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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

JD-1027 Re:The problem of Microsoft (337 comments)

You mentioned free software being license free, but what about Apple now that their OS and their office suite is free? I'm not familiar with Apple support contracts, so maybe there is more to it.

How will things play out now that Microsoft is the only one charging for OS and office suites? I'm sure they can hold on for quite a while, but the landscape is pretty interesting right now.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

JD-1027 Something Needed Everywhere (509 comments)

Finance, IT... something that is needed in at least some small part in every company. Every company needs someone to keep the books. As companies get bigger, every company needs some bit of IT.

Every company needs management as well, but those type of jobs seem to be less stable. It is more difficult to "fire / reorganize away" a doer than a manager in an organization.

If you get into something more specific like Mechanical Engineer, your options begin to be more limited (less jobs in smaller cities)... but your pay goes way up!

about 6 months ago

Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

JD-1027 Re:Competition Sucks (507 comments)

Should license fees relate to driver having the knowledge of every street in town? Sounds like it might be better served by allowing competition.
"XYZ Cab Company has more knowledgeable drivers, I'll use them"
"Uber is cheaper, so I'll use them".

about 7 months ago

Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

JD-1027 Re:Strict government control is not good (519 comments)

2. Strict controls distract the teachers ...

3. Strict controls in the form of standardized curricula, teaching methods and tests stifle creativity and innovation...

4. Strict controls disempower the teachers...

Wouldn't tenure mean there are no strict controls over teachers? Wouldn't it mean they can use their best judgement in teaching rather than worry about being fired for not following the strict controls?

Isn't that the point of tenure in higher education? You have more freedom to be creative because you don't have to worry about being fired?

about 7 months ago

Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

JD-1027 Re:danger will robinson (688 comments)

I completely disagree with this. It is way more important to break stuff up first, that way when you get to the quick and simple method, you know what is going on underneath. I have a 2nd grader who's been doing common core now for a couple years and I'm seeing this stuff every day.

First, they are showing how these numbers break down. They are getting these minds to break things apart into their parts. They can see what makes up these numbers. They are showing them the tricks you can do to shift numbers around, and pull things apart. They are getting their minds a deeper view of numbers.

They did the same thing with language. They treated spelling a lot like math. Their spelling words were mostly NOT memorized. They applied rules to words. Some of these rules got complicated, but it was a formula to break words apart and apply rules. Think about it, how dumb is it to just memorize every word in English, when 80% are rule driven... just memorize the last 20%. Their spelling tests had a section on the 20% that could only be memorized.

I'm surprised every day that slashdotters don't praise common core. I'm guessing it is because they see a single example and aren't seeing the big picture that us parents see. They are driving these little minds to logic!

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

JD-1027 Off site backups + Home Owners Insurance (408 comments)

1) Very consistent off site backups for data
2) Full inventory of items you own
3) If theft occurs, use home owners insurance to get your money back. You'll probably end up with a free hardware upgrade in the process.

What is better?
a) 100% chance of giving up your time and money now securing your items.
b) (very low)% chance of having to give up time if a theft does occur

The cost of securing your items may balance out any deductibles you have to pay to have home owners insurance cover the lost items.

about 8 months ago

Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

JD-1027 Re:Editorial (475 comments)

Let's not redefine bandwidth please.

Your post is the first time I've ever heard the term bandwidth referring to a unit of time as long as a month. Almost always, bandwidth is described with the time unit of "second" when talking internet connection rates.

Also, almost always, transfer caps use the time unit of month.

The poster you replied to knows this. What would a lifetime cap of 300 GB even mean? They cancel your account after 300 GB?

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

JD-1027 Re:No... (533 comments)

You lost the thread man.

We're here to discuss, not win or lose. It was an interesting read for someone who knows very little about init processes!

about 9 months ago

Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

JD-1027 Re:The actual technical fault. (865 comments)

We need to think harder than this here. Is the new method better or worse than the old method? Well, you can't just look at a single case with the new method and throw that system away.

We need to compare the drawbacks of the push-button system with that of the mechanical system. We know of a huge number of issues caused by GM's big problem at least. I'm sure there are others.

about 9 months ago

Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

JD-1027 Re:If not... (865 comments)

good luck getting it programmed as they won't likely carry the numerous systems required to program each and every model by all the different manufacturers.

That is not how "programming of the keys" work at all. Once you get the key, it is a matter of getting the vehicle to accept it. You don't actually program the key. And with my vehicle (and it seems most others), all you need is the car itself to do it.
Someone please double check me... http://www.ehow.com/way_570876...

about 9 months ago

Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management

JD-1027 Re:Password in your wallet (288 comments)

And here is a trick for this... Always write down passwords like this:

Where the XXX is a common set of characters that exist in all of your passwords, but is very easy to keep in your head.

In our case XXX = LEEP

So the actual passwords are:

People who gain access to your physical list will most likely never know to even try different "hidden" characters.

about 9 months ago

Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

JD-1027 Re:Real problem was law letting the networks charg (342 comments)

We do use over the air still at our house for a few shows. As my sibling stated, the quality of the HD stream is superior to most other HD streams because there is much less compression than the cable companies/dish companies provide. So it has better quality and it is free, so we can't complain.

We do internet stream/download/netflix cd most of our consumed content though, since each of those methods have their obvious benefits as well.

about 9 months ago

Code.org: Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt

JD-1027 Analysis of another option... (271 comments)

So what if we allowed zero H-1Bs? Wouldn't wages for these positions go up, which would attract more people to the fields requiring workers. If they need workers so bad, why isn't anyone willing to pay increased wages for it? (tongue firmly planted in cheek) By the way, this is coming from someone who recently helped hire a great programmer and wonderful person from India on this very type of visa.

1 year,11 days

Mark Zuckerberg Gives $990 Million To Charity

JD-1027 Re:oh boy... (230 comments)

I would take this one slight step further. Having children is the next step that further deepens your perspectives. With children, you are not only thinking of your own generation, but those of the future. And, for me at least, the relationship is different enough than the relationship with my wife to give me quite a lot of introspective. This greatly affects anything I do today.

about a year ago

Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

JD-1027 Re:Food for thought (783 comments)

And so are the cops, who are bound by the 4th amendment, last time I checked.

When was the last time you checked, 1970? : )

about a year ago

Global Biological Experiment Generates Exciting New Results

JD-1027 Exciting? (340 comments)

I must be misunderstanding, but this news isn't exciting. We don't want bacteria to be resistant to antibiotics anywhere in any species. Exciting from a research discovery perspective is fine, but can someone explain what I'm missing from a "this is good news" perspective?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best SOHO Printer Choices?

JD-1027 Re:Currently searching - some Brother ref (381 comments)

So far my Brother color laser printer has been great. I've had it for a few years now. I do use it lightly though compared to what the OP is looking for. But it is ALWAYS ready to go when I am ready to print. I love it. It is a networked printer printing from multiple Macs.

about a year ago



New iPod Shuffle, Interesting UI, New Features

JD-1027 JD-1027 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JD-1027 (726234) writes "Apple has released a redesigned iPod Shuffle that has shed its buttons completely. It now relys on buttons on the headphones for user interface. The first of two new features not available on previous Shuffles is the ability to get song title and artist information through what Apple is calling VoiceOver. VoiceOver uses text-to-speech to speak the song title and artist on top of the audio of the currently playing song. The second new feature of the new Shuffle is the ability to have playlists. And, as usual, it's smaller than its predecessor. There is a more thorough look at the new UI at Macworld."

OS X Snow Leopard Details

JD-1027 JD-1027 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JD-1027 (726234) writes "Since there's not been much discussion on /. of OS X Snow Leopard, let's start one. Apple's stated goal: "Taking a break from adding new features, Snow Leopard — scheduled to ship in about a year — builds on Leopard's enormous innovations by delivering a new generation of core software technologies that will streamline Mac OS X, enhance its performance, and set new standards for quality." The technologies: Grand Central to get better use of multiple processors and multicore chips, OpenCL to tap the power of the GPU, 64 bit so we can finally have our 16 TB of RAM, Quicktime X for optimized modern codec performance, and built in Exchange support in iCal, Address Book, and Apple Mail that most likely will help get Macs into corporate environments. We've previously discussed ZFS in the server version of Snow Leopard."


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