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Comment Re: The joys of youth (Score 1) 135 135

that was part of vista, and server 2008 when they declared automated testing was bettet. So no we suffer, because apparently all the hard work that went into 2003 wasnt worth it.

2012 is a joke of a server.

Funny. On server 2012 R2 I can reverse AD schema deletions, go powershell only and or turn GUI on or off, use desired state configuration powershell templates, use DCs as VMs, and many many almost countless things I can't do on server 2k3.

Is it really true you need a 1990s modem plugged into a 2k3 server just to turn VPN on and then unplug the modem before it is ready??

Comment Re:The joys of youth (Score 1) 135 135

If you're a dev, you shouldn't be chasing versions. Find a stable version, stick with it through your project. SE already has enough of that "stuff changing out from under me" feel without adding to the issue.

This mindset is why I still have to support companies that refuse to migrate from IE8. Thanks.

There are currently 2 common mindsets.

1) find a stable version and prevent yourself from ever getting anything better and any upgrade is sure to break tons of stuff


2) upgrade versions every time a new one comes out so you get the benefits of incremental improvements, sure stuff breaks, but the next patch will fix it in a matter of days/weeks

On April 8th 2014 the joyful day of XP/IE6 death, which should be considered an international holiday, I think a lot of companies realized that the days of use a "Stable version" for decades is over/no longer realistic.

Now I am not saying "just start upgrading everything always" because the worst thing you can do is try to step out in front of the subway car of continuous integration/continuous improvement after letting a project mature on "stick with the stable version" mentality; but I am saying... the half-assed "stable version" meets patch tuesday bullshit that microsoft is doing will continue to bite you and everybody else in the ass until that entire tech stack stops doing that crap and starts doing the continuous integration thing for real. Chrome does it, every app on your phone tries to do it, "cloud" products do it (that is one of the reasons execs love "cloud").

Microsoft might as well be mailing floppies for how broken and relevant their process is.

Speak for yourself! I can't consider learning HTML 5 until 2020 when 7 goes EOL as too many of the users have standardized on IE 8 HTML throughout the whole decade. I have 2 apps we support which are IE 6 only and can't be upgraded and not our call to upgrade it( client owned)

Comment The hardware "ecosystem" depends on crap software (Score 3, Interesting) 237 237

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."

Comment Re:There's no There there. (Score 1) 246 246

(first off, teacher pay isn't in the same money bucket as NASA, they do not compete).

This is totally incorrect. They're all part of the overall government budget. Yes, a lot of funding for schools is at local levels, but not all. And there's plenty of politicians who would love to eliminate one or the other, or better yet both, and use the savings to pay for tax cuts for the rich or for more bloated defense programs.

Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 211 211

Why don't publishers put the ads in a section of the page that can allow the rest of the page to load and render before the ad loads and renders?

Because you could stop the loading once the content you wanted was rendered, thus skipping the ad.

So the pages are set up so the ad loads and renders first.

Comment Re:The Party Line (Score 1) 468 468

You're right about the primaries, but it's unlikely your vote is going to change anything, so once you get to the general election, it's pretty pointless. Still can't hurt to vote in the primary to try to fix things there though.

Just look at the upcoming election: there's tons of excitement and buzz about Bernie, but of course Hillary will be the one who gets the nomination. There's no point in electing Hillary over Jeb.

Comment Re:They are fools (Score 1) 468 468

Snowden himself suffers minor inconveniences relating mainly to lifestyle and the ability to see friends and family.

The friends and family bit is easily the biggest problem for him. The lifestyle might actually be better over there. Over here, an early-30s geek has a terrible time with dating; American women are mostly fat and ugly after the age of 25 (and certainly over 30), and if they're not, they absolutely hate geeks. Russian women, OTOH, are famous for being hot. I'm not sure how Russian women feel about geeks, but if he's well-employed over there, I imagine he has beautiful women lining up to date him.

The main lifestyle problem for him over there is that the Ruble isn't worth much these days for various reasons, so he likely doesn't have nearly the buying power with a job there that he had working here. So if he could get out of the country without trouble, he probably couldn't afford any decent foreign vacations like you can on an American IT worker's salary, and probably has to drive some crappy Lada instead of a BMW.

Comment Re:No surprises there... (Score 5, Insightful) 468 468

One important difference between Obama and Sanders is that Obama had pretty much zero track record before he took office. He was a state senator for a brief time, and then a US senator for a very brief time, and that's it. He was really an unknown; why people elected him is a mystery, probably just because they thought he was an "outsider". Sanders, OTOH, has a very, very long track record in politics, so you can just refer to that. If he ends up behaving completely different after being elected, then you really have to wonder if the Presidency isn't being completely controlled by someone else.

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 4, Insightful) 468 468

The evidence is classified, so the trial can't be public. Classified information doesn't suddenly become unclassified when it's made public. It doesn't matter if the whole world knows; these are government rules, they're not supposed to make sense.

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get to work.