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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

loom_weaver Re:Antecdotes != Evidence (577 comments)

Most of my changes are all the automatic security updates and OS patches for Microsoft products (Office, VS, .NET, etc.)

I could avoid OS decay if I turned them off but should I?

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

loom_weaver Re:They are just lazy (159 comments)

Might want to think twice about your comment if you haven't ever been in sales.

I've been a developer for over 10 years and then I switched over the services which has a closer connection to sales. Really opened my eyes to what a different world it is.

How would you like it if some sales guy came by and stated that R&D should just upload their code to github and thus allow anyone in the org to submit pull requests.

about 4 months ago

Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

loom_weaver Re:A change in diet - from what? (588 comments)

Perhaps they meant a change from the old food pyramid:


Growing up the mantra I remember that the mantra was to avoid fat at all costs because duh... eating fat would make you fat. However, you could eat pretty much as much grain as you want (with no distinction made for refined grains and/or sugar).

about 5 months ago

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Experts Unable To Replicate Inmarsat Analysis

loom_weaver Re:I DON'T CARE! (245 comments)

If this was a different airline let's say Aeromexico or Turkish Airways and the plane left NYC mostly full of Americans I bet you'd care a lot more.

In addition to the lost lives and the price of the airplane there are considerable political ramifications as well.

about 9 months ago

How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

loom_weaver Re:Why? (491 comments)

Probably, because until now, a plane's transponder hasn't been deliberately turned off, followed by no mayday communication, and then likely deliberately flown off-course to one of the most remote and inhospitable locations on the planet.

about 10 months ago

How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

loom_weaver Ominous (491 comments)

As another poster stated on the original article:

It would appear that someone on board deliberately, covertly and professionally flew it away, to the remotest spot within fuel range.

Trying to cover his tracks meanwhile, probably to avoid the stigma of being found out.

Pretty sinister, looks like the plane was pretty much flying to the South Pole.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

loom_weaver Interviewing is honed skill (218 comments)

I consider interviewing to be similar to sales. You're selling yourself and you need to be able to effectively counter objections. It's a skill that very quickly becomes rusty.

One book I found helpful is the Adams Job Interview Almanac as it helps identify the reason why questions are asked.

Doing so isn't easy and is a skill that must be practiced. In the current commercial for AT&T with the 4 women and 1 man professionals, would you be able to understand why each question is asked and be able to answer effectively?


about 10 months ago

Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly

loom_weaver Re:Isn't decomposition recent... ? (167 comments)

I think so. I remember reading in a museum somewhere about a hypothesis that ancient trees didn't decompose... they just kept piling up.

Based on a genetic analysis of mushroom fungi, David Hibbett and colleagues proposed that large quantities of wood were buried during this period because animals and decomposing bacteria had not yet evolved that could effectively digest the tough lignin.


about 10 months ago

Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

loom_weaver Re:Wrong (287 comments)

Laptops will be around for while. Desktops not so much.

I think it's a matter of time where one's smartphone will operate both as a smartphone in the traditional sense and as a portable work computer. Plug it into a docking station at the office to get the big screen and keyboard.

about a year ago

Open Source In the Datacenter: It Was Never About Innovation

loom_weaver Re:Innovation rarely exists. (100 comments)

> Proprietary software tries to leverage the time and energy of a small group of talented people, to prduce a product of greater sophistication than an individual software hack can produce in a sensible amount of time, and extort money out of them for the service of providing an already made package that should suit thier needs. (Should). This is done to get a slightly higher amount of monetary valuation of "time" from the customer, and offer a "bargain" in time expenditure vs value to the customer.

Yes for the core product. But a lot of the value that proprietary corporations provide is in the area that the talented people often don't want to do. Things like support, bug fixes, documentation, improvements of mundane old features, and customizations for a select few.

about a year ago

How Safe Is Cycling?

loom_weaver Re:How safe? (947 comments)

Biker here for about 15 years. Definitely concur here.

The two most dangerous conditions are when vehicles are turning right or left at intersections. Doesn't matter if you have the right of way or not, you have to assume that they don't see you and will plow into you.

Also remember that even though they are muck lighter, bikes suck at stopping compared to vehicles. Think tire surface area contacting the pavement and mass.

Took me several collisions (luckily none severe) to learn my lesson.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: As a Programmer/Geek, Should I Learn Business?

loom_weaver Other Departments (167 comments)

Absolutely yes and at least become familiar with other departments at your company. It will really make you appreciate the roles that sales, marketing, technical support, product management, professional services, accounting, legal, etc. play.

As for myself I transitioned from pure development into professional services (customer-facing post-sales installation, training, integrations, trouble-shooting). As much as I liked development I'm finding I'm really good at this role even though I consider myself an introvert. This group works really close with sales and technical support and I've learned a lot about those departments.

Benefits include: travel to exotic places, exposure to many companies (good networking opportunity), short-term projects with rapid closure, more time and brain energy to pursue personal projects, and very importantly: I'm no longer part of a cost-center i.e. when billable I'm making the company money! It offers some protection against off-shoring.

Drawbacks include: travel, no social life, and I miss hard-core development.

I realize that this may not be the path you intend to become an entrepreneur but relaying my experience for the benefit of others.

about a year ago

Inside the Guardian and the Snowden Leaks

loom_weaver Re:false diversity (239 comments)

Reminds me of National Geographic. They came out once to my neck of the woods where I grew up: idyllic farm setting in the mountains.

I guess the natural beauty wasn't good enough. They wanted one of the locals to bring a bathtub outside to the field and pose in it. We were like eh?

about a year ago

BlackBerry Helps Indian Gov't Spy On Users' Messages

loom_weaver Re:Not RIM's fault their arm got twisted... (56 comments)

They lost a lot of good will because of that.

I remember at the time I considered RIM to be good for business and good about security and privacy. Then they sold out.

about a year and a half ago

HTTP 2.0 Will Be a Binary Protocol

loom_weaver Re:Worth the tradeoff.. (566 comments)

I don't think it's the amount of data (sure it's a factor) but instead a single request ends up being multiple requests to a variety of servers including the image cache server, the ad server, the cookie tracking server, bung-hole analytics... never-mind legit servers such as the database cluster etc.

Heck, it's servers all the way down.

about a year and a half ago

Backdoor Discovered In Atlassian Crowd

loom_weaver Re:Not surprising (133 comments)

4 years ago when I used Atlassian products JIRA was great and worked just fine for our company. Crucible was fine too. Fisheye seemed a bit slow.

Customer support was responsive. I don't think their other products deserve the vitriol your posting but this backdoor, if indeed put in intentionally by them, is pretty damning.

about a year and a half ago


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