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Comment: Re:2 very different versions of Surface (Score 1) 357

by Mia'cova (#41703097) Attached to: Surface RT vs. iPad: a Comparison

Remember also that you can't join an RT device to a domain. It supports exchange activesync but that's as close as you're going to get. They may be some other related tricks to help IT push some of your own company's apps out to devices but I'm not aware of how that aspect of the model works.

Comment: Re:Not all companies are the same (Score 1) 285

by Mia'cova (#41588367) Attached to: They Work Long Hours, But What About Results?

I've found that I get exponential returns on the time I can _effectively_ dedicate to work. For example, I'll get more than twice as much done in 20 hours/week than I will in 10. For me, the sweet spot is higher than 40 hours. I'll get a lot more done in 50 hours than I will in 40. I have the extra time to step back, learn, work on tools, improve the process, etc. At just 40, I'm usually chasing my weekly goals, only getting through the most important tasks. So, as far as my career goes, I'm mostly treading water at 40 hours. But when I spend a few months at 50, I end up having a ton of really cool results that I need to differentiate myself in a review. And also, work is simply a lot more fun when I have more than enough time to get my core work done. I end up more involved in the broader project and enjoy things a lot more. If I tried to just get by with 35 hours/week, I'd end up being stressed out constantly, hating my work, and ultimately getting poor reviews.

So yea, I think everyone needs to find the right number of hours to hit their own personal sweet spot. Then, take on a conservative amount of work that leaves around 20% of their time available for good ideas and helping out more broadly. Don't start the week by planning 50 hours and over-promising. Leave yourself extra time to improve yourself. Over months and years, that extra time adds up and results in a highly successful career.

Comment: Re:Slashdot sleaze (Score 1) 1223

by Mia'cova (#41479593) Attached to: Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks

I agree we want links to the original material. Those are always appreciated (give or take nsfw, etc). But as a former news poster at an unrelated site, it's good manors to also link where you actually saw the news first yourself. That way two niche sites posting the same news day after day don't end up hating each other for never giving credit. A lot of sites have source and via links at the bottom of the posts, eg engadget. That's kinda lazy from the poster's point of view. Slashdot has the more traditional posting style of writing it all out and trying to be interesting. And for large sites, I think it's doubly important to provide the via link first. It's how small high-quality sites are able to build a following. Via links give me warm community-first fuzzies!

Comment: Re:Title unrelated to subject (Score 1) 278

by Mia'cova (#41375247) Attached to: The Perils of Developers Hooking Up

I had something similar. I started dating another dev from the same org. We worked on the same floor and often wandered over to hang out when stressed or bored. It was nice having someone who was on the same product cycle as I was. Crunch time, bug bashes, etc were never an issue, etc.

The story sounds a whole lot more like the perils of putting a flirty hot girl among a socially awkward group of guys. Obviously she'll be able to take advantage. And while it won't happen every time, it's pretty obvious it'll happen some of the time. Poor guys.

Comment: Re:Thinness (Score 1) 543

by Mia'cova (#41342573) Attached to: iPhone 5 Scorns Standards Promise To European Commission

The only advantage I see (besides lockin/marketing) is that it could potentially be the only thin connector that is forward compatible to usb 3. As far as I know, there's no single port which can do micro usb 2.0 and 3.0. They release the iphone 5 with usb 2 but perhaps their next model needs faster data for some tasks. They can update to support usb 3 via their connector without having to change ports. While most manufacturers probably wouldn't consider it a big deal to switch to the new micro usb 3 port in the future, it would be hard for apple to build a huge accessory market if they didn't stick to a single connector for a reasonable amount of time.

Comment: Re:Eink (Score 1) 354

by Mia'cova (#40975973) Attached to: How Will Amazon, Barnes & Noble Survive the iPad Mini?

The glow nook is awesome for low-light / dark reading. I much prefer it to reading on my ipad, completely regardless of lighting conditions. The weight of the 10" ipad is a big issue for reading though. If you're going to laze around for a few hours with a book, the ipad starts to feel pretty heavy on the wrists. The nook still feels light. The only issue I have with my nook for reading is that the next/prev buttons are too stiff. I end up getting a sore hand from flipping pages. I guess I don't have my perfect device yet.. soon though I hope!

Comment: Re:Tied with the EU (Score 1) 172

by Mia'cova (#40938031) Attached to: US Adoption of 10 Mbps+ Broadband Nearly Doubles In a Year

Mbps has always been bit, not byte. They're just different ways of writing the same thing. You might make a differentiation between Mbps and MBps where the caps refer to megabytes. But typically, people use that when talking in megabits. Another form like MB/s would be more common for megabytes / sec. Using completely different looking forms is usually a lot easier than relying on caps to guess. We don't always do the same thing so it's always always always better to double check if it's not obvious from the context.

Comment: Re:I think everyone has already made up their mind (Score 1) 461

by Mia'cova (#40835215) Attached to: Mitt Romney To Announce VP Decision Via Smartphone App

It doesn't matter who people have decided to support. What matters is if they actually vote. In my mind, the presidential election is won by a campaign which gets their supports to the polls and disenfranchises their opposition from the political world enough they don't bother.

Comment: Re:If there is a third party... (Score 1) 237

by Mia'cova (#40750833) Attached to: Microsoft Won't Say If Skype Is Secure Or Not. Time To Change?

Not quite true. You don't have control over the servers in the middle with internet traffic. The key isn't who is running the central server, it's whether or not the software uses public key encryption for the actual VOIP traffic. You can write a service to be secure, and you can write the service not to be. I would presume that skype shares the encryption key for their VOIP traffic with their central server. I'm not sure what laws enforce this. Perhaps it's not required in all countries. Perhaps the skype-to-skype calls are secure.

The most important thing to note is that this is a closed-source app with a central server. There's no way to know if the VOIP keys are being sent to the centralized server. From a security standpoint, you can't assume they're not. And since skype won't go on the record, it seems to make a whole lot of sense to assume they do.

In any case, I wouldn't recommend it for chinese dissidents.

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