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Comment: management is not the answer (Score 1) 184

by surfcow (#43942861) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Will IT Departments Look Like In 5 Years?

Management: IT is expensive - we can save money by OUTsourcing.
5 years later...

Management: IT is expensive - we can save money by INsourcing.
5 years later, Go to line 1 ...

Those of us who've been in IT for a while have seen this cycle through a few times.

After much reflection, I conclude that there is no such thing as competent management.

Comment: 2012 election (Score 1) 260

by surfcow (#42114247) Attached to: Prediction Market Site InTrade Bans US Customers

Tens of Millions of US dollars changed hands on Intrade when Obama was re-elected.

Seems that the many people in the "Fox Information Containment Bubble" thought is they would triple their money. The Obama supporters (and anyone who read 538) realized a 50% return on investment.


Wish I had gotten in on it in time. It's like a tax on stupid people.

Comment: I will pay (Score 0, Flamebait) 642

by surfcow (#42104021) Attached to: Hello, I'm a Mac. And I'm a $248 Win8 PC.

I will pay an extra $500+
for a well-designed & configured machine.
For a robust, stable OS.
For cheap OS upgrades.
For useful free apps - pages, numbers, etc.
For standards compliance.
For better than average HW, w/ excellent, reliable support.
For a good OBE.
For drivers that work the first time.
For a decent user interface.
For free, professional, in person help in every major city in the world.
For not wasting 200 hrs on configuration.
For a good API & Xcode.
For a useful command-line.
For smart standards & consistently.
For fighting entropy.
For letting me get stuff done quickly.
For a free HW swap within warranty.
For useful online documentation.
For a ridiculous resale value.
For BSD / Unix.
For superior security.

Comment: Bobby Fischer or Richard Feynman? (Score 1) 626

by surfcow (#41163831) Attached to: Study Shows Marijuana Use In Teens Correlates To Decreasing IQ

IQ, sure, yes.

How about Emotional intelligence? Sexual intelligence? Creative intelligence? Kinesthetic intelligence? Sensorial intelligence? Spiritual intelligence. ...

I suspect MJ has a positive impact on all of these. Would you rather be Bobby Fischer or Richard Feynman? The smartest guy in jail is ... still in jail. How about a balanced life instead?

Becoming the first Type A in your class to heart attack is no badge of honor. Leave that for another.

Light up, now.

Comment: Missed the point (Score 1) 208

by surfcow (#36765528) Attached to: Build Your Own Time Capsule Work-Alike For $200

The computer / network is just a tool that lets me do the stuff I need to do.

I *know* I could make a better time machine / mouse trap / etc. And it would be cheaper. I know.

I willingly pay a premium so I don't have to mess with that crap. That's the same reason I have a newer, reliable car - instead of one I built myself from parts. I don't want a lifestyle, I want a reliable tool. I'm an IT pro, I mess with tech for a living, not a hobby.

Companies like Apple sell more than just hardware, they sell integration and consistent design. Sometimes you really can pay for convenience. For me, it's worth it. My time is not free.

It's later than you think, the joint Russian-American space mission has already begun.