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Comment: Re:Lack of social ability at Microsoft (Score 2) 90

by Shados (#48898683) Attached to: Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

Microsoft is large. Very F**** large. Their development tool division, while it has had some hiccups over the years, overall has been pretty good, devs liked them and they were always pushing to embrace open source. The rest of the company, not so much.

So things like this look weird depending on where you're looking from. If you look at Microsoft the company that makes Windows and Office, this is awkward, they're trying too hard, etc.

If you look at it from Microsoft the company that makes C#, has been pushing a bunch of open source stuff for a pretty long time now, has Microsoft Research, etc, its really not that special and pretty much expected of them at this point, even if it wasn't true 15 years ago.

They're trying to take the "cool" division and make it do things that affect Microsoft's reputation as a whole. That will be long and hard.

Comment: Re:My experience with Fios was largely negative (Score 1) 191

by Shados (#48895283) Attached to: Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Didn't replace anything that I could see, but I can't talk beyond that. The running theory, since it only affected very specific sites (big MMOs, Youtube, Netflix, etc...while you could easily download at maximum speed from Steam or Microsoft) is that it was just the same freagin crap that happened with Comcast, except they may actually have upgraded without needing to be bribed.

Comment: Re:My experience with Fios was largely negative (Score 1) 191

by Shados (#48891357) Attached to: Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

For a while (2-3 years ago) most (not all!) of FiOS customers, especially on the east coast, had terrible (TERRIBLE) experience on most popular streaming services. Worse than Comcast + Netflix. As in Youtube would barely play 360p videos.

You could see it on that youtube statistic pages that showed the average streaming speed per ISP. FiOS was abysmal.

From what I understand, its been fixed by now, but it it was so bad I had to switch back to Comcast when I realize everyone with FiOS in my region had that issue (their forums was flooded about it, etc). Worse, some MMORPGs were completely unplayable because of some bad routes... unrelated, but it made everything so painful...

Comment: Re:the fiber is a lie (Score 1) 191

by Shados (#48891337) Attached to: Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Its not "cable in your house to a cable modem". Its using MoCA, and the router is a moca -> ethernet bridge (my terminology is probably off). Sure, its just semantic, but its just the easiest way for most people to have effectively an ethernet wired house, since its pretty damn unlikely you have fibers running in your walls. Since you don't share that coax with your neighbors, its fast enough.

And as someone else pointed out, whats telling you its coax cable on the street? You opened one up, removed its cover, and looked inside?

Comment: Re:Yes, but not the flu (Score 1) 637

by Shados (#48891319) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Thats very possible. The flu doesn't do permanent damage to healthy adults, but its a fairly serious illness with pretty rough symptoms. Most people never catch it, even though a lot do (googling around, 5-20% of people every year? That a lot less than a cold, so its very likely to never catch it).

I'm pretty sure I only caught it once, and I was a mess to begin with when I did.

Comment: Re:Cry me a river (Score 1) 253

by Shados (#48874457) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

Not completely through fault of theirs thought. You have one of the most complex tax codes in the world (with several times the population of the only other first world country i can think of with a tax code thats just as fucked up), and a population who, because of heavy government distrust, is doing everything it can to stick it to the man (not counting corporations which always are).

That will end up making it a much more complicated problem to deal with than the FBI has to. Its employees are also going to be much, much less efficient. Who in their right minds want to work for the IRS?

Comment: Re:Basic things make all the difference. (Score 1) 372

by Shados (#48862513) Attached to: Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

Not a .NET shill, but it didn't "catch up" to Java in terms of garbage collector. Java has been catching up to it, and only barely. Multithreading support is also a lot better in .NET land (just as safe, but vastly superior APIs and language support).

Still, I totally agree with your point. When playing in JVM/CLR land its often easy to forget how behind other runtimes are, mainly because until you're doing something massive (8-9 figure users), it just doesn't fucking matter unless the code is crap, so these subtleties often get lost by the peanut gallery.

Comment: Re:Imagine if having more men increased a team's (Score 2) 219

by Shados (#48849409) Attached to: Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

Joke or not, pretty much. And that gives some major bias. Depending on how studies are done, things with very close metrics like effect of genders on XYZ can go either way. But since you can only publish those that show women are better, it ends up that all studies show women are better at everything.

Every so often you'll have a study that shows the opposite for some specific or another, but that will get spinned somehow. ie: I read a study recently about how women don't do well in competitive environments (when talking about how to get women to participate in hackatons, you remove the "contest" element of it). It was spinned somehow as a great thing.

Comment: Re:Your phone system is stupid. (Score 1) 217

It originally was mainly because people would just call someone and quickly ask them to call them back, which kind of defeated the purpose.

Now its pretty irrelevant since most people have unlimited plans and stuff, and only the cheapest of shittiest plans will have charges for incoming calls.

But it makes for a good argument against shit like robocalls, thats why it sounds like its much more common than it is.

Comment: Re:nanny state (Score 5, Insightful) 778

by Shados (#48828835) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Go in any of those "evil socialist" countries that have all those things, and see if parents get in trouble for letting a kid walk a mile. It has nothing to do with it.

This is a state of black/white strong opinion. Thats where the problem lies and why shit like this happens.

Comment: Re:Times have changed. (Score 1) 778

by Shados (#48828815) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

that's it really. All the child molesters, rapists, kidnappers, etc, didn't just magically pop up. They're just far, far more visible. There's definitely some cities that are less safe than the were...but some are more. So parents just have to use discretion.

I walked home from school when I was 10 all the time.

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