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Comment: Latency varies when protocols switch (Score 2) 174

by npetrov (#48120505) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?
You may be able to check if your latency varies due to mobile protocol switches to lower power due to less activity.

As a first test, try:

ping -t -l 1000
ping -t

If the 1000 byte ping has more consistent times than the standard pings - that's the issue and you may be able to find a minimum payload size which makes the connection more consistent without switching.

Comment: What he does makes sense (Score 1) 429

by npetrov (#48112793) Attached to: BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer
I was in a similar situation multiple times too. You come to a hotel, connect to internet and it's really bad to a point of impossible to use and stay connected to a remote host.

If he found that stopping torrents fixes the issue, and it's not users simply streaming too many videos, then technically, he is offering a good solution since it makes the internet better for everyone using it at an expense of very few who hog thousands of connections without even realizing it.

Comment: Re:Server 2012 already looks like Windows 8. (Score 1) 322

by npetrov (#47520995) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

I actually agree. EVerything in Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / XP was done with effective and efficient use in mind.

Then it slowly started getting bloated with Vista and Win7 but it could still be turned in "XP" style (i.e. 95 style) and used very effectively.

Now with Windows 8 & 2012 everything takes more time to use even though computers are faster. And it's not that the product is bad. Product is awesome, Microsoft has great developers. Windows 2012 automatically installs on servers, doesn't ask for drivers, ... Development side is perfect. It's just that the DESIGN sucks, UI sucks, their stupid decision of always forcing aliased fonts sucks. For instance I can't look at antialised fonts for more than 2 hours. I get a headache. Yet I can look at normal fonts for 16 hours without any problems. They purposely chose to ignore that with WPF & IE years ago.

From what I see (and I worked at MS before), they should fire tons of PMs to make their development more efficient and focus on efficiency as opposed to some marketing BS that noone really cares about when it comes to Windows.

Comment: Re:Working men top out around $120k (Score 1) 173

by npetrov (#45962673) Attached to: The Mystery/Myth of the $3 Million Google Engineer
I agree with hermitdev. I refused 5 full-time offers at $150/hr myself last year. Four were in a financial industry where I felt that I would have less freedom to work on my own projects, which I can with the current contracts. One was surprisingly in software company. They needed to fix some C++ stuff. Their first complaint was why I was asking double than their senior engineers make. I simply answered with a question "can they fix your C++ code". Companies are often willing to pay when they have millions of dollars of revenues depending on such work.

Comment: Re:Nasty, but true (Score 3, Insightful) 397

by npetrov (#45781277) Attached to: Netflix: Non-'A' Players Unworthy of Jobs
There is such a thing as "A player", "B player" "C player" and so on. Some people are simply much more productive at the same tasks and coincidentally have other extracurricular tasks which are a superset of "lower level" players. As the parent noted an A player is easily worth 3-4 B or C players. And he has the same productivity difference as well.

Comment: I'd worry more about 8-row business-style keyboard (Score 2) 290

by npetrov (#44537315) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best/Newest Hardware Without "Trusted Computing"?

I am more worried about no new laptops with the standard 8-row keyboard which has Ins/Del/Home/End/PgUp/PgDn block.

All manufacturers that had those for business use - i.e. Dell, HP, Lenovo switched to the new consumer type layouts which are much slower for development work.

When this keyboard layout is ressurected, I am buying a new laptop. Until then, I stick to the fastest possible laptop with such keyboard. Which, at present is Dell E6410/E6510.

As far as UEFI and TPM - all of these can be disabled.

+ - Would you trust a self driving car?

Submitted by npetrov
npetrov (1170273) writes "1. Yes, human errors ccause most accidents.
2. No, human can avoid a dangerous situation.
3. Depends on number of self driving cars on the road.
4. Depends on regulations or subsidies."

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