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Comment MS cloud services have been good to me (Score 0) 176

I probably need to find another website to chime in on my opinion on the subject (confirmation bias anyone?) but after working with skydrive (consumer cloud storage) and MS office 2013 (not the 365 subscription one, I can't address that). The pretty much seamless integration between the two, with native app support on a few platforms I use frequently (android, iOS, windows) as well as a pretty solid web based version of office for many other situations has been great for me. I haven't had any down time (probably happened - didn't affect me yet). Since it automatically syncs to local storage on as many platforms as you want, a dropout (short-term) wouldn't hurt too bad.

There are some downsides - only basic file system usage on Linux - can mount it R/W but that's about it. I spend about half my time doing tech work in the Linux world and the other half doing reporting, analysis, power point engineering and other administrative work in the windows world. I suggest anyone with a similar mix (or more slanted towards windows) give it shot. For much of my work none of the cloud services are secure enough for usage, so there are some limitations. I was using Google for these activities, and for me MS is the clear winner on this type of service.

So don't focus completely on the bad news with a dropout on a MS cloud service, and open your eyes a bit on their other progress on the user experience with consumer cloud services. You might be surprised. Or you might have your mind made up before you do.

I'm not a shill, I like all OSes from Windows to VxWorks - they ALL have their uses in the right environments depending on your needs.You may note I didn't crap on any of them.

Comment Internet contrarianism is so much fun.... (Score 1) 303

Some options for all the knee-jerk complainers (pick the one that fits):

1. Don't watch any of them.
2. Wait until they are all out on blu-ray; then watch them (see Misagon's post)
3. Peter Jackson (and co.) can make as many movies as they want with the IP they 'own'. Get over it. See tip #1.
4. If you want a different story told, write some fan-fic. Otherwise either enjoy his vision, or go to tip #1

I guessing I'm whining now too; it's contagious.

I'll watch them when they are released - I enjoyed his interpretation of the LOTR books, and I expect to enjoy the Hobbit movies as well. If not, then that's a bummer; not psychotic nerd-rage inducement.

Submission + - NPR's "Car Talk" Closing (yahoo.com)

stevegee58 writes: After 25 years on the air, Tom and Ray Magliozzi (aka Click and Clack, The Tappet Brothers) are calling it quits in September.
With their nerdy humor, explosive laughter and geek cred (both MIT alums) Tom and Ray will be sorely missed by the average NPR-listening Slashdotter.

Comment Re:Quota system = degradation of standard (Score 1) 697

Little bit of hyperbole there - IT systems are absolutely critical in many ways, but I think you might want to consider other areas where inferior quality introduced by quota systems could be more or at least as harmful: Infrastructure design / construction, military contractors, nuclear site security, etc.

Just a nitpick; I agree with you in general. This is a situation where the policy may be well meaning, but it needs an exit ramp for situations where it is not applicable - first pass being qualifications, second pass being quota based; final choice then based on full project criteria - Obviously if there are insufficient qualified companies / individuals, the related quota must be irrelevant.

Comment Re:God is an idiot. (Score 1) 123

I followed your link, and read the following, which is incredibly depressing:

When asked for their views on the origin and development of human beings, between 40% and 50% of adults in the United States say they share the beliefs of young Earth creationism, depending on the poll. The percentage of believers decreases as the level of education increases—only 22% of respondents with postgraduate degrees believed compared with 47% of those with a high school education or less.

Comment Re:Reputation (Score 1) 508

If you aren't in Texas, I would be a bit worried about this being looked at as a 'booby trap' as opposed to a honey pot. If the barrel is solder filled, and it's not obvious to the thief, the first time they try to fire that gun - bye bye hand / arm / face. This assumes that you hid the solder 'work' sufficiently that the thief would even bother to take it.

Not saying I disagree with you though - good thinking!

Submission + - Scientists made Transistors from Human Proteins (fellowgeek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Scientists from Tel Aviv university have managed to make a transistor out of some of the same building blocks that we are made from: proteins. After gathering proteins from blood, mucus and breast milk, the researchers went about trying to make a silicon-free circuit that performs the same tasks as it’s metallic brethren. And they succeeded.

Basing circuits off of biology means that they should be cheaper, as the parts can be farmed, rather than mined. It also means that the circuits are biodegradable, so leftover parts will just melt back into the ground when we recycle them.

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