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Comment Re:Well, that's pretty much a textbook violation. (Score 2) 50

Is it?
They are not preventing Netflix or YouTube, There isn't any sign that they are slowing down their performance. It is just they are counting the data the same as any other internet download.
The only twist is that Verizon isn't charging for bandwidth for its own service.
You could say the cost of Verizon mobile is being paid from the service fee, and you are actually paying more then than the data cap fees.

Comment Re:Majority, not average. (Score 1) 126

Well I take it like a normal sales pitch. He is just happening to push Open Source software.
Do Great things, customized to your business, improve your work flow Open Source.
Do Grate things, customized to your business, improve your work flow SAS

The problem with Open source is the large projects that get all the attention and support and maintenance. Are usually the general purpose applications, not the specialized ones that people really need.

What is really needed is companies to bring back their own internal development staff with skilled developers and architects to make the workflow customized to their business and work around many of the oddities, that what vendors will say as unsupported or not best practices, or what an open source project will go that is just a stupid idea.

The normal argument would be you have the source just put your fixes yourself... Which is fine, except you are working off of someone else baggage, so the next upgrade you have to reapply your patches, and have no support. While an in-house app will do just what you want it to do.

Comment Re:You must be new here (Score 1) 1819

Agree mod as well.

Many times we get modded insightful or interesting because that is what someone else was thinking. However Insightful or Interesting should be something that they didn't think of and somehow enlightened from the comment. But for most of the time our comments are the standard dribble, not bringing anything new to the table, however you get comfort knowing that you are not alone, thus the Agree mod, or you find the common dribble against your values, however it was a decent argument, have a disagree option.

Comment Volunteering leaving is a bad thing. (Score 4, Insightful) 215

The problem with a volunteering leaving of a company is a really bad thing, almost worse than layoffs. While it makes it easier for the managers to sleep at night knowing that they don't have to let a person go, which for most humans really hate doing.
But for the company the people who are smart enough to see the writing on the wall, know to jump ship early knowing that they can get a good or better job elsewhere. The ones who stick around are often the ones who lack the experience to see the warning signs, or just don't have the skills to get another job, and gamble on not being the one who gets canned. Thus populating the company with less experience or less than ideal employees. This creates a downward spiral of less quality and causing real layoffs (as we see here) which makes allowing for growth much harder.

But when you see voluntary leaving it is a bad sign.

Comment Re:legalism is a crap philosophy. (Score 1) 555

That is the go to fix for traffic safety. Lower the speed limit.
There was an accident where I live a few years back and they figured the speed limit was too high.
Not really thinking. It was an area of 3 intersection that had 6 lanes of traffic all going in different directions where to get to your destination you need to be in the correct lane. On a steep hill Then to top it off people j-walk across this all the time while there is a good cross walk 100 meters pass this tricky traffic intersection. The thing is people rarely ever speed on this intersection. For the most part they are just trying to get to speed.
Ok a kid died in an accident that is sad. But lowering the speed limit doesn't really solve much. Especially as the study shows that traffic wants to go faster. Perhaps you should look at the problem and find a better way for safety

Comment Re:Athlon X4 845 why cut pci-e lanes? amd is losin (Score 1) 80

AMD had a brief period of success in the x86 market in the early 2000's Until between the Pentium 4 and the Intel Core 2. Where people actually wanted AMD Chips not as a chip ripoff of Intel Chips, but because they were a serious competition with many good features that were valued by end use desktop users.

Comment Open Waters.. (Score 4, Insightful) 104

Maintenance must be a killer... Having to dive to fix a problem. I am not even making fun of Microsoft track record of less than stellar reliability to make 5 years of uptime seem possible.
But connections to the systems, Cable get corroded or broken.
Pirates you have millions of dollars of equipment under the sea mostly unguarded. If they may want to bring it up to steal and sell the hardware... Or they could hack into it the hard way (To get information from it)

Comment Re:Apple is doomed (Score 4, Interesting) 428

Apple vs. Tesla. They are really two different markets. Tesla is attracting engineers, because what they are producing seems something useful and world changing, while Apple products while nice, and remain to be great products. But Musk's empire Tesla, Space X, and SolarCity. are bringing grander changes to the world, Something that perhaps history will look back with fondness, on our generation and say we accomplished something. While the generation preceding this Apple was credited for the personal computer for the masses, the iPhone and iPads while wonderful technology are at best would be footnotes in history. We know about Edison and Marconi, Ford and Einstein, Jobs and Gates. Because of what they did to change the infrastructure of the world. However Apple is profiting off the infrastructure it help built, while Tesla is building a new one.
If you were to talk to your grand-kids in 30-50 years, what would you like to say to them. That you invented a slightly thinner iPhone, which would still look bulky to your grand-kid. Or that you were involved in making electric cars practical for average use, helping get us off the dependency of polluting oil, giving you cleaner air to breath, and slowing down global warming, so you have the ability for a prosperous life.

That is why Apple is now second tear for engineering. Their business is in old stuff like personal computing, the future is in green energy.

Comment Cheating. (Score 1) 165

Now in terms of price you will probably be better off just buying the pieces you need. If you need some sort of custom piece, then you are probably cheating in what you are making. Lego creations for the most part are limited to the design of legos basic parts. They are some custom parts but not so many. The challange for the hobby is to build based on the lego design.

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