70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals
The GOP's favorite word privatization in other word how to take our taxes and give them to their big corporate buddies. Look at how much of the miliatary is privatized now. Not only can the private milatary avoid the law they charge big $$$. Cut school budgets and give vouchers to give our taxes to big business. And on and on.
Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?
I agree Chromebook is excellent choice for anyone who just wants email and web browser and on rare occasion a bit more. I know even younger users (in 50's and 60's) tired of tweaking computers or expensive Apple devices have happily moved to Chromebooks.
Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs
What's the saying any problem can be solved by adding another layer of indirection. Guess they can't figure out how to monitize contributing coding resources to address the issue.
We Can Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia
There is nothing they can't monitor and collect these days, the only thing in our favor is ability to analyze the mountain of raw data they have already.
Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?
Apples and oranges comparison brick building is manual labor task. My grandfather was a brick mason and he learned the skill, and worked his way thru the ranks apprentice and journeyman, etc. If a wall started falling apart it was probably bad bricks, or the mortar wasn't mixed right. Two thing out of his control on a construction job with a team of brick masons. Last if the person hired didn't have the skills.
Software development a person can be unqualified for the job, so you don't want them fixing things. Then most real world app's are large team projects and side effects for other people's code is part of the process so who fixed what? Then bugs or code not functioning as expected just part of developing code for a project and that has to be factored in to the time and cost of development. I a company told me to fix bugs on my time (which they usually have a chunk of anyway) I'd be looking for another gig. Only time I would fix bugs on my own if I was sick or distracted and knew I wasn't working up to par. Unless its one of those bosses who says "sick or not get in here" then its their fault I raised the red flag and they ignored it.
Start getting your resume out.
Mysterious Underwater Circles Off the Coast of Denmark Explained
That's sucks I was hoping to go skin diving and see Scully and Mulder.
Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP
Actually Dell started about the same time as the Mac, the orignal name of the company was PC Limited and they later changed their name to Michael Dell's name.
Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office
The last place I worked had open office plan and I hated it. Noisy, no sense of my area to feel comforatable in. Just rows of tables not eveb desks. The owner and managers were a big part of making it feel so uptight, they discouraaged conversation, that SCRUM or meetings were time to exchange ideas. Development and SysAdmin involves sharing of problems, solutions, and communication is the key.
I like having cubes and co-workers would come by to disuss work, or there would be group talks outside of the cubes. What would appear to some as people just hanging out was a very creative enviromnet.
What I could see working is a mixed open area and then cubes for people that want to get away to think. Options are good.
95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP
Blame IBM for killing off OS/2. I worked for one of the major banks and years after OS/2 died they were still running it because the main teller software ran on OS/2 and the company that created it rufused to port it to anything else.
The govenment monitors the banking banks and if someone came up with Linix ATM software that could pass govenment regulations and a ease migration path you'd probably see a mass move from XP to Linux. Because the banks what one does most the other do.
UK Retailer Mistakenly Sends PS Vitas, Threatens Legal Action To Get Them Back
It happened to me I ordered a accessory from an online music store, then they sent me a dozen of what I ordered. I emailed their Customer Service by (no phone # on thier site) of what happened and I'd be glad to return if they make shipping arrangements. A week goes by and no response so I send a second email and again no reply. After that I kept copies of the emails I send and kept the merchadise. I had no use for the extrass so couple years later I donated them to a local music program for kids.
In Three Years, Nearly 45% of All the Servers Will Ship To Cloud Providers
Seem like idea of build Private Cloud should start increasing.
What was always taught about security if they have physical access they have you. So with commerical clouds you're giving physical acess to ???????
The Quietest Place On Earth Will Cause You To Hallucinate In 45 Minutes
Thru a buddy I got a mini tour of JBL's research lab and they had an anechoic chamber to test speaker designs. I got to spend a few minutes in the anechoic chamber and it was strange but cool sensation. First the floor was a suspended wire mesh so almost like floating, then when door was closed I starting to hear my own body and nothing else, excellent. I'd love to have an anechoic chamber or a float tank to zone out in.
Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?
I had been using MBP's but like article wanted something upgradeable. I had ThinkPads in past so got a T530 and so far Linux is fine on it. Just wish I could find a video driver that I could lower the resolution most don't fill the screen when resolution is dropped. I looked at the System76 and interesting, but expensive compared to others. Hope the Levnovo holds up like my IBM ThinkPad did it was a tank.
23% of IT Workers Spend Thanksgiving With Coworkers
One place I was at we were doing 24/7 support so someone had to always be onsite. For holidays our boss just split the day into 3 hour shifts starting at 6am. For only having to work 3 hours wasn't too painful still got most of the day with family/friends. Boss also said it will be dead bring DVDs to watch, just answer phone if it rings. So pretty painless Holiday work.
Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?
I thought I heard Japan has something like this in place???
Sure need it, if a Executive wants more money then help the company do better so whole companies slice grows.
Ask Slashdot: Simple Backups To a Neighbor?
We did something similar we got to portable drives that can connect to internet. They have a minimal Linux that we could term into, we then setup a rsync to pull the files from the servers. So no matter where the drives were plugged in if they could get to the internet they could get to our server and rsync files. So three of the company exec's took a drive home so we had multiple backups of key files.
Anti-Poaching Lawsuit Against Apple, Google and Others Given the Green Light
When I worked for Borland we used to joke that we were Microsoft's training site, because so many employees were either recruited away or just plain left for MS.
Even the non-compete's don't work because MS have so many types of projects they can put you on something different till your non-compete expires.
Geeks.com Online Shop Has Closed
I discovered them years ago and bought from them both for myself, but also companies I worked for. Their customer service was great. All the best with the store front.
The mega corporations are buying up or pushing out of business all the small businesses. I recently sold by house and moved and in process used a lot of local businesses. Talking with them most were saying they will probably be gone in 3-4 years. The big corporations are cutting deals with cash strapped cites for major concessions that are driving the little guys out with extra fees, permits, and licenses.
New Analyst Report Calls Agile a Scam, Says It's An Easy Out For Lazy Devs
I work in a Agile shop, but lucky for me in DevOps. All the SCRUMs, Code Sprints, developer trying to play QA is just a way to be cheap and to the "Suits" with OCD be controlling. The last big product rollout they got all their constants to come in and create code sprints and try to whip everyone up. A week in all the developers were ticked off and burnt and told the "suits" can hit the targets with all time wasted on writing test cases and not code. So the drop the Agile crap and got the rollout done. Think the "suits" would learn, no development is back to Agile suckage. Where I'm at Agile is all about control and trying to make 60 seconds of every minute work.
Ask Slashdot: Are Daily Stand-Up Meetings More Productive?
When people stick to the idea, previous days targets, any issues, todays targets, and move on. It fine, but when others start whining or manager wantabee start say "don't be so negative..." it turns to be a pain.
At another place I worked we had morning meeting (sit down) with all who were at work. Meeting was set a one hour max. Manger made any annoucements and floor open to issues and questions, very informal. Those ended up being good meetings very informative and some morning only 15 minutes long.
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