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Comment: Re:I hope not (Score 2) 489

by MeNeXT (#48851697) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

The example I presented was to show how a one supplier fits all solution in computers is the worst thing that can happen.

As to your iPhone example it's more like avoiding an iPhone because the phone is not yours even when you purchase it. You require Apple's approval in order to use it. Your require the carriers permission to change sims. You are not permitted to remove certain software. Your purchased phone is not yours to do with as you please.

Apple was in the lead in the personal computers with the Apple ][ and Apple ][e and lost the market because it wanted to control every aspect of the hardware. IBM published the schematics of its first PC and shipped it with the system. It created the diversity that we see today in computers because it opened the doors to all to innovate. HP, Dell and Gateway were clones.

Now I am not advocating another solution I'm just pointing out that you can't own an iPhone. I am also pointing out that Apple was once before the dominant player. Apple almost disappeared from the marketplace. Apple is no longer the dominant player in phones and it's following a similar path as it did with the PC. I am not saying Apple is going to disappear tomorrow but there are better solutions today than the iPhone and it has nothing to do with the floppy drive.

Comment: Re:I hope not (Score 1) 489

by MeNeXT (#48851541) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

There were many word processing applications at the time but namely Wordperfect which held most of the market. It was far superior in many aspects than Word of today but I won't get in the details. MS started offering MSOffice for free at the time and since most small business just needed to type letters it was good enough for them. MS improved their product just enough to get to the market. There are issues with MS Office today that should not exist. So for large contracts and documents I would continue to use Wordperfect intsead of word.

Excel is terrible at math and rounding, sure it's fine for small tasks but if you try to amortize a 30 year mortgage you will be off compared to any financial institutions calculations. It was easier to write small programs than to use Excel, now I haven't used Excel in the last 3 years so MS may have improved the product but I never had issues with Lotus123.

Yes word is great for letters and Excel is great for expense accounts or just a quick calculator and the typical business would do just fine with Libreoffice.

Comment: I hope not (Score 4, Insightful) 489

by MeNeXT (#48850251) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

The worst thing that ever happened in computers was that we had one monopoly, being Microsoft in the desktop market. Microsoft didn't even see the Internet coming when it was pushing MSN. If not for Trumpet I don't know how else you could connect. There was no native support. Still today I say the one think that is holding most companies back is Microsoft. Exchange and MS Office as two examples. Most people believe that these are the best of the best. but trying to have this discussion will just produce a flame war.

Comment: Re:is it possible to get a car without one of thes (Score 2) 233

by MeNeXT (#48583073) Attached to: Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

I have to agree that XM is full of ads. Almost every station has an announcer talking after every second song announcing something or other. It may not be full fledged ads as in traditional radio but I wish that they would just shut up and play music. Someone promoting something is an ad for me.

Comment: Re:They need to update their web site (Score 2) 51

by MeNeXT (#48518303) Attached to: Samsung's Open Source Group Is Growing, Hiring Developers

Yeah, the toner is pricy (Brother is cheaper than it's competitors but its still not cheap) but but if you're like me you only need to print once a month the utility is worth the price.

Refill your own and the price drops considerably. Buy a kit to reuse your cartridges. By installing this kit on my printer I am still using the original toner. It's been over a year and over 3000 color pages printed. There is a lot more toner in those cartridges than you think.

Comment: Re:Funny how this works ... (Score 2) 184

by MeNeXT (#47974881) Attached to: Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

Then every website in Canada would require a license because it's broadcasting. The fact that it's video makes no difference. The CRTC has no business on the internet unless it's someone capturing a broadcast signal and streaming it. Even then I would say it is a copyright issue.

Comment: Re:Silly argument (Score 5, Informative) 529

by MeNeXT (#47488415) Attached to: US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

I say that in the 18,000 is more than one.

It's amazing how people are born with skill sets and training has absolutely nothing to do with it. /sarcasm If you are a programer by trade you should easily adapt.

The programer that they want to hire costs less. That's it. That's all.

Comment: Re:"Don't function all that well.." (Score 1) 399

by MeNeXT (#46859835) Attached to: Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches

Try bringing your phone underwater to 1 foot or on a swim and come back to me on that one.

On another note drop the watch from 6 feet and notice that it only has a scratch. Drop you smartphone from a foot and pray...

If you are too lazy to set the time and date get a Citizen Eco-drive with atomic time sync. Never need to charge. Never looses time. Last longer than a smartwhatever.

The problem I have with all these smart gadgets is just that they are gadgets which don't last in regular use. I'm not talking about anecdotal evidence here. Most jewelry watches as you call them last for generations. Most smart gadgets last a couple of years. They are built to fail or become useless within 3 years so you can be sold the new shiney... Now don't get me wrong I believe there is a market for a smart watch. It would have to follow traditional watches rather than the disposable nature of the smartgadget. It has to be more than the current fad.

Comment: Re:Sex discrimination. (Score 1) 673

by MeNeXT (#46714293) Attached to: Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

We live in a society which has set certain rules that govern our behavior for our survival. We defined terms as best we can in order that all members of our society are treated the same (as best we can). Not a perfect system for sure but your interpretation of kidnapping plays with the definition in order to make your point. The definition of kidnapping is not just the fact of holding someone against their will because if it was then all parents could/would be accused of kidnapping.

The discussion is about discrimination and not oppression. You can be discriminated against without being oppressed.

Comment: Re:Misleading map (Score 1) 161

by MeNeXT (#46667209) Attached to: Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

Sorry don't have mod points but I'd mod you up.

What I see with the limited data is that the average sale will bring you more from iOS device but you will make more sales from Android devices. Android has a better penetration on more demographics than iOS. Which is common sense that the more expensive devices will sell to more affluent individuals. No kiddin Sherlock.

Is this news? I bet if we compared BMW owners to Kia/Hyundai owners we would come out to the same conclusion. For sure BMW owners would pay more for tires than Kia/Hyundai owners but the total revenue from Kia/Hyundai owners on tires would be more than BMW. BMW owners would have a higher average price for sure.

Comment: Re:No problem (Score 1) 423

by MeNeXT (#46599591) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

Really? What risk? I have the same situation. They are custom cash registers which would require hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace. to you it's a computer to my client it's a fancy cash register. He tried to replace the business logic by off the shelf software but none would meet the requirements. So his choice is to spend hundreds of thousands on redeveloping his cash register, buy off the shelf software and hire additional staff to meet the requirements, or go to discount stores and pickup the stuff that is been thrown away?

Yeah Win95, Win98, NT are still going strong today and they will for at least the next 10 years. Maybe by that time the off the shelf software will catch up to his business logic. It's not for you fine, but I know for a fact that if he would have followed MS current he would have spent over a million just keeping up with the times. The code is completely debugged in the last 20 years of operation and a solution that none of his competitors can match.

System going down at 5 this afternoon to install scheduler bug.