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Comment Reliable, predictable updates (Score 1) 1027

The thing that makes Windows Phone a no-go for me is that they failed to duplicate what is (arguably) the biggest coup that Apple pulled off with the iPhone: taking the carrier out of the picture for updates. If I buy an iPhone, I can be reasonably sure that I'm going to *reliably* get 2-3 years of updates, fixes, and new functionality.

With Windows Phone (and Android, for that matter), I have no idea if my phone will ever get an all depends on the whim of your carrier.

Comment Farewell, good sir (Score 2) 315

While a little overlooked (and dated, to be fair) now, The Martian Chronicles were one of the first sci-fi works I read as a kid and were a big part of making me a fan of the genre. Like all of his works, they were simultaneously beautiful and sad.

Farewell, good sir; you put humanity under the microscope with your writing and, whether we liked what we saw or not, we needed to see it.

Comment Thanks! (Score 1) 1521

Despite the (relatively) recent proliferation of tech news blogs, I've continued to read Slashdot over the years because I could be sure that what I was getting was really "stuff that matters". Thanks so much for all of your hard work in making it happen and keeping it going, Rob!

Comment Re:Here is my opinion (Score 1) 391

My problem with Microsoft is that they insist on programming everything in-house and lock you in to in-house networks and in-house apps. I prefer a rich ecosystem like the iPhone and Android where people can make their own apps and have them integrate into your social networking life.

Um, Windows Phone 7 supports user-developed apps and has an app store.

Comment Re:Eyecandy in cost of usability (Score 1) 1124

Here is a video of the presentation at Microsoft's MIX 2008 conference where the Microsoft Office 2007 lead explains the research that went into the creation of the concept of the ribbon as well as the process of designing it. It's actually a pretty fascinating watch if you are interested in user interface design.

Comment Re:Written Before Christianity Was PAGANIZED (Score 5, Informative) 568

It has no mention of a resurrection.

C'mon. Why is it that people who are otherwise intelligent, rational thinkers suddenly turn that part of their brains off when it is time to attack Christianity?

Jesus' resurrection is also recounted in the gospels of Matthew (28:1-10) and Luke (24:1-35), passages which are present in the Codex.

"I never let my schooling get in the way of my education." -- Mark Twain