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Comment: Re:Oh, begging ... (Score -1, Troll) 150

by SimonTheSoundMan (#49381569) Attached to: Firefox 37 Released

it does suck, however, that things like this (and the dreadful new search box, the new tab bullshit, etc) are forced on people who then have to figure out how to get rid of the shit or revert to the 'old way', which often means digging into about:config or adding a new third-party extension because they take so much control out of the options UI

Too much in the UI was confusing and un-usable for the average person. From a UX point of view, it was a nightmare. From a support angle, it was terrible. People do not care about control, just the minute people like you'd find here. At least Mozilla is not like almost all open source companies where UX and UI is given no thought because developers design them as they think they should be, not how they should be. Hats off to Mozilla for doing proper usability studies, which Google copied Mozilla's conclusions to make Chrome UI.

Comment: Re:But the price... (Score 1) 128

Wrist band type pedometers I find highly inaccurate. I have two waist worn pedometers and put them on for a week, at the end of each day they were between +/- 20-50 out (10,000 steps), the FitBit was + 1,000 to 2,000 different. The FitBit was counting when I raised my arm, ate from a spoon, and other stuff...

I do agree we may put our phone down when at home or in the office. However, many pedometers do not count unless it detects more than 20 steps, so at home for me they rarely count my steps.

Comment: Re: I don't understand google+ (Score 1) 210

Yes that's true. To get my Google ID card I had to register online on a kiosk, you have to authorise a G+ app access to your account, if you do not have a G+ account you have to register.

Google HR use it for recruiting. I had to recommend a friend recently for a job at google. The whole job application process is done through G+, form filling, hangout for interviews, the works. Many google employees have secondary accounts that are not public but for internal use only, once my friend got past the first interview a new person circled them, a VP of HP then recommended him for the next stage.

Comment: Re:a better question (Score 0) 592

by SimonTheSoundMan (#48844113) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

Mac's, especially the iMac, Mac Book Pro and Mac Pro machines have always been competitively priced. Yes you can get PCs with similar or the same spec, but not a 'ton cheaper', the iMac I scratch my head over not finding anything nearly similar for the money, take the 5k iMac, it is insanely cheap. I'm not sure of any laptops with the build quality of Apple laptops.

Comment: Re: a quick search (Score 3, Informative) 334

by SimonTheSoundMan (#48180659) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

More accurate, don't jam as much in cold weather. If a Lee fails to fire, you can pull the pin back again without moving the bolt. If a bear is coming at me and the rifle fails to fire, do I want to pull a pin back and then it'll fire, or have to go through the drill of making the firearm safe, emptying the round from the chamber, then loading the next round then pray it fires that time around.

Comment: Re:Yes yes yes (Score 2) 405

Well software and robots will do some of the tasks we do today, which means people of the future will be doing other tasks. Walk in to a factory these days in Western Europe, the factory has possibly 5 employees on the floor, go to China and there are thousands to make the same product. This is what is different with out economies, wages will in China will get to a point where robots are more cost effective, and efficiency is needed. People keep on going on about Foxconn buying in robots, this isn't anything new, just they are shifting just as Europe did decades ago to automated lines - a cover glass for a product is no longer manually stacked and trollied over to the next workstation by workers, it is now done by a robot with suction cups and the trolly drives itself to the next workstation. Skilled engineers will go off designing new robots, some will become managers as their jobs are more service sector jobs working in sales or maintenance for example. You'll find 4 of the 5 workers on the floor are simply cleaners or loading materials, the 5th person in an engineer that managers the floor, workers and maintenance.

If you're not the one designing these robots or software, and your not in these management roles, you're stuck in the last decade of engineering in manufacture. Same can be said for many other disciplines of engineering.

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