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Comment: Re: Great (Score 1) 339

by backdoc (#45915401) Attached to: Google Begins To Merge Google+, Gmail Contacts

That is why I chose not to buy an android phone this Christmas when I upgraded my phone. I really wanted a bigger screen and less headache than I associate with the iPhone. But, at the last moment, I decided I didn't want to provide my phone number to Google.

True. They probably have my phone number already. But, I didn't want to hand it to them.

Comment: Not so much about the technology (Score 1) 314

by backdoc (#43677815) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Programmer At 40?

I've found that technical skills come in last place over people skills and your ability to learn the functional side of the problem. Where I work, I was given a hint on how to advance my career. My managers told me that they can go out and hire programmers and people with technical skills all day any day. But, they can't go out and hire people who know our business. Therefore, solving business problems and helping end users be more productive is really a factor of your business knowledge more so than your programming knowledge. Knowing the business and solving business problems are what makes you valuable and respected where I work. So, if you can learn enough technical skills to solve business problems, then I think you should be fine. BTW, I'm 49. I finished my BS in CS when I was 41. I've been working for my current employer ever since.

Comment: Re:He has a point, no? (Score 1) 231

by backdoc (#43547141) Attached to: Shuttleworth Calls Ubuntu Performance Art, Calls Out Critics

It seems inevitable that any given project has the potential to reach a point where the critical mass of users find it satisfactory. Perfect? No. But, good enough. At that point, the project vision may only be 50% reached. At that point in the project's life cycle, it seems there would naturally be a growing resistance to change by those who have grown comfortable with it. At that point, there's going to be some push back from both sides. If there's a name for this phenomena, I haven't heard it. But, it seems to be the natural order of things.

So, the battle ensues. Should Shuttleworth continue innovating? Should end users complain when he makes the next leap forward? I think both are a foregone conclusion.

If I had to guess, Shuttleworth is not going to be happy until he makes Apple look foolish.

I think Shuttleworth is executing his vision just fine.

Comment: Re:Hypocrisy (Score 1) 893

by backdoc (#43359929) Attached to: Massive Data Leak Reveals How the Ultra Rich Hide Their Wealth

Admittedly, this is just speculation, but I'll bet the very ones calling for higher taxes are the ones hiding their money, like Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Michael Moore, George Clooney, Tom Hanks and so on.

Don't have to worry about any investigations though, I'm sure Congress and the Administration keep their money there, too.

Comment: wrong criteria (Score 1) 402

by backdoc (#38602498) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mirrorless, Interchangeable Lens Camera Advice?

I think ease of use is the wrong criteria. You choose a mirrorless camera for it's size, flexible lens (you can use a Panasonic lens on an Olympus body) options and live preview, not for ease of use. I have owned both. I liked the Panasonic GH2. The movie mode is second to none.

For a mu43 lens, I don't have any personal experience with it, but I read great things about the Panasonic 20mm f1.4. It should be pretty good in low light. You do need to determine what you think you'll be shooting before you pick a lens.

In the end, I ended up with a D7000. It's good for indoor (low light) sports, which was my primary need. But, if I didn't have that specific need, I'd just get the Fuji x100. Ken Rockwell raves about it.

Comment: Re:Unfortunate (Score 2) 360

by backdoc (#38290702) Attached to: Netflix CEO Comments On Recent Decisions

When will Hollywod ever learn that we don't want to pay 2.99 per episode for a show with DRM restrictions that force you to re-purchase the damn video for every device you have, and that paying $14 for a digital download when the DVD is selling at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Target for $10 is price gouging.

Easy...., when people lose interest and quit making these things profitable.

Comment: What sony could do, but won't (Score 1) 386

by backdoc (#36113610) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should Sony Compensate PSN Users?

Two things would satisfy me, neither of which would happen.

1. Figure out who broke in and see if they can limit the fallout.
2. Assume the attacks were vigilante in nature, admit they have made mistakes in customer service and offer the OtherOS back as well as make an effort to foster a better relationship with users going forward. In other words, don't punish users because some people choose to pirate.

Vitamin C deficiency is apauling.

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