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Comment: Business case (Score 1) 383

by nuggz (#45593269) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

To justify spending on any project, you have to explain why it is worth spending money on. This is standard practice for any large expenditure.

It's a simple concept, but it's hard to do well.

Simply identify the benefits of hiring someone, and their value. If the additional value is more than their cost, by the required return, they'll spend the money.

If you spend your time doing other stuff, point out you spend x% of your time doing this other stuff, and if you consider the context switching overhead you're very inefficient. That's often enough to hire a jr support guy.

Comment: Microsoft & UI (Score 1) 310

by nuggz (#45490991) Attached to: Xbox One Released

I liked the old MS UI work.

They pushed for the Common user interface stuff back in the DOS days, and it was great.

Now they're trying to merge desktop, tablet, phone & TV/Xbox into a consistent theme of UI. It's hard but they're pushing hard.
They're getting a lot of pushback, but I think that's inherent in what they are doing, Gnome 3 is getting the same thing.

Apple however does the same thing, but they've conditioned their customer base to accept the Apple way.

Comment: Re:thermoplastic construction (Score 1) 51

by nuggz (#43959443) Attached to: "Anti-Gravity" 3D Printer Sculpts Shapes On Any Surface

This is just a fancy tech laden "Bondo"

The problem with keying a car is the paint, not the structural damage.

BTW your local bodyshop should be able to pop out panels and touch up small scratches relatively cheaply, at least compared to replacing the part with a 3D printed replacement, which would still need to be painted.

Comment: Why organize them? (Score 1) 171

by nuggz (#42937165) Attached to: I organize my browser bookmarks ...

I just start typing what I want.

Typically if it's bookmarked chrome will autocomplete it as I type.

Same thing on my phone, I just start typing the app/contact name into the google search bar.
Also with google drive, I'm either in "recent" or search, it's faster and easier than navigating a directory structure.

I have a layout/tree, but that's basically habit as opposed to any functional reason.

Comment: Transparency isn't the goal (Score 1) 266

by nuggz (#42833923) Attached to: The Paradox of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

I don't think transparency is their goal.

Their goal is to push their political adgenda which is basically anti- anything big & powerful.
Transparency is just a cover.

The reality is we need transparency and accountability to control the big powers effectively.
However, realistically they also need some secrets to function effectively.

It isn't black and white like crypto, with a public algorithm and secret key where everyone (with a clue) is in agreement where the line is.

In the real world the division of what should and should not be shared is not as clear.

Comment: Loopholes (Score 1) 281

by nuggz (#42761495) Attached to: FTC Gets 744 New Ideas On How To Hang Up On Robocallers

The problem is that there is no technical difference between the legal robocallers and the illegal robocallers.

What is the technical difference between a charity calling to sell you something and a company calling to sell you something?
Recipients of the call don't see any difference, the phone system sees no difference. The scripts are likely no different.

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