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Comment Re:Cry me a river (Score 2) 284

I mean, granted it may be more of a contractor thing, but who makes friends at "work"? I mean, you go there to earn money and leave for the day, period.

Oh man, I'm sad for you after that comment. I understand work/life separation and all that, and I can also be painfully introverted, but if you form no meaningful relationships someplace you spend half of your waking life, I hope you'll reevaluate your priorities. It's not like you have to go to each other's family events or be besties or anything, but if you don't have someone at work who you trust enough to really know how each other is doing, might I humbly suggest you're missing out and there are better workplaces to invest your time.

Comment Safari too (Score 1) 236

Chrome is a serious resource hog on the Mac too, even with few or no extensions. Chrome 57 is somewhat improved, but I find myself favoring Safari much more simply because it will not destroy my battery life. Firefox is orders of magnitude worse than all of them. While I don't believe Microsoft's 3 hour number either, it's indisputable that Chrome can't beat Safari or Edge when it comes to battery life, a fact which I appreciate Google finally feeling the pressure to address.

Comment On the other hand... (Score 4, Insightful) 194

...I wonder how many billions of dollars excessive copyright terms have cost the U.S. citizenry directly. Half the Beatles are dead, for crying out loud, and it's been almost 50 years since their last album was released. There's no way copyright can encourage them to record another album.

Comment Re:Oh yeah (Score 1) 109

It'd take a team, not only of software developers, but also mechanical engineers and others that would represent the target audience. Part of the problem with so much open-source stuff is that it often doesn't address the needs of many of its potential users, in large part because either those users' feedback is not solicited, or is dismissed out of hand. A package you write might scratch your particular itch, but it also has to scratch the itch of a lot of other people if it's to be widely successful. Software devs are often notoriously susceptible to the Dunning-Kruger effect and unwilling to accept constructive criticism.

Add technical writers to that team too - a professional's time usually has a substantial dollar value attached to it, and a package isn't going to see a lot of use if the lack of documentation ends up costing more time for them than using a well-documented commercial product of at least equal functionality. This also extends to making the package easy to install/remove - it may be trivial for a lot of us, but a lot more of the professional types aren't going to do well with a "configure/make/make install" process.

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