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* Posts by Tris

6 posts • joined 4 Jun 2007

IT salaries: Why you are a clapped-out Ferrari

Tris

As a software tester...

I find the bit at the bottom of the first page mildly offensive.

I've been a happy software tester for 3 years and moved there from development by choice: Working in an agile environment means I am also a BA who goes on client site and does all the up front specification work before returning to the office to roll up my sleeves and write some automated tests, while communicating the requirements to developers.

Hardly a job for those with no personal skills. :p

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Congratulations, freetards: You are THE FIVE PER CENT

Tris

Customer's want the best service

I read a comment on a similar story a while back that sticks with me. It was simply "The best SERVICE currently available is TPB."

You can say to yourself "ooh, I haven't seen that movie, lets watch that", or "I haven't listened to them for ages, I'll grab that album" and in under 30mins you can be listening to / watching the media you wanted. I have never been unable to find what I want, at the quality/size that I want.

I'd pay a decent chunk of money for that kind of service, no doubt.

The alternative is trawling through half a dozen legal services which *might* have what you want, each of which is hampered by exclusive deals with content providers and/or network instability. I tried netflix and lovefilm and am a subscriber to spotify. The latter works fine (though there are always things I want to listen to that aren't available), the others were distinctly unimpressive.

When it comes to books, forget legal. Ridiculous pricing coupled with exclusive releases that lock you to specific hardware (Amazon, anyone?) make it a joke.

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Brits are so outraged by Amazon, they voted it TOP for shopping

Tris

Hardly surprising

Amazon may not pay their taxes, but the rest of us do. Thanks to that most of us try to make our money go further by buying from the cheapest source we can find.

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Only Kinect: Microsoft boffins build Minority Report-style tools

Tris

Re: Can they refine the Kinect a bit more first?

I'm not sure how this relates to the content of the article - experimenting with different ways to use the data from the Kinect is a completely different area to improving the hardware. Making the Kinect able to work in a smaller space with have little or no impact on what they are doing.

I'm sure there are plenty of people working on improving the hardware for the next iteration.

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One week left before US faces clamp down on piracy

Tris
Meh

In other news

Companies offering VPN services post record profits.

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2012 Olympics logo debuts to whalesong

Tris

ot very original

erm, that appears to be just the numbers "2012" drawn very badly with the word london in the 2 and olympic symbol in the 0.... could have come up with a better logo at age 6

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