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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

pr0fessor Re:This Just In! (108 comments)

It would reduce the overhead and risk for the ISPs to move into more rural areas if the municipality was footing the bill..... I'm surprised they are not trying to bid on the work of building the infrastructure, operation, and maintenance.

3 days ago
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The American Workday, By Profession

pr0fessor Re:9 to 5 is a myth (146 comments)

Many of the people I know who have taken salary positions {not CEO of VP type positions more like senior tech and middle management} get a lot of extra work offloaded onto them, they can't delegate it down to an hourly employee because of overtime, they are afraid to push back or just plain can't, and end up working 50-60 hours a week and making less than they would have as an hourly worker before that big promotion.

 

4 days ago
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The American Workday, By Profession

pr0fessor Re:9 to 5 is a myth (146 comments)

There are a lot of support roles out there that are not salaried and the hours only matter so much as making sure business runs smooth.

BTW at no point will I be on a salary since everyone I know that has done so got screwed.

4 days ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

pr0fessor Re:NT is best (190 comments)

We have about a dozen different models and yes even if only one model had been effected it would have been a bad time. The point is that although it happened it's isolated. I have had it happen on linux before too and it was some off the wall hardware specific issues so very few were actually effected. {I eventually swapped hardware to something a little more mainstream because it was a reoccurring theme}

about a week ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

pr0fessor Re: The world we live in. (585 comments)

I know a few guys who are certain a woman slipped them a Viagra and one that knows since it went horribly wrong and he ended up going to the ER.

about a week ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

pr0fessor Re:NT is best (190 comments)

Yes there was and as I read about it I thought "Oh crap, We have 40k systems that might be effected." but not one had a bsod so I was very relieved {because I have had an update go horribly wrong before I think it was around 2007 .Net 3.0 even though it only effected a small percentage of system it was still bad}.

about a week ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

pr0fessor Re:NT is best (190 comments)

You are correct that SaaS has made so much more commercial software available. {but not all commercial software there are still niches where a solution a business is heavily invested in just doesn't have a linux option}

Then there is still the problem that most users still have windows and as a business retraining is not something anyone wants to pay for so who ever has the market share will get used in business. {I think android is making sure that users are turning away from not just windows but also the desktop PC}

about a week ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

pr0fessor Re:and how many devices on next door's wifi? (260 comments)

Well I wanted live in a quiet neighborhood and the majority of my retired neighbors fit the stereotype of old people that can't operate a computer... so none.

I do have a co-worker that lives in an apartment who had his internet messed up when someone accessed the main box to steal cable tv.

about two weeks ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

pr0fessor Re:I'll check that immediately (232 comments)

Plain and simple if there is an emergency that needs my attention on the weekend or after hours give me a phone call {if I happen to be the person scheduled to be on call} but it had best be important because because it's paid above normal pay.

Otherwise email is used for non time sensitive communication. When I read the email I will reply and give you some kind of expectation. {I get a lot of vague confused requests so "Please schedule a meeting where we can discuss it in further detail" is a common reply} Don't expect me to read email on the weekend while I'm out fishing or something it just isn't happening. {With the exception of a few VPs and Execs that appear to be consumed by email 24/7 this is the company culture}

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

pr0fessor Re:Very subjective (382 comments)

I was thinking the trolls would be the first to sign up and the first to complain when they were moderated, after all they are now paying for the right to post. This would likely scare off a lot of business where as a free site can moderate a user and not need to refund them any money while satisfying the heard.

It might keep spammers away though... I imagine they would likely move on to another investment that didn't require cash up front.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

pr0fessor Re:plain and simple (199 comments)

You are correct 1000 pages of documentation for 250 applications is not very much... either they are very tiny apps or the documentation is very limited.

Don't most companies that develop large amounts of software usually employ documenters that are separate from the developers?

 

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

pr0fessor plain and simple (199 comments)

Do you know any complex software that succeeded in avoiding documentation by having significantly improved usability?

No. I have worked with software that has tried.... there is nothing more annoying.

 

As a customer, how would you feel with a very simple product (much simpler than the competition but still a bit complex) that has no documentation?

Sometimes simpler is better, but if it's simple enough to not require any documentation then it probably will not meet the users needs.

about three weeks ago
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Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

pr0fessor Re:Oh man (126 comments)

Right you can design a vehicle with a blind spots that make backing up dangerous but you can't hang an air freshener from the rear view mirror or have a gps device suction cupped to the window so you don't get lost because it might obstruct your view.

about three weeks ago
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Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

pr0fessor Re:Oh man (126 comments)

Many states have laws not directed specifically at a HUD on your window but at anything that obstructs the driver's view. Just like it's against the law to hang random stuff from your mirror you can't suction cup your gps to the window under the mirror because it obstructs the driver's view.

about three weeks ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

pr0fessor Re:Increase productivity or reduce headcount? (228 comments)

It's 5 Ws of trouble shooting... you forgot Who.

You are right a lot of jobs just plain cannot be automated away but I bet if you ask any seasoned sys admin they will show you a boat load of scripts that they run and watch while drinking their {insert caffeinated beverage} and reading /.

I have gigs of scripts I've collected over the years that do all kinds of creating/disabling/moving/modifying AD accounts and custom reporting for ldap and various applications, even telephony related scripts. {gedi master?}

about three weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

pr0fessor Re:How should this poll converge? (267 comments)

according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

"the common color vision defects is the red-green deficiency which is present in about 8 percent of males and 0.5 percent of females of Northern European ancestry."

The poll reflects at least that fairly well.

I am curious however that since I've been reading a little about why there is no mention of affects on depth perception {I say this because I'm in the 8% and I have a problem with depth perception when everything is the same color.}

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

pr0fessor Re:Not this again. (637 comments)

I don't have any trouble believing a there is a annoyed programmer that has inherited a few java messes from recent grads or that he blames their education.

My niece asked me to help her with her c++ class and I decided afterward that I might check out a c++ class at one of the local colleges but it's not offered in any of the three colleges in my area they only offer java. Apparently not all degrees are created equal.

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Reports 50 Links From Google 'Forgotten', Issues Transparency Report

pr0fessor Request to remove or alter content (81 comments)

Zero granted, ever???

I can't imagine that absolutely none of the requests where verifiable facts. {like a mis-typed date}

about a month ago
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How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil

pr0fessor Re:The short version (114 comments)

If you are Dad is the only DJ in 100 miles then you live in a very rural area. More rural than where I live in Kansas. I've been to very few weddings that have had a DJ that wasn't family or a close friend and the same with bands.

If a friend was having a wedding reception and they needed a band or DJ I could have them a of about 5 bands and a dozen DJs that would do it for free.

about a month ago

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