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Comment: Re:Nanny State (Score 1) 1141

by RManning (#40169163) Attached to: Soda Ban May Hit the Big Apple

A question to you is, if you could live to be 100 as opposed to 80, but someone got to tell you what you could and could not do, would that be worth it?

It's been a long time since I've commented here, but since I have personal experience...

I used to be a 1-pack-a-day smoker. Here in Minneapolis, they banned smoking pretty much everywhere except in private residences and sidewalks as long as you stayed away from doors. It became a bother to smoke, and it was a nudge for me to stop. And I stopped. And my life is better for it. Now, is it right that the government could stop me completely from doing something which only or mostly effects only me? Probably not. Is it a net-positive for the government to make it inconvenient to do things damaging to your health? I think you could make a solid argument either way. My personal opinion is that things like this are fine. Yeah, there's a slippery slope in there somewhere, but we live on that slope already - always have and always will.

Comment: Re:Windows ME? (Score 1) 630

by RManning (#39338307) Attached to: Can Microsoft Afford To Lose With Windows 8?
I would have agreed with you 5 years ago. But I can't think of a single person I know who bought a Windows box for themselves in the last few years. Even my completely technolgoy-clueless family members (my parents, at least a half-dozen aunts/uncles, all my siblings) have all bought iMacs for their homes. These are the people who say "what's slashdot". I work in startup land, so all I ever see is MBPs and Airs. I've got to think the only market for Microsoft now is large enterprises. That won't last long, though, as the executive/decision makers realize how much their work Windows box is than their home Mac.

Comment: Re:They cancel products left and right (Score 3, Informative) 218

by RManning (#38148724) Attached to: Google To Shutter Knol, Wave, Gears

I agree completely.

We had a production issue one day, and the team was spread all over the country at the time. We decided Wave would be perfect for collaboration. Signing up was easy enough, but every conversation got threaded in weird ways, we couldn't figure out how to tell what had been read or not. It was a total mess. After an hour or so we gave up and just used a chat room.

I'm not saying it wouldn't have worked for us, but we could not figure it out.

Comment: Windows? (Score 1) 1880

by RManning (#38023102) Attached to: What's Keeping You On Windows?
I have a 5 year old company. We run OSX. I work in an giant shared space with a bunch of other startups in varying states. It is so rare to see Windows around here that it's almost novel. I would bet it's at least 90% OSX, 5% Windows, and 5% some flavor of Linux around here. For home/personal computers, I'd say the percentages are about the same for people I know. That said, I have Parallels running Windows for the sole purpose of testing IE. I think that's fairly common. I have friends who work as programmers in companies of varying sizes and ages, and almost all of them use OSX at work. The sole exceptions are giant old companies (banking, manufacturing, etc). I think Windows must still have a stronghold in those types of companies because they still apparently have a pretty good market share. So, what's keeping people on Windows? I'd guess outdated corporate policies must account for most of it, at least from what I've witnessed.

Comment: Re:Great...? (Score 1) 91

by RManning (#36366544) Attached to: Foxconn International Removed From Hang Seng Index

The second is the more important part. Foxconn uses China as a source for cheap labour, but focusses on exporting their products. The fact that this is a failing business model is interesting, since it shows that China needs the west a lot less than you might have thought - companies that make things in China and sell in the USA are failing relative to companies that make things in China and sell them in China.

Or it could be because of a thousand other reasons, or more likely a combination of a lot of factors.

Comment: App vs. Program (Score 3, Interesting) 353

by RManning (#35094246) Attached to: App — the Most Abused Word In Tech?
I had a meeting with the owner of the printshop my company uses. He's a gadget guy, so we eventually started talking about all the cool stuff our phones can do now. He kept talking about how much more he liked "apps" than "programs". It took me a few minutes to realize that he understood "app" to mean the stuff he installs and runs on his phone, and "program" to mean the stuff the installs and runs on his computer. It was obvious from our conversation that these meanings were distinct in his mind and commonly used. It was new to me.

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