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Comment: Document, Document, Document (Score 1) 384

by R_Harrold (#46235327) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?
Document everything and make sure that everyone has access to the documentation you produce. Direct confrontation seldom yields favorable results, but if you document everything that is going on they will eventually read the status reports and documentation and come to a conclusion that either a) their fair haired child is being exposed to excessive risk through involvement in the project and needs to be moved away from the project or b) They need to get rid of the idiot before the idiot looses them their job when their management reads the documentation/reports. Plus, in the meantime the documentation can help protect you from backlash related to the idiots actions. (Make sure the documentation does not come out and state that the individual is an idiot. If they are an idiot then eventually the evidence of neutral statements of action will build up to the point that gets the point across. (Based on experience, I once caught serious flack for specifying "Individual X is the most significant risk to the project", it was true, but not what the customer wanted to see...)

Comment: I killed the developer machine (Score 1) 316

by R_Harrold (#42755925) Attached to: Current favorite still-image camera type:
I stuck with film all the way up to the point that I broke my local camera shop's film developer machine (It is becoming harder and harder to obtain parts for the old pro film developers, so they didn't repair it). At that point I upgraded to a DSLR which would leverage my lens collection rather than driving the extra 50 mile round trip which would be required to reach the next closest professional film lab. I've been relatively happy with the DSLR (Which, yes is not full frame... I kind of like the extra effective 1.5x multiplier the 24mm sensor gives me), but occasionally I still break out the film camera.

Comment: Re:Is a 7 Inch Swivel Blade Really Worth $30? (Score 2) 135

by R_Harrold (#42143883) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: DIY 4G Antenna Design For the Holidays?
I'd say to go with a quad array of helical antennas. (See http://www.slvrc.org/902band/quadhelix.htm) High gain and if you design for 800Mhz it'll cover both the 700 and 850 in a reasonable size range, plus they are extremely forgiving (Yagis tend to be somewhat picky with regards to the design frequency and don't do real with wide-bandwidth signals). Hunt up any Amateur radio operator and they will talk your ear off regarding antenna design, and if you luck into one who has done ATV (Amateur TV) work they probably have some experience designing antennas up in that range. Many folks will tell you that "microwave is hard", but it's become much easier over the past few decades, plus there is the fact that conventional antenna designs that worked well for frequencies below 800Mhz just don't do real well at the higher frequencies (Wide 4 MHZ bandwidth support at 144MHz just doesn't translate well up at 2Ghz...) Robert

Comment: Re:This is actually a Slashdot sting (Score 1) 391

by R_Harrold (#42026791) Attached to: Windows Phone 8 Users Hit Some Snags
Actually, Windows 95 was a significant improvement over Windows for Workgroups 3.12. Yes it had some failings compared to Unix, but compared to what preceded it there was significant improvement. Every OS out there falls short of being good if you compare it against an OS with different design goals (Venturing outside the computer world a ferarri truly sucks when compared with a dumptruck due to it's inability to efficiently carry rubble and tendency to catastrophically fail when you attempt to use it in more than 1 inch of mud). I realize I don't have a number that's low enough to qualify as legitimate on /. , but I also agree with DudemanX in that I have enjoyed using most of the Windows operating systems since Windows 95, though since 2000 I've spent more time on the server side than on the client side. I've also owned/used every version of the Windows Mobile/Windows Phone OS, as well as Blackberry and the occasional Android device. They all have their flaws and if you dig enough you'll find an ugly baby (Bugs/Lockups/Reboots/Poor signal) in almost every product during the first several months after release. All that being said, Windows Phone 8 looks like a pretty good setup, and yes I've run into some bugs with my Lumia 920, but I'm looking forward to where it is going. FYI: Yes I am a MS drone, no I am not in marketing or product development and no, I am not a MS shill. Robert

Comment: Re:Like father like son (Score 1) 347

by R_Harrold (#36252056) Attached to: Skype Crashes and Burns In Worldwide Outage
You're only having to worry about getting folks off of Windows Server 2003? I'm currently on a consulting gig where they are working to get some of their users off of Windows NT 4.0.... :) Yes, the MS Bashing gets a bit old after a while, but in this case the blatent inaccuracy of the article is grating even before you add the MS Bashing.

Comment: Re:actually, (Score 1) 1148

Drat! We can't store electricity? My science teachers have been lying to me for decades! I'm moderately sure that we have had mechanisms for storing electricity since around 1800 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alessandro_Volta ). Recently there have been a number of approaches for large-capacity storage facilities including (but not limited to) molten salt and pumped-storage hydroelectricity. I don't think there is a direct link between trading nuclear for hydro/wind/solar and increasing fossil energy consumption.

Comment: Re:Latest News: 9% of Slashdot traffic comes from. (Score 2) 378

by R_Harrold (#35492176) Attached to: IE9 Released, Media Has Opinions
Despite what some may maintain based on the general tone of comments on /. not everyone who participates here is a Linux advocate. For my part I'm over in the BSD camp and daily curse the Linux Heretics who are working resolutely to corrupt our great institutions :) Only a fraction of the articles here are so Linux oriented as to not have relevance to the computer and geek communities outside of the Linux realm.

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