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Comment Re: Optimizing for technical over people skills (Score 1) 179

Soft skills would be much harder for them to determine via automated systems. This is their way of skimming for a few specific skill sets and obviously is not the only way to apply for a job at Google. Given that of the 4 Google employees (past+present) I know personally 3 of them would have fallen into a soft skill set by my connotation (able to grasp new things quickly but not necessarily deep dive level on most of them) ... this likely isn't a predominant method of recruiting for them.

Comment Re:First World Problems (Score 5, Informative) 154

To "First World Problems" ... for enough people for it to matter, this isn't a first world problem any more than coding is a first world job (and these days it isn't). As someone with hereditary back issues since my teens that, after 25 years of pain and bad surgeries with severe complications, I am now on disability. I wouldn't have made it 25 years without an extreme ergonomic solution that I paid for out-of-pocket because until recently employers didn't recognize that even "ergo chairs" aren't enough.

For the original question ... you're probably not as bad off as I was. But if you're getting close you have a few solutions depending on how much you can spend (or get expensed). If you're not looking for this level of solution, hopefully the article attracted someone who did.

* Not a recliner, but for helping your back similar to how an exercise ball does but with more support for long coding, I have used a "SwingSeat" at my desk for a decade or more ( This was good enough to get me by until the last round of surgery (which was actually a success) made it too hard to sit upright all day.

* A "Zero G" chair, like the ones by Human Touch (I use a Human Touch Perfect Chair), a bit pricey but not awful. Combined with a laptop table that can raise and angle the laptop you can actually do the vast majority of your work from a completely reclined position.

* For a desk, rather than reclining all the time, I assembled a custom desk from Anthro using their Console line that has a tray that can raise and pivot from sitting to reclining (which actually needs to be raised higher than sitting) to standing (great for those of you who don't have partial leg paralysis, good for me on rare occasions). The desk is HUGE but dang, it does everything. It is the Console with full pole extensions bringing it to almost 6' with monitors on a shelf 8" higher than the shelf that hosts the keyboard tray. Which means the monitors can raise up to standing position as well. I can, if I use a trackpad to avoid mouse problems, use this in combination with the Perfect Chair as a rigged solution similar to the next one.

* I couldn't afford this, or at least I could have before I needed it, but can't now. But if you can, the desks from ErgoQuest are perfect. And some of them are inexpensive enough to be not tooooo awful on the budget (if I had the money I spent on the SwingSeat, Anthro Console and Perfect Chair I could afford an ErgoQuest). You can -sometimes- find these on Ebay but not usually from someone willing to ship and often not for significantly less than having the right one built to your specs.

Comment Re:Will those patches actually WORK? (Score 1) 322

And given that most of the people I know who have a machine still stuck on XP are using them for things that the POS version was built for (but before it was made available), this hits the exact audience Microsoft intended for POS. Not all vendors are willing to update to POS, and not all businesses can realistically rebuild their own systems and reinstall everything (or even have license to). This is the lesser of the two evils (use updates for a different version of Windows or have your embedded/POS/industrial PC vulnerable to attack). I strongly doubt Microsoft will go after anyone for this except possibly -vendors- who do the hack commercially. They may find a way around it and stop it from working, but they're not going to go after consumers if the consumer has a valid XP license. If they don't have a valid XP license, they're already breaking bigger laws, and MS would have gone after them if they could anyway.

Comment Re:Books to read (Score 1) 352

Thanks for a good thread to the OP and reply from you :)

I'm recently on disability and plan to use what time I can sit at a desk to be the back-end programmer for my wife's web site (she has a brick and mortar art gallery, so online presence is important but not a full time or even regular part time job). I spent a few years hacking Perl scripts up for web sites in the 90s but since then let what little I have self-taught rot in my brain. This subject is one I was ready to post, but in the vein of purely unpaid hobby work. It will be useful

Comment Re:Tiniest violin (Score 1) 292

Minor counterpoint: I've had a couple of OCZ SSDs. Both are 2 years old and still running smoothly. However I -did- have issues with them reformatting themselves randomly when they first came out until I found a firmware patch for them. Since then no worries.

However, there are plenty of manufacturers out there. One disappearing isn't really going to affect anyone but their stock holders and employees.

Comment Apps are all that count. (Score 2) 171

If it doesn't come with a fully functional Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Angry Birds etc then it is virtually dead. Not barely working apps but fully working apps that are equal to their iOS / Android counterparts. BB already has great email support but they will need to have good Google Calendar sync, etc as well.

If the apps work ... and the right apps are there ... then it won't be as hard as most people think. Outside the geek/techno realm people care few shits about the OS. It is all about the app ecosystem. It has to have the big apps on release and it has to see new apps come out at the same time as on the other platforms.

And ... from what I've read ... there is actually a decent chance of this happening.

One of the things people don't realize is that while BB has a smaller share ... people on that platform tend to be willing to pay for apps more often (and more per app) so as long as BB can get this out the door properly (big if, no doubt) the developers may well join. Especially if their app support team is as good as I've been reading and porting is as simple as they've made it sound.

Will -I- buy one? No. I want an open platform for my own purposes. But my exec bosses? They couldn't care less about rooting/jailbreaking/shell sessions/etc. And most of them don't care about fringe apps, they just want their core apps to work excellently and their phone to be secure.

Comment Re:Find a technical solution, not a legal "solutio (Score 5, Insightful) 687

Actually I think a few of these cases getting out and being better known -would- prevent many cases. Face it, this didn't start proliferating as a problem on it's own. People saw the news where a few of these cases happened and though "oh that's funny, I could do that too, no one can catch me". Cases skyrocketed over the last couple of years since the news got posted.

That same approach can be made to curtail the problem. It just requires an equal amount of energy being put into it.

The only problem I see with this particular article was that it was very clear just how much of a dumbshit the guy with the laser was. If he had been inside a building or car going from place to place to change where he used the laser from he probably wouldn't have been caught. Likewise had he discarded the laser the second he saw a police car coming, while out of site of the helicopter, chances are fair they wouldn't have found the evidence either.

What "technical solution" do you see to visible light being shown through a window? And how could you make it commercially viable to every aircraft in the sky? Brainstorm it. If you find something, great, but that's a pretty damned huge problem.

Comment Re:How do they know exactlywhere to send the lette (Score 1) 248

Whenever I look up my maps location on a non-GPS device using Google maps ... Google is VERY good about pinpointing the location in my home. This is due to my other devices, with GPS, reporting the information back to Google. Google knows "oh, that SSID is at these coordinates".

Not rocket science. Not foolproof either, but good enough for a project like this.

Comment Reliability (Score 1) 405

The question misses my key factor: Reliability.

Yes, SSDs have a limited lifespan, but it is relatively predictable.

HDs on the other hand, especially with as much of a commodity (meaning nearly non-existent quality controls) as they have become, are completely UNpredictable on reliability.

The same HD from a different batch might fail nearly immediately whereas the very next production run might produce a drive that will last for many years.

I got VERY tired of it.

I run SSD for the majority of my apps. My data I stick on a separate large mirrored array.

The hybrid drives may be fairly cheap, but they are inherently as unpredictable as HDs (they use the HD less, which is a bonus, but they add a second layer of complexity, which is a detractor, so I end up considering them equivalent).

I had some problem with my first SSD due to firmware issues ... but once cured all of my SSDs are still running solidly while I've had multiple HD failures of newer HDs.

Comment Re:Downgrade rights (Score 1) 671

And yet, from a UI perspective, Win7 and Vista were very nearly identical. A few tweaks here and there but really not MUCH different and definitely sharing all the major paradigms. And those paradigms were gradual evolutions based on prior Windows interfaces.

That's exactly the point that Cowboy Neal is trying to make ... Win8's interface has radical departures. Unless they are willing to backtrack ... yeah, Win9 will refine them. But you might as well start getting used to them.

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