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Comment Re:If this is open source... (Score 1) 338

If you're putting out Open Source software for Linux and Mac, a Windows version shouldn't be that difficult.

If that's true and Apple still hasn't done it, then you can assume Apple doesn't care about the Windows platform. I doubt many people would argue with that assumption.

Especially since Apple has Windows development teams on hand to do the work.

I assume those development teams are doing things that are valuable to Apple's bottom line.

Since it is open source, you can do it if you want. Or Microsoft can do it.

Anyway, if you want it more than Apple and Microsoft then you can build it yourself. That's what open source gives you---the ability to take the code and run with it however you want.

You could even look for like-minded developers to help you. That's how open source communities get started.

But crying on Slashdot? That gets you nothing except ridicule.

Comment Re:Make the banks take the risk when an driver hit (Score 4, Insightful) 136

There was no regulation.

Congress "deregulated" that piece of the banking industry when it repealed sections 20 and 32 of the Glass–Steagall Act in 1999.

It only took the corporations 9 years to create a national disaster.

It turns out some regulations are very, very good ideas.

Comment Re:Looks like GM got off easy (Score 1) 123

GM can simply replace the defective ignition switch.

Most of the VM vehicles cannot be modified to comply with the emissions regulations---at least, not without seriously reducing their performance or fuel efficiency.

So a large chunk of the settlement is funding the vehicle trade-in program.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 198

If you do road trips, commercial passengers, or commercial hauling, then fast-charging batteries can easily be a make-or-break feature for you.

I doubt most users will care about the battery chemistry, but its capacity, durability, and recharge rate are all primary features in the context of an electric vehicle.

A battery is a battery is a battery.

Different batteries prefer different volts/amps for recharging.

For cars, this becomes more of a factor since the new batteries have to play nicely with whatever charging module is built in. I seriously doubt any manufacturer is going to implement a charge/discharge standard internally. Right now, they can't even agree on a standard for the external charging connector.

So the market for replacement EV batteries will be needlessly complicated for the foreseeable future.

Personally, I don't care about the underlying chemistry as long as it works as advertised. But I doubt aftermarket batteries will deviate significantly from the OEM packs until there are standards in place.

Comment Re:How many charge/discharge cycles? (Score 1) 198

If you get 300-400 miles per charge and expect that battery to last 500 cycles, you end up with 150k-200k miles.

By that point, a vehicle will have aged significantly---and even an ICE would see substantial maintenance costs.

And, typically, the 500-cycle lifetime is based on the battery being reduced to 80% of its maximum capacity due to wear. It would still be functional---the vehicle will only suffer a reduced range.

Electric vehicles don't have to deal with things like gearboxes, belts, spark plugs, catalytic converters, etc so the battery can be expensive while still offering a lower total maintenance bill. Unfortunately, we don't have real world numbers for long-term use yet.

Comment Re:Read the article (Score 1) 90

If an employer gets hung up on whether a developer has used Atlassian product before, then they are crazy.

Not if they want new employees to hit the ground running.

The learning curve of these systems should be trivial.

What if it isn't? What if they don't want to pay you to figure it out?

I find it valuable to fish for technology a candidate is not familiar with and see how they react to the prospect of having to deal with it, even if that technology would not be part of the actual job.

Well, maybe you have a difference of opinion. And they just sold out for $425 million.

While your opinion may have value, we know they succeeded so their method is definitely workable.

The simplest counterargument to your entire line of reasoning is this: If they have access to a pool containing hundreds of competent candidates, they should choose a competent candidate with relevant experience in their language of choice so he can become productive as soon as possible.

Comment Re:These companies have real value though... (Score 1) 90

They are advertising to worthless idiots; well, at least, I never use their services...

Aren't you the clever one? Or not.

To an advertiser, an idiot is worth whatever he has in his wallet, plus anything he can beg, borrow, or steal.

It doesn't matter if you or the average Facebook user happens to be a loudmouthed, judgmental ass. If you have money and a passing interest in their product, you are worth something to advertisers.

Comment Re:lol (Score 1) 115

I don't usually say people deserve to have bad things happen to them, but this is going to be an exception.

An admin leaving a database with direct connectivity to the internet is bad enough---borderline negligence, in my opinion. But a blank admin password?

That's like walking down the street with $100 bills bulging out of your pockets on the bad side of town.

It's not just stupidity---most stupid people don't even do things that stupid.

It's too bad IT doesn't require professional licenses like doctors and lawyers, so we can kick these people out of the profession before they hurt somebody else.

Comment Re:How do you go below zero? (Score 2) 70

Verizon can't just roll with some smartass reporter's comments about the drop in value.

They have to be prepared to prove it in court if they back out of the agreement.

I'm fairly sure that Yahoo is worthless as a tech company, but the contract probably has a lot of conditions and stipulations in it. This isn't like returning a TV to Best Buy when it doesn't work the way you thought it would.

Comment Re:What would be the Powershell equiv. for this? (Score 1) 202

Both pushd and popd work in PowerShell. They're technically aliases for the real PowerShell cmdlets, but they're configured by default.

Group Policy deployment has a lot of caveats and restrictions, so I would be understanding of issues there. Things should be a little better with SMS/SCCM though.

Software vendors like IBM have not provided documentation for automating much of AS/400 configuration with Powershell, it's all CMD scripts.

And this is why Microsoft is keeping CMD around. Converting complex legacy scripts is almost always a nightmare, so it will be a while before stuff like this changes over.

Comment Re:Riiiiight (Score 4, Insightful) 202

Microsoft makes virtually all of their software revenue from enterprise sales. And killing a legacy tool as widely-used as CMD will piss them off.

So while I believe Microsoft will not hesitate to give home users the middle finger, I seriously doubt they will kill CMD any time soon.

Everything new is in PowerShell, but we have a lot of old crud that runs in CMD because no one wants to break it.

Comment Re:Usage telemetry (Score 1) 202

Oh look, another person who decides to whine instead of learn.

You can dig deeply into the OS very easily with PowerShell. WMI, registry, ACLs, etc are all easily and cleanly exposed.

The object-oriented nature of the environment is also a godsend for programmers, particularly those with Python/Java/C++/Ruby backgrounds. So much kludging disappears when you can pass a set of objects from one command to the next---because no one should ever forget the terrible text parsing capabilities that are native to Windows.

And, seriously, if you have trouble opening PowerShell with administrative privileges then you need a new job. On a clean install, Server Manager opens up as soon as you login. It is elevated and has a menu to launch PowerShell, so you can open an elevated session with two clicks. Literally two clicks---Tools, then Windows PowerShell.

CMD can do a lot, but it is really, really dated as a system management tool. If you're a Windows admin and haven't learned PowerShell, you're just making your job harder in the long run.

Comment Money Grab! (Score 5, Informative) 119

FAQ this:

What happens if I don’t renew my subscription?

"If you don’t renew the Norton Core Security Plus subscription in the second year, Norton Core will continue to function as a high performance router. All network, IoT, and device level security, plus parental control features will be unavailable if the subscription is not renewed."

Yeah, thanks, but I prefer my equipment to function for more than a year.

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