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Comment: Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (Score 1) 251

by Registered Coward v2 (#48231183) Attached to: Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

That only works if Microsoft sells the computer. Somehow, Microsoft wants to get paid for providing the operating system. I don't think that's unreasonable.

What's unreasonable is charging you for a computer that has Windows on it. If the same computer (or a better one) is offered with no OS at a price that's lower than the Windows machine by at least the OEM price of Windows, that's reasonable.

You could charge for the computer and separately for the OS, say 1 Euro. You could have the license in as pirate envelope and if you don't want it simply mail it back or return it to the seller, get your Euro, and don't activate any of the installed software.

Comment: Re:Sorry They're Changing (Score 1) 540

And - as discussed elsewhere in this thread - reputable manufacturers have means of holding their suppliers accountable, both in terms of QCing products they source, and in terms of indemnification for defective merchandise.

Agreed, but all of that doesn't prevent it from happening. Your argument seems to be that a component manufacturer who bricks counterfeit parts is more desirable; I would question the decision making process of a company that did such a thing and be worried about the stupid decision's potential impact on my company.

Comment: Re:Sorry They're Changing (Score 1) 540

If I was a hardware manufacturer, this would make me MORE likely to use FTDI chips. It means I have greater confidence that what I'm getting is "real", because I know that they are actively trying to make counterfeiting their product more difficult.

True, and legitimate hardware manufacturers are probably already doing that. However, problems arise when either a component supplier decides to use cheaper chips to make a little extra profit or counterfeit chips find unknowingly their way into a legitimate supply chain and so some percent of your product now is problematic.

Comment: Here's a ? for real lawyers... (Score 1) 689

by Registered Coward v2 (#48207079) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

What could their liability be if the bricked a device and as a result someone suffered real damages when the resultant device failed to work as expected? It would seem to me to be OK to make your driver not work with fakes, but even if the driver's license agreement said you agreed to let them brick devices they could still be liable. In addition, the person plunging in the device may not be the owner of the computer and never agreed to the license that came with the driver. Or, what if it accidentally bricks a real chip due to some unforeseen bug in the driver.

I can understand their desire to stop counterfeits but it seems to me that the solution was not very well though out

Comment: Re:SurveyMonkeyp (Score 1) 104

Frankly, when I here "we have unique demands" I ask for clarification an detain gently guid ether to the determination they are not a unique as they think.

I'm a consultant - I convert gibberish into cash-flow.

Speaking of unfinished jobs...?

Hey, that's authentic spell checker gibberish. At least $10 worth at current rates.

Comment: Re:SurveyMonkey (Score 1) 104

Ok, to your question. Point out that they volunteers who write their signup may not be available when they want to make changes; and as volunteers if their demands get too high they may simply drop out of the project. If they are problems with the site they have none to turn to to fix it unless the volunteers decide to put in more time; and they may expect you to take care of any problems that arise. Finally, software development takes at least 2x as long as expected and you need to test thoroughly to be sure it works. What would happen if the large event all of a sudden lost the registration of may participants? Or messed up scheduling, etc. do to an unforeseen bug? Do they have the time to sort that out and still pull of the event? Frankly, when I here "we have unique demands" I ask for clarification an detain gently guid ether to the determination they are not a unique as they think. Perhaps you could build a sample in SurveyMonkey or some other tool based on their old site and show them it meets their needs? I use SurveyMonkey because surveys are easy to create and modify and it takes away all the development and backend hassle for you.

Comment: SurveyMonkey (Score 2) 104

I've used it to handle large event signups. You can add drop downs, free text fields, etc and pretty much setup any kind of information you need. You can then export the results to a spreadsheet to create name badges, sort by requests, etc as well. They have a free version but it may not allow you as many signups as you need. You can, however, buy a month to month subscription and then drop back to the free one when you don't need it.

Comment: Re:a better idea (Score 1) 397

by Registered Coward v2 (#48195511) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

I have an idea. Spend 1 million training kids to not wander randomly into the street. I love how there's this magic assumption that at 25 MPG you won't hit some idiot in the street but at 32 you would. You're probably going to hit the stupid kid at any speed. They should just not be in the damn street!

Or teach them to put covers on speed camera lenses...

Comment: Re:This is good (Score 1) 397

by Registered Coward v2 (#48195489) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Doesn't "Due Process" ensure that the accused can say, "That's faked, Photoshop. The network and servers are hacked, and PROVE THEY ARE SECURE."

Ever seen a municipal vendor who could certify under penalty of perjury complete compliance with all applicable law, regulation and policy?

It depends on how the fine is handled if you get to go to court. Some municipalities make it an administrative fine rather than a traffic violation so no traffic court for you, and no points on the license unlike a cop issued ticket, rather you get an administrative hearing. I guess you could sue but then again the fine is usually low enough that suing is not really cost effective.

Comment: Re:I've said that, but Master lock and demolition (Score 1) 123

At the other end of the spectrum, for $10,000 you can buy a heavy duty safe made of steel and concrete. For $32, I can rent a demolition saw designed to cut through concrete and steel. Since physical security costs about 300 times as much as breaking it costs, perhaps the primary goal is to not be low-hanging fruit. I've watched a car burglar go from car to car, stealing stuff from the ones that were unlocked. He skipped the locked ones, which all had very breakable windows.

Exactly. The goal of any security measure is to make it easier for someone to break into someone else's property; thus securing yours. I have a dog, and most burgers will move on before confronting it even though a steak tossed into the porch would distract it long enough to lock it out. However, it's simpler to move on to the next house. If a determined criminal wants something you have they will find a way to get it.

Comment: Re:Missing the point (Score 1) 128

While that may be true in some areas; not having a college degree greatly reduces your employment chances, especially in technical fields.

In the field of software development, which is the topic at hand, it only matters for your first job (unless you work for the government). Getting that first job is a bitch, however.

True, and TFA was about recent grads and jobs; to which your comment about a first job is relevant and demonstrates the importance of a degree.

Comment: Re:Missing the point (Score 1) 128

This is entirely false. I've never had any difficulty whatsoever obtaining employment related to software development or systems/infrastructure roles, and neither have most of my peers who hold similar credentials. Perhaps this trend has been partially related to our ability to demonstrate skills on demand, i.e. "get the job done, and done properly" rather than an appeal to a piece of paper that essentially says "trust this guy; he passed some exams that may or may not actually bear any relation whatsoever to the work your business needs done right now."

I am perpetually amazed by the volume of collective myth parroting that persists on this topic. To be perfectly clear: lack of a college degree may indeed greatly reduce your chances of employment in many fields, but it matters a hell of a lot less than you've been led to believe for software development and systems/infrastructure positions.

Once someone has a ton of experience a degree certainly doesn't limit you, especially if you do contract work where specific skill set is need for a limited amount of time, most HS graduates lack that experience and neve will get a foot in the door. Also, anecdote is not the singular of data.

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