* Posts by caitlin.bestler

10 posts • joined 10 Apr 2017

Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25


Re: Obviously...

What makes you think people had to wait for its release to hate it?


Re: 16MB?

It's easy to forget how long it took for NT to make it's public debut.

Does anyone else remember when "NT" allegedly stood for "Not There"/

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave


Fining someone for 'breaking' unclear law.

Is anyone else bothered by the EU *fining* a company retro-actively for something that is *not* clearly a violation of anti-trust rules.

The EU can certainly decide to impose these conditions moving forward, but retroactive fines are just a bureaucracy run amok.

Comcast's mega-outage 'solution'... Have you tried turning your router off and on again?


One fat finger?

if your voice service provider has designed their sysgtems so that one fat, or even malicious, finger can bring this much service down for this long then you need to find a new voice service provider.

'Computer algo' blamed for 450k UK women failing to receive breast screening invite


Noticing 45K missing invites a year does not require careful code analysis

I'm guessing that would translate into at least 25K fewer visits per year, which an Accountant should have noticed even if eagle-eyed code reviewers didn't spot anything.

Hookup classifieds ad sheet Backpage.com seized in Feds shutdown


Re: "...after they already have the evidence..."

More fundamental temporal re-ordering: Sentence first, trial later.

Given that Backpage merely supports these activities, rather than committing them directly, would there be major irreparable harm if we went through the formality of proving their guilt before seizing their property?

It's not like proving the case is going to be difficult.

Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin


Not in the spirit of other decisions.

In the same way that UK and EU citizens already residing in the other domain will not have to pack their bags in exactly one year the obvious solution would have been to stop accepting *new* registration requests from UK citizens, but to allow already registered .eu domains to remain.

If I had been a UK citizen I would definitely have voted to Remain, but the EU is just being petty here.

NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is too shoddy


Re: Contempt of court?

Better yet. The Judge should simply believe their claims.

Of course, if they can't keep records, the Judge will have to enjoin them from make any future seizures.

Proof that the system has been fixed will be provided very prmptly then.

Bless their hearts: Democrats want $40bn to spruce up America's bumpkin broadband



Ending legal monopolies does not lower the cost-per-mile of providing service in rural communities.

It barely pays to provide service to low density areas when you get 100% of the local market.

Competition will not cure that, although it would be useful in most urban markets.

As a minority party Democrats can propose schemes like this with impunity. Once they have the

majority back they'd have to answer questions on why we're spending more per broadband customer

for rural voters than we do for urban voters. But you don't have to answer questions like that for proposals

that will never even get voted on.

Eric S. Raymond says you probably fit one of eight tech archetypes


Architects *are* Translators

The description makes architects sound like isolated theorists.

in my experience the most crucial role of an ARchitect is to be able to discuss the same project with

Product Management, Software Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Project Management and Patent Lawyers.

Successful projects need all fronts firing in somewhat aligned directions, and all to frequently the archtect is the only one communicating with all groups.

There is far more work in *communicating* a broad design than there is in creating the design.


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