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Comment Re:I Have No Trouble Making Accurate and Precise.. (Score 3) 220

Yes, this. Good management knows that you know your trade and accepts your estimates. Bad management thinks they know better and try to negotiate on estimates.

Over the years I've found that feature development, particularly adding to existing systems, will get better estimates if we're allowed a spike to review the affected areas up front - this is when you discover unexpected dependencies or just sheer awful spaghetti. When you're not allowed to do this up front is when you come across the unexpected gotchas that blow out the best estimate you could provide at the time.

Comment Re:Crook? (Score 1) 93

Your argument is that paying customers were given a choice in the matter and so should vote with their feet. Normally I would agree with that assertion except that most ISPs don't offer a choice of modem to customers or even alert them that they have a choice. Often they'll grumble about incompatibility issues if a new customer says, "I already have a modem."

Modems are just another way for ISPs to milk money out of their customers. e.g.: ISPs bulk buy these modems from whomever they can source them for $10 each and then charge customers a once-off connection fee ($80-$100) or ongoing monthly rentals ($10-$20/month).

BrickerBot and their ilk are still punishing the unwary customers for the incompetence of the manufacturers and ISPs.

Comment Re:Crook? (Score 1) 93

I wouldn't the author a hero of any kind. Sure, he's removing insecure devices from the internet but at great inconvenience to the end-users that depend on them and a lot of these people will be small business owners or home office types. It's the fault of Zyxel for producing such insecure crap in the first place but also the ISP for issuing them to their customers and then failing to secure their management interfaces from the internet at large.

Comment Specialized software stops upgrades? (Score 2) 169

Some businesses can't help using old hardware or operating systems, because they use specialized software that also hasn't been brought up-to-date.

Nonsense! Virtualize that crap and run everything else on shiny new hardware. I'm sure there are still brain-dead banking applications that require ActiveX controls to run in MS-IE 5.5 or 6.x but that shouldn't stop everything else in the world from progressing.

Comment Re:Not Quite Right (Score 2) 227

You're kidding, right? "Google has confirmed with the Journal that the restriction is courtesy of the licensing agreements the broadcast industry forced Google to adhere to in order to offer the service." The largest portion of Google/Alphabet's income is advertising revenue - I'd be surprised if they protested the broadcasters' request in any way, shape or form.

Comment Not a valid testing methodology (Score 3, Interesting) 236

Although Microsoft claims that the three browsers are being tested on "the same Vimeo video" I'm betting that the three browsers are being served different versions of said video. This kind of test is entirely dependant on CODEC selection and video resolution, both of which affect hardware-based decoding and battery efficiency. To be a valid test the browsers should be playing back the same video file from local media.

Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 620

http://ar5-syr.ipcc.ch/topic_o... does describe solar irradiance and even puts a figure on the estimated amount it provides to the total radiative forcing.

The IPCC doesn't do any such thing. The IPCC Charter and IPCC Document Submission Guidelines forbid it accepting or analysing any material that shows natural climate variability. It is only allowed to accept or analyse documents that show human-induced climate change.

Comment Re: IOT good. IOT + forced shit BAD! (Score 1) 421

When Enterprise looks at IoT you can bet they're thinking INTRAnet of Things, not INTERnet of Things.

With all the safety regulations on mine sites no sane mine site operator is going to be putting INTERnet of Things VIMS interfaces on their equipment to report running statistics back to their ERP, its going to INTRAnet back to the C.O., maybe traversing the internet via a site-to-site VPN.

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