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Comment: You want a ChromeBook (Score 3, Informative) 122

by BitZtream (#47933145) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Thats about the easiest solution to your problems. Pretty much every other solution you see in this thread is going to require more maintenance than a windows machine. You can't expect a bunch of armchair admins to provide you sensible answers, 90% of the response you get here are going to be custom solutions that aren't completely thought out and require 100 times more effort than the person giving them to you realizes. You're just getting spew from a bunch of guys who think they are super clever.

The solution is to make it so you don't need to support them, and if all they do is browse the web, a Chrome Book is the answer. The down side is that they become Google's bitch, but its probably worth it for your needs.

Comment: Re:Finally, an honest Internet company (Score 1) 40

by stephanruby (#47933137) Attached to: Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco

Can we go ahead and explain to Uber and Lyft that they need taxi licenses and to pay their share or gtfo.

Explain all you want. In some cities, taxi medallions are no longer being sold and the supply of taxis is being artificially limited.

Personally, I live in San Francisco and I'm sick and tired of not being able to catch a cab during peak hours. So I end up have to drive my car to work and pay exorbitant parking fees whenever I have to go somewhere after work that's not easily reachable via public transportation.

And no, I'm not black, in case you were wondering. Although, I suspect that increasing the supply of taxi-like services like Uber would solve some of that problem as well. If there is an oversupply of taxis or taxi-like services, then these taxi drivers are actually much less able to discriminate.

Comment: Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (Score 1) 108

by JaredOfEuropa (#47929651) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home
What you describe is remote control, the first step in home automation. Indeed, small difference in pressing a button while sat on the couch vs. getting up and flipping a switch. But a lot of what's going on is truly automatic, i.e. scripted. That's where the fun begins. And that's why I have small interest in Apple's HomeKit, or the API-less Nest, or similar devices that are indeed remote control only, or will not work with the hub of MY choice.

Comment: Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (Score 1) 108

by JaredOfEuropa (#47927529) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home
Sigh. Convenience, saving energy, security. None of this is going to change your life. But if you sit down and think for a moment you can come up with a hundred use cases that would make it worthwhile for someone to consider such a system. It's not really gotten out of the hobby stage yet, and security of the system itself needs to be addressed (it's piss poor in most systems), but even so, I'm happy with the level of automation I have. Lights, heating, cameras, irrigation, alarms, some locks (not on the house itself!), awnings, all of these are integrated, controllable and to some degree automated. A huge convenience and a money saver.

Not so interested in remotely controlling my oven, sure...

Comment: Common Sense (Score 1) 206

by BitZtream (#47925551) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Lets make some notes about your experience:

I worked for a large-scale web development project in southeast Asia

And you don't understand that ridiculous hours and fear driven work style is the norm in this region for many people? Yes, in this region, its not likely to go away anytime soon.

As far as Scott Hanselman's comments, he's mixing 3 different things into the same umbrella, the first 2 of which are actual things that SLOW development down, not drive it. Only the 3rd is what you're referring to. And really, picking a random dude who blogs a lot and has worked for MS for a few years probably isn't the best place to quote. He's got nothing really that impressive to make him an expert on properly managing development practices that most people don't have as well.

My project ran four times its initial estimation, and included horrendous 18-hour/day, 6 day/week crunches with pizza dinners. Is FDD here to stay?

Yes, your single experience is an indicator of how the whole world is going to operate for the rest of eternity.

Or not. Your experience is indicative of local culture, be happy they let you off one day a week and gave you pizza, most won't get that.

In the rest of the world, no FDD is a rare thing that usually is one of the last things a company does before it collapses into a heap of rubbish and ceases to exist because the only people working at it are unqualified people who can't get a job ANYWHERE else, so they HAVE to stay there.

FDD is the result of managers not having any clue about how to manage people, nothing else. The solution is to go somewhere else. In the case of southeast Asia, you probably will have to physically move somewhere else to get away from it, but thats better than jumping off the roof in a year or two.

The fact that you're posting on slashdot means you don't live in a country that will prevent you from changing your situation, only that you have not bothered to change your situation and seem to think your one experience is how they all are.

That or you're just Scott Hanselman trying to drive traffic to your blog in a slashvertisement ... which seems more likely, because otherwise your post is kind of dumb ... just like Hanselman's blog entry on the subject.

Comment: Re:911 was down for us Friday night (Score 1) 607

by stoploss (#47925445) Attached to: Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

I first ran into this about 5 years ago when I had a machine that had 6 GB of RAM (not 8, because the moron Apple firmware developers decided that the motherboard should only be able to address 6 GB max in two slots, and heaven forbid you install two 4 GB sticks...).

Despite not having much memory consumed, I was having my machine "freeze" to thrash VM for 20+ seconds because the moronic memory manager paged memory to disk aggressively. So, I'm sitting here with 2 GB active on 6 GB physical and it's frozen / beachballing due to thrash in order to page in shit it never should have paged out. Fuckers.

So, I decided to turn off paging. Should be simple, right? Configuring VM is simple GUI maneuver in Windows, so Apple should make it a breeze too, right? Right?

Yeah. I only found out about the shitty handling of OOM conditions about 18 months later, after I really started using a bunch of RAM (multiple VM's, etc).

This memory management aspect of Mac OS just really sucks from a user standpoint. People shouldn't have to deal with sharp corners on their machine's memory manager. I swear, even RAM Doubler by Connectix was more user friendly than OS X's implementation.

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