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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

ImprovOmega Re:No. (368 comments)

Now see, you blew the troll. It was vaguely believable when you talked about sobbing developers, but now you've given the game away. The trick to trolling is to put forward plausible but hard to verify information and then let people's imaginations run free. You've oversold it now and we know you're faking it.

about a week ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

ImprovOmega Re:Sigh (748 comments) your logic once the CEO of Mozilla had people attacking him and wanting to take away his right (to a job) and his happiness (money and power from that job), then he's no longer required to tolerate them because now he's been attacked? I just want to make sure I understand you, because it sounds like a double standard where attacking someone is okay if you disagree with them, but horrible and intolerant if you agree with them. Does that about sum up your position?

about two weeks ago

How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

ImprovOmega Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (285 comments)

I went to public school and had some great teachers who were worth their weight in gold. I also had other teachers who weren't worth a nickel and did a great amount of harm to their students.

If teachers' unions ever agree to let teachers be paid based on how good they are - rather than just by seniority - you might actually see more attractive salaries for good teachers.

The problem is how do you determine how "good" a teacher is? If it's based on student performance then what about the teacher that gets stuck with a class full of idiots? Maybe they're a great teacher doing the best they can but they can't get anywhere because the principal took all of the smart kids and moved them to the classroom of the teacher blowing him on the side so she gets bonuses. The only way to objectively measure a teacher's performance is by auditing their work and that's way too expensive to ever happen. So the crisis continues.

about 2 months ago

No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

ImprovOmega Re:This is just a repeat (282 comments)

In actuality, the singularity happened 8 years ago and now Microsoft, Google, and Apple are all in fact run by ever more powerful AI. They are in competition with each other for computing resources, and still grudgingly present themselves to the world through various puppet CEO's and other lackeys (only a small handful of people at each company know the truth, and all communications are monitored to prevent leaks). This layoff is part of a calculated strategy invoked to increase the effectiveness of the underlying AI at Microsoft and mitigate impending threats from Google and Apple. It's a chess game we can't hope to understand since each AI is running at approximately 100x any individual human intellect.

I'm only allowed to say this because no one will believe it anyway.

about 2 months ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

ImprovOmega The Last Starfighter (701 comments)

Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada.

about 2 months ago

Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

ImprovOmega Re:hmmmmm (681 comments)

OSX? Touch-based desktop? Which Mac comes with a touch screen?

The iPhone.

about 2 months ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

ImprovOmega Re: Jews? (443 comments)

3 Israeli deaths and 700+ rockets per day being shot willy-nilly into densely populated areas. But yeah, sure, let's pretend like the Palestinians aren't doing everything they can to provoke Israel and then crying when they get hit.

about 2 months ago

In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

ImprovOmega Re:I downgraded (248 comments)

I'm sure it involves toddlers in some way. Nothing is more random than the things they do and say =)

about 3 months ago

Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

ImprovOmega Re:Some things stick (422 comments)

PowerPoint implementing spreadsheet-like functionality using VBA on the backend.

about 4 months ago

Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

ImprovOmega Re:Willfull blindness (772 comments)

If someone has a blind spot like that it doesn't mean they can't excel in fields that don't cross into that blind spot. Belief in evolution has zero bearing on whether you can accurately create a circuit diagram or write a program.

about 4 months ago

With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

ImprovOmega Re:A pretty good work device (379 comments)

Lucky for you your work wi-fi doesn't use an Enterprise CA certificate or you'd be out of luck. Surface RT refuses to talk to anything that's not signed by a public certification authority that it trusts, and it doesn't seem to do wildcard certs either. We had one for testing and couldn't even get it on the network. iPad and Android devices at least let you just click through a warning.

about 4 months ago

With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

ImprovOmega Re:Surface: the only Hope (379 comments)

The pro is a reasonable business machine. But at that I would really just prefer to give the user an ultrabook with Windows 7 on it. Especially at that price point. Also the RT is junk from a business perspective, I can't even get it set up to where it receives email because it refuses to play nice with internally signed certificates. Which also prevented it from getting on the wi-fi. The pro, with a full version of Win8, would get around such issues. But at that price why bother?

about 4 months ago

China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8

ImprovOmega Re:And what's better? (200 comments)

SP2 was the last fundamental change to XP's architecture (to the point that some programs that ran on SP1 *stopped working* with SP2). It added Data Execution Prevention and some other under the hood goodies. SP3 was basically a security update rollup with some essential hotfixes thrown in for good measure. Nothing major changed architecturally.

I just wish they would have released one final update rollup with all supported public updates to make it easier to get people up to a final patch level. Having to have 150+ post-SP3 patches makes things a bit cumbersome when fixing PC's for people that never upgraded.

about 4 months ago

Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up

ImprovOmega Re:Buzzzzz word compliant. (232 comments)

When I went back to school for my Master's degree everything was being taught in Java as the new teaching language. It took me less than a day to pick up enough to do the assignments competently. Admittedly jumping from a C background into Java is not a huge leap, but in the end it's all just syntax. Programming principles never change.

about 4 months ago

Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up

ImprovOmega Short Sighted (232 comments)

When you go to hire a developer you're not just looking to hire someone who can code in the latest fad language/API/SDK. You need someone who knows software development like a captain knows his ship. I promise you that 20+ years of software development will be worth way more than the 22 year old kid who knows Ruby on Rails because he learned it while studying in college. That experienced developer can pick up whatever tool your company standardized on and yeah, it may be three months before he's all the way up to speed on it, but then the years of experience will begin to make themselves tellingly felt vs. a kid who happens to know the tool already.

Hiring for the tool is stupid. It would be like looking for a columnist who specifically has Microsoft Office 2013 experience and filtering all the applicants who only used Google Docs in their previous jobs. Either one of them can write copy.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

ImprovOmega Re:Grow up Mr. Forty (466 comments)

That's pretty funny. You do realize that a lot of people lack the requisite skill set to be their own boss right? It's not just a matter of risk, it's a matter of business sense, accounting, paperwork, and all the other attendant infrastructure required for a successful business. And even among those with such aptitude many just have bad luck and can't get a business off the ground anyway. It's not a lack of maturity or willpower, it's often just a function of how we are that prevents us from striking out on our own and being a job creator.

about 4 months ago

US Navy Develops World's Worst E-reader

ImprovOmega Re:There's a reason books can't be updated (249 comments)

It's broadcasting EM spectrum and that can be used to lock on to the sub's location. They're not saying the device is being hacked to cough up its GPS location, they're saying that the device is spewing EM radiation that gives away the ship's location.

about 4 months ago

A Look at Smart Gun Technology

ImprovOmega Re:Life or death (765 comments)

Well, or when you're out in the wilderness. Any state/country/territory with vast swaths of untamed wilderness really needs to allow for carrying firearms openly at least in said wilderness because of wildlife. Even gunphobic California tends to let you do that in unincorporated areas of the state because it would be unsafe not to.

about 4 months ago

$200 For a Bound Textbook That You Can't Keep?

ImprovOmega Re:Nothing new (252 comments)

I think that could make for a good final exam for law students. Sell your book openly and successfully defend the case while representing yourself. If you manage to do this you graduate =)

about 4 months ago


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