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Comment Take action (Score 5, Funny) 259

I'm probably not the only one here who's getting sick and tired of hearing about yet another major Windows bug that we can't do anything about. While Microsoft makes their operating system even less stable, update to update, it also makes it harder for us to even pick the updates that we know work and leave those we don't aside.

That's a serious problem, and downtime due to computers crashing, needing to be reformatted and their operating systems re-installed, together with the time taken for users to learn about these problems and investigate workarounds, costs the world economy trillions every year. In this case the user loses whatever functionality lead them to wanting to plug a Kindle Fire into their Windows PCs in the first place, again having a real cost associated with it.

Yet while we waste time waiting for our computers to reboot, we feel helpless, unable to investigate workarounds or other ways to achieve the results we want.

This quagmire of people being unable to fix the problems caused by bugs and other issues will not disappear by itself. Resources need to be devoted, and unless people are prepared to actually act, not just talk about it on Slashdot, nothing will ever get done. Apathy is not an option.

You can help by getting off your rear and writing to your congressman or senator. Tell them your concerns about bugs in Windows 10. Warn them that trillions of dollars are being lost because of these issues. Tell them this is important to you. Tell them that you appreciate the work being done by organizations like Microsoft and Amazon to fix the bugs, but that without better QA and more reliable drivers, you will be forced to use less and less secure and intelligently designed alternatives. Explain the concerns you have about freedom, openness, and choice, and how vicious, angry, arguments undermines all three. Let them know that this is an issue that effects YOU directly, that YOU vote, and that your vote will be influenced, indeed dependent, on their policies on bugs in Windows 10.

You CAN make a difference. Don't treat voting as a right, treat it as a duty. Remember, it was thanks to ordinary people like YOU that we are now seeing such innovations as SMP in OpenBSD. Keep informed, keep your political representatives informed on how you feel. And, most importantly of all, vote.

Comment Re:Take note pointy hair bosses (Score 1) 194

yes, this is exactly the sort of cheating I'm referring to. It's also how the bots work, by spoofing their gps coordinates and slowly (if they don' want to get caught) update position as if they're walking/biking. Kinda suspicious when you're in LAX at 3:50PM and taking down a portal in North Dakota at 3:55PM. Either that or you're sitting on the secrets behind teleportation.

Comment Re:Take note pointy hair bosses (Score 2) 194

Honestly, as an Ingress player, the first couple I don't mind; those can be solved by adding more servers and issuing credits/refunds. It's the botting/cheating that irritates the fuck out of me. I get it, for a few people, *that* is the game. But for those of us who actually play, it's really a hot button issue. We have the same spoofing/botting in Ingress, but fortunately the game is relatively small and those guys end up getting caught and even ratted on (if they play IRL) by their teamates because what's the point of an AR game if you don't actually go out and play it? "OH, but it's hot!!!!" Yes, stay inside, play some overwatch or something.

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 85

Well... I know some folks that did these bootcamps. They have/had degrees in other subjects, but found they either didn't like that direction in their career or found options limited for whatever reasons (automation, downsizing, etc). So it's not like they have a narrow skillset; many of these folks have quite diverse skillsets. It's just not tech focused. So, they looked at software dev. It seems interesting and hey, everyone always has "an app idea." But they can't get a job doing software dev because the HR drones say they don't have any experience. What to do? Return to college for a 4 year Computer Science degree? Fuck that. So now we see an 8-12 week bootcamp that aims to turn you into a junior developer (and let's be real: that's pretty much what you'll be at this stage). Good enough for web dev, or maybe even simple app dev. We're not talking software engineers architecting an entire Fortune 500's digital data workflow and processing needs.

If I were going to go to a bootcamp, right now would be the ideal time. Bootcamps, at least ones like MakerSquare and HackReactor seem to be very focused on churning out quality students so they can keep their networking/placement deals intact. If they churn out garbage, people quit using them, and then they become "cert mills". There are a lot of law schools that churn out students with $100k in debt and no ability to pass the bar. That's what these bootcamps need to avoid. I fear with easy access to student loans, that's what most will become. The model itself is admirable; and I can't wait to see if we can't eventually have a quality, fully online computer science degree for minimal cost using the lessons being learned in MOOCs.

Comment Re:"Gig Economy" indeed! (Score 1) 111

I'd be interested in seeing if they keep a comparable hourly rate. I've always wanted a part time job paying what I make, on an "hourly" basis (salary blah blah blah). I don't *need* to make $X working 40-60 hours a week. I can get by comfortably on .5-.75 X and would gladly do it 20-30 hours a week so I can focus on projects outside of work.

Comment Re:And when do they start training their replaceme (Score 1) 239

I"m tempted to game the system by creating mini-startups under a larger umbrella and building projects and just not telling them what the company truly is.

"Oh, yeah, I built the backend for a rudimentary blogging site called Ratikal Blogger, they folded 2 years ago as they couldn't get any funding. Then I worked on a MEAN stack project for a secure messaging startup called ShutTheFrontDoor, but while my part was fine, they also failed to attract the funding they needed to continue..." etc etc.

Comment Re:Um, no. (Score 1) 187

I don't know about a desk piece (maybe a pull knob?), but I can think of plenty of vintage car trim pieces, like headlight trim, window knobs, etc, that I'd absolutely love to have an online database to be able to download, print, and install, especially on 60s/70s Japanese cars that were never in great supply in the US to begin with. (almost bought a Kei Van, it had mismatched headlight trim that looked a little odd.. Imagine being able to pull the right one, 3D scan, mirror, and then print something that actually fits! Sand and paint, install, done!)

Comment Mostly good (Score 1) 376

Things I don't like:

Mandated updates overnight, killing stuff I was doing.
Phone home - I think I've killed everything, but one can never be sure with MS.
What the hell happened to calc? It doesn't even run anymore and the error messages are fucking insane. Why do I need a microsoft store account for something that used to come with the OS? Shit, I've resorted to using sbcl for my quick calcs.

Things I like:
It's basically windows, the metro screen that vexed me so in 8 is basically gone. It's a nice Win7 like OS.

Seriously, MS, you give me a headache. Visual Studio and the .NET dev environment is amazing. But your business practices with Windows, the pervasive data collection, etc etc make me not want to develop for your platform because I don't want to *use* your platform, but I am kinda stuck because I don't want to switch to Apple hardware. Sigh.

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