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Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

div_2n Re:like always (161 comments)

Well this is rather unfortunate. I had my complaints about it, but those were allegedly being addressed. This necessarily raises questions about what's going to power the sync for Ubuntu phones.

about three weeks ago

Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

div_2n Re:Another Tesla story? (318 comments)

We haven't had any major technological investments in propulsion of any type for a long time now, so going by your criteria we haven't had anything interesting happen in about 40 or 50 years now related to vehicular transportation.

about 2 months ago

Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

div_2n Re:Pffft (723 comments)

That's not quite right. Fully 8 hours in advance of the storm hitting (i.e. before everyone started their morning commute), a very direct and confident warning went out that Atlanta was going to get hit. Al Roker did a timeline of the warnings and there's just no way you can watch that and not conclude that the authorities were asleep at the wheel.

about 3 months ago

Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

div_2n Re:Fail by all posters so far on the issue (692 comments)

At the risk of drifting to one side or the other -- I think you're oversimplifying. While gentrification is not a new phenomenon, this is one of the first times I've ever heard of people reacting so viscerally to it. I think the reason this stings so badly for existing non-Google employee residents is because it's not happening due to a new employer opening their doors nearby. If that were the case, existing residents could potentially get jobs there and afford the new normal.

In this particular instance, you have an employer that is NOT nearby making the fact that this location is not nearby a non-issue for its employees and causing gentrification in a way that mostly leaves current residents out of the loop since it's not likely the average resident could get a job at Google. The results can be devastating situation depending. Some residents might only be getting by or barely getting ahead. Having to relocate could completely upset their financial balance in a way that they can't rectify.

At a minimum, people's lives are being upended due to no fault of their own and it's quite clear where they should direct their energy.

about 3 months ago

Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

div_2n Fail by all posters so far on the issue (692 comments)

The protesters are part of a group that are upset about gentrification. In the event that you don't know what that is, I'll explain since all the posters so far clearly didn't read the actual article (another day on /.). Quite simply -- it's when people with significant wealth and/or income move into an area of people with less wealth/income and thereby drive up real estate prices beyond what the established population can potentially afford. Hint: property taxes start going up and the established population can't afford to buy/rent a new place in their current neighborhood and possibly can't afford their current residence anymore and will be forced to move potentially far from where they currently live. For families, this is a non-trivial challenge.

They've been protesting Google buses because this has put gentrification onto the fast track by making areas more attractive to Google employees that otherwise wouldn't have been due to transportation headaches. Getting a company funded ride straight to work is not a small deal.

Note I'm not taking a side on the issue, just pointing out what's going on. Essentially you have people that can see the time coming when they will have to move and it's directly the result of Google and its employees. I won't use the word "fault" because that implies wrongdoing.

The tactics of the protesters are clearly questionable, but I'll leave that up for the ensuing discussion.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do You Run a Copy-Cat Installation At Home?

div_2n Re:Next job? (308 comments)

... the only way you can get a raise is to change jobs.

This is not strictly always true. If the company you are working for is doing well and isn't in the business of cutting for the sake of cutting, then you CAN get a raise if you can articulate the accomplishments and value you add AND (this is important so pay attention) you _ask_ for a raise.

If any one piece of that chain isn't true, your chance of getting a raise is slim. You actually have to accomplish some things and add value. You DO need to be able to explain them and why they add value. Example: "I added new automation which saves us 20 man hours per week. This has allowed us to be more productive and save the company money." You must remember that this isn't a game where everyone gets a trophy just for competing. This is the real world where if you want to be shown you are valued more, you need to add more value. Just showing up isn't enough.

The whole asking part is an art that few possess. You need to be prepared for what happens if they say no and how you will react both immediately and in the days afterwards. It wouldn't hurt to have other job opportunities you're pursuing in mind. If you can have an offer in hand, then that's even better because you're negotiating from a position of power.

This is a game of chess, so don't play checkers. Changing jobs for raises is not a good long term plan to do frequently.

about 4 months ago

FDA Tells Google-Backed 23andMe To Halt DNA Test Service

div_2n Re:Democracy? (371 comments)

The world today is so far removed from anything the Founding Fathers knew that it is absurdly silly to try to weight their intentions on current situations and necessities. Moreover, the moment the Constitution was inked, arguments about what it meant began and have never ceased. Even when they were still alive debates persisted.

But most importantly -- the fact that they created a framework of amendments means that they NEVER intended the Constitution to be a static document. So whether you agree with current interpretations of the Constitution as it is written or not, you should probably avoid saying "The Founding Fathers never would have ...". Totally irrelevant. They built the document knowing full well (or should have known) that one day it could be changed and morphed into something they would NEVER have wanted.

about 5 months ago

How Blockbuster Could Have Owned Netflix

div_2n Re:Fitting rooms (385 comments)

This assumes that the clothes are generally correct in their sizes and uniform across brands. I've found this not to be true. Seems like I read articles about that recently that some brands were making large sizes smaller in name only to make consumers feel better about buying their products.

You've never had clothes fit so comfortably than those literally custom made for your body. If you've never had a nice dress shirt custom made/fit, it's a whole new experience.

about 5 months ago

How Blockbuster Could Have Owned Netflix

div_2n Re:Fitting rooms (385 comments)

Are we really that far away from a device in your home that you can stand in front of and it take your measurements? Something kind of like Kinect (if not Kinect itself).

Then you can get size suggestions based on your preferences -- like you clothes to be a perfect fit or a little loose? Would you prefer clothes custom made to your exact measurements for a premium?

Actually I'd be pretty shocked if someone isn't working on that right now.

about 5 months ago

Google Attacks Microsoft Again: Android 4.4 Ships With Quickoffice

div_2n Re:I smell antitrust lawsuits (178 comments)

Not necessarily. It really depends on how they do the integration. If they set the application default behavior to always open docs with QuickOffice, then maybe. But if they leave it as an option and you have to manually select to always use QuickOffice then I would venture to guess there's virtually no chance a suit would be filed and even less of a chance of it being successful if someone does.

about 6 months ago

Toyota's Killer Firmware

div_2n Re:The Toyota Way (610 comments)

Your post demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of what JIT manufacturing (i.e. lean) is and what it tries to accomplish. Hint: it's not about doing more with less. Further, you either willingly fail to mention Kaizen (continuous improvement) or just aren't aware that THIS is the heart and soul of the true Toyota Way.

Whatever the reasons they failed in software engineering, neither JIT nor Kaizen would be to blame because neither of those try to nor should they translate to "engineer badly".

about 6 months ago

How Kentucky Built the Country's Best ACA Exchange

div_2n Re:Hey rest of the country.... (333 comments)

We Kentuckians aren't all ass-backwards anymore than all Californians are LA gangsters or all New Yorkers are mobsters.

If you want to say "an economically depressed state with generally fewer technological resources than others beat you" then fine. But try to avoid stereotypes mmmkay?

about 6 months ago

Redesigned Seats Let Airlines Squeeze In More Passengers

div_2n Re:How many people buy a ticket based on leg room? (466 comments)

My experience is that seats that offer legroom in the economy cabin go very fast including the premium economy seats on transcontinental flights. Seems people are willing to pay a 300 to 500 extra for that comfort if they're going to be stuck in that seat for a while. Business class adds just too much cost to be as attractive.

about 6 months ago

Ubuntu, Kubuntu 13.10 Unleashed

div_2n Re:Ubuntu good for linux? (143 comments)

It's not rocket science. Rightly or wrongly Canonical has decided that the future of general computing is in the mobile space and they are working on getting Ubuntu there and bridging the gap between the mobile computing experience and the desktop computing experience.

In simplest of terms, they're trying to make a distro that can be both a phone and a desktop all in the same device. Again -- rightly or wrongly -- they have decided that they needed to move certain things in house to best accomplish that goal (Mir) and needed a specific interface they were in control of to scale between display form factors (Unity).

If you are a person that thinks this direction is wrong and will hurt Linux in the long run, then you belong in the "bad for Linux" category. I'm a person that thinks this is absolutely the best way for Linux to finally have its "year of the desktop" similar to how Apple made their comeback but with a twist -- by providing a compelling mobile experience with a device that just so happens to be able to double as someone's desktop when they want a bigger screen.

Pay attention to plunging desktop sales numbers. As people find ways to make mobile devices and tablets their only computing devices, this strategy will start to look smarter and smarter. Whatever else you think of Canonical (and by extension Ubuntu), this will either make them or break them.

about 6 months ago

Volvo Developing Nano-Battery Tech Built Into Car Body Panels

div_2n Solution looking for a problem (178 comments)

Having the batteries centralized like in the Tesla is a GOOD thing. They keep the center of gravity low on the car making it almost impossible to roll (seriously, the NHTSA had to specially design a scenario to get it to roll) and they make it possible to swap batteries for a quick charge which is going to be necessary unless the capacity of batteries can be increased by a factor of 10 with charge speeds doubled or tripled.

This is a step backwards in many ways not to mention the least of which is to necessarily increase the cost of mild accidents to replace the battery integrated pieces.

about 6 months ago

Whirlpool Ditches IBM Collaboration Software, Moves To Google Apps

div_2n Re:My company changed software too (101 comments)

I've _never_ seen a mid-sized business using that kind of a model. Not even close. Not saying there might not be some out there, but all the ones I've seen have requirements for most of their employees that just wouldn't work with all Chromebooks.

about 6 months ago

Whirlpool Ditches IBM Collaboration Software, Moves To Google Apps

div_2n Re:My company changed software too (101 comments)

This is a bit of an overblown notion.

The need for system admins isn't going away anytime soon. The only thing that might go away are heavily specialized admins that don't diversify. Hint: if your resume title is "Notes Admin" then yeah, you are working on borrowed time.

There is still longevity in system admins for those that have diverse skill sets. Just browse job listings and you'll see it -- qualification listings are getting longer and longer. This DOES mean, however, that the number of admin positions that could be open at any one particular time is probably not growing as fast as other jobs.

What I personally have noticed is that the mid-range jobs have just about dried up. Companies either want someone fresh out of college that will work long hours for peanuts or they want seasoned experts that are worth the money. Maybe it was this way before the dot com era, but that's when I hit the workforce, so I only know how things were from then to now.

about 6 months ago

Ex-Red Hat Employee Matthew Garrett Comments On the State of XMir

div_2n Re:"Ubuntu Phone" (88 comments)

Canonical is making the gamble that the future of Linux desktop computing as a major platform, if there is one, will be in the mobile space via convergence (i.e. use your phone as a desktop on occasion by hooking it to a keyboard/mouse/monitor). If they can pull off a great phone experience that offers a compelling Android/iPhone alternative, it's a win for them. Even if not a single user decides to use it as a desktop and only as a phone, it's a win for them. It will offer Canonical a potentially sizable revenue stream they've never had before.

That being said, their intent, as I understand it, is to make neither mobile nor desktop second class citizens -- to put them on the same level playing field. Whether they achieve this lofty goal remains to be seen.

about 7 months ago


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