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Comment: Re:No time zones, no DST, centons (Score 1) 277

by bazorg (#49208531) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time Change On Sunday For N. America

And while we are at it, let's eliminate the 24 hr day and 60 minute hour which are based on Sumerian arithmetic. Let's use digital (base 10) time. The primary unit would be the Centon (1/100th of a planetary rotation

That's just silly! We are the generation that grew with the internet tubes, we all use Swatch .beats.

e.g.: Usain Bolt did a 100m sprint in under 0.11574074074074073 .beats!

Comment: Re:On OS to rule us all? (Score 1) 66

The UX design "Modern" gets a lot of stick but is well aligned with everything that is widely accepted in present day applications. Just look at the Skype and eBay apps on W8 as good examples of what people can do if they leave "advanced settings" to be done on the website rather than on the standard UI. The Office ribbon was a change that also got a lot of criticism from old time users, but in actual fact works much better than having ALL UI elements on the screen with some grayed out.

As for the App ecosystem, the top 10 apps are not different from the iOS and Android top 10. It's the long tail that is much richer for those 2 markets. Other than developing universal apps or forfeiting any chance of ever getting more than 5% of total PC market share, what is Microsoft to do? Listen to old grumpy people on slashdot?

Comment: Re:Important information for TV producers (Score 1) 145

by bazorg (#49189507) Attached to: A Critical Look At CSI: Cyber

3. Hackers are capable of accurately predicting anything. The trajectory of a car going over an open drawbridge, the food someone buys at a grocery store, which entrance someone will use at a shopping mall - ANYTHING. Because they have computers.

Spock could do much better. He'd say "this plan has a 4.56% change of getting us out alive" and everyone agreed.

Comment: Re:Electronic White Boards (Score 1) 164

by bazorg (#49157603) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Whiteboard Substitutes For Distributed Teams?

I've seen this one in action and it works really well. It's not a touchscreen like those on your phone, the screen edges work like a camera to find where your fingers and where the pens are. It works like a normal screen attached to your PC and then there's a Windows application that lets you make annotations beyond what the normal OCR and OneNote drawings allow. I'm trying to get my company to buy at least one of these.

They also have smart whiteboards that scan their content and broadcast it to mobile phone apps. It's not bi-directional interactive like the big Smart screen but it's only £500 I think.

Comment: Re:Drama queen (Score 2) 196

by bazorg (#49036477) Attached to: Firefox To Mandate Extension Signing

Developers! Developers! Developers! are obviously very important, but end users are also a stakeholder in this conversation. If today there are closed app markets and signatures it is in part because there are enough developers out there capable of producing malware that looks and behaves like something any buyer would download unless warned not to do so. It's an arms race of sorts, and if you're a developer who prefers to remain anonymous and unaccountable, then it's something that users should be warned of when they come across your applications/extensions.

Comment: yeah, you got us, it's the chemtrail thing (Score 5, Funny) 77

by bazorg (#49009641) Attached to: Mystery Ash Clouds Rain In Parts of Washington, Oregon

Some of the sheeple I monitor on FB figured out that "they" are spreading thought control gas using airplane fuel. At the last meeting of the Illuminati board I asked if we could contaminate fuel supplies worldwide why weren't we doing that with regular car fuel instead... would reach more people rather than just those under flight paths. Then one of the guys came up with the idea of adding the thought control formula to erupting volcanoes so that it's harder to trace it to us. I still think it's a bit inefficient and too 007-super-villain way of doing things but the higher ups always know best. oh well. Back to fudging the lottery numbers for next weekend I guess.

Comment: Re:Crazy (Score 1) 70

by bazorg (#48837851) Attached to: Andy Wolber Explores Online Word Processors' ODF Support

There more than one reason behind this:

1) everything that is online only has a potential to earn a rent at some point.
2) cloud providers are better at keeping data backed up than the typical home user
3) advertising revenue for provider.
4) some features like the aforementioned teamwork do work well if applications and shared data are centrally hosted
5) new features can be added and tested with minimal effort.
6) customer retention. Even if there are no ugly tricks to prevent paying users from leaving, having to migrate 500GB of storage bundled with the word processor is a barrier to leaving.

Comment: Re:Slashvertizement ... (Score 0) 112

by bazorg (#48814301) Attached to: Facebook Targets Office Workers With Facebook At Work Service

Every time I've seen a corporation trying to "leverage social media techologies in-house" my bullshit alarm bells go off

Could it be your bullshit alarm is really sensitive? If you take the user-friendly UI and familiarity of Facebook, Twitter, etc and apply it to internal web applications like a document library, would you not get an easier adoption, and through network effect have more benefits for everyone? Would you not be steering users away from using email for everything?

The way I see it, home computing and enterprise computing influence each other and that's not something that just happened when Facebook became big. There's terrible enterprise application UIs out there which would definitely benefit from copying good things from the properly design websites. In comparison, Yammer, Podio and Jive look like tools that people would actually use rather than accumulating local copies of every email and Office doc they've ever received, missing out on a good search function. "Enterprise social media" can work, let's not dismiss it just because it looks like something hipsters would approve.

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