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Comment: Not just the DoD (Score 1) 60

The DoD has put the most thought into the subject of co-locating equipment, but the entire Federal government is embracing this model as well. The company I work for provides legal technology solutions to the DoJ and the SEC. Over the last year, every single RFP has had at least some question about our willingness to co-locate hardware in their facilities.

The same thing is happening in the private sector, especially the financial industry. People are so paranoid about data breaches that they are unwilling to trust server providers, no matter how secure the application stack might be.

Comment: Stay on it (Score 2) 209

I was on the grand fathered plan until corporate made me switch. I rarely use more than the data cap, but when I travel I prefer to use my cell phone instead of hotel wifi. I have already run into problems with forced disconnects and throttling. They say that they do not do it but my experience tells me otherwise.

I am still waiting for the call from the accounting drone about overage charges. Of course I saved the email where I told them that when I go over, I tend to go WAY over and that by forcing me off of the plan they are going to end up paying more.

Comment: Re:Change Jobs (Score 1) 275

by dave562 (#47950469) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

I agree with changing jobs.

At a certain point, you have to realize that you are in a no win situation and move on. The only way to affect change in your current organization is to leave. If enough people follow your lead, senior management will realize that your manager is a problem and deal with them. That will be too little, too late in your specific case, but the company will be better in the long run.

If you really are a good programmer, you can go to work anywhere. There is a serious shortage of good programmers in the world. By good programmers I mean people who inherently get programming. I do not mean people who happen to be able to develop apps in a single language.

Once you get burnt out with programming, aspire to be the manager or executive that you always wished that you could work for. Cultivate an environment in which other programmers can thrive and succeed. Find a company that needs good programmers and reap the rewards of being the person, or the team leader who builds the product that generates the revenue.

Comment: Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (Score 1) 419

by dave562 (#47793489) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

This is already being done. I mentioned it in a previous post on this topic. I work for a company that does legal technology in both America and Europe. We had to stand up separate infrastructure in Europe to host data for our Europeans clients. They do not want their data coming anywhere near American servers.

Comment: Re:customer-centric (Score 1) 419

by dave562 (#47793467) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Are the emails that the government wants the emails of Americans or Europeans? If they belong to the latter, and they are stored on European servers, it is calls into question on what legal basis the United States government has to view those emails.

For what it is worth, I work for a United States based company that works in the legal technology field. We have operations in Europe. We had to stand up separate infrastructure in Europe in order to comply with European data privacy laws for our European clients. The assumption is that European data in European data centers is not subject to American legal jurisdiction.

Comment: Waste of time (Score 3, Interesting) 426

Is this really what is going on at Microsoft? Their staff has so much free time that they can sit around sorting out whether or not to rename a browser?

Are we going to get an educational campaign to go along with it? After all they will have to explain to people that, "Internet Explorer is not really gone. It is now called..." What is the life span of a bad idea in the minds of computer users? We still make fun of Clippy after all....

What an epic waste of time.

They need to suck up the fact that their product was sub-par for years. Focus on the improvements. Continue moving forward.

The exact audience who cares about the differences between IE, Chrome, WebKit, Trident and all of the cross roads of the various technologies is not going to be "fooled" by a re-branding. Those are the people who matter. Those are the people who are developing web technologies. Give them the features that they want. At the same time, give the end users a stable, secure application.

The truth is that the war is over. HTML5 is here. Everything that used to require ActiveX can now be done in HTML5. I am already seeing large vendors make the switch. One of our larger LOB application, a web app with hundreds of internal users, recently went HTML5. The vendor did a great job. The UI looks exactly the same. The only difference that the end users see is that the site now "magically works in Chrome".

Comment: Re:Why is this Apple's problem? (Score 1) 249

by dave562 (#47674101) Attached to: Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

At the same time, companies pay premiums for shelf placement. I have never been into a Wal-Mart and are not familiar with their operations, but I know for certain that this is how it works in large chain grocery stores. The shelves higher or lower than eye level cost less than the ones right at eye level. Similarly, in the cereal eye the companies pay more to have their sugar laden cereals on the lower shelves so that they are at eye level for children.

It would be interesting to see if Apple eventually allows developers to pay for preferential placement. I do not see why they would not. Everyone else pays for eyeballs, whether it is on Facebook or

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