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Comment Re:Take a step backwards in time ... (Score 1) 461

Bling isn't horrible. When people break established, well-understood standards is horrible. More and more web sites I visit use some fancy drag-n-drop handler so you can drag/swipe like you do on a smart phone. As a result, copy/paste is increasingly broken, scroll bars don't work, clicking to focus often has side effects, among many other problems.

Worst web page UI redesign for no good reason: PayPal. I used to receive a transaction number directly and instantly after completing a payment. Now I get full-screen checkmark congratulating me on spending money, forcing me to navigate AJAX-controlled menus and endure fake swipes to view my "history" to get the transaction number. Once I get to the history entry with my transaction number, most of the information there can't be recorded with a simple copy/paste since it's now a dragable layer, and if I drag the layer to a text file, all I get is a web link to the information, not the information itself.

I fully agree with AthanasiusKircher above.

Comment Re:It's a business opportunity! (Score 1) 320

Windows already has a task scheduler, and sane companies use that instead of adding yet more idiotic, unnecessary services, let alone background tasks.

Given my experience with the horrible, virus-like, watchdog behavior of Google Update, I have no idea what you mean by Google solving updates the nice way.

Comment Re:If you did not pay for the product, you are one (Score 1) 578

What's sad is that since your Home folder is accessible by everything, almost all security is handled at the application level. Even if it were possible to audit Linux (and all the shell layers built on it), that means squat if you use the same applications that you do on Windows. Or, as you're suggesting, any software that's given away for free.

I shrug at people who throw a tantrum over Windows, and then happily use Chrome on Linux.

Comment Great marketing (Score 2) 311

I like how the web site insists that the format is a work in progress, and future versions may not actually load images created with the current implementation.

Unlike document formats, media formats rarely evolve over time. For a media format not to be production ready means it's currently worthless. Be prepared to wait a few years to use a format that will never be widely adopted. Nice.

Comment Re:Physical labor & metrics (Score 1) 165

This was my job when I was employed at a medical warehouse a few months ago.

When we moved into a new building in April of last year, a metric system was put into place in the form of a voice picking headset. The headset told us where to go to pick the product, and we responded when the order was completed. Nobody in the company actually told us what the metric was, but we were graded as a daily percentage of how much product we picked an hour. When they told us that 100% is the engineered standard, but any score below 88% was grounds for termination, I knew right away it was time to think about quitting. There's no way I'm working in an environment where a "B" is a failing grade.

I did hang on for several more months of 12-14 hour shifts, I did finally receive a warning that my score was below 88% and I had two weeks to improve before they sacked me. I quit the same day, then went to the GM and explained exactly why.

It's also worth pointing out that the metric system was totally broken and they knew it, and they didn't care. Our headset voice recognition didn't work with certain voice types, the volume alternated between silence and screaming for no reason making it difficult to hear the directions, sometimes the headset would hear things and pick product on its own or otherwise screw up orders, and sometimes the system went down for hours at a time, leaving us unable to get any work done at all. Management had a team of IT people who's sole purpose was to collect the numbers at the end of the day and "adjust" them for the printed reports they posted on the corkboard the next day. The numbers were essentially fake.

The metric basically said almost every employee was failing. Everybody got warnings. I was apparently one of the few who actually took the metric as an insult, and quit to the surprise of my supervisors.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.