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Comment What is this fascination with outsourcing? (Score 1) 63

How many outsourcing stories do we need?

Outsourcing is happening. Deal with it. Move on. Change plans if necessary. Complaining about it on Salshdot accomplishes nothing.

IBM outsources to low cost geos. And that is what will happen to Lloyds jobs. Anybody that believes otherwise is not thinking clearly.

Businesses will go where the costs of getting work done is lower. You can erect barriers all you want, but all of that is going to be temporary.

Comment The absolute worst feature of Windows (Score 1) 249

There are plenty of issues in Windows, but for me personally, this is the absolute worst offender. The OS should never ever reboot my computer without my explicit permission. Specially when I have a tonne of stuff open. Just copy how Mac OS handles this. It is OK to periodically remind me that I need to reboot. But never proceed to do it when and as you see fit. Your guesses on when it is OK to do so are going to be wrong. Resists the temptation. Again, copy Mac OS in this regard. If they can get it right. You can too.

Comment Be careful what you wish for (Score 1) 477

I have worked in the software industry for over 25 years. Only recently we have started hiring people offshore. We work with people who are essentially contractors. It is very easy to let people go who are not productive. Over the course of a year we have gone through a lot of people, but now have a core team, that is very very good. And very very cheap, compared to a local team. The H1-B visa restrictions will just push people into that model sooner. The Internet is the great equalizer. To the detriment of many and the joy of others.

Comment Horrible deal (Score 1) 130

Somebody might get the impression that they can trade their very old and/or broken Mac and get $650 worth in MS bucks. They would be horribly mistaken. The old Macs fetch $75. And less if they are broken.

To get $650, you have to trade in a used Mac that is worth about $1,000 on the market.

What is not to like?

Comment I live not too far from a major highway (Score 4, Insightful) 235

I live not too far from major highway. Noise and pollution from automobiles worry me. The electric revolution cannot come soon enough. Also, I don't know if it is old age or something else, but those extremely loud motorcycles annoy me to no end. I wish I could stop them and beat the shit out of them. Anybody else feel that way? And why the hell do these riders intentionally make their bikes so loud?

Comment What do you expect? (Score 1) 204

Kansas isn't really known for its high concentration of techies who would want subscribe to a service like this.

I live in Portland, OR. Yes we have a high concentration of techies with spare cash. We even made our state change some laws to accommodate Google Fiber. That law made us lose millions in recurring tax revenue from the likes of Comcast. That was more than a year ago. We still do not have Google Fiber. And now this? You have to be freaking kidding me!

Comment Re:Not handy for the home (Score 1) 86

I already have two good routers at home. One at each corner of my house. Both purchased for less than $100 each. If the speed and range promises are even half of what is bring promised, I do not see a problem with people spending a couple of hundred bucks to pick up a dual router solution. Someone like me would not think twice about it. But yeah, businesses would be ALL OVER IT.

Comment Facetime works on computers (Score 1) 114

I have used many of the popular video conf/chat solutions. To talk with family and coworkers for meetings. I have for now standardized on Google Hangouts. It mostly works, and works on many devices and platforms. I have also on occasion used Facetime. I do not have an iphone or ipad, but have a Macbook. It surprises me that Google is pitching this product as a Facetime replacement. I can use Facetime on my computer. The same is not true of Google Duo. For now, Google Duo is entirely useless to people who need a solution that also works on computers.

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