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Comment: Re:Pro vs. RT (Score 1) 289

by Viros (#46058671) Attached to: Microsoft Reports Record Revenue

Windows 7 supports only the Win32 API; Windows RT 8 and Windows RT 8.1 support only the new WinRT API.

This isn't ENTIRELY true. RT does have the Win32 API, in the sense that code written in it will run if compiled for it. The example for this is Office 2013 that's installed on every Surface (non-pro). The issue is that non-WinRT stuff on RT needs a special signature on it that only Microsoft has right now. Current versions of Visual Studio include the ARM compiler and your Win32 code will execute on RT, it just throws an error saying it's not signed right. This distinction allowed things like this to happen: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/h...

Comment: Re:Rockstar (Score 1) 238

by Viros (#45585249) Attached to: Inside the War For Top Developer Talent

THIS! I was on the other side, interviewing countless developers at a previous (small) company. We got a new CTO sometime after I came on and so the hiring criteria changed accordingly. He had me conduct the technical interviews for many Java developer positions, and he sat in sometimes. There were many people I felt would be qualified for a mid-level or even entry-level position and recommended as such. EVERY SINGLE ONE got shot down because they were seeking Senior-level talent (and rockstar level at that) for far less than such talent is worth (at least 40% less).

At one point I talked to him about it and reminded him that he said I was the "best Java developer the company has ever had" in my annual review (he based some of this on what people who pre-dated him said about me). Based on his criteria, they wouldn't have hired me. After this, he STILL didn't change his hiring practices. It was so frustrating that it was one of the factors that contributed to my leaving the company.

Comment: Re:Bad-ruling trifecta in play... (Score 1) 191

by Viros (#36605876) Attached to: Supreme Court To Weigh In On Warrantless GPS Tracking
Actually, the game one puts the responsibility of regulating children INTO the hands of parents and OUT of the government. The ruling just prevented a law requiring the government to decide what can and can't be sold to minors with regards to violent video games. Now the responsibility is on the parents to actually pay attention to what their kids are playing and, if the kids bought something the parents don't want them playing, take it away.
Debian

FreeNAS Switching From FreeBSD To Debian Linux 206

Posted by Soulskill
from the changing-horses dept.
dnaumov writes "FreeNAS, a popular, free NAS solution, is moving away from using FreeBSD as its underlying core OS and switching to Debian Linux. Version 0.8 of FreeNAS as well as all further releases are going to be based on Linux, while the FreeBSD-based 0.7 branch of FreeNAS is going into maintenance-only mode, according to main developer Volker Theile. A discussion about the switch, including comments from the developers, can be found on the FreeNAS SourceForge discussion forum. Some users applaud the change, which promises improved hardware compatibility, while others voice concerns regarding the future of their existing setups and lack of ZFS support in Linux."

Comment: Re:Issues I've had. (Score 1) 410

by Viros (#30341362) Attached to: Multiple-Display Power Tools For Linux?
Maybe it made it to the front page because of posts like this that, instead of helping this guy out, simply show your "uber-l337" Linux knowledge and elitism and have left this guy in a position where he doesn't know about these DEs you speak of.

Instead of attacking someone who may not know what you know about Linux and calling it Microsoft FUD, how about you help the poor guy?

Comment: Re:What about for Windows 7? (Score 5, Informative) 154

by Viros (#30255988) Attached to: Microsoft Advice Against Nehalem Xeons Snuffed Out
I've got an i7 920 on my desktop and run Windows 7 for gaming/home use purposes and it works fine. Don't let the problems with the server software dissuade you from a very good processor for home and gaming use. The kind of stuff you're describing doing will never run into anything close to the problems from this article.

Comment: Re:Quick advice (Score 1) 324

by Viros (#28562025) Attached to: What Are the Best First Steps For Becoming a Game Designer?

On the downside... everyone I've met from Digipen was crazy. I used to play Capture the flag (in real life) with some of them.

As a former student of Digipen, I can confirm this. They're all crazy, but typically smart as hell. Also, most (not all) of the students are just as socially inept as you would expect. Hell, we even had this one guy who was the perfect embodiment of the stereotypical geek. Even the professors called him a "creepy little gnome".

Comment: Re:This can't be legal (Score 1) 836

by Viros (#28381515) Attached to: Montana City Requires Workers' Internet Accounts
Then this information should only become relevant if it indeed impacts job performance. There are many people who can go out and do things a boss might not like to hear about, but still not let it impact their job. Why should it be assumed things that COULD impact performance WILL impact performance?

For example, my grandfather was a pretty bad alcoholic yet it never caused him to miss a day of work or have any more of a negative impact than other typical reasons (not getting enough sleep, etc). FYI, the man was a chemist for 50+ years.

As for the department getting black eyes due to employee's personal lives, that's just a symptom of a halfway retarded society who lets one bad apple ruin the bunch, despite the fact each one is in a sealed plastic bag.

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