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Comment: Re:Help me understand (Score 1) 390

by jonhorvath (#47482727) Attached to: Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

It could be that the Verizon network can't handle the load of unimpeded Netflix traffic from Level 3. Version has two options to mitigate this problem. One is to upgrade the capacity of the entire Verizon network, which would be fairly expensive capital expense. The second is to limit the peering bandwidth with Level 3. Verizon went with the second option, and it obfuscates the root cause of the Netflix network performance issues. As a public corporation, Verizon made the best decision for it's shareholders.

Comment: Re:sigh... (Score 1) 169

by jonhorvath (#40001675) Attached to: Kodak Basement Lab Housed Small Nuclear Reactor

I actually worked in Kodak Building 82 as a co-op back in 1992. This article brings back all the fond memories of the green glowing goo that would reandomally appear around the office.

If I had any clue that there was a reactor in the same building, fire alarms would have be taken much more seriously. Heck, I would have went straight to my car and go home for the day.

Comment: It can be hard to seperate work and personal time (Score 5, Insightful) 230

by jonhorvath (#39256029) Attached to: Building a Case For Telecommuting

I did part time telecommuting for a few years. It saved my an hour a day in commute time and reduce my gas purchases by half. There is one downside to telecommuting that wasn't mention in the article. At times, it can be difficult to separate work and personal time. If the work is engaging, it is easy to lose track of time and work many more hours. When working on tasks that are boring and monotonous, it can become impossible to focus. It is much easier to get into work mode when the environment changes.

Comment: Re:This is hardly a shock... (Score 1) 324

by jonhorvath (#38011306) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Silverlight?

There have been MVC frameworks for HTML/Javascript clients for many years. I've create a few HTML LOB application that have DI, unit testing of controllers and Moq'ing of data.

There is no better satisfaction in deploying a new application version in less than a few minutes at a corporate global enterprise system. The days of loading thousands of client applications are coming to an end.

Comment: Re:a good thing for, banks... (Score 1) 181

by jonhorvath (#37207786) Attached to: Is the Quick Death of Failed Tech Products a Good Thing?

Reducing the number of time a company report their finances would only hurt the individual investor. Without insider information, how would I know if a company was in dire straights? Regular public updates on a company's performance helps to level the investment playing field.

There were wide swings in the stock market before computer based trading algorithms (ex. Crash of 1929). Reducing transactions probably would not make any changes to our current stock market volatility.

Comment: Re:I know I shouldn't complain... (Score 1) 145

by jonhorvath (#36398120) Attached to: Percent of my work life spent in meetings:

At our company it is impossible for a group manager to hire employees. All new hires have to be approved by high level executives. These executives usually have no clue what resources are needed to keep up with the work at the lower levels. They will typically either reject the request or hold out until the next fiscal quarter. The group manager is forced to work extra hours to fill in the gaps in the interim.

That is why I've been out of management for the past three years. It is insane be a group manager and have no authority to hire as needed.

Comment: Re:What we'll learn at Build 2011 (Score 1) 580

by jonhorvath (#36386264) Attached to: Silverlight Developers Rally Against Windows 8

What is the difference between Native Code Technology and ActiveX controls? I hope that Native Code Technology as you described never see the light of day. The main task of of a web browser it to properly render the standard HTML tags for the user. The latest version of the web browsers are actually doing a good job at displaying standard HTML. The last thing we need is to revert back to working with proprietary plug-in UI controls.


IE9 May Not Be Enough To Save IE 328

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the just-kill-6-please dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The October market share numbers are in and Net Applications' numbers show a surprising drop in IE8 market share — the first time since the browser was introduced. Strangely, IE9 has not gained much and IE7 as well as IE6 are losing as well. The only two browsers gaining are Chrome and Safari — and both browsers have hit new record market shares. The frenzy around IE8 may have subsided already, and Microsoft is under tremendous pressure to roll out IE9 soon. StatCounter's numbers indicate that Firefox is close to surpassing IE in Europe."

Comment: Actual cost savings? (Score 1) 551

by jonhorvath (#33123278) Attached to: The Recovery Disc Rip-Off

I truly don't understand the cost savings by not including a recovery DVD. Here is a rough estimate on costs associated with each option.

* Include DVD recovery disc - 10 cents per disc

* Customer calls in to have recovery DVD shipped - 5 dollars per disc (includes support call, shipping and handling)

The computer company is counting at least 1 in 50 people will not call their support line to recover their PC. Knowing the typical home user, this is an extremely high ratio. I suspect that the actual ratio would actually be 1 in 5 or lower. The combination of MS Windows and a home user would usually lead to an unstable OS within a year.

PC Games (Games)

JavaScript/HTML 5 Gaming? 201

Posted by Soulskill
from the five-by-five dept.
cjcela writes "Lately I've seen some HTML 5/JavaScript games popping up on the web. Most of them lack sound, and are not polished, but little by little this is changing. As an example, check Galactic Plunder. While it is only a single-level proof of concept, it is one of the first arcade non-Flash games that I've found playable. Do you know of other comparable or better pure JavaScript games?"

One Quarter of Germans Happy To Have Chip Implants 170

Posted by samzenpus
from the identified-coward dept.
justice4all writes "If it means shorter lines at the supermarket, a quarter of Germans would be happy to have a chip implanted under their skin. The head of Germany's main IT trade body told the audience at the opening ceremony of the CeBIT technology exhibition that one in four of his countrymen are happy to have a microchip inserted for ID purposes."

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. -- Albert Einstein