On top of that, Intel offers the 1200 series Xeons which fit in the 1155 and 1150 sockets. This allowed me to get a CPU with the power of an i7 for the price of an i5. Drawbacks? No overclocking (what practical reason is there to overclock an i7, anyway?) and no integrated GPU, which doesn't matter since I have a discreet Geforce 970. I've also been enamoured with the NUC systems, especially when paired with fanless Akasa enclosures. A competent PC that has no moving parts and will never get internally clogged up with dust? Hell. Yes.

Comment: An entrenched mindset (Score 2) 67 67

So many users (and a lot of IT departments, unfortunately) viewed their anti-virus products as a magic forcefield to protect them from threats. That's how they were marketed always will be. It's not just security vendors; salespeople from any vendor will tell you that it dishes out soft-serve ice cream if that's what it takes to get you to buy it. What amazes me is how so many companies still buy into it and turn to new security products looking for that same non-existent magic force-field. I had hoped the mindset would get better in the current threat landscape, but I'm not so sure it is. I still hear customers asking "Why didn't product X protect me?" in situations where they should have already known full well that it wouldn't do jack sh*t against the particular threat that was encountered, and they didn't have other crucial pieces of the security puzzle in place. (Social engineering, anyone?).

Comment: And thus we have... (Score 1) 227 227

Just one of the reasons why I have zero desire to pay for broadband from the incumbent providers even if they do offer gigabit fiber. I think the moment needs to be seized and open-access municipal fiber networks built before they monopolize that as well.

Comment: Show them no mercy, for you shall receive none (Score 4, Interesting) 62 62

The only possible way to counter these bastards is with an absolute avalanche of public backlash. It worked in turning Wheeler around; now we need to turn up the heat on our so-called 'representatives'. To hell with big cable and telecom. Burn their crops and salt their fields. Rip their monopolistic power from their hands and savour the sound of them kicking and screaming the entire way.

Comment: THANK YOU (Score 3, Interesting) 221 221

I have mixed feelings about Google Fiber (I strongly believe that open-access municipal fiber networks are the better option) but I consider this a tremendous New Year's present that utterly decimates the misguided viewpoint that common carrier rules will impede such projects. Every free-market preaching tool that has said "The next Google FIber won't happen with Title II!" Can now procede to eat crow.

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