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Comment Re:Call for mass-forking of Android (Score 1) 123

Fragmentation isn't the problem. Even if somebody built a secure fork who would adopt it? Not Google. Not Samsung. Android is fundamentally built without security in mind. This is just the beginning of the Android flaws, they could be coming for years. It needs a complete audit and overhaul. Jezus now I have to fork over almost a grand to Apple so I can do my job safely!

Comment Psychotic customer service is rampant (Score 1) 234

Logically, how can this policy be the result of a decision made by professionals? If a customer really wants to end service hiding the exit door is just an inconvenience. If a girl wants to break up with her boyfriend and the boyfriend won't "let her" it's a serious psychological problem, nevermind illegal.

Yesterday I cancelled my newspaper delivery subscription (yeah I actually had the paper delivered on Sundays). I went to the web site to unsubscribe but guess what - it's impossible. There's not even a mention of cancellation. It's like they figure, if we close our eyes and yell "lalalala" our problems go away.

So how's that strategy working out for you, Seattle Times? Not only have you lost my business, you've irritated me so much I will never come back.

This is what happens when a business thinks only of its own best interest and not the interest of its customers. When the Comcast regime is toppled, not only will people not care, we'll rejoice. Another bad company dead - good riddance. I can't wait.

Comment Re:The workers are upset (Score 2) 841

This is an interesting perspective and one I had not previously considered. However. As a voter and citizen I also have a vested interest in what my elected officials are doing. On the whole, I feel hung out to dry because senior government officials who I trusted to respect the constitution continue to not back me up when I say, "WFT??"

Comment Re:Kill pact (Score 1) 961

That's a loving sentiment to be sure. The problem is, after doing you this favor your wife could end up in prison. I hope my wife will do the same for me some day, if necessary, but I sure don't want her locked up or having to off herself to avoid prosecution. For doing the obvious, humane and natural thing that's nobody else's business whatsoever.

Comment Re:He should just go to America and face the music (Score 2) 205

He has an opportunity to come home and strike while the iron is hot. There's enough publicity now for him to get the very best legal representation for free. Running away at this point is silly, he needs to finish what he started or it'll all be for nothing.

Comment Re:I blame the government (Score 1) 287

We are correct to blame the government. It's the job of businesses to get away with as much as possible. It's the government's job to keep them in check. If they aren't doing their job we have a system in place to peacefully show them the door.

Comment It doesn't matter (Score 0) 570

This is fighting a battle that doesn't need to be fought. Just get the hardware you want regardless of the OS that's pre-installed.

- You don't save significant money buying an "Ubuntu" laptop or whatever, but you severely limit your choices.
- Any pre-installed Windows OS will be full of crapware that you'll want to get rid of with a clean install anyway.
- It will be easier to resell later with the latest OS on it, if you ever want to sell it.

Comment Re:If Microsoft Windows Phone 8 is going to succee (Score 2) 246

Yeah, look how well that worked for Zune. They tried this already, why throw good money after bad? The only useful consumer brand they own is X-Box, and nobody over 24 is going to carry an "X-Phone."

They need to integrate it with Exchange, AD and Communicator. Then it'll be a useful device for corporate customers. That's their only hope, no end-user consumer wants one no matter how nice they make them.

Comment Ask Slashdot: (Score 1, Insightful) 454

: Are all these "stories" posed as questions really fooling anybody? I see less and less interesting news and more stories designed purely to provoke chatter. Oh boy, Unix vs Windows should get lots of posts! Maybe next time you can work Apple in there too.

It's like the blogger feedback ploy - end your crappy blog with a question and more people will respond.

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall