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Comment leechblock and chromenanny (Score 1) 301

have worked pretty well for me in the past. you can build a list of fuckoff sites and limit the amount of time you can spend on them per day. they don't actually stop you from wasting time on internet sites if you really want to, what they actually do is slow you down and give yourself a chance to ask yourself "wait, wtf am i doing? i already spent xx minutes doing this crap." it's not perfect, but it works pretty well.

Comment The Real Official Statement from Adobe... (Score 1) 385

...or why it would probably really suck to work there. Here's the official statement from the horse's mouth:

"Effective December 13, Adobe disabled the activation server for CS2 products and Acrobat 7 because of a technical glitch. These products were released over 7 years ago and do not run on many modern operating systems. But to ensure that any customers activating those old versions can continue to use their software, we issued a serial number directly to those customers. While this might be interpreted as Adobe giving away software for free, we did it to help our customers."

It's rather fascinating and somewhat indicative of a completely dysfunctional company. It reads almost like the head of support wrote an apologetic explanation that tried to downplay the issue a bit to the rest of the execs who then didn't quite understand the issue itself or the gravity of it. The solution, obviously, was to then just forward it directly to PR who then faithfully published it letter for letter. Wow.

Comment Bureaucracy and Inefficiency (Score 1) 248

Putting all concerns about having a cluttered, but complete, inbox that can be searched for answers versus tighter distribution groups and more delays in having to query actual people for answers aside, if you ask me, paying someone a six figure salary to write memos about the proper use of the "Reply All" button and paying IT staff to monkey with email software to remove it is pretty much the definition of bureaucracy and inefficiency gone wild.

Comment Forget speed, fix congestion control. (Score 1) 174

The problem isn't theoretical speed, it's congestion control for shared radio bandwidth when tens or hundreds of consumer owned unlicensed wireless devices stomp all over each other. In recent years, I've noticed that existing 802.11 devices in any reasonably densely populated area completely fall apart due to interference from neighbors.

The goal of science is to build better mousetraps. The goal of nature is to build better mice.