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Comment Re:What is Plex? (Score 1) 89

...just a very expensive compact computer

I think the price is very reasonable, I bought one AppleTV for $69 that I use in one room and for the other room a Raspberry Pi2 with OSMC. With all the extras (cables, 5GHz Wifi, Powered hub) the Pi2 ended up costing more but was fun to setup. I can stream movies and music to both from a Seagate NAS.

All in all I'm happy with both, they work fine with my TVs and I wouldn't call any of them expensive. I also think calling users idiots says a lot more about you than them.

Comment Life (Score 1) 242

I guess I'm lucky that's not a concern in my segment; embedded software. At least as far as I've experienced. Different technologies are simply tools, new or old, that are learned as needed and job finding happens just as often based on personal networks as anything, after enough years in the industry.

Good thing because most of the many excellent software engineers I've worked with does not nerd away on github after hours; they spend time with their children or spouse, go to the pub, play sports, etc. A lot of them don't care one way or another about open source either. If excited about the work we put in overtime, making hobbyist projects at home even less likely, though they do occur - of course there are exceptions to everything...

Comment Re:Very nifty, but... (Score 1) 62

Oh the intolerance, you sound like a Redditor... Speaking of which; I dislike the rampant abuse of car analogies when your position is easily explained/understood, even if it is a popular practice here.

Anyway, I know about SpaceShipOne, Rutan and how feathering works but I don't mind the occasional re-post because sometimes I miss posts and sometimes something is just cool and I enjoy being reminded of it years later. If I'm not interested, I scroll past it. As long as re-posts are not flooding the site I'm happy. Why fuss?!

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 484

Mhmm, those assumptions are clouding the issue: you can easily put the Windows swapfile on any partition of your choice and have swapfiles on multiple partitions if that tickles your fancy. You can created a partition just for the swapfile if you want and years ago it was popular among enthusiasts getting a fast dedicated HDD just for the windows swapfile - before we all started putting gigantic amounts of RAM in our boxes.

But whatever difference the two approaches have between them in performance it's probably negligible compared to the penalty of using swap in the first place, in many cases anyway if not all.

Comment Re:Anecdotal evidence (Score 1) 241

People always righteously wave that book about as if it was some little known religious text of ultimate authority, without knowing the nature of the project in question.
It is true, there are a lot of really good points in that book. Any project or engineering manager should know it and I've known too many who didn't. I've seen the prophecies sadly come true too many times.

However, we have no idea how Microsoft achieved this; was it a fully staffed project with specific deadlines? Was it many separate projects (an OS could have many areas to examine), possibly scattered in time? A small working group? A long running initiative with domain experts pulled in as needed and no specific deadline? Was it initially small but then grew as different separate problem domains were discovered? A specific goal allocated within each OS project? Etc. etc.

Until we know how they ran the initiative (or initiatives) we can't say at all whether adding more people would be or were bad.

Comment All and None (Score 1) 484

They all "just work" for a lot of users. However, you can't make something as complex as a modern smartphone without bugs. Enormous amounts of testing are done on these devices prior to shipping trying to ensure a good user experience but they will never be bug free. The ultimate test is always millions of users.

Then add flaky wifi/cell networks and 3rd party apps into the mix, just to complicate matters further.

Your case sounds extreme though.

Comment Re:Bottom line... (Score 1) 331

They're probably never going to try enforcing it but if they do; you're absolutely right the warehouse worker can easily fight back. After all it's a free country, Like any free citizen being strong armed by a large threatening entity all he needs to do is understand his rights, face this 90 billion dollar company head on and hire a competent legal team.

Comment Re:Funny thing... (Score 1) 229

Some of these actually have a "Mac expert" they'll hand you over to, even though initially presenting themselves as "Microsoft" or the guys calling me "Your Support Dept".

I just hang up immediately.

If you want to insult them, suggest that their mother must be very disappointed with them and hold the phone a bit farther away.

Comment Re:Which he needn't do (Score 1) 180

I haven't seen him complain. In fact he seems perfectly happy with his method and pace, as is his right. Everybody constantly asking to the fate of the series if he croaks does seem a bit distasteful.

I do believe he has an assistant who could be interfacing to any number of laser levels, or not.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 437

Indeed, this article surprised me. I only got the upgrade for a 2nd gen Moto G US version a couple of weeks ago. Friends on the International version 1st gen Moto G, here in Canada, still haven't got the update. It's simply not out yet for most devices.

As for your last comment; I got both an iPhone 4S and a Moto G, I enjoy both, they run latest OS releases fine, tech hate is infantile.

Comment Re:Apple is what MS always wanted to be (Score 1) 327

"without all the backlash and bashing"? Not true. They get bashed for every single move they make! Whether justified or not there are hordes of angry people bashing Apple at every turn. Even independent reviews get accused of taking bribes if not being negative about latest iPad, etc.

Apple bashing is the great circle jerk of our time, both justified and unjustified.

Personally I buy products if they match my use case, all companies want our money. I currently have an iPad Air 2, a Moto G and a PC laptop that replaces a seven year old Macbook Pro.

Comment Re:I'm surrounded by morons (Score 1) 613

Sir Humphrey: Minister, Britain has had the same foreign policy objective for at least the last five hundred years: to create a disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Germans and Italians. Divide and rule, you see. Why should we change now, when it's worked so well?

Hacker: That's all ancient history, surely?

Sir Humphrey: Yes, and current policy. We 'had' to break the whole thing [the EEC] up, so we had to get inside. We tried to break it up from the outside, but that wouldn't work. Now that we're inside we can make a complete pig's breakfast of the whole thing: set the Germans against the French, the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch. The Foreign Office is terribly pleased; it's just like old times.

Hacker: But surely we're all committed to the European ideal?

Sir Humphrey: [chuckles] Really, Minister.

Hacker: If not, why are we pushing for an increase in the membership?

Sir Humphrey: Well, for the same reason. It's just like the United Nations, in fact; the more members it has, the more arguments it can stir up, the more futile and impotent it becomes.

Hacker: What appalling cynicism.

Sir Humphrey: Yes... We call it diplomacy, Minister.

Never trust an operating system.