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Comment Unfortunatly... (Score 4, Interesting) 136

..it seems like more and more companies are following this model, although the religious fervor may be less. We were bitten by the VMware scam this year in an audit triggered by the retirement of a legacy system and it's Oracle CPU licenses. Another dirty trick: audit triggered on any reduction of license, nice one! I've also heard of them playing all sorts of license conversion shenanigans when converting from old licenses to new licenses. Thankfully their audit was the last straw that caused our CIO to dictate that we switch to open source RDBMS providers going forward.

Comment Re:Terrible names (Score 1) 378

Charms bar? Continuum? Names used to be fairly intuitive, and even when they weren't completely intuitive their names were derived from their technical function. I'm thinking "context menu", "start menu", "task list", "quick-launch menu", and "system tray". Now they're just marketing doublespeak.

The Charms Bar describes the quantum state of all the Charm quarks used by your install of Windows 10 (within the bounds of quantum mechanics of course).

Comment LOTRO clone, but with more bugs (Score 4, Insightful) 91

It's interface is a mess on the PC with KB/mouse. It is visually good, but nothing groundbreaking. The game really feels like a LOTRO rip-off though, except with a lot more interface and design bugs. Best RPG in decades? It may not even be the best RPG out right now. It's certainly not the best Dragon Age. I like the game so far, but I am not in love with it, the design flaws make it hard to love.

Comment This is yet another idea bound to fail because (Score 1) 264

criminals won't wear them when committing a crime. Even embedding the devices into the body would not work reliably as anything that can be put in can also be taken out. I bet an EMP device could also be used to disable them without invasive surgery. What you'll end up with is a bunch of data on people who are not committing crimes, and a scant few pieces of data on the dumbest of the dumb who would fire a gun with one of these on.

All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.