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Comment Re: "there's not much to indicate difficulty" (Score 1) 278

That assumes that working more hours translates to more money. Our bonus "takes into account" overtime, but it is not directly for every xxx hours we get xxx more. So I may make more a t my profession, but that does not mean that monetary it will save me money if I hire someone else to do work around the house.

Now, there is probably some type of heuristic I could use to determine at what point it is not worth my time, since some jobs would take me to long or I do not have the skill, but my point is that is little more complicated than just looking at pay.

Comment Re:God I hate that use of "free"... (Score 1) 580

But GPL is very much about the whole GPL ecosystem. Pieces of BSD-style licensed software work pretty well as part of GPL ecosystem, as can be seen by the multitude of such software, but a fully BSD-based ecosystem would simply not work. If it did, then Linux would not have pushed *BSD operating systems to the side lines, where hardly anybody cares about them.

My understanding is that the BSD development environment (very controlled) is what helped Linux. Why would the type of licensing hurt BSD? Do you think a BSD license wouldn't work for Linux's development environment?

Comment Re:So you're telling me (Score 1) 308

We have that abomination at work. The poor quality of Outlook + google sync + Google is being used as a reason for explaining why Outlook is bad. At home I use Linux so I tend to be biased towards most Linux items, but Outlook's by far my favorite email / productivity client. (My wife uses Outlook to connect to Google "normally" with no problems.)

So, agreed!

Comment Re:can we tag the article flamebait ? (Score 1) 520

I guess if you have a team who are going to have lots of questions because they aren't totally clear on what they're doing, stuffing them all in a room is a good idea. A well thought out and documented project plan would alleviate a lot of those problems though. I can imagine a room with 10 developers who can shout questions to each other would create an amazingly high amount of unwanted distractions.

I like some of the other posters suggestions of having a conference room type environment where people can meet to discuss things. I'm in a cubicle environment, so I can second that having loud people (aka my boss) shouting in the room can be distracting.*

* There has been times when overhearing conversations is good. Sometimes people are discussing a procedure/bug/system that you're aware of and can help guide them. Or if they're discussing something that will effect you. Having people in offices, you lose that but I don't think the advantages out-weigh the disadvantages of a cubicle setting.

Comment Re:Oh Noes!!!! (Score 1) 320

if you keep waiting you end up with Debian that has delays longer than Ubuntu has between (non-LTS) releases.

I guess I could try one of the non-Debian based distros but my experiences with them have all been bad, worse than anything Ubuntu ever managed to do to Debian. Unless there are really bad deal breakers, I'd rather they get it out there and start the people on and the bugs filed while upstream might still bother to fix them. But yeah, backing up and being able to roll back to the last version is very much an advantage..

It sounds like you're more familiar with Debian's stable releases. I find that Debian testing is a pretty good balance between "stability" and "newness of software". I don't know if that would be something to consider ...

Added plus: using a rolling release so once on a computer I don't have to reinstall it again.

Comment Re:Not as much sense as you think.... (Score 1) 320

Wasn't that because that was a LTS and since they have a policy of not upgrading during releases, that the LTS would have been stuck with Firefox 2? I understand the logic in that, but I disagree with the conclusion. At that point, the LTS almost becomes like windows where you need to wait for the next patch/update before using it. It's almost like Ubuntu's release cycle is a counter-reaction to Debian's.

Comment Next question... (Score 0, Troll) 281

Should companies be able to require employees to obtain a certification, but refuse to pay for it, under threat of losing their job to a certified individual? Should it be or is it even legal to demand this of employees, especially if such a certification was not required at the time of hire?"

Yes and yes. Next question? Seriously though, I don't think this is even an area you can legally enforce. I would think that the only time you could enforce this is if IT is singled out as having to doing this on their time & dime and other departments get to study for exams on company time. The company you described doesn't sound like a great place to work, but that's capitalism...

Comment Re:Time worked not an issue (Score 1) 547

My workplace (not just for IT) handles that by having a min of 30 hours you must work per week. Sick, vacation and etc count towards those hours. That way, there is some room to cut back on hours during the "non-busy" times, with the idea that some weeks you'll be more busy than others. You just need to maintain an average set of hours. Maybe that's something your employer would be willing to accept?

Comment Re:Colour me skeptical (Score 1) 692

the Protestant evolution has been away from being able to speak to Mary and the Saints. Other Abrahamic religions are clear (Islam certainly - I don't know much about Judaism) that it is sacriligeous to expect anyone other than God to answer your prayers.

I'm not familiar as much with Judaism today, but the idea from the Old Testament is that the high priest performed intercessory prayers & sacrifices on behalf of Israel. I still think the belief is that God answered the prayer, but the people had to go through the high priest as a mediator. (Christianity, if following the New Testament and not rituals from Catholicism/etc, holds that Jesus is the new high priest.And being himself God, there's no need for another mediator.) So Christianity*, being "an extension" of Judaism, would also hold that it would be sacrilegious to pray to someone other than God.

Comment Re:Problem = Managers (Score 2, Interesting) 306

The point is, I'd be bloody surprised if I got away with it for more than two weeks.

Unfortunately, that doesn't always seem to be the case. At least where I work, there's a PM who most of the developers and other PMs are aware of his incompetency, but he's still around. What sucks even more about that, is that he tends to get shunted over to low-maintenance projects (or ones no one really cares about) to do less damage, while the others pick up the slack. That doesn't seem to be the situation here, but I've definitely seen incompetency been rewarded.

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