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Comment: Re:Why didn't they just listen to users? (Score 3, Insightful) 667

What happened to listening to your customers? To providing options? Historically MS has always been all about that, and *Apple* has been the "our way, or the highway" company. It was really strange to see things reversed for Windows 8.

The big difference being that, at least when Jobs was around, Jobs was almost always right about what a vast majority of the users actually wanted vs what they said they wanted. Yes, I know you want to say how much it sucked, but that's why I said a vast majority of users, certainly not all users. MS, OTOH, has generally gone for what users say they want rather than what they really want (anybody who has developed software for non-techy customers knows what I mean). They tried it Apple's way for Windows 8, but apparently they didn't have anybody pragmatic enough to understand real-life users.

In other words, users said they wanted A, but Jobs knew they'd like B better. He made B, and 90% of them loved it. MS users said that wanted C, MS thought they'd like D better, they made D, and 90% of them hated it. The right answer for MS is probably not C or D, so they need to find the value of E.

Comment: Re:NSLs should be made illegal (Score 3, Informative) 61

by NoKaOi (#47338151) Attached to: FBI Issued 19,000 National Security Letters In 2013

NSLs should be made illegal

They already are:

Note the bit about probable cause and due process (which means getting a proper warrant supported by an affidavit). I was looking for the part that said "except where such person is suspected of terrorism," but just couldn't find it. And even if it was there, 19,000 terrorists, holy shit we're all DOOMED!!!!

Comment: Re:Wat (Score 0) 112

by NoKaOi (#47320525) Attached to: Astronomers Discover Earth-Sized Diamond

It's like trusting a proctologist to give you brain surgery

No, it's not. If we were talking about general chemistry, then it's like getting medical advice about the brain from a proctologist vs. somebody who took biology 101 in college. The proctologist still went to medical school and completed a residency which included a neurology rotation. However, in this case, these astronomers specialize in determining the composition of ginormous things, so it's pretty safe to assume that they're a bit more informed in that area than a typical physics major, and especially more than some anonymous coward that likely only took high school chemistry and physics (and maybe read a couple of Wikipedia pages) or at best a few classes of chemistry and/or physics in college.

Yes, I know, I took the bait and I'm feeding the troll.

Comment: Re:Economically impossible! Government is bad! (Score 1) 461

by NoKaOi (#47318519) Attached to: Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

and now they've shown you can run 50% of an industrial economy off the power of the sun

Wow, just wow. I've seen plenty of comments on /. modded insightful that were in clear conflict with the article, but this one takes the cake! I mean, at least read the last word of the damn headline. Then you could even try reading the summary. I know your reading comprehension skills are lacking, but you could even try reading the article! Also note that only about 5% of Germany's total annual power generation was from solar. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for solar, the problem is that most of the nuclear wasn't replaced by solar, it was replaced by coal, as numerous other commenters have pointed out.

Comment: Re:Calm down - it's not a real prohibition (Score 1) 164

by NoKaOi (#47284873) Attached to: US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

When there is an amendment that prohibits the ACTION

There is. Specifically, the 4th one. It's the executive branch that's tasked with enforcement, but since they're the ones violating it congress really only has 2 ways to enforce it: Cut funding or impeach the president*.

*In the last 150 years, presidential impeachment only comes from getting a blowjob, not from committing crimes or blatant constitutional violations. In order for the president to be impeached, James Clapper would have to say he gave a blowjob to the president. Since that's unlikely to happen, funding is the only other avenue.

Comment: Re:yes, dutch nazis (Score 1) 164

by NoKaOi (#47284781) Attached to: US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

I *want* the authorities, with proper warrant, to be able to access any digital/analog communication

if you were the victim you'd expect it

Emphasis mine. That's really the key, isn't it...proper warrant? Having a proper warrant also means they have to show probable cause. This law is about defunding warrantless wiretapping. But, like was pointed out, it doesn't name the FBI. Did you know that the FBI is officially no longer a law enforcement agency, but is instead now an anti-terror agency? This pretty much means that the FBI can use it as an excuse to be the ones doing domestic warrantless wiretapping. However, even though this law may just shuffle things around (even if it miraculously passes the senate), I see it as a Very Good Thing because it's a step in the right direction: Pushing back against blatant constitutional violations.

Comment: Re:About time (Score 1) 118

I actually get average of 20Mbps down/2mbps

Consider yourself lucky. A lot of people in a lot of areas don't get anywhere near that, especially at peak times. Where I used to live, I only had cable available and during peak times I was lucky to be able to stream Netflix. Speeds were all over the place, but usually between 2Mbps and 10Mbps (when I was lucky) and only a few times above that (I was paying for 50Mbps). I actually called them once hoping that there was something wrong with the connection, their techs came out and did some tests and confirmed everything was "normal." I moved across town, I now have DSL available. I only have a 15Mbps connection, but I actually get 15Mbps consistently, so I consider myself lucky!

Comment: Re:A minority view? (Score 5, Informative) 649

by NoKaOi (#47267503) Attached to: Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

Basically, if you claim that anything other than simple biology was at work in creating animals, then you lose your funding (and possibly right to call yourselves a school).

No, only if you make it those claims (because they violate the scientific method) in a class that you label as "science." Nothing is preventing a school from teaching it in a class labeled as "theology." The point is to be clear that one idea is based on evidence backed up using the scientific method ("science"), while the other is based on belief without evidence and/or despite evidence to the contrary ("faith" or "theology"), or with supposed evidence that cannot be validated using the scientific method (pseudoscience).

Comment: Tolerance? (Score 2) 646

by NoKaOi (#47266531) Attached to: Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

“This decision is a step forward for Indian Country & for all Americans who champion tolerance.”

Since when does tolerance == anti-bigotry? It seems to me like they're not being very tolerant of bigotry. Has this now become one of those words that doesn't really mean what it really means, like "organic" or "chemical?" I mean, I'm pretty tolerant of people of different races, sexual orientations, nationalities, etc, but I'm intolerant of bigots, assholes, idiots, liars, people driving slow in the left lane, and a variety of others. So, I don't consider myself tolerant, but I do consider myself to be anti-bigotry, and I'm having a bit of a tough time reconciling these terms.

Comment: Re:FYI: remove from Youtube not from 'Google' (Score 2) 364

by NoKaOi (#47260355) Attached to: Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

Vimeo? Your mp4 or mpeg2 on any website?

That's why he used the term effective monopoly. A vast majority of people wanting to watch music videos will only look on Youtube. If they don't find it there in a few seconds, they'll move on to the next one they think of, or just casually follow links from one to the next.

"But this one goes to eleven." -- Nigel Tufnel