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Comment: Re:But is it a class M planet? (Score 2, Interesting) 211

by Teresita (#46781555) Attached to: Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered
A world in the "habitable zone" of a class M dwarf star is only a few million miles away, orbiting in a matter of a few days. This means the planet will have a tidal lock, much like the Moon does with respect to the Earth. And that means the night will never end on one side of the world. And that, in turn, will make the dark side so cold the air will precipitate out as snow. Then the atmosphere will equalize, and snow again. Lather, rinse, repeat. Ribbon worlds are airless worlds. Forget about Earth 2.0.

Comment: Re:NOOOOOOOOO (Score 1) 293

by Teresita (#46153293) Attached to: Satya Nadella Named Microsoft CEO
Agreed. For one, I hoped that Microsoft was took over by a woman, which could mean that finally someone who cares about the look-and-feel is in control of the company

Because everyone knows us'uns womenfolk are all touchy-feely. That's the ticket. Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer just would not stop and ask for directions.

Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 513

by Teresita (#46024371) Attached to: HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8
Why would you buy a PC from HP? The amount of crapware on the laptop we got for my wife several years ago was downright pathetic...

1. Buy a Win8x box.
2. Execute the free "Downgrade" to Win7, which won't run the 8x crapware, because in HP's own words, "Windows 7 will not be supported on these new platforms, and no drivers, apps, or Windows 7 content will be available through HP."
3. ????
4. Profit

Comment: Re:Orson Scott Card (Score 5, Interesting) 732

by Teresita (#45348183) Attached to: Movie Review: <em>Ender's Game</em>
I'm not much interested in Hollywood versions of classic books, ever since Peter Jackson took a book that is much shorter than any of the books in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and stretched it out to what promises to be a trilogy in it's own right. The Will Smith "I, Robot" has almost nothing to do with Asimov's stories. If Hollywood brought the notoriously talky Foundation Trilogy to the screen it would have nine films, be crammed with CGI fleets slamming into one another, the Mule would be more physically intimidating than Sauron and Arkadia Darrell would have bigger tits and ass than Beyonce.

Comment: Re:Whoever takes over will have a hard time (Score 2) 196

by Teresita (#44705757) Attached to: Elop Favored By Gamblers As Microsoft's Next Chief Executive
They should do #1 anyway. Stardock already figured out how to run Metro apps on the desktop, and having that option would dramatically help adoption in corporate settings.

What galls people is they have to add aftermarket software just to make the Win8 UI acceptable. It's like getting a brand new car, and having to take it to a garage so they can make the left pedal work as the brake and the right pedal work as the accelerator again.

Comment: Re:Idiocracy (Score 1) 628

Make it illegal to send a text if you know the recipient is driving. Now you gotta prove to a court of law that the sender knew. But it's easy to prove the driver was texting by checking phone records. But no, we don't want to do that, because it would imply making it illegal to text while driving.

Comment: Re: Dont Care (Score 4, Funny) 413

by Teresita (#44693255) Attached to: Devs Flay Microsoft For Withholding Windows 8.1 RTM
Microsoft got burned by all those developers bad mouthing Win8 for months before it came out, which killed sales, and they won't let that happen again. It's a Google conspiracy, you see. Because Win8 is actually a great OS. Who doesn't want to sit in the office all day swiping tiles until their arm breaks off? It's good for your triceps.

Comment: Re:What's good for others apparently is no good fo (Score 1) 355

by Teresita (#44685049) Attached to: Break Microsoft Up
Praise for chromecast among whom? I think the corporate media really pushed the thing to where it got initial traction, but it appears that the development community is turning against it with the lockdown on unauthorized streaming content. I got a Rikomagic TV stick, also for $35, runs Android, can't be locked down. Chromecast doesn't interest me.

Comment: Re:Honest question: Why does Metro exist on deskto (Score 1) 496

by Teresita (#44671057) Attached to: Windows 8.1 RTM Trickling Out, With Start Menu and Boot-to-Desktop
I have been using Windows 8 on a few of my machines. I have been trying and failing to understand why Metro exists on desktops. I can understand tablets, but desktops? What does it do for an advanced user that cannot be done in standard desktop?

What it is intended to do is boost Microsoft's anemic penetration of the mobile market by forcing everyone to get accustomed to the Zune-style tiles UI on the desktop machines they have to use at work so they'll see a phone or tablet and won't shy away, and somehow this will translate to market share. Unfortunately, it's a non-starter because people buy phones and tablets for relaxing AFTER work. Because after 5 pm it's time to do something DIFFERENT than PowerPoint and Outlook and Excel.

"Look! There! Evil!.. pure and simple, total evil from the Eighth Dimension!" -- Buckaroo Banzai