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Comment Re:More important lesson (Score 5, Insightful) 161

I find people like anecdotes here so please allow me to add: I was raised by very "tough" parents with a very "tough" form of discipline. Mistakes meant punishment. Today I have a 9 year old daughter who, like any other human being, makes mistakes. A few years ago I noticed a very strange phenomena with regards to "dealing" with her mistakes". When I would get upset with her and punish her for spilling on the couch or forgetting to clean her room I would see her make it again and as time went on she would get, either, more defensive about it or try to lie about it. At some point my fiancee asked that I try a different approach: Try being kind and loving with my response and take time with her to show empathy, to share that Im not perfect either and to figure out another way of handling whatever the mistake was.... the taking-time part is probably the toughest for me because it means work, im sure many can relate.... but, strangely, I noticed that she was making the mistakes I handled the new way a lot less... and she seemed to be ok with handling them a new way. She started to clean her room on her own and even though her coordination did not allow her to stop from spilling she was more careful about where she took her drinks and cleaned them up more quickly.... its really ass backwards to me... and to top it off, she seems less anxious around me and my responses and seems less defensive... Im not a psychologist and wont pretend to understand the how or why of it, I just know she seems less distracted and anxious and I seem to get more hugs from here and I will take that over trying to "force" her to learn anyday.

Comment Dont really care if I am commercialized. (Score 2) 243

Whats the big deal with getting ads for things I may actually care about (as opposed to crap I dont care about)? Its really on me to decide whether I want to spend the money on it so if it really ends up costing me a lot of money then thats my fault, not the advertisers. Either MSFT has nothing else to hit the competitor with or they truly believe that everyone has gotten so bad at moderation (Which I guess is true in the US) that they cannot get out of their own way and not spend money on everything that flies infront of their face. As far as the cost of having to "Deal" with ads getting in the way or other advertisers having more information on me. I would like to see some examples of how this has resulted in any significant cost to anyone because the most it has ever "cost" me is a click or two to close the ad or a call to the national directory to remove my number from the list. Thats not much cost to me, especially compared to what I get from Google (Mail, Maps, Android, machine learning in all those things to make them more tailored to my life.).

Comment Why fiddle, just re-implement the damn thing (Score 2, Informative) 160

An issue recently came up on my Engineering team where a pig mapreduce job that stores in hbase slowed over the course of completing tasks until all the tasks failed due to timeouts. What appeared to be happening was a gc failure and pause due to tenure region exaustion and the built in cluster function to kill off the garbage collecting regionserver. The link below describes the issue and possible workarounds by implementing a custom memory allocation strategy. It's also a must read for anyone who isn't a java garbage collection expert. http://www.cloudera.com/blog/2011/02/avoiding-full-gcs-in-hbase-with-memstore-local-allocation-buffers-part-1/

Comment Microsoft's "Problem" (Score 1, Informative) 292

FTFA: "But I think Microsoft should understand that it doesn’t have an engineering or a product problem, it has a marketing problem and that it needs to address it" I tend to ignore anyone who tries to explain a trend (or lack there of) in the mobile space but I agree with this point. As a mobile developer I was pleasantly surprised by how easy and "fun" it could be to build a WP7 app. The development tools arent too bad and seem pretty mature. Also, aside from the Windows-Live nagging I have found the OS to be fairly well engineered, which is saying a lot in the current Mobile OS landscape. All that said I dont know what else could be attributed to how ZTE, LG, and the market in general have responded to WP7 other than the poor marketing.

Comment Wrong, hope you aren't spreading panic. (Score 4, Informative) 114

Developers do not have access to your visa, regardless of how you pay for content in iOS. All iOS purchases, whether they be appstore or in-app, are payed to Apple, period, end of story. Apple, then, takes care of distributing the payment. Apple mediates everything. The developer is cut a check from Apple after they take a cut, even for in-app purchases.

Comment Not totally buying it (Score 1) 179

Microsoft sells an ad server called 'Atlas' and a company that I once worked for that depends heavily on online advertising paired that server with a behavioral targetting (Read: tracking) system in order to "better" target advertisements to our users. Now there is no direct connection between Atlas and tracking usage/behavior but I know for a fact that online ads, and thus an ad server, become MUCH less useful if there is no usage/behavioral data on the users... so I am not entirely buying a full blown usage blocker. Although I suppose that the hit that a competitor such as Google would take from that kind of feature would exponentially outweigh the impact against Microsoft

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