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Comment Re:Change Is Life (Score 0) 147 147

I don't feel too sorry for paid developers who have to deal with this. Multiple machines (physical or virtual) with various OSes and libraries installed fix this, as does testing your stuff.

The folks I feel sorry for are the students - Win 10 is released Friday, all the new computers being bought for Fall term starting will have it, students taking programming courses will often be stuck with the newest of the new since the instructor adopted (or wrote) the latest text book, etc. And, they may be stuck with these versions of various software packages for a few years while they go thru a degree track...

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 85 85

Sounds more like they have a proprietary product with a (good? maybe?) API, and they'd like to get the folks that write to the API to have their own community going. The marketing droids they hired have noticed this, and want to use the "We have tens|hundreds|thousands of community users working on add-ons that you can get to make our product even better!" sales pitch.

The fact that their product is written in a (mostly) interpreted language and remains human readable means everyone with a copy has (most of) the source code. And our submitter wants to try to edge towards a Free Software model, but realizes it won't happen, but wants to legitimize the access to the source in some way - maybe one day, full Freedom may be possible with it....

Comment Re:Negotiating salaries is for the birds. (Score 1) 429 429

How public? How about "required to be given on request in a reasonable time period under state law" public?

I work for a college, and our state law basically puts all sorts of info out there for being available on request. Unless of course you are a cop, married to a cop, have a close relative in the prosecutors office, etc - they all have legal protection against disclosing this information.

But, as an employee with no spending authority, no supervisory authority, and no official decision authority, my name, position title, and salary - and those of my coworkers - were requested by a local newspaper and published on their website, searchable by last name or salary range....

Now, I can see something like a salary schedule with a note that we currently employ X people in this position at this paygrade, but giving my name, etc....

Comment Re:Speed v.s. reliability (Score 5, Insightful) 114 114

But then wouldn't it be better to let the end user choose whether something is optimized in a certain direction?

IE, if this can be done based on file name and looking up a profile from a list of Knows, would it be possible then to have an environment variable that if not set or set to "none" or whatever no in-driver corner cutting (ie, the game wasn't renamed), or if set to "FPS" do the speed thing at expense of precision, and if set to "photo" or whatever set to precision at cost of speed?

Comment Re:Associate of Science in Networking... (Score 1) 173 173

Our networking track here at the college I work for is focused on Cisco and Windows AD stuff... and people who really don't care to *get into it* and learn on their own come out with a bare minimum of knowledge...

That said, I still don't know why a VPN is needed... set up a simple linux box at the parents' house, have a non-standard port on their router forward to said linux box. Add something so that you can grab the current public IP - a wget on a webpage fired by a cron job, one of the free subdomain dynamic dns services, whatever. When you need to do a remote desktop session, just use a SSH tunnel with port forwarding.

Comment Re:the A in ADSL (Score 1) 107 107

My DSL is from Windstream, and 1.5mb down and 384k up. No blocked ports or anything.

Unfortunately, I'm *just* on the edge of service, so if I upgrade to the 3mb offering my S:N ratio screws up and I can't stay connected for more than a few minutes at a time.

Of course, they did just run a new fiber line right past my house a few weeks ago - unfortunately, I think it is on a different exchange for a different city (I have a city A phone prefix and city B physical address, my neighbors have city B phone prefix and city A physical address) so I'm not sure if it will improve my possible service.

Tried bribing the trenching supervisor to run it on my side of the road, maybe with a Big Grey Box on the corner, but he said it couldn't be done...

Comment Re:I would sell it (Score 1) 654 654

Yup, when I want, where I want

If public transportation gave me that, or at least got very close to it (a block or two walk and a 10 minute wait), with the same reliability and consistency (I've missed two half days of work due to car troubles) then why not?

That said, my nearest neighbors are cows, goats, deer, turkey, quail, and other assorted critters. Nearest house is a half mile away, and my drive to work is 18 miles and takes me 25 minutes or so following speed limits, during the school year I add 4 miles and 10 minutes and drop a child or two off at school (they ride the bus home or get picked up on the way to after school activities). Don't think public transport will be an option for me any time soon.

Comment Re:Decisions, decisons (Score 1) 107 107

Even more importantly... what kind of speed can you expect once you reach the router in the local office?

That is, are they hooking folks up to fiber, adn then feeding that fiber with a few T1s or are they going to have enough bandwidth for a few hundred people (never mind a few thousand) to get what they are paying for when the content isn't coming from the local comcast office/POP ?

Never ask two questions in a business letter. The reply will discuss the one you are least interested, and say nothing about the other.