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Comment: Re:I was in a similar role (Score 1) 383

by The_Revelation (#45601377) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?
For a moment I thought you might be one of my previous bosses. :)

The system described by OP is very similar to my last position.... except we had about 300 users across APAC in various factories. ERP integrated into everything, including robotics on the assembly lines.

Two Engineers and 1 outsourced ERP consultant got the job done. When Engineering wasn't fixing routine problems, it was contributing software - either manufacturing, ERP or middleware.

You company management is probably correct. Too much staff in the wrong places. Need a receptionist? Get an SD application.

Comment: Microsoft's relationship with XBOX confuses me (Score 1) 292

by The_Revelation (#45374495) Attached to: Stephen Elop Would Pull a Nokia On Microsoft
I would have thought (as a non-owner) that the X-BOX represents one of MS' victories in the consumer space. I wonder sometimes if MS hadn't just made their phone UI more like X-BOX they would have had a highly successful product.

And X-BOX represents an excellent PR opportunity through-out MS' range of products. It introduces consumers to a working, easy to use computer system that builds confidence in their product line and makes them relevant in every living room. I don't understand why companies keep hiring the same bad decision makers.

Comment: Ye Olde Bookseller in the 21st Century! (Score 1) 176

As someone who needs to read a lot for their job, I find the definition of a book does not necessarily imply a square block made out of slivers of paper. In fact, any of the things like that that I have obtained in recent memory suffer due to lack of portability - I don't have enough additional carrying capacity to keep a book geographically close to myself for times when I want to read it.

If only there was a way for book stores to sell digital versions of the text with the item.... just like they did 12 years ago when I last had to buy an assload of textbooks.

To be fair, I don't own a Kindle. Why would I? I have notebook computers and smart phones and tablets, projectors and text-to-speech applications. Hell, even graphic calculators. I mean, you would HAVE to be blind to actually consider crappy-ass Kindles a realistic threat to your business in the wake of the countless other alternatives to read electronically.

Comment: Re:bulls!@$ (Score 1) 53

by The_Revelation (#45365855) Attached to: Your Digital Life Will Only Get More Crowded... If You Let It
So I guess you could call it the Media Whore Factor (MWF), or, the breadth and depth of data exposed to during a sitting rather than the quantity of media consumed.

So, someone skimming Reddit would have a far greater MWF than, say, someone watching Fox NEWS. This might be another way of indicating the relative worthlessness of conventional media that tend to drive viewers through a set of topics of subjectively varying interest.

I still call BS on this, however. I suspect there is a saturation limit on attention and information density, which this study doesn't seem to take into account. As someone else pointed out, extrapolation gone mad.

Comment: That doesn't make sense in the context of Apple (Score 1) 214

by The_Revelation (#45365785) Attached to: What Apple Does and Doesn't Know About You
Hell, just to make my damn phone work I need an iTunes subscription. That ties my phone to my credit card. Then they start spamming me with music suggesting software. They provide software so that police can remotely suck all the data off it. They release back doors so that even if my company remotely bricks it, I can restore my last backup and keep running.

I think its fair to say, Apple's business model very much relies on them being able to collect user data, or to connect users to ways they can share data.

If what they say is true, the iPhone would be an open platform that let me install what I wanted, rather than existing in this walled Apple Only Garden

When some people discover the truth, they just can't understand why everybody isn't eager to hear it.