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Comment Re:Jeeze... (Score 1) 236

I left that out as sour grapes. I submit apps to the app store (and also develop for other platforms); Apple's rules are actually both well-documented and fairly static. I'd be interested to see what it was that they thought was a major change, especially since with an office suite its not like they'd get into content issues (the most classic gray area).

As for code signing being a "tedious technical problem to fix" ... really? Really?

Comment Re:Jeeze... (Score 1) 236

http://www.infoworld.com/article/2937816/open-source-software/libreoffice-debuts-in-the-mac-app-store.html

From that article: "There are a rather large number of quite tedious technical problems to fix.” These included adding the required sandboxing, changing the behavior of LibreOffice to obey rules about read-write access to files within packages,"

You know, that's possibly not the best attitude the team could have taken. Sandboxing and obeying rules about not writing to your declared program files are actually both good things, and I hope the they make it back into the core package. Yes, they're "quite tedious technical problems," but if the app had been well-behaved to start with they wouldn't have taken any significant time. The fact that they did shows that the time was needed, and that's exactly the kind of boring investment in quality that rarely comes as a requirement from the community.

Comment Re: and they *still* haven't got outline mode (Score 1) 236

Why not take your MS Office budget for a year ($1M?) and hire someone (or a few someones) to build that feature for you,

You know, even at full retail, that'd get you 10,000 copies and include a very long-lived support agreement. And - protip - if you're spending 7 figures you can get a pretty hefty discount, too.

Comment Re:A few years ago (Score 1) 51

Ubuntu hacked a Motorola Atrix so it ran Android when you used it like a phone, but plug it into a dock and suddenly it became a full blown Linux desktop. That's a concept ripe with potential. Doesn't have to be Android of course, but just the idea that it's a phone when you carry it around but you can use it as a computer too with a dock with some ports on it.

Why? We're rapidly reaching the point where for the cost of the dock/monitor/keyboard/etc the additional uncharge for the processor and network card is basically zero. Combine that with cloud-storage (or even phone-storage if you have to) and you have a much simpler, more flexible solution that's usable independently.

Comment Re:Useless article, faulty summary (Score 2) 51

The OS itself is a confusion of UI elements and interactions that require one to spend more time navigating the OS than using it.

That's the classic problem. I don't want an OS to be noticeable - if I see your transition as anything other than "expected", you're doing it wrong. The job of the OS should be to get the fuck out of the way and let me use my device. So far - for me at least - that leaves me at OSX/iOS by default (although they still manage to intrude, they're getting even better with age).

I feel the same way about *NIX window managers - if you have to "use" them on a regular basis, they're doing it wrong.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 346

If you hire contractors to staff a phone bank, the contractors don't get to bring in their own phones to use, you can make them use your own phone system.

And if you hire a 3rd party corporation to do that, you're in the clear. Of course those people are often W2 employees of that corporation.

If you bring in a bunch of individuals and tell them what to do, how to do it, and even when to do it (Uber, for example, doesn't compensate you the same way if you won't work during their required hours) then that starts to look a whole lot like you have employees and are trying to dodge the tax consequences thereof.

As a tech contractor myself, I won't sub out to anyone who doesn't have an LLC and always represented myself behind one for the good of my clients.

Comment Re:And so the cycle of "reform" continues (Score 2) 851

This stuff goes in cycles.... Butter is bad, use trans fats.... To Trans fats are bad, use butter....

Not necessarily. If Trans-Fats come back into style at some point, that's a cycle. If not then it was a mistake due to an inadequate understanding of the foodstuff, possibly caused by an inadequate sample size and time, which has now been recognized and adjusted for. So far it doesn't seem as if there'll be a big pro-trans-fat movement in the foreseeable future.

Comment Re:Excellent. Now how about High Fructose Corn Syr (Score 1) 851

However, given the rate of obesity and type 2 diabetes in this country with strong evidence they are caused by our increased consumption of various kinds of sugar ("real" sugar and HFCS), I would be very much in favor of a relatively high tax on them.

So... not a subsidy then? 'Cos that'd be a start.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981

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