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Comment: Re:They surely are shuffling things around (Score 1) 293

by captainClassLoader (#46932791) Attached to: The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse
I've seen disorganized large systems like this before - In the one case I'm thinking of, the root cause was that upper level management had no concerns about consistency or a unified architecture, and let each app team deliver what the team wanted without much in the way of group collaboration. This smells like a similar scenario.

Comment: Palm Zire, iPod Photo, Stereo Stuff (Score 1) 702

by captainClassLoader (#46790225) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?
The Palm runs a time logger that I've used to track my work hours since 2003. The thing has outlasted at least a couple of Apple notebooks that it synched to. The iPod Photo I bought in October of 2004 still uses it's original battery. And then there's the musical stuff - A set of Adcom audio separates talking to a pair of Magnepans bought in the late '80s. The Maggies were reconditioned in the mid '90s. That set up still sounds great.

Comment: Re:No Internet? (Score 5, Interesting) 490

by captainClassLoader (#46586147) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?
In the rural valley I lived up until last year, my Internet was provided by cellular modem or MiFi - The only alternative was satellite, and the latency of satellite prevents VPN usage that I need for work. The MiFi comes with a 10GB cap, which is fine for most of my home and business usage. But 10GB is about 3 streamed movies. So I buy DVDs instead.

Comment: Re:Wouldn't opening the helmet clear the water? (Score 1) 144

by captainClassLoader (#46371655) Attached to: How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk
The article summary has a link to Parmitano's blog in which he mentions your solution: "The only idea I can think of is to open the safety valve by my left ear: if I create controlled depressurisation, I should manage to let out some of the water, at least until it freezes through sublimation, which would stop the flow. But making a ‘hole’ in my spacesuit really would be a last resort."

Comment: Re:This will be really cool to watch (Score 1) 73

by captainClassLoader (#46334913) Attached to: SpaceX Testing Landing Legs On Next Falcon9 Rocket
Speaking of cool to watch, I compete in dog agility, and the last show, a couple of weeks ago, was a couple of miles from Space X's range in Texas. They had two engine tests during the weekend, and even from that distance the noise rattled the arena we were in like an earthquake. A bunch of us would go running outside to watch the enormous cream colored clouds from the tests fill the sky near the horizon. BTW, some dogs totally freaked at the noise (and the sight of their nerd handlers bolting outdoors to see if they were launching Grasshopper didn't help their confidence much, either.) My pups didn't care, fortunately.

Comment: Re:Fuckbeta (Score 1) 2219

by captainClassLoader (#46186955) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
Or you think they could learn from the reworking of Google News back in 2010. I took a tour of the beta. It has that whitespace disease that lots of UI designers seem to have contracted from Windows 8, and they've done a really good job at stripping much of the information out of it. As for this "let's retarget the site for a wider audience" marketing crap, I'll say what I've said before when this "wider audience" idea came up: The kiddies can go elsewhere.

Comment: Re:Probably should broaden my horizons... (Score 1) 177

by captainClassLoader (#46154033) Attached to: At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...
I picked "Most of my Co-workers", even though that's not quite right, but it's how I think of it. The original company I started with in 1999 was acquired by another in 2003. And although there are 300+ people in the combined company, of the 50 or so people in the original company, it's down to me and one other guy left. In the original company there are probably about 10 - 20 folks with earlier hiring dates earlier than myself.

Comment: Re:Also.... Re:Make a real assesment (Score 1) 308

Fubari gets it right. These are the questions to ask. Like others here, I've been involved in projects like these, and in most cases, just the fact I was there was a sign that management knew there was a mess - They simply wanted to know how bad, and what it would take for me (or maybe a team) to fix it.

In one case I worked on, there was an obvious technical solution to the problem, but for various reasons management found the solution to be politically incorrect. I spent several months trying other approaches (carefully documenting all of them) and concluded that the obvious technical solution they had originally created was actually the best. Management was okay with that, in the end. It turned out that they were willing to confront the political drama once they had technical backing from someone outside the company that they trusted. (I had done work for this company before.) So don't assume you're the scapegoat. Yes, it does happen, but, in my experience, far less often than you think.

Comment: Re:Surface isn't all bad (Score 1) 616

by captainClassLoader (#44937695) Attached to: Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?
I work on Windows 7 by day, have a MacBook as my personal machine, and on my business trips I have a Android tablet for email and such. I took a look at the Surfaces in their first iteration, but the RT version was crippled, and the Surface Pro just didn't bring enough to the table. And to make the Pro an even harder sell, the Microsoft Store I went to had a bunch of intriguing ultrabooks on display (Lenovo Yoga, Dell XPS12, etc) that were real Windows 8 machines without the hardware compromises of the Surface Pro. The new version at it's higher price point blurs the line further. It ultimately boils down to "do I want to save $100 to have a device that weighs a pound less than an ultrabook". YMMV, but the choice is clear to me - The Surface tablets look and feel too much like toys for me to purchase one.

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself. -- A.H. Weiler