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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

Ksevio Re:Author is dumb (136 comments)

Reminds me of an email I got from a recruiter today:

These units run as start-ups that share the same code base and computing environment, combining the excitement of a small firm with the stability of a larger one.

Because the beauty of startups is having a massive legacy code base that requires talking to several teams in order to change.

6 hours ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Ksevio Re:Now I Know... (538 comments)

Not to mention the internal OS version is actually 6.3 (or 6.2 depending on how your program is compiled)

yesterday
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Ksevio Re:I have a better idea (179 comments)

That sounds a little pricey to pave the road with.

2 days ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

Ksevio Re:Scary, but to some degree it could be done. (180 comments)

You mean you had to take your hands off the steering wheel to change the volume/station? That sounds like a real hassle and a lot more dangerous!

2 days ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Ksevio Re:Politics as usuall (719 comments)

But another important question is "Would removing the law make things better?" To which the answer is also "probably not".

The insurance companies were happy to jump at an opportunity to raise their rates and get new customers. If the law was removed, I'm sure they would just complain about losing customers and raise rates even more.

5 days ago
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Princeton Students Develop Open Source Voice Control Platform For Any Device

Ksevio Re:Another project using sphinx isn't impressive (34 comments)

A project that needs a full computer OS along with a high speed internet connection isn't really impressive. Now if he did it on an Arduino, that would show some progress.

about a week ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

Ksevio Re:Well Deserved (195 comments)

The best thing about dropping cable is you can look at monthly expenses and say "Wow I can get Hulu and Netflix and an antenna every month and still be paying less!"

about a week ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

Ksevio Re:first world problems... (195 comments)

Tip: Avoid unnecessary tags in your posts like "tt" and your post will be much easier to read!

about a week ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Ksevio Re:And so this is Costco's fault? (440 comments)

At least in some states, donating the food removed responsibility from them in the case of a problem.

about two weeks ago
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Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

Ksevio Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (298 comments)

The "land in cloudy weather" part looks like it just hasn't been certified to do so, which makes sense for a new aircraft.

about three weeks ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

Ksevio Re:Probably not (278 comments)

That's a hard comparison to make because there aren't standard evaluations to compare them against each other. There are the parents that are very involved and help their kids succeed - those kids might go on to take the SAT where they can be easily compared to others.

Then there are the ultra-religious or parents that don't care as much who's children might not be getting a full education and just end up working at home or in the family business. They won't show up on the radar because they don't get evaluated.

about three weeks ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

Ksevio Re:You are a vendor to google, not a customer (409 comments)

Just because they're not getting paid in cash, doesn't mean they're not getting paid.

If I go to a fair and buy a bunch of tokens that I then use to play some games, then the people that run the games turn those tokens in for cash - are they token sellers? Of course not! They're game providers and the tokens are just a medium, similar to how I go to Google, to search and pay them with a bit of my screen space to show ads - Google then turns that screen space in for cash with advertisers.

If you're looking at things from a pure "where do the USD come from?" point of view, then sure they're an advertising company - so are TV stations, newspapers, the sides of highways, buses, etc.

Realistically, it's possible to see that a company can have an indirect source of revenue, and not all companies make money from their primary purpose.

about a month ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

Ksevio Re:No price != No cost (409 comments)

Incorrect.

You are a customer when you use Google services. Google provides you a service, and in return you provide them some of your screen real estate.

Advertisers are also a customer. Google provides them access to that screen real estate, in return they give Google money.

Google make its money mostly from advertising, but that's only they provide a good product to their customers that they are able to do that. Movie theaters make most of their money from concessions, but they are not "pop-corn companies", the primary product is showing movies which enables them to sell their more profitable other product of popcorn.

about a month ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

Ksevio Re:Cloud only applications are a disaster (409 comments)

Cloud office suites store documents.... in the cloud

By default, but you're free to save your documents to your hard drive in what ever format is convenient for you just treating them like a normal word processor.

Slightly more hassle of course compared to save/edit anywhere, but I guess that's the price you pay to stave off paranoia.

about a month ago
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Java 8 Officially Released

Ksevio Re:No properties (302 comments)

It's nice to see they've added lamda expressions, but the lack of properties is a serious oversight in Java that should have been added years ago. It's not even a hard concept to add and it fits in just find the OOP model.

about a month ago
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White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

Ksevio Re:I see Slashdot finally got around to (578 comments)

All those poor startups that can't build a coal plant?

I agree the ones about car dealers are ridiculous, but those come from lobbying, not in reaction to problems, so they're not the ones people complain about.

Oil pipelines are getting built all over the place - Keystone to Canada has been predicted to do nothing to help oil prices.
Coal mining is terrible for the environment and coal is unhealthy to burn.
Refineries are also very polluting and not economical in most places. I don't see any gas shortages though.

Some people might be fine with destroying our natural resources and sacrificing our health so mega-corporations can increase their profit margins slightly, but fortunately there are regulations to keep those people from doing too much harm.

about a month ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

Ksevio Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (335 comments)

Wow! so for only $83 more I get my data safely backed up and available for 5 years!

If you buy your hard drives at the same time, then a bad batch could take them all out. If there's a bad PSU, then all the drives could die (we'll extend that to bad power if you're using a second machine). Flood and dire are pretty obvious that they'd take out everything. There's definite benefit in an off-site backup that is maintained and monitored constantly.

about a month ago

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