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Comment: Re:Change Jobs (Score 3, Insightful) 274

by KingMotley (#47950085) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

And this is exactly what you don't want.

First, the managers don't need to know a lot of the technical details beyond an overview, and they need to be able to trust their developers to give them good information, and listen when they give advice. Any company that tries to have their managers both retain top notch technical skills using the latest technologies AND be a competent manager is doing it WRONG.

Comment: Need more than a legal precedent (Score 0) 421

by KingMotley (#47892445) Attached to: Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Does this mean that I can get a refund for the BIOS? Almost all machines license their BIOS from award or phoenix. What if I want to write my own? Can I ask for a refund since they don't sell a machine without a BIOS installed? What if I want a machine without a hard drive? I already have one. Can I force them to take the hard drive out and give me a refund? Or a case? I got a computer case. And the power supply. I have one of those. Don't need the motherboard. Heck, can I force them to remove the broadband cellular chip from my verizon only phone so I can tinker with it and maybe get a different one working? Can I have my car manufacturer remove the radio and get a refund since they don't offer one without a radio?

Italy is crazy.

Comment: Re:Null Terminated Strings (Score 2) 729

Well it was also kind of important for being able to process data that you didn't know the size of until you actually hit the end, especially if you couldn't hold the whole contents in memory at one time, and you needed to be able to do something with it. Think streams where you can't just go back and write the size of the string at the beginning after you've already copied the string. NULL terminated strings are also smaller since it always only uses a single byte, even if the string is (or could be) longer than 255 characters. The size aspect typically isn't all that important today, but it still can be quite useful in memory constrained systems even today.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 230

by KingMotley (#47819153) Attached to: Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

Not exactly the same. Windows 3.x line died back with Windows ME. Windows XP and beyond are all using a different kernel with a different architecture based on the Windows NT line, but share much of the same public APIs (Win32). You don't "install components to make it more secure", and that hasn't been true for nearly 20 years (20 if you used the Windows NT line). At least no more true than it is for linux, or any other OS. Of course there are packages that attempt to identify and mitigate issues, but so does every other OS, including linux.

Comment: Re:No wonder MSFT stock is up (Score 1) 137

by KingMotley (#47647869) Attached to: Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

I've used one for a while, and I found it very good. I don't understand why you think metro sucks that bad. It's an OS, and you SHOULD only be seeing metro for a few minutes per day. The rest of the time you should be in your applications actually doing things, and neither android nor ipads run any of the applications I need.

Comment: Re:Looks ok to me (Score 1) 229

by KingMotley (#47487343) Attached to: Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

No. Perhaps we should mostly focus on bigger things, and if they happen to see someone breaking the law, then they can handle it? We shouldn't have officers dedicated to looking out for trivialities, or at least not many.

No. Every person should be prosecuted for every single trivial offense until such time that we realize that many of those trivial offenses should not be offenses at all. By just prosecuting a "random" sample is to burden a select few with a punishment that most get away with. That isn't a fair or just system.

"What man has done, man can aspire to do." -- Jerry Pournelle, about space flight