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Comment: Less paper and more collaboration (Score 1) 184

People don't need paper, so programs designed to format stuff for A4 or Letter are disappearing.

People need collaboration and sharing, so online tools are greatly helpful, and generally don't require the recipient to have $300 worth of software, and non guarantee that it will render correctly.

The office suite is changing. MS Office has some improvements in electronic documents through OneNote, and Outlook/Exchange are doing some good jobs in Mobile Device Management. Sharepoint is improving collaboration. But these combinations of corporate infrastructure and office suites are very business-oriented, and mostly helpful for data self-determination, not for the general public.

LibreOffice seems to be doing none of this, and Thunderbird seems to be in maintainence mode, as though local email and calendaring has been solved and won't be addressed anymore. That said, I appreciate that the LibreOffice is continually improving in its specific areas, and Thunderbird is mostly feature-complete.

Comment: Re:You Will Be Surprised (Score 1) 870

by Dr. Evil (#46582359) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

The economy seems to respond to increased availability of labour by reducing the pay for those who are working. The problem with this is that people work just as hard, but for less hourly.

The utopia of the reduced workweek will not come with people talking about how wonderful it is that they can spend more time with their families, it will come with strange goverment regulations like mandatory retirement, penalties for overtime, minimum wage, maximum workweeks, tax penalties on secondary incomes, etc. etc.

Comment: Re:That's capitalism. (Score 1) 710

"You don't scream sexism and then exclusively talk about how a member of the same sex harassed you"

Who said that women don't discriminate against women?

Women are a BIG part of the problem. They don't get a pass for discriminating against women just because they're women and they "should understand".

They also don't automatically get a degree in feminism, nor become experts on gender politics.

Julie's description certainly sounds like a pattern of abuse. The media attention is because she's a woman in IT. There's a world of complicated issues around this whole article, and a huge amount of it is gender related.

Comment: Re:Looks more like manipulation (Score 1) 249

by Dr. Evil (#46197783) Attached to: Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades

It's how my tenants pay rent in Canada.

To let them do it, I had to have a note on my account and they have to show their ID when they make the deposit. The bank wouldn't permit it any other way.

I would have thought the bank would have been happy to have random strangers deposting money into accounts, but no. Not in Canada.

Comment: Re:The Network Effect was *part* of it (Score 1) 511

by Dr. Evil (#45983983) Attached to: Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

Not sure what parts aren't true.

Incremental improvements in Sharepoint and SQL server are to be expected from Microsoft. In that time MySQL and Postgres exploded in capabilities, while DB/2 and Oracle kept their position as go-to for the top end databases.

Dropping out of their *substantial lead* in mobile phones, failing to produce a worthy successor to XP, failing to produce their next generation filesystem, fighting a dubious battle with Sony for video game consoles, watching Terraserver lose its lead in the marketplace. Losing IE's share to the upstart *Chrome* from a company younger than IE itself, watching MS Office erode to LibreOffice and fail to create a reasonable alternative to Google Docs for collaboration.

Some flops are okay, like RT. There's a handful of vague successes, like their user interface experiments, and some things I like, like OneNote. Some legitimate successful innovation like Azure, and some broad corporate successes like their incremental improvements in security management...

but overall this has been a dark and losing decade for MS.

There are now huge opportunities for them in non-cloud based data management. They have all the parts to do an awesome job at data self-determination control and privacy, but they're not even trying to move in that direction.

Meanwhile I find myself migrating from Windows to Mac because FOSS development tools on MS are becoming too alien to use properly on their platform... and MS made the decision to expire my certifications and end my Technet subscription. I'm running out of reasons to even consider MS for anything.

Comment: The Network Effect was *part* of it (Score 1) 511

by Dr. Evil (#45973785) Attached to: Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

"There was concentration in decision making in the 80s so a platform could win by convincing 500 individuals who had the authority (as CIOs) to impose through fiat a standard on the centers of gravity of purchasing power."

Apple products were *far* more expensive in the 80's and 90's. And the OS wasn't that good.

OSX was a major change for Apple. It was a stable, modern platform with a future. The pricepoints of PCs dropping was the other major change. Now PCs are so cheap that even if a Mac is double the price, it's still affordable.

Then in the late 90's and 2000s, Microsoft scared away, aquired or killed companies which were developing apps for their platform. And finally, they put an idiot in charge and stopped innovating for more than a decade.

Comment: Re:Lots of smoke, little fire? (Score 1) 209

by Dr. Evil (#45963111) Attached to: Canadian Government Trucking Generations of Scientific Data To the Dump

"... selling raw product instead of adding value..."

Mod parent up. Inco is another example of this. There's a pattern of this government and short term thinking. They're messing with the housing market, selling rights to resources and resource extraction companies, crushing scientific debate and discipline.

It's later than you think, the joint Russian-American space mission has already begun.