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Comment: Re:Start Button in 8.1 is useless. (Score 1) 543

by cwhicks (#44160739) Attached to: Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

Dude you must be trolling or work for MS because you have to KNOW what you are saying is all BS. So I am giving up after this, you win.

1. Why would I want to go to keyboard shortcuts in a graphical OS? Different has to be better or at least not moving in reverse. You are giving me inferior work arounds to get to features I had in 7.

2. Perfect! 4 little squares vs infinite full screen/half screen/quarter screen/ 1/16 screen, whichever I wanted, that I can switch between with the click of the mouse. Worse.

3. I don't want an app store at all. Microsoft does to make money. It is a shill for MS and again it does nothing for me.

As another poster stated, different/new is great if it does something better or gives me a better "something".

Comment: Re:Start Button in 8.1 is useless. (Score 1) 543

by cwhicks (#44159395) Attached to: Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

1. I can turn it off and then how do I do anything? There is no other method.

2. That is two applications. I currently while typing, have 5 applications open. This can't be done.

3. I don't want to run in a browser, I want the native app. You are offering workarounds for an unusable desktop OS

You prove my point exactly. In all case, it is worse that 7. Thanks for the response anyway.

Comment: Re:Start Button in 8.1 is useless. (Score 0) 543

by cwhicks (#44158479) Attached to: Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

Unusable is the term I use. Tell me how it is better unless you are using a touch screen.

I want to do work. I don't want to all this touch screen, corners garbage. I want to have Chrome open, and the App store open at the same time. I can't do that. I have to switch between the Desktop and the "thingy" interface. Why? I have a huge screen for a reason, so that I can have multiple programs I am using open at one time. Anything that is written for windows 8 runs in the "thingy". I want Netflix running down in the corner on top of everything else. How do I do that? If there is a way to do it without a bunch of hacks, it is worse.


Former Exec Says Electronic Arts "Is In the Wrong Business" 180

Posted by Soulskill
from the inspiring-internet-outrage-is-a-bad-business-model dept.
Mitch Lasky was the executive vice president of Mobile and Online at Electronic Arts until leaving the publisher to work at an investment firm. He now has some harsh things to say about how EA has been run over the past several years, in particular criticizing the decisions of CEO John Riccitiello. Quoting: "EA is in the wrong business, with the wrong cost structure and the wrong team, but somehow they seem to think that it is going to be a smooth, two-year transition from packaged goods to digital. Think again. ... by far the greatest failure of Riccitiello's strategy has been the EA Games division. JR bet his tenure on EA's ability to 'grow their way through the transition' to digital/online with hit packaged goods titles. They honestly believed that they had a decade to make this transition (I think it's more like 2-3 years). Since the recurring-revenue sports titles were already 'booked' (i.e., fully accounted for in the Wall Street estimates) it fell to EA Games to make hits that could move the needle. It's been a very ugly scene, indeed. From Spore, to Dead Space, to Mirror's Edge, to Need for Speed: Undercover, it's been one expensive commercial disappointment for EA Games after another. Not to mention the shut-down of Pandemic, half of the justification for EA's $850MM acquisition of Bioware-Pandemic. And don't think that Dante's Inferno, or Knights of the Old Republic, is going to make it all better. It's a bankrupt strategy."

Mars Images Reveal Evidence of Ancient Lakes 128

Posted by timothy
from the older-I-get-the-wetter-mars-was dept.
Matt_dk writes "Spectacular satellite images suggest that Mars was warm enough to sustain lakes three billion years ago, a period that was previously thought to be too cold and arid to sustain water on the surface, according to research published today in the journal Geology. Earlier research had suggested that Mars had a warm and wet early history but that between 4 billion and 3.8 billion years ago, before the Hesperian Epoch, the planet lost most of its atmosphere and became cold and dry. In the new study, the researchers analysed detailed images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is currently circling the red planet, and concluded that there were later episodes where Mars experienced warm and wet periods."

Apple Orders 10 Million Tablets? 221

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the pricepoint-better-be-right dept.
Arvisp writes "According to a blog post by former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee, Apple plans to produce nearly 10 million tablets in the still-unannounced product's first year. If Lee's blog post is to be believed, Apple plans to sell nearly twice as many tablets as it did iPhones in the product's first year."

NYT's "Games To Avoid" an Ironic, Perfect Gamer Wish List 189

Posted by Soulskill
from the more-or-less dept.
MojoKid writes "From October to December, the advertising departments of a thousand companies exhort children to beg, cajole, and guilt-trip their parents for all manner of inappropriate digital entertainment. As supposedly informed gatekeepers, we sadly earthbound Santas are reduced to scouring the back pages of gaming review sites and magazines, trying to evaluate whether the tot at home is ready for Big Bird's Egg Hunt or Bayonetta. Luckily, The New York Times is here to help. In a recent article provokingly titled 'Ten Games to Cross off Your Child's Gift List,' the NYT names its list of big bads — the video games so foul, so gruesome, so perverse that we'd recommend you buy them immediately — for yourself. Alternatively, if you need gift ideas for the surly, pale teenager in your home whose body contains more plastic then your average d20, this is the newspaper clipping to stuff in your pocket. In other words, if you need a list like this to understand what games to not stuff little Johnny's stocking with this holiday season, you've got larger issues you should concern yourself with. We'd suggest picking up an auto-shotty and taking a few rounds against the horde — it's a wonderful stress relief and you're probably going to need it."

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