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Comment: Re:First post... (Score 1, Insightful) 830

by AmberBlackCat (#29575967) Attached to: Mainstream Press "Cringes" At Win7 Launch Parties
I honestly believe doing a side-by-side demonstration of Windows, Mac OS, and Ubuntu, to an undecided crowd, you're just going to end up with a bunch of new fans of Mac and Windows. What features will you be comparing between the three? And does it have to be limited to features present in all three systems?

Comment: Re:How about some nice menus instead? (Score 1) 617

by Angeret (#28968561) Attached to: Preview the Office 2007 Ribbon-Like UI Floated For OpenOffice.Org

Being incompetent has nothing to do with it.

The first time I saw screenies of Word 2007 I thought some smartass kid had hacked it to for the stupid brigade. I had to explain it to someone who had very little experience with word processing what they were supposed to do. I think it took about a month for her to get the hang of it - so it's not all that easy sometimes for new users either. (Note - I was not training her as she's office staff and although I have 29 years experience with computing including 17 years building PCs, as a shop floor person I was considered incapable of understanding technical things like "kom-pu-tas".)

Judging by your commentary, oh nameless one, I would say you are quite happy being told what to do by what amounts to an uppity text editor. I, as well as quite a few others (including almost everyone I know who still, like me, uses Office 2K), prefer to tell programs what I want done, hence my preference for menus. I also use a fixed icon bar, customisable, for the most used items - MY most used items.

I also turn off the "Menus show recently used commands first" option as, when I move my mouse to a given position in a menu, I expect to find the same thing under my pointer each time - not some option that I just happen to have used a couple of times once in a blue moon that the program then thinks I use all the time. If things move around or options are constantly being displayed differently, productivity goes down the toilet whereas knowing where your menu options are makes for more intuitive motion. At what point are we all supposed to bow down to our new bloatware overlords and do as we're told?

If OO starts using a ribbon to conform to Microsoft's party line, there's no point in me migrating from Office, is there?

Another thing about the ribbon - it takes up too bloody much of my valuable screen space. I have room for two 100% sized A4 pages side by side on my screen. I'll be damned if the smackheads they have writing this kind of thing (OSs included) are gonna start chipping away at that with ribbons and fat start bars with oversized icons until I only have room for a few lines of text and a status bar.

Comment: Re:To be used in court cases how? (Score 1) 438

by hedwards (#28961941) Attached to: Psychopaths Have Brain Structure Abnormality
And that's why we require doctors to make diagnoses. Psychiatry in particular is difficult to pin down and requires a lot of study to know what the diagnostic criteria really mean. Sure a lot of it looks like something obvious, but there's frequently a very specific meaning that differs for one reason or another from the common use in some subtle ways. Antisocial Personality Disorder is more than just being a jerk, it implies other things as well.

It's more than just being a jerk or hating people, it's things like compulsively lying to people or being unable to play well with others, and often times having no interest in doing so anyways. And even that's simplistic and not complete as there's a lot more to it than that. A genuine case of Antisocial Personality Disorder is something that you'll frequently recognize only if you know what you're looking for.

Comment: Re:The real new threat from ISP's (Score 1) 409

by Hanners1979 (#27063935) Attached to: Obama Picks Net Neutrality Backer As FCC Chief
Thanks to recent efforts by the RIAA/MPAA, the threat now isn't just that ISP's will throttle P2P, it's that they will outright BLOCK it (and any sites related to it). Their counterpart in the UK has already succeeded in this effort with most of their ISP's...

No they haven't. I don't know of a single UK ISP that blocks BitTorrent (although thottling is commonplace, and not just on P2P traffic): http://azureuswiki.com/index.php/Bad_ISPs#United_Kingdom

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