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Comment Re:So what? (Score 2) 142

Most people do. Encyclopaedia Britannica is no longer published in physical form, and does anyone much use the online version?

Despite the possibility of abuse, Wikipedia was a better encyclopaedia than the best physical encyclopaedia. It's vast coverage and constant editing as new things come to light, outweighs it's flaws.

Wikipedia is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy of today (the fictional electronic book in the same titled SciFi novel). It can be inaccurate but is usually good enough...

Comment Re:Not bad in principle (Score 2) 142

Well, think of this example: you run a nice little restaurant in town. Along comes Yelp and Google reviews, so people can post reviews of your restaurant online. Some customers are just assholes, and you happen to get one who is completely unreasonable, says racist stuff to one of your staff, whatever. Anyway they go away angry and write a nasty and completely false review of your restaurant on Yelp.

One way you can deal with that is to make sure you have lots of positive reviews to drown out the nasty ones. And you get lots of positive reviews by doing positive things, like serving great food and having great service, not by hiring a bunch of people who have never been to your restaurant to write good reviews.

But you raise a good point.

But this misunderstands how people are motivated. Anger is a much more powerful motivator than being happy with something. In the example above, it would maybe take 1000 very happy people to get enough good reviews (i.e. maybe 1% will actually post a review) to drown out a few unhappy customers.

I'm not advocating for fake reviews. All I'm saying is that there has to be a way to counterbalance human nature to give a somewhat fair and accurate picture. Today, organizations and individuals use reputation management for that function.

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 90

Cisco Engineers massively prefer Macs over PCs to the point that those that use anything other than Macs are rare. By improving their products on Macs, they are helping their employees even before any clients are considered.

I have no idea where you got this idea from. The vast majority of Cisco engineers that I know use Windows PCs for the simple reason that there is a much wider array of network analysis, management, and utilities for Windows. Not to mention drivers. Most of us are more interested in designing, configuring, and troubleshooting our networks and don't have time to mess around with UNIX drivers, etc. just to get a network tool to work.

Comment Re:I don't want a fucking TV channel! (Score 1) 292

I want something that allows me to watch movies and/or episode-based content AS *I* want.

Their offerings of content have continued to get slimmer in the recent couple of years. And I'm finding myself using them less and less.

If Netflix stops delivering that content altogether, I stop subscribing.

And, if we start seeing ADS attached to the content, I'm fucking outta there so fast the wind of my passing will bowl you over.

That's precisely why I dropped Netflix 3 to 4 years ago. Around 2011 they had a falling out with movie studios. They we no longer offering many new movies for streaming and the only way you could get them was via DVD rental. Also, Redbox became popular around that time and filled that niche for me. Between that and Amazon streaming, I'm all set. And now HBO has a streaming service. Maybe that's one the reasons why Netflix is backing off of movies.

The only thing now keeping me on cable is sports. I wish that the NFL would hurry up and offer a streaming option. I'm all set for Hockey with NHL Gamecenter Live, though its annoying that it doesn't include the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the US (still need cable or over the air for that).

Comment Re:Eh ... (Score 1) 340

Windows 95 copied system 7, and the Start Menu copied a system 7 extension called the Hierarchial menu which allowed you to put folders of apps, or just normal directory folders under the apple menu and navigate through them.

Lets just ignore the fact that much of this was in development at Xerox Parc. All you need to do is look at the design elements (including hierarchical menus) from that time and you see the same in Windows and Mac OS. Both companies took the base model and innovated in their own ways. I'm also pretty sure that as their products evolved each influenced the other and both have borrowed from other 3rd party products...

It's like harping that Jeep has a blind spot warning system in their cars when Volvo had it first... Get over it, everyone borrows from everyone else and the only way to stay on top is to continue innovating. It's one of the reasons why Microsoft took a chance on the Metro UI. Yes, people hated it. But not because it's bad, but because Microsoft made it difficult for non-touch users to get to the desktop. The jury is still out whether it will succeed or not.

Wow, I can't believe that I found this piece of nostalgia about Windows 95 comparing it to Mac OS 7. It also includes an article on ID's Doom....

Comment Re:Do we really want Google... (Score 1) 190

Do we really want Google or Mozilla, or any other browser determining what content we can see or not see in a browser? I understand the security problems with Flash and I am not a fan of Flash, but everybody gets upset if an ISP blocks content, so why is it okay for a browser to do so? What next, will they block? This seems like an awfully big slippery slope and people are just accepting it.

Not really the same situation, I think a browser is perfectly entitled to say what third party plug-in/add-on/extension APIs it will allow, how they'll run and so on. Just like Firefox just decided to change their extension API, now whether it's a good idea is a different story but they're certainly entitled to do so. Would you be opposed to IE dropping support for ActiveX plug-ins too? I'm here assuming that there's some technical difference in flash between ads and video players, not that Google is actually sitting there saying that's an ad and that is not.

But you're saying that because you don't like Flash or Ads. Also, there is a difference in dropping or retiring something, like Active-X, and modifying the functionality of a plug-in that is used to display content created by a third party application. For example, most people would be upset if Google decided to display all JPGs (i.e. the photo of your dog) with the google logo on top of them. This isn't that much different.

That being said, as long as Adobe can offer a plugin with full functionality and it can be added to Chrome then I'm okay with this. As far as I know, the default flash plugin for Google is called Pepper and is probably written and supported by Google, which is why they can do this. According to the site below, you can enable the Adobe plugin which would presumably bypass any default flash behavior changes that Google makes to Chrome.

Also, there are other browsers that people can use...

Comment Re:Unfortunately (Score 2) 468

These guys weren't armed with anything more than good training, and the mental preparedness to take action in a crisis, nevermind the guts to do so at considerable personal risk.

The average person will most likely freeze in a crisis, just out of sheer human nature. It takes a lot of training to overcome that, and to build up the instinct to act (nevermind in a beneficial manner), which in a combat situation is often the difference between life and death.

It's fun when people make assumptions based on their own biases... The latest update from CNN mentions that a civilian was also involved in subduing the shooter. "The three men -- a member of the Air Force, an inactive National Guard member and a civilian -- responded quickly, possibly preventing a deadly attack on the high-speed Thalys train." So, what were you saying about the average person again?

Everyone has fight or flight instincts and each situation is different. I would expect armed forces personnel to be more likely to respond quickly. That being said, it doesn't negate the fact that there are civilians who keep their heads in a crisis and who would respond.

Comment Re:I like games but I don't know about genres (Score 1) 119

I like lots of games, but I am not sure they fit into a genre. I like games with a robust offline experience, and I don't like to play online at all, especially against people who have way too many hours and way too many dollars to throw at mods so you can't enjoy your experience at all. I like Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto, Final Fantasy, Skyrim, Lego Movie Adaptations and Gran Turismo. Don't care for sports games or World of Warcraft or online FPS.

My tastes are similar but I do like FPS games... Oblivion, Skyrim, Far Cry, Uncharted, Fallout, Dark Souls, Wolfenstein, Bioshock

I don't like MMO games simply because I don't have the time to put into grinding to make it worth it. And don't get me started about today's online FPS games. It used to be that they were balanced enough that a casual player could survive long enough to at least explore the map a bit before getting killed. Most of them now seem to be designed to kill off fresh meat as soon as they appear.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 2) 119

Most chess players have no interest in checkers, poker, or go.

I'm not sure that's true. I've never met a chess play who couldn't play checkers. Chess players often switch to poker, and there are even chess + poker tournaments.

Funny, I play chess, not at a tournament level but for fun, and I sometimes like playing checkers and love playing poker. Of course, playing poker, for me, isn't about playing cards it's about having fun with my friends. As for Go, the only reason why a lot of people don't play Go is because it isn't all that popular, at least in the US and Canada. I would think that a lot of Chess players would also enjoy Go because it does require strategy.

Comment Re: Idiocy. (Score 2) 394

You must work for the same company I do. We have a huge group known as Engineering that does not fall under IT that absolutely does need to use such tools. Typical IT arrogance.

No, it's not IT arrogance, it's a generalization... Generalizations by their nature have exceptions to the rule.

The vast majority of users in a company that are not in IT do not need Wireshark or network analysis tools. However, there are companies that produce, engineer, and /or support electronics, software, etc. where these tools might come in handy to verify that the product is working correctly. Obviously, those users would be an exception to the rule.

With the move towards corporate web based applications, there is even less software that needs to be installed than in the past.

Comment "Challenge", a politically correct word for "Hell" (Score 1) 396

Judging by the information in the article, it sounds like Amazon is High School all over again. People sniping at each other to increase their status, the politically connected get protected, cliques banding together for survival, etc.. The only difference is the lack of life outside of the environment. Sounds like hell to me....

Comment Re:Will Ad Blockers Kill the Digital Media Industr (Score 1) 519

I honestly can't remember the last time I actually went to a store to do research for an online purchase. It just doesn't happen. If I actually take the time and go to a store and they have what I need/want it is very unlikely that I'll go back home and order whatever it was to save a few bucks and spend even more time waiting for it to be delivered. I don't doubt that there are people who do that but judging by the number of people living paycheck to paycheck I doubt they are in the majority.

I agree about the research comment. I've never gone to a store for product research except for vehicles like cars, boats, etc..

There are three situations where I go to a store to buy anything but groceries:

1. When I need something right away and overnight shipping is more than 3% of the item cost. Typically in this situation, the item wouldn't get to me on time if I ordered online with 2 day shipping. I would have to pay through the nose for next day. It's usually when I'm about to go on vacation and I forgot to buy something.

2. Clothes. Yes, most online clothing stores have free return policies but its more inconvenient than running down to the nearest clothing store. Shoes and sneakers are the hardest to buy as, it seems, not one shoe manufacturer uses the same sizing chart. Kohls actually does a good job here. I can try on stuff in store, scan the bar-code with their mobile app, and order through their online store. Usually I only do this if they don't have the size/style I want in the store. That being said, I have been buying dress shirts online.

3. Same Price. If the store has the item at a similar or same price as I can find online I will buy from the store. At that point it's more convenient for me to drive to the local store and pick it up or grab it while I am already there for something else.