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Comment Complain with your $$, not with your KEYBOARD. (Score 1) 303

This isn't that hard. They'll get the message when people start leaving vendors in DROVES. Reward the companies that still provide what you want, and punish the ones that don't by not giving them your $$$. They'll get the message when their people leave. Don't cling to your 'grandfather' clause. Go now. (and no, I don't work for Sprint).

But whatever you do, don't WHINE about it until you no longer *have* choices.

Comment Look past the device... (Score 3, Insightful) 375

I'd wager it's not the device... or the table space that a laptop takes up... It's way more physical than that...

It's about CHAIRS and WIFI.

No one wants to go sit in a coffee shop and when you get there, there are no seats because people have 'set up shop' and are there for the long haul. They want you to enjoy your coffee, and LEAVE. Same goes for WIFI. What once was a sales feature to get you INTO the store: Free WiFi, is now something that KEEPS you in the store, but doesn't make any more money for the shops. How many people drink cup after cup of coffee the entire 2-3 hours they're sitting there? nope. they got one $2 cup of coffee, and then tie up the seats and the wifi for hours. And their WiFi is probably over taxed because of it...

Books don't consume WiFi, and most people don't read a book for hours.

Comment Everyone focuses on the WRONG monopoly.... (Score 1) 817

It's not WINDOWS that forces businesses to keep buying new versions Windows... It's OFFICE. Cross suite compatibility is never complete, so document conversion and retraining are WAY to expensive to justify changing office suites, even when it's 'free'. And that includes Outlook (and subquently Exchange).

Sure, windows has some nice services (domain login's, etc.) but that's not enough to cement it into the heart of business.

It's their DATA.

If you're going to replace windows, your replacement better run OFFICE.

Comment Micro payments are an interesting idea... (Score 1) 475

...but the problem is, most sites thing $.50 or $1 is a "micropayment" because you're not paying $12.95/month for it.

It's the same problem with downloading music for $1 per song. Um.. No. That's $12 for an album, which is what I can usually find it for in a store.

Micro-payments must be just that... MICRO. That means LESS than $.01. Along the lines of $.001 or less, and you have to CONSTANTLY keep people informed as to their balance and/or tab....

And, if you're counting on USERS to provide you your content (a la YouTube), you better PAY them for giving you their content...


Submission + - Netbook Effect's Influence On Next Gen Laptops (

adeelarshad82 writes: Fortunately for consumers and business users alike the "netbook effect" has started a new trend which will force the next generation laptops (known as thin & light) to be much cheaper. Though these days cheap laptops mean compromising in performance but it's anticipating that the thin and light will have more processing power than most netbooks & notebooks these days.
Social Networks

Submission + - SPAM: MySpace Supports Silverlight for OpenSocial Apps

narramissic writes: "Microsoft and MySpace have released code that will help developers build OpenSocial applications using Silverlight that run on MySpace's Open Platform. In addition, according to the ITworld article, MySpace is planning to release an application for Windows Mobile in a few months and that application will also use Silverlight."
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Submission + - How do I make my Netbook more manly?

basementman writes: I recently purchased a 10 inch white MSI wind. As you can see it's a small computer and it's good for what I use it for. I get a lot of comments from women saying it is "cute" or "adorable". Not the good kind of cute that will get me laid though, the kind of cute that says they thing I have different sexual presences than I actually do (not that there is anything wrong with that). So how can I make my netbook more manly, or at least have some witty line to respond to the their comments.
The Media

Submission + - European Newspapers' business models work (

davecb writes: "German newspaper Bild, the biggest in Europe, reported the highest profit in its 62-year history. U.S. newspapers, on the other hand, whine piteously.
The difference? Successful European newspapers like Bild and VG Nett (Verdens Gang, a tabloid) are prepared to compete with themselves and actually create business models which admit to the existence of the net."


Submission + - IBM tries to patent offshoring (

Ian Lamont writes: "IBM has filed a patent application that covers offshoring employees. Application 20090083107, dated March 26, 2009, is a "method and system for strategic global resource sourcing." Figure 2 gives a pretty good idea of what's involved — it shows boxes labelled "Engineer," "HR," and "Programmer" with crossing arrows pointing to cylinders labelled "India," "China," and "Hungary." The article speculates that IBM may apply the methodology to its own staff — it reportedly plans to lay off thousands of employees and has even started a program to have IBM workers transfer to other countries at local wages."

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