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Comment: Re:Nothing new here (Score 2) 101

by DaveAtFraud (#46763693) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

Seen this many many times before. Cheap companies that have lots of developers and are too cheap to hire experienced admins... or an IT shop that thinks they can have the IT guys program instead of hiring proper developers. "hey, you work with computers, you guys can all do the same stuff, right?" Wrong.

While I have known developers that can sysadmin, and admins that can program... they are the exception not the rule. Quality suffers when you force people into jobs they are not qualified for. Companies know this, and they simply don't care as long as the managers think they are saving money.

If you think the sysadmin who can program or the programmer who can admin a system is bad, you should have seen what happened when they gave Visual Basic to a subject matter expert (SME) and said, "You can program!" Agggghhhhhh!!!!!!!!

Cheers,
Dave

Comment: Re:Less apple more ISO standard interface please (Score 1) 114

by SuperKendall (#46763579) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

To me, phone GPS is plenty good enough for car use (either Google or Apple). I've been using a car mount to hold my phone for years and have never had issues with it reporting where I was accurately, outside of one odd anomaly somewhere in the middle of Utah where for about thirty miles GPS assured me I was 500 feet off the side of the road.

Comment: Re:The Real Breakthrough - non auto-maker Maps (Score 1) 114

by SuperKendall (#46763375) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Will this be similar to how apple "broke the monopoly on ebooks" http://online.wsj.com/news/art...

Possibly, Apple tried to save us from an Amazon monopoly and failed.

Ever heard of getting a third party GPS for like $99 at costco with lifetime maps?

Yes, and they suck compared to a smartphone because they aren't integrated with anything. I have some left over from the Old Days.

Really, you think that is fair? Would it work the other way as in i think apple should be mandated

Get the stick out of your ass man. I was talking about car regulations. Any device can charge by USB now so your griping looks like lunacy.

Comment: Re:The Real Breakthrough - non auto-maker Maps (Score 1) 114

by SuperKendall (#46763007) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

How much do I pay for Maps updates with Apple? 0.

How much do you pay for mapping updates in most cars? LOTS AND LOTS (sometimes over $1k!)

Not to mention Apple maps can be fed locations from any application, whereas the car nav can only get input through whatever torturous interface the car make has put in place.

Comment: The Real Breakthrough - non auto-maker Maps (Score 2) 114

by SuperKendall (#46762271) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

I don't know if CarPlay will gain any traction. Since Apple has no control over quality of implementation, we'll see some really awful interfaces on top of CarPlay...

But one great aspect of CarPlay has already done something I thought would not happen for a while - breaking the car manufactures monopoly on in-car mapping. Car makers have been constantly pushing very over-priced terrible in-car GPS systems for a while, and CarPlay at least brings a reasonable and cheap mapping system into cars without having to replace the whole stereo system and/or shoe-horn in a screen. I could see many people adopting a CarPlay stereo just for that.

One thing I really wish would happen would be to have the car industry be also mandated to provide third-party access to all of the screens that will be mandated in cars soon because of the back-up cameras... that could lead to a real renaissance in what smart-phones can do for you in-car.

Comment: The Distant Future, Considered (Score 1) 139

by SuperKendall (#46760557) Attached to: Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

how do we know it isn't some government plot designed to snare activists or criminals? A couple of ways, actually. One of the Snowden leaks show the NSA complaining about Tails in a Power Point Slide

And that, ladies and gentleman, is how you play the Really Long Game.

Comment: Re:Not even much money (Score 2) 347

by Shakrai (#46759595) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

If you are a die-hard, you can download [irs.gov] the forms and send them in for the price of a stamp or two (my state forms, seven pages of paper, cost $0.70 to mail.)

You don't even have to do that. There's Free Fillable Forms, which are exactly what the title suggests. Electronic copies of all the relevant paper forms that you fill out online and E-File. It doesn't have the logic of Turbotax but it performs basic math checks and saves you the hassle of printing and mailing the forms.

I can't understand why anyone would pay a third party to do their taxes. The logic flow isn't that complicated, even when you throw capital gains and itemized deductions into the mix. I've filed the long form 1040 by hand in years when I had to deal with capital gains and losses and was able to complete it in under two hours. Who are the people who pay Intuit or H&R Block to do their 1040ez filings?

Comment: Why is that nicer? (Score 2) 76

That link leads to a microscope that looks a cheap piece of crap.

The Foldscope (or whatever it is) looks way easier to store, easier for most people to use, and looks like it would also be substantially brighter. If I were choosing between the two I'd pay 10x the cost of that Alibab scope to get a Foldscope instead.

What is even the magnification on that thing? 0x?

Comment: Bad Idea (Score 1) 306

Actually we would all be better off if we had a source of potable water for showers & drinking, and cheaper grey water we could use for things like watering the lawn. Then fewer resources would be used processing all water to the tolerance of drinkability...

But it would also require double the piping infrastructure, so sadly probably not worth it.

Comment: Re:also (Score 1) 168

by Shakrai (#46756621) Attached to: First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

The metadata argument wears thin on me. If my phone number is two or three levels removed from a terrorist I really don't see why it's objectionable that the Government take a precursory look at my call logs. They'll quickly find that I'm a rather boring sort, whose connection with the terrorist was likely limited to ordering the same take out, and my privacy isn't significantly impacted by having someone review my call logs after obtaining a court order.

Traditional police investigative techniques would be at least as invasive, if not more so. Ever been interviewed by the police because you're one or two levels removed from a criminal suspect they're attempting to establish a case against?

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.

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