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Comment: This is great news! (Score 1) 506

by Barlo_Mung_42 (#49137929) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

If the main complaint people have about the new version of Windows is that the icons don't look very nice it must mean this is a pretty good version.
After all, it's not like you can't just change the icons to whatever you want them to be. I'm sure by the time it ships there will be more than a dozen "Classic Icon" themes available for download. I may spend 45 seconds finding one I like and then never think of it again.

Comment: Re:About 1 in 20 ? (Score 1) 809

by ameline (#49048753) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

Interesting -- why are you "rebuilding" the team? The events leading to that may (or may not -- what do I know?) have something to do with the quality of your candidates.

As an aside, I worked on a C++ compiler (20 years ago at IBM), but it was the code generator & optimizer. There are plenty of moving parts in a C++ compiler that are pretty far away from C++ features like templates and stl (exceptions and lambdas on the other hand do poke their way pretty deep). You have to go and learn them -- working on a compiler back-end written largely in C (or the C like subset of C++) will not teach them to you. But I can still to this day read a hex dump and disassemble x86 instructions in my head. (not as quickly or fluently for less commonly used encodings as I used to, I'll admit)

But I'm close to the 50 year old mark -- I'm pretty grateful to have an interesting and rewarding job -- I'm quite happy that I'm not looking for work these days.

(Although Apple pings me a couple of times a year :-)

Comment: No sympathy for Verizon (Score 1) 214

by ScrewMaster (#49005797) Attached to: Verizon Sells Off Wireline Operations, Blames Net Neutrality Plans
'Washington should be very thoughtful how they go forward here,' he said. 'This uncertainty is not good for investment, and it's not good for jobs here in America.'"

Why not? Uncertainty drives change, and uncertainty at this point was created _by Verizon._ Granted, something had to change, because what the big ISPs have been doing is abusive at best.

Besides, it was Verizon that started this mess by trying to change the rules for its own benefit. Complaining now is just sour grapes. Enjoy your new Title II status.

Comment: Allied (Score 5, Insightful) 242

by ScrewMaster (#48964459) Attached to: RadioShack Near Deal To Sell Half of Its Stores, Close the Rest
Most of you probably don't remember back in the sixties when Radio Shack was the retail distribution arm of Allied Radio (yes, it was known as Allied Radio Shack), a major components distributor. It was a real parts store the. Eventually Tandy picked up the chain, began selling branded parts, and it was never quite the same. The reality is that the advent of the personal computer, the death of manufacturing in the U.S., and an educational system that no longer valued engineering skills combined to kill the electronics hobbyist market that the Radio Shack depended upon. Their change of focus to consumer electronics was a reflection of that new reality, but unfortunately that is a saturated market. This was, alas, a long time in coming.

Comment: Re:Alright, time to pirate it! (Score 1) 134

by Barlo_Mung_42 (#48950487) Attached to: Inkscape Version 0.91 Released

I used paint.net for years to play around with game art and it's great. But when I bought a wacom it came with PhotoShop elements which does a lot more. It's not that expensive on its own and you don't need to buy into a subscription. There are plenty of more expensive hobbies. If you're doing these things for a living though I think it's always best to get the best tools. If I made my living in digital art I would probably have an adobe subscription.

Comment: Re:"Support" != actually sacrifice for (Score 2) 458

by hsthompson69 (#48943817) Attached to: Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

There you go again, pointing out truths that environmentalists don't want to hear :)

Don't worry, after they finally admit that CO2 doesn't drive global average temperatures or climactic swings, they'll find some *other* component of energy generation (say, magnetic fields, or plain old waste heat), and they'll demonize the hell out of that because it's causing a spotted tit-fox, or marsh trout to die off.

Warming, cooling, staying the same - none of it matters when it comes to "the consensus" :)

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