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Comment Oh sure (Score 5, Insightful) 196

Oh sure, let's trust the people who can't even protect their own networks to properly identify the perpetrators of a hack instead of some innocent bystander running a TOR exit node. I can't see any risks associated with that. No. Not at all... :(

Comment Re:Plate boundary (Score 1) 432

Until the next earthquake, and then you fix it. A hell of a lot more straightforward than making something last in the violent and frozen marine environment. I hope there is no metal in it. Or concrete. This thing has to compete with giant ships lumbering across the ocean - it will be a challenge.

Comment Re:Download in progress (Score 1) 183

Well. After my "holier than thou" comments on cheap DVDs, I ended up having to "burn" my USB stick to do the actual install/upgrade. It turns out my laptop drive isn't DVD-R compatible, only DVD+R. *LOL*

The upgrade itself was painless, though time consuming. It took about 3 hours once I finally had the USB burned. All of my database servers, VLC, etc. seem to work just fine. (Lenovo Z580 with dual-core i7, originally shipped with Windows 7 Home.)

Comment Nothing lasts forever (Score 1) 133

Even "Blue Chip" companies like IBM are a pale shadow of their former selves. Microsoft has lost billions on failed acquisitions and "new technology" that never took hold of the market.

The point is, former success and profit are no guarantee of the same in the future. Companies come, and companies go.

Expecting to be employed by one single company for an entire career is a fools game in the internet age. The sooner you wake up to the fact that even if you do save a company from itself, you're not going to be appreciated nor rewarded for your efforts, the sooner you can start planning a career of moving from one interesting job to the next.

Anyone who is targeting the executive levels of business knows damn well they are going to get their next "promotion" by jumping ship for another company, leveraging their current skills and position as the experience needed for a higher level position. You just flat out don't get promoted into those positions by companies any more, because they don't want you to leave your current role if you're doing a good job. And if you're not doing a good job and are replaceable, they're going to replace you anyhow with someone who isn't replaceable, or they're going to farm out the work of your position to some agency that uses cookie-cutter staff to fill the role.

Companies don't owe you anything, and you don't owe the company anything -- especially not "loyalty."

Get over the idea of "saving" the company. Do your job, do it well, find a better position, and get the hell out while the getting is good.

Comment Re:The Microsoft key!!!! I've never used it...ever (Score 1) 687

I think you need to look at the first Mac keyboard. There was no "control" key. Just the Command and Option keys. The Command key was for keyboard shortcuts and the Option key was to enter special characters (accents, extra symbols, etc). They later added the "Control" key where the caps lock key is typically located now and moved "caps lock" to a tiny button next to the space bar. This was done to be compatible with terminal applications.

Comment Re:I never "install" OS'es on existing machines (Score 1) 263

To be fair, nothing ever good came from buying a PC with ME or Vista... you picked the lesser of two evils. I had 98SE on a machine well into the XP era. I had an XP machine well into the 7 era. Strategic skipping of versions is just as important to a Windows user as not touching the installed system.

Comment The hardware "ecosystem" depends on crap software (Score 3, Interesting) 352

I run a P4 3.8GHz single core system as my main desktop, even though I do development with it. Switching to a newer Core i5 system will make it run 10 times as fast, but as the runtime on my huge (tuned) code base is under 5 minutes already, it really won't save me *that* much time compared to *editing* the code. It will save on build time, which is a boon to me, but even that savings is only due to the nature of my build process -- I do full instead of incremental builds.

I do plan on buying a new machine in a few months when I've saved the money, but my main point is that the hardware we use has been "good enough" for a good decade. It is the crappy software the people shovel out that drives hardware upgrades nowadays, not the actual need for faster hardware.

So it is to the hardware manufacturer's benefit that as much software as possible be absolutely incompetently written crap so that people will buy the latest shiny-shiny because their old one is "too slow."

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