1955 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009
...once you get past the blithering fanboy headline.
I am certainly not going to encourage the next generation to get into IT. It's a thankless job that you're better off avoiding unless you've got a yen for it. With offshore outsourcing, people should be surprised that anyone is still going into IT. Never mind the gender balance.
Re: I must of missed
In Pakistan, being an engineer is well respected and on par with being a Doctor.
It's nothing like that in the US.
The US has a quite anti-intellectual culture and we have the elevation of athletes and things like "Revenge of the Nerds". It's little wonder that only dedicated geeks enter ANY sort of engineering or tech field. It doesn't help that most Engineering programs don't try to retain people but try to actively discourage them.
A 6th generation female engineer from the eastern bloc might be successfully put off by the entry level CIS course.
Certs are nonsense. They are time consuming and don't really mean much. They do allow you to get familiar with industry jargon but that's about it. If you are interested in a particular feature then you need to ask about a particular feature. Oracle version numbers are less than meaningless. Having been exposed to the latest version doesn't mean squat if your experience is shallow or if it is lacking whatever new shiny shiny that you happen to have a fixation on.
Even beyond tall of that, the quality of the professional in question is the most important thing of all.
This is something that corporations have lost sight of.
A professional doesn't need to be custom crafted like some unskilled laborer.
Re: seen job adds lately ?
Every job has nonsense. Either you are willing to put up with the nonsense or not. The fact that there is supposed to be unusual nonsense in IT doesn't really matter. You either want to shatter the glass ceiling or you don't. If women self-select against IT in University, then the rest of us can hardly be blamed for lack of balance out in practice.
IT has it's own set of nonsense that has nothing to do with gender bias. It may be that for whatever reason (socially indoctrinated or not) that women just aren't interested in the field.
> "Re New Builds, why the hell do they not have Cat5 cable, or at least conduits, between rooms? "
> Because, by the time it becomes standard to install Cat5, we will want fibre between rooms or be wireless.
The cable bundle I put into my walls 6 years ago already has fiber. The marginal cost of doing this was trivial at the time. Alternatively, I could have just run conduit.
Specifying conduit in the building code would make a great deal of sense. It would be a bit more expensive but it would be very future proof.
Either way, I'm not seeing wired Gigabit becoming obsolete any time soon. I can to file transfers at 100MB/s from one corner of my house to the other and I don't see any consumer tech matching that any time soon.
Re: in a few years time only fascists will use hard discs
> in a few years time only fascists will use hard discs
>flash is the future
When they have a 10TB or even a 4TB flash drives on the market let us know...
Buy in bulk.
If you could get ammo at Sam's Club or Costco, having 6000 rounds doesn't sound all that extreme. It would not be the first sort of thing people bought by the case just to save a buck.
Re: They are all the same
No. The similar prototype from Sony if it doesn't show blatant copying by Apple does demonstrate how form follows function here. Given the same components and the same parts and the same expertise, you are likely to end up with a lot of "copies".
This is why the bar for granting patents should be more like a pole vault and less like a limbo.
Otherwise you prevent multiple entities in industry from applying the same level of expertise and getting a similar result. That is far more damaging than whatever benefit arises from giving Apple (or anyone else) ownership of the market.
Citizens should be less tolerant of these shenanigans. Some tar and some feathers should enter in here somewhere. Perhaps even some dumping in Boston harbor.
Re: @It doesn't matter how long the warranty is...
It's like the bit from Fight Club.
If the math works out, they will do it.
I go by the reviews. If something doesn't get a lot of eggs and I'm not already familiar with it, then I don't buy it.
OCZ has crap reviews for quality. I don't want to have to use the warranty. If I'm using the warranty (extended or otherwise) then the entire purchase has already been a failure.
Where have you been?
> Misrepresenting a product is really the last thing you want to be doing for sustained business.
You are assuming (wrongfully) that anyone is thinking that far ahead.
Re: The SEC Filing Game
No. The SEC is very serious. You don't lie to the SEC. It's far worse than lying to the FBI.
The FBI only cares about silly things like kidnapping. The SEC safeguards money for the wealthy.
It's more serious than you silly let-the-corporations-have-no-accountability tort reform rhetoric implies.
Re: Windows 8 is brilliant
Having a tablet interface be the default for a desktop is just moronic. It doesn't matter if Microsoft is doing it, or if Canonical is doing it, or if Apple is doing it.
The "non-geek" crowd simply doesn't take perverse pleasure in finding where Microsoft hid stuff this time.
HID consistency has a 4th dimension to it.
Re: I believe the MS is getting a unusually bad rap here on this one.....
> It doesn't stop you installing Windows 8 on your existing PC!
> It doesn't stop you building a custom PC!
It doesn't stop you from being marginalized in the marketplace.
Those are your solutions? Aging legacy hardware and building it yourself?
You might as well declare that I have the option to buy a farm in Lancaster, PA.
Re: British TV drama is NOT crap
It seems like all of the comparisons are being drawn between UK "broadcast" and US "cable". Some of these American shows are on channels that most people don't even get. They 'realso are on channels with a different business model than nearly all other channels on either side of the pond.
Kind of an unfair comparison really.
If you have to use something from HBO to eviscerate Brit TV then you can't be doing too poorly really.
I don't think you fully comprehend the scope of the problem described.
Re: Linux - Exceptionally Secure??!! LOL
> The average distribution has ten times as many vulnerabilites than a Microsoft OS and twice as many as OS-X.
You can kid yourself all you like. That won't alter the fact that 99.9% of the malware that exists is for WinDOS.
You are trying to confuse the issue by conflating every single little bug that never hurt anyone with Windows worms that have managed to effectively disable the entire Internet. Of course they're not the same thing.
So you're not kidding anyone.
> Tell me which of those files is a picture of a dog - Use the GUI
Out of a thousand files? Are you kidding? That's going to be a ton of work.
It would be far better to do that with an automated tool. The real problem is that no such beast seems to exist. You use the GUI because you don't have a better option, not because it is actually a better option.
Re: Wish they sold them in lots...
I take that back. SD cards aren't any less absurd than DVDs. At least I can write on my DVDs and tell at a clance what's on them.
An SD card may or may not last longer but it will likely get lost in the couch cushions.
SD cards are great for expandable storage in devices. They're terribly silly when it comes to carying things around.
Re: Wish they sold them in lots...
Are you kidding? Are you on crack? Are you being sarcastic?
2G SD cards? Really. That's just puny. You can't back up squat on one of those. You'll be like some guy from the 80s with a stack of floppies Except floppies are actually a lot easier to deal with because you can actually see the and put writable labels on them.
There's a reason that Trek "invented" the micro floppy in the 60s.
Using SD cards is less absurd than using DVDs but in 2012 that's not really saying much.
> Sure, you could buy any laptop and spend 3 weeks downloading different Linux distros
I started using Ubuntu after a 6.x release worked flawlessly with a company issued Dell laptop.
Re: Funnily enough...
Quite. It's a hamburger stand with indoor seating.
> Read the original blog piece. He was there with his kids. You going to take your kids for steak tartare? Frog legs, oysters or escargots?
I've been all around the world with Jedi 2.0 and we've never once resorted to an American fast food franchise.
Been there, done that.
While you may not need to avoid the French food in Paris, you can certainly find a better place to eat on the Champs-Elyse than Icky Micky. The Lowenbrau Beer Hall being an obvious place. Dunno if it's a chain. Dunno if it's still even there. Clearly there are better options than Icky Micky.
H*ll. A NYC hot dog pushcart is a better option than Icky Micky. Find yourself a crepe stand or something.
Re: 'iTunes for PC games' ???
> I think you'll find that actually iTunes is Steam for music...
...except programs actually have a reason to be associated with a single quasi-monopoly vendor. Music does not. Programs by their very nature have to be associated with a particular platform or vendor.
Music is an industry standard that got turned into a single-vendor proprietary standard by Apple.
The proprietary and DRM aspect of games only reflects the status quo that has existed since the dawn of computing.
Re: Platform meaningless without games
Steam on Linux will very likely be very much like steam on MacOS.
To some degree this will just be a marketplace for games that already exist (mainly indies). That's not a bad thing. I am not sure that Canonical is up to running an app store. A 3rd party game oriented one is not a bad thing. It will probably hit most of the likely need for a commercial app store for desktop Linux.
Re: Other distros
> un-reconcileable dependency differences
Nonsense. I have had both new and ancient software co-existing on Linux for pretty much as long as it has existed. Some things are as trivial as tricking the old software into thinking your new library is the old library. Alternatively, you can just have the old libraries.
I find your lack of examples disturbing.
I would rather be able to ditch the docking station and have access to 100MB/s file transfers over GigE without having a lot of extra stuff to carry or without the need to turn my laptop into a desktop.
If you have to argue that you can transform your portable device into something better with lots of OTHER gear, then you've missed the point entirely.
Dongles are for 80s 8-bit computers.
You mean people are cheapskates? Otherwise there would not be a lot of free ad-ware in the Apple store.
You can BS us about Macs. For phones it's a little harder. They are more widespread and they are subsidized. It's far more likely that one of us will know better and see through your nonsense.
No. What I desire less with Android is not apps (or paid apps), it's jailbreaking. There is less reason to jailbreak and Android phone.
I've tried to use the MBA as well as other current Apple products.
Anything with an Apple keyboard attached simply sucks great big donkey balls.
I've had durable and reliable laptops from PC vendors before. I realize that they aren't some myth. I also realize that Apple hardware breaks too. I've seen it for myself. Usability and capability would come first, then followed by the things that Apple users value.
So it is little surprise that what might go over well in the Apple enclave might not work so well for the rest of the market.
We've already done that netbook thing already.
Re: iPads in the enterprise
Quite. Effective use of tablets for "serious work" seem to center about their media consumption capabilities. If you have a business task that can be described in those Quicktime-esque terms then you're good. Beyond that, you should not drink the kool-aid so much.
Re: Really? I would never have guessed!
If you can really fend for yourself, then that's all well and good. Except you can't. You will inevitably get to the point where you need to be bailed out by the exact same people who's advice you decided to ignore.
Those of us with a clue will have to clean up after you like a nanny chasing a toddler.
It's the form factor, not the CPU.
The problem is not the processor. It's the form factor. The "mouse-only" approach only gets you so far. So does the fact that this virtual mouse is also embedded into the display and the fact that the display itself is pretty small.
There are many things to criticize there. A different tablet might also be more useful just as all old school graphics terminals aren't all created equal. I would hiss at a '94 era PC setup just as loudly as I would an iPad.
Re: @Dazed and Confused
No. It's not the same as with an HDD. A HDD with an error is still mostly usable. You can at least do data recovery against it. A bad SSD is just a brick.
Seriously. It's enough of a difference that some of us have to worry about destroying spinny disks when disposing of old ones.
Re: They won't fall to that ever.
Not only is SSD gravely more expensive, but there simply aren't any SSD drives to match the larger spinny disks.
It's hard to eviscerate your rivals when you don't even offer any sort of replacement product.
Lame and Lamer.
> Intel drivers are not good enough even to play Super Meat Boy.
Intel GPUs are not good enough to even play "Super Meat Boy". The quality of the driver doesn't matter so much.
It's AMD is where good kit goes wrong with bad drivers (on Linux).
Nvidia GPUs of various kinds and price points are very respectable on Linux.
Re: Idiot managers should cut prices and release huge disks now!
Drive capacities have stagnated. That's a fact. They could drive new sales by pushing the boundaries a bit. They could finally release their 4TB drives in retail packaging and push the upper bound a little higher.
Wouldn't hurt to improve sequential r/w performance either.
Re: Seagate Schmeegate
Their winter of crapulence was like 3 years ago. Seagate had their time and took their knocks. Now it's time to move on and stop living in the past and actually make comments based on recent information.
Seagate's aren't so bad now. What worries me now are SSDs that die suddenly with no warning.
Re: Still A Tasty Profit Margin
Intel? Are you kidding? They aren't just the poster-boy for cartels. They're the poster-boy for monpolies.
Software has a marginal production cost of ZERO. So that's a bad example too.
The proof is in the pudding
Clearly, if the peanut gallery only sees iThings being used as oversized iPods then they are obviously justified in calling iThings as overpriced toys for suburbanites with money to burn and a need to show off to the neighbors.
You don't get to depend on wishful thinking regarding your particular brand fetish.
It has to prove itself yet and that simply not happened yet.
PhoneOS "sales" are irrelevant when compared to Windows. Lumping them in with MacOS sales to give yourself some sort of ego boost is simply out of touch with reality.
I tried to give a Mac to the missus. The "oddness" of it still put her off. She ended up going back to Windows because of obscure Windows-only apps that none of you've ever heard of.
She was less bothered by Linux but Apple doesn't play nice with it (iPhone).
It's not the big brand names that are a problem. It's the obscure stuff for industries you may never even have heard of that will be the big problem.
Re: If only a quality, user friendly Linux distro was available...
> User friendliness - or lack thereof - in whatever
> Linux distro be your preference is probably the
> biggest contributing factor that Windows
> managed to get as entrenched in the nineties
Idiot. WinDOS was already entrenched in the 80s. The die was already cast. Linux was a reaction to Microsoft already being a dominanting and stiffling force in the industry.
DOS made VMS look easy. No one cared about easy. Otherwise they would run Macs. They were all worried about Lotus123 or AutoCAD or the latest version of Civ.
Re: If only a quality, user friendly Linux distro was available...
...you mean people would just ignore the gadjillion apps that only exist for Windows?
"User friendly" was never the problem. Apple proved that.
Re: Apple treated differently than Microsoft.
A lot more Linux machines didn't even notice the whole Leap second thing.
No one in my shop thought to even be concerned about it until the net.rumours started coming in.
Re: if we hate both Apple and Microsoft
> Still be thankfull their technology and competition result
> in the fact that you can buy such advanced hardware for
> such reasonable price today to run your penguin thingy on it.
What competition? There's only x86. There used to be things like PPC and Alpha and 68K that wiped the floor with Intel crap. Getting my first PC was actually a step down as x86 is a primitive kludge in some ways. It was an archaic design when it was created and it accumulated more cruft over the years.
I'm glad to see another microprocessor option for a change.
That's funny because my older Macs are doorstops.
Whereas my older PCs are better supported by commercial developers and can be upgraded. I can use a cruddy old Compaq to replace a shiny and new Mac simply because the cruddy old Compaq has a video slot.
Stop swimming in the kool-aid. There are a few of us with enough money to know better and call you out on it.
Macs are just PCs with the same spare parts built in the same Foxconn factories. If anything, Apple designs are more problematic because they are prone to cook themselves. Being tiny and having no fan doesn't come for free.
A Windows terminal really isn't that far removed from an X Terminal or even a real VT-220.
All of those are much more alike than any of them are to a "nothing but a mouse" kind of interface that tablets are.
Sooner or later, you will need to type something.
> I often do and I'm a DBA.
I seriously doubt it.
Re: @AC: "Linux kernel Retro"
Your example is meaningless.
Linux is modular and very configurable.
You don't need to be limited to Ubuntu's build options.
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