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Comment Re:Ummmmmm (Score 1) 81

I've encountered things like this a number of additional times with psychology/sociology/behavioral researchers. Their grasp of computer technology is so poor that their studies are extremely flawed because they don't understand the tools they are using.

Yet the same people clamor about hiring practices in STEM fields, and study choices by women, without having any clear understanding how scince or technology work, themselves. Dunning-Kruger at its finest.

Comment Two obvious reasons (Score 1) 414

You can look very busy having to deal with all the overhead and boilerplate to get trivial stuff done in Java. Programmers will feel needed and busy, while the superiors can avoid being bombarded by tasks, because everything takes ages.

Another good reason is that non-programmers have very weird metrics for productivity. I remember studies being linked here on /. that measured a programmers productivity by the amount of lines comitted to github projects. This of course makes Java an inherently more productive language than languages where you can simply get shit done.

Comment Re:This is great (Score 1) 104

One insane "feature" of GOG is that you get game updates for Linux only by downloading the whole installer again, while the other two platforms get incremental patches*. I really hope that GOG Galaxy fixes that, I'm fed up with constantly redownloading Wasteland 2 and Pillars of Eternity.

* yes, I know there are fan-made incremental patches for Linux, but this really should be a core functionality in GOG itself.

Submission + - Acer wants to be "last man standing" in PCs->

An anonymous reader writes: Acer used a New York press conference last week to unveil more than 40 new products, as it seeks to move from "stabilisation mode" and back to growth. Chief executive Jason Chen said he wants to company to be "the last man standing" in the PC sector, although admitting it won’t be an easy task with all five major vendors in the sector proving to be "survivors". Market conditions won’t make it easy for Acer, or any PC maker, to gain ground in the year ahead, with the high foreign exchange rate dulling consumer sentiment, and the coming Windows 10 launch set to bring disruption before, hopefully, providing an upturn in PC sales. In the PC market, Acer's "next big thing" is to get its gaming initiative going. ""To be loved we need emotions and gaming is the Formula 1 of the PC industry," said pan-Asia Pacific president Oliver Ahrens.
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Submission + - Linux 4.1 Bringing Many Changes, But No KDBUS->

An anonymous reader writes: The first release candidate of Linux 4.1 has been released, Linus noted, "The merge window is pretty normal in terms of what got merged too. Just eyeballing the size, it looks like this is going to fit right in — while 4.0 was a bit smaller than usual, 4.1 seems to be smack dab in the middle of the normal range for the last couple of years." There are numerous new features in Linux 4.1 like Xbox One controller force feedback support, better Wacom tablet support, Intel Atom SoC performance improvements, Radeon DisplayPort MST support, EXT4 file-system encryption, ChromeOS Lightbar support, and ACPI for 64-bit ARM, among other additions. However, KDBUS wasn't accepted for Linux 4.1.
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Comment Not even trying (Score 1) 304

They are not even trying to compete with the major torrent trackers/piracy sites anymore. Instead of massively reducing pricing and DRM the media industry is putting up even more hurdles. If I buy a movie, I want to be able to play it on any device I own, at any time I want, and I want the right to make backup. Also I need to be able to downconvert it to lower resolutions to play it on lowlier devices. Nothing that is possible with DRM-infested media, and all of that is possible with pirated movies. They finally need to understand that piracy will stay, and treat it as competion.

Comment Re:How to slow America down (Score 1) 254

You can notice that all across western societies. People who are actually productive and produce value for companies are paid less and are laid off, while at the mean time management, bureaucrat and "soft skill" jobs are on the rise. In the end you will have half of companies consisting of people discussing amongst themselves but unable to produce a screwdriver.

There is never time to do it right, but always time to do it over.