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Comment Re:Laptop Replacement (Score 2) 376

What is a decent laptop now that pretty much every single x86/x64 processor has enough power to run about anything reasonable? And while I do not own a Surface for a religious reason (GNU Linux), it is surely a neat, compact and quite cheap machine. We got some of these, at my workplace, mostly for some specific applications testing.

Comment Tech is not the solution to everything (Score 2) 537

Sure, technical skills may improve some parts of the world, where the VCs do not corrupt everything. But we should start by making the world around us, our home, our family, our beloved people, our workplace, our towns, better places.
If you want to change the world, try to change your neighborhood for a start. Be nice to people. Even if your are not able to change the world, you can make some places on it nicer and some people happier.
Choose the solution, it may be technical, or not. Tech people know how to create stuff, investigate issues and solve problems. These are fine assets to change what sucks around you.

Comment Not awful language, but awful MS Office API (Score 1) 331

Visual Basic 6 was an acceptable procedural language, nothing to see there.
But usually, VB6 developers did not use solely VB6, they had to use the awful and crufty MS Office controls and APIs. The damn thing crashes for no reason, had awful performance on MS Access queries (a smoking pile of whatever is you hate the most), everything around MS Office to VB6 connectivity was terrible. And worse than terrible, it usually did not even work and was heavily under-documented. Random crashes, crazy behaviors, name your nightmare; it was in there too.
So no, I do not see the point of open sourcing VB6 as it will give us no access to all these APIs that may have be useful if they were working properly.

Comment Work tool (Score 1, Insightful) 500

It looks like these streamers do not realize that their computer is a work tool. So, when you buy or choose a work tool, you have to ensure it fits your job. Nothing should be able to interrupt a stream. No Skype notification, no friggin Steam notification, no SMS alert on your phone, just game, game and game. Anything else should have been moved out of the way. Your tools and workplace should be specially tuned for that. But hey, people just expect an average gamer PC to magically turn into a professional tool without any action.

Comment Re:Willing to be wrong, maybe... (Score 2) 273

It is what leading people and/or companies is all about. Make fast decisions, then if wrong fix the consequences and learn from your errors. That is the learn from your errors that most entrepreneurs do not get.
And there should be another mandatory one for all these inflated ego types: most good decisions are not about being smart but being fast and lucky. I guess that Linus was at the right place at the right time too, that he is not a GNU or BSD zealot probably helped a lot too.

Comment Re:Why would anyone want this? (Score 1) 219

I had issues with a dedicated 3Com pci board on FreeBSD, had to switch to OpenBSD for the damn thing to work. Never had issues with this card on any other OS. I could not even think how a network card driver could be so f*cked up on an OS. I mean, if the damn driver does not work, as automated tests should show (did they even have automated non-regression tests by then, around 2004?), why was it in the kernel? It should have been disabled and documented.
So I do not think the issue is about crap hardware. It's about spotty support of specific pieces of hardware.

Comment Anonymous Coward is legion, there (Score 1) 515

Has this happened to real people at Slashdot, or is this disinformation propagated by ACs? Cause from here, it looks like disinformation...
But hey, as this is proprietary software, it could be an ugly and illegal piece of A/B testing. It could. Still, no proof seen here. My Windows 7 boxes are doing fine (and my Windows 10 too, BTW).

Comment Team dynamics (Score 1) 186

It mostly depends on your team.
Pair-programming is hard, code reviews are pretty easy. Pair-programming increases team cohesion, but it to be properly done or it becomes than useless.
There is the driver, who writes the code and the observer who review and thinks more about the general design. There should be a frequent alternance, unless there is a vast experience gap between the two people, then the less experimented drives more (to avoid the keyboard domination antipattern).
Pair-programming should only happen on 60% to 75% of the day, because it really washes you out.
It works best with small teams (4 to 6 people)
Pair programming may not work with your team, but when it does, it brings a great team cohesion and a great code quality and better design. And as one who practiced it for 5 years (but not these days, in another team), it was great!

Comment Re:So basically (Score 1) 358

They do learn from history. Look at Intel, they used underhanded and illegal tactics to harm AMD, they succeed, had to pay a negligible fine, and almost killed AMD. LCD screens price fixing? About the same, but with several companies,there also was so many illegal business practices which escaped unstated, with a slap on the hand... even the CEO in my own company once told us to stop a project to align with current regulation, because it is less expensive to to nothing rather than follow the rules.
When everybody breaks the rules and no country cares, it's not a problem. And Please, do not compare Krups to Philips... Philips got 4 times Krups gross margin.

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