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Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 90

by AmiMoJo (#47957963) Attached to: Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

It just seems like sour grapes to me. Some people are upset that a Chinese company with a real business now holds a fairly arbitrary record instead of Facebook which doesn't even know how to make money without annoying and selling its user's personal data.

More over China seems to have become the new Big Bad for America. The USSR went down the tubes, bin Laden is dead... But China is another easy target and handily also communist.

Comment: Re:Citizens affected but not Companies?! (Score 1) 102

by AmiMoJo (#47956767) Attached to: Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

American companies are going to have to set up subsidiaries in Europe, and make sure that there is no way the US parent can access the data. Otherwise their cloud services are going to fail there. European companies are already advertising keeping data away from the US as a feature, although I expect many of them would cave fairly quickly if challenged.

Comment: Re:They want it but don't understand it. (Score 1) 333

by AmiMoJo (#47956673) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

I make industrial products and the biggest hurdle for us when trying to make stuff look good is long term availability. We want to buy the same LCD for at least 5 years before having to redesign the product. We don't have the volume to have them made for us so our choices are limited to crappy industrial models that are expensive and look very dated. We have not even managed to get colour yet.

Comment: Re:Product options always raise costs (Score 2) 333

by AmiMoJo (#47956651) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

It depends if having more models sells more devices. Apple clearly thinks that having two memory sizes will sell more iPhones.

Look at Samsung's Galaxy line. They do different models for Europe, the US and the far East. Slightly different cases, different CPUs all sorts of things. They must have concluded that tailoring to each market would boost sales enough to overcome the extra cost of having multiple models.

Comment: Re:Google's storage (Score 1) 333

by AmiMoJo (#47956627) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

There are more than two companies left, they just share the same parent owners. In the west you have Seagate and Western Digital. In the east you have Hitachi, Toshiba and Samsung. Hitachi may be owned by WD, but they still do their own R&D and models.

This helps WD avoid putting all its eggs in one basket, and also gives them access to the Japanese market. Designed/Made in Japan counts for a lot here.


KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity 149

Posted by timothy
from the bringing-the-good-stuff-to-the-surface dept.
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "KDE Software is often criticized for being too complicated for an average user to use. Try setting up Kmail and you would know what I mean. The KDE developers are aware of it and now they are working on making KDE UI simpler. KDE usability team lead Thomas Pfeiffer Thomas prefers a layered feature exposure so that users can enjoy certain advanced features at a later stage after they get accustomed to the basic functionality of the application. He quotes the earlier (pre-Plasma era) vision of KDE 4 – "Anything that makes Linux interesting for technical users (shells, compilation, drivers, minute user settings) will be available; not as the default way of doing things, but at the user's discretion."

Comment: Re:Everyone loses (Score 1) 450

by AmiMoJo (#47952511) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

This was the Tory plan all along. They saw the financial crisis as a huge opportunity to drive down wages, cut the size of the state, cut employment rights, and generally get people feeling lucky to have a job rather than deserving of a better one. Best of all they could blame everything on the last government and justify it by saying the deficit needed to come down fast.

Comment: Re:Everyone loses (Score 1) 450

by AmiMoJo (#47952487) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

I can see you have not been to the UK for a while. Unfortunately we have many of the same problems that the US does.

- Many of the police are little more than thugs in uniform, and lost the trust of the public.

- University fees are rising. Not as high as the US but still pretty bad and taking decades to clear. In fact many will never clear then within the 25 year limit.

- Our foreign policy is based on an odd mix of delusions of grandeur and being America's bitch. Plenty of people hate us for it.

- Hatred of those on benefits is stronger than ever here. We are also very xenophobic and hate the EU, despite it being the best thing that happened to us in the past 50 years.

Comment: Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (Score 1) 440

by AmiMoJo (#47951813) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

The problem is that harassment is subjective, so you can only ask for people's opinions rather than setting an absolute standard.

Take your nice sweater example. If said casually it would just be friendly small talk. If said leeringly while standing uncomfortably close and trying to look down it that would be something else. In between there is a whole spectrum of behaviour and annoying as it is I'm afraid there is no ISO standard to compare it with.

Looking at very specific examples and asking if people felt uncomfortable is all we can do. Of course, we make a judgement, simply feeling uncomfortable is not in itself harassment.

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