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Comment Fighting it only makes it worse (Score 1) 424

Back when Google was new, I avoided it for the longest time because I'd spent so long with Atavista and friends curating my searches with "+this", "-that" and other modifiers, but Google didn't support them well.

Turns out, Google didn't support them because it didn't need to. It would return the right results by phrasing the query naturally, not like some bastardised SQL incantation.

Give in to querying like a human and you might find Google works much better for you. There are a lot of very smart people that understand how people look for data, including the long tail. Trying to second guess them is a path to failure.

Comment Bootstrap problem (Score 1) 65

How accessible is the best open source dev suite?

"All the accessibility tools included in Linux are open source, meaning their code is readily available if you want to examine or improve it"

This "it's better because you can fix it yourself" is usually pretty dubious. In this case, it's worthless unless the folks who need the accessibility can work on it. What's the most accessible dev environment? Are its accessibility features usable? Does it support all developing all the tools that need improvement?

Comment The article is full of crap (Score 1) 271

Article says "These companies are making a choice. They're deciding that it's faster and cheaper to chuck people overboard and find new ones than it is to retrain them." ... but i don't see where the companies are re-hiring instead of re-training? They cite HP and say they're still letting people go, not hiring.

Gotta back these claims up with numbers, or it's all BS.

Comment Never hire the wrong person (Score 1) 574

Meanwhile, hiring managers feel the pressure to fill openings instantly with exactly the right person, and when they can't, the team and the company suffer.

The team and company suffer if you hire "because we need someone" and end up with the wrong person. It sucks as an applicant, no denying it, but a bad hire can be toxic to a team or project. They can end up making more work for everyone else.

Complaints about buzzword filtering and what not might be very true, but you have to understand that the hiring manager must never hire just because they need someone.

Comment This is only half a question (Score 1) 591

Everyone has their opinion about what their laptop should be 10x better at. Few people stop to think about what they'd have to give up to get it. Laptops are the very essence of compromise in computing, a more interesting question is what can you throw out to get what you want.

Want better battery life? I hope you like carrying giant sacks of bricks.

Oh, so you actually want it more efficient? OK, stick in a crappy CPU and a ton less memory. And get rid of any radios for WiFi or 3G/LTE.

Want a bigger screen and/or higher pixel density? Hope you like halving your battery life, or just cutting the back-light to "barely readable".

Want a ton more fast storage? How much money are you willing to pony up for flash?

Of course, if your answer is "I want it bigger/faster/better without the compromise"... well then just wait. In case you haven't noticed, it's exactly what the industry has been doing. It's not like they're sitting on their hands.

Where are the calculations that go with a calculated risk?

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