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Comment: In a large organization, politics matter (Score 2) 379

You can ignore them, in which case you've volunteered for the role of "victim".

You can make them your full-time job, in which case you're no longer a developer.

You should find a good defensive middle ground. At least, some situational awareness. Put your head up and look around. And listen.

Comment: Re:2 GB of RAM (Score 1) 210

by Archangel Michael (#47721827) Attached to: New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

The complain, specifically, I was addressing was price. $800 is not $600 is not $349. The complaint I was addressing was the inadequate specifications of the low-end Microsoft device using 2 GB ram when newer cellphones are coming with more, standard.

Chromebooks are between 200-300 for units that have 2GB ram. While the screen size is bigger, they aren't as portable or connected as Cell Phones. Trade offs for price / quality / performance.

The over all point is that Microsoft is being squeezed at both ends, out of the Windows World in to the Cloud / whocareswhatdeviceyouhave world. They cannot compete in all areas all the time, without compromising something. And right now, Microsoft is eating itself trying to compete in places it wasn't built to compete with.

The long term prospects for MS at this point are grim. They have lost market dominance of computing devices to Android and iDevices .And while they still dominate Desktop / Enterprise world, they have lost the mobile arena.

Comment: Total number of websites (Score 1) 436

by physicsphairy (#47720191) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

I don't actually browse the entire internet and have no interest in guaranteeing equivalent revenue to everyone selling penis enlargements. My share of the burden is only a dozen or so websites visited regular. But since many of those are content aggregators let's go ahead and say I visit 100 x that many websites, and consider these casual visits as equal to supporting the website for an entire year.

This makes $230 / 1,036,878,123 websites ( * 1200 = 2.7*e-4 dollars to cover my website burden. And I feel I probably deserve some credit for subscribing to Netflix and Amazon prime. Obviously bandwidth is a better measure of the 'cost' I need to cover for these websites to remain hosted, but averaging over all websites does (in a difficult to quantify way) account for the fact that many of the websites out there even now are not profit-motivated.

I hope the authors of this study were also sure to deduct the cost users already pay due to web advertisements in the form of malware infections, including the compromise of bank accounts, identity, etc.

Comment: Re:Goddammit! (Score 3, Interesting) 88

by pla (#47719927) Attached to: The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?
so without reading the article, the answer is going to be no, there's no evidence

...Except for that pesky 4+ sigma deviation between the expected and measured value of g for a muon (and a brief mention of a new Fermilab experiment to push that to 7 sigma). Other than that, nope, no evidence at all.

Nothing to see here (if you have no soul whatsoever), move along (and let the real scientists do their thing so you can have your hoverboards and replicators 50 years from now). ;)

I do have a question for the serious participants in this discussion, however... Since the Muon counts as 40,000 (200^2) times more sensitive to unexpected effects than the electron, why not work with the Tau instead, which should have a whopping 1.2e7 times more sensitivity?

Comment: Counter-anecdote (Score 1) 103

by idontgno (#47716217) Attached to: Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

I don't do much ebook reading, but I can assure you that since I tend to read books random access*, I can easily get plot sequences out of line.

This is not specifically an ebook problem, if it's any kind of problem at all.

*Yeah. I skip around sometimes. The author is not the boss of me. If I want to jump ahead, cheat and see the ending early, whatever... that's how I read it.

Comment: Critical quote from TFA: How to understand it (Score 1) 237

by idontgno (#47712123) Attached to: Comcast Training Materials Leaked

"I donâ(TM)t want any of our employees to feel that pressure to go through and sellâ¦or [strong]feel[/strong] like theyâ(TM)re going to get fired," Tom Karinshak, Comcastâ(TM)s senior vice president of customer experience, tells The Verge. "Thatâ(TM)s not good for us."

We don't want our employees to "feel" like they'll be fired if they don't upsell aggressively. We want them to know it, be sure of it, fear it to the core of their beings. "Feeling" isn't sure enough. We want bone-deep certainty and visceral dread. We want our employees to completely understand that not selling in every breath and every moment of interaction with a customer is high treason, malfeasance, and heresy, and such dereliction of sacred duty will be treated with appropriate harshness.

Comment: Re:Bottom line... (Score 2) 168

More to the point, dead former customers can't seek arbitration. So a sufficiently failed roof (i.e., lethally collapsed) is a guaranteed win for the roofer.

Every system is gamed. The system described by GPP is optimized for the gamer, to the fundamental detriment of anyone "playing fair".

Comment: Re:What a bunch of Wuss (Score 1) 568

by Archangel Michael (#47706977) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

He obviously didn't ever hear or read about Normandy. Or about the German disaster at the outskirts of Moscow the previous winter. Germany made the classic blunder of believing they were invincible (or at least acting like it) based on Hitler's Ideology of German superiority.

Additionally, he doesn't realize that the US was pretty much the only people fighting on two fronts at the same time, Europe and Pacific. Now, I don't know if he's looked at the globe lately, but Pacific was a pretty big theater. And the Japanese were tough fighters, often fighting until the last man had fallen, something rarely seen in warfare.

Comment: Re:A limit is a limit (Score 1) 464

by pla (#47706393) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit
Realistically, what are your chances of actually keeping pace with the thing or out-running it without losing control of your own vehicle?

Pretty damned good, actually - Unless talking about an intentionally homicidal driver in an unencumbered tractor, even the wimpiest piece of crap passenger car on the road can blow the doors off a loaded semi.

Now, against that trailer-less tractor, good luck. 400-600HP with no load and tires the size of your entire car means you can kiss your Fortwo, aka that shiny metal smear on the pavement, goodbye.

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