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Comment: 18 hours? Really? (Score 1) 389

The apple watch is a toy for geeks and arm candy for insecure rich extroverts.

How practical is a watch that needs to visit the (highly proprietary) charger after no more than 18 hours of "typical" use? If you are traveling and you forget the charge cable your watch turns into an expensive but useless bracelet. Your Swatch, Timex, Casio, Rolex, Patak, Seiko, etc. will still tell time.

Utterly ridiculous.

Comment: Change you can believe in! (Score 4, Insightful) 348

by lophophore (#49219867) Attached to: Obama Administration Claims There Are 545,000 IT Job Openings

2017 cannot come fast enough. The current administration in the white house does not even know what party it represents, what it stands for.

This is lunacy. There are not 545,000 IT job openings in this country. Look at, indeed, monster, etc. TRY TO GET A JOB.

I bet there are less than 100,000 real positions available.

This is just a red herring to let them open up the H1-B faucet and drive wages down. This would have been unsurprising coming from the republicans, but from the obama administration? Just more incompetence. Disappointing, but not unexpected.

Comment: crap article. (Score 2) 338

by lophophore (#49210303) Attached to: Google Chrome Requires TSYNC Support Under Linux

slashdot needs peer review, or something.

I'm running Chrome 41 on CentOS 6 -- that has kernel 2.6.32. I followed the link and one of the complaints was that Chrome remote desktop could not be installed. So I installed it. Works fine. No problems here.

Linux 3.17 clearly is not the minimum requirement.

(yes, it takes a shim to get Chrome to work on CentOS. It is a pain. see -- he figured out how to make it work, and it works well.)

Comment: it's not the kernel, it's the desktop! (Score 2) 393

by lophophore (#49071157) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

It's not the kernel that the source of the problem. It's the desktop. Changing the kernel away from Linux is not going to do diddly squat if we are still saddled with KDE or Mate or Cinnamon or Gnome or Xfce or blasted Unity.

Linux has not won the desktop because the the Linux desktops all blow. I use Xfce, I like it the best because it stays out of my way more than the rest.

Why do so many hackers prefer Mac? It's not for the overpriced hardware. Is it because the suspend works so well? It cannot be for the GUI because the OS X GUI really blows.

Then there's Windows 8, an utterly unusable abomination...

Comment: that's right. and here's why. (Score 5, Insightful) 210

by lophophore (#48871781) Attached to: Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

Nobody is posting public content. That's exactly right. That is by design.

This is why G+ is better than facebook. You can post content to specifically who you want to. This is a lot harder to do on Facebook.

I /never/ post public content on either network. Never. But I do post a lot to my circles on G+, and the granularity of control is why I prefer it.

The study is flawed, because the researcher does not understand what he is studying.

Comment: damage control mode (Score 1) 450

It seems Intuit is now in damage control mode; apparently if you call them and bitch enough they will upgrade you to "Premier" for free.

I've been a quickbooks customer for a long time, so I'm kind of used to the fleecing. I have never had a high opinion of Intuit the company; Quickbooks works well enough for the money, but if there was a reasonable alternative I would be gone in seconds.

Intuit sucks.

Comment: Eben Upton (Score 1, Interesting) 299

by lophophore (#48700181) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

Eben Upton gets my nod. The Raspberry Pi is a huge success; his goals were noble; they were to make an inexpensive computer that **anybody** could afford and use to learn about computing. Delivered.

As far as Snowden goes -- I award him some used toilet paper. If he was a patriot, then he would have kept his disclosures to what was patently illegal, that is, the NSA's warrantless collection of data from American citizens in America. But Eddy went way past that; he had an agenda, and his agenda was not to surface the NSA's illegal activities in the US, his agenda was to burn down the NSA completely. He's not a patriot, he is a criminal, a traitor, and I pray the next time he sees his homeland it is is from the inside of a cell. Meanwhile, I hope he is freezing his ass off in Russia.

Comment: You don't want to work there (Score 2) 376

by lophophore (#48491113) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

My advice would be not to go into management unless there is a way to keep your technical skills up. You won't find the headhunters as eager to place managers, except the highly technically adept ones. If you let your technical skills rot, it may become more difficult to stay employed.

I've worked as a developer, architect, project leader and "director of development" (whoa) and I prefer the technical contributor roles -- but that's just me.

As far as the companies that appear to be "age-ist" -- run away! A lot of that is done because the younger developers can be had for less money, they can and will work longer hours (usually because they don't have a family or really any life outside work) and they just don't know better. I can tell you from the times I have done "leadership" that I would rather have two skilled old-timers than four fresh-outs working on my team. The two old timers will almost always out-produce the four fresh-uts in terms of actual delivery and quality. So you get what you pay for.

"Be *excellent* to each other." -- Bill, or Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure