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Has Lego Sold Out?

Vermyndax It's not a complete loss (425 comments)

What happens in my house: my son gets a Lego set. He excitedly spends hours building them (or one hour, if it's a small one). then he plays with it a little. A few days later I find it in pieces and deconstructed all over the playroom. A few days later, something else comes out as he institutes his own creations and modifications.

It's not a matter of lacking the manual, as we have kept every manual for every set he ever received. He knows where those manuals are, too.

To me, it seems like Lego has stuck a good balance.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Hidden Windows 8 Feature: Ads

Vermyndax EULA? (635 comments)

I can hardly believe this article was posted without researching the EULA. I would imagine it addresses this new feature. If it does, that's not news (other than the usual EULA hilarity). If it does not, that's news.

about 2 years ago
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Windows Admins Need To Prepare For GUI-Less Server

Vermyndax Keep it sane (780 comments)

In general, I like this approach. However, my faith in Microsoft's ability to produce a sane design for CLI management is not high. They have been moving toward this for about 5-6 years now, so it shouldn't surprise anyone. However, working with Powershell is no walk in the park. Sometimes I think they assign commandlet design to different members of the team. Those team members (thousands of them!) work on the commandlets from their own point of view with little oversight into the syntax or object model.

For instance, the object types that you would expect out of one Powershell commandlet (after you figure out the syntax, that is) is not what the next command expects as input. This has been the most frustrating part of Powershell and I keep hoping that eventually they will attack this with a more holistic approach to produce something with a little more clarity and sanity.

more than 2 years ago
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Angry Birds and Parabolic Instinct In Humans

Vermyndax Nothing to do with parabolic instinct (234 comments)

For me, the enjoyment of Angry Birds has nothing to do with parabolic instinct. It has everything to do with causing destruction with different methods and giggling over the silly graphics and sounds. The game is entertaining. This feels like an attempt at a scientific explanation for popularity. Why can't a game just be fun?

more than 3 years ago
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FTC Staff Discuss a Tax on Electronics To Support the News Business

Vermyndax Free market is speaking (381 comments)

The free market is talking to us right now about the death of newspapers and old media... much in the way it spoke about the lack of innovation in the U.S. auto industry. We love free markets and malign other countries that do not subscribe to it.

Yet here we are, looking to tax people to bail old media out. We can't have our cake and eat it too.

If the gummint wants to talk about new taxes, why not put it toward something like education or hunger?

Why can't the workers in the old media jobs learn new skills and bring their old skills to the new media jobs?

more than 4 years ago
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House Calls For Hearing On Stock Market "Glitch"

Vermyndax It costs money (180 comments)

I suspect this is another one of those cases where the customer (government) wanted all kinds of features and monitoring but started to cut corners when it came with a price tag. It's amazing how little gets accomplished when the customer wants the pie in the sky features and doesn't realize it costs money.

Yes, I realize this works both ways. It could be that the requested monitoring and features were priced outlandishly by the contractor. In the end, everybody loses. All in all, I'm not going to hold my breath that whatever "technological error" produced this situation will get corrected. I fully expect it to be swept under the rug.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Demos Three Platforms Running the Same Game

Vermyndax Re:Not Cross Platform (196 comments)

Yep, you beat me to it. I was going to comment... how is this cross-platform? It's all Windows technologies and .NET. That's hardly cross-platform. Show it to me on Windows, Linux, Mac, Wii, Xbox and PS3 and that'll be something to post an article about.

more than 4 years ago
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Bill Gates Knows What You Did Last Summer

Vermyndax Google should be pissed (303 comments)

...for Gates patenting their complete business model. Is it more evil that Google didn't patent it, or is it worse that they kept it on the down-low?

more than 4 years ago
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Half of All Data Centers Understaffed

Vermyndax Cloud computing is cheaper? (211 comments)

Is this why cloud computing is supposedly cheaper (right now)? Someone should look at this as a data point and consider what the remedy might do to that cheap cloud computing. Here's a dot - it should be connected.

more than 4 years ago
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Office Work Ethic In the IT Industry?

Vermyndax I remember having the same thought (709 comments)

I jumped from the broadcast industry to the software industry once and had the same thought... I was shocked at how much time was spent in hallway discussions and whatnot.

Then I realized most of the discussions from the developers were centered around the code itself and creative approaches to solving problems. The sales and management folks were the ones walking around and talking about football. I decided this was part of the job. But you're right, there is a lot of time wasted in hallway discussions. ...and so, like they said earlier... enjoy your Sundays working...

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox Mobile Threatens Mobile App Stores, Says Mozilla

Vermyndax Web apps again? (278 comments)

Whattaya know. Just thought I'd point out - this strategy didn't work out so well for Apple when the iPhone first came out. They were booed into submission.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Way To Clear Your Name Online?

Vermyndax Capitalize on it (888 comments)

Why couldn't you capitalize on the situation and when interviews ask about this situation, explain everything with honesty? Everyone's made mistakes. Prove to your prospective employer that you know how to recognize your mistakes and learn from them. Showing this type of integrity should be a plus. If it's not a plus, you may want to reconsider your desire to work for them.

more than 4 years ago
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AT&T's City-By-City Plan To Up Wireless Coverage

Vermyndax Just another group of clueless execs (158 comments)

Sounds like just another group of clueless executives in the communications/IT industry. All they saw was dollar signs with this agreement with Apple. They had no idea of the impact on their network.

Just another day in the IT industry.

about 5 years ago
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NASA May Outsource

Vermyndax A warning (219 comments)

Didn't "Ground Control" warn us against this?

more than 5 years ago
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Using 1 Gaming Computer For 2 People?

Vermyndax Priorities out of line (424 comments)

Dude, wtf? You aren't going to be married long with this line of thinking. Get off of it and buy your woman a fantastic gaming machine and forget this crap. It shows you care. Priorities, man. She IS paying attention to your choices.

Seriously. WTH.

more than 5 years ago
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The Sun Has First Spotless Month Since 1913

Vermyndax Re:The real reason this is News for Nerds (571 comments)

Having said that, christians have been predicting the rapture for centuries. And jesus comes right out and says that it's going to seem like it's taking forever and should be any minute when it's really far in the future.

So, what you're saying is... the code is still in development and QA hasn't signed off on it yet? Seems like Jesus is harping on a schedule-driven project here.

more than 6 years ago

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Apple Implements the CalDAV Standard for MobileMe

Vermyndax Vermyndax writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Vermyndax writes "Apple announced the new MobileMe Calendar beta on July 6th. The press picked up the story and plugged the gorgeous new iPad-like interface for all devices. It would seem, however, that the mainstream press missed the real story. MobileMe's new Calendar application is an implementation of CalDAV, the proposed calendaring standard. This may be the same implementation that exists in Snow Leopard Server and is open-sourced. The hidden gem in all of this is that Apple plans to bring this CalDAV connectivity to Outlook users on MobileMe. Where might they take it next?"
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