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Comment: Re:NO. They Want To Change From Switched to IP (Score 1) 218

by snookerdoodle (#46132217) Attached to: FCC Wants To Trial Shift From Analog Phone Networks To Digital

Meant to add: It *may* let them get of the A/D D/A business, pushing digital into the home. I.e.: While the network itself is digital, it's analog to your house.

OTOH, they may still leave this leg analog, but I can't imagine why. Vonage et al certainly do IP/DSL for you.

Comment: NO. They Want To Change From Switched to IP (Score 0) 218

by snookerdoodle (#46132197) Attached to: FCC Wants To Trial Shift From Analog Phone Networks To Digital

I don't think there have been any analog phone networks in any developed countries for many years. Nice Reuters. You should know better.

I believe they mean to change from a switched (digital) telephone network to an IP network. The telephones in your office are probably IP phones.

Comment: OP Has It (Score 5, Insightful) 249

by snookerdoodle (#45850191) Attached to: Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

"shielding developers and systems engineers from political nonsense and red tape"

Yup, plus shielding users and clients from those of us whose interpersonal skills aren't as great as we think they are.

Sometimes, though, this same role can be filled by a Team Leader who actually does have great people skills.

ObAnecdote: I had a coworker and friend who was a great developer but who always managed to get people mad at him. He was so oblivious to this fact that he'd occasionally comment about how well he got along with users and customers. One day, he came in laughing about the previous night's Big Bang Theory, telling us how clueless Sheldon was because he pissed everyone off and had no idea he was doing it. Yeah, he was that oblivious. And our manager protected many users from him.

Comment: Re:Rob Bell is missing a few things (Score 1) 109

by snookerdoodle (#45732073) Attached to: The Software Inferno

Which hell did you have in mind that is so plainly spoken of as a "real place"? Sheol (Hebrew for the grave)? Hades (Greek for the grave)? Tartarus (not forever, not for people)? Gehenna (trash heap outside Jerusalem)?

Yes, those are all spoken of as "real places". None of them are plainly a "place where people go to live forever while they're being tortured", which is what "...much of what modern Christendom believes about hell..." and which is derived from Dante et al and not from the Bible.

Comment: Re:Always a little creepy (Score 4, Interesting) 109

by snookerdoodle (#45729251) Attached to: The Software Inferno

A possibly interesting tangent:

It may surprise /. folks to learn that much of what modern Christendom believes about hell is actually from this man and not from Moses, Jesus, Paul, Peter, et al. I.e.: The Bible doesn't really teach the version of hell everyone seems to believe in. Rob Bell has an easy to read book ("Love Wins", to which Francis Chan's "Erasing Hell" is a somewhat non sequitor of a response) and Edward Fudge has some somewhat more in depth treatises on this for people who want to exercise their Google-fu.

And yes, it's more complicated than "Dante Created Hell", with ideas from philosophers and other religions entering the mix. Dante just gave preachers a nice manipulative tool to scare the ignorant into toeing whatever line they drew. And, perhaps, give us some feeling of justice for truly evil people.

Comment: Re:Shooting Itself in the Foot (Score 5, Insightful) 293

by snookerdoodle (#45544271) Attached to: Microsoft May Finally Put Windows RT Out To Pasture

I don't think this has anything to do with consumers risking money on new products. This is a case of Really Bad Branding. Many consumers are not even aware that their new Windows tablet won't run Windows applications (if it's Windows RT). Not only so, but deciphering whether a tablet had "Real" Windows or Windows RT isn't always clear when looking at products even if you do know the difference.

I also don't think there's room for a "me too" tablet OS that has nothing compelling over iOS or Android.

OTOH, I really think Microsoft should be tooting their horns a little louder about tablets running real Windows 8.1 that can run any Windows application.

Comment: Re:profile = evidence? (Score 2) 545

Questions of entrapment aside, let alone questions of intent, I'd think the obvious defense to this would be, "I thought it was an interesting chat program and was testing it's capabilities and responses."

If any of these go to trial, then they may certainly present that as their defense at their trial.

It will be up to the judge and/or jury to decide if they believe them. A variation of your defense could also be used in attempted rape or murder cases. "I was just trying to see how hard (s)he would fight. I'd never have actually gone through with it."

Oh, and Clinton didn't inhale, either.

Comment: A True Consultant (Score 4, Insightful) 148

by snookerdoodle (#44883261) Attached to: NYT Publisher Says Not Focusing on Engineering Was A Serious Mistake

From the second fine article: "It's the nature of employees to want to do the things outsiders might do for you. And it's not just money it's costing you. People coming from outside your organization are free to think without the encumbrances of insiders."

No, it's not. It's the nature of consultants to want to separate you as a company from your money. It is the nature of consultants to attempt to sell their services by any means possible, including questioning the work ethic and intelligence of employees.

"People coming from outside your organization are free to think without the encumbrances of insiders."

Yup. Instead, they are completely shackled by the encumbrances of outsiders: Not being truly invested in a company's well-being at the top.

I've been at this awhile now. I've been a consultant (and liked it) and an employee (and liked that, too). I've seen organizations go through the outsource-insource-outsource cycle enough to know it makes little difference.

BREAKING NEWS: Consultant Thinks You Should Hire Consultants.

Comment: Re:Current programming tools suck, that's why. (Score 4, Insightful) 207

by snookerdoodle (#44840839) Attached to: Time For a Hobbyist Smartphone?

You do know this is a True Holy Grail that people have been trying to build for a long, long time, right? Object orientation was, at least partially, supposed to be a step in this direction.

I think Smalltalk had promise (and still does), but it seems I'm the only person who actually likes it. :)

I think LOGO kinda sparks people's imaginations. I remember a product called "Object Center" on our Sparcs in the 80s or 90s that was really just a class browser. Then I saw Interface Builder on a NeXT and thought that was gonna be it. But it has turned out to be really, really hard.

You would be a hero if you developed a working, practical, usable graphical (which I think you mean by "symbolic") programming language.

Mark

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