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Comment Re:What? (Score 3, Funny) 59

Sure, it might take a while to print it out, but they can always chill drinking their organic double mocha latte and reading on their iPad Air tablet while it prints

Now stop talking sense, you. Practicality and critical thinking gibberish have no place when hipsters are out to save the world!

Comment Re:Half the story (Score 1, Insightful) 212


I believe trademarks are where corporations should be able to protect characters of a franchise that is still being actively monetized.

Once the copyright expires on a cartoon... you should be able to copy it freely, of course, but that shouldn't mean you have a right to monetize it when it contains trademarked characters.

It is a simple fix to our current laws, but unfortunately, the people are no longer served by our so-called "representatives" in Congress.

Comment It fixes itself? (Score 4, Interesting) 203

Ideally not a true fix, but a workaround, at least.

At least it doesn't render the users' computers inoperable.

I got the update just fine... but the Start Menu Item limitation (512 menu items max) is still not fixed with this update.

Also, the Store and "Movies & TV" windows keep popping up randomly (I believe when I watch something with media player). Very annoying.

One more thing... why the heck is the titlebar/menu coloring a hot mess? All white? There is a theme out there called "colors" that kinda-sorta fixes the issue, but it won't stick the accent color I assigned. At least it makes the desktop less visually messy. It seems that every iteration of Windows has given users fewer and fewer options to change colors and details of the user interface... while making the supplied themes progressively worse. I should be able to make Windows 10 look like XP, if I want to (I don't want to, really).

For the most part, Windows 10 is fine... but annoying leftovers from Windows 8 and this interminable menu limitation is driving me nuts.

Comment Re:Award for menu that limits you to 512 programs? (Score 1) 249

Yup, Microsoft themselves are plenty guilty of this:

=========[Programs->Microsoft Visual Studio 2012]==========
    Blend for Visual Studio 2012
    Microsoft Feedback Client
    Microsoft Help Viewer
    Microsoft Test Manager
    PowerPoint Storyboarding
    Visual Studio 2012

=========[Programs->Microsoft Visual Studio 2012->Microsoft Visual Studio SDK]==========
    **WEB** Download Visual Studio Visualization and Modeling SDK
    **WEB** Getting Started with the Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 SDK
    **WEB** Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 SDK Documentation
    **WEB** Visual Studio Gallery
    **WEB** VSX Developer Center
    **WEB** VSX Samples on Code Gallery

=========[Programs->Microsoft Visual Studio 2012->Microsoft Visual Studio SDK->Tools]==========
    Reset the Visual Studio 2012 Experimental Instance
    Start Experimental Instance of Visual Studio 2012

=========[Programs->Microsoft Visual Studio 2012->Team Foundation Server Tools]==========
    Build Notifications

=========[Programs->Microsoft Visual Studio 2012->Visual Studio Tools]==========
    Developer Command Prompt for VS2012
    Dotfuscator and Analytics
    MFC-ATL Trace Tool
    Remote Debugger Folder
    Spy++ (64-bit)
    VS2012 ARM Cross Tools Command Prompt
    VS2012 x64 Cross Tools Command Prompt
    VS2012 x64 Native Tools Command Prompt
    VS2012 x86 Native Tools Command Prompt

25 entries... and I have several versions of VisualStudio installed. VS2010 has 33 entries. Uninstall entries are kind of annoying, because I'd rather just use the Programs and Features panel, and not have any accidental clicks on an uninstaller app.

Comment Re:Award for menu that limits you to 512 programs? (Score 2) 249

Well, for starters, the problem is 512 TOTAL apps, regardless of folder structure. The Start Menu also doesn't support more than one folder level, which in itself is rather dumb. It seems like whoever was in charge of architecting the Start Menu couldn't figure out how to organize the data internally to represent a multi-level tree, though it's a basic pattern every developer should be able to handle.

The limits aren't imposed by the registry (but thanks for playing), and Microsoft has a fix in the pipeline (as I stated, and as you could have read in the link I posted), but it hasn't dropped yet, at least not in yesterday's big update.

I've dealt with arbitrary limits in Microsoft's internals for a long time... going back to having to write my own ini file parser for a Win95 application that had a 3MB configuration file (not my fault) - at the time, the API could only handle 64k of text, and silently accepted larger files, just chopping off the remaining content. My parser handled the larger files with ease, and no arbitrary limits (there is always a limit based on available memory, disk space, etc...). More recently, I discovered Microsoft doesn't really have a strategy for a situation where writing to the registry causes the boot drive to run out of space, resulting in an unbootable machine (I was able to fix it booting PE and moving some files around).

Comment Award for menu that limits you to 512 programs? (Score 4, Informative) 249

What sort of morons put an arbitrary limit on the number of items your menu has?

Apparently there is a fix in the pipeline, but it's a bit stupid to have released this with a known issue that should be a simple fix. In this day and age, there is simply no excuse for an arbitrary limit on the number of items in your start menu. I easily have 1500 unique items (Microsoft being one of the worst offenders of dumping lots of useless entries into my start menu) in my Start Menu->Programs folders, so it's likely something important will be displaced by some application's web URL or an uninstall link.

Comment Baffled by troll moderation (Score 1) 61

I genuinely like to know what is "trollish" about my post. I'm just trying to make the reasonable prediction that cheap/dense SSDs and XPoint mean more about the death of platter drives as a storage medium than XPoint making SSDs obsolete.

I also agree with the other point made here that HDD manufacturers would be better served at looking to be a future replacement for tape media as an enterprise archival method.

Perhaps my mention of the artificial propping up of prices angered some slashdot mods? It's not like we haven't seen commodity pricing rise and fall on lots of PC components (the RAM pricing after the Sumitomo explosion is a big example of this). 2TB HDDs could be had for less than $50 before the Thai floods. They've barely returned to that pricing... 3~4 years down the road? Likewise, the industry has contracted AND considerably slowed higher capacity drives to market, even though the new infrastructure built to replace the flooded factories was supposed to facilitate all the new tech for 6TB and 8TB drives. Simple logic makes the truth abundantly clear: platter drive makers have been manipulating prices and the market to reap in higher margins, at the expense of progress for consumers. That's not a troll... unless the mods marking up the post are Western Digital and Seagate executives.

Comment Re:Too bad (Score 2, Insightful) 61

XPoint won't be 10x the price - more like 3x~4x the price of consumer flash when it hits the market.

The economy of scales will drive production up as it is incorporated into mobile devices and enterprise systems, which will also drive down price. XPoint is really more a matter of dooming platter drives to extinction, because the durability, power consumption, and speed will make it highly desirable in the enterprise market.

I wouldn't be surprised if XPoint hits the "tipping point" of $200 for 512GB within 2 years of production, making it a prime choice for enthusiasts. Meanwhile, SSDs will continue to edge out platter as the "cheap" mass storage option for most consumers.

We've seen Samsung 512GB drives hit $135 shipped to consumers recently. On Black Friday? Maybe we'll see them hit $100 or less. Once this 3D NAND hits full production, expect those prices to plummet. Meanwhile, platter drive makers are still trying to eke out every dollar with artificially propped up pricing, caught in a bit of a quandary... consumers rarely need more than 2TB, but the lowest you can produce a drive... any drive... is around $30; $/GB is not as scalable for platter drives as it is for SSDs (or XPoint), because you have a minimum BOM to fill before you can get a platter spinning and reading data, a baseline cost. Higher capacity drives can make you money, but consumers aren't buying them. Yes... you can sell $40 2TB drives all day long, but stockholders don't like that sort of crappy profit margin, so they continue propping up the price on a 5 year old disaster (Thai floods) as SSDs quickly play catch up on pricing with a far more compelling product. [Insert buggy whip story here]

Comment Re:Mickey Mouse copyirght extenstions... (Score 1) 183

The laws are all screwed up and perverted by corporate interests.

The fair thing is for copyrights to only last 14 years, maybe with a single extension to a total of 28 years, based on some specific criteria like popularity and cultural significance.

Trademarks are the domain where Disney could protect its characters like Mickey Mouse from exploitation by others... Trademarking Mickey Mouse means nobody else can use that character to make a profit, while holding the copyright to a certain amount of time eliminates a LOT of wrangling and mess in the courts.

Corporations have perverted the original purpose of the copyright laws to extend their revenue streams, but all that really does is devolve into petty squabbles trying to spring money from common citizens, such as in this stupid "Happy Birthday Song" nonsense.

Comment Re:...actually that's kinda cool. (Score 1) 89

I looked at my own monitor and... realized none of the 5 monitors in my home office have stands, because they are wall-mounted. Also, all of the monitors I have purchased in the last 2 years have been WQHD (2560x1440) resolution, not 1080p.

Putting a charger in the stand might be useful for a certain percentage of their customers, but it is hardly earth-shaking and revolutionary, particularly when such a device could just as easily be decoupled from the monitor completely as its own device, thus eliminating the need to have your whole monitor serviced if that one doo-dad malfunctions.

Integrating an unrelated component into the monitor is really quite useless. Better would have been to make the stand less obtrusive so a charger could easily fit below the monitor. Likewise, I don't really need a USB hub or network switch build into my monitor.

About the only usb functionality that would be useful would be a built-in KVM switch, with enough ports for keyboard, mouse/trackball, audio, web cam and a headset.

Now... if the charger also somehow wirelessly allowed your phone to interface to the screen... you'd have something, but we won't see bluetooth-like connectivity to displays for a probably five or six years down the road, at least.

Comment Re:It'll sure save HP money, just like Yahoo (Score 5, Interesting) 480

The second happens when people join, typically fresh out of school, and never build their skills, always kind of hanging on in the fringe. It's quite easy in a large company like HP, too... it's harder to fire the same guy you wouldn't hire,so to speak.

A recent "Town Hall" had an executive telling us all that a manager would re-evaluate the positions that were left by personnel quitting (imagine that), including who they'd hire in that spot.

He also expected us to report to offices, even if there was no space, because engineers love to work off of 15" laptop screens, on laptop keyboards, while sitting on a bench at a cafeteria table (yes, he said we should make the "up to 95 mile" drive even if it means working in the cafeteria) as others wander around, eating and talking. The ultimate open office space.

So when a manager has to fire a direct report, it's a tough proposition... fire a warm body and possibly lose the spot outright, or let them hang in and keep your manpower up enough to keep your own job? They know these guys are borderline, but a big company is a machine unto itself.

If they do fire anybody... it usually ends up being based solely on salary and location, based on what I saw this past week - they WFRed a bunch of guys who were responsible for millions of lines of good, solid code. Tested, true libraries that have run for ages in hundreds of thousands of PCs.... people tossed aside on a whim from on higher up than the managers they report to. Why? Because again, a big company is a machine unto itself... often the actions of execs and the upper management is pure quackery, because they can be just as clueless as anybody else in an organization; it's also a bit worse, because it's a club of privileged people who protect each other from personal failure, even at the expense of the companies they run.

Comment Re:It'll sure save HP money, just like Yahoo (Score 4, Interesting) 480


First pulling people back into the office after some have been telecommuting for years, often as HP's facilities have shrunk in most places - they are now expected to make the drive or relocate, regardless of the distance.

Our team has exactly 4 people in this state, and two of them will absolutely HAVE to quit if not given exemptions (which seems unlikely), and another will probably be gone by the end of the year.

They are effectively putting additional costs onto their employees, and want them to quit. Sadly, this (downright evil) tactic usually results in your best people leaving... and finding out that HP doesn't even pay engineers 75% of what their competitors do in the same geographical areas.

All that remains are the employees who either lack the confidence in their skills to feel that they are employable elsewhere... or those employees who lack the skills.

I don't think Meg has thought her cunning little plan all the way through.

Comment DMCA abused for SEO purposes (Score 5, Insightful) 188

We all agree that it's a bot being used to detect references to Universal Picture's works... but the purpose? Not to stop piracy, but to eliminate search results from competing with United's own marketing. While the IMDB link is obviously unintentional, it is also most likely the top result.

Basically, they're knocking out anything that competes in searches, regardless of actual pirated content.

When you make your mark in the world, watch out for guys with erasers. -- The Wall Street Journal