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Comment Re:Lots of work to do... (Score 3, Informative) 56

Sadly Joel Sprotsky the ex-Microsoftie still has a lot of work to do: choosing .NET and Windows server (!) was probably far from the smartest idea. All the biggest websites (eBay, Amazon, GMail, Google, Wikipedia, etc.) do NOT run on Windows servers for a reason.

Perhaps you should start by looking at how StackOverflow actually does it since a majority of their servers *aren't* Windows based.

Comment Free Pool of IPv4 Address Space Depleted (Score 1) 185

From "Montevideo, 3 February 2011 – The Number Resource Organization (NRO) announced today that the free pool of available IPv4 addresses is now fully depleted. On Monday, January 31, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) allocated two blocks of IPv4 address space to APNIC, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for the Asia Pacific region, which triggered a global policy to allocate the remaining IANA pool equally between the five RIRs. Today IANA allocated those blocks. This means that there are no longer any IPv4 addresses available for allocation from the IANA to the five RIRs."

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2, Insightful) 377

If I still had mod points, I would mod parent up. When I heard about this my first though was about the addition of processor extensions to boost virtualization performance. I could definitely see Intel adding some new antivirus extensions to their CPUs.

Comment Re:Get ready to Bend over America (Score 5, Informative) 410

CNET cites Bloomberg for their article. Almost everything I can find on the news sites so far directly points back to either the NYT article or the Bloomberg aticle which directly contradict each other. Until more information is known, I am inclined to believe Bloomberg over the NYT article because it paints a more realistic situation then what the NYT article does. In order for NYT to be correct, Google would have had to do a complete 180 on all the work they've done so far to push net neutrality. The Bloomberg article paints a much more rational picture of a compromise deal that at least ensures net neutrality on landlines.

Comment Re:Actually.. (Score 1) 438

This is what I did. Started downloading a few days in advance, installed the day before, and bought it on release day. So far, I haven't experienced any issues, but then again I haven't been playi. I did remember thinking to myself that I'm not sure how I feel about logging into Battle.Net to play the single player campaigns, but at the same time, I'm pretty much always connected, and I have the benefit (while meager) of being able to communicate with other friends inside the game even while in single player mode (yes I could do this anyway via an IM client, and do).

Comment Re:You Know (Score 1) 281

Well, if you rent in Toronto, might be a good time to try and grab an apartment somewhere in Cityplace ( Telus offers intenet service to those buildings with 100Mbs Down / 5Mbs Up fiber connections for $50/mo. Monthly transfer limit is set 300GB but there isn't *currently* any charges for going over (they're planning to add one eventually).

Comment Re:Security problems with a MS product? nah. (Score 1) 335

SL3 apps cannot install themselves without the user either asking them to do it, or the app prompting them (the app does not get to decide how this prompt looks, the framework itself displays it, so it looks the same for all SL3 apps). Furthermore, the application cannot initiate this prompt automatically, it has to be in response to a user initiated event (eg, mouse click). SL3 out of browser apps actually function far less privileges than adobe air apps. If you're going to bash a technology, do so factually and not by guessing.

Comment Re:You should have asked this a year before. (Score 2, Insightful) 540

A good QA developer is just as necessary as a good developer. We all like writing original code, and it takes a special kind of person to write smoke tests, et al, for someone else's code. At my previous job, our product's QA department was just as important as our development department to get the monthly releases out on time.

Top flight developers producing quality code don't need large QA departments. They've already written well-designed, bug-resistent code, unit tests, integration tests, and performance tests, all in the course of producing something that works (the first time).

If you have to pay a phalanx of QA engineers to find bugs post-facto ("just as important as our development department"), you're doing it wrong. The bugs shouldn't have been there to begin with.

Speaking as a software engineer that works for a small software company, QA Engineers are essential. Not because we have sloppy developers who write poor code, but because software engineers can't predict every possible way someone will interact with out code. QA Engineers have proved invaluable in finding those edge conditions we never coded for because it never occurred to us. ... Plus they help catch the *stupid* mistakes that everyone makes from time to time. (-;

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