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Comment: SPAC (Score 1) 133

by unixcorn (#48169025) Attached to: Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

Agile, scrum, whatever. They are just buzzwords for some sort of kool-aid to empower programmers when they feel powerless. None of this can ever work unless the folks ordering the software or software changes know what they are asking for (rare) or provide an unwavering list of requirements. Most software projects go over time estimates or fail because of SPAC. Specification Provided After Completion.

Comment: Pendulum (Score 1) 243

by unixcorn (#47916455) Attached to: AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

At some point this will pass. It will be billed as a compromise but the loopholes will allow AT&T and others to do what they want. As this happens, local storage will become cheaper and smaller and Netflix et. al. will begin offering home-based content libraries we can swap via Fedex or UPS. Then, after a while, the pendulum will again swing back to "instant" or "on demand".

Comment: Hulu Blows (Score 1) 138

by unixcorn (#47456595) Attached to: Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

Others have already said this but I am weighing in here so if Hulu is reading this they get why I am no longer a customer and won't be coming back until they change. I am not paying for a service that has advertisements, period. I don't care if you add South Park or not. I would rather buy a box set of DVDs than pay for commercials on a streaming service. Besides, isn't asking me to pay and then watch commercials double dipping? They said, when I left, that the commercials allowed them to offer better content. How about charging me another buck or two for a commercial free service? End rant.

Comment: Doesn't Protect the Consumer (Score 1) 228

by unixcorn (#47173009) Attached to: AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

This is for the banks and only the banks. Since most offer some sort of fraud protection, this protects them from loss. I get it but I am unwilling to let my phone company connect with my credit card bank for any reason. It's a tenuous relationship as it is with me and vendor advertising partnerships. I can't imagine what fine print would be part of that privacy agreement.

Comment: About Time This Was Exposed (Score 1) 187

by unixcorn (#47110139) Attached to: Temporary Classrooms Are Bad For the Environment, and Worse For Kids

"Educators are in it for the money a lot of them."
Do you work? Do you work for free? Are you in it for the money? Why do you think principals and superintendents make what they do? Could it be that they spent 8 years in college to get their doctorate, probably at night, while making it on a teachers pay. Along they way they were probably great teachers, were good with parents and they know what it takes to do their job. So one person makes $250K in the district while some principals make six figures, you can be sure they earn it. The superintendent's position is 24/7 and principals aren't far behind. Administrators, unlike teachers work all year too, by the way. Maybe you should spend some time at your school of choice and get the real scoop before going off on a rampage about how others make too much money.

Comment: So which is worse? (Score 1) 187

by unixcorn (#47109999) Attached to: Temporary Classrooms Are Bad For the Environment, and Worse For Kids

Putting your kids in a roomy portable classroom with questionable ventilation or crowding them into a permanent classroom like commuters on an airplane? As someone on a school board, I can tell you that the community doesn't like portables, but they like approving bonds to build new schools that are underutilized even less.

Comment: Re:danger will robinson (Score 1) 688

by unixcorn (#47065431) Attached to: Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

I see this in my nephews. One is graduating from high school this week and when I ask him what his plans are he says he wants to marry a rich girl. That's it! He has no aspirations save being like what he sees on TV and what he hears in modern music. I am very afraid for this next generation.

Comment: I don't get it... (Score 1) 173

by unixcorn (#47037693) Attached to: AT&T Buying DirecTV for $48.5 Billion

I am a DirecTV customer. I live in a rural area and my only choice for internet is DSL. I use a CLEC, as opposed to CenturyLink who sucked big time. I am very happy with my internet connection and don't understand why you folks who get everything bundled are worried about this merger. Here's why, I pay around $150 per month for DirecTV with two DVRs and a few other boxes. I also pay around $70 per month for my internet service which I am happy to have. So if you complainers are getting phone/TV/Internet bundles with more than a 5MB/s data rate for less than $220 per month, please just stop your whining. You will never have to pay so much for so little unless you move somewhere there is no cable.

Comment: No (Score 1) 182

by unixcorn (#46988849) Attached to: Oil Man Proposes Increase In Oklahoma Oil-and-Gas Tax

First, increasing corporate taxes will ultimately increase the cost to consumers.
Second, we are currently sitting on the largest oil supply in over 40 years. Why haven't prices plummeted? I blame the speculators. Not those looking for oil, but the middlemen trading and making a profit on someone else's work.
If it were up to me and I was truly concerned with why we can no longer afford to fully fund education, I would be looking at where our Federal taxes are going and asking why we get nearly zero dollars back to states for education from the Feds.

Comment: Irresponsible? (Score 2) 254

by unixcorn (#46929019) Attached to: Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

My fear is that some neophyte will read this and believe he doesn't need an anti-virus application anymore because they don't work. While AV applications are not my favorite thing to spend money on, they do have their place for less-then-savvy users who may be surfing or downloading from areas that may not be safe.

Comment: I have both (Score 1) 73

by unixcorn (#46888669) Attached to: WSJ Reports AT&T May Be Eying a $40B DirecTV Acquisition

I have been planning to cancel my directv subscription for months. I have an antenna and use my Roku or AppleTV boxes for other content. If I cancel, I save $150 per month. While some here predict that a merger will kill the internet, I believe the internet has already won the content delivery wars, providers simply haven't received the message. How many network feeds like ESPN, HGTV or even Disney for $150 per month? Based on the cost of Netflix and Amazon Prime, I am guessing quite a few. Goodbye Directv, hello choice.

Comment: Yes, they are (Score 1) 477

by unixcorn (#46714055) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

I want the flexibility to make my own rules with my employer. Sure, I am on call but I make $40K more than my peers so, to me, it's worth it. I also expect to go home at night and order from 24/7 websites so I am guessing other employers require some of their workers to be on call like me. It's not perfect but I own it, not some government douche who thinks he is doing me a favor.

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