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Comment: Glad to see my tax is being spent wisely (Score 2) 201

by Ice Tiger (#45745111) Attached to: It's Not Just the NSA: Police Are Tracking Your Car

" Another man, who spoke to journalists but chose to remain anonymous to prevent further harassment, says he was stopped more than 25 times by police under a variety of pretences after he had attended a peaceful local protest against duck and pheasant shooting. He finally made a formal complaint after police armed with machine guns pulled him over during an evening out with his wife."

Apart from the invasion of privacy, what a complete waste of resources, maybe some budgets need to be reduced in order to cut down on waste.

Comment: Re:Build a business case (Score 2) 383

by Ice Tiger (#45593449) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

Don't forget to include the opportunity cost of the current setup. People not working on projects that might lead to business outcomes that enhance the bottom line etc

You also might want to consider shifting anything that doesn't add to the bottom line out the door, for example use O365 instead of local Exchange as that will mean less person hours spent on a commodity service rather than something that differentiates the company in the marketplace.

Comment: Re:So it should (Score 1) 285

by Ice Tiger (#44162633) Attached to: Windows 8 Passes Vista, Hits 5.1% Market Share

I don't just use the Internet. There is a polarisation here between (shall we say) people who are organised and people who are not. I know where my stuff is, in organised directories, but MS seems to assume that everyone is disorganised and needs to search. We organised people find that insulting and patronising.

The ability to create hierarchical file structures is still in Windows 8, however its a good point, I tend to work collaborative with lots of different people and finding something in someone else's file structure I find a real pain, hence would rather have a good search. Doesn't mean either of us are wrong, just different.

For your other points, I tend to use OSX for work and Windows 8 for play i.e. FSX, Electronics (IDE etc) so maybe that is why I don't mind metro as there is always a desktop to fall back on.

Different UI metaphor's are good though as what is good for one person may not be for another, is the up and coming generation going to be more familiar with how their smart phones work or a work desktop environment? What's important is the realisation that one size does not fit all.

Comment: Re:So it should (Score 2) 285

by Ice Tiger (#44152433) Attached to: Windows 8 Passes Vista, Hits 5.1% Market Share

Reading through the comments there isn't too much disagreement about the underlying OS its with Metro.

I first used a computer back in 1981 and seen and used a lot of UIs over the years as well as using different UIs over different systems at the same time, hence I don't tend to invest effort in learning the ins and outs. On a desktop machine without a touchscreen I flip between desktop and metro and am fine with search to find something as that's how I find things on the Internet. My typing speed isn't so bad having used all those CLIs over the years.

Metro with a touchscreen works and in fact for my three year old she finds it awkward that my 2010 Mac Book Pro doesn't have a screen that responds to touch and what's this mouse thing on my Windows 8 desktop. Is Metro perfect, no, but at least its a start to move away from a desktop metaphor that was introduced way back when, in a world dominated by mobiles / browsers is the desktop metaphor still relavant?

My intention was to start a debate as I know my opinion about Windows 8 isn't mainstream.

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