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Comment: Former G15 user recommendation (Score 1) 452

by Viros (#49278201) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

Fellow former G15 user here. I recently switched to Logitech's modern replacement for it: The G910 Orion Spark found here The design is a bit more ostentatious, but it covers pretty much everything I liked about my old G15, except with a relatively quiet mechanical switch. You can even use a phone to perform the tasks the old G15 screen used to!

I'm not sure which version of the G15 you had, but it's about the same size as the V2 (orange LEDs) and substantially smaller than the behemoth that was the v1 (blue LEDs). I've only had it for a few months now, but I'm not finding any complaints about the build quality.

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:

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.

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.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.