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Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

barjam Re:so much unsaid for uber. (255 comments)

Every uber car I have been in was far, far, far nicer than cabs.

about 4 months ago
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Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

barjam Re:so much unsaid for uber. (255 comments)

I have used urber many, many times and each and every time the car was nicer, the person was less scary and the experience was MUCH more convenient.

For me it has zero to do with price (I am not paying, my company does).

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

barjam Re:Perfect (184 comments)

Office is essential to your typical office worker. I use word/excel daily and powerpoint at least once a month. Being able to read those documents on a phone/tablet is interested... not sure I care about being able to edit them though.

about 5 months ago
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Software-Defined Data Centers Might Cost Companies More Than They Save

barjam Re:IT the bottleneck? (173 comments)

Based on my experience I disagree with your (often cited) theory. Of the cities I have lived in that decided to build roads vs ones that did not the only thing that has been a variable is the quality of life and drive times. People actually prefer to live in the suburbs and will still chose to live there regardless of traffic.

about a year ago
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Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory

barjam Re:Really, they should make it easier to do (778 comments)

I am a developer. Why would I waste my time on the the tiny fraction of people who turn off javascript? Easy answer I wouldn't. It isn't about being lazy at all it is more along the lines of why waste my time and limit page capabilities to satisfy a nonexistent demographic of tinfoil hat wearing basement dwellers who turn of javascript?

about a year ago
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Why Your Users Hate Agile

barjam Re:Agile is really a really short Waterfall? (597 comments)

Who cares what it is called if it works. Just have a mindset if continual process improvement. If something causes pain and isn't offering value remove it. Don't be afraid to try new stuff etc.

about a year ago
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Why Your Users Hate Agile

barjam Re:Developers hate Agile too (597 comments)

If you don't care what the people on your "team" are doing you aren't actually on a team at least as far as your work goes you are working independently on a project. So yea daily meetings would be pointless.

about a year ago
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NASA's Fermi Spacecraft Dodged a Defunct Russian Satellite

barjam Re:Orbital Envoirment Protection Agency.... (47 comments)

Wouldn't altitude and velocities in geosynchronous orbit have to be exactly identical by definition? Otherwise it wouldn't be geosynchronous orbit and stuff would drift forward or backward.

about a year ago
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The 'Linux Inside' Stigma

barjam Re:Easy to answer. (366 comments)

I don't like windows or linux all that well (they are just tools) but for a user desktop I far, far, far, prefer windows to anything linux and I run quite a few linux machines as novelty (they are fun to mess with). If I had to use linux as my desktop I could but it is buggy.

Common linux distros break far too often and due to how the popular distros work require re-installing more often than windows (the upgrades break fairly often).

about a year ago
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The 'Linux Inside' Stigma

barjam Re:nope. it starts with accuracy (366 comments)

I understand it just fine. I run linux on a server and have it installed in various VMs to mess with. I wouldn't dream of running it as my main machine as I feel Linux just isn't ready for prime time on the desktop.

I have no problem fixing various things when they come up but they come up far, far too frequently for a consumer level OS.

about a year ago
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Remote Desktop Backend Merged into Wayland

barjam Re:Rootless? (215 comments)

Whatever it does RDP is far, far faster and more versatile than X forwarding. X forwarding is slow and buggy to the point that I use vnc on my unix servers and vnc is awful.

about a year ago
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Google Fiber Expands To Olathe, Kansas

barjam I live in Olathe (120 comments)

I live in Olathe and we have had fiber to the curb for a few years. I had 25 up/down for a while and downgraded it to 10/10 to save cost. I didn't notice a huge difference other than large files. Of course the difference between 25 and 10 is pretty small maybe with gb I would find new ways to use the internet that I had not considered before.

about a year and a half ago
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Latest Java Update Broken; Two New Sandbox Bypass Flaws Found

barjam Re:Why is this so difficult? (223 comments)

You don't understand reflection evidently. Reflection is a core feature of languages such as C# and java. You simply can't get rid of it without completely redesigning the language.

This isn't a problem with reflection as much as sloppy programming. There is zero reason why a competent development team couldn't make reflection perfectly safe.

about a year and a half ago
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Latest Java Update Broken; Two New Sandbox Bypass Flaws Found

barjam Re:The same old story (223 comments)

Reflection in C# is used all the time. If you have written anything more complicated than hello world you have definitely used it. Not directly but the APIs you call use it.

about a year and a half ago
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Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

barjam Re:Can't America get its acts together ? (1059 comments)

Do a serious calculation on what you pay in vs what you get back. Also consider what you are likely to get back on eventual medicare spending. Insurance will eventually drop you when you get old.

Believe it or not most middle class people break even. Now if you don't have (or don't plan to have) children you are correct.

about a year and a half ago
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USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication

barjam Re:Long Live Roman measurements (909 comments)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOwSPccbzl4

It holds it own on a road course with a professional driver.

about a year ago
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Whose Bug Is This Anyway?

barjam Re:The memory thing... (241 comments)

My experience has always been the opposite. Linux for me has been far less tolerant of bad hardware than windows but honestly both have done well for me over the years.

about a year and a half ago

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