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Comment: Other possibilities? (Score 2) 127

by grasshoppa (#49176143) Attached to: Physicists Gear Up To Catch a Gravitational Wave

Physicists are finishing a $205 million rebuild of the detectors, known as Advanced LIGO, which should make them 10 times more sensitive and, they say, virtually ensure a detection.

That's if they even exist. Personally, I'd be more excited if they DIDN'T find any as that means there is something significantly wrong with their models, suggesting a whole new playing field yet to be discovered.

Comment: I have an idea.. (Score 5, Informative) 468


By this point, anyone who gets bitten by this or any future shady behavior from a software house with such a sterling DRM reputation deserves whatever they get.

What they don't deserve is our pity. Ridicule maybe. I could even be convinced that "Mocking them" is the appropriate response.

Comment: Wow, seriously? (Score 5, Insightful) 239

by grasshoppa (#48520041) Attached to: Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

Dear Google,

Hi. My name is grasshoppa. You may know me from such famous threads as "Windows 8 Sucks" and "Windows 8 User Interface, wtf?". You may remember that I, along with a multitude of others, warned MS about making such a radical change to the desktop. No, wait, that's not quite right; we warned against FORCING such a radical change to the desktop. But we were assured by various astroturfers that windows 8 was the bees knees, the mutts nuts and various other wonderous bits of animals ( thank you, Sir Terry Pratchett, for that phrase ). We were called all sorts of various names for our opinions. Yet many of us stuck to our guns; we knew that a mobile interface force fed to desktop users was a recipe for failure.

Please. Listen to us now. This is a remarkable bad idea. This is the kind of idea your competitors DREAM of you implementing. It's really the only way they can get a foot hold into your market. And make no mistake; a foot hold will be all they need, because once you start down this road ( and, inevitably back track a week later due to overwhelming user criticism ), you have lost your momentum. You have lost the confidence necessary to stay that one step ahead of them. And they will then proceed to eat your lunch.

Who am I? No one really. Just some poor schmuck that will have to work with YOUR end users when you force feed them a UI change. And I'm already resentful for it.

So please. For the love of all you hold dear, PLEASE DO NOT FORCE A NEW INTERFACE on people.

Comment: Horrible, right? (Score 1) 474

Yet the very same folks that got burned here will line up, again, for the next release.

Folks, until these publishers are punished ( by depriving them of your cash ), they won't change. It's up to each of you to STOP GIVING THEM MONEY.

Of course that will never happen. If gamers actually *learned* EA would have been out of business years ago.

Comment: Plan 1: Don't use "The Clouds!" (Score 1) 150

by grasshoppa (#48149457) Attached to: If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

Seriously, unless there is a very real business need ( and no, the CIO jumping up and down about TEH CLOUDS is not a legitimate business need ), keep your data under your control. Not only does this alleviate the problem of bailout should your provider die on short notice, but it also solves the security of cloud data rather nicely.

Granted, that someone even has to point this out shows just how deep the marketing bullshit is on this.

What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.