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Surface Pro 3 Has 12" Screen, Intel Inside

Mia'cova Re:Drat! Still only 8GB RAM max. (316 comments)

I'm disappointed that there's still such a huge price jump between the 256 and 512 GB models. +256 GB of space should not cost $400. I'm sure some of that must be a "best option" premium. A lot of people want that 512 GB and are willing to pay for it.

Also, 36W power supply? Is that due to the number of cells in the battery limiting the wattage or is it to reduce total weight? The high-end MBPs have 85W connections. While a MBP obviously sucks more power and has a larger battery, I'd be curious to know if there's a technical reason preventing the SP3 from charging faster with a higher wattage.

about 2 months ago
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Surface RT vs. iPad: a Comparison

Mia'cova Re:2 very different versions of Surface (357 comments)

Remember also that you can't join an RT device to a domain. It supports exchange activesync but that's as close as you're going to get. They may be some other related tricks to help IT push some of your own company's apps out to devices but I'm not aware of how that aspect of the model works.

about 2 years ago
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They Work Long Hours, But What About Results?

Mia'cova Re:Not all companies are the same (285 comments)

I've found that I get exponential returns on the time I can _effectively_ dedicate to work. For example, I'll get more than twice as much done in 20 hours/week than I will in 10. For me, the sweet spot is higher than 40 hours. I'll get a lot more done in 50 hours than I will in 40. I have the extra time to step back, learn, work on tools, improve the process, etc. At just 40, I'm usually chasing my weekly goals, only getting through the most important tasks. So, as far as my career goes, I'm mostly treading water at 40 hours. But when I spend a few months at 50, I end up having a ton of really cool results that I need to differentiate myself in a review. And also, work is simply a lot more fun when I have more than enough time to get my core work done. I end up more involved in the broader project and enjoy things a lot more. If I tried to just get by with 35 hours/week, I'd end up being stressed out constantly, hating my work, and ultimately getting poor reviews.

So yea, I think everyone needs to find the right number of hours to hit their own personal sweet spot. Then, take on a conservative amount of work that leaves around 20% of their time available for good ideas and helping out more broadly. Don't start the week by planning 50 hours and over-promising. Leave yourself extra time to improve yourself. Over months and years, that extra time adds up and results in a highly successful career.

about 2 years ago
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Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks

Mia'cova Re:Slashdot sleaze (1223 comments)

I agree we want links to the original material. Those are always appreciated (give or take nsfw, etc). But as a former news poster at an unrelated site, it's good manors to also link where you actually saw the news first yourself. That way two niche sites posting the same news day after day don't end up hating each other for never giving credit. A lot of sites have source and via links at the bottom of the posts, eg engadget. That's kinda lazy from the poster's point of view. Slashdot has the more traditional posting style of writing it all out and trying to be interesting. And for large sites, I think it's doubly important to provide the via link first. It's how small high-quality sites are able to build a following. Via links give me warm community-first fuzzies!

about 2 years ago
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The Perils of Developers Hooking Up

Mia'cova Re:Title unrelated to subject (278 comments)

I had something similar. I started dating another dev from the same org. We worked on the same floor and often wandered over to hang out when stressed or bored. It was nice having someone who was on the same product cycle as I was. Crunch time, bug bashes, etc were never an issue, etc.

The story sounds a whole lot more like the perils of putting a flirty hot girl among a socially awkward group of guys. Obviously she'll be able to take advantage. And while it won't happen every time, it's pretty obvious it'll happen some of the time. Poor guys.

about 2 years ago
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iPhone 5 Scorns Standards Promise To European Commission

Mia'cova Re:Micro USB sucks (543 comments)

My cables look like this:

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Since the connector on my phone is at the top left and I know which way the notch goes, I almost never get it backwards. It's muscle memory at this point.

about 2 years ago
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iPhone 5 Scorns Standards Promise To European Commission

Mia'cova Re:Thinness (543 comments)

The only advantage I see (besides lockin/marketing) is that it could potentially be the only thin connector that is forward compatible to usb 3. As far as I know, there's no single port which can do micro usb 2.0 and 3.0. They release the iphone 5 with usb 2 but perhaps their next model needs faster data for some tasks. They can update to support usb 3 via their connector without having to change ports. While most manufacturers probably wouldn't consider it a big deal to switch to the new micro usb 3 port in the future, it would be hard for apple to build a huge accessory market if they didn't stick to a single connector for a reasonable amount of time.

about 2 years ago
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FAA Permits American Airlines To Use iPads In Cockpit "In All Phases of Flight"

Mia'cova Re:Angry Birds in the cockpit (372 comments)

In a lot of cases you don't need the pilot. But you *DO* need/want them as a backup. And honestly, I'd rather they stay awake playing games than pass out from boredom.

about 2 years ago
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Bill Gates To Develop a Revolutionary Nuclear Reactor With Korea

Mia'cova Re:MS sniping aside... (413 comments)

AP1000 is a gen 3 reactor. Bill has been pushing to get a gen 4 reactor built. I *think* that this would be the first gen 4 approved for construction. It sounds like Bill's reactor could actually use the spent fuel rods from a gen 3 like the AP1000 as fuel.

about 2 years ago
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How Will Amazon, Barnes & Noble Survive the iPad Mini?

Mia'cova Re:Eink (354 comments)

The glow nook is awesome for low-light / dark reading. I much prefer it to reading on my ipad, completely regardless of lighting conditions. The weight of the 10" ipad is a big issue for reading though. If you're going to laze around for a few hours with a book, the ipad starts to feel pretty heavy on the wrists. The nook still feels light. The only issue I have with my nook for reading is that the next/prev buttons are too stiff. I end up getting a sore hand from flipping pages. I guess I don't have my perfect device yet.. soon though I hope!

about 2 years ago
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US Adoption of 10 Mbps+ Broadband Nearly Doubles In a Year

Mia'cova Re:Tied with the EU (172 comments)

Mbps has always been bit, not byte. They're just different ways of writing the same thing. You might make a differentiation between Mbps and MBps where the caps refer to megabytes. But typically, people use that when talking in megabits. Another form like MB/s would be more common for megabytes / sec. Using completely different looking forms is usually a lot easier than relying on caps to guess. We don't always do the same thing so it's always always always better to double check if it's not obvious from the context.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Is Ready

Mia'cova Re:TERRIBLE! (558 comments)

3b) Or alt+f4 on the desktop :D

about 2 years ago
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Mitt Romney To Announce VP Decision Via Smartphone App

Mia'cova Re:I think everyone has already made up their mind (461 comments)

It doesn't matter who people have decided to support. What matters is if they actually vote. In my mind, the presidential election is won by a campaign which gets their supports to the polls and disenfranchises their opposition from the political world enough they don't bother.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Releases Batch of Windows 8 Input Devices

Mia'cova Re:I don't get it. (156 comments)

Mobile users who don't need to use a mouse for extended periods of time. But if you wanted to pick one golden scenario, it would be 'perfect' for on-the-go users of office on a win8 tablet, which is still mostly a desktop-based experience.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Won't Say If Skype Is Secure Or Not. Time To Change?

Mia'cova Re:If there is a third party... (237 comments)

Tor's main purpose is anonymity. That's a little different.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Won't Say If Skype Is Secure Or Not. Time To Change?

Mia'cova Re:If there is a third party... (237 comments)

Not quite true. You don't have control over the servers in the middle with internet traffic. The key isn't who is running the central server, it's whether or not the software uses public key encryption for the actual VOIP traffic. You can write a service to be secure, and you can write the service not to be. I would presume that skype shares the encryption key for their VOIP traffic with their central server. I'm not sure what laws enforce this. Perhaps it's not required in all countries. Perhaps the skype-to-skype calls are secure.

The most important thing to note is that this is a closed-source app with a central server. There's no way to know if the VOIP keys are being sent to the centralized server. From a security standpoint, you can't assume they're not. And since skype won't go on the record, it seems to make a whole lot of sense to assume they do.

In any case, I wouldn't recommend it for chinese dissidents.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Value of Website Design Tools vs. Hand Coding?

Mia'cova Re:No professional developer uses WYSIWYG (342 comments)

Pretty much exactly right. I'll just add that the important tools for building dynamic sites are the tools built into the browsers. Dreamweaver isn't going to help you debug your javascript. Laying out a little DOM is typically not where the majority of development time is spent.

WYSIWYG editors are only useful for quickly prototyping ideas. They produce throw-away quality results. Professional developers, such as myself, create throw-away quality results by hand :)

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet

Mia'cova Re:But... (712 comments)

You need to pay to have an OS signed. That is true. But you can certainly still install an unsigned OS such as linux. So for the intel version, the answer is "absolutely yes, of course you can run linux. It's a PC, not an ipad!" But yes, like most every ARM device I know of, the RT model is locked down and would need to be jailbroken for anything else.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet

Mia'cova Re:No Battery Life or Price? (712 comments)

Just assume it'll be in line with ipad pricing and have slightly worse battery life. Then you won't be disappointed. For the pro version, compare it to a small ivy-bridge ultrabook. They tend to be expensive and still have shitty battery life when compared to ARM devices. It really doesn't take a lot of thought to come up with reasonable expectations.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet

Mia'cova Re:Or a third way: (712 comments)

Not trying to start a war here. Just a couple points/corrections.

idevices happily support bluetooth keyboards. There are apps for many printing scenarios which mitigates that somewhat if you can be bothered. A lot of home printers are on your home network rather than solely USB. Beyond that, a lot of routers have a USB port for a shared printer, etc. So support is limited/tricky but it's not "fugetaboutit". A lot of solutions are built up within apple's walls when 1st party support is lacking.

You don't really need a 3rd party data service. I think you can sync/store your stuff with their cloud. So that's 1st party. If your goal is to put it on a usb stick, that doesn't work.. but you could just as easily say the surface can't burn CDs. If all your devices are synced, passing around usb sticks is a nice-to-have rather than a need-to-have.

Enterprise administration is definitely important. But keep in mind RT does not have AD support. So only the surface pro will be targeting the enterprise directly. Companies will still need to think about how their IT policies deal with non-domain joined devices. I'm sure it'll have exchange support though. So I would imagine that it'll support the same activesync standards as high-end cellphones or the ipad already do, eg pin-lock and secure erase/encryption requirements. No idea what else they might have in mind for RT though.

more than 2 years ago

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