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Comment Re:Bricked or not? (Score 1) 93

Some people distinguish betwen "soft-bricked" (the device stops working but can still be revived with user-available measures going beyond normal configuration*), "hard-bricked" (the device stops working and can only be revived with tools unavailable to an ordinary user**) and "broken" (the device is dead and can only be replaced***). In this case the routers appear to have been hard-bricked as they stopped working and had to be physically accessed by the vendor in order to restore functionality.

* E.g. using Fastboot to flash a new firmware to an Android phone.
** E.g. using JTAG to flash a new bootloader as the device can't even go into Fastboot mode anymore.
*** E.g. my Zuk Z1.

Comment Re:Contract negotiation... (Score 1) 316

Are you a screenwriter? Just because things work that way in your industry and region doesn't mean they work that way everywhere.

I mean, we all know how companies are desperately trying to hire even mediocre workers, right? It's practically impossible to not get a decent job; even casually mentioning a hobby to a stranger on the street can net you a job offer. So why are there unemployed people? Because what I said only applies to IT workers in Karlsruhe, Germany, and most people don't fall into that category.

I'd wager that the screenwriting industry is rather unlike yours. For instance, you're probably not paid on a unit-of-work basis with a hard limit on how many projects you can do per year and ever-shrinking project lengths.

It's not like the writers are making less in terms of studio accounting. They get paid the same amount of money per episode as before. It's just that a few years ago they got paid for 20+ episodes and now they get 10 and their contracts often forbid simply working on two or more shows per season. From the producers' perspective everything is hunky-dory; they still produce vaguely the same amount of content (spread out over more shows) and pay vaguely the same amount of money to writers per season.

From an individual writer's perspective they're getting paid much less per season. I can see how they might want to take action there.

Also remember that the entertainment industry is rather famous for its use of creative accounting to keep royalty payments low. These people are not exactly known to be generous when it comes to monetary compensation.

Comment Re: LibreOffice (Score 1) 203

I'm not sure whether MSOOXML compatibility is terribly important, though. I very rarely see .docx files in the wild; pretty much everyone is still using .doc - and LO's Office 97/2003 compatibility is rock solid, at least for the documents I've encountered so far.

The document format where you absolutely must have the proprietary software package would be PDF these days - while you can open most PDFs in any old PDF reader, some places will send you documents as interactive, heavily scripted PDF files that (badly) try to reinvent Excel. Good luck trying to deal with those without an up-to-date version of Adobe Reader.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 203

Oh, VS is not free of error. I've seen crashes and freezes beore and currently I have to deal with no longer being able to create new WPF views and windows, only custom controls. (Yes, creating a custom control and changing the parent class works perfectly fine but it's annoying.)

It is fairly stable but it does screw up occasionally. Sill not "on a whim", though, I agree on that.

Comment Re:No problem (Score 1) 220

Nice keyboard/trackpad arrangement, though. One thing that bugs me about most Linux laptop vendors is that they insist on putting numpads on their laptops. That just wastes space and pushes the space bar to the left, taking the trackpad with it. I hate it when a whole bunch of vertical space is reserved for a trackpad that is then strongly off-center because of a numpad I don't want. Still not something I'd pay 4000 bucks for, though. (Note that I'm perfectly fine with the option of having a numpad but for some reason Linux laptops are mostly divided into thin executive-style ones with little power and reasonable ones suitable for work that always include built-in numpads. Apparently entering numeric data is such an important feature for all developers but me that using a USB numpad just wouldn't cut it.)

Comment Re:They. (Score 1) 397

Wasn't that just a reversal of the earlier push to establish gender-neutral "he"? Gender-neutral singular "they" has been in use since the 14th century. Gender-neutral "he" came about in the 18th century but never entirely displaced "they". Depending on which style guide you used, either or both would be considered correct.

What's happening today is simply that gender-neutral "he" is falling out of use since it's ambiguous and has led to interpretation nonsense when people weren't clear about whether a use of "he" was supposed to be gender-neutral or not.

Comment Re:What do you need? (Score 1) 288

TBH, I'd rather lose the numpad than deal with an offset trackpad. I spend vastly more time clicking on things than I do entering numbers. If I were an Excel jockey I could see the need for redundant number entry hardware but as a programmer I'd rather have a centered keyboard and trackpad instead.

Comment Re:What do you need? (Score 1) 288

Those specs look nice but I noticed that it's yet another notebook with the trackpad offset as far to the left as possible. Why it's so hard to get a decent notebook with a centered trackpad? I usually use my right hand to operate the trackpad so a left-aligned trackpad is rather unergonomic - but I wouldn't want a right-aligned one either because I often switch to my left hand when I'm holding something in my right.

It's one of the reasons why I liked Apple's designs until Jon Ives went insane in 2012. Unfortunately my Mid-2012 non-retina MBP won't last forever and at some point I'll have to replace it. I'd like to do so with something that doesn't require me to lug around a portable trackball when I'm on the go.

Comment Re:Why not just use Splenda? (Score 1) 328

Actually, the Mayas and Aztecs didn't really eat chocolate. They made a drink out of cocoa; solid chocolate bars were developed in 1847's Great Britain. Milk chocolate and the modern creamy texture were both developed in Switzerland in 1875 and 1879, respectively. Solid chocolate only became popular after that; the original bars were gritty and bitter (and if you've ever get the chance to try unconched chocolate you'll understand why nobody wanted that shit).

Oh, and you forgot about the Olmecs who first cultivated cocoa well before the Mayas and Aztecs were relevant.

(BTW, I recommend visiting a chocolate museum if you get the chance, especially if you can get a guided tour. Interesting stuff. The Imhoff Chocolate Museum in Cologne is pretty good.)

Comment Re:...Extinguish (Score 3, Informative) 75

Microsoft had nothing to do with this beyond picking up the pieces. Cyanogen Inc.'s penchant for spectacularly bad business decisions (such as offering an unrestricted worldwide license to one company while simultaneously offering an exclusive license for the Indian market to another) doomed the company from the beginning. And PR moves like "We'll kill Google by releasing a product based on one of Google's products." didn't help either.

A shame, really. Affordable handsets with known-good CM compatibility, no crapware and actual, real updates would've been a nice thing. But due to Cyanogen's leadership being farcically inept that just wasn't possible.

Comment Re:Why Debian chroot (Score 1) 79

The ereader format wouldn't be much of a problem. Android allows you to install alternative browsers and those usually support fairly old OS versions. For example, Firefox for Android supports everything down to 4.0, which is five years old now and probably will remain the baseline for what everyone must support for a few more years as some cheap low-end devices are still released with it AFAIK.

Comment Re:Shashdot has had this as well. (Score 1) 96

(for those who say it was a virus on the PC not slashdot, one of these times was on a fresh install of linux)

When the installer asks you if you want to install systemd-scamd you say no.

For the Gentoo users: The openscamd project is set to announce their first release soon so you know what not to compile.

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