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Comment: Re:why do people still use google, given tracking? (Score 1) 93

by ion.simon.c (#36707842) Attached to: Google Chairman To Testify At Antitrust Hearing

...however, the bottom line is nobody is buying what you are selling.

They're not buying it, 'cause it comes free of charge! ;)

Try Kubuntu, with Crossover Linux (née Crossover Office), if you must run Office. You're likely to be pleasantly surprised. (I type this while waiting Win 7 Pro to complete a five-minute software install for my MS LifeCam Cinema. This camera worked out-of-the-box with Kubuntu.)

Comment: Re:Nobody has spotted the obvious (Score 1) 378

by ion.simon.c (#34978798) Attached to: Why Eric Schmidt Left As CEO of Google?

Really? A company is under official investigation on three continents for the largest unauthorised capture of private information that has ever happened?

/me stares.
If I hire a million men to walk through the streets of every major city on earth recording the conversations of those that they pass by, is that a crime? This is *certainly* an unauthorized capture; but should one take issue it?

Comment: Re:Repetition (Score 1) 341

by ion.simon.c (#34282892) Attached to: Why Don't We Finish More Games?

*blink* What was innovative about BioShock? It seemed to me that System Shock 2 (and maybe 1, never played it) had already done the compelling story in a creepy atmosphere bit, as well as the and it feels that there have been many other games that have done the "mix this weapon with this portion of the environment to get an interesting effect" thing.

Well, I guess that BS had the randomly respawing monsters to give the feeling of the levels being more alive than they really were. (I can't remember if SS2 did that or not.)

I totally agree with the chain-link fence BS.

Comment: Re:How do you explain that, given the facts? (Score 1) 426

by ion.simon.c (#34227234) Attached to: Windows Phone Permanently Modifies MicroSD Cards, Warns Samsung

Microsoft is a very large company and to my surprise there is not nearly as much cross team communication going on as you'd expect from the outside.

It's worse than that. I have a friend in the Bay Area whose company was being courted by several big-name software companies, one of which was Microsoft. The big-wigs at my buddies company learned that each division inside MSFT is a company unto itself.
Additionally, each division is rewarded for periodic performance gains, even if those gains come at the cost of another division's progress. It was learned that the SOP inside MSFT was to treat other divisions as potential competitors, denying them access to information and resources from the people in your division, regardless if this collaboration would benefit the company as a whole.
I'd imagine that this makes for a poisonous workplace. :/

It is masked but always present. I don't know who built to it. It came before the first kernel.