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Comment Re:"7:30 PM" (Score 1) 117

It's been many, many years since the +1 has been mandatory for a large portion of the US

It's still mandatory if you're calling from outside North America - same as everywhere else on the planet.

Comment Re:"7:30 PM" (Score 1) 117

Within North America, we don't use country codes, even when calling internationally.

Good trick if you can manage it. What do you use - owls?

though in writing this is commonly represented simply as + (and people are just expected to know 011 is the replacement)

This is the standard way of representing "code to go international", the point being that it varies from country to country.

I can give my telephone number as +44 1491 NNNNNN

and then anywhere in the world, anyone knows to dial their international access code (in the UK it's 00; it used to be 010), followed by the rest of the number.

FYI, the international code for North America is "1".

Comment Re:no thanks (Score 1, Insightful) 458

Just remember that the tradeoff in Windows is constant breakage and the need to fix glitches manually.

FTFY.

Honestly, if you think your assertion is the right way around then you really haven't tried the pair recently. I've just recently been called upon to do some work moving data out of a Microsoft SQL d/b into some pre-defined XLS spreadsheets. Sounds simple doesn't it? It took two of our software support guys two days to manage to find a magic combination of Microsoft products which would actually interwork together in the advertised fashion. In contrast, installing, configuring and starting all the tools I needed on my Linux system took one command - admittedly I had to press Enter a second time to confirm the system's choices - and then waiting for about 30 seconds.

The Microsoft software environment is a horrendous nightmare when compared to trying to do the same thing on Linux.

Comment Something funny with these numbers (Score 1) 86

So they've been making 1200/week and so far they've sold 100,000 in a month? That means they've been manufacturing them and stockpiling them for the last 83 months (nearly 7 years) prior to launching them.

I smell some made up numbers put into a press release and then blindly copied by the meeja.

Comment Re:Their work is being wasted. (Score 3, Informative) 142

Being mostly a KDE user, I don't know why everybody hates GNOME 2, can anybody explain this?

It's Gnome 3 that gave rise to a lot of bile, not Gnome 2. Gnome 2 on the whole was pretty popular.

Gnome 3 has actually come on a long way too. Its big problem when it first appeared was that it removed lots of important functionality, because the developers thought that they knew better than the users, and although the users wanted them, the developers were of the opinion that they *shouldn't* want them. Suddenly all the things that made your desktop a constructive work environment were taken away, and to begin with at least, complaints were ignored.

Over time though it has got better, and there are features of it which I now really miss when I'm using other desktop environments. There a still some really stupid design decisions, and bits that work worse than in earlier versions, but it's got back to being usable.

A few examples of remaining irritants in Gnome 3:

* If you suspend your laptop, then resume, the network manager prompts you to ask whether you want to reconnect to the WiFi point which you were using before. Why? It doesn't prompt you at boot, just after a resume. Yes, of course I want to carry on using the WiFi I was using a moment ago.
* By default, if you drag a window to the top of the screen it causes the window to be maximised. Yes, I know they copied this from some other desktop, but it doesn't make it any less idiotic. It's overloading a gesture to do something different, and leaving you no way to do the old thing which the gesture used to do. It doesn't even make it any easier to maximise a window, because you could always double click on the title bar to achieve the same thing. It does however mean that if you want a number of tall windows (making best use of your large monitor) you have to jump through hoops to achieve what should be easy.

Doubtless others can provide lots of other examples.

Comment Not just in the USA (Score 1) 229

I was amused recently to hear an interview on the radio with the chief exec of Talk Talk (a UK telecoms company whose USP is "we're cheap!"), where she said how pleased she was because for the first time ever they hadn't come bottom in a customer support satisfaction survey.

Having experienced their customer service (my father has broadband from them - because they're cheap), I'm surprised they managed to move off the bottom slot, but then they do have fierce competition from BT.

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