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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!

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long