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Stop Standardizing HTML

hendridm Re: Nope (302 comments)

"His books include XML: A Primer, XML Elements of Style, Cookies, Office 2003 XML, and the XML Pocket Reference."

about 2 years ago

Apple Angers Mac Users With Silent Shutdown of Java 7

hendridm Re:Oh no, I can't run Java applets?! (451 comments)

You could always e-mail copies of web sites to yourself and view them in Microsoft Outlook's HTML renderer which has almost non-existant CSS support.

about 2 years ago

Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

hendridm Re:I'm curious to see how many retailers actually (732 comments)

You are already being penalized for credit card purchases. It's an expense that is currently spread over all customers

This is how it should be. We want to encourage getting rid of money.

This would just allow those people who want to pay cash to not pay the credit card cost.

That's fine. I'll be shopping elsewhere, but apparently you have enough cash-carrying customers so you won't miss me anyway.

I understand that people who love carrying around cash don't like to pay credit card fees, just like we credit card users don't like to be additionally penalized for not carrying around assloads of cash.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Practices Impede Developers' Productivity?

hendridm Re:Putting untested undocumented work into product (457 comments)

cowboy devs who think that "practices" interfere with their "creativity," and the "users" (aka THE PEOPLE YOUR JOB EXISTS TO SERVE) are somehow beneath notice.

Lol, such bullshit. I am the most customer-focused individual on my team, and I am constantly getting yelled at for not ping-ponging tickets back at the users for pedantic reasons.

The goal isn't to actually do any work or help people. The goal is to make sure you close the tasks in your queue before the end of the sprint so that the productivity reports are stellar. This makes the boss look good. It's also easier to justify his budget if you're constantly putting out fires rather than actually installing some fire prevention.

HOW MANY TIMES have I been forced to close a ticket even though it isn't done, and then have to work on it later because the shit is still broken. Obviously, this system requires a bit of planning, so you have to way overestimate projects to allow time for fixing shit that was prematurely closed but not actually fixed.


about 2 years ago

Google Docs Vs. Microsoft Word: an Even Matchup?

hendridm Re:Is it just me? (346 comments)

The nail int he coffin for me on the Google side was the Google Drive sync client on OS X, it crashed constantly, failed to sync files all the time and used a crap ton of CPU time draining the battery of my MacBook Air

I used to have a lot of issue with Google Drive on my Mac when it first came out (the sync issues were certainly frustrating), but it's been running very smoothly for quite awhile now. I can't comment on the CPU/power consumption, though.

more than 2 years ago

VLC For Windows 8 Reaches $65,000 Funding Goal On Kickstarter

hendridm Re:Let Windows 8 Die (210 comments)

Genuinely curious, as I am not an expert in these areas, but what is wrong with VirtualBox?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Gently Keep Management From Wrecking a Project?

hendridm Re:You've served your purpose... (276 comments)

Sure there was a lot more money but I'm a crap manager and I know it.

Except for the self-awareness, you seem perfectly qualified.

more than 2 years ago

KDE's Plasma Active Ported To Nexus 7

hendridm Re:Well, Windows 8 sucks even more on desktops and (55 comments)

> KDE is probably the best option for anyone using mouse and keyboard.

Ford is the best option for anyone needing transportation for use on the road.

more than 2 years ago

GNU Hands Out Trisquel At a Microsoft Store

hendridm Re:Good luck with that (274 comments)

Most of the people I know are more interested in whether it plays Netflix over DVDs.

more than 2 years ago

Anonymous Hacks Westboro Baptist Church

hendridm Re:ignore instead of feed (1061 comments)

It's difficult to ignore them as you're walking into the funeral home to say a final goodbye to your child who was just shot in the face at the elementary school they attended.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Tell Non-Tech Savvy Family About Malware?

hendridm Re:Nothing (340 comments)

This used to be good advice, because Macs were such a small share of the market that the malware authors didn't bother with them. This isn't quite so true any more.

It is true that Macs are not (relatively) free from threats anymore, but damn, they sure have a lot fewer to deal with. No?

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu Community Manager: RMS's Post Seems a Bit Childish To Me

hendridm Re:Nothing wrong with him (529 comments)

Yes they can currently apparently be turned off but I don't want to be messing like that.

It's not too difficult: sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping

That said, I still agree with you. Once an OS starts to have a ton of stuff you have to turn off upon install/reinstall, I tend to want to use something else.

more than 2 years ago

The Trouble With Bringing Your Business Laptop To China

hendridm Re:Industrial espionage (402 comments)

I've surprised by many of the countries on your list.

Can you give some examples of what you've observed that we non-travelers might find surprising/interesting?

more than 2 years ago

Steve Jobs Was Wrong About Touchscreen Laptops

hendridm Re:It's very possible (526 comments)

A shame. My mother owns a Transformer, my brother owns a Transformer and my wife owns a Nexus 7. They barely ever get put down.

I, personally, haven't bought a tablet because I need and prefer a full laptop. However, my next laptop will have a touchscreen because it seems like a nice compliment.

I'm just waiting for a touchscreen laptop that also has a Thunderbolt port (yes, I know /. hates Thunderbolt, but I have a TB monitor, so deal with it). I'm eyeballing the HP Envy Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook. My current laptop is getting pretty moldy...

more than 2 years ago

Foxconn Sees New Source of Cheap Labor: The United States

hendridm Re:Get rid of the unions (430 comments)

Not sure how it works in the US. But in Europe a typical valid answer is "if management did not treat the workers like shit, they would not be unionized."

Not sure how it works in Europe, but in the U.S. a typical valid comeback is "If unions didn't raise our cost of manufacturing to become globally anticompetitive, we wouldn't have to move to 3rd world countries for manufacturing."

more than 2 years ago

Google Doubts Apple Will Approve Its New Maps Application

hendridm Re:You don't need Google Maps... (347 comments)

Yep, you just need to ask where cheap plastic junk is sold. Then you know it's an Android device.

Look, I'm a huge Apple fanboy on the desk/laptop. I love my MBP. I love my Air. I love my 27" Thunderbolt monitor. You can pry them from my cold, dead hands.

For my portable devices, however, I am not a fan of iOS. Android on the phone and the Nexus 7. IMO, OS X is king of desktop productivity, Android is king of mobile productivity. Android is available on some excellent devices.

(Admittedly, though, if I could only choose one ecosystem, it would be Apple. It would be very difficult to give up my Nexus 7, but I just couldn't like without my Air + Thunderbolt display.)

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Joins Linaro Linux-on-ARM Effort

hendridm Re:Um... (60 comments)

Of course, that's not what Linaro is about. They are looking forward to stop the explosion of code and architecture within the ARM familly.

Agreed, it even says that in the summary, lol.

more than 2 years ago


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