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Comment Re:Problem solved (Score 1) 290

My company doesn't have "sick leave", we have PTO (personal time off). This is a twisted system which means your sick time and vacation time are the same pool. Naturally, this means you screw up your vacation plans if you take sick time, so I just come in to work unless I'm on my death bed.

Incentives matter.

- Necron69

Comment Re:This is all so pointless (Score 3, Insightful) 474

There is nothing whatsoever in Musk's plans that prohibit them from sending 10 (or 100) ships up first that are loaded with cargo for the first colonists. In fact, doing otherwise would be ridiculous. Don't take the video quite so literally.

Musk himself said he is focused on building the transportation infrastucture, not the colony itself. He is leaving that to others and basically inviting people with resources and ideas to join in.

- Necron69

Comment Nope (Score 1) 205

My CEO has only been on the job for about three years, and frankly, he is a vast improvement over the previous guy. He's doing a great job, and moving the company in the right direction. He clearly understands the industry a lot better than I do, so I'm not complaining.

- Necron69

Comment The Surface 3 is terrible (Score 0, Flamebait) 59

I tried to go cheap and get a Surface 3 a year ago when my latest Android tablet died. A tablet, a laptop. What's not to like? (Ok, it runs Windows...)

I'm sorry to say that the Surface 3 is my worst computer purchase ever. Despite multiple reinstalls, firmware and driver updates, the thing has constant issues. The wifi and video drivers are the primary culprits.

Do yourself a favor and don't buy one of these.

- Necron69

Comment Privacy aside... yes (Score 1) 982

Privacy implications aside, I think Windows 10 works great. I've been running it for almost a year now on my Surface 3 tablet and on two different Dell boxes at home. Since two of those machines had come with Windows 8 on them, it was a big improvement.

My only usability complaint so far is that I had somewhere missed a firmware update on the Surface tablet that resulted in a lot of network and video driver crashes for a while.

Generally, I don't use the Edge browser or Cortana very much. The one feature I really do like is the decent multiple desktop support. I've been using crappy, half-assed apps to do this for years on Windows.

As for the privacy aspects, I've had a long standing disagreement with a friend about whether collecting marketing preferences constitute a privacy "violation" or not. I don't really think so, but even if they do, it is entirely voluntary. I really don't care if someone targets me with advertising or mails me coupons for stuff I might want to buy. If you don't like the privacy 'violations' of Windows, there are ways to turn it off, or you can just use Linux. :)

- Necron69

Comment Sort Of (Score 4, Insightful) 151

I don't know that it is high tech jobs, or legal pot, but odd things are definitely happening in Denver. We just refinanced our house after less than two years, and the value shot up by almost $100k. Thankfully we bought when we did, but I don't know how my kids will afford to live here in the future. The townhomes they are building a block away will go from $350-$650k! Denver proper is mostly landlocked so prices will continue to rise.

Traffic is awful and getting worse. Getting up to the mountains to play on the weekend has become a real chore. We leave for skiing at 5:30am to beat the traffic up I70. Driving in or out of the city during rush hour is completely awful.

The bad traffic has brought the return of toll roads on most of the regional highways that weren't already tolled. Even the interstates have or are getting toll/express lanes now. Be prepared to pay up for your commute.

One bright spot - after decades of wrangling, our light rail network is finally being expanded out to serve much more of the metro area. Even the cheaper suburbs will have rail access to downtown in a couple of years. (Not Boulder, they hate you, sorry).

Please bring your hipster programmer selves here so I can continue to have someone local to work for and keep feeding my 401k until retirement. Then I can sell my house for a small fortune and move out of this crazy town.

Yours Truly, Generation X.

Comment Samsung/AT&T (Score 1) 85

Despite a long history of sucking, I'm forced to admit that Samsung & AT&T have gotten a lot better about updates. I've been a Samsung customer since the pre-Android BlackJack Windows ME phone, and started cell carriers with Cingular.

My Samsung GS6 is currently on Android 5.1.1 ("security patch Feb 2016") and look, downloading a new update now.

- Necron69

Comment Re:Doing this stuff is hard (Score 1) 89

I wholeheartedly disagree. The Space Shuttle program was an enormous financial boondoggle that had an average cost per flight of close to $2 BILLION each. The money and mind share consumed by the shuttle program were the greatest roadblock to private space industry and I thank God it is gone.

With the government no longer sucking all the air out of the room and competing with them, private industry is finally moving ahead. Now we need to cancel the next NASA financial boondoggle: SLS.

- Necron69

Comment Skylon? Seriously? (Score 3, Interesting) 64

Sorry Keith, but while I'm a big supporter, AFAICT Skylon remains a pipe dream. It may be slightly closer to reality with a bit more research funding, but it still exists only in a computer simulation. I've been reading about Skylon for something like 15-20 years now, and I'm not holding my breath.

Skylon needs an 'Elon Musk' to put real money into it and build a working prototype vehicle (not just an engine). Then it might be a game changer, but definitely not now.

- Necron69

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