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Comment Re:Too little too late (Score 1) 41

Sure, here's an example.

1) Start here with an item on Amazon. Note that it's sold by someone else:

2) Pull up the item on the someone else's site:

3) Contact the vendor via their published contact information and ask them to price-match their own Amazon item (with shipping):

4) Buy it from the vendor.

Comment Shhh...don't tell him about scripting languages... (Score 5, Insightful) 266

>> that the user may never know they are there

They will if they try to run a lot of them on a machine with finite resources, like a phone. Or it's a process that's iterated frequently, like a "big data" operation. But if the end user STILL doesn't notice it...then it's hard to call it a bug.

On the other hand, the performance/just-get-er-done trade-off is well known to programmers of all stripes. (At least I hope it is - are people really finding new value in the article?) There's the quick and dirty way (e.g., a script), and then there's the "I can at least debug it" way (e.g., a program developed in an IDE), and then there's the optimized way, where you're actually seeing if key sections of code (again, especially the iterated loops), are going as fast as possible. Generally your time/cost goes up as your optimization increases, which becomes part of the overall business decision: should I invest for maximum speed, maximum functionality, maximum quality, etc.

Comment Too little too late (Score 4, Interesting) 41

These days I treat Amazon like I treat Expedia: I use the site to find a couple of reputable-looking, US-based vendors (on Expedia, it would be hotels/airlines) who appear to be selling something at a good price, and then I go to those vendor's sites directly and order off the vendor's eComm store directly. (And if there's a price difference, I contact support before-hand and get my item priced-matched with the Amazon deal.)

It's just not worth it to get any more Amazon "suh-plizes" since crap suppliers somehow keep getting injected in the chain. (I stopped using Expedia early on when they comingled "cannot cancel" flights/hotels with "cancellable" ones; I often want the flexibility that booking direct provides.)

Comment F*** (Score 4, Insightful) 320

I just got boned this weekend during some video editing by an UPDATING NOW...OOPS CRASHING!...RESTART...CRASH...RESTART...CRASH... sequence that took 2 hours and a bootable USB stick to resolve I've been relying on switching my network to a "metered" connection to avoid getting crapped on when I'm just trying to get something done, but it looks like that's about to become a thing of the past. Thank you Microsoft! May I have another?

Comment Or quit slurping our data.. (Score 3, Insightful) 130

Alternatively, you could stop spying on everything everyone does, and use some of that money to cover your new toys.

Out here in the real world, we're about done writing blank checks for "national security" and "them terrists". No one would ever notice if you cut your mission in half.

Comment Re:Good for marketing, terrible for everyone else (Score 1) 183

>> maybe some of the sales people

Trust me - salespeople hate open offices even more than we do. They measure status by commissions, size/location of office (no door - doesn't count), company car, etc. And having other people close enough so their prospects can hear them talk over the phone or a web conference is drop-dead unprofessional and a clear indication to the prospect that they're chatting with some low-level schmuck that might need his mommy, er, manager to help negotiate final terms.

Comment By design (Score 4, Interesting) 183

>> What if the open office is causing retention problems

That's part of the design, especially in cases where established corporations move to open offices (sometimes coupled with a move "downtown"). The idea is to flush the older, more expensive workers out without actually creating an age-ist environment that would get the company sued.

>> affecting the quality of our end products?

Let me know when you see "quality" as a top goal of a software group.

>> executives and high-performance employees tend to optimize against completely different trade and life principles

Not necessarily true. Remember that Superbowl commercial where some douche walks through an open office and then goes into his private office? In that respect, many executives and HPEs (not HPVs - that's an STD) are similar.

>> 54% of HPEs find their office environment "too distracting."

I actually like open offices more than most people, but I do find myself bitching that I'm distracted and then taking a long walk or coffee break I didn't really need, so thanks everyone else for creating the perception that bugging out of the open office for extended periods is cool.

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