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Comment Parallels? (Score 1) 149

If you are a software developer working for a company that is not a software shop, your life is pretty much compromise. You have to build applications and systems that often seem repetitive, within timeframes where you are pretty much forced to cut corners. Usuall the cut corners are in in testing/documentation if you are lucky, but sometimes you miss in functionality and stability. Yes, you can refuse to cut corners and quit (or be fired), but this may not be a near-term option for people supporting families, medical challenges, etc.

Which got me wondering, what if you are an artist and find yourself painting repetitive lake and seafront landscapes, Venitian canal scenes, and the other sort of stuff you see in the Home Goods art aisle? I'm sure these artists are having to pump out sub-par work, stuff that they aren't thrilled with, are they inherently miserable creatures? Or do they say "I get to do something I like to do for a living, my work may not end up in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but that's ok"? Same kind of thing with musicians who write soundtracks for straight-to-video movies or reality shows, are they in abject misery beause they are not the next Mozart, John Williams or even a pop star?

Maybe closer to home for us Slashdotters, what about auto engineers? Not everybody gets to work on the next BMW concept car. For those having to work on generic sedans priced under $20k, are there corners to be cut analogous to what software developers are asked to do (safety, emissions, performance)? Does this result in similar misery/angst being described in TFA?

Comment I Want to Work Where You Work (Score 1) 169

To all those guys who are bragging about how they would never put anything in the cloud (AWS or otherwise) because their data centers are so reliable, so redundant, fault-tolerant and insulated from human error that they can be held to the highest possible standards of up-time and accountability, are you hiring?

Or, would you be interested in a bridge I have for sale?

Comment Store Is Not a Feature in the Enteprise (Score 1) 307

One of the more compelling reasons to stick with Windows in the enterprise is that it is straightforward to author, update and deploy software without having to go through a third-party store approval process. If I need to get an update to accounting software that takes care of a sales tax issue, I want that update deployed now, and not wait days for somebody to review it and make sure it complies to whatever flavor-of-the-week UI conventions that a particular reviewer may or may not make an issue out of.

This "feature" needs to be defaulted OFF in Windows Professional and "higher", and on a domain-connected computer needs to be configured at the GPO level. If Microsoft places any artificial constraint on managing this (i.e. you must be running a Windows Server Enterprise version to disable this) it will be the largest caliber of bullets Microsoft has shot into its own foot (and it fires there a lot).

One of the reasons the UWP is not getting adopted is the cumbersome nature of getting software built in-house for in-house use deployed. People may live with a store approval process for mobile apps, but they will not live with it for in-house developed software being solely used in-house. It's why after evaluating UWP we stuck with WPF, because even though there were lots of creature comforts in places like Windows.Devices, the deployment obstacles were far too numerous.

Comment Re:Dissonance (Score 1) 209

Calling something a public safety issue doesn't not magically give the government authority. Forcing people to wear bubble-wrap suits would be a public safety issue, too. Do you really want to go there?

In this case, the government, on behalf, of the people, allocates a finite resource (bandwidth) to a small number of competitors (oligarchy). The government does indeed have a role in ensuring that these companies are acting in the public interest. Your analogy would apply more to something like seatbelts.

Comment Dissonance (Score 1) 209

On the one hand, TFS quotes Pai as saying enabling the FM Radios is a "public safety issue". On the other hand, he says that the government has no place in dictating carriers turn the radio on.

Until the wireless carriers are going to provide an emergency-grade SLA in return for their oligopoly using public airwaves to make money, the government does have a mandate to make sure those carriers are acting in the public's, as well as their shareholders', interests.

Comment Re:Copenhagen Interpretation (Score 1) 82

This is what people mean when they write things like "the electron can be in two places at the same time", but it is a horribly imprecise and misleading way to phrase it.

Yah, I wonder if they said something like "the electron could be in either of two places at the same time" instead if that could be more easily understood (if that phraseology doesn't break the idea of superposition in the first place).

Comment Re:Cooking (Score 2) 210

It does not record everything that is said all the time. It does listen all the time for keyword recognition, and Amazon (along with Google) store recordings that you can go in and delete, but most people don't. Wired has a pretty decent write-up. Can I prove that Echo doesn't record all speech, even when not activated? I've looked and don't see any outbound traffic when it's not activated. I suppose it could be recording stuff surreptitiously, and sneaking out the compressed voice data it's been recording all day during the brief times it is activated, but that compression would have to be really good.

Unless you do all your browsing with Tor, and use something like Lavabit for your email, if you do any commerce online, plenty of people know lots about you. Yah, Amazon knows I like to set timers, and I like to ask for the weather and news. It knows that I skip music tracks on Spotify, along with my schizophrenic taste in music. These are the least of my privacy challenges.

Oh, and my stove, it has one timer at a time, which is limiting when you are dealing with a major meal.

Comment Seems high... (Score 1) 257

Ok, I'm going to go Ad Hominen here and call B.S. I posit that the 32% number is inflated, it's referenced on a site that makes money from torrents (many of which are indeed pirated content), from a survey published by an anti-pirating firm, which makes money "fighting piracy".

I mean, come on, one third? Where did they take this survey, the California bay area? Austin? I am reasonable sure the majority of people in my neighborhood here in science-hating Texas have no idea how to set up their routers to allow torrent uploads and avoid leeching limitations. Netflix, Redbox, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Vudu, video on demand... there are just too many inexpensive ways to watch almost anything you would want to see without dealing with Torrents. Yes, we on Slashdot may use torrenting to get to anime and other foreign content we can't get legally in the US, but we are outliers.

Comment Re:What's wrong with Android uniformity? (Score 1) 212

I think the problem people have is that there are various pieces of mobile OS functionality that have been moved out of the open Android Open Source space into the proprietary Google Play space (like location). Google Play services are not free (as in beer or freedom), it's another walled garden with commercial restrictions on usage. It's not just a matter of "replace Google search, maps and other services". The Android kernel itself is a decreasing amount of the software footprint required to build mobile apps.

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