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Comment: Just when you thought morale could not go lower (Score 1) 383

by Roadstar (#47477371) Attached to: Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

MS already has a hideous management technique called "stack ranking" that killed morale (http://www.forbes.com/sites/frederickallen/2012/07/03/the-terrible-management-technique-that-cost-microsoft-its-creativity/).

The correct tense is had. http://www.businessweek.com/ar...

Comment: Re:Avoided, Not Missed (Score 5, Insightful) 322

by Roadstar (#46735551) Attached to: IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

XP Works. Vista, 7, and 8 really don't

Wow, this has got to be one of the most opinionated and/or misinformed things I've read in quite a while. XP was the last consumer Windows that was more or less designed for the "isn't everybody an admin?" mindset. Part of Vista's bad reputation was due to it being the messenger that got shot while delivering the "hey guys, the party's over. We really need to stop assuming every user can write to system locations. This time for real." message to developers and users. Naturally the ultra-paranoid UAC settings didn't help with that. In 7 and 8 the new security model was fine-tuned to actually work instead of bombarding users with multiple confirmations for the same operation and as a result the modern versions of Windows are reasonably secure, especially when compared to the security nightmare that XP was prior to SP2.

Comment: Re: "Obviously" not Last Pass or 1Password (Score 1) 445

by Roadstar (#46309167) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?
Indeed. While 1Password does provide the possibility to sync via Dropbox, you can also choose to use a local database and handle possible mobile sync via local wifi. That's what I did back in the day when they didn't have the Dropbox sync as an option. No, I'm not in any way affiliated with AgileBits. Just a long-time 1Password user.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 398

by Roadstar (#45157529) Attached to: Windows 8.1 Rolls Out Today
The 8.1 start button actually has one good reason to take up all that extra space: It now provides more area where to right-click to bring up a menu with shortcuts to many useful functions. Back in Windows 8.0 it was only available when you dragged the cursor to the corner and got the Metro preview. According to a quick survey on IRC, it turned out that not that many people were aware of that handy context menu there. Can't blame them, though. Microsoft's done quite a job with hiding all the stuff Windows 8 can do.

Comment: Re:"...one smells less" (Score 1) 832

by Roadstar (#43615003) Attached to: So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

Which one is that?

I had my parental leave a little less than a year ago. While at first returning to work seemed like a nice break from everything related to taking care of a pre-term infant, a nasty issue related to SharePoint was all it took to make diaper changes feel not bad at all actually. In those cases, at least someone is happy at the end and general happiness is restored a whole lot quicker.

Comment: Re:I don't know why /. does not understand Google. (Score 1) 240

by Roadstar (#42498057) Attached to: Google Backs Down On Maps Redirect

Google did not block browser access, win-phone could still using the service with their browsers, what they couldn't have was alternative win-fied applications.

Umm, time to (re-)read TFA? Blocking browser access is exactly what they did here. Just checked on my company-issued Lumia 800 that accessing maps.google.com on IE still redirects to the mobile version of their main page.

Comment: Re:First (Score 1) 364

by Roadstar (#23367626) Attached to: Microsoft IM Blocking YouTube Links

Agreed. I just sent a YouTube link from Miranda to MSN Messenger and then back from MSN Messenger to Miranda. Both worked fine.

Yes, the block seemed to be removed some hours after I posted my original comment as I acknowledged here: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=549110&cid=23364362. But for some hours the block was there, and I wasn't the only one who saw it in action. Glad to see that it works now, though.

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