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Comment Re:Compatibility (Score 2) 1027

Surely this should be modded funny. Apple lock in is definitely one of the reasons that platform is here forever.

I have a WP7. I like it. It does all that I need in a nice quick manner.
The "social" integration is exceptional. Communication is easier for me with this device.
There are easy to access and use settings to disable location and M$ information sharing.
Apps tell you explicitly what access they get before you download them with a warning for location sharing apps.
M$ has been true the Antitrust minefield they have a vested interest in not abusing the sh!te out me using their product.
iOS and Android are much the same, Microsoft innovated and did something Original with Metro, and I think they may actually be on to something.

Also how many people saying WP is unfinished are using a Linux Desktop? *ducks*

Comment But can it run Gnome 3? (Score 1) 60

I mean really who gives a fuddly about crysis if it can't even do a few windows correctly. Pfft!

They'd only just recently made it possible to play video correctly them Whamo no Gnome 3.

Who cares if they can make better hardware if the software can't talk to it.

Comment The Blog Post is Very Relevant in IRELAND (Score 1) 427

As you may know Ireland is suffering a financial crisis.

Jobs being lost, taxes up, wages down, IMF and EU keeping things ticking over etc..

We up until recently had a state funded project called "Work Placement Programme". Basically companies generously gave jobs to recently unemployed skilled people to help them upskill and the state paid the wages with our overly generous social welfare system. The employee kept whatever welfare benefit they were entitled to while unemployed. A single person gets €200 a week + rent + free healthcare. This has lead to a situation where small to medium size companies and professional service providers such as solictors, doctors etc.. now get state funded secretaries, admin staff, web designers, architects, accountants or whatever for free. so unsurprisingly they are not really hiring people.

Given the enormous success of that scheme at generating political approval for those that seek such things a new scheme has been introduced called Jobs Bridge. In this scheme the state will now pay more than the social welfare payment the person would have been entitled to to provide free labour to profitable companies that want to help the state by generously taking on the free staff.

By and large the people being hired are qualified and experienced all ready.
By and large jobs for admin type work have disappeared.
By and large jobs for lower end IT Tech have disappeared.
By and large Jobs for Web Design, Graphic design etc.. have disappeared.

This is all because the state is paying for companies to have FREE labour.

It's depressing being here at the moment to be honest.


Comment Re:IE? Seriously? (Score 1) 142

I use IE7 within Citrix to browse Slashdot because I cannot do so on the desktop with Opera.

I have a manager who is afraid of technology.
I'm assuming that's a shocking amount of IT Managers which means old browsers are going to be used indefinitely
with something like this the standards can already be be in place for future browser upgrades.

Comment This is huge progress for Internet Standards (Score 1) 142

If CSS3 Pie can gain traction among developers this will push the benefits of a unified Code Standard massively.

A site can be written in CSS3 now and work almost everywhere. If IE9 can get it all right the transition to an open
playing field for any group creating a browser will make life easier for developers and i hate to say it but users too.

"Consider a spherical bear, in simple harmonic motion..." -- Professor in the UCB physics department