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Comment People make fun of Balmer's Developers chant... (Score 1) 649

Your MS Citation is about Xbox, which MS has been quite strict on. I can't speak for apple, but I have found the MS technet forums very good when the documentation falls short. Many forums have a few hotshots which may work for MS partners, or may be MS employees.

I write code for IDM / IAM though, so my part of the industry is a weird place. Developing interfaces to abstract security concepts across multiple platforms is inherently weird. SAP, RACF, SQL, Active Directory, and Unix all have a different concept of an ACL or Group, and open standards like Oasis and SPML only go so far. MS is just a little bit better at helping you work through a customer's not quite normal requirments.

Comment Re:Duh? (Score 1) 593

I wish I had points to mod you up. In some specialities the bill rate has to be 3 times or more what the employee is paid to support bench time, training, benefits, and the sales staff that keep the contractors working. A sysadmin / generalist who can be kept near 80%+ utilization generally has to bill out at twice what they are paid. The big consulting firms do get away with charging significantly more, a big 3 security engineer in the midwest can easily bill out at $250/hr, but the big 3 consulting firms have ridiculous overhead compare to small consulting firms.

Even SMBs in the midwest pay these rates, if you are paying less it is likely the firm is a body shop that does little to screen or train employees, or a small business who does not pay themselves market rates for their actual labor. (I.E. doesn't include their administrative time at home)

Comment Re:Prior Art? (Score 1) 325

I am curious about this, since I get called out constantly for starting sentances with actually. What is this a marker of? I have lived my entire life in Cleveland, but influences include being raised for 6 years by my Grandmother who was from one of the last Irish speaking regions of Ireland, my father born in London, and later by my Welsh step father. I also had a swiss german grandmother which probably makes things worse.

I have a lot of odd irish pronunciations for select words. I pronounce the L in walk, say probably as praugh-bab-lee, and occasionally say haytch for H, though that has mosty died off. I always assumed the "Actually" thing was another irish artifact.

Comment Belgian! (Score 1) 840

2,3 or 4 are fine, brewed domestically is great too. I want Belgian styles, whether from Ommegang in Cooperstown, Jolly Pumpkin in Dexter Michigan, or a nice flemish red like Duchesse de Bourgogne. Anything Duvel owns, Trappist beers too.

People can call it beer snobbery, and I'll admit a Corona on a hot day is great, but styles vary widely in beer, ever so much more tha they do in wine or whiskys. Beer is something you can really geek out to, and even non-geeks love it.

BTW- Give your drinking friends who don't like beer nice lambic and they'll come around a little

Input Devices

Brain-Control Gaming Headset Launching Dec. 21 112

An anonymous reader writes "Controlling computers with our minds may sound like science fiction, but one Australian company claims to be able to let you do just that. The Emotiv device has been garnering attention at trade shows and conferences for several years, and now the company says it is set to launch the Emotiv EPOC headset on December 21. PC Authority spoke to co-founder Nam Do about the Emotiv technology and its potential as a mainstream gaming interface." One wonders what kind of adoption they expect with a $299 price tag.

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