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Internet Sales Tax Vote This Week In US Senate

cait56 I'll guess you'll just have to vote by voting (434 comments)

But since you were obviously motivated by the need to make a statement, rather than say just being a cheapskate, I assume that will not be a problem.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

cait56 Re:iOSification? (965 comments)

The IOSification of Mac OS X has less to do with the features of MAC OS X and more to do with the near total lack of features from anywhere else.

Almost all features you use on Mac OS X either a) come from Apple or b) are a port of a Windows game.

The lack of anyone adding any original value to this ecosystem is why I ended up buying Windows 7 machines, and lately just not buying any desktop machines in favor of various Android devices.

about 2 years ago

Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?

cait56 New rights? (469 comments)

At the time of sale, the latest SimCity was unusable for the purpose for which it was sold.

I'm not seeing any need for new rights here, just enforcement of existing law.

about 2 years ago

Why Can't Intel Kill x86?

cait56 Why would Intel want to kill the x86? (605 comments)

This has been true for decades. Technology wants to evolve from CISC to RISC. The x86 brilliantly hid this by translating CISC to RISC superbly,
But once you lose the x86 tag Intel would just be one of many vendors. The closest thing to competition they have had for x86 has been AMD.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

cait56 The standards are published in English (330 comments)

All of the protocols that web programming depend upon are published in English. So presuming the ability to read written English is reasonable.
If you collaborating with non-native English speakers, although, you should be careful to not assume that the ability to read or even write English guarantees that they will be comfortable discussing ideas orally in English.

about 2 years ago

The Top Paying Tech Companies For Interns

cait56 It's what you learn, not earn. (133 comments)

I wouldn't want an intern who focused on their pay as an intern.

What you should be focused on is how much you will learn. In a good intern position the company is investing in training a prospect. If you were paid your real net present value you would be lucky to get minimum wage.

IMHO, a company paying more than that is looking to hire a temporary grunt who has learned some syntax -- not someone they want to train.

about 2 years ago

Iran Says It Sent Monkey Into Space and Back

cait56 Re:Confirmation from NORAD... (425 comments)

More to the point. I am skeptical that Iran could launch any missile into space without prompting a massive response by Israel.
Any missile that could reach orbit could reach Tel Aviv. Faith that Iranian's are pursuing research for purely scientific reasons is not in abundance anywhwere, but especially not in Israel.

about 2 years ago

Online Gambling Site Bets On Bitcoin To Avoid U.S. Laws

cait56 Bitcoin is not the problem. (347 comments)

The use of a dubious currency just distracts from the real problem - gambling with an online site that is not certified by anyone. Regulated casinos have to document exactly how much they rigged each game in their favor. An unregulated online site can cheat you anyway it wants to.

about 2 years ago

Samba: Less Important Because Windows Is Less Important

cait56 Importance not related to Windows (162 comments)

Thinking that Samba is less important because "Windows is less important" is definitely off target. The obvious implication of the statement is that if Samba is less important then NFS is. I certainly am not aware of any trend there. CIFS and NFS both remain valid NAS protocols. To the extent that "Windows is less important" because PCs are less important then you are dealing with some serious trends in storage.

One trend is the growing use of virtual disks in VMs to provide storage. This is just stupidity. Shared files server users far better than virtual disks do. Files are not created for OSs, they are a mechanism for sharing information between users.
The other trend is away from NAS and towards object storage. That is a good trend, but not one that will make NAS protocols obsolete anytime soon.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Surface Struggles to Ship A Million Units

cait56 Re:Wasn't it only available online or in MS stores (375 comments)

Dead on. The surface is selling a new form factor. The inclusion of Office makes it something I might consider, but only if I can get a feel for the form factor before I buy. So when Microsoft does not convince Best Buy et al to put it on shelves I can either conclude that Microsoft does not know how to market things, or that they know that my getting my hands on it at a retail outlet is not going to increase sales.

about 2 years ago

Apple To Stream a Product Launch Live For the First Time

cait56 Re:Apple devices? (288 comments)

Restricting the streaming to Apple devices is just smart marketing.
Why waste money trying to sell this product to somebody who isn't already addicted?
Seriously, there are far better models for less money in both the WIFI-only and Cellular varieties.

more than 2 years ago

ARM-Based Chromebooks Ready To Battle Windows 8, Tablets

cait56 Re:Is the problem Chrome itself? (230 comments)

So you're saying that Chrome can do almost 40% of what Android can do.

more than 2 years ago

ARM-Based Chromebooks Ready To Battle Windows 8, Tablets

cait56 Is the problem Chrome itself? (230 comments)

This hardware at this price running Linux, Android, Windows RT or even iOS would be a great bargain. What I have not yet seen in any promotion of a Chromebook is how well it works as a basic document editor when I'm *not* connected to the Cloud. If I need a lightweight mobile editing device with a permanently attached keyboard (which I cannot accidentally leave behind) then I need that portable document editor to be able to work even if the WiFI at the conference I am attending isn't working yet or is just plain overloaded. Adding a carrying case with a bluetooth keyboard, and software, to my Nexus 7 comes out way ahead Microsoft Surface. If this Chromebook ran Android, it would come out ahead. But have they really enabled Chromebooks to work effectively when detached from the network yet?

more than 2 years ago

Will Your Next iPhone Be Built By Robots?

cait56 Android built iphones? (251 comments)

Android built iphones?

more than 2 years ago

NoSQL Document Storage Benefits and Drawbacks

cait56 Re:Same as the old boss (96 comments)

Actually I think they reinvented the flat file.

more than 2 years ago

New Energy Efficiency Rules For TVs Sold In California

cait56 Remind me, exactly what was a TV? (609 comments)

I have some vague recollection of it being a 20th century device that was a limited purpose monitor. I'm not sure I have space on my desk for a display device that can only be used with one source. It strikes me that running a separate display device just for this "television" service is inherently somewhat energy and resource wasteful. A truly energy efficient "TV" is a monitor that is also used for non-TV purposes.

more than 5 years ago

Can I Be Fired For Refusing To File a Patent?

cait56 The nature of the objection is what matters. (617 comments)

You sign the patent application under oath with possible consequences of perjury. Therefore you should not sign an application that you believe is wrong, including if you think its claims of being innovative are not justified.

But if you refusing to sign because you do not think it should be patentable, then your refusal is inappropriate. Your opinions on what should be patentable is something you should discuss as a citizen with your various congressional representatives.

If the application is truthful, the company is entitled to file -- whether you think filing the patent is good for society as a whole or not.

more than 6 years ago


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