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Comment: Re:Let the consumer choose (Score 0) 347

What Google and Samsung should do, is make their products highly customizable. Allow the user to design their own product. Want rounded corners instead of sharp ones? There you go. Want a black border around your screen? No problem. Want an aluminum case? Want some fruit depicted on the back of your device? Etc. That way, they avoid litigation, and give the users exactly what they want. Everybody happy, (except maybe Apple, who wants to give us all the same hamburger, like McDonald's does.)

Sure, and Samsung could claim to be a sovereign citizen. They could then send Apple a letter, informing them that reading the letter constitutes the agreement of a contract whereby Apple will pay Samsung $10,000,000 in gold coins and Infowars Dollars.*


* I am not a lawyer.

Comment: Re:is it real (Score 2) 1198

We have the same franchise model in much of Europe. Although generally consistent in any given area, some branches are pretty unfriendly places. There are two in my town, and I only ever use one of them. I stopped using the other one when they refused to allow me to use the toilet (it's kept locked) until I ordered food. I'm a well dressed, sober, I'm in my late 30s, and it was the afternoon. I asked for the manager, who didn't see a problem with their policy. By contrast, the other McDonalds just 5 minutes walk away has no such policy, and appear to be hiring personable and helpful staff/managers.

Comment: What does she want? (Score 2) 370

by Jesus_C_of_Nazareth (#40648311) Attached to: Why Is Wikipedia So Ugly?
Fair point on the editing set-up. I'm pretty experienced now with wiki markup, but that took time. What's she on about when she talks of "mind calming images"? What's with the Geocities comparison? Wikipedia is a minimalist and utilitarian layout. Geocities was the land that aesthetics forgot, and helped popularise eye-raping text on a tiled background. Really, why did people do that? I wondered if they had a monitor calibrated drastically differently to mine, or did they never read their own websites? How can anyone think that blue text on a starry background is pleasant to read, and auto-playing midi files? God, how did we survive?

There are plenty other sites she can visit for her modern web experience. Want dynamic stuff that breaks traditional browsing paradigms? Sure, you got it. How about over-use of flash and other crap? Coming right up, albeit in smaller amounts these days due to anyone with an ounce of sense blocking Flash content except for sites where it'll be used to provide the service being sought - not just advertising or "artistic" flair. Want Javascript/AJAX stuff that'll send your cycles climbing, and give you something that looks nice but is in fact far less useful that the old site? Sure, and why not come to Slashdot to see an example of how geeks can build a UI to solve a problem that never really existed - all while neglecting proper support for unicode and touch screen devices. Did anyone at Geeknet not even try browsing Slashdot on a touchscreen device? Trying to adjust filtering is a pain, and why is there an option at the bottom to opt out of the mobile version if it doesn't work? God I hate mobile versions of sites - particularly when I can't opt out of them.

Ironically The Atlantic reminds me of Wikipedia design. Nice simple layout that doesn't detract from the content. Wikipedia works because its layout doesn't get in my way (except maybe when they fuck around "mobile friendly" layouts.

Comment: Re:Bullshit alert: 83% of doctors (Score 2) 409

Serkes is formerly of the AAPS, which alone should ring alarm bells. AAPS is a right-wing pseudo medical association, with Andrew Schlafly (of Conservapedia infamy) as legal counsel. The AAPS is pushing quackery and a lunatic tightening agenda. Schlafly himself is no stranger to statistical mendacity, or perhaps he's just making the kinds of mistakes that'd shame a high schooler. Curiously enough, he also asserts expertise in medicine and pretty much everything, and with each pronouncement he demonstrates dishonesty and ignorance. The thing is, we don't even need to know this in order to reject the findings of the survey. As Bauman said, the survey is deeply flawed. The analysis is either utterly incompetent, or dishonest. Given Serkes' record, I believe the latter to be the case. This survey would be just as flawed and worthy of rejection if it came from the AMA, signed by me.

Comment: Re:Most Macs are probably immune. (Score 1) 204

Yeah, all those SAP and Oracle users. Maybe it has wider usage than I'm aware of, but the vast majority of use I see is enterprise. Of course this doesn't mean that it's not a problem. There are plenty of business users who are one step away from using Typex on their screens.

Comment: Re:In-house staff do have advantages (Score 1) 232

by Jesus_C_of_Nazareth (#40597383) Attached to: General Motors To Slash Outsourcing In IT Overhaul
Sure, 10% savings. It's not as if there may be additional overheads, such as training and the liability from having the IT staff directly on GMs payroll. What's the secret here? Build a pig farm for every 5 IT staff, and have at least four IT guys working the goldmine?

Comment: Re:Not just age (Score 1) 515

by Jesus_C_of_Nazareth (#40576835) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old Dogs vs. New Technology?
That's interesting to know. Excel on Mac does the same odd thing when saving files, in that it effectively uses the location of the file instead of /tmp. Excel on Mac in general does very strange stuff in the file system. Specifically it appears to rely exclusively on the path to the file, meaning that if a file is moved while being used, saving will create a new file at the original location. Other applications (not sure if this is a Cocoa thing or not) use another mechanism, allowing them to keep track of the file as it's moved around. Also, it can't reliably open files when there are two mounted volumes sharing the same name or even a mounted volume with the same name as the short username of the active user.

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