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Bring Back the 40-Hour Work Week

stoanhart Re:Meh (969 comments)

I don't know what job market you're talking about. Me, I'm straight out of college (only a lowly undergrad), making well above average starting wage for a software developer, working a solid 40 hours per week, and I had multiple excellent offers to choose from. If my employer started demanding constant unpaid overtime, I could easily leave and have a new job in no time. And no, I had no special connections or friends in high places. I attended career fairs and applied to online job postings. Disclaimer: this is in Canada, but I work for a US corporation, and I'm always hearing about how everyone in the US is desperate for talented programmers.

more than 2 years ago
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Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Won't Get Android 4.0

stoanhart They are right (333 comments)

Regarding this line:

>> "Note that the Galaxy S runs the same hardware as the Nexus S, which is already receiving the Android 4.0 update."

Yes, the Nexus S has ICS; I'm running it on my Nexus S, and it's fantastic. However, you can really, really feel the fact that the phone only has 512 MB of RAM. If you open a memory intensive app (web browser, for example), pretty much everything else gets swapped out; when you next press Home, you have to wait a second or two for the launcher to be restarted, or worse, for the keyboard to load.

Since TouchWiz would add even more bloat, I can totally see how 512 MB just won't cut it.

more than 2 years ago
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Lightning Strike KOs Amazon, Microsoft EuroClouds

stoanhart Re:Ouch... (189 comments)

Only if you're idiotic enough not to save your important data to persistent storage. Did you know unsaved Word documents are lost when the power goes off?

more than 3 years ago
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An Inside Look At the Rise and Fall of RIM

stoanhart Re:With the end of unlimited data plans...? (267 comments)

On the keyboard note, I find that with SwiftKey for Android, touch-screen keyboard complaints are a thing of the past. I can tap out a full length, properly written (no txt abbreviations) message in no time, with little effort. Granted, I was never a BlackBerry user for more than a few days, so I can't compare directly, but I think I can type on my Galaxy S just as fast as anybody with a BB.

more than 3 years ago
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Controlling Wi-Fi Radio 'Nap-Time' Saves Power

stoanhart Re:double? (43 comments)

On my Galaxy S, which uses a similar screen to the Nexus One used in this study, the screen consumes > 90% of all power. 3G, WiFi, GPS and everything else are just drops in the bucket.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Pulls Paid Apps From Taiwanese Android Market

stoanhart Re:don't do evil (186 comments)

You have to do more than just claim that something is evil. You have to make an actual point about why this is evil.

Put yourself in their shoes. You're a business, and want to operate in some jurisdiction. They have rules you don't like. You can either a) abide by the rules, b) choose not to operate there, or c) campaign to have the rules changed. All of these area reasonable options, none of them are evil, and Google chose B.

Stop being so alarmist.

more than 3 years ago
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Using Crowdsourcing To Identify Vancouver Rioters

stoanhart Re:Just for rioting? Seriously? (397 comments)

Wow, how do you mange to sound more like a dick with each word you write?

You realize this isn't some vigilante man hunt, right? It's just people looking at pics of crimes in progress and seeing if they recognize anyone. If they do, they report them to the police and let justice take its course.

As to this:

"At least rioters are just violent pricks and adrenaline-fueled idiots; you guys sound like the sort of vengeful, soulless libertarians who would shoot a man rather than let him walk away with your TV"

I don't even know what to say. People smashing property for no reason are worse than people trying to defend their own property. Go fuck yourself.

more than 3 years ago
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30+ Infected Apps Pulled From Android Market

stoanhart Possible Solution (91 comments)

Without having to resort to reviewing third party code like Apple does, I see one possible way in which Google could solve this problem without dedicating too many people to it. My solution is this:

By default, a developer account on the Market is "unverified" - when people try to install apps from an unverified account, they receive a huge, scary warning that states that this application could contain malware, please make sure you trust the author, etc.

To become "verified", a developer must contact Google personally and verify their identity, including full contact details (phone number, address, etc.), and sign a form that states something to the effect of "You are liable for all malicious code published through this account, even if your account is hacked." Punishment for publishing malware could include a financial penalty, and possibly criminal charges depending on what your malware did and what jurisdiction you live in.

more than 3 years ago
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'Fee-Deduction' Malware On Android Spotted In the Wild

stoanhart Re:What's the purpose of this? (169 comments)

The author's set up their own pay-by-the-minute number (like with phone sex services). They set the rate to the maximum possible amount, which is something ridiculous like $99 per minute.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Tweaks Algorithm; EHow Traffic Plummets

stoanhart Re:Is eHow really that bad? (286 comments)

I agree - I dislike most of the content farm results, but eHow has a nice clean design, and gets straight to the point. I wouldn't trust them for any advanced topic, but for many simple questions the answer is clearly presented.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows 8 App Store Screenshots

stoanhart Re:So ... (131 comments)

The big deal is that Windows might finally have centralized package management, including updates, for all software rather than just core Windows stuff.

more than 3 years ago
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Texas Bill Outlaws Discrimination Against Creationists In Academia

stoanhart Re:Fair enough. (1251 comments)

It would depend on the kind of ID:

Unacceptable case: "The earth is billions of years old, but God directly created all of its creatures" - evidence contradicts this.

Acceptable case: "The earth is billions of years old, and God created the Universe and its finely tuned laws that allowed evolution to create the variety of life that we see today"

more than 3 years ago
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Russia's VimpelCom Buys Wind Mobile In Canada

stoanhart Re:This could be good (63 comments)

Just buy the phone outright. Consider the following cost breakdown, which I did for myself:

TMobile Vibrant from eBay: $500
Wind service: $35 + tax for voice/text/data = $39.20 after tax
Three years of service and a phone: $1911.2

Subsidized Vibrant from Telus: $200 w/ 3 year contract
Similar service plan, after hidden fees and taxes: approx. $55-$60 per month
Three years of service and a phone: $2180-$2360

Wind wins, even with a crappy in-store phone selection.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubisoft Announces Music Game For Real Guitars

stoanhart Re:Really? (172 comments)

Actually, if you watch videos of guitar players performing, even world-class guitarists like Jimi Hendrix or Steve Vai often look at the fretboard. Not all do, but it's not uncommon.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

stoanhart Re:The scene from 24 (1200 comments)

After you get through the socket, you need to avoid the poison-filled firewall.

more than 3 years ago
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Miguel de Icaza On Usability and Openness

stoanhart Re:Windows is popular because it works. (349 comments)

The days of Windows XP are over, man. Windows 7 has functional drivers for damn near everything.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4 RC1 Released

stoanhart Re:Feature Bloat (189 comments)

As soon as I started using FF4 at the last beta (12), I started using all of those features. I keep GMail and Google Calendar in app-tabs, I love sync because I have Firefox instances in many VMs and on many machines, and the Panorama tool (which I thought would be gimmicky before I actually tried it) turns out to be very useful. I am happy with such "Feature Bloat" - what the hell to I have 4 gigs of RAM for anyways?

more than 3 years ago
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Mideast Turmoil and the Push For Clean Energy

stoanhart Re:i really dont care, just drop oil prices alread (314 comments)

Or lets try not continuing business as usual.

Let the gas prices rise. Fine by me. Currently $1.30/liter in Vancouver, BC - bring on $2.00/liter, I drive a small car and fuck you if you drive a big one. Suck it up, that's the cost of your choice of vehicle. Yes, the cost of everything will go up, but you'll be amazed how fast we suddenly find solutions to problems we've been "trying" to solve for last 30 years.

more than 3 years ago
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Mideast Turmoil and the Push For Clean Energy

stoanhart Re:Beware the lies (314 comments)

Just because oil is purchased on futures contracts doesn't mean that current gas prices can't be affected by current events. If you're an oil company, you would rightly predict that, based on current events, future oil prices will be higher and supply will be lower. Thus, you need to make your current stockpile of gasoline last longer by raising its price, because the output from your refineries is going to slow down soon. Of course, I believe there is definitely an element of opportunistic price gouging too, but that's not the whole story.

more than 3 years ago

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