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Microsoft 'Ribbonizes' Windows 8 File Manager

PaulMeigh Re:Nothing useful since 2000 (951 comments)

Hover over a format change on the ribbon in Office and it is instantly previewed in your document. Huge usability improvement and not possible with a drop-down that covers the document.

Want some hot sauce?

about 3 years ago

Linux Support Fades For 3Dfx Voodoo, Rage 128, VIA

PaulMeigh Re:...And? (330 comments)

The developer needs to fulfil as many of the requirements of the client as possible, given available time and resources. It is not the developer's place to dictate the requirements to the client.


about 3 years ago

IBM Chief: All CEOs Reluctant To Invest In R&D

PaulMeigh Re:"Technical debt": Accurately describes (321 comments)

Technical debt is not just incompetence: sometimes, there is no optimal solution, and you cannot know which tradeoff is the best. Then as you have a deadline, you get something out, and you hope that iterating to a better solution will not be too painful. Sometimes, I write code that is there purely because it might be needed later -- and this time ends up sometimes having been a waste, and sometimes a saviour. In general, it is not wasted, but I have the luxury to do such developments.

I often see technical debt emerge when the world around an application changes. This can put even the perfectly architected system out of position. You could argue that a competent engineer would have implemented a design flexible enough to adapt to change, but accounting for all possible long-run outcomes would be very expensive if not impossible. In civil engineering, this results in things like traffic jam.

more than 3 years ago

What's Needed For Freedom In the Cloud?

PaulMeigh Re:Competition and easy transfers (81 comments)

Transfers involve bandwidth and so cost money. It seems that an easy and free option to permanently delete would suffice. If you care about the data and don't have a copy under your own control then that's your problem.

more than 3 years ago

Is Software Driving a Falling Demand For Brains?

PaulMeigh Re:So why don't lawyers fees drop? (622 comments)

The bulk of legislators and judges are/were lawyers. The entire system is designed to perpetually create work for lawyers.

Supply and Demand be damned, this is a command economy in this respect with the legislators and judges creating more demand every day.

That's the demand side. On the supply side bar associations dream up achaic rules (state-by-state bar exams, continuing legal education, etc.) to restrict the supply of labor and prevent wages from falling significantly.

more than 3 years ago

Assange Could Face Execution Or Guantanamo Bay

PaulMeigh Re:Bridges (973 comments)

It's a trap! I already own the Golden Gate Bridge and it is definitely not for sale.

more than 3 years ago

Feds To Adopt 'Cloud First' IT Policy

PaulMeigh Politics-driven IT (142 comments)

My dad spent most of his career as a developer for a federal agency. He always lamented that the direction of the organization would change according to electoral results. Not so much because R's and D's disagree on how to run IT, but because a new regime means new appointees at the top. The tendency is for them to advocate for the latest and greatest (buzzword) so that they can show cool bullet-points for their bosses. In reality, the IT planning/testing/implementation cycle in a federal bureaucracy turns out to usually be longer than the election cycle so the impact is minimal. By the time it's conclusively proven that the .NET/Java/Oracle/Cloud solution does not work, there's a new boss in place and a new hype-cycle to chase.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook's Zuckerberg To Give Away Half His Cash

PaulMeigh Re:Jobs, not Cash (450 comments)

So, he should just create jobs for the sake of creating jobs? What would the job description be, "Head of Wall Staring?"

"Head of Road Building" seemed to work out pretty well for the country in the New Deal.

more than 3 years ago

Cybergang Compromises Every ATM In Russian City

PaulMeigh Re:Evident Risk joke (74 comments)

Except of course when a large North American army is passing through Kamchatka.

more than 3 years ago

Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

PaulMeigh Re:Copy and Paste (1425 comments)

er.. well.. yeah not so much.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Says Kinect Left Open By Design

PaulMeigh Let's judge their actions. (215 comments)

Words are cheap, including (often deserved) anti-MS comments on /. MS could very easily go the Apple/Sony route and push updates in an attempt to break third-party software that uses Kinect. If they do not do this, they deserve some credit for defying the 'my use case only' approach that appears to be the trend in consumer electronics these days.

more than 3 years ago

Is Linux At the End of Its Life Cycle?

PaulMeigh Re:And Windows is? (676 comments)

Linux servers also have Linux admins who are paying attention to security. Windows desktops for the most part, do not.

more than 3 years ago

200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant

PaulMeigh Re:really? (693 comments)

I guess that's just a business school thing?

Nope. I've taken tons of business and econ classes and have never seen a mid-term or final that came from the textbook publisher. It's a pretty mediocre prof who would rely on such a crutch.

more than 3 years ago

Swedes Show Intel Sandy Bridge Running BIOS-Successor UEFI

PaulMeigh Re:Microsoft (216 comments)

And it really does load 2TB drivers.

more than 3 years ago

Will Netflix Destroy the Internet?

PaulMeigh Re:Streaming Netflix was disappointing (577 comments)

Streaming Netflix has NOTHING last time I used it on my Roku box. I only found some of the worst b-rated movies and documentaries and a tiny amount of semi-new releases. No Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark...nothing.

1. It is getting better. Roku also has a new Netflix interface that makes things way easier to find.
2. Selection is WAY better than basic cable, which comes in at at least twice the price.

more than 3 years ago

2010 Election Results Are In

PaulMeigh Re:Oh great... (1530 comments)

Guards! Take this man away.

more than 3 years ago

How Technology Gets the News Out of North Korea

PaulMeigh Re:Western spin (173 comments)

Let me give you just one example. A doctor goes to NK to treat cataracts using a simple procedure. He cures the blindness of a hundred people in one sitting. When they take the bandages off, the first thing they do when they can see is rush past the doctor to worship the pictures of the Dear Leader and the Great General and thank them for the gift of sight.

Parent is referring to "Inside North Korea", a National Geographic documentary by Lisa Ling. It's on Netflix instant right now. Happened to catch it last night, and it's a rare and interesting view inside the country.

more than 3 years ago

Predicting Election Results With Google

PaulMeigh Re:How do they tell the difference (205 comments)

Because nowadays most Americans only watch/read sources that they already agree with.

more than 3 years ago

BSG Prequel Series Caprica Canceled

PaulMeigh Re:It's no wonder... (602 comments)

Where's the lovable characters that just make bad decisions.

More importantly where's the robot fighting?

This show had such promise, origin of life in the cylons and all.. Unfortunately they instead decided to do 20 hours of grieving parent scenes bookended by a scattered story about religious revolutionaries.

This show was not canceled because of the business model of the cable networks as suggested in TFA. It was can canceled because it sucked.

more than 3 years ago


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