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Comment: Buy Microsoft (Score 2) 448

by msobkow (#47723953) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

My sole advice to myself when I started out would have been to buy Microsoft stock.

More than buying a house, a car, or anything else, I started out when Microsoft was a penny stock and could have cleaned up big time just by investing a few grand in their stock instead of a car. :P

Comment: Re:Actually, it's the PERFECT name (Score 1) 413

Under Debian with KDE, most of my menu items describe what the application does rather than using it's name. So at least at the foundation of a huge number of distros, there is no excuse for relying on the "cute" names application developers have come up with.

Comment: I've learned the hard way (Score 5, Insightful) 301

I've learned the hard way over the years. Never let Windows Update install a driver of any kind. Ever.

I've had them blow out network cards, video cards, sound cards, and low level on-board devices. I've had them completely bork systems to the point where they were unbootable.

Go to the vendor and get the official updates.

I don't know how they do it, but Windows Update perpetually mis-identifies hardware and installs the wrong drivers, delivers broken drivers, and otherwise screws up when it comes to drivers. Yet the official vendor's drivers (such as Intel) work just fine.

Go figure. One would think Microsoft is just redeploying those same drivers, but years of being burned have taught me that's not the case.

Comment: Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (Score 3, Interesting) 197

by msobkow (#47687325) Attached to: Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

What I'd like to hear is an orchestra recording which mics each instrument and gives each of them a channel. It'd be interesting to see how well Atmos can recreate the sound stage of a full orchestra.

If it can't do that properly, then it's a useless fad, because that's just presenting a "static" sound image, not a moving one. I have a strong suspicion it relies on moving sounds to mask the fact that it's not very accurate about positioning them.

Comment: It's so fashionable to hate China (Score 2) 93

by msobkow (#47687089) Attached to: Not Just For ThinkPads Anymore: Lenovo Gets OK To Buy IBM Server Line

I find it absolutely hilarious the way everyone disparages Chinese manufacturing while 95% of all electronics, clothing, and gadgetry is made in China or other asian countries.

Scariest of all are the ill-informed masses who think that IBM, HP, Dell, etc. actually make any of their own parts any more. They're US companies in name only.

Wake up. Globalization has already happened.

Comment: Then spend time *with* your family! (Score 1) 154

by msobkow (#47681713) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

If you're going to spend time with your family, spend it *with* them!

Dad sitting around with his head in a screen and clacking away on the keyboard is *not* "spending time with your family."

Aside from that, you'd be far more productive to spend, say, 7-9 with the family while the kids are up and then focus on work for another couple of hours before going to bed. Interrupted work is not productive work; you're just putting in time and fooling yourself that you're "productive".

try again