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Comment Quality and consistency. (Score 1) 416

I'm glad that there is at least some competition out there to drive innovation, but perhaps the one thing that might just be dying here is software that is given away for free? There is a new generation of programmers and developers out there that are brought into this market with the idea of actually making money for their efforts. Think 10 or 15 years ago when you appreciated getting your name (or 'nym) out there as credit for free software and not much more. No offense, but the debt-riddled entitlement generation has to be able to pay the bills.

I'm not faulting anyone for that, but just don't sit back here and act all "shocky" when someone wants to actually charge money for their efforts. Capitalism done right isn't a bad thing. It got the market where it is today. Besides, as least it's the base layer that is open source with proprietary apps on top, and not the other way around.

And please, let's drop this whole mentality of the "phone" being the platform of the future. It's not a "phone" anymore, it's damn computer that happens to have a wireless network connection built in. Stop calling it a "phone" already. It stopped being a "phone" about 5 years, three browsers, two touch screens, 512MB,400mhz, and 75,000 apps ago.

Comment Still chokes on flash? (Score 1) 165

Intel and Adobe both have completely dropped the ball, but right now it's Intel that's in trouble. The only "netbook" I know that can handle fullscreen flash is the LT3013u; At 12" and $350 it hits the price point okay but misses size. Still, it's at least got a 720p display, which means it has to do more than most of the competition to even break even — it does better than that.

Comment Re:at last, a climate change scenario with facts (Score 1) 336

Global average temperature has fallen last three years

Uh, no, it hasn't. And even if it had, let me introduce you to a concept called "noise". Or: Why three years of data doesn't represent anywhere close to a trend.

But, keep lying in the face of facts. I'm sure it makes you feel so very much better.

Submission + - What does everyone use for task/project tracking? 4

JerBear0 writes: "I work as the sole IT employee at a company of about 50 people. I handle programming, support, pretty much anything that is IT related, or even that plugs in. As seems to be true with many small companies, the priorities seem to shift quite frequently. As a result, I've always got multiple programming (both new systems and improvements/changes to existing systems), integration, research, maintenance tasks/projects on my To Do list, in varying stages of completion. At any given time, I need to be able to jump back to one of these items and pick up where I left off.

I am currently using Outlook Tasks, and then end up referencing my notebook and email for those dates to figure out exactly where I left off. It works, but not well. If its been a while, I'll end up losing an hour or two just tracking everything down. I looked at using MS Project / OpenProj, but they want an individual file for each project, and I want at least the project/task list all on one screen.

Essentially what I'd want would be a Task List on steroids, allowing for hierarchal subtasks, attachments, and prioritization. Ideally it would be a desktop app, but a locally-hostable web app would be okay. In some of these projects I may want to include proprietary information, which I really don't want floating out in the cloud outside of my control.

I know I'm not alone in this problem, so what do you guys (gals) use to address this?"

Comment Re:Confused (Score 1) 291

Machine code is what you get if you take the assembly and run it through an assembler to produce code that the computer can understand. The computer can then execute it. It is not human readable unless you've memorized which opcodes correspond to which assembly keywords.

I don't know, I'm sure there's someone out there who has actually memorized it. I wrote machine code for a Z-80 Timex-Sinclair back in the early eighties, as there were no assemblers for that machine I knew of. I had to write the assembly, then translate it byte by byte, looking up the opcodes by hand, then test each small module before stitching them together.

I only did it a couple of times as it was very tedious, and only when I needed blazing speed, but I was pretty proud when I wrote a "battle tanks" game that ran fast enough on its 1 mHz processor that I had to put NOP loops init to slow it down somewhat. It was quite a challenge and a learning experience, but I'm sure someone smarter than me could breeze through it.

Of course, the Z-80 was a primitive processor that wasn't anywhere near as complex as an x86. I'm pretty sure it would be impossible for me to do with a modern processor (and I'm not nearly as patient as I used to be), but like I said, someone smarter than me could accomplish it, maybe even considering it trivial.

Comment Of course I wouldn't (Score 1) 435

Me, take a handout from an advertising company? Are you silly? I make an effort to lower the amount of commercial drivel which surrounds me. Why would I allow them to give me some trinket to shower me in ads? Thanks but no thanks, if I want a 'netbook' I'll buy one myself. Without ads.

Comment Re:No I won't (Score 1) 435

I fail to see why it's can't be used for "real work." Just do your compiles on a remote google-hosted developer box with 12 CPUs. I'm sure your compiles will be much faster. As far as internet availability, let's not forget white spaces internet, which Google also has a hand in.

Comment Re:It is? (Score 1) 333

Rule of thumb:

The quality of a presentation improves in direct proportion to the amount of content you remove while not changing the meaning.

In other words, simpler is better. You even said yourself that all great things are simple, which implies that anything not simple cannot be great.

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