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Comment Re:$400/month is too cheap (Score 1) 125

$400/month is for residential 10 gig service, which surely won't come with a three-nines SLA or any HA promises. From the article,

While business pricing varies based on the deployment, residents would pay about $400 a month for 10Ggbps service.

I can't find anything on their site about business rates (or even a residential 10 gig rate, yet).

Comment Re:Probably not (Score 1) 59

Your smart phone already listens to everything you say, in case you might say some key word that it needs to react to.

No. No, my phone does not. Does anyone actually run down their battery and keep their phone unlocked and vulnerable to keep some voice-activated app always running?

Newer TVs and other electronic devices are becoming more voice activated.

A pointless gimmick that's a usability fail.

Comment Re:Same old story... (Score 1) 107

"Flood plains" have nothing to do with sea level rises...

A flood occurs when either water supply is increased or water drainage is decreased (or both) beyond usual variance. If sea levels rise, drainage in low areas is decreased since pushing seawater out of the way slows down rivers. So it seems likely that flood plains will grow upstream and cover new areas, while existing plains get worse and more frequent floods.

Comment Re:What About Nutrition? (Score 1) 107

The article (or shall I say shameless advertisement) goes out of its way to talk about how much they shower the growing plants with "nutrients," but says not one iota about the nutritional content of the final product and how it compares to organic or conventionally grown produce.

How could any of these be different? Salad is a living creature, not a dish made by a cook. The only things that can change are the relative abundances of various cell types (and lots of variance there means the salad will simply die instead of growing), and what extra crap - herbicide, bird poop, etc - gets a ride to your stomach on it (where a sealed building is pretty much unbeatable).

Comment Re:So can I sell my used copy? (Score 1) 191

At the end of the day the internal practice of a company is your business in the way that you can choose to avoid buying their products. In my opinion steeping to their level by not being just is encouraging people to do that to all companies good or bad.

It sucks to realize your cunning plan depended on other people not reacting to your defections in ways you don't want them to, doesn't it? But the only effective response to realizing bad karma actually hurts is not to blame karma, or your victims, or even anyone who sees those victims and decides you're fair game, but to change your actions.

I'd say "welcome to real life", but like I pointed out before, even fairy tales do keep pointing this out.

Comment Re:Companies don't get it.... (Score 1) 432

I'm with you on every point except your agile comments. Yes many companies get it very wrong, but many companies get waterfall just as wrong. For me, coming from a massively waterfall environment to an agile environment has dropped my stress level considerably. Here is how agile (Scrum, specifically) is supposed to benefit you:

Is there any way to do waterfall right? I mean in theory it could work if people knew exactly what they wanted, but I haven't run into it yet. Usually when they see it implemented it turns out that's not actually what they meant or they had a lot of other conditions and features too that it turns out wasn't in the spec. That said, at least with waterfall you have a real plan, where you sometimes have to cross a desert where there's fucking nothing of value other than getting to the other side. Sometimes there's just not any quick wins, you need to make something big that solves a lot.

Comment Re:Companies don't get it.... (Score 1) 432

Game room/exercise room: What this means is more distractions for the young workers who already can't focus on their task for five minutes and get something done. Now they need to bug you to play with them and wonder why you say you don't have time as we are already way behind. So now you end up doing their tasks while they are shooting pool just to make sure the client gets what they were promised. Basically, more people NOT working while at work, forcing you into more hours to pick up the slack. BTW, how many hours a week does your company actually expect out of you?

Dunno, but if it's X whether I play a game of pool or not.... I'm playing pool. It sounds like you're playing Sisyphus, if the ball is always rolling down hill why is it your job to push it back up? Sounds like you want to be the hero that saves the day, but as long as you're just covering for other people all you have are a few youngsters who think you're grumpy and don't see the problem because the deadlines are met anyway. Find a way to let them crash and burn, without you getting too singed and you might find yourself more appreciated.

Comment Re:What I don't like (Score 1) 432

A lot of tech work is reactionary. And if all you have to do is put out fires, it isn't terrible. But you are usually expected to work at other things between fires. Which means the second you start doing one thing, you have to stop and go fix six other things. Always feeling like you are getting pulled in eighteen different directions sucks.

Actually that part is not so bad. The bad part is when you're not allowed to do anything more than run around with a fire extinguisher. I mean if the electrician told you the wiring is from last century and needs to be replaced, you'd do it. Same if the plumber said your sewer and water pipes are shot. But the more of a clusterfuck an application is, the harder it seems to replace because nobody understands it, it operates on no standards and the documentation is non-existent. The kind of application that have you tearing your hair out because it will fail in surprising, spectacular and entirely irrational ways and fixing it is like an acid trip through Alice's Wonderland, never knowing what you'll unleash next. Once I discovered a bug where totally unrelated functionality used the same locking table, but only one checked the object type. So you'd pull a string on one end and another part of the application fell apart. Oh joy.

Comment Re:If you hold it 1.3 mm in from of your face (Score 1) 113

I doubt it will fail even if people don't care simply because once the early adopter premium is over the cost difference is not that huge and unlike 3D there's really no downsides. Checking my local price comparison site here now in Norway there's 84 TV models with 720p, 7 models with 1080i, 445 models with 1080p and 253 with Ultra HD. If I restrict it to 50"+ models UltraHD is already in a majority (188 vs 176). About 4 years ago I bought a 60" 1080p LCD, I see now you can get a 58" UHD LCD for 20% less. Am I going to run out and buy a new one? Hell no, but if it needs replacing they're already at the prices you paid for a 1080p screen five years ago. With UltraHD Blu-Ray launching before Christmas there'll actually be high bandwidth content too, not just Netflix stream. Though I'd rather wait a couple years more until I'm sure any TV I buy will be compatible with the new features like HDR and Rec. 2020. Then again, like computers there's always something better coming.

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