I thought Stackoverflow *was* the manual.
101 posts • joined 23 Oct 2013
I thought Stackoverflow *was* the manual.
Facebook Messenger on any platform is a bloated app. It's over 200MB on Android not including data, so Apple users get off easy. Seriously, though, I've written complex enterprise apps complete with diagnostic logging, phone home, etc., and the images are smaller than that even before symbols are stripped. I cannot begin to imagine how Messenger ends up being so large.
Back when Vista was being developed, Microsoft had external beta testers that were a group selected by Microsoft, not just anyone who self-selected to be an "Insider". It was a very active, very productive, very vocal group, with discussion forums, ways to track your bug reports, and all that good stuff. I forget what they called it, it was long before "Insiders" or preview rings.
You remember Vista, right? Where V1 was a wreck of issues? Every single one of the problems with Vista v1 was found and reported, repeatedly reopened, and screamed about in the forums multiple times by many testers. Every time they were closed by the internal triage team as "not reproducible", even though they were trivially reproducible.
The MS beta tester handlers were telling the testers "we won't ship until it is ready" and we were screaming that it was not ready. I happened to work for a major PC maker at the time, and the MS reps to the PC makers were saying "it's ready, shipping on this date" at the same time the testers were screaming about the problems. Even with that solid reporting and tracking arrangement, they utterly failed.
Marketing driven then, marketing driven now, with the same inevitable results.
Left hand, meet the right hand.
Six month release cycles can work just fine if the releases are at the end of a pipeline that is longer than six months, and the last substantial portion of that pipeline is testing AND correction of problems found.
That does, however, require product and program managers who can actually comprehend multiple streams in development+test at the same time.
Forget boiling. Baking / blackened is great. Here is one approach:
Cubed butternut squash, sliced red onion, sprouts cut in half (preferably smaller ones). Oil a baking pan, spread the above on the pan, season with salt and generous amounts of garlic powder, and bake in the oven at baking temp (350F in the US). Stir and turn occasionally. Done in about 45 minutes, or whenever the sprouts are cooked through, preferably with some nice blackened crispy edges. Bonus points if you can find some specialty butternut squash oil to sprinkle on everything.
Three of us consumed an entire pan of that along with some pan seared salmon the other day. Yum.
> One of the few cultural advantages the Yanks have over the Brits is Thanksgiving - because it prevents Christmas from starting too early.
Sorry, no. Certain 'warehouse' stores (Costco, etc.) put out big stacks of Christmas stuff weeks ago. The giant stacks of Thanksgiving pumpkin pies won't be there for another few weeks. Ironically, most of their Christmas stock will be gone by the time December begins, because the early shoppers know it will be gone.
At least the music has not started.
Jobs was, quite simply, one of the best snake oil salesmen in ages.
In US patents, corporations are never inventors, only individuals are inventors. Employee inventors generally sign over rights to their employer, but they remain the named inventors.
Deliberately leaving off an inventor can be grounds for invalidating a patent. Smart companies try to be careful and rigorous about making sure all involved inventors are named.
The fact that one of the ideas was disclosed on his hiring paperwork as prior inventive work is a pretty strong document legal position.
Half Life 2 loading screens? Whoa, that jogged some memories. I enjoyed that so much I may have to try the blurry bits.
"This is the first ECG product offered over the counter to consumers,"
Cue all the news article about AliveCor selling a personal ECG product for years, for $99.
The reality distortion field is alive and well.
Recalling the "Internet Helpdesk" skit by Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie. Worth a watch if you haven't seen it.
Are you talking about income or cost of living?
Exactly what I was thinking. First, net neutrality has nothing to do with throttling your entire connection because you exceeded contract terms. It is about giving priority to some traffic (like the ISPs own or paying third parties) over other traffic (all the other schmucks), or even lowering priority for some traffic (e.g. political views your ISP disagrees with, video sites hogging bandwidth) below baseline priority.
This is a situation where the FPD should want to be prioritized above all other traffic. That is the opposite of neutral. And they certainly should be prioritized over all the people doing things like livestreaming the fire from their phones. This seems like the clueless jumping on the neutrality bandwagon for all the wrong reasons.
> Pulling a multi-pair cable is a sensible precaution
Sorry, multi-pair cables don't offer any protection against diggers slicing the entire thing. You need to have different physical routes to avoid that problem.
kids_college_fund.xlsx. You could put millions in there and nobody would blink.
...then I've lost all my bitcoin and my ID?
...has the appropriate comedic aspect for this entire farce.
My first personal computer was a Heathkit H89 with a 2MHz Z80 CPU and about 48K of RAM. And I did plenty of useful work on it, in addition to learning a lot.
Gotta love twitter humor. Post below is accompanied by a screen shot showing gitlab is being hosted by Microsoft Azure. Numerous related posts show the same. :)
For all the people who left #github and migrated to #gitlab on a rush because you don't like Microsoft, welcome to Microsoft #Azure
Wow, everyone is assuming such evil intent on Microsoft's part! That's not the Microsoft way.
The Microsoft way is:
- Decide to change the web interfaces every few months, especially rearranging all the menus every time.
- Decide that git and http aren't the best interfaces. Come out with new mandatory interfaces and APIs and associated client tools.
- Add significant new capabilities. And introduce lots of bugs. Don't fix the bugs.
- A year later change the APIs again.
- Bind all the interfaces to Microsoft single-login services. But don't provide fully functional account management.
- Change the APIs again.
- Wonder where everyone went.
- Decide the level of interest no longer warrants focus on that business. Cancel it.
No evil intent necessary.
My favorite theater moment was the couple in the row in front of us that overheated during the Castle Anthrax scene.
Where are you getting a new F150 for $35000? A new F150 (or Expedition, which is an SUV on the F150 frame and drive train) with the new ecoboost engine and a package with decent bling costs nearly as much as my first house!
Used all the way for these family movers. Yes, I've had to do some repairs myself (some major), but who can afford those new?
Sorry...I was thinking the correct response should be "Dave's not here."
Then repeat mindlessly multiple times.
Either way I'm dating myself...
Is that digital or film?
Re: Pascal Monett
"Our computing platforms must be managed by things we can trust, and the only way to trust them is to have them based on open-source platforms."
Really? Do you have some sort of realistic basis for that claim? Recent history of Linux does not exactly support that premise. Just because anyone CAN inspect the source for flaws does not mean that someone DID. At least not someone ready and willing to share the finds back to the open source community. So in that regard open source that enables experts to find and hoard flaws for nefarious purposes makes it less secure.
"and this red car came out of nowhere...and did not even try to stop"
This train of thought reminds me of the origins of the phrase "always mount a scratch monkey", one of several great pieces of old DEC lore.
http://edp.org/monkey.htm for one version of it...
Naw. The latest trend is to put about 10% of the function in menus, and hide the rest in text commands, secret invisible spots, and shortcut keys. Kinda like Unix systems 30 years ago.
Type Win+Crl+C on your windows box and try to find a menu entry to put it right again. Go ahead, I dare you.
Same here...a fairly new laptop webcam I purchased was useless because of no drivers when the next version of Windows came out...no more Logitech for me.
One thing I still don't get. Did they not make it possible to replace an expiring certificate in this device? Doh! I wonder what the write-down will be for that mistake.
Ironically, some of the last real innovation was in the Nokia-made Windows phones. You can see what good that did for them...
Logan Lamb: "You could just go to the root of where they were hosting all the files and just download everything without logging in," he said. He also noted the files had been indexed by Google, making them readily available to anyone looking in the right place.
Um...why not just get a copy from him? Or maybe Google cache?
Um...did you ever actually own one? Nokia windows phones had ground-breakingly great cameras, with very high pixel counts, first optical stabilization in a phone, brilliant picture quality, etc. Battery life was always > 1 day, software quality was very high. Prior to Windows Phone 10, they were very stable.
Subsequent versions, especially the Windows 10 versions, and now the fast ring betas, are consistently getting worse and worse in quality. I guess Microsoft no longer has anyone who knows how to do software test or quality...
Edge on current Windows 10 still cannot open a local html file...something I do every day with automatically generated html reports. Edge cannot "share" (i.e. send link) via Outlook email. Also something I do almost every day. So for me it is a non-starter.
You are in a twisty little maze of passages, all different.
You are in a twisty maze of little passages, all different.
You are in a maze of little twisty passages, all different.
You know where you are by tracking the wording variations. Unlike the "all alike" maze, where you have to drop things to figure out the map.
Ah, yes, good memories. I played the FORTRAN version in college on an IBM mainframe timesharing add-on, I think ORVYL? I hacked it so that it could store and load state so I could save and resume playing later.
The original is a jewel of programming too. All state machine and state table driven, it's a real beauty. Still some of the best and cleanest programming I've seen, even in the original FORTRAN.
Somewhere I still have the map I drew for it. On fanfold line printer paper, no less.
A good (and readable) article on such extremely strong magnetic fields, in the context of magnetars as a likely source for gamma ray repeaters, can be found at
"the image was pulled from unallocated space on Rettenmaier's hard drive"
Um...why is a Geek Squad tech recovering deleted files to repair a computer? That sure doesn't seem like a typical repair procedure unless the customer went there specifically to get files recovered.
Much as I despise anyone involved in kiddy porn, it sure seem like the legal grounds for this case is crumbling away.
Keeping up or catching up? That reads like a Windows vulnerability list from three years ago.
Because it's really an open source Unix system. The "top" command does the same on multi-core systems.
Um...more than half of the printers in the author's list (at least all the OfficeJet Pro 86xx printers) use ink tanks separate from the print head, and individual color tanks. That series is advertised as "cheaper than laser". I've got one and love it...easily more than 1000 pages of regular office printing per black cartridge, and even more than that for color (I'm not regularly printing photos) so the ink cost isn't a huge hassle. Those also use the newer pigment inks, which are much nicer than dye inks (less smearing, more accurate colors on all paper).
Well, how about this then: If you type in a custom date / time format as suggested, it completely fails to work when creating pivot tables from that data. You have to use one of the non-custom fields for the pivot table to correctly separate the timestamps. Not cool when I'm analyzing data timestamped to fractions of seconds.
Hmm...there must be some way to use this to get the audiophile nutties to part with a few more million. Phonon-damped speaker cables, perhaps?
So how does a urology practice 150GB of patient data? Even with many thousands of patients, that's a lot of data per each. An awful lot of it would have to be imaging of some sort, which they aren't going to use on all of their patients.
The stolen data that would be harmful to those affected would be a tiny fraction of that 150GB, namely all the personal information in text records.
While we're wishing we should ask that the Win Mobile port not have any blatant privacy violations.
Agreed. My Lumia 1520 running 8.1 is my all time favorite mobile phone. When it developed some hardware issues after years of use I picked up a cheap holiday special and put the fast ring Win Phone 10 betas on it. There is just no comparison. Fortunately the last two weeks of betas are almost decent, so it is getting better.
Perhaps you missed the bit where it said "class action". That can change the amounts by tacking several more zeroes on the end.
I love my Nokia Lumia 1520. Best phone I've ever had, running Windows Phone 8.whatever.
Unfortunately, the hardware started misbehaving. When the phone mic cut out, I had to get something that worked as a phone! So I picked up one of the Black Friday $30 specials on the 640 as a quick, cheap, and hopefully temporary fix. I also used that as an opportunity to try out the Windows Phone 10 beta (fast ring). I'm still running that, but it pales in comparison to the 1520 running 8.x. Granted, the phone is in a completely different class, but the problems I have with now are software issues, not cheap hardware.
Sadly, each next generation turn from Microsoft seems to get worse than the previous one. It seems as if they've forgotten how to develop product quality software.
You call it CrapCast. I call it a decent deal. Comcast recently doubled my speed (again) for the same price, so now I get 150Mb advertised downlink speeds. (I've no idea what the up speed is now, I can't find it listed anywhere on their silly web pages or the bill. An actual speed test while other family members are also using the connection got 90Mb down and 6Mb up.) All I had to do was reboot the modem to get the new speeds. The previous doubling required my to take my old modem to the service center and swap it out for a DOCSIS 3 model, but that was also a free upgrade.
Comcast modems also now broadcast an XFINITY SSID that any subscriber can connect to anywhere. I've used that while traveling, including once when a free resort connection was so slow as to be unusable but I was able to grab a nearby Comcast modem signal and use my XFINITY account to get a fast connection.
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