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Comment Ripe for adoption (Score 2, Insightful) 298

I predict that these things are going to take off. Once people realize that they don't need a heavy OS like Windows in order to enjoy a portable platform that provides email & web browsing, any prejudice against will evaporate. Besides, most people won't even notice that Windows is missing.

One reason PDA's never took off is the man-machine interface. The keyboard is pretty much a must-have for an email & messaging platform. These things are going to be everywhere, especially with carriers eager to sell data plans subsidizing them.

Comment It is human nature to dominate others (Score 0) 564

I'm surprised that nobody brought this up, although someone did mention that wp will probably be notable in hindsight as a social experiment.

To reference another social experiment http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experiment (wp, why not ?)

A closed society, given absolute power, discards any moral obligations towards other individuals that are categorized as 'others'. We see this time & time again throughout human history. Is this exclusionary behaviour really a surprise to anyone ?

Comment Half-empty dc's (Score 2, Interesting) 142

I've worked in several large datacenters in the Atlanta area for various clientes in the past few months. These things are overbuilt, and half or more of their capacity looks idle. Speaking with dc staff, many of even the populated cages are idle/bankrupt/abandoned.

And the dc salesmen have seemed pretty eager last 6 months or so. I've bought some rack space & virtual servers recently, and got some shinin' deals.

So I can attest to the fact that at least that postulate about dc capacity being underutilized.

But, things seem on the upswing now though, at least my intuition says so.

Comment Re:40.1 hours is too much (Score 0) 582

You're right, it can be tiring over the long run, and I think that many of us experience that burn out. But I find that I have a healthy amount of enthusiasm for my work when I'm allowed a certain amount of freedom to pursue good solutions on my own & implement them, or work on a team & pull off a project that is technically elegant or especially efficient.

The one feeds the other I think, you build up that confidence from management, and they continue to give you those degrees of freedom that keep you motivated. Then again, all it takes is one overbearing PHB to derail that :( You learn to watch out for those types though, as you see different environments over the years.

The best thing is that if it is going right, no matter how challenging the work is, it feeds into other parts of your life & has positive impacts there.

Comment Re:40.1 hours is too much (Score 0) 582

I'm with you, I liked being a contractor also. I felt like I owed a higher degree of professionalism & rapidity, though. Pull that off, and it'll make you shine, and they'll bend over backward to stay out of your way and let you get the work done.

Now, having moved to a full-time position, which I thought I would never do again, I keep the same attitude of 100% heads down, no slacking whatsoever, and man, do they ever show the appreciation for that. I work more than 40, never outwardly show any negative emotion regarding unpleasant maintenance windows or working conditions, and help out my peers.

So maybe how they treat IT folks also has something to do with the attitude you bring to the job. Act like a paid-by-the-hour, high-dollar pro, even if you're 'fulltime', and you'll be treated as such.


Working Off the Clock, How Much Is Too Much? 582

The Wall Street Journal has word of yet another suit against an employer who required an "always on" mentality to persist because of easily available communications. Most of us working in some sort of tech related job are working more than 40 hours per week (or at least lead the lifestyle of always working), but how much is too much? What methods have others used in the past to help an employer see the line between work and personal life without resorting to a legal attack? "Greg Rasin, a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP, a New York business law firm, said the recession may spawn wage-and-hour disputes as employers try to do the same amount of work with fewer people. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act says employees must be paid for work performed off the clock, even if the work was voluntary. When the law was passed in 1938, 'work' was easy to define for hourly employees, said Mr. McCoy. As the workplace changed, so did the rules for when workers should be paid."

Submission + - SPAM: Humans lose $21 billion to computer traders

destinyland writes: ""We are just mice dancing" between the supercomputers of Wall Street giants, complains one trading executive, and an investment manager notes computers are making 73% of all stock trades on U.S. exchanges. One former NYSE chairman admitted "This is where all the money is getting made." (Between April and June, Goldman Sachs earned $100 million in one day — on 46 different days.) High-speed algorithms use 30-millisecond trades to probe market conditions, and can buy and sell with a nearly omniscient knowledge of every other investor's price point. The New York Times notes that already these algorithms "execute millions of orders a second and scan dozens of public and private marketplaces simultaneously...""
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Submission + - Next-gen Approach To Drug-resistant Infections (weinterrupt.com)

Art Vanderlay writes: "A dynamic presentation made by Nobel Prize winning chemist, Dr. Kary Mullis sums up a breakthrough new treatment for killer infections in less than five minutes.Dr. Mullis' presentation earned him a standing ovation, as much for the treatment method as for the presentation in which he described the process as being similar to a cop throwing a bag of marijuana into a suspect's car to allow them to get them off the street. His presentation describes how you can provide immediate immunity to any desired antigen. To test out his theory, a bunch of mice were given anthrax and were treated with a drug that was made that to attack anthrax in particular, and direct your immune system to it. Those mice had a 100 percent survival rate."

Submission + - How Apple Will Lose App Developers To Google (bnet.com)

Michael_Curator writes: "Apple is about to repeat the same mistake with the iPhone that it committed with the Mac twenty-five years ago, and Google is going to end up with the lion's share of application sales. Even the forthcoming Jesus Tablet will be better served by Web apps than by a proprietary app store. Google is busily developing those apps, and the FCC will under no circumstances allow Apple to dictate what customers can download to their devices. Where does that leave Apple?"
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Submission + - GPL2 Libraries - Is there a point ?

PiSkyHi writes: I understand that if I build an application that links with a library that is licensed under GPL2, I must also make my application GPL2. I can see that value in this for an application, but for a library, what's to stop me separating my program into a GPL2 compliant client app that talks to the rest of my (choose my own license) application ?

Comment Re:its not good enough for google (Score 0) 166

Okay, lots of fans for Finland here. Sure, they have some tech industry there. But they are still rural. Name three major metros in Finland, anyone ?? Helsinki, um, um....

Let's compare with Arkansas for instance, shall we ? Anyone want to debate that it is rural ? Anyone want to debate there is tech industry there ? Walmart, UoA RFID research center, Acxiom, Tyson Foods, Arkansas Best Freight -- all major tech consumers & employers.

Cell phone coverage everywhere ? Sure. Running water everywhere ? Probably.

Paper mills ? Yep, got them too. I don't know who designed them, but a paper mill is a big ugly smelly thing that unless otherwised purpposed, will remain a hulking ghost if decommissioned.

Finland is definitely remote relative to the core of Europe, is sparsely populated, and in fact refers to itself as a 'rural European nation' (google "rural finland").

So, I don't undertand what your argument is. Are you just punking on the fact that the guy was making a joke and I tried to turn it serious ? If that's it, then grow up and join the adult table.

If you believe that Finland is the premier urban oasis of Western Europe, maybe you ought to go there & look around for yourself. Then tell me what you think.

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