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Do Developers Really Need a Second Monitor?

Attaturk Re:Well (1002 comments)

The company down the street seems quite happy to shell out another $200-$300 to keep that $120,000/year developer happy. If your developer is any good, maybe he'll just go work for them.

In this market? I'm guessing you're a developer who hasn't been looking for a job for some time rather than an employer. ;)

But for what it's worth, I'm an employer and I try very hard to ensure all of our developers - particularly the coders - always have two matching >=22" widescreen monitors. As a developer myself I'm perhaps more easily persuaded of the productivity gains than most bosses. That having been said, very, very few developers understand the cold hard realities of squeezed budgets, tightened belts and the pragmatism sometimes required in a tough marketplace. If you've made a good argument and your boss is still resisting, he may well have a very good reason beyond the price of just one screen. Think about it. ;)

more than 3 years ago
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Mark Zuckerberg, In It To Change the World?

Attaturk Re:What are you smoking? (268 comments)

Quite.

Facebook received its first investment of US$500,000 in June 2004 from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. This was followed a year later by $12.7 million in venture capital from Accel Partners, and then $27.5 million more from Greylock Partners...On October 24, 2007, Microsoft announced that it had purchased a 1.6% share of Facebook for $240 million...In November 2007, Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing invested $60 million in Facebook...In August 2008, BusinessWeek reported that private sales by employees, as well as purchases by venture capital firms, had and were being done at share prices that put the company's total valuation at between $3.75 billion and $5 billion

So an individual that has sold large amounts of equity in his private business to outfits like PayPal, Microsoft, Accel and Li Ka-shing (hey now that's a good name for a bulti-billionaire) etc. has not sold out?

We must have a very different understanding of the expression.

I'm not even mentioning the questionable privacy policies, ethics and activities of the company itself - everybody else seems to have that very well covered already. ;)

more than 4 years ago
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Aussie Attorney General Says Gamers Are Scarier Than Biker Gangs

Attaturk What a tit (409 comments)

I'm not sure whether my biker self or my gamer self is more offended by this arsehat. I've met and hung out with dozens of "biker gangs" at various rallies - yes including the patch clubs that people refer to here like they're comprised of mindless hooligans - and felt safer in their company than when taking a trip through a town centre on a Friday or Saturday night.

In short, "biker gang" is not shorthand for dangerous thug. Nor is "gamer" shorthand for brainwashed serial killer. And while we're at it I'm pretty sure that "Australian politician" doesn't mean paranoid, misinformed and dangerously ignorant jerk"... but I could be wrong.

Just a thought Mr Atkinson but perhaps your ill-considered bigotry is what causes people to take such a dim view of you. A single gamer harrassing you is more likely indicative that you've pissed someone off personally than that all gamers are out to get you and your family. Gah.

more than 4 years ago
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Virgin Media To Trial Filesharing Monitoring In UK

Attaturk Re:Six months from now (280 comments)

Well here's one Virgin cable customer (£30/month) that'll definitely be cancelling next week and specifying the reason for cancelling as deep packet inspection. Hopefully I won't be the only one with the sense to send that message.

about 5 years ago
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Why Charles Stross Hates Star Trek

Attaturk Re:hmmm (809 comments)

The thing that annoyed me the most about Star Trek, and it was most common in the Next Generation, was the idiotic idea of solving a made-up scientific problem with made-up technology. It has no value to a plot; actually it's the opposite of plot, if there is such a thing.

You're thinking of 'deus ex machina', which is a plot device along the lines of "and suddenly a god-like being appeared and fixed everything". It's the fate of all lazy fiction and, sadly, it's not restricted to sci-fi - although the opportunity to invent suitable technobabble does make it rather easier.

more than 5 years ago
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Wikipedia In Your Pocket, $99

Attaturk Re:Solution looking for a problem (412 comments)

practically everywhere (that matters)

What an horrific phrase. Do you even realise how offensive that comment is to people that don't come from your home country? Of course I'm only guessing what your home country is...

more than 5 years ago
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AMD Previews DirectX 11 Gaming Performance

Attaturk Re:XP FTW. (103 comments)

I was totally with you right up to the mention of IE6. :P

more than 5 years ago
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Guaranteed Transmission Protocols For Windows?

Attaturk Re:TCP? (536 comments)

Kids today have no respect for their elders... and little understanding of their CS history. ;)

more than 5 years ago
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US Plans To Bulldoze 50 Shrinking Cities

Attaturk Returned to nature? (806 comments)

Indeed. My mum always taught me that, when returning something that I had borrowed, it should be in the same condition as when I first received it. When I read the phrase "returned to nature" my first thought was, "yeah but is it in the exact same condition as when it was 'taken' from nature?"

I'm sure they'll do some clean-up - I'm crediting the people involved with not being completely self-serving idiots - but I'm equally sure that the clean-up will not quite fully 'return' this land to its pre-settlement state.

In the interests of full disclosure - and talking of self-serving - I'm not madly interested in the story so did not RTFA. Soz. =p

more than 5 years ago
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Sony Makes It Hard To Develop For the PS3 On Purpose

Attaturk Re:Let darwin decide? (616 comments)

...because it's written by a guy who actually RAN a video game store. For several years.

Wow. That's a mighty impressive qualification. ;)

more than 5 years ago
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Flying Car Ready To Take Off

Attaturk Re:Border control just got more complicated (315 comments)

Not to mention a lot more expensive. These things would be a criminals dream.

No more so than helicopters or any other light aircraft for that matter, which are usually easier to get your hands on than flying cars. Even a home-grown balloon can get you over a fence. ;)

more than 5 years ago
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Worlds.com Sues NCSoft Over MMO-Patent

Attaturk Prior art from 1979 (261 comments)

And the first text-based multiplayer virtual world was created in 1978/1979 by Messrs Bartle and Trubshaw. I thought everyone knew that bit of lore by now.

more than 5 years ago
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Watching Tonight's Presidential Debate Online

Attaturk Re:BBC (349 comments)

You beat me to it. I just double-checked and according to this page:

The final US presidential debate will be available live in streaming video on the BBC news website, with full commentary, a blow-by-blow description, and analysis, from 0100 GMT.

more than 6 years ago
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Council Sells Security Hole On Ebay

Attaturk Re:VPN Access Not The End of the World (147 comments)

While this was a security fuckup, if your network is designed right someone having VPN access is not the end of the world.

Point being this was a local government network. The chances of it being designed right, let alone thoroughly maintained, are slim to none. Professionals outside IT must be educated not to rely on our l337 sysadmin skills else IT people will always carry the can when the shit hits the fan. I know it's a mixed metaphor but it rhymes so screw you. ;)

People, in and outside of IT, need to understand (read: be taught) that government networks are not only vulnerable but also highly attractive to spammers, scammers, identity fraudsters and the like. This means that meatspace security is even more, not less, important in these environments.

The strongest wall-safe in the world is useless if you leave the combination on a piece of paper on your desk. If you believe that noone could get past the formidable building security to read what's on your desk, your safe is probably already bare.

more than 6 years ago

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