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Comment: Re: I like this guy but... (Score 1) 437

by MoaDweeb (#49588767) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

Compare the policies of the Democrat party with those of the Conservative Party in the UK. The Tories are left of the Democrats, that makes the Democrats a right-wing party and the Republicans further out than Genghis Khan.

It is the same in other '5 Eyes' nations such as New Zealand and Australia. Our right wing parties (National & Liberal/ National Coalition respectively) are left of your so-called left-wing party.

The USA is the outlier, not everyone else.

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I finally got the full texts of Nobots and Mars, Ho! to display well on a phone. My thanks to Google for showing me how, even if the way they present the information is more like trial and error, but it's actually easy once you jump through all their hoops. I'll make it easy.

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Journal: Sorry I haven't written...

Journal by mcgrew

I have two new stories nearly finished, but I've decided to see if I can sell first publication rights to a magazine. If everyone rejects them, I'll post them then. If one is accepted, it will likely be quite a while before I can post.

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Journal: Product Review: Seagate Personal Cloud 5

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Around the first of the year all three working computers were just about stuffed full, so I thought of sticking a spare drive in the Linux box, when the Linux box died from a hardware problem. It's too old to spend time and money on, so its drive is going in the XP box (which is, of course, not on the network; except sneakernet). I decided to break down and buy an external hard drive. I found what I was looking for in the "Seagate Personal Cloud". And here I thought the definition of "the clo

Comment: Re:Reason: for corporations, by corporations (Score 1) 489

by MoaDweeb (#49443739) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

In NZ it is from the 'white gold' of dairy farming enriching about 5%. Ohh and property speculation, but that has been the main backbone of our economy since 1870's.

More publically funded irrigation + more fertiliser + heaps more cows = increased nitrate runoffs + dead rivers and lakes.

Capitalism is awesome.

Comment: Involve your staff in technology decisions (Score 2) 261

The absolute worst thing that can happen is when some clueless manager gets a powerpoint sales pitch, then comes in and says "we're doing everything in now!"

Inevitably, the sales pitch is either grossly exaggerated or outright lies, the "solution" costs a fortune, it's not flexible, anytime you have to customize something (and you will if your business does anything worth doing) it costs a fortune and requires an army of consultants, and you're just going to annoy staff into submission with both inferior and more expensive tools.

I've dealt with this. They come in and promise it can do the moon. Then you ask said manager if it can do any specific thing that we're actually doing right now. They stammer and have no idea, but they're sure it must be able to, because the salesman said it could do anything. In a couple of years when they realize it actually can't without five times more effort than what you had before, said manager will of course never admit their mistake.

If you're going to be making those decisions, involve your staff. They know what you actually need, since they spend every day dealing with it.

Also - walls. Walls are good. Open plan offices are productivity destroying monstrosities. The biggest problem developers have is distractions, and open concept offices are designed entirely to create more distractions. If two people need to talk about something, the entire office doesn't want to know about it.

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