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Comment: You're forgetting stuff (Score 1) 453

by Texodore (#32928194) Attached to: Measuring LAMP Competency?

Technical ability isn't going to help nearly enough if they don't understand software engineering principles. What SDLC methodologies have they used? What do they like and don't like? What source code tools do they like? What is Brooks' Law? How do they work with QA? Have they supported software they have released or has it gone to another team?

And understand their answers. Say they don't like the daily Scrum in their AGILE environment. Why? Is it because it's pointless in that environment - no real problems are addressed, brought up, no code is reviewed, no items gone over? Or do they just find it boring?

Technology is important. It's also important to have engineers and not programmers. 10 times out of 10 I'd hire and engineer with proven SDLC experience without the specific experience in the specific technology at hand*. My experience is that having an engineer that uses and respects the processes in place is infinitely more valuable than getting someone with mastery of the technology.

*Within reason. I'm not hiring a LAMP expert for an embedded C job, but hiring a LAMP expert for a web-based Java job? Yeah, I'd consider that.

Comment: Re:Applies to all iPhones (Score 4, Informative) 534

by Texodore (#32773250) Attached to: Apple To Issue a 'Fix' For iPhone 4 Reception Perception

This needs to get out. anandtech did a bang up job investigating how strong the signal is based on the bars you have and found it to be logarithmic and heavily weighted to having 5 bars. This is probably a software fix to make it more linear. It's not fixing the antenna issue or all the dropped calls you'll still get because of the grip of death.

Comment: Re:Missing from the summary (Score 3, Insightful) 348

by Texodore (#32535732) Attached to: Google Researcher Issues How-To On Attacking XP

I know that if I'm running Linux, I'm going to immediately take code off a mailing list, compile it in my kernel, and feel comfortable.

Had this been open source, everyone would wait for a patch just like they are from Microsoft. It will almost definitely be quicker, but the mailing list idea is just absurd.

Comment: Re:a brief experience with 4G, since november (Score 1) 283

by Texodore (#32440284) Attached to: Cutting Through the 4G Hype

Slow.

(seriously, not bad)

C:\>ping slashdot.org

Pinging slashdot.org [216.34.181.45] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 216.34.181.45: bytes=32 time=126ms TTL=243
Reply from 216.34.181.45: bytes=32 time=125ms TTL=243
Reply from 216.34.181.45: bytes=32 time=119ms TTL=243
Reply from 216.34.181.45: bytes=32 time=138ms TTL=243

Ping statistics for 216.34.181.45:
        Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
        Minimum = 119ms, Maximum = 138ms, Average = 127ms

C:\>ping google.com

Pinging google.com [66.249.81.104] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 66.249.81.104: bytes=32 time=105ms TTL=57
Reply from 66.249.81.104: bytes=32 time=105ms TTL=57
Reply from 66.249.81.104: bytes=32 time=125ms TTL=57
Reply from 66.249.81.104: bytes=32 time=129ms TTL=57

Ping statistics for 66.249.81.104:
        Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
        Minimum = 105ms, Maximum = 129ms, Average = 116ms

C:\>

Yes I just checked the freaking post...

Comment: a brief experience with 4G, since november (Score 4, Informative) 283

by Texodore (#32403224) Attached to: Cutting Through the 4G Hype

Raleigh-Durham, 4G since November as my primary home internet connection.

It doesn't work well in the rain or a thunderstorm. 6-7 Mbit down 1.5 or so up. That is as fast as the DSL connection I could get. I refuse to give money to Time Warner so that's out of the question.

The connection isn't as reliable as DSL or cable modem. It's kind of flaky and the DNS servers that come with Clearwire service are bad. Use Google's or opendns.

That said, it is basically a wireless DSL connection. It is way way faster than a 3G signal. Don't know how it will be on the EVO, but unless the iPhone 4G/HD blows me out of the water, when my iPhone 3G contract comes up in July, I'm going to Sprint to take advantage.

Comment: Seriously? (Score 1) 776

by Texodore (#27658453) Attached to: Do We Need Running Shoes To Run?

I'm 5'9" and 200. I also overpronate. And I like to run. Cushioning and stability are huge for me. Shoes help me do what I enjoy.

You realize the most popular running shoes, the Asics 2100 series, helps those that overpronate. That would imply there are a lot of people out there who need some adjustments to their running form and the shoes help with it. It sure helps me.

I can't even imagine the blisters I would get running barefoot. Back in the day the races weren't on asphalt or concrete.

(Before I get any flack, I'm built like a short linebacker. I am overweight, but only 20-25 pounds. I'm not one of those waif-ish runners.)

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