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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."

Comment: Ebay & Paypal pissed off a lot of people (Score 2) 87

by npetrov (#41854397) Attached to: PayPal Security Holes Expose Customer Card Data, Personal Details
Many years ago I disclosed a vulnerability to Ebay to get any user's email.

It took 2-3 hours to talk to their tech support and convince them that this is a serious problem. I had to show multiple examples of telling them emails of users randomly picked by tech support. Eventually they closed the hole. Within 12 hours actually, which was not too bad.

Several years later, when I had some issues with Ebay, they did not want to take that help into account.

Ebay & Paypal had so many changes over the past 5 years and pissed off a lot of people as a result. No wonder someone went public with the issues. I used to have multiple power seller accounts, and after all these changes I stopped selling there.

If I saw a vulnerability now with either ebay or paypal, I'd not bother telling them. I'd actually just wait for a story like that and laugh at them from a perspective of what goes around - comes around.

Comment: Re:The same as I do when I see illegal stuff (Score 2) 168

Actually, I was laid off once because of a very similar situation. 1. Found a very expensive computer in a trash 2. Notified the manufacturer with all serial numbers. 3. Used work email 4. Half a year later some a*hole comes with a police officer to my work and accuses me of stealing it. 5. Next day I am laid off. Had another somewhat similar issue where I disclosed a serious vulnerability to a company where any user email could have been looked up through a certain web page. When I needed their help on an issue I had with their services - I got nothing back. The lessons I learned - if I first see some cooperation from actual developers and not management/support a*holes, I cooperate as well and report any issues I find directly to developers. If I do not see such cooperation - I do not tell anyone about issues. Coincidentally, the company I currently work for, cancelled the last service where I found some issue, and the CTO of the company was rather negative about what I was doing. Hopefully he'll learn to be more cooperative in the future.

The amount of weight an evangelist carries with the almighty is measured in billigrahams.