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Comment: That price is pretty decent (Score 1) 456 456

They've probably already burned at least one million $ in efficiency losses over the past ten years just by staying with the current system. Regardless however, I have a lot of respect for his programmer and the maintenance staff that's helped keep it running as long as it has.

Comment: Previous charter subscriber (Score 2) 206 206

Honestly... my experience with Charter was nothing short of great. Their pricing was better than my alternatives, I got decent speed which was doubled at one point without a price increase, and my customer service experience was pretty good. Had I not moved, I would probably still be a customer of theirs.

Comment: Re:You're going to have your Windows RT and LIKE I (Score 1) 125 125

Google will never port their own apps. A smartphone without Gmail, Chrome, Chromecasting, and most importantly Youtube... DOA just like Amazon.

Do you have a source for that? They sure did everything in their power to get their apps on Apple devices, it would be insane for them not to write apps for the Microsoft store if it begins to gain steam.

Comment: Re:Why do companies keep thinking people *want* th (Score 1) 125 125

You don't need to avoid cloud storage for instant access to files, you just need to use one of the many dropbox apps. It's fast enough unless your constantly switching between devices every minute or so.

Plus, if it's all unified, that opens the door for possible network based copying for faster sync.

Comment: Re:If Boeing believed in software QA.... (Score 1) 250 250

I think your reading too far into that requirement. Every single developer job posting that I've read since college has included that line. We have to be able to test and verify our own code before we pass it up to QA for further verification. On top of that, Boeing might likely take a very heavy testing approach such as TDD for some of their software applications, in which knowing how to write automated tests is critical.

Comment: Re:Dealerships HAVE become more cost competitive (Score 1) 649 649

Walmart's non-synthetic basic oil / filter change is cheaper than what I can buy the oil / filter for individually unless I turn to the internet. They make like $2 profit off each job, so it was really worth it before I switched to synthetic.

A few of my local dealerships are pretty competitive on prices, though one in particular happens to be great; selling parts for my cars cheaper than the local auto parts stores and most of the internet after shipping. The repairs are almost always quoted cheaper than other dealerships and are higher quality, but they have a huge repair shop to make up the profit via volume repair.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous, but so are college degrees (Score 1) 173 173

I am incredibly glad that I earned my CS degree through a liberal arts college (Hope College). To this day, I feel the liberal arts requirements were just as valuable to my overall growth as my core CS classes were at helping me land a great job straight out of school.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955

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