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Comment: Re:Trendy != Better (Score 2) 232 232

Totally agree. Developers: write software to run on customers' systems, and not on your own desktop.
If their distro does not support the packages your software needs, include them in your delivery package.

You won't get very far in the enterprise market if your product doesn't support CentOS/RHEL. Bad for business.

Comment: What is all this about? (Score 2) 239 239

There are too many people here not understanding what is happening here.

What is happening, is that a large community has done a lot of great work creating Wikipedia. The project has needed and attracted a lot of money, which caused an administrative office to be created. This office is now trying to make itself more important, and tries to lead the project into a 'grand future'.

The truth is, they may be well-intentioned, but they are terribly misguided, and incompetent. There are no capable leaders, and.or managers there, they seem to have no understanding of what the project is about, and have spent a lot of money on software projects that failed. They are misguided in that they think they should steer the project, while in fact they should be serving the community.

In short, they are incompetent, and should be replaced. If they aren't, they will kill Wikipedia.

Comment: Re:Get rid of the distractions (Score 1) 116 116

This. Totally agree on this one. When you make context switches (sales/pm asking a 'quick question'), and you continue programming before the full context is restored. That's where bugs happen. That has been my experience in 35 years of coding. No distractions: less bugs. Mod up please.

Comment: Re:Not suitable (Score 1) 217 217

Let me draw a parallel, and compare the Comcast vs Netflix conflict with your government vs Amazon:

What Comcast has done, is similar to your government checking all delivery trucks at the borders, and if they deliver Amazon goods, hold them for a couple of days while 'checking their papers'. In public statements they claimed: Amazon is so big that they are clogging our border infrastructure, so that's why it takes so long until you get your stuff. They need to pay for all the extra handling at the borders.

This is the heart of the conflict. Netflix' customers just want better service, most of them do not know about Comcast efforts to extort money from Netflix.

The stance of the Net Neutrality people is that this is just an extortion scheme, that tax payers should pay for the roads, and that if government (being a monopolist) is allowed to tax companies like Amazon, (receiving money from both sides), in the end we'll end up with an internet which is not equal for everybody, and in the end the customer will suffer because prices will go up, and service will go down.

Comment: Not suitable (Score 2) 217 217

I have read Ryan Singel's article. It is NOT "suitable for your neophyte parent, spouse, or sibling."
Far too long and too complicated. My father (who is 76 and worked in insurance) would not understand any of it.

I think we all will have a very hard time explaining this to the public

Comment: Watched all the time (Score 0) 299 299

When I am on the street, I should assume being watched all the time.

When I am in a mall, I am being watched all the time

When I am in the airport, I am being watched all the time

When I am in a stadium, I am being watched all the time

When I am in a store, I must assume I am being watched all the time

When I am online, I should assume being watched all the time.

Comment: Full cultural immersion is valuable (Score 2) 200 200

As a Dutch host family with much experience with foreign exchange students, I can attest that full cultural immersion is not only valuable in other ways, but also the best way to learn a foreign language. Internet actually hinders this process to a great extent. Foreign exchange students who stay in close contact to their home families and friends are having the most problems adapting to their new surroundings, and experience feelings of loneliness, estrangedness, and not learning a strange language.

For this reason I recommend as little contact with your home country as possible.

Comment: My Tips (Score 1) 224 224

My tips for doing VoIP:

- if you're going hosted use a separate and quality internet connection for your VoIP.
- Be wary of NAT. Many problems are caused by NAT routers/firewalls.

Don't say I did not warn you.

I presume you are in the US. Have a look at for VoIP solutions. I use it. It's asterisk-based, but the GUI is better then anything I've ever seen.

There must be more to life than having everything. -- Maurice Sendak