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Comment: Acer? (Score 1) 404

by whitroth (#49545929) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

Funny, where I work these days, and the contracts I had before, it was Dell, with a rare HP, and some Macs. I will note that I've only dealt with *enterprise* grade PCs and workstations, not "consumer" grade; certainly, Dell's enterprise support beats everyone else hands down. (And one that shall remain nameless, but who's retiring honcho owns a Hawaiian island and a fighter jet, is below "none of the above", and equal to "self-abuse".)

And it *did* say "PC", not "laptop", or anything else, or I'd have mentioned Lenovo.

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Comment: So that's why... (Score 1) 333

by whitroth (#49545895) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

the search algorithms at google are so much worse than they were even five years ago. These days, the noise-to-signal ratio is *terrible* - I frequently do searches, and put a phrase, or couple of words in quotes, and put a + in front... and I see a para for a "hit", 2 or 3 down, and there's part of the phrase, without the rest, bolded. They're not even getting good hits for advertisers - it's anything that can vaguely be construed as related to your search.

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Comment: Sounds great.. NOT (Score 1) 53

I mean, energy deregulation and the "free market" worked *so* well in California a dozen years ago. (This assumes that slashdotters reading this are old enough to remember that, or are at least willing to read the news stories about the criminals selling the energy....)

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Comment: Search algorithms that are not weighted by ads (Score 1) 271

by whitroth (#49511703) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?

Google is far worse than it used to be, signal-to-noise ratio. Part of the time, it does not appear to respect quoted search terms, even with a "+" in front. I now frequently see part of a word that was quoted, bolded in the non-sponsored results.

It also refuses to allow explicit literal searches: I have an artist friend who uses a period as part of her name - google says "nope, not gonna look for name. lastname, I'll ignore it and look only at name lastname".

Finally, I've found too many times in the last year that one of my search terms isn't even mentioned on the page from the results.

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Comment: Re:Pioneers get arrows in back (Score 2) 138

The Apple Watch has pretty severe resource constraints to fit into such a small package. At the risk of oversimplifying things, current third-party Apple Watch applications are essentially remote iPhone displays, so they aren't going to perform amazingly well.

As developers learn how to work with this new platform best, things will improve. Also, Apple have already said that they are going to open up the SDK further to allow for applications truly running on the watch itself, which will be a big improvement. My guess is they'll open that up in a couple of months at WWDC.

Comment: Re:How convenient for Apple... (Score 3, Insightful) 138

in order to make native Apple apps to seem better.

That makes no sense. They don't achieve anything if their apps look better than the other apps on the device, they just make the entire experience worse. It would be like cutting off their nose to spite their face.

Comment: It was a damned PROTEST (Score 1) 327

by whitroth (#49486555) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

and most slashdotters, like most of the media, don't want to look.

However, tell me another way to get national attention to a protest if you're not Rupert Murdoch, or one of the Koch Bros. "Money equals free speech" means that if you ain''t a multimillionaire, and don' t have the right friends, your "free speech rights" are utterly meaningless.

Let me also note that the 22yr old who committed suicide on the Capitol steps was also protesting, asking Congress to tax the 1%.

Maybe these guys are doing it wrong. Maybe they needed to go to the Capitol steps, go into full lotus position, and burn themselves to death, and maybe *then* their protest would get attention. It certainly did during 'Nam, when the Buddhist monks did it....

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Comment: Re:I Closed the Frikkin' Page for a Reason! (Score 1) 199

by Bogtha (#49476489) Attached to: Chrome 42 Launches With Push Notifications

Yeah, I have to explicitly allow it, that's awfully nice of them. But how long will opting out last when the advertisers realize they can force a few more eyeballs?

You realise that it's the browser vendor that decides this, not the website, right? Do you think it's only a matter of time before browsers remove their popup blockers as well?

It's also opt-in, not opt-out. The system doesn't work unless the user grants permission. It doesn't work automatically until the user switches it off.

Comment: 12 clicks for basic info? (Score 1) 184

Riight. More UIs designed by managers who Know How It Should Go, and wouldn't dream of letting a designer or (heaven forfend!) a programmer from talking to end users to find out how they need to *use* the software....

Been there, dealt with that. The Scummy Mortgage* co, of Austin, TX, had software for its collection dept written that in in the late eighties, and the staff avoided using it as much as they possibly could.

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* Actual name of co available upon request.

Comment: There's more than one type of cost (Score 1) 152

by Bogtha (#49468187) Attached to: Sharp Announces 4K Smartphone Display

The displays cost significantly more than a more typical 1080p or 1440p display, so they'll probably only make it into high-end phones.

It's not just the monetary cost that you have to consider. How much power does it take to drive these displays? High end phones might have more room in the profit margin to account for the higher monetary cost, but they are still subject to the same power constraints as cheaper phones.

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