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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Orestesx Re:The US tech industry (283 comments)

If you want performance buy the pro.

Uh no. I can still get more performance by building my own.

Pretty sure JBOLDEN was referring to the MacBook Pro, not the Mac Pro. Unless of course you are into building your own laptops.

about two weeks ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

Orestesx Re:Not just iPhone (421 comments)

What makes you think these users are average?

about 2 months ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

Orestesx Re:Like LAME (270 comments)

"Clean Room Design"
"Chinese Wall Implementation"
"Brewer and Nash Model"

The key isn't replacing the code...it's replacing the code in such a way that it does not infringe on the copyright of the original code. Usually this means new code created by someone with no knowledge of the original code, therefore it cannot be a derivative work, therefore it does not infringe on the original copyright.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Orestesx Re: Simple (635 comments)

I looked up the power consumption of CRT vs. LCD TV's. Turns out for small screen sizes (around 30 inches), the difference isn't very big.

If your CRT TV is similar to the Toshiba 30HF83 (about the same weight as yours) it uses about 150 watts of electricity when in use, according to its manual. A new LED TV such as the Samsung UN32H5500 uses about 27 watts. Assuming 2000 hours of usage a year (about 6 hours a day) and 10 cents/kwh electricity cost, the LCD would save you only about $25/year on electricity. So that would be about 20 years for the $500 LCD to pay for itself.

Take it a step further, and say you invested that $500 at only 3% interest, and that $500 would earn about another $400 over 20 years. Not to mention that the LCD almost certainly wouldn't last 20 years, but the CRT might. I would say that if you are happy with the picture quality, then you got a pretty sweet deal. If electricity costs go up significantly, that would alter the calculus a bit. But as longs as they keep making devices with component outputs, I would say you're golden.

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Orestesx Re:Do you think the H1B system is a joke? (427 comments)

It's a fair question, he lives and works in the United States at an international that no doubt employs many H1B's.

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Orestesx Hour of Code (427 comments)

What is your opinion of the the "Hour of Code" as promoted by CSEdWeek? Does it trivialize computer science education?

about 3 months ago
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The Social Laboratory

Orestesx Re:a viable model for society (79 comments)

The term social contract is a bit disingenuous, I grant you, but the alternative is a revolution every generation. If Thomas Jefferson and James Madison couldn't come up with a better solution, we should be willing to accept the concept in the absence of any viable alternatives.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Orestesx Re:How many employees does Slashdot need? (272 comments)

I am not a business expert but agree that MS probably has a lot of dead wood and poorly managed employees. Mass layoffs are one way to deal with this problem and this is what most companies do periodically.

If this is what most companies do, then why is it evidence that Microsoft is poorly managed? (Other than to say, most companies are poorly managed.) Even if they are poorly managed, layoffs may still be the right decision. Say you wake up one day as the CEO of such a poorly managed company. What are you going to do? Change the culture from the inside? Promote radical change among set-in-their-ways engineers and middle managers? Hardly. You're going to stop the bleeding and deal with the problem in the most direct way possible - cut costs.

It seems supremely stupid for a company to suddenly wake up one day and discover that it has an extra xx thousands of employees

Of course that's not what happens. If they laid off each employee the second that they identified that employee as redundant or not needed or underperforming, then all 125,000 employees would feel like their head is always on the chopping block. The chaff builds up over time and eventually you trim it. Large companies really only know how to do two things: hiring people and firing people. It's much more efficient to axe entire divisions than it is to reassign everyone. Microsoft's responsibility is to its shareholders, not its employees. If you want to work for a company that is loyal to its employees, then work for a private company, or better yet, an employee-owned company. By this point, people should know what they're getting into when they go to work at Microsoft. They get a very competitive salary and the prestige of working at a Fortune 100 company. In return, if they have the misfortune of working in an unsuccessful division, they might be let go. Even then, I'm sure that top performers are reassigned.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Orestesx It's simple (536 comments)

Perl was used by programmers who wanted to spit out web pages or create back-end scripts to do things like send emails or file forms to a database. Non-programmers weren't invited.

Then PHP came along and could be used by web content creators who wanted parts of their page to be dynamic. This is just a better, easier to understand paradigm that allows people to collaborate much more easily.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

Orestesx Your Scope is Too Fucking Big (254 comments)

Settle down there buddy. Making something small and simple in scope. It's your first game - it's going to suck.

about 5 months ago
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Will 7nm and 5nm CPU Process Tech Really Happen?

Orestesx Re:what was the excuse for 90nm again? (142 comments)

Yeah but I also remember an article saying that the universal speed limit is 300,000 km/hr and that one seems to have held up. There is a physical limit at some point.

about 5 months ago
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Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

Orestesx Re:You're not thinking like a CEO... (289 comments)

How does that relate at all to the situation at hand? No one is claiming that the new version of these SSD's will have a shorter usable lifespan.

about 5 months ago
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The FBI's Jargon List: Internet Acronyms Galore

Orestesx Re:Hey FBI..you can (124 comments)

What's funny is that GFY in the document is actually defined as "Good for you."

about 5 months ago
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OpenStack: the Open Source Cloud That Vendors Love and Users Are Ignoring

Orestesx What is the use case? (99 comments)

If I want to host my own, I get VMware in my own datacenter. If I want to host in the cloud, I buy storage+compute from AWS. I see no reason to deploy OpenStack at a small to medium sized business. Am I just looking to get myself fired for insisting on a solution that is not VMware?

about 6 months ago
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Virgin Galactic Passengers May Just Miss Going into Space

Orestesx Does it really matter? (203 comments)

Presumably they are looking to see the curvature of the earth and the stars set against a black background. If I saw that, I'd feel like I went to space, even if technically I did not.

about 6 months ago
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The $5,600 Tablet

Orestesx Re:Not that impressive! (96 comments)

In that case, the mode of failure isn't particularly relevant, is it.

about 7 months ago
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The $5,600 Tablet

Orestesx Re:Not that impressive! (96 comments)

Considering that a .50 caliber round can be fired into an engine block to disable a vehicle, I can't imagine what type of ruggedization a computer could have to prevent that mode of failure while remaining practical. Sure, you would want the data center walls to be able to withstand such a shot, but the computer itself?

about 6 months ago
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

Orestesx Re:Will the door have windows? (305 comments)

A convent method...I didn't know there were game development nunneries.

about 6 months ago
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

Orestesx Re:Will the door have windows? (305 comments)

If you can shoot the lock or break down the door, then locked doors ceases to be a gameplay mechanic and just becomes another button that you have to click. Allowing the player to shoot the lock would make the game LESS interesting.

about 6 months ago

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