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Comment Re:It's simple: provide a choice (Score -1) 172

The flip side of that argument is that "the checkbox is the mating call of the loser", meaning that you were too chickenshit to make a design decision. I personally don't buy that argument as I feel more choice is better than less choice, but there are practical considerations: having to maintain two code paths, providing multiple ways to do the same thing, etc. Of course the flip side of this argument is that whatever decision you make will be the wrong one. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Comment Re:Win8 Experience (Score -1) 1010

My understanding is that Sinofsky was a divisive figure, and he left either on his own or forcefully to ease tension and build a better working environment. His successor, Julie Larson-Green, was the driving force behind the whole Metro concept, so if you're hoping for some kind of backing off don't hold your breath. Microsoft wants their pound of flesh and is going all-in on Metro.

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Journal Journal: Holy shit. 3

Just when I think April 1st on Slashdot couldn't possibly get any gayer, they up the ante again. If it wasn't so terribly fucking retarded I would be impressed.

Comment Re:It ought to be illegal (Score 0) 798

Convenience. I rarely use my cell phone, but it's one of those deals where you'd rather have one and not need it than need one and not have it. Of course I only have a dumb phone and a pay-as-you-go plan; I use it so rarely that it probably costs less than $20 per year. I think people who pay $70 per month are insane, but if it's worth it to them then what do I care?

Comment Re:Not again... (Score 5, Insightful) 1110

The problem is not that it's difficult to learn (though it is a bit of a shock at first); the problem is that some people just don't like it. You might be perfectly content with a touch-first tablet interface on your desktop, but Windows 8 will never touch any of my personal machines. That being said, I am still interested to try it out on a tablet device where many of the design decisions might actually make sense.

If I'd known computer science was going to be like this, I'd never have given up being a rock 'n' roll star. -- G. Hirst

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