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How the Smartphone Killed the Three-day Weekend

MistrBlank Re:You forgot to mention... (232 comments)

Meanwhile, Steve in the next cube over is answering the call as he's next in line, he responds to the email that comes in and generally puts forth more effort than you. This is recognized by management. Steve gets a promotion eventually, you do not. Moreover, management sees Steve's fervor, they want more Steves and they hire more Steves. Eventually there is a dip in funds and we have increased costs, someone must go. Who do you think they fire? (Hint: it isn't one of the Steve clones).

I'm not trying to justify it, but the reality is whoever makes more money for the boss, whether the lower employees make more is irrelevant.

about a year ago

Most IT Admins Have Considered Quitting Due To Stress

MistrBlank Re:It's about being "Always on" (397 comments)

So what you're saying is that you were foolish enough to agree to be available during outside hours. You have no one to blame but yourself for not establishing boundaries, on call hours after hours, finding subordinates to be available during off hours, or establishing competent service level agreements.

Not every job will let you establish this, but it should be set from the interview. And hey, maybe there's threat of being fired if you don't perform, but jokes on them, if they fire you, you owe them nothing. At the very least you can begin searching for your next job where at least you'll be happy and maybe someone can appreciate your real value.

about a year and a half ago

Google Reader Being Retired

MistrBlank Re:The nightmare of cloud service (386 comments)

That's his point. Reader is a cloud service and he's losing his data and access to the "application" that google provided. I think you'll be hard pressed to find a service that will support the export of google reader data. Even if he goes to another service, it could happen there too.

However if it were a desktop app, he could just go on like it never happened.

Personally I haven't found a reader app that synchronizes what I've read in my feeds across devices, recommends new feeds from a large search database, allows me to group feeds and read entire groups, or access the service from external apps and devices.

about a year and a half ago

Google Reader Being Retired

MistrBlank Re:kill google+ (386 comments)

I'm about ready to kill my gmail account.

about a year and a half ago

Google Reader Being Retired

MistrBlank Re:People actually use RSS? (386 comments)

Uh, dipshit, we're still there the last time I looked at my cell phone bill. Personally I don't like filtering through all the ads and images and bullshit when I can aggregate headlines from multiple sites and read only what I want to read.

about a year and a half ago

With 128GB, iPad Hits Surface Pro, Ultrabook Territory

MistrBlank Re:Uh yeah (501 comments)

I have a linux server at work. I have an ipad with a highly functional SSH terminal (complete with an X display to work with) app.

I do all that you do with a more powerful server backing my workloads.

about a year and a half ago

Valve's SteamBox Gets a Name and an Early Demo at CES

MistrBlank Re:Nope, ain't happening (328 comments)

Spinning disk is for cheap storage, so either you are ripping blu-rays or poor or out of date.

Or you just have more applications installed than will fit on, say, a 128 GB SSD.

Which is why I have multiple 128GB SSDs to cover all of my apps and games (and actually a separate OS disk)......

about a year and a half ago

Valve's SteamBox Gets a Name and an Early Demo at CES

MistrBlank Re:Never thought i would see (328 comments)

That is an unqualified opinion. No "good" desktop for what? For games? There's isn't because linux as a game platform has been largely non-existent. But there are plenty of environments with minimalistic UIs that could be good and I think that's what Valve is building here. I'd argue that there's no good desktop environment for gaming, period. Windows just is not and never has been a good gaming environment either, it's just the defacto desktop OS.

If this moves developers to make ports of their games for Linux more and more, I think you'll see people playing less and less on Windows as they'll have the option to run on a "free" alternative. This is good for the hobbyist market.

about a year and a half ago

Cambridge University To Open "Terminator Center" To Study Threat From AI

MistrBlank Re:How is AI on the list? (274 comments)

Stop letting movies do your thinking. AI/Artificial Intelligence exists as studies in machine learning, game theory, pattern recognition and several other topics.

You've been trained to think that self aware computers in AI by movies like War Games, the Matrix, that abysmal spielberg AI movie, and the Terminator movies. Go read a book.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Surface Review: a Tale of Two Tablets

MistrBlank Re:Gotta admit (183 comments)

But works with nothing else....

about 2 years ago

Nestle's GPS Tracking Candy Campaign

MistrBlank Creepy (172 comments)

And I thought Willy Wonka was creepy...

about 2 years ago

Game Review: Borderlands 2

MistrBlank Re:Eh (117 comments)

They are both post apocalyptic games with comepletely different feel.

For one thing, Fallout has that tacked on RPG mode on the PIP-Boy that can completely remove the FPS aspect of the game. But it is also much more focused on training up skills. Weapons are also pretty static and it's tough to create something better, let alone different stats.

Borderlands is a FPS first and foremost with LOTS of weapons, they all do different and FUN things. The game borders on outrageous in building a fun environment to run around. It also happens to be pretty hilarious.

Sorry, I've played and loved both. They're different games. You might as well try to compare them to Gears of War while you're at it.

about 2 years ago

Windows 8 Gets Personal Use License For Homebuilt PCs

MistrBlank I don't understand this... (330 comments)

If you had an old windows system you were upgrading, you bought the upgrade version.
If you were cheap and didn't need microsoft support you bought the system builders/OEM version.
If you had a system without an OS (meaning you built it yourself) you bought the full retail version.

I can understand the potential of a VM'd license, I don't understand offering one for people that "build their own systems". They already have two versions that work for that.

more than 2 years ago

FCC Rules That Verizon Cannot Charge For 4G Tethering

MistrBlank Re:Ah-HA (218 comments)

Why do you people continue to believe that the "bucket" plans are the only data plans? They're shared family plans, not individual plans which still exist.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Matches iTunes Match With New 'Audio Upgrade' Feature

MistrBlank Re:Cloud services are for idiots. (157 comments)

This, THIS! I 100% agree with this, which is the one thing I absolutely hate about iTunes match. I love my iPhone, I love that I carry music, video, a camera, phone, my calendar, email and more in one device. I love that they finally got wireless syncing done RIGHT on my device so that podcasts, smart playlists and autogenerated genius lists are automatically updated. As soon as I turn on iTunes match though, the phone forgets how to sync, instead replaced with a system that can download/psuedo stream all of my music. I can no longer push "play all" because it tries to play music that may not be on the device, if I'm on a wifi is just starts playing music that I might not want on my device at all or worse, burn up cell data with a switch buried far into the settings menu that makes it a pain to enable and disable freely. Then my device slow sucks up more and more space and there's no clean way to remove music aside from deleting each song you don't want. I've disabled Match and then tried syncing only to find it doesn't remove the downloaded music that I had on the device while synced.

That said, I love what Match has done for my appletv experience as well as my iPad where I don't normally store music, but having access to all of it anywhere I'm on wifi (and not at work) is awesome.

more than 2 years ago

The Nation Is Losing Its Toolbox

MistrBlank Re:Article is undiluted horseflop (525 comments)

No offense, but most of that was likely done by the builder. They're worse than the craftsmen.

more than 2 years ago

Gartner Analyst Retracts "Windows 8 Is Bad" Claim

MistrBlank Re:Fatigue=suck (306 comments)

really great. Imagine how toned everyone's arms will be as a result of this technology coming into our every day lives!

more than 2 years ago

Valve Software Launches Linux Blog, Confirms Work On Steam Client for Linux

MistrBlank Re:Thank you Valve (236 comments)

Don't get your hopes up. They only support platforms that the games are developed for. So the Valve stuff will likely work as they tightly couple Steam to their games, but as my Mac Library points out, there is very little cross platform compatibility.

more than 2 years ago


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