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Comment: Re:General Boycott Is In Order. (Score 1) 106

by kbrannen (#49006115) Attached to: Kickstarted Firefox OS HDMI Dongle Delayed, DRM Support Being Added
I'm not a backer, I've never heard of this project before. But if I was a backer, I'd ask for my money back. Is that possible? That's a serious question, I really don't know if that's possible with kickstarter campaigns (in a case like this, it seems that you should be able to get your money back if they change the project you signed up for.

Comment: Re:Make Yourself Known (Score 1) 65

by kbrannen (#48896879) Attached to: Smartphones, Tablets and EBay Send SkyMall To Chapter 11
I bought something there this last Christmas. The item (a variable height desk) was the same price no matter where I looked. It's the only thing I've ever bought there. It was fun to look in the catalog for the unusual items; it was always good for at least 1 chuckle for some goofy item and ususally several.

Comment: Re:Only for the first year (Score 1) 570

by kbrannen (#48872353) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

True. And it's not that people prefer MSO over OpenOffice, it's just that they need to be able to interact with people using Office. And opening a Word document on OpenOffice usually ends up like a big mess. Same for Powerpoint or Excel. Interchangeability is just a mess right now.

Sure, interoperability is an issue for some people, but some of us do prefer MSO over OO. Yeah, I really wish we still had the menubar rather than the ribbon, but if I'm typing anything substantial, I really want MSWord because I can't find anything in OO (that's a bit of a training issue, but I really do have trouble finding options/commands in OO to the point that OO is very frustrating for me).

An even bigger issue for me is that only MSO has OneNote (or an equivalent). I don't care at all about Outlook because I use Thunderbird, and only a little about Powerpoint and Excel (my needs for these 2 tools is so limited OO works just fine). Until OO gets an equivalent to OneNote, only MSO can really meet my needs.

Comment: Re:I find progressives annoying for computer work (Score 1) 464

by kbrannen (#48720359) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?
I'm very similar. Progressives are great when generally doing life. However, when working at the computer, single vision lens are a must. Better yet, get you eye doctor to proscribe "office/computer" lens. The focal point for them are about 1 yard/meter, or about the length of your arm, which is where the computer screens should be sitting. Besides always having to move your head with progressives when reading the computer screen, when you do find the sweet focal spot, you'll find that you're having to tilt your head back slightly. After some time, you'll start having muscle aches in your neck ... not good. Go for 2 pairs of glasses, a bit of a hassle but well worth it. If your eye doctor gives you any hassle over this or doesn't seem familiar with computer lens, go somewhere else.

Comment: Re:Yeah, sure, any day now... (Score 2) 65

by kbrannen (#48622297) Attached to: A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast

I think the lines need to be built by and maintained by one company or by the municipality and the service provided by competition.

I totally agree with you. Of course, that means that we start to treat broadband like a utility and not a private business, which is fine by me.

There are good and bad points to excluding customers. It's ridiculous to run a 20 mile fiber to one person's house or even a group of five or six houses and charge them the same as everyone else. If they want cable- they should live with the rest of civilization.

I think you need to think that thru a little more. Going by that logic, you're saying that farmers (who grow your food) and others who just like small town life don't deserve high-speed internet. I'm not sure what word I want to apply to that, but you don't come out looking so nice there.

Now, if you want to say that those who live further out will need to pay a bit more because of their situation, I think most of us could agree to that. Of course, with the advent of putting access points on water towers and other high places and then a receiver/transmitter dish on the person's house so that lines don't have to be run to individual houses, even those of us not in "the big city" can get better speeds at mostly reasonable prices.

Comment: Re:I'm even older. (Score 1) 241

by kbrannen (#48584773) Attached to: Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?
I joined the profession just after PCs were moving into the coporate world. At that time where I worked, the really good stuff ran on expensive "workstations" I couldn't possibly afford, personally. Now days, the equipment is so affordable that the computer setup I have at home is better than my desktop setup at work. That creates it's own kind of stress, for me in having to use "lesser stuff" and for the IT department when I keep asking for something better ... not a problem we had in "the old days".

Comment: Re:Defending software patents (Score 1) 92

by kbrannen (#47939673) Attached to: Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back
Arguing from analogy is always fraught with peril, but I'll start there. Can you patent a specific ordering of words? No you can't; because that's copyright not patent. Software is the same way, it's an ordering of words that does the instructions of the programmer, for whatever is in his/her imagination. There is lots of creation, but little true innovation (to inspire true patents).

Also, software is one of those things that moves very fast and comes about by building on the works of others. If you start patents for software, you'll stiffle and kill the software industry. We can't wait 28 years for some idea that literally thousands of us could come up with to be freely usable. It would also be very hard to enforce that.

Comment: We already have hypersonic missles... (Score 2) 322

by kbrannen (#47821445) Attached to: The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban
We already have hypersonic missles -- really! Most of the air-to-air missles shot from 1 plane to another are hypersonic and we've had these for decades. This is public knowledge.

What the article is try to get banned is "long-range hypersonic missles", or if you prefer, the old ICBMs going a lot faster. If you could make a very small nuke and stick it in one of the existing missle cases; you could have a pretty awesome weapon if short distances are all you need (say in the 80-100 mile range from what I've read, definitely far enough the pilot wouldn't have to worry about getting caught in it). It'd be pretty easy to hit any coastal city from international air space that way.

Comment: Re:Fire the Architects (Score 4, Insightful) 51

by kbrannen (#47786687) Attached to: IEEE Guides Software Architects Toward Secure Design

I don't have a lot of patience with the profession since it's built on a fatally flawed analogy and all software architects ever do is waste and overhead from a lean perspective.

It *sounds* like you've never worked on a large project then. Fine, fire the architects, but you're still going to need someone to do their job, no matter if you call them the team lead or something else. There needs to be a *technical* person at the top who says "we're marching that way" and here's some stuff we need to keep in mind and do. Some technical person who can push back to the product owner when it's needed and explain in technical gory details when required. That's not the project manager because they're not technical enough; or that's been true for all the projects I've ever worked on.

You need someone to can look ahead at the items coming and notice that there are some common things needed, and that if you spend some time up front to fix (a framework, a subsystem, whatever) that it will be cheaper and faster to do that way than to let small bits of code be written and then refactored a hundred times as the sprints slowly come in.

I'm sorry you don't like the construction analogy, but it's very true that the cheapest time to change a building is when you're still at the blueprint stage before it's built ... the cheapest time to change software is during the planning stage before it's written.

Sure, most product owners owners don't really know where they want to end up, but some things are well known and when you have that knowledge you should use it as soon as possible, no matter what you want to call the roles or the results. Protocols, APIs, security, data models and databases, etc are all things that should be planned as much as possible, not organically grown and refactored. Who does that planning?

My day job right now is dealing with code that had very little upfront planning, very Agile'ish, and the system is a nightmare at times. I'll admit that the source of the problem may be that the devs before me never came back and refactored and cleaned up, but a little more planning would have made much of that unnecessary. That's what an architect brings to the table: some overall planning and technical sense.

Comment: They probably can't (Score 2) 232

by kbrannen (#47767775) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest
For the "big stuff", much of what's listed in the summary, they probably can't create the bandwagon. The reason developers jump on something like that is because it's already in widespread use. All the "big stuff" already has leaders. The best RH could hope to do is to buy some of those out and take them over.

OTOH, do we developers want that? Look at the controversy surrounding systemd, directly developed by RH. If that's a sample of what they do, I'm not so keen for their solutions.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 5, Insightful) 561

by kbrannen (#47660371) Attached to: Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White
Gotta agree that's stupid. First, you can only hire people that are available with the skills you're looking for. So if you don't have "diverse applicants", you'll never get "higher numbers".

Second, I hope he doesn't mean it, but it sounds like Cook want to be more diverse to look more politically correct. If I were a stock holder, I'd be upset. I wouldn't want him be "diverse" so he can look good; I'd want him to hire the best qualified people in a completely "blind" way. If that means 90% are male, or 80% white, or 85% female, or whatever the numbers work out to be because those were the best people to get the job done, then so be it. If the PC-crowd doesn't like it, then they need to encourage more minorities to get the required education and get qualified.

Comment: Re:I for one, (Score 1) 108

by kbrannen (#47468941) Attached to: KDE Releases Plasma 5
I also really appreciate the work the KDE developers have done over the years. I'll go look at KDE5 to see what's coming.

However, I really Really REALLY hope they've found a way for you to install KDE and not have to have akonadi or nepomunk installed on my system. For the longest time, they've been force installed because of dependencies and I don't want them on my machine because I never use them and their daemons just suck up resources. Seems like there was something else like this, maybe amarok, but I'm having a hard time remembering. I like KDE in general, but I don't want all of it.

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