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Comment: Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 3) 442

I just saw this job position on /.

"Senior .NET Developer

Qualified candidates will have experience with most of the following, C# (or VB.NET) SQL ServerSQL Reporting Services MVC Architecture JavaScriptAJAX XML

Salary: 45-65k"

I almost died laughing.

Comment: Re:It's the cloud (Score 0) 146

by Njorthbiatr (#49421899) Attached to: The New Struggles Facing Open Source

It really sounds more like you're suffering from a case of bad management, so I'll let you vent. Nothing sucks quite as bad as being set up to fail because the guys above you treat you like some robot that thinks you can magically fix any technical problem just by throwing you at it.

Look there's a lot about MS that I'll call their bullshit on. For instance, how they managed to break the start menu in the technical preview of W10, then fixed it, then broke it but allowed a registry fix, but then removed the fix for some inexplicable reason. It seriously boggles my mind that someone could be put in charge of this.

I don't hear a lot of great stuff about Windows Server, either.

But Nadella is just proving to be highly competent in pushing MS's direction, so in that case we'll see.

Comment: Re:It's the cloud (Score 0) 146

by Njorthbiatr (#49421775) Attached to: The New Struggles Facing Open Source

The UI looks and feels like Office 2003, that's a major point it's lagging behind in; there seems to be an unwillingness to adopt the slick UI Windows has been evolving its platform into. I remember back in 2007 when everyone was complaining that the changes were all horrible, except they weren't; people just didn't want to have to deal with something new.

It's not that the old classic UI is bad, it's just clunkier than the new UI.

Another major lagging bit is the lack of integration of admin tools. It's really hard to beat MS on this front, especially with how well they meshed it in with their cloud service. I do admit that LO is working on this front.

There's a whole bunch of other differences found here, but it's with fair warning that it may not be totally accurate or very rigorous. In any case, the major differences is that LO supports more file formats and such.

I want to get the point across that I don't mean it's lagging behind in a bad way, I just mean it's lagging behind. I never said that LO was bad (I know you didn't say this, but other posters have falsely assumed I think it is); it's not bad, it's quite good. It's just not as good as O365, especially for the demographic it's aimed for.

So no, it's not lagging behind like Java is lagging behind. More lagging behind like how a 2003 car would compare to a 2013 car.

Comment: Re:It's the cloud (Score 2, Interesting) 146

by Njorthbiatr (#49417051) Attached to: The New Struggles Facing Open Source

You're not paying shit for those expenses. Read what the poster actually said.

You're not paying $100k on an IT guy because you don't need an IT guy to set up all your server stuff.

You don't need to pay $100k on servers because you just pay MS for their cloud service. You don't need to pay for any cloud software because MS integrates it seamlessly into the user-side of Windows.

I run a personal version of Office 365 after switching over from LibreOffice and let me just say that the two aren't even remotely comparable. LibreOffice is at least a decade behind MS Office and I can't believe I ever thought them equal. People here are probably going to think I'm some shill for MS but I'm not, I'm just not afraid to throw a good product under the bus without ever trying it and getting a grip.

And I know there's a lot of MS hate from IT people, and sure, I hear you, they could do a lot more to make it better for all you tech wizards that know networking like the back of your hand. It's probably that which is clouding your judgment of their system. To a non-programmer, non-tech guy who thinks CLI is some small government agency and not common language infrastructure or command line interface, MS's stuff is gosh darn fantastic.

The interfaces, in general, are intuitive and easy to understand and everything usually just works out of the box. Usually. With the amount of software that goes into putting together an OS it would be surprising if it weren't. But that's okay. And Office 365 works with the cloud effortlessly. It's nowhere near as clunky as Google Drive (Do you really want to have to trust them with your data?). You just press save and it's in your document folder and on another document folder on your cloud service. Piece of cake.

I mean really what do you actually want here? Do you want Apple taking over and forcing everyone to use the same hardware and lock down everything you develop? Is that what you really want? Do you want Linux running hands free on every computer? That's fine too, but only if you're okay with having to deal with a market share that's all over the place because you have to deal with six or so distros and you can't rely on the user to be smart enough to figure out how to get your program to work on it.

That's what I really get from people on the MS hate train, just a common lack of understanding about what the non-programmer thinks and feels. I have seen so many bad UI designs and such that make perfect sense from a programming aspect, but are confusing and unintuitive for the person you designed them.

So don't bash MS for building a superior model to the open source alternatives for 90% of the market share.

It's not so hard to lift yourself by your bootstraps once you're off the ground. -- Daniel B. Luten