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Comment Re:Good deal (Score 1) 257 257

I wish mine would.

I live in a town with 2500 residents, and I can almost swear that we have at least as many streetlights. From my house (on a street that's literally 4 house-property-sized-lots long), I can count 8 streetlights visible from the property, front and back.

Comment Re:QMS (Score 2) 125 125

Good call - you cant' write shitty code if you're stuck in meetings all day. ;)

In all seriousness though, there is a solution against featurization:

1) maintain main product as usual w/ a team dedicated to it.
2) build plugins and/or add-on packages for it that incorporate the new features that management craves. Charge some small nominal price to cover dev costs and maybe a few pennies above that.
3) if the add-ons or plugins really sell (or at least have a ton of demonstrable interest), you incorporate them into the next version of your main product and charge accordingly.
4) features that do not get used as often anymore, or become obsolete, can be refactored or removed.

This way you have a nice darwinian approach... and features that fail to get public attention (and more importantly, their commitment in money and/or time) are the perfect platform from which to point back at management and laugh derisively... but more importantly, they just go away. The ones that succeed improves the product.

It's a method that gets used successfully in a lot of products (usually CG/graphics related ones, though vSphere w/ sVMotion also stands out here), so why is this approach so frickin' hard to grasp for most dev teams?

Comment Re:WiFi? (Score 1) 69 69

Was kind of thinking the same thing, actually... I'm pretty sure** that no one would be stupid enough to have the thing accessible over wireless, which leaves you the task of actually sneaking up on the damned thing to reprogram it. At that point it becomes a physical access problem.

** not perfectly sure mind you, but it counts as a fair no-brainer.

Comment Re:no (Score 1) 255 255

I won't use it personally, but not out of hostility.

Professionally, I'll see it here and there, but my 'workstation' is a MacBook Pro, and I haven't had to touch a Windows box in months (mostly to set/troubleshoot Puppet on one occasionally) - I mostly hang around Linux. MS Office is as close as I usually come to touching any Microsoft product in my day-to-day work.

At home I only have one installation of Windows left - it's a Windows 7 VM sitting on my personal MacBook Pro that I open once in awhile (I have a few legacy CG tools hanging around on it). Otherwise, the missus has an iPad and a laptop w/ Linux Mint, I have a couple of Linux boxes hanging around acting as media and storage servers, and there's my MacBook Pro.

I suspect that in 5 years, I won't even have to bother with Windows on a professional basis.

Comment Re:Windows 10 Sucks (Score 1) 313 313

Crazy as it sounds, I actually want to see a project that converts services.exe over to a systemd-like layout - with full registry integration, of course.

Why? Well, mostly because it would create such a singularity of suck that space-time itself could be torn, all by the mere act of booting an OS rigged in such a fashion.

Comment Re:Embarrassment (Score 1) 308 308

The boomers have begun to retire... in droves.

Yeah, everyone has embarrassments in their past, but it's still no one's right to go combing through them. Most employers are smart enough to stick with criminal background checks at the most (because seriously, a conviction for embezzlement may be an embarrassment, but it's also something an accounting firm would want to know about before hiring someone...) I have never had an employer (or individual therein) demand to see my facebook page or try to friend me on it, and I doubt that I ever will. They don't have time for that (and seriously, with an uber-common real life name like mine, good luck sussing me out from the zillions of others).

Sibling is right though - GenX will be the last generation that had some semblance of privacy WRT online history.

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. -- Poul Anderson