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Comment Re:What is this "work" you speak of? (Score 1) 326

Let me preface this by saying that I know I have a problem.

I make my living writing code. Have done pretty much continually since 1986. I always have at least two personal programming projects on the go at home, and I have a long, and growing, list of projects I'd like to do. If I was unemployed, aside from diligently looking for a paying job, I'd be spending even more time working on my own projects.

I did say that I know I have a problem.

Comment Re:Sadly (Score 1) 326

Windows 10 (hey, it's better than 8)

... for some values of "better", maybe. Looking forward to renting your next OS?

Not in the least. Unfortunately, my target audience, at least for the time being, is mostly Windows-based, so I'm stuck using some form of Windows for now. When I review my comment, I consider it very sad that the best I can say about Windows 10 is that it's better than Windows 8. Am I the only one who feels that our OSes have not progressed, over the past 30 years or so, to the same extent as our hardware has?

Comment Sadly (Score 1) 326

my development desktop machine died (seriously dead) late last year, so I'm using my laptop for now: - MSI gaming laptop - I7, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD - Windows 10 (hey, it's better than 8) - Visual Studio 2015 Since I am planning a new desktop development rig, let me throw the question back to y'all. What do you recommend for Windows development in terms of HW? I want to be able to run multiple VMs simultaneously, so I'm aiming for 32GB of RAM. AMD or Intel? I5 or I7? I want lots of screen space. Would a 4k TV (say, 40 - 50 inch) be preferable to 3 or 4 1K monitors?

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 983

Cop salaries/benefits vary widely across the US. Some cops make not much more than minimum wage. Others do very well indeed, thank-you. Don't assume that the info from one police department translates at all to another, even if they are in adjacent jurisdictions. If I have to choose, I'd rather overpay than underpay as you are more likely to get better candidates if you overpay and you are more likely to reap corruption if you underpay.

Comment Re:My concern (Score 1) 167

That wasn't really my intent. There are, of course, lots of very interesting aspects to the issue. Many of those aspects had already been brought forward and I had no need to reiterate them. As best as I could tell, my point was new. England (not uniquely, unfortunately) does a lot of things that leave me thinking that their politicians believe that "1984" is a textbook rather than a warning.

Comment My concern (Score 2) 167

is that no filter is perfect. There will be both false positives and false negatives. If I was certain that their filter was only going to block porn, I'd be okay with it being on. But I'm quite certain that their filter will block things other than porn, possibly things of interest to me (I recall reports that previous filters blocked websites devoted to breast cancer, for example). So, were I a Sky subscriber, I'd be disabling the filter.

Comment Re:This isn't about new hardware (Score 1) 378

I'd be interested to know what percentage of people running old hardware (you can decide for yourselves what you consider "old" to mean) actually keep the software up to date. Every place I've worked has a very hard time keeping all the software (even the OSs) patched as they ought to be. If patches stop flowing for some of the old stuff, will the owners, or the administrators, actually care?

Comment Turn the tables (Score 1) 85

If you know, or are reasonably certain, that you are being monitored via your smartphone, you have the potential ability to feed those doing the monitoring either misinformation or carefully chosen information. Want to get hammered at the bar? Leave your cellphone at home. Going to Christmas eve Mass? Take your cellphone with you. Want to buy some nice lingerie for your GF? Use your computer (assuming you trust your ISP, the on-line store, your credit card vendor...). Want to make a charitable donation? Use your smartphone. If I know you're listening, I can feed you what I want you to hear. This is not brain science.

Comment Seen this before (Score 1) 342

I have, unfortunately, worked with several "programmers" who "took a course" or "read a booK" about programming and thereby became "professional programmers". Sadly, the code they produced was appalling (okay, I need a stronger word but I'm at a loss). Churning out lots of "programmers" with little or no understanding of programming will only introduce a new era of crappy software. Would new tools and languages help? Probably. But at the end of the day, it comes down to ALL of the people in the process being competent and working hard to do the job right.

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