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Submission Office 365 "On Demand" gone?-> 2

jbarr writes: Back in December, I paid for an Office 365 Home Premium subscription. One of the selling features (which is still being advertised as a feature) is the Office On Demand feature. You open a Web browser, login to your Office 365 account, and click on an "On Demand application (like Word, Excel, Access, outlook, etc.) and it launches a "streamed" instance of the application. It's like a Remote Desktop or Citrix session that provides access to a full version of each Office application from any Internet-connected Windows 7 and Windows 8.x box.

On Demand is not to be confused with their "Office Online" feature which are Web Apps of most Office applications (except Access and Publisher.) These versions are limited in function, whereas the On Demand versions were full, streamed instances of the application.

About a week or so ago, I signed in, and the ability to launch the On Demand applications was gone, effectively locking me out of an important feature that I paid for. I did a Google Search, and found several threads discussing this, yet no one seems to know what's going on. There is one kind soul who presented a workaround to launch Word and Excel On Demand which is great (thank you!) but to no fault of his, it doesn't address launching other On Demand applications.

I paid-for a feature that is still advertised, and it is now not available without notice. And there is no explanation. If servers are down, fine. Post a message stating it. If you are adding or changing features, then post a page stating it. But as it stands, all On Demand functionality has simply been stripped out with no explanation rendering my Access databases useless. Yes, I can locally install Access 2013 from my Office 365 Home Premium subscription, but that misses the point that a paid-for feature has been removed without explanation or compensation.

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Comment Doesn't this really amount to extortion? (Score 2) 106

Doesn't the addition of all these domains mean that companies that keep a tight leash on their trademarking (like Coke, Pepsi, Microsoft, etc.) will have to shell out hundreds of new and ongoing registration fees just to ensure that some obscure domain isn't hijacked with their name? This seems more like a cash cow for ICANN than a thought-out expansion.

Comment How about "Anything"? (Score 1) 352

The patriotism of WWII, the urgency of the Space Race, the fear in the Cold War, the shock of 911--all these instilled a sense of pride and drive to accomplish specific and strategic goals as a nation. While you can debate the ethics behind and what came out of these endeavors, you really can't deny that the United States came together, pooled its resources, and focused on getting things done. We are so stagnate and complacent as a country these days that we have lost that drive, that pride in being great.

Comment Question: Am I really sharing THE ENTIRE WORK? (Score 0) 339

Let's say I have a file seeding on Bittorrent, and I am one of a number of seeders. Am I really sharing the whole file? Or am I really sharing multiple pieces of a file?

What I mean is that when someone starts getting a file via Bittorrent, he may be getting one or more parts of the file from me, and other parts potentially from countless other seeders. So if a copyright troll says that I'm making files available for download, in theory, aren't I only serving out "parts" of a whole, not the whole?

Obviously, there is no guarantee that a leecher isn't downloading EVERYTHING from me, so why not create a modification to Bittorrent that only makes a portion of the whole file available? THis way, no one could ever say that I am making THE ENTIRE FILE available?

IANAL, of course, but it seems to me that "the industry" thrives on splitting hairs and riding on legal fine lines, so why not exploit that ourselves?

What do you think?

Comment Re:GEOS! (Score 1) 654

Yep. I remember using GEOS on my C-64 back in College. I had a 300 baud modem attached, and was able to download a "GEOS Programming Guide" text file from Quantum Link. It took several hours to download, and when I printed all 70+ pages on my Star Micronics dot-matrix printer.

Those were the days of patience!

GEOS was later incorporated into the Casio Zoomer/ZPDA, a handheld PDA that came out about the same time as the original Apple Message Pad. It was the precursor to the Palm Pilot.

Comment News Writing vs. Reporting (Score 1) 75

To me, the biggest problem is that most news outlets are "writing" news instead of "reporting" news. Today, it's all about spin and market share. OK, so this is certainly nothing new. Heck, the "Oh the humanity!" reporting at the Hindenburg disaster was probably nothing new at its time. Maybe I'm just Old School, but when I see a newscaster reading a story on the 11:00 news, I have an expectation that what he is saying is as factual as the reporters were able to determine, and that opinion and editorial are left out. Unfortunately, that's an expectation of the past.

Comment Re:Why spread the vile? (Score 1) 699

Don't dismiss "free press" so quickly. I personally do not agree with their message or method of delivering their message, but they have a Constitutional right to speak their message, just as you or I have the Constitutional right to voice our disagreement with it. Liberty and freedom don't come cheaply.

Comment So what? (Score 1) 699

Do Westboro's actions in any way diminish the innovation that Steve Jobs contributed to the technology industry?

Any answer other than "No!" should be considered very naive.

Let Westboro have their day of protest--which will be very short-lived. Conversely, Steve Job's legacy will live on far longer than theirs ever will.

Besides, it is their Constitutional right to protest, just as it is mine to disagree with them.

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