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Comment: Re: Build (Score 1) 47

by Anonymous Brave Guy (#48231603) Attached to: Building All the Major Open-Source Web Browsers

Maybe, but unless you condone software piracy, that would require either buying a second Windows licence (unless you have one of the SA schemes that covers using Windows as both host and guest OS) or running something like Linux as your guest OS and figuring out the cross-compilation issues (if that's possible).

With today's software and licensing landscape, I just don't think setting up a custom VM for every project you work on is viable, nor that imposing burdens on that kind of level is the way to encourage skilled but casual/irregular contributors to help your project.

Comment: Re:Build (Score 2) 47

by Anonymous Brave Guy (#48231275) Attached to: Building All the Major Open-Source Web Browsers

Unfortunately, like too many OSS projects, Mozilla seems to think it will have the only cygwin instance on my system. It therefore assumes it's OK for me to just reconfigure the entire universe according to its preferences, redefine all my paths so the MozillaBuild version of everything takes precedence over anything else that's already installed, and so on.

In reality, I have various other tools installed that bridge the Windows and Linux worlds, including things fundamental to using various version control systems and other everyday needs. As much as I'd like to support Mozilla and be willing to contribute a bit here and there, I'm not going to compromise the development machine I also use to earn my pay cheque just to get their esoteric build system to work.

Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 1) 658

by ultranova (#48229769) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Correlation != Causation.

It is impossible to ever prove causation. In fact, it's impossible to prove causal relationships exist at all, for all data could be explained by coincidence or unknown external factors. Thus this meme is little more than an excuse to dismiss data you don't like.

Comment: Re:The US tech industry (Score 1) 193

by drinkypoo (#48229089) Attached to: Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Yes, I'm sure there is no market for a low-power quiet mini OSX computer.

There is, but by making it just a few CCs larger (for a bigger cooler) they could also have made it cheaper and faster. But presumably, that would eat into sales of still more expensive products with larger margins, so that would be a mistake for them. Which just underscores the point of how bad a deal you're getting when you buy Apple hardware.

Comment: Re:IBM no longer a tech company? (Score 4, Insightful) 193

by drinkypoo (#48228593) Attached to: Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

The reports are that the cloud provider part of the business is losing stunning amounts of money.

Only because they're trying to corner the market

right, but just like retail, it's not clear that this is possible,

overall the company seems sustainable, it can afford to make losses like the one last quarter in part because it can easily reverse those losses if it ever becomes a serious problem

It's not clear that it can. Amazon's model depends on endless growth, but you can't grow forever.

Comment: Re:What is critical thinking? (Score 1) 504

by drinkypoo (#48228583) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

They just assumed the "right" group is big enough to support their growth and they were wrong.

No, no they were not. The problem is that hiring criteria have gotten all fucked. Instead of proving what you can do, it's having all the right buzzwords on your resume, and being young. So they hire young people who haven't developed common sense yet and then wonder why there isn't any in their organization. They fail to reward their most valuable players, literally often pushing them out the door, and then wonder why they can't execute.

It's not because there are not people out there with critical thinking skills. It's that the people doing the hiring lack them. They're hiring people based on ooh shiny, and not on actual abilities needed to get the work done.

TL;DR: If they stop hiring people based on bullshit and actually hire for creativity, common sense, flexibility, and yes, critical thinking skills, then they won't be having these problems.

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