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Comment: Re:I'm not too good for code reviews (Score 1) 495

by keithpreston (#36696138) Attached to: Are You Too Good For Code Reviews?

"Never enough time to do it right, but always time to do it over."

I feel sorry for anyone who works at places like this and I've worked at places like this before. Compressed schedules, vague changing demands, schedule slips when the hacked up mess finally falls apart. There are better ways to make software, but we just keep promoting good software engineers to managers that have no idea about management.

Comment: Re:Let's just get this out of the way.. (Score 1) 333

by keithpreston (#35944678) Attached to: Netflix Subscriber Base Eclipses Comcast's

"The hurdle has been the lack of a generic and complete platform security and content protection mechanism available for Android."

"Although we don’t have a common platform security mechanism and DRM, we are able to work with individual handset manufacturers to add content protection to their devices. Unfortunately, this is a much slower approach and leads to a fragmented experience on Android, in which some handsets will have access to Netflix and others won’t."

The lack of general platform content protection on Android makes them have to do it on an individual basis. The fragmentation of handset makes this difficult. Windows makes every comply with a base set of APIs. In Android you can mess with them as much as you want.

Comment: Re:Let's just get this out of the way.. (Score 2, Insightful) 333

by keithpreston (#35938774) Attached to: Netflix Subscriber Base Eclipses Comcast's

These is no Netflix client because DRM is hard to impossible on Fragmented Open Source Android. Apple and Microsoft have protected video paths. They either have to relicense content to stream DRM free, or come up with a solution on a phone by phone basis to meet the DRM requirements of the content agreements.

Comment: Re:They are late to the party, but... (Score 1) 229

by keithpreston (#35919966) Attached to: Wal-Mart Tests Online Grocery Delivery

Delivery fee is $5 is you specify a 4 hour window. It only works on volume. If you and all your neighbor order, it will be profitable. This actually is re-making me a customer of Walmart. The San Jose area only has 2 Walmarts and no supercenters. This gives me access to supercenter products without driving 20 miles. I put in my first order.

Considering the time,gas and hassle, $10 delivery fee isn't much. It can be as low as $5, which I think is worth it. Honestly if they only do this to addresses outside of 5-10 miles from existing supercenters, they open themselves to lots of new customers.

Comment: Thank you Slashdot, I'm in the delivery area! (Score 1) 229

by keithpreston (#35919936) Attached to: Wal-Mart Tests Online Grocery Delivery

Oh, Slashdot, while you are a wonderful waste of time normally, this time I thank you. I recently moved from the Kansas City Area (1.5 miles from a Walmart Super Center) to San Jose. Prices here are crazy and the closest Walmart Super Center is 20 miles, (10 to normal store). However thanks to Slashdot, I now know that Walmart delivers to my new address and I plan to use the service heavily. The 5.00 delivery fee is easily offset by the savings from the local stores(not to mention gas cost). My first order should be here Tuesday.

As much bashing as you want to do with Walmart, they for the most part sell the exact same products for cheaper. With non-perishable this is especially true. They may not carry all the high-end brands, and typically have a slightly lower quality store-brand for many products, but this doesn't relate to being lower quality overall. As for perishable products, their produce is on par with lower tier (bottom 50%) grocery stores, but if you stick to the stuff that is in season you are golden.

Even if you don't shop at Walmart, you should thank them. Their dedication to efficiency and low prices have lowered prices at all stores including competitors and raised the standard of living for everyone here in the US.

Comment: Re:Why ask? (Score 4, Interesting) 437

by keithpreston (#33060088) Attached to: What To Do About CC License Violations?

One slight mistake, Generally speaking people that are creating content believe and follow the licenses. The lechers that contribute little to nothing to society and just expect to be given everything for free that are the ones usually pirating. However you have a solid point, if you pirate material you basically have no ground to say this guy should get anything for his works.

Comment: Re:Remove the artificial monopoly (Score 1) 299

by keithpreston (#33018940) Attached to: Adapting the Post Office To the Digital Age

They should make those farms profitable. There are simple solutions.... If if live in a city, you get mail 5 days a week. You live just outside a city 3 days a week. You live in the middle of nowhere? 1 day a week. Top of a mountain? once a month. There is significant value to be able to deliver to every American house, so don't destroy that, just make people choose to live closer to civilizations to get mail faster.

Comment: Re:A small trick in the article itself (Score 1) 495

by keithpreston (#32892534) Attached to: RIAA Accounting — How Labels Avoid Paying Musicians

Exactly, every band that doesn't sell 400,000 copies or more LOSES money for the label. Look at CD sales and you will find that most do not. So basically they give the band $350,000, the band makes nothing MORE until after the first million records. After that they make their 20%. This seems like a pretty fair deal for a 4 million dollar loan to a want-a-be rock star.

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