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Comment well, screw that (Score 2) 391

First I've heard of this. I have a very small side business replacing batteries, headphone jacks, buttons, screens in mobile devices -- I have the factory tools and know where to get the parts. I don't really make any money off it. I got into it mostly from being offended by the electronic waste these devices represent. A handheld shouldn't become useless just because a $3 part has failed, and the cost to fix through regular channels should not approach 50 - 100% of the replacement cost.

But if Apple is going to brick the device after I've fixed it, I can't in good faith make the attempt. Instead, I'll have to recommend that the customer buy something else -- something actually repairable.

Comment Re:Too bad it doesn't work. (Score 3, Funny) 311

It's probably a CD on a PATA interface that's not supported by Win10. That would cause the drive not to show up at all. You may have an error elsewhere showing a controller not supported. I'd swap out the drive for a modern SATA DVD or blu-ray drive, either plugging it into an open SATA port or putting in a SATA controller card if none exists.

Oh, who am I kidding? I wouldn't do that. I'd just backrev to Win7 like you did. Win10 doesn't have anything worth having that justifies screwing with the hardware.

Comment Re:Good luck with that... (Score 1) 250

Also, in practice, claiming that a tech company discriminates against men really isn't going to go down well in front of a judge.

I work for a tech company. A very senior female manager explicitly supports and helps promote female staff members because of their gender.

It happens that she's supportive of men too, and has actually been very good to me individually, but it is discrimination when certain individuals get extra coaching and management support purely on gender grounds.

I'm sure a judge will take a more balanced view on this than you appear to.

In my case it was an H1B manager explicitly supporting, coaching, and helping promote other H1B employees at the expense of locals. The lawyer said that a case would be nearly impossible to make, because the principles involved belonged to a protected class (non-white).

Comment Re:Good luck with that... (Score 1) 250

You just made his case.

If I understand your point, I don't disagree. The lawyer very specifically said that even if you're suing as a protected class, it takes forever to get a resolution and there's maybe a 50% chance you won't get anything. If you're suing against a protected class, it takes even longer, and the evidence has to be absolutely airtight and particularly egregious. Fair or unfair, that is the way things are. As you're probably heard, this (holds hands outstretched) is the truth, and this (holds palms a few inches apart) is what you can prove in court. Hence, "good luck with that".

Comment Good luck with that... (Score 2, Informative) 250

> He is also alleging gender discrimination, under which women were given preferential treatment over men in the hiring, promotions and layoff processes.

That could be long and expensive to prove. I talked to a lawyer recently about "protected classes" (in the context of a large layoff the preponderance of which were over 50). Going from memory (IANAL), the issue comes down to what is a "protected class", which makes suing for discrimination a realistic possibility. Age is indeed a protected class. The female gender is a protected class. Races other than white tend to be protected classes.

Interestingly enough, she said specifically that contractors from India working in the US are a protected class (at least in this state, YMMV) which is why it's so difficult to go after H1B abuses. But that's another story.

Anyway, point is, he's going to have a difficult time (more difficult than this ever is) proving gender discrimination against males.

Comment Just an observation... (Score 2) 312

Scanning through the discussion, it looks like conversations relating to HURD get ugly fast. Obviously there are strong feelings at work here.

I view the whole thing somewhat with nostalgia, as I was babysitting Vaxen running BSD when I first heard of HURD. Regardless of its merits or lack of same, it seems to be on track for the world's record for slowest development of any currently developed OS. Kinda the Duke Nukem Forever of operating systems.

Comment Re:Um, yeah, no. (Score 1) 455

> Android and iOS have a lot of random icons on a page, ala 1995.

I wanted to answer this separately. For iOS, this appears to be true. For Android, it depends on the user. Android supports alternate desktops and widgets. I make use of several widgets -- one scrollable widget for agenda, one that gives time date and (because I motorcycle whenever possible) weather, and a few others. These update themselves and display new information as it occurs, kinda like Windows tiles, but not as ugly. ("Not as ugly" being partially defined as supporting transparency and non-rectangular shapes.) Sorry, I never got used to the flat rectangular splotches of color used by Win8 and later. That reminded me too much of the Microsoft's Windows 3.1 interface circa 1992. Since we're talking about old interfaces.

My daughter went to an art magnet school, and she said that among the more art-oriented students, Android was a big win over iOS because the Android phone desktop was customizable -- you could make them your own -- whereas every i-phone looked and operated like every other i-phone. I can't comment on Windows Phone. I've only ever seen two units in the wild.

Be that as it may, Android isn't perfect (Blackberry still has far superior keyboards) but it's good enough, and it has a reasonably rich ecosystem [1]. Whereas I just can't take a chance on Windows anymore, and I can't bring myself to drink the Apple kool-aid.

[1] I submit that you don't need to only choose phones with "the richest ecosystem" but it's important to be rich and varied enough for you to find the apps you need. So, for instance, even with Microsoft's skimpy ecosystem, if it has the apps you need, it's rich enough. If it doesn't, it's not.

Comment Re:Um, yeah, no. (Score 1) 455

I can't explain why people using Android/ios any more than I can explain why people shop at Wal-Mart and eat at McDonald's. Sometimes, people are just dumb.

IOS is a sickness. Android (what I carry) although not perfect, works well enough. I'm not obsessive about it. Had offshore admins figured out how to keep BES up, I'd still be carrying a Blackberry.

But for me, having had the huge misfortune of owning a Windows Mobile 6 phone for a few months that felt like forever, I made the conscious decision to never, ever, own a Windows phone of any kind again. Call that dumb if you want. I mean seriously -- the audio driver "has encountered a problem and needs to close" and the phone won't ring anymore?

Comment Re:Um, yeah, no. (Score 1) 455

If we load these two ("windows phone dead", "the year of linux on the desktop" ) memes into hadron collider, would the result be a cat hole of memes that would engulf the internet past meme horizon so no fun could ever escape it?

Either that or the solar system would be replaced by a massive cheezburger. Theories conflict.

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