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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

ADRA Re:Open Source Integrated email/calendar/phones/et (534 comments)

I used Lync for precisely one thing, and that was to redirect my handset to my personal cell. I never touched it again. Instead I plugged in Pidgin which has relatively ok IM support for Lync and never touched it again.

Desktop sharing is built into the OS, and frankly I never used. I try to use hangouts whenever I get the chance, but sometimes I'm forced to use gotomeeting with some customers when they use it. No customer has ever asked for RDP / Lync based demos, and frankly I'm not even sure if its possible externally (well RDP is, but its an even worse demoing tool).

Meetings/N-way calling/video conferences / etc.. all rely on you converting your entire PBX infrastructure over to the MS way of things as well. So yeah, if you're FULLY VESTED in MS technologies, then absolutely you're going to get lift.

12 hours ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

ADRA Re:The problem is hipsterism, not engineer culture (260 comments)

In 2006/2007, you had two large fads in computing -- Web sites and Windows apps. There were billions of other things, but they were the big ones with high visibility. Today, add in 'remote virual hosted' (AKA developers are now the IT guys *shudder*) and mobile apps (A marketplace which is only now getting good tooling / support from more than a handfull of vendors) sure things may be crap compared to desktop/web which have many years of established practices and trained staffing. Look at the web in 2001 vs. 2007 and tell me there wasn't an entire f-ing world of difference in terms of quality and reliability? Try 1997 - 2004 for desktop apps?

There will always be 'developing technologies' that come out scrappy and crappy but over time they'll start getting boring and predictable like all the other technologies before them. This is just the way our eco-system (and most others) work.

about a week ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

ADRA Re:It's not arrogance if... (260 comments)

Its a sad first world problem when you complain about possibly earning > 250K (gross) in property appreciation and then complain about how you can't claim 100% of a tax break that you're no longer entitled to (because you make too much). Dumb laws they may be, but you sir, complain for the wrong reasons.

I'd also address the note on savings accounts, but frankly its way to factual, boring and irrelevant to bother. Go look it up online if you want to know why your savings accounts are worth penuts these days, as sad as it is. There are reasons, but you may need to spend a lot of boring hours appreciating it.

about a week ago
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Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

ADRA Re:Thank GOD (96 comments)

Don't get me wrong, I know the nuance of the change, I just had to laugh that 4K video was the selling feature of a tablet. I'd be hard pressed to see the difference in 1080 / 4K with my 52" TV and I'm 20/20, forget a screen pixel density significantly smaller pixel density rating or even perceived pixel density rating.

about a week ago
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Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

ADRA Thank GOD (96 comments)

Because what I was missing from a tablet was 4K movies!

about a week ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

ADRA Re:Confusing the issue (337 comments)

Microsoft has had arm ports of their embedded OS's for over a decade. The only reason it got any ink is because they tried to shove it into use by the general public. Since RT is probably more WinCE than NT under the hood, this just makes sense.

about a week ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

ADRA Re:Just like C then? (371 comments)

async+await seems a lot like features included in java.lang.Concurrent which has been in Java since 1.5 and as a popular third party add-on before that. Maybe they aren't language sugar in the same way level C# integrates with it, but it also means I can swap in various implementations of the provider if I found a more optimal solution for my specific problem area.

about two weeks ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

ADRA Re:Oracle Forms (371 comments)

Dunno what you mean. Java has supported multiple JRE impl's on the same PC for at the very least 5 years and if a crap tool like FORMS does something wrong, then I'd say they're crap for it. Why not blame Flash because my Twitch video is stuttering, or blame HTTP because the web site I want to view threw a 404. Ultimately, if the end user vendor sells a crap product then blame the product, not the tool generally.

about two weeks ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

ADRA Re:Nobody kills Java (371 comments)

I think you missed the half-decade under Sun's stuardship where Java moved quite slowly between 1.2 -> 1.5. A language evolves to suit its community, and if it doesn't shove out the latest buzz word to the populace immediately, then I'm fine with it as long as they get to it eventually. Most library based tools have been out years before Sun/Oracle decided to standardize on a given set, which is 100% FINE. Let the trail blazers blaze trails and the standards follow. The aternative is building OSI model or maybe X.500 and expecting the world to change for them. Let a dozen interesting implementations develop and then combine the best parts of a few into the 'defacto' implementaion.

about two weeks ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

ADRA Re:Service in exchange for a free modem? (224 comments)

How is this post even relevant? The only way a cop will know how and who's door to 'bust down' would be through your ISP, and be damn sure that the ISP knows which IP's are being used by whom. Centsational much? I mean, one of my neighbours could be downloading child porn as we speak so I could randomly be arrested for absolutely no reason.

about two weeks ago
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40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

ADRA Re:40% of 680,000 is useless (256 comments)

Well, that crazy American would be a defacto terrorist in such cases, but *shrugs*. I'm more concerned with people that are legitimately crazy becase they may not be on any list and just randomly snap on go on rampages. The best way to mitigate the 'random crazies' is to encourage mental health checks much akin to health checks and to take the dangerous toys out of their hands. But lets be frank, in America neither of those things will happen.

about two weeks ago
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Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

ADRA Re:Not that hard IMO (151 comments)

Apple subsidizes the OS in the cost of the overpriced PC, so it certainly isn't a free product. Plus, they charge for upgrades further sallowing your argument.
People who aren't of the pirate variety sure do pay for Windows 8 when they build their DIY kits. Most are probably gamers or PC enthusiests at this point, but people still do build PC's from parts. And of course essentially every new consumer PC runs windows and still hasd a healthy sales record. I'm sure many will also use Linux like myself but to assume that Windows 8 (or any edition) can't be given away is very narrows sighted.

DEC 94-97 had what? A not so popular PC compatible platform outside of graphics maybe, a low market share UNIX, and a DOS which was a good DOS, but still DOS in a windows world.

Windows still dwarfs all other OS's in the market space of consumer PC's. Consumer PC market has contracted, but contraction doesn't mean collapse. No Tablet on earth has been able to convince me that Tablets are replacing the PC; they're augmenting and bleeding soft corner cases certainly, but not replacing.

about two weeks ago
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Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

ADRA Re:Mozilla - an organization time has passed by (151 comments)

The world certainly needs both companies, even if Mozilla simply exists to keep companies honest, and Microsoft giving competing products and services companies a bar to step over. Microsoft could easily be in business 20 years paying out fat dividends without any significant product 'development' effort at all. Their market is very entrenched, and much like UNIX, some shops just can't justify moving off the the platforms given the amount of sunk costs +mintainance vs. replacement.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

ADRA Re:Vote Selling? (190 comments)

I'm pretty sure there's precicely 0 laws in place that makes it illegal to record criminal actions by a person or person's in public or in their private residence, but by all means dig one up and prove me wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

ADRA Re:Vote Selling? (190 comments)

How precicely is this tracked? Are they forced to cast their votes on premesis? In which case I'd be sure to carry a tape recorder for discussions of this 'coercion' and sue their fucking asses into oblivion. Remember, technology works two ways.

Regardless of how much you've been indoctronated into thinking corporations are above the law and blah blah, sue them with good cause and see your justice system work. There are laws to protect you. Stop bitching and throwing your arms up in the air every time you think "well who cares? They'll just find some loophole to screw us over anyways". That Attitude just perpetuates the actual reality of a population detached from responsibility and hence authority.

about three weeks ago
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Getting Back To Coding

ADRA Re:c/c++, vi/emacs, make, ddd (240 comments)

Which is precisely why so few developers per capita program in the languages any more. If tooling isn't making one's life easier year after year, you're becoming a drag on the industry. I'm sure you'll be quite happy driving your fully manual car decades from now when dual clutch cars own the highways, but most people won't care about how archaic your ride is, or how superior your belief in it is either.

If you want to freeze your development platform into somewhere in the mid-80's, that's your right, but the industry has moved on, and effeciency of development has long surpased most CLI based tooling for anything non-trivial. I wish you all the luck in the world though.

about three weeks ago
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Getting Back To Coding

ADRA Re:Tool complexity leads to learning the tool (240 comments)

Division of labor my friend. Would you rather the alternative being that all developers need to understand deep knowledge of the environments they're running on potentially conflating the cost of writing for your platform by double? I didn't think so. Not every developer needs to know about every inch of code that exists in your corporate hierarchy and libraries, infrastructure, etc.. as long as SOME PEOPLE ARE, are easily accessible, and willing to field questions as needed.

about three weeks ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

ADRA Re:My thoughts on these selections. (315 comments)

Trust me, from a guy who's dealt with COBOL and Java, they're nothing alike in either corporate philosophy or boat-anchor of coding. For better or worse, Java and C# are essentially analogs in terms of what you can 'do' with them. Java sucks more in UI's, and some syntactic sugar that makes your life easier, and C#/.NET lacks the trillion toolkits used in Java for pretty much any common need. Many popular Java lib's are ported to .Net, but still a boat load you'll only find in Java land for now. Lets not labor the point. There will be a millions fan boys to jump on the point, but on a language stand point, they're so close that it shouldn't matter.

PHP is a simple language for beginners and it got its entrenched status because some novice PHP dev's wrote some great sites / tools which people have organically grown around. Its a lousy language, and a very specific use case. I've never used RoR, but sounds about the same but in a more sexy buzz word.

Erlang like all functional languages universally are very useful for their very limited number of business areas where they rock, and enevitably the evangelists of these languages always trump out how they're great for everything and the kitchen sink, but we all know they aren't, and will continually be relegated to areas where they shine. Hybrids like Scala have a chance, but frankly I'd hate to sit down and listen to a dev lead's meeting in a scala shop lay down the laws on when to use strictly functional no matter how broken it makes the code, and when to just use other paradigms that probably just work better, simpler, and faster to develop.

about three weeks ago

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