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Being Honest In Exit Interviews Is Pointless

swordgeek Bullshit (550 comments)

I had the opportunity to burn bridges that needed burning in an exit interview once.

I took complains, issues, and documentation. They took it seriously, and shook the hell out of the department when I left. My manager was "promoted" to a position where he had no staff. Soon after, he 'left.'

Exit interviews are situational, like everything else in life. Treat accordingly.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?

swordgeek Re:20 dollar sonies (448 comments)

I agree. I don't buy Sony ANYTHING, not even music put out on one of their labels.

That said, they have always made good inexpensive headphones, and a solid go-to. The key is to find alternatives.

1) Sennheiser HD 202
2) Koss PortaPro
3) Audio Technica M20 or M30
4) Superlux HD 681 looks very good too

more than 2 years ago

Wolfenstein 3-D Celebrates 20 Years With Free Browser-Based Version

swordgeek An abbreviated timeline, for those who care (160 comments)

* Castle Wolfenstein: 1981 (on the Apple ][. Atari and Commodore shortly thereafter)
* Beyond Castle Wolfenstein: 1984
* Hovertank 3D: 1991 First FPS
* Wolfenstein 3D: 1992
* Return to Castle Wolfenstein: 2001. A very, VERY different game!

more than 2 years ago

Wolfenstein 3-D Celebrates 20 Years With Free Browser-Based Version

swordgeek Re:Slow as hell (160 comments)

Just what I was thinking. The original game ran faster on my '486. Hell, Doom II ran faster than this on my '486.

more than 2 years ago

Heathkit Educational Systems Closes Shop For Good

swordgeek Re:Sad (129 comments)

There were three major factors that lead to Heathkit's success, which are no longer true.

1) The cost of manufacturing an item was significantly higher than the cost of the parts.
2) Items were sufficiently simple (or at least discrete) that they could be made at home.
3) Electronics were expensive!

Consider that at one point you could order a kit for about 60% of the price of the finished item. This could save you the modern-day equivalent of hundreds of dollars, and you could assemble it in a week or so.

Nowadays, a chunk of electronics is worth about a hundred bucks or so. Turning it into a kit would be _more_ expensive, and would take three minutes to snap together, if it could be done at home at all.

more than 2 years ago

AMD: What Went Wrong?

swordgeek It's not hard (497 comments)

...botched processor launches...

What, you really need more than that?

more than 2 years ago

How Far Should GPL Enforcement Go?

swordgeek Really simple here (432 comments)

If the GPL is stifling development (commercial or not), then it's stifling development, simple as that. If the license is an impediment, then it has failed to encourage development.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft To Offer Flight For Free This Spring

swordgeek Re:I got my beta invite yesterday (241 comments)

The post you're attacking was from the OP, DCTech, who provided the links in his original, informative, post. He then complained (with some justification) about an AC who attacked him for supporting a MS product.
Follow the trail.

more than 2 years ago

Yahoo Names PayPal Executive New CEO

swordgeek PayPal's core business... (45 comments) raping its customers.

Is that what Yahoo is going to focus on now?

more than 2 years ago

Researchers Expanding Diff, Grep Unix Tools

swordgeek Re:Strange names (276 comments)

If the FS supports delimiters in filenames you will necessarily have to quote them. This is dumb.

An accurate statement is "even if the FS supports delimiters in filenames, it doesn't mean you should use them."

more than 2 years ago

Stephen Wolfram Joins The Life Boat Foundation and Bets On Singularity

swordgeek Why? (214 comments)

They're going to save humanity. Why? If there's no one else out there, then we're going to go on, living our grumpy little lives. If there's someone else out there advanced enough to talk to, then they'll discover it too.

Sometimes I think we should take all of our great art, pack it up into a ruddy great rocket, and nuke ourselves back to the stone age and try again.

more than 2 years ago

Is HP Paying Intel To Keep Itanium Alive?

swordgeek Re:And the villain here is...Oracle! (216 comments)

Oops. Thanks for the correction. I forget that that coolthreads CPUs were classified as UltraSPARC until the T3 line was released.

Last ship date on the IV+ was April 2009, and now it's hit the software end-of-the-line.

more than 2 years ago

Is HP Paying Intel To Keep Itanium Alive?

swordgeek And the villain here is...Oracle! (216 comments)

"...take business away from Oracle's Sun servers."

Trust me Oracle, the only company that's having the slightest negative impact on your server sales is...Oracle.

Solaris 11 shipped last week. They added code to prevent it from running on the UltraSparc processors. Thanks assholes.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Tools To Aid When "On Call"?

swordgeek Re:sleep? (249 comments)

Did you miss my last sentence? "And yes, I get paid well during those nine weeks."

I get paid 12 extra hours of straight pay per week of carrying a pager. If it goes off, minimum billing is two hours of overtime (usually 1.5x, but 2x on holidays).

In practice, the pager goes off less than ten times a year across our entire group, so I'll get one or two pages a year - but when they come, they're serious, and the company has no problem paying for it.

more than 2 years ago

Google Music Goes Live With Google+ Integration

swordgeek Re:US Only :-( (240 comments)

I'm used to it, I'm just reminding people about it. Too many people believe that Google is different than every other publicly traded company in existence because they claimed they were for so long.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Tools To Aid When "On Call"?

swordgeek Re:I'm a developer not IT (249 comments)

1) Oh, really? Sez who?
2) Coders are in IT too. You may not carry a pager, but it's the same damned field.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Tools To Aid When "On Call"?

swordgeek Re:sleep? (249 comments)

You're missing a major point here: Rotating on-call.

I'm on call right now, 24/7. I'm required to be available and functional (i.e. in town, sober), and must answer the pager within ten minutes.

For one week out of six.

That means that for about nine weeks a year, I'm a slave to the company. That also means that in a telecom company with >>2million customers, I can completely shut off my mind to work at 17:00 for the rest of the year.

And yes, I get paid well during those nine weeks.

more than 2 years ago

Google Music Goes Live With Google+ Integration

swordgeek Re:US Only :-( (240 comments)

Let's be clear here. Google has introduced features higgledy-piggledy into Canada, and presumably the rest of the world. Can I hide search results in Canada? No. But I _do_ have to suffer through "auto-complete" and site preview on their search engine. Giving us half of the features is worse than none at all, because it makes things slower without making them better.

But hey - Google doesn't give a shit, because they're working towards two goals: Market domination and stock price.

more than 2 years ago

Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

swordgeek I've said it elsewhere... (1452 comments)

...and I'll say it here. Richard Stallman is an asshole who never learned proper manners.

I'm not a Mac person, wasn't ever an Apple person back in the day of the ][+, but I'm willing to let Jobs die with a bit of dignity and recognition of his good.

None of us are perfect people, and I imagine most of us would rather people didn't stand up at our funeral to say "he was a cheap jerk who stiffed me for twenty bucks."

RMS and ESR are embarrassing themselves and those who associate with them.

more than 2 years ago

Oracle To Bring Dtrace To Linux

swordgeek Oddly good news here (155 comments)

Let's be clear here. The Sun division of Oracle is being run by Mark Hurd, who was last seen gutting HP and screwing his staff member. Oracle will kill off all things Sun, either now or later. Solaris and Java are the only things they seem to care about, and both of those are still rather endangered.

Solaris still has some great advantages over Linux--enough to actually keep a handful of people on it despite Oracle. I assume that they're going to get those necessary features into Linux, and then dump Solaris entirely.

We're spending about $12 million to dump all of our Sun applications, as well as most of our Sun gear and Solaris installs in favour of x86 gear (mostly IBM) and Linux. The scary thing is that $12 million is less than the increase in licensing and maintenance costs from Oracle, vs. what we were paying from Sun.

Bottom line: Oracle doesn't want people running Solaris. The more features we get into Linux before Larry gives up and says "screw all y'all" the better.

more than 2 years ago



Traffic throttling legal in Canada

swordgeek swordgeek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

swordgeek (112599) writes "Canada's CRTC ruled today that Bell may continue throttling internet access to its customers, including downstream resellers of the service. This is a major setback to the Canadian Association of Internet Providers, who brought the complaint forth that Bell's throttling violated their guaranteed service with resellers. The president of the CAIP was quoted as saying, "This is a licence for the carriers to continue to interfere with the consumer's use of the internet."

The CRTC also announced that they will be investigating the general issue of throttling, with an outcome expected in 2010."

Unexpectedly bright comet appears in night sky

swordgeek swordgeek writes  |  more than 6 years ago

swordgeek (112599) writes "Comet 17P/Holmes, a relatively obscure and dim object has suddenly flared to be literally a million times brighter than it was two days ago, going from below magnitude 14 to 2.8 in less than 24 hours. It is just outside of the constellation Perseus, which puts it high in the sky and ideal for viewing at this time of year. The comet is now readily visible with the naked eye, and remarkable in binoculars or a telescope. This is a completely unexpected once-in-a-lifetime event, so get out your finest optics (even if it's just your eyes) and go comet watching! No one knows how long this will last, so grab the chance while it's there."



Friends, Fans, Foes, and Freaks

swordgeek swordgeek writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I don't use or pay much attention to the FFFF part of /. For that matter, I don't use the journal much (at all?) as you can see. This is my first entry, since I consider /. a place for discussion and debate, not blogging/exhibitionism.

But for some random reason, I went to look at the people who consider me a freak. (or who consider me a foe, which means I should consider them a freak? Whatever.) The "Fan" listing is a nice ego boost, but it's more interesting to see the people who consider you a screaming moron, or at least a nutbar.

The curious thing is that I agreed quite passionately with several of them, in both a general and a specific sense. Similar philosophies, similar attitudes, similar posts even.

Then I went looking at THEIR freaks. What did I find? More of the same--not exclusively, but it's remarkable how close they (we) all think.

So why the foe/freak rating? I know the reasons behind me getting on one list--a guy disagreed with me on a point, and was REALLY pissed off that I got modded up to 5, while he was modded down to 0. (For the record, I agree--I disagreed with his point, but it was certainly a well thought out and interesting one--we both should have been +3 or +4.)

Are the rest something like that? Or did I clash with someone on a single post that was pro/anti-American, pro/anti-Linux, pro/anti-OSS, or is it something...deeper?

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