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Comment: Re:Anecdotal evidence (Score 1) 241 241

People always righteously wave that book about as if it was some little known religious text of ultimate authority, without knowing the nature of the project in question.
It is true, there are a lot of really good points in that book. Any project or engineering manager should know it and I've known too many who didn't. I've seen the prophecies sadly come true too many times.

However, we have no idea how Microsoft achieved this; was it a fully staffed project with specific deadlines? Was it many separate projects (an OS could have many areas to examine), possibly scattered in time? A small working group? A long running initiative with domain experts pulled in as needed and no specific deadline? Was it initially small but then grew as different separate problem domains were discovered? A specific goal allocated within each OS project? Etc. etc.

Until we know how they ran the initiative (or initiatives) we can't say at all whether adding more people would be or were bad.

Comment: All and None (Score 1) 484 484

They all "just work" for a lot of users. However, you can't make something as complex as a modern smartphone without bugs. Enormous amounts of testing are done on these devices prior to shipping trying to ensure a good user experience but they will never be bug free. The ultimate test is always millions of users.

Then add flaky wifi/cell networks and 3rd party apps into the mix, just to complicate matters further.

Your case sounds extreme though.

Comment: Re:Bottom line... (Score 1) 331 331

They're probably never going to try enforcing it but if they do; you're absolutely right the warehouse worker can easily fight back. After all it's a free country, Like any free citizen being strong armed by a large threatening entity all he needs to do is understand his rights, face this 90 billion dollar company head on and hire a competent legal team.

Comment: Re:Funny thing... (Score 1) 229 229

Some of these actually have a "Mac expert" they'll hand you over to, even though initially presenting themselves as "Microsoft" or the guys calling me "Your Support Dept".

I just hang up immediately.

If you want to insult them, suggest that their mother must be very disappointed with them and hold the phone a bit farther away.

Comment: Re:Which he needn't do (Score 1) 180 180

I haven't seen him complain. In fact he seems perfectly happy with his method and pace, as is his right. Everybody constantly asking to the fate of the series if he croaks does seem a bit distasteful.

I do believe he has an assistant who could be interfacing to any number of laser levels, or not.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 437 437

Indeed, this article surprised me. I only got the upgrade for a 2nd gen Moto G US version a couple of weeks ago. Friends on the International version 1st gen Moto G, here in Canada, still haven't got the update. It's simply not out yet for most devices.

As for your last comment; I got both an iPhone 4S and a Moto G, I enjoy both, they run latest OS releases fine, tech hate is infantile.

Comment: Re:Apple is what MS always wanted to be (Score 1) 327 327

"without all the backlash and bashing"? Not true. They get bashed for every single move they make! Whether justified or not there are hordes of angry people bashing Apple at every turn. Even independent reviews get accused of taking bribes if not being negative about latest iPad, etc.

Apple bashing is the great circle jerk of our time, both justified and unjustified.

Personally I buy products if they match my use case, all companies want our money. I currently have an iPad Air 2, a Moto G and a PC laptop that replaces a seven year old Macbook Pro.

Comment: Re:I'm surrounded by morons (Score 1) 613 613

Sir Humphrey: Minister, Britain has had the same foreign policy objective for at least the last five hundred years: to create a disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Germans and Italians. Divide and rule, you see. Why should we change now, when it's worked so well?

Hacker: That's all ancient history, surely?

Sir Humphrey: Yes, and current policy. We 'had' to break the whole thing [the EEC] up, so we had to get inside. We tried to break it up from the outside, but that wouldn't work. Now that we're inside we can make a complete pig's breakfast of the whole thing: set the Germans against the French, the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch. The Foreign Office is terribly pleased; it's just like old times.

Hacker: But surely we're all committed to the European ideal?

Sir Humphrey: [chuckles] Really, Minister.

Hacker: If not, why are we pushing for an increase in the membership?

Sir Humphrey: Well, for the same reason. It's just like the United Nations, in fact; the more members it has, the more arguments it can stir up, the more futile and impotent it becomes.

Hacker: What appalling cynicism.

Sir Humphrey: Yes... We call it diplomacy, Minister.

Comment: Re:Go T-Mo (Score 2) 112 112

You seem to believe that people who know that they can unlock/reflash to cyanogenmod or ever figure out how to get it done are the vast majority of the customer base.
Not to mention that the first I heard of crippled phones goes way back, before Android even existed as a dodgy business plan for the company Google would later buy. It wasn't always as easy to find an alternative image to install as today.

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 305 305

What is this Apple lock-in? I just replaced my iPhone 4 with a Moto G, it was no problem to move over my Google mail/calendar/contacts from the iPhone and the Moto G run the same apps: Skype, Dropbox, Boxcryptor Classic, etc. etc. I was set up exactly the same in an hour.

My App store investment over three years amounts to approximately $20 but if I'd spent those on Android Apps I wouldn't be able to move those assets to Apple or Microsoft phones either.

Incidentally today I'm replacing my iPad 2 with an iPad Air 2 - yeah I'm equally happy with iOS/Android. I'm not religious in either direction, I'm too old for that shit and ended it after the great OS/2 flame wars, these are all for profit companies with the same agenda; getting my money.

Comment: Re:Funniest bit (Score 1) 355 355

They didn't say it was never seen before, only to the platform and that's often how they spin it. Fair enough.

Everybody borrows ideas, Android too and that's great because it benefits the consumer. If it causes you constipation that companies borrow and have marketing departments; most products in your home will send you to the pharmacy but be careful because the fibre supplement manufacturer's marketing dept. may have been a bit hyperactive concerning the benefits suggested.

Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 1) 355 355

I don't buy new stuff every year any more and I'm looking to replace an iPad2. I have been waiting for the Air 2. Fortunately in the actual presentation they showed a nice graph spanning all the generations.

Of-course numbers are for enthusiasts and real life is different but I expect I'll feel a big difference.

We have a equal opportunity Calculus class -- it's fully integrated.