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Comment Re:So embarrasing for Microsoft (Score 2) 81

Businesses will buy expensive phones if they do the things they need and support integration and management with the systems they already use. You really need third party tools to manage iOS and Android's all rely on Google Apps and have weird holes in their capabilities (e.g. device backup is a PITA). If the argument is for getting phones for middle managers who aren't important enough to demand an iphone and exemption from IT policies, having policy-based management that's already built into your enterprise directory system is probably a decent argument. I'm thinking this is more of a push to eat what's left of RIM's market.

Microsoft's Surface devices may to a certain extent be a "showing of the flag" rather than a highly competitive design. I support Surfaces in my organization and I think they're pretty great, but I say that with the understanding that they're as much a nudge to wider portable PC hardware manufacturers and to engage Apple in a certain amount of one-upmanship as they are compelling devices. It's a radical sort of product that can be made to serve in a wide variety of situations and putting them out in the world may be providing the impetus for improvements in other portable hardware.

Comment Re:If I was Microsoft, here's what I'd do. (Score 2) 81

OK, but what's the killer application that Android or iOS users that Windows Mobile has to get them to put the emulator/run-time on their devices in the first place? What makes anyone think that Apple would allow such an application to exist in its app store?

Comment Re:The best summation I've seen (Score 1) 96

They know, but the people paying their bills don't care, so the "don't care" trickles down through the ad networks.

Brand X wants an in your face ad. Ad company Y can persuade brand X with common sense, but then Brand X isn't filled with marketers full of common sense, just avarice. So Ad company Y sells Brand X's "vision" of an ad because Ad Company Y's employees need to eat.

The only way to fix this is to do a eugenics program on marketers.


Comment Re:Pseudonyms have a cost to social networks (Score 1) 230

>And they aren't obligated to provide you with anything.

And I'm not obligated to give them anything either.

>you have no rights to anything they provide.

They put it up for free use. I'm going to use it. If they want to make money legitimately, they can paywall it. They don't arrest the people who walk the shopping mall every day for exercise and don't buy anything.

You really are some sort of fascist.


Comment ad hominem (Score 1) 621

This seems like a dig at Sarah Sharp, implying that she hasn't contributed anything, and further implying that one's argument is wrong or unworthy if you haven't contributed work. This is basically ad hominem. Whether someone has contributed work is irrelevant to whether their argument is sound or not.

Comment Re:How it should be (Score 1) 621

Sadly I predict that many comments here won't get that. They will instead call him a pussy because he couldn't stand the heat, and acted like a girl by leaving. Let's see if I'm right.

If people sling misogynistic, sexist comments like that at him, then I'd say he was absolutely right.

Referring to women's genitals or their gender to insult a man is doubly sexist and inappropriate.

Comment Touch job ahead, all the luck! (Score 1) 621

Forking a large project is a tough, many-years job, it will need a lot more than just a few patches that weren't accepted to make it fly and it will need dedicated developers. But I think it's possible and I wish him luck.

There is a conceivable advantage to doing this. With some care, the forked linux kernel could be stabilized (something Linux really needs at the current juncture, frankly) and provide a goal for the FreeBSD linux emulation layer to go after, resulting in significant synergies between Linux and FreeBSD. Ultimately it might be possible to merge the device framework and solve the major problem that all kernel projects have of device-driver chasing by allowing developer resources to become more concentrated. That would be a difficult, but worthy goal.


Comment Re:Pseudonyms have a cost to social networks (Score 1) 230

What a load of corporatist bullshit.

>alias users are misfits or troublemakers

No. Fucking NO.

You have the right to call yourself whatever you want in real life so long as you are not trying to defraud anyone while doing this. That this right supposedly suddenly doesn't exist because a corporation demands it is insane.

This does not make you a misfit. It does not make you a troublemaker.

Aliases have a history going back decades online and thousands of years offline. This sudden "hurr, you must use your real name" in a contract-of-adhesion is such bullshit.

You may believe that corporations have special rights to deny you your rights, but I don't, and neither do a lot of other sane individuals.

If Facebook's share price loses a few pennies because people like me use aliases, it's not my problem. They can find another business model.


Comment Re:Like my boss always says (Score 5, Insightful) 270

No, but they can make a baby a month for 9 consecutive months. Increase the number of women a little and you can have a baby a month indefinitely.

Yes, but that involves waiting 9 months for the first baby. Our competitor already has a baby, so we need a baby now and I'm a manager which entitles me to behave like a spoilt 2 year old so don't give me any of that "I know biology" bullshit and get me a baby by the end of next week or I'll fire you and give the job to my nephew who says that we can have a baby in 7 days if we use Agile Procreation techniques.

9 months later: still no baby, but sprint 0.53.2 did produce a shaved rat embryo in a blue romper suit.

More seriously, producing one baby a month is routine production, and production lines work well for that. Producing software is almost always design and development, which is much harder to scale (of course, there must be a lot of creationists in management because even when they grudgingly accept that it takes 9 months to produce a baby, they still seem to think that the design and development should only take 7 days).

Comment Re:Cool article... (Score 1) 132

If a serial killer killed you during your Uber ride, how would you give them a bad review?

Uber would know you didn't arrive. I suppose the serial killer could deliver your phone to your destination...

Also, you could start calling 911 or taking other action with your phone as soon as you realized something was going wrong. That wasn't an option for taxis when the current regulations were set up.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 1) 890

What a load of stereotypical bollocks. I'm a man, and I don't accept or give abuse at work. If someone is rubbish, I'll tell them politely and professionally what they need to change, and if they continue to be rubbish, I'll fire them. Most of the women I have worked with seem to have the same sense of humour, skin-thickness and social skills as the men. i.e. if you are flat out rude and abusive, they get upset.

There is no need for for abusive leadership styles, irrespective of whether the team members or male or female.

Not everyone has the power to fire everyone they have a personality conflict with. You apparently are CEO and sole investor of your company.

Not at all. Just a lowly Software Development Manager. Company of roughly 50,000 worldwide (not an IT company).

I think you missed my main point -- that being rude isn't usually helpful, and you focussed on the firing bit (which was simply an aside).

Ahh, but the "firing bit" sounds like the key -- it's easy to tell someone to stop abuse when you have the power to fire them. It's less easy when it's someone at the same level or a superior that has the power to fire *you*.

Nothing recedes like success. -- Walter Winchell