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Comment: Re:The problem of Microsoft (Score 1) 337

by DeadSeaTrolls (#47647971) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?

But outside Slashdot, you have corporate management that isn't tech savvy, they can see Apple and Samsung devices, and can conclude, not unreasonably that what Microsoft is offering them is not as polished as it could/should be.

Most people using Office, and interacting with other people, perhaps outside their own organization, are aware of interoperability/version issues. That, or they are just blissfully ignorant.

I deal with assorted people, who use Office of various versions who blindly send out documents assuming everybody can and will figure out how to open them. Whether it's an Office 97, or Office 2010 (docx), I usually just swear and ask why I can't get this as a PDF or some web friendly format. It's 2014 everyone has Apple or Android devices, get with the program.

The market has changed, and Microsoft is viewed by a lot of people as producing lame and buggy shit, these are the consumers, and it's why Surface hasn't broken beyond the niche of people who recognize it as a solution to their problem. It's priced beyond an impulse purchase, and Apps have redefined the price point for things like Word/Office in the consumer space.

Comment: Re:Confusing the issue (Score 1) 337

by DeadSeaTrolls (#47647735) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?

This, and the fact people have seen other devices, using different OS's, that work for them in a very serviceable manner. It's a very hard hill to climb to produce something that isn't markedly better executed than the competition, especially when you've burned the customer before.

Surface's problem from the start is that it's not at the right price point. Microsoft's in a Catch 22, it doesn't have enough touch/tablet apps, the device is not priced compellingly, developers avoid due to lack of a market for their efforts.

Until Microsoft can figure out how to monetize apps, and sell the hardware for a fraction of the current price, they are only going to sell to niche markets that understand, and desire, the function/format currently being offered. Microsoft understand corporate, they don't get consumer.

Comment: Re:This should be YRO (Score 1) 432

by DeadSeaTrolls (#42446501) Attached to: Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down

Yeah, you're paying WAY too much. I've got 3 SIMs with unlimited talk/text/data on 4G, $116/month including taxes, fees, everything. No contract. Use these on smart phones, wireless access points, M2M data modems, whatever.

So you pay $2400 over a 2 year contract, get a sparkly smart phone free. My smart phone plan, including phone will be $1260. With a cheaper phone, it would be under a grand.

Seen ads on TV with a guy spending $400/month for this families phones, and seen other coverage of people paying massive overages for text/data, it just beggars belief.

Comment: Re:This should be YRO (Score 1) 432

by DeadSeaTrolls (#42446403) Attached to: Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down
I'm in the Metro Chicago area, good and fast 4G coverage with T-Mobile, on a $40/month plan that gets unlimited talk/text/data, a Galaxy SII that cost $299, with free wifi tethering.
My wife's got a VZ droid, arguably better coverage, 3x more expensive, and voice channel as tinny as shit. I dumped VZ two years ago, and haven't missed them.
Criket has a presence here, presume they are on Sprint, seem to be pandering to the rent-a-center crowd. Would probably choose Republic Wireless over them.

Comment: Re:Likewise... (Score 1) 95

by DeadSeaTrolls (#29013823) Attached to: Open Source Textbook For Computer Literacy?

Bravo, to me you are making a whole lot more sense than most of the posters here. You are not alone.

I remember getting a lot of C's too, the fallacy here is that it was not because I was lazy, but because the material was boring or lacking strong practical applicability, and I was frankly not interested. The C's were a result of proving I understood the minimum required to get to something more interesting, or of doing something more interesting instead of the work the teacher actually proposed, or expected. It is ok to rock the boat. Kids should be encouraged to find things they enjoy and excel at, the one-size-fits-all teaching methods are fundamentally flawed and damaging. And the medicate to achieve conformity is nothing short of criminal. ADHD is a symptom of the failure to achieve real engagement.

I have found that the process of taking notes, transcribing white/black board writings, or even retyping someone elses notes is far more effective than just reading them, or reading a text book. It is a function of "crossing the brain", where the information enters, is actually processed, and exits. I can also scan things, but that is more of an immediate operation where the content is mostly discarded, but I know where to go find it later if it becomes important.

This whole expectation that you can spoon feed people, or beat it into them with repetition is what flaws the US and UK systems, and the damage that has been done to them over the last few decades by people that are supposedly qualified and certified to teach, or set teaching environments.

Everyone learns in different ways, but I've always found that reading a book, or multiple books covering a topic from a couple of perspectives, and then applying that information in some practical way, or trial and error, are the best ways to truly understand a topic. Unfortunately most people want to "learn" enough to earn the qualification, and not actually "understand" what they are doing. For it is understanding that permits you to do things that aren't printed in a book, or a Google search away.

Formal education is over-priced and over-lame.

Indeed, and I'd hire someone who had actual demonstrable skills, over someone with a shelf full of supposed certifications.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981

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