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Comment: Agile works well when you work fast (Score 1) 507

by npetrov (#49691573) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?
From my experience, Agile works really well when you or your manager can define "mini projects" that are completed within 1-2 days. Yet, if you are slow and such projects take 1-2 weeks, it doesn't work as well.

From this perspective, the best Agile teams should have several super fast developers who would interact on such development every morning and keep the good speed of going forward.

Comment: Re:Logitech K750 (solar) (Score 1) 452

by npetrov (#49280935) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?
That's interesting, I actually found the plastic with slight curvature "down" on K750 working in my favor when I type. But I'll check K800 if I see one on display. I know that MS Natural ones were just severely irritating me, and the quality of their key "plasticy transitions" from up to down was really bad. K750 I absolutely love everything about.

Comment: Logitech K750 (solar) (Score 2) 452

by npetrov (#49273579) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?
Logitech K750 (solar) is the best in my opinion. I WISH IT WAS NOT SOLAR THOUGH AND HAD A REAL WIRE INSTEAD.

Long story why. I used original IBM clickly keyboards (still have 2) also used cheap plastic clones of these and wore out keys on 2 such keyboards because they are from regular plastic material. Also tried Microsoft "Natural" - there's really nothing natural - they all suck and slow.

In the end, I came across that keyboard on display at FRY's and it felt amazing. Bought 4 since then. They are unfortunately, not the most reliable. I already had one die just after 3 years. IBM are still rock solid after > 30 years. However, I notice a drastic performance boost with these keyboards. It seems I can type more code in less time, and I don't mind paying for more of these.

Unfortunately previous model without the solar batteries even though looks similar, does not actually feel the same. It feels "slow" as normal keyboards. Yet the K750 feels like the code just appears itself. When I go to work somewhere, I take one with me as well.

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.

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. - Isaac Asimov