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Comment: Re: Hate to be that guy, but Linux (Score 1) 514 514

Which is why I'm so surprised that people hated on Win8 as much as they did. It's not Vista's just different than what people are used to. And a few tweaks to make the Desktop the default and thinking of the Start Screen as a full-screen Start Menu and it really is better than Windows 7.

Comment: Re:This will do WONDERS for Yahoo's image! (Score 1, Interesting) 328 328

I've never actually had it successfully UPDATE. I've always had to uninstall whatever version I have and download the full installer myself. I'm at the point where I pretty much don't install it except when I need it....and uninstall it a week or so later when I'm done running it.

Also, Bing has gotten so much better. I use it about as much as I use Google. It's not like it once was. That being said, I've never had Windows Update change my search settings.....probably something else did it.

Comment: Re:Not enough information. (Score 1) 296 296

Why don't you mix languages? Write the pieces that are easier in the "higher" level languages in those (Java or C# since those are what you know) and write the pieces that need C/C++ in one of those languages? C# can call out to unmanaged code fairly easily but makes all of the simple tasks easy......I only do minimal amounts of Java, but I'm sure it can too. Back in the day, I used to write some C and every once in a while break out some ASM for those routines that needed to be closer to the hardware.....why should this be any different?

We have all of these tools available to us and yet we always try to use a single tool as the end-all-be-all. [car-analogy]Sure, you can race the LeMans in a Volkswagon Beetle, but shouldn't you use a car better suited for it?[/car-analogy]

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 2) 272 272

Yeah, if I'm interested in videos from a company, I usually go to the company web site and look for "videos" or "media" or something similar......and if they host those videos on YouTube and embed them or redirect me directly to YouTube, I don't really care.

Comment: Re:Computer science and the lowest common denomina (Score 1) 179 179

This is exactly the message I came to say....but for me, it was Computer Literacy. I'm not opposed to teaching some form of programming (hopefully using something akin to LEGO Mindstorm where it's less about typing the code).....but honestly, most of the computer teachers around here aren't exactly great at it ---- if they were, they'd be in some sort of programming job because teacher pay really sucks.

Comment: Re:WoW? (Score 2) 277 277

UO or EverQuest should have made it before WoW.......simply put, WoW was just the better implementation of an existing game. The others that made the list were all ground-breaking (I probably would have gone Wolfenstein over Doom, but Doom really did define the genre). I agree WoW should be in the HoF, but there were plenty of more worthy candidates that should have gone in BEFORE WoW.

Comment: The cliches are right (Score 5, Insightful) 583 583

You have to own your one else will do it for you. Negotiate a good salary. If you ever get passed over for a raise or a promotion, start looking for a different job. If the choice assignments aren't being given to you, look for a different job. Take ownership of your education....learn new skills before you need them and make yourself invaluable to the company. Take on the hard challenges.

Comment: Re:North Pole (Score 1) 496 496

Or a very large powered barge that is keeping your absolute position the same while you travel a relative position across its surface.......

but he's probably looking for the north pole answer.......which again, requires a rather large floating platform for at least some portion of the journey.

Comment: Re:Depends on the project (Score 2) 507 507

I'd argue the opposite. As a consultant, when we're brought in for a 1.0 type project, we're more successful with an Agile approach because requirements are less solidified in detail but the high-level stories are fairly well known. Each sprint, we can take a story, detail it out and implement it. The customers see progress and enjoy the feedback loop.

Projects that are more focused on enhancements (smaller scale, not a "major upgrade") tend to have issues in an Agile fashion because everything needs to be done "right now" because it's "affecting such and such group" and the prioritized backlog turns into a big mess of conflicting priorities.

That being said, my main complaint about Agile is that the typical implementation of it is too short-sighted. Sure, Agile allows for refactoring phases, but if you are only focused on what's in the current sprint, you might make a sub-optimal decision in Sprint 2 for a feature that isn't even considered until Sprint 6......but the decision you made in Sprint 2 locked you in to a bad approach and refactoring will take almost a full Sprint.....had you known about the Sprint 6 feature, you could have implemented the Sprint 2 feature in a way that the Sprint 6 feature could be implemented in a matter of days.

"Any excuse will serve a tyrant." -- Aesop