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Comment: More important to me (Score 1, Insightful) 193

by darkain (#49296543) Attached to: Microsoft Says Free Windows 10 Upgrades For Pirates Will Be Unsupported

What about all the PCs that were shipped with valid licenses, but for whatever reason, techs (such as myself) have had to install a fresh copy of Windows on the box. Could be a failed drive, or other failed hardware, or whatever, reason doesn't matter too much. The point is that it shipped with a legit copy of Windows, and often times doesn't have a recovery disk or an OEM copy of Windows. What are we supposed to do then as techs? Tell the customer "SUCKS TO BE YOU" or "GOTTA PAY FOR THE THING YOU ALREADY PAID FOR, AGAIN" - or just suck it up and install a "non-genuine" license key on the box? Are these users totally SOL out of having a genuine upgrade to Windows 10 because the previous version of Windows that shipped with the system became broken?

Comment: Ergo! (Score 3, Informative) 452

by darkain (#49273489) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

You only want an ergo suggestion if it is awesome? As a software engineer, I've been using the Microsoft Narual 4000 for longer than I can remember. Before that, I had an earlier generation Microsoft ergo keyboard. Yeah, this thing is clunky, but honestly it is the most comfortable thing I've ever used for long term typing. Being a software engineer, ya'know that is an assload of typing!

Comment: That number (Score 5, Informative) 348

by darkain (#49219785) Attached to: Obama Administration Claims There Are 545,000 IT Job Openings

That number is EASY to figure out. Just look at all the revolving door jobs the IT industry has created the past few years. The largest companies don't want to high full time anymore, so they just go through temp agencies (*COUGH*MICROSOFT*COUGH*). So, once the temp hits a certain date, they're terminated and replaced by another temp (and the original temp is invited back after a certain period of time). So, with this, we just look at the cycle of temps going in/out of the tech industry. These are the "openings", which are just being filled by the same cycle of people.

Comment: Not sure what they're looking at? (Score 5, Insightful) 161

by darkain (#49207751) Attached to: Ultralight Convertibles Approaching Desktop Performance

So, I personally don't follow performance numbers too much these days, but I just went and did a comparison of this "new" system against my current desktop (most components are 4-5 years old inside)



So, the thing barely tops my "ancient" (by today's standards) desktop computer for CPU performance. It has half the RAM (even my old 10" netbook has 8GB DDR3)

Really, I think I'll just label this article as another #Slashvertisement.

Comment: Google (Score 2) 164

by darkain (#49155093) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Whiteboard Substitutes For Distributed Teams?

My team is spread all over the world. We've managed to do quite well using a combination of Google+ Hangouts (with their various interaction plugins) and Trello.

We use G+ for those real-time drawing and thinking sessions, and then once we get all of our thoughts organized and shared with one another, we push it out to Trello for long term storage and project management tracking.

Comment: Thank you! (Score 4, Interesting) 188

by darkain (#49130321) Attached to: Google Now Automatically Converts Flash Ads To HTML5

While everyone else is bitching about ads being displayed (hey, adblock targets the CONTAINER, not the AD itself, so it is still blocked, just like static images were before!)...

I'm extremely THANKFUL for this! Seriously, can we not count the number of end-user exploits that have been transmitted through Flash advertising on some of the worlds largest and most visited web sites!? Adobe and the Flash platform have a horrendously bad reputation in the security market. As someone who has to constantly fix other people's computers, this is a much MUCH welcomed change!!

oh wait, shit, what am I saying... less broken computers = less paychecks for me... FUCK. NNNOOOO, BRING THE FLASH BACK!!! :-O

Comment: Diminishing Returns (Score 4, Insightful) 422

by darkain (#48993073) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?

Those of us interested in DSLR cameras are at the point of diminishing returns. I didn't buy a new DSLR or any new glass in 2014, and hardly got anything new in 2013. Why? Because the longevity of the equipment keeps increasing. I'm currently shooting with a 5D Mark II, and all but the most absolute extreme conditions does this camera perform nearly perfectly. The same goes for the lens collection in my bag, they cover more than 99% of the conditions that I'm shooting it. It is very rare where I'm feeling like the equipment is the limiting factor to the point where I want to invest the money to replace it.

These are tools. They don't follow the same mindset as other consumer electronics that work on annual cycles. When was the last time you thought about replacing your hammer because there is a newer model built with a slightly different design? That's exactly how many of us feel in the photography world right now.

Comment: Connectivity (Score 1) 229

by darkain (#48857887) Attached to: Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

"One Pop-Down RJ45 Network port" ??? Pop-down? Does that mean it isn't just a normal port you plug in, but is one of those spring loaded ports that pop out? Ya'know, the things horrible notorious for breaking?

I guess it doesn't matter. Googled the chipset, first result: "Realtek r8169 not working in CentOS" - Sounds good to me!

"Three USB 3.0 ports" - I would seriously pay MORE for more USB ports, even if they are 2.0 ports. I hate having to travel with a USB hub just because manufactures don't want to shove out more than 3 ports these days. At least desktops are better in that they generally ship with 10+ now right on the back of the motherboard, before adding the USB headers for front devices.

"802.11n WiFi (ath9k)" - Doesn't say if it is 2.4GHz only or 5GHz compatible, or if it is multi-channel or not.

So, it is a cool concept, I guess, but I think things need to be tweeked a tad to be more universally usable.

"Pull the trigger and you're garbage." -- Lady Blue