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Comment: Hey, MS, give them to people who will use them! (Score 4, Interesting) 236

by chrish (#48324553) Attached to: CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

I'd happily give a Surface Pro 3 a try if you want to send one my way.

I was considering buying a Surface (some previous-gen ones were on sale for a reasonable price), but was driven away by the extra $$$ for the keyboard/case and the lack of decent apps in the Windows 8 store... there's a whole lot of crap there, and not a lot of things I'd like to use.

Comment: Re:Agreed (Score 3, Insightful) 574

by chrish (#48309411) Attached to: The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

I call this sort of interviewing "Tech Trivial Pursuit"; it's stupid, it won't give you any indication of how the person is going to work out in your team, and it doesn't give any indication of how someone produces a real solution to your actual problems.

It just tells you how quickly someone can come up with a reasonable solution in an interview, and/or how quickly they can remember the solution to your problem that they read in one of the "How to Interview at Google" books.

It's worse when the people interviewing you aren't from the team you'll be working in. I feel bad for those teams... they're going to get someone who's good at answering interview puzzle questions, but maybe they're entirely impossible to work with, or total assholes in day to day situations.

Yeah, yeah, Google's very successful and rich. But it's not because of their broken interview process.

Comment: Re:Wonder what brand is best now... Intel? (Score 1) 101

by chrish (#48202517) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

Toshiba's on the slower end of the scale, but Apple uses them, so they can't be TOO bad.

I wouldn't use that as an indicator of quality; my old MacBook Pro (the Core Duo ones where you could easily change battery/RAM/disk) featured "wonderful" Hitachi drives that failed ten times (that is, I had ten dead drives in less than six months) until I gave up on Apple's replacements and just ordered a Seagate.

Comment: Desktop use and DVD playback (Score 2) 303

by chrish (#48101907) Attached to: What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

Honest question that I haven't been able to find an answer to...

Is there a desktop Linux distro that will play DVDs "out of the box"? Specifically, you stick it in the drive and it starts playing.

I've got an olde Pentium 4 system that's currently running Windows 7, and I wanted to put Linux on it... the main use case for this machine is playing DVDs during workouts.

Comment: Crap displays (Score 1) 167

by chrish (#47982729) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

Hopefully this will result in more laptops with better displays... I'm boggled that manufacturers like Dell are still selling 15+" laptops with 1366x768 displays and have the gall to call them "beautiful" and "high-resolution" in their marketing. WTF.

When I was looking for a new laptop a year and a half ago, I had to look very hard to find 15" laptops with decent ('full HD', 1920x1080) resolutions.

Stop the madness!

Comment: Re:We need a new browser (Score 1) 172

by chrish (#47514753) Attached to: Firefox 31 Released

Switched to Pale Moon when Firefox when full-Google Chrome in the UI; it's like Firefox classic, compiled for 64-bit systems.

Only been slightly annoying at work, due to Cisco's WebEx not having a 64-bit plugin, a fact that I can't seem to remember before trying to join an online meeting... every. damn. time.

Oh, and annoying when Firefox Sync upgraded their back-end in ways that blocked Pale Moon from working. Installed Xmarks (hey, I use LastPass anyway, why not) and forgot all about Sync thanks to being able to sync my bookmarks properly between Firefox, Pale Moon, Chrome and Safari (IE too, if I ever used that for anything other than my company's broken internal sites).

Comment: Re:it depends on what "skilled worker" means. (Score 1) 401

by chrish (#47399003) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Look at it from the point of view of your executives.

Getting rid of (err, sorry, out-sourcing) the support group massively reduces costs in one area by spreading the cost of downtime and whatnot across all the other areas in the company.

One executive gets a huge bonus for reducing costs, and the other executives get slightly smaller huge bonuses because their efficiency has gone down. It's win-win for the exec who "owns" the support group.

Comment: meh (Score 1) 38

by chrish (#47221435) Attached to: Synaptics Buys Key Apple Supplier

It would be significantly better news if Synaptics had bought whoever provides the Mac laptop touch pads and/or whoever creates the drivers for those. Then Windows laptops could start having good track pads.

I wonder if that's the reason for Windows 8 being touch-focused... an end-run around the terrible track pads infesting Windows laptops.

Seriously, the hardware in my IdeaPad 500 is great, except for the horrible, horrible track pad. And the Canadian Bilingual keyboard, but that's my fault for not paying enough attention during ordering...

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