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Comment It's free if you don't value your time (Score 0) 229

I despise articles like this.

Can you get hardware and software for free? Yes. You need to do a lot of hustling though to get the components, assemble the network and keep it running. Additional, electricity and internet access are never free. Someone has to maintain the network, install software and answer user questions.

You can't whip a linux network on a bunch of teachers and expected it to be useful. I can't even do that with IT professionals.

Comment This finding does not match my experience (Score 3, Informative) 491

Agile is not a product. It is a mindset. Each team needs to workout what that means for them. I have been in teams for two companies that used Agile methods heavily and it has worked out very well for business units (predictable deliveries), developers (predictable work hours) and customers (higher quality releases).

I am positive Agile is not a silver bullet for every project. Software engineering is still a hard problem to generalize.

Comment Easy answer: spend $100 on MDR7506 (Score 1) 448

I have been using these for over 10 years:

These have fantastic fidelity, are lightweight and all around groovy.

Every other headphone I've used under $100 has some level of fail (yes, I am looking at you apple
earbuds) that makes me feel like I have just burned money.

Comment Old men fighting (Score 1, Flamebait) 129

Has anyone else noticed how irrelevant Microsoft, Internet Explorer and (sadly) Firefox are in 2012?

If this were 2001, I would agree that this is a big story.

Let Microsoft fight over the dredges of the desktop market. That's a declining market.

No one will take your Firefox away from you Linux desktop, so untwist your knickers.

Comment ESR? What nostaglia! (Score 2) 410

You kids and your love of stuff we did in the 90s -- it's ADORABLE!

Listening to ESR is like logging into myspace, friendster or orkut for new messages.

I may agree with quite a few of his basic arguments, but he flipped the bozo bit a long, long time ago.

You'll excuse me. I have an Old School Roleplaying game to DM...

Comment Garth Brooks running game companies? (Score 2) 908

Used media has always been a legitimate business as has used software. If there is really only one user with one installed copy, the gaming companies need to have a big mug of STFU. Games are crazy expensive anyway. It's a wonder that they sell any copies at the original MSRP.

Here's link to Garth Brooks and his anti-used CD crusade:


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