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Comment: Re:We're entering science fiction, folks. (Score 2) 606

by bazorg (#49533757) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

In other words, you're saying that everyone should be distrusted, except for those who already agree with you. Interesting how the new legislation being considered might satisfy this point of view: by having anti vaccination people all in the same schools their views will be perpetuated no matter what the rest of the people say.

Recently a mother of 7 in Australia was interviewed after all of her children caught whooping cough. She said that after filtering out all mainstream media and medical advice it made sense to not vaccinate, which was something she ended up regretting. Without perfect quarantine and with more kids in vaccine-optional schools, it will be interesting to find the long term effects of this opting-out and how the broad accusations of government and pharma corruption will fit with the predictable increase in case of avoidable disease.

Comment: Re:Wishful thinking folks (Score 1) 303

by bazorg (#49397655) Attached to: Microsoft Engineer: Open Source Windows Is 'Definitely Possible'

If Windows with Bing is a sign of things to come is that there will be a subscription based offering for people who don't get Windows with a new PC. I'd be interested in seeing this go ahead, at the very least to see what's so difficult about getting Windows (and x86 Firefox) on my £99 Hudl2 tablet.

I pressed submit too soon, meant to add that the truly interesting thing will be when Windows with Bing is available in retail and Apple says NOPE, our iPads are off-limits.

Comment: Wishful thinking folks (Score 1) 303

by bazorg (#49397633) Attached to: Microsoft Engineer: Open Source Windows Is 'Definitely Possible'

He also noted that Microsoft is beginning to adopt a strategy familiar to open source vendors: give away the software, and then sell support and related products.

well I happen to work in a Microsoft "ecosystem" and this is not what I see. What Microsoft is doing is a move toward the freemium model that is so popular with everything mobile and non-x86. Freeware instead of licenses and ad hoc purchases of "Support" don't pay the rent, there's plenty of evidence for that in Linux-based software that never goes from "project" to "product"...

Today you can use the Office applications over the web for free but if you want the more advanced parts, get the credit card ready to sign up for a 12 month subscription, rather than paying license up front with annual maintenance like before.
If Windows with Bing is a sign of things to come is that there will be a subscription based offering for people who don't get Windows with a new PC. I'd be interested in seeing this go ahead, at the very least to see what's so difficult about getting Windows (and x86 Firefox) on my £99 Hudl2 tablet.

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.

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