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Comment: Re:Asimov system? (Score 1) 246

by mcgrew (#48030435) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Overrated?? Asimov wrote over 500 books, both fiction and nonfiction. His stories were between the covers of all the science fiction magazines every month. And the trilogy you rate so poorly won a Hugo award (the most respected science fiction award there is, with the possible exception of the Nebula). He, Heinlein, and Clarke are are often considered to be the "Big Three" of science fiction authors.

Sheesh, judge the author of over 500 books on three. That's pathetic.

Oh, and in case you didn't figure it out, I've been a huge Asimov fan for fifty years (as well as Heinlein and Niven and most of the rest). I didn't care for Clarke, but I'd not call him unimpressive, I just didn't care for his style. If I cared for that style I'd probably love his work, but I don't.

Comment: Re:we are DOOOMED!!! (Score 1) 354

by houghi (#48030431) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

As if those release names only are there for marketing ...
Oh wait, they are. They could call it "Windows New" for all I care. The names mean nothing. They just figured that they could sell more by naming it with a higher number than the previous one. If tbhey thought they would sell more by using something else, they would use that.

Comment: Re:Which users? (Score 1) 246

by mcgrew (#48030233) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Couldn't agree more. Not restoring the (useful) start menu for W8, even as an option, goes to show how much they really care about it's customers.

You're not their customer unless you're buying boxed sets of their OS and apps to install on your home brew machine. Acer, Dell, etc. are their customers. You didn't buy that OS from Microsoft, the OEM did. You bought it from him, and he's the one you should complain to.

Comment: Re:Which users? (Score 1) 246

by mcgrew (#48030149) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

I'm hoping W7 is it for me, but I'd said that XP was it; I've been mostly using Linux for a decade. Then about 3 years ago I bought this notebook and have been too lazy to install kubuntu (which I had on the older one that had been stolen). Despite its annoyances W7's still there.

Comment: Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (Score 1) 246

by mcgrew (#48029939) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

From the time I got Windows 7, and I could just press "start" type the first few characters of the program name and launch it

And then open the file you want to work on. Meanwhile, using the Start Menu, two clicks and your document is open inside the app.

Your method is extremely problematic with something like GIMP that has little or no keyboard use.

Don't like Start? Don't use it. But just because I don't have a use for something doesn't mean it should be abolished.

Comment: Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (Score 1) 246

by mcgrew (#48029875) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

On my small notebook I have the file manager, Thunderbird and Firefox pinned, but I mostly use Open Office Write. Most recently opened documents are two clicks away, while if Oo was pinned a click would open a blank document, and it's a couple more clicks from Oo's interface.

Comment: Re:They've reinvented CB radio! (Score 1) 140

by mcgrew (#48026263) Attached to: LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

Citizens' band is NOT ham radio. CB is limited by law to low power transmitters and anyone can use it. Ham radio can reach anywhere in the world. Also, you need to take a test to be granted a ham license. Never heard of Ohm's Law? No license for you! Back when I was a teenager you had to know Morse code to get a license, the one thing that kept one out of my hands (I never could memorize).

Comment: Re:Gonna miss Snidely Whiplash (Score 1) 30

by Captain Splendid (#48023611) Attached to: Eric Holder to Resign as Attorney General
Goddammit, if I weren't already ideologically minded, I would despise conservatives for their crimes against the english language.

When the best you can manage is passive-aggressive solipsism and intentionally petrified bawdy humour, PUT THE KEYBOARD DOWN.

Another fucking coder thinks the right side of his brain is worth a damn...
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Bored, since I can't do anything to the book but wait for the USPS, I decided to log into my web host's site and check out statistics for my site. Most of them were completely unexpected.

Comment: Re:What's so hard about using the time-honored (Score 1) 241

by houghi (#48020151) Attached to: At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

I am not a coffee drinker, so I never went into Starbucks. Why is it even needed? When I go into a place and I order something to eat or drink, the person serving me makes the drink and gives it to me and takes my money.
Having worked in bars they either are too cheap to pay enough staff or too cheap to buy enough hardware to make the coffee. A third option might be that they save on training, so not everybody can do it.

Amazing what marketing can do. From what I hear it is lousy service for lousy quality at lousy prices and people stand in line for it. THIS is the reason sales and marketing people get away with so much, because they are actualy the people bringing in the money.

The only difference between a car salesman and a computer salesman is that the car salesman knows he's lying.

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