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Comment Manage change, don't avoid it (Score 1) 102 102

Change is always going to occur, and how you manage the change will have a direct correlation upon the success of your projects.

Some development tools are more stable than others from one version to the next, others are less stable. Managing the change then requires the developer to put into place the process for determining how to upgrade software tools in a manner consistent with the best outcome for the project.

Clearly, given the number and frequency of serious bugs coming out of Redmond of late, it is beginning to look as if Microsoft's QA team is either out to lunch, or has been laid off.

So any change mitigation strategy involving Microsoft products would probably have as it's #1 item: let new software from Microsoft settle down before using.

Comment Potential, or likelihood? (Score 5, Insightful) 310 310

...but an issue with NVidia drivers shows that there is potential for things to go wrong....

Given Microsoft's history of buggy Windows Update patches these past few months, I'd proffer that there is more than just a potential for things to go wrong. There is a likelihood that things will go wrong.

Microsoft really needs to up its game regarding the quality of the patches it is foisting upon the world.

Comment Re:How much is an AG these days? (Score 1) 246 246

You already pay the AG's salary as well as his business expenses and his medical/dental/vision through your taxes. You shouldn't have to illegally bribe him extra to have him do what's best for the general public that he's being legally paid to serve.

Unfortunately for the general public, the items you list do not engender loyalty to the general public.

The MPAA knows how to buy the loyalty of politicians, and it is done via campaign contributions. If you do what the MPAA wants you to do, then they will help your campaign. If you do otherwise, you may find a well-funded candidate running against you.

Comment Ominous cloud on the horizon... (Score 1) 181 181

The increasing use of the proprietary video codecs in everyday software and devices is not a good trend for consumers.

As we are beginning to see, once the codecs become an essential facility, patent fees will start to be extracted from the users.

Comment As it was designed to be used... (Score 1, Insightful) 57 57 wants to "ensure that users experience autocomplete as it was designed to be used,... That is, solely and exclusively for the profit of google. I suspect too many others were making a profit on the API, pulling those dollars away from google.

At the rate that google pulls working software out of production and mothballs it, I am surprised that anyone relies on any product that google has.

There does not appear to be any such thing as a long-term supported google product.

Comment Comcast’s 25 Mbps internet costs $50 per mon (Score 1) 116 116

...In the final analysis, if Comcast’s 25 Mbps internet costs $50 per month ...

Around here, since Comcast has little competition, Comcast's 25mbps internet costs well over $50 per month.

Hopes of seeing anything approaching gigabit speeds this decade are quite low.

Comment How, not what... (Score 4, Insightful) 112 112

I would have also liked to have seen the differences in how each group does what they do.

For example --- software updates:

- do the experts use "custom" installs to avoid the installation of unwanted browser toolbars and adware, and that is why they are more likely to install updates?

- do the non-experts use the "default" installs, which pull in toolbars and crap adware, leading the non-experts to avoid updates?

I think the article is a good one, but there should be some more depth to it.

Get hold of portable property. -- Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations"