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1 VR goggles - reminds me of the Dilbert cartoon talking about future developments giving us contact lenses that work as monitors, and finger rings that work as keyboard input devices...and...they will do nothing to improve the image of programmers.

Posted by: Frank at Friday, February 16 2024 06:55 PM (cARBX)

2 "The last 10-days-or-so have been quite the roller coaster for Xbox fans."

Forget it, Jake.  It's Chinatown.

Posted by: normal at Saturday, February 17 2024 01:08 AM (LADmw)

3 VMWare: Moral of the story - never pay for software? Because for some reason willingness to pay developers in exchange for software signifies that you're some kind of chump who needs to be screwed with? 
(How do those developers get paid so they can do things like buy groceries then?
1a. Free Software Answer: It just kind of percolates out of the air, man. Just trust the system.
1b. Silicon Valley Answer: Software is subsidized by giant corporations that themselves never seem to need to make money, because it just kind of appears via stock-flavored financial magic. They don't actually need customers either. Money doesn't come from *customers*. )
Qemu it is, I guess.

Posted by: madrocketsci at Saturday, February 17 2024 12:59 PM (hRoyQ)

4 The Free Software Answer is mainly "pay for support/maintenance"--which is something lots of commercial businesses do.  My last company would sell you the software, but charge an annual maintenance fee which entitled you to updates and actual support.

Since it is a payroll company, you needed the updates because governments are constantly changing tax rates, adding new taxes, and  (rarely) retiring some.  Plus, there's a slow but steady stream of "oh, the report needs to look a little different this year."

Support is for when stuff happens like "we got halfway through a payroll and realized we forgot to turn on quarterly bonuses, what do we do now?" or "we got our first 1099 employee, how do we set that up?" and the like.

Posted by: Rick C at Sunday, February 18 2024 01:06 AM (BMUHC)

5 I used to work developing accounting software for mid-sized business.

Constantly changing laws were guaranteed income for us, because nobody could afford to fall behind on updates.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, February 18 2024 06:54 PM (PiXy!)

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