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Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

melted What I don't get is what's wrong with _desktops_ (137 comments)

What I don't get is what's wrong with _desktops_ in a school lab. They can't be broken or lost as easily. They are more powerful. Each desktop can be shared between several pupils. They're also cheaper, even with larger monitors, have better input devices (real keyboards and mice), and since they're not mobile, they can be set up to boot from the network with zero maintenance.

Why burn perfectly good money on shit kids don't need, especially when research shows it does nothing for their academic achievement?

about a month and a half ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

melted Re:Yes (381 comments)

You can do almost all of that (except children wandering off, for which you'll need several watches, and several phones on those children, since currently watches are useless without a phone) with a cell phone. Likely even with the one you already have.

about 2 months ago

The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

melted Microsoft wants to have the paying clientele (117 comments)

Microsoft wants to have the paying clientele, just like Apple. Selling $30 devices at a loss to people who will never buy or rent any movies is not lucrative to them. With Xbox you pretty much guarantee people will buy games at least, and everything is there for them to buy and rent movies as well.

about 5 months ago

Russia Blocks Internet Sites of Putin Critics

melted That's the thing, you don't know (309 comments)

That's the thing, you don't know. Because Putin controls the statisticians who produce this rating. If they don't come up with the right one, they could lose their jobs, or worse.

about 6 months ago

Russia Blocks Internet Sites of Putin Critics

melted Kremlin also pays people to (309 comments)

Kremlin also pays a bunch of shills to comment on forums it can't control, such as Youtube, Facebook, Western news sites, and the like. Some of which you can witness in the comments to this news.

about 6 months ago

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

melted The same argument has probably been made (627 comments)

The same argument has probably been made back when engineers were switching from punch cards to text editors. All of it has happened before, and all of it will happen again. To me, it's not what you use, it's what you do with it. I work in an environment where most people use vi or emacs to program in C++. I can code circles around them in Eclipse, even though it's not "cool", with less effort, and better code in the end (thanks to refactoring features and code tooltips). I do use vi as well, for smaller, simpler changelists. But for something a couple hundred lines or more - forget about it.

about 7 months ago

Satya Nadella Named Microsoft CEO

melted Except, of course, Microsoft is not a "technocracy (293 comments)

Except, of course, Microsoft is not a "technocracy", and it hasn't been that for a very long time. Let me remind you, for the past decade the company was run by a completely non-technical guy with a sales background. At Microsoft the fast track to the management ladder is to become a program manager (PM for short), or to be one right from the start. PMs promote and hire still more PMs, to the point where you get 1:1 PM/Dev ratio, and they do nothing but report status to one another.

Therein lies just one of Microsoft's major problems. All this entrenched (and unnecessary) old boy network needs to be dismantled first and foremost. Nadella is not going to do that. So Microsoft will be just as fucked as it was before, because this is a prerequisite for any kind of forward progress over there.

about 8 months ago

Is the West Building Its Own Iron Curtain?

melted Re:No (337 comments)

Which side are the "terrorists" though? To me it seems like the "rebels" are. To you it might seem it's Assad's people.

about 8 months ago

Valve Working on GNU/Linux Native Open Source OpenGL Debugger

melted How about also building a decent general purpose d (88 comments)

How about also building a decent general purpose debugger? GDB is a pile of shit, so folks resort to just stuffing their program full of printfs() and examining the output. I'd pay good money for a state of the art debugger that works on Linux.

about 8 months ago

Google Launches Android Automotive Consortium

melted Can't wait for non-upgradeable Android in cars as (117 comments)

Can't wait for non-upgradeable Android in cars as well. "But sir, your car is more than 18 months old, so we don't support it anymore. Buy a new car."

about 8 months ago

YouTube Goes 4K — and VP9 — At CES

melted Snowball's chance in hell to get adopted (255 comments)

Google can't even serve Youtube using codecs currently supported by its own browser. There is a mode to switch to HTML5 video, but some of the videos require Flash anyway. Besides Google does not indemnify the potential users of VP9 against potential patent infringement, so it's only slightly better than just grabbing an h265 codec and linking against it without first obtaining a license. It's a patent mine field of epic proportions, and if you're going to pay for patents, you might as well get the real deal supported by Microsoft and Apple out of the box, including low-power silicon and GPU support. For Google VP9 makes sense, since they already license MPEG LA IP, so they can both encode and decode with VP9 without attracting legal attention.

Aside from search and ads, Google is all about basically building the fist 80% (sometimes less) of something and then throwing it over the wall to the unwashed masses, or, alternatively, milking the PR in perpetuity. Glass, self-driving car, robots - all PR projects that will not yield a successful product in the foreseeable future. Android and Chrome are basically means of protecting the ad revenue. Youtube's sole purpose is to show you those stupid pre-roll ads. Flash shows them just fine, which is why HTML5 video has been in beta for quite a while now.

about 9 months ago

Elon Musk Shows His Vision of Holographic Design Technology

melted He needs to learn from Jobs (109 comments)

Show it's when you're ready to sell it, or don't show it at all. This is no different from a "concept" mockups that fanboys post in tech forums, that couldn't possibly be manufactured because they ignore economics, usability and sometimes the laws of the nature.

1 year,14 days

Elon Musk's New Hologram Project Invites 'Iron Man' Comparisons

melted Re:Reading comprehension fail ... (135 comments)

This misattribution has always irked me: he won't _design_ anything. The engineers he hired will design something. All too often you see on the resumes of managers that they "designed" or "launched" or "created" something when they quite obviously didn't do any of that. They hire and manage teams. The best of them are able to provide input to the process. But they don't actually do any of it by themselves, and they should be more careful with attribution.

1 year,26 days

How Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality

melted I like inequality (272 comments)

Am I the only one who likes inequality? Not to the extend that it exists today, but it's pretty much the only thing that makes most folks to get out of bed in the morning: the hope that they'll be better off than those that skip the "getting out of bed and going to work" part. That's why inventors invent, researchers research, directors direct, actors act, writers write, software engineers code, and folks at Boeing make airplanes and space ships. What would be their motivation if no matter what they did, they'd still be "equal" to someone who sits on his ass all day and does nothing? There are not one but several large scale examples that equality does not work. Russia, pre-capitalism China just the two largest ones. And not working was a crime in those countries, punishable by jail time.

Why must everything be the lowest common denominator?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Software To Help Stay On Task?

melted Hosts file (301 comments)

I use hosts file to block time wasting sites at work. Just map them to and enjoy the productivity.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Said To Be Working On a 'Watch-Like Device'

melted If this is true, I will sell my stake in AAPL (291 comments)

If this is true, I will sell my stake in AAPL and never buy their shares again. This would indicate Tim Cook's lack of vision and focus, and his inability to listen. If true, that is, which I bet it isn't.

about a year and a half ago

Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

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

Have you considered finding work? Shit, with a degree and experience you'd have to try pretty hard to make less than 3x what you make now.

about a year and a half ago

Russian Space Industry To Receive $69 Billion Through 2020

melted In related news, (64 comments)

The number of orders at Lamborghini and Ferrari has just doubled for the next few years. Keep in mind that at least half (if not two thirds) of this money will inevitably be stolen. That's just how "business" is done over there. IRS would have a field day discovering the discrepancies between what folks officially make, and what they actually spend.

about a year and a half ago

Linus Chews Up Kernel Maintainer For Introducing Userspace Bug

melted Be fair (1051 comments)

The guy deals with A LOT of bullshit on a daily basis, and this was a BS patch anyway. That would be the end of it if the dude didn't start coming up with excuses. If you know you're wrong, fucking say so and make things right.

about a year and a half ago

Google CEO Larry Page Talks Apple, Android, Google+

melted "Defensively" is such a load of horseshit (136 comments)

You know where else I have heard about using patents "defensively"? At Microsoft, circa 2001-2002 when I worked there. It was all about using them "defensively" back then. Then Microsoft had found itself struggling in a number of markets and started suing people left and right to extract royalties. Google will do the exact same thing a few years down the road, for the same reason.

about 2 years ago


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