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Comment: MS & Start Menu (Score 4, Interesting) 442

by jakartus (#40474169) Attached to: Microsoft Trying To Woo Businesses To Windows 8
The odd thing to me is that they just can't compromise and allow for a Start Menu on the desktop. It isn't like this is a new product, they have a significant existing user base. Just have an option. Maybe right click the taskbar and the properties dialog has a "Show Start Menu" option. That alone would be huge.

The funny thing I think is that one of the reasons Windows Mobile 6.x sucked was the insistence on the Start Menu paradigm. But now to have a more mobile friendly interface they kill the start menu on PC's.

Comment: So do we know it was the drone? (Score 2) 140

by jakartus (#38721130) Attached to: Drone Guides Fuel Shipment to Alaskan Town
Or would the geek in us just like to assume it?

From http://dec.alaska.gov/Spar/renda/index.htm

01/11/2012 - The T/V Renda and CGC Healy have not travelled any significant distance since noon yesterday. The vessels remain approximately 100 nautical miles from Nome. An experienced U.S. ice navigator hired by Vitus Marine as a technical advisor arrived safely on board the Healy around 4:00 PM today. He may transfer to Renda after assessing the challenges from on board the Healy.

01/12/2012 - The vessels worked until approximately 12:30 am this morning and made good progress. They are currently about 70 miles from Nome and hopeful for continued good progress today. (updated 10:15am)

01/13/2012 - At this time, the Renda is staying offshore while the Healy is making runs to test the ice and determine the best place for the Renda to moor for the fuel transfer.

Comment: Re:In fact? ASTOUNDING even myself, see inside (Score 1) 160

by jakartus (#38495530) Attached to: Android Approved By Pentagon
It is good that you can still remember potentially incorrect facts 10 years later, it is more of an old "Microsoft Windows 2000 Marketing Blitz Fact" than an actual fact IMO

100M lines of pre-Windows 2000 code here

I say potentially because "lines of code" isn't a great metric, it is hard to know if its apples to apples language wise etc etc

Comment: New trend... (Score 3, Interesting) 165

by jakartus (#38007316) Attached to: Biofuel Thieves Steal Restaurant Grease

Comment: Re:Daunting (Score 1) 354

by jakartus (#37720336) Attached to: Google Employee Accidentally Shares Rant About Google+
I've purchased items on newegg.com for many years, still doesn't make Amazon "daunting". Although taking a peek at it now, looks like they (newegg) have changed the UI a little bit, at least since the last time I logged in.

I often assumed Newegg had the best pricing in the past, but then found a physical store chain (Microcenter.com) that beat it cost on some items, even with sales tax taken into account, so go figure.

Comment: Daunting (Score 1) 354

by jakartus (#37697302) Attached to: Google Employee Accidentally Shares Rant About Google+
FTA : "In fact I myself find the website disturbingly daunting, and I worked there for over half a decade. I've just learned to kinda defocus my eyes and concentrate on the million or so pixels near the center of the page above the fold."

Huh? we are talking about the e-commerce site?. Just type in what you want and hit search. Add to cart. submit, done. How hard is that? Retail usuallly isn't about big empty spaces. Unless you have large profit margins or physically large products (think Apple stores, 'phone' stores, car dealerships, high end audio etc)

If it happens once, it's a bug. If it happens twice, it's a feature. If it happens more than twice, it's a design philosophy.