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Comment: vacuum cleaners (Score 1) 455

by spongman (#47278087) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

there was a time when vacuum cleaners were sold by door-to-door salesmen. imagine if we had corrupt politicians still propping up that ridiculous practice today and the only way to buy a vacuum cleaner was to wait for some schmuck to turn up at your doorstep and throw a bunch of dirt at your feet when you opened the door.

Comment: Re:Netflix makes bad choices (Score 1) 328

by spongman (#46763581) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

It's trivial. You just ask do a lookup on the source IP address on stream start. If that steam is initiated by a machine on comcast's network then you add the amount of streamed data to a running count for that user. At the end of the month divvy up the comcast extortion charge between all users that have streamed over comcast's network. If users start complaining just forward them to Comcast support.

Comment: Re:New IDEs (Score 1) 627

by spongman (#46337219) Attached to: Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

i'm not sure what you're talking about. for vs, at least, there's no illusion - you move controls around in the designer and the code changes. or, you change the code and the controls move on the designer. nothing is hidden. you want to write custom positioning code? go ahead. you want flow layout, there are controls that provide that (usable from code or within the designer).

crap tools are crap, yes. not all tools are crap, though.

How many hardware guys does it take to change a light bulb? "Well the diagnostics say it's fine buddy, so it's a software problem."