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Comment Good Move, Apple (Score 0) 771

Cords suck. They snag, they fray, they tangle, they slack, they break. They take up space in your pocket, your bag, your shelf. Some are too short, some are too long. Wireless headsets are mediocre at best, it is true. They have a whole bunch of their own problems and many on this thread feel those problems are worse than cord problems. But this is exactly the point. I'm sick of slow advances in wireless and so is Apple. Its time to kick the wireless headset market into high gear and get lots of models from lots of competitors getting iterated multiple times a year and getting cheaper all the time. How do we do that? Simple. Eliminate the 3.5mm jack.

Comment Sponsored vs non-sponsored videos (Score 1) 403

I think this poll might be mixing up a couple issues. Strictly speaking, video vs no video is actually probably not that big a debate. For people who don't want videos it is easy enough to ignore them; and perhaps even a user preference or cookie could allow them to always be hidden. I suspect much of the overwhelming negative reaction to videos reflected in this poll has more to do with the history of video on Slashdot being completely 'tainted' with things that were obviously ads trying to be passed off as something else, which really damaged the trust and culture of the community. While I am not one to watch video news and commentary (I am with the majority that prefer to just READ) I do not think we should just rule out doing video podcast-like content from authentic sources.

Comment First, Understand Peering (Score 2, Informative) 535

I believe Network Neutrality legislation will do more harm than good. Quality of service and IP transit costs are governed by complex market forces today. It is easy for individuals and organizations connecting to Internet edge networks (most of us) to take these forces for granted and get swept up in language about fairness and capitalism and equality. In reality, as you move to the core of the Internet, there already is no such thing as network neutrality and to try and 'preserve it' is meaningless. ISPs, Tier 1s, and major content providers already enter into peering arrangements, both paid and unpaid, that improve end user experience and help drive down IP transit costs. Depending on the ISP you use, you obtain the benefits of their peering arrangements, which are as strong as the number of eyeballs they have and their negotiating skills. Some ISPs have better peering than others and so in reality there is no such thing as a 'neutral ISP'. The concept of an ISP 'holding their users hostage' as they try to obtain concessions from content providers is not unique to Comcast. Everyone in the space is playing the same game of leveraging the strength of their numbers and their negotiation and personal networks to get any advantage they can. The decisions about 'who should peer with who' are and should continue to be governed by organizations freely entering into paid or unpaid agreements with one-another. As soon as the emotional/idealistic notion of 'neutrality' is stipulated, then the technical reality of peering and the unplanned forces governing the core of the Internet will begin to centralize and calcify. What will be unfortunate is when this slows or even reverses the dramatic deflation in IP transit costs we have seen over the last 15 years, going from well over $1200 per megabit to under $1 in some regions. I highly recommend 'The 2014 Internet Peering Playbook' by William B. Norton.

Comment Re:young versus old (Score 1) 375

If employer believes candidate A will do more work for less pay than candidate B, then hiring candidate A is a perfectly legitimate hiring decision and is hardly age "discrimination" just because candidate A is younger. If employer believes candidate A will do LESS work and require MORE pay than candidate B, but STILL hires candidate A because he is younger and the employer does not like old people, THAT is age discrimination.

Comment After all these years... (Score 1) 618

It's gotta be tough always coming up with new ideas for Slashdot polls every couple days. These days, it is not unusual to see polls with rather contrived topics. But every once in a while you get a poll like this and can not believe it was not one of the first ten published in 1997.

Comment Verizon, Hands Down (Score 4, Informative) 375

There's much discussion of coverage and speed. Where I live, near Chicago, Verizon can't be beat. But the bigger thing for me is that their Customer Service is very good. I could not believe when I got my iPhone 5 a couple of days ago and had trouble activating it, I called Verizon and was speaking with a good english speaker in less than a minute. This was with millions of people getting the iPhone 5 (probably a good portion of them on Verizon.) My wife just had to call their tech support because her 4S wasn't getting on 3G. Again, she was speaking to someone within less than a minute who was knowledgable. Ironically, as I write this, it turns out the 3G network is down. But Verizon outages like this are very rare and in this day in age of complete crap support and idiot agents, I'd almost rather have a day of outage every year supported by decent people than only an hour supported by morons.

Comment Send him my way (Score 1) 266

I studied Philosophy but have been in IT for 10 years plus all the years I was in college working side jobs and projects. I do a lot of tech interviews -- I am a consultant in a very rapidly growing cloud services field. I specifically look for people who have learned from their own side projects and hands-on experience. Find me on LinkedIn by going to my Slashdot profile page and checking my Journal.

Comment Pragmatic vs Ideal Implementations (Score 2) 359

Working in Professional Services for another major enterprise application, I could really see this being the fault of either party. I think many in Professional Services (myself included) take a pragmatic approach to implementation. The focus is on getting something going that meets 90 or 95% of the requirements with a healthy dose of skepticism that anything beyond that is worth the cost. At some point, the customer has to pull the trigger, adopt and adapt. In the course of doing so, they will discover shortcomings and advantages that weren't envisioned initially, and the effort and cost of pursuing perfection initially can be saved for follow-up effort once all that real-world feedback is collected. I have found some University customers tend much more towards wanting the "ideal" solution on Day 1 and as a Professional Services provider, going that last 5 or 10% of the way to perfection can be an extremely frustrating, money-losing endeavor. At the same time, none of the above can be encoded in a contract that would ever get signed, so all you can do as a Professional Services provider is choose your customers wisely and know when to require time & materials contracts.

Comment Re:Something has to take its place. (Score 1) 493

I would go even a step further - It shouldn't matter who holds the ticket at all. As long as it is valid, the holder should be able to board without ID. It is interesting the score on my original post fluctuates between 1 and 2. Some bump it down some bump it up. It would sadden me if someone took a comment illustrating true freedom and disregard it as flaimbait. I'm hoping it was just the condescending tone of my post - which I somewhat regret - than the content.

Comment Re:Something has to take its place. (Score 1) 493

You should go to an airport, be dropped off at a curb, walk through the door, walk down a hallway, walk out another door onto a tarmac, walk up a staircase, have your ticket or electronic boarding pass that you paid cash for scanned and get on the airplane. Total time: 5 minutes. Spare me the comments about "that's not the world we live in." That's crap. Read history. The world has always been a dangerous place. That's what life is: dangerous and fragile. The only question is whether you and your children will live as free people or as cowering fools.

Comment Surprisingly weak architecture (Score 5, Insightful) 201

I think this story is revealing about Facebook's security architecture. One would have hoped that security policies are defined within the application at a very low level and that all requests for information -- be it photos, posts, whatever -- must pass through that low-level security layer. What this story reveals is that the security architecture of Facebook is such that each developer of each separate function (in this case, the report-a-nude-photo function) is responsible for re-implementing security checks.

Comment What is flipped? (Score 2) 768

There is a flipping element in Credit Bubbles. NASDAQ stocks were flipped in the 90s. Condos and houses were flipped in the 2000s. How does one flip an education? By getting a job where the hiring manager blindly extends offers to a person just because they have a piece of paper. The student buys into the piece of paper using government-supplied money and then the employer takes on the costs of paying it off without really getting their money's worth.

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