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Comment: Re:Good Changes All Around (Score 1) 505

by rseuhs (#44120053) Attached to: Hands-On With Windows 8.1 Preview
It's a matter of degree:

Canonical is not an US-company and (supposedly) has no agreement with the NSA - Microsoft was the first company that made a deal with the NSA and is one of the most willing providers for the NSA.

So while some search on Windows 8 probably won't land you in Guantanamo, it may very well lead to some "extra" IRS audit or some other harrassment if the Obama-administration doesn't like it.

Comment: Re:Postponing costs (Score 1) 292

by rseuhs (#43059917) Attached to: A New Version of MS Office Every 90 Days
Complete nonsense.

For example we here regularly do documentation. Which includes putting screenshots in, because often that's the only way to make things clear in GUIs. If we would upgrade every 90 days, we would either have to check the whole documentation and rework a substancial part of it every 90 days or just adopt the Googlesque sloppy "it's not accurate but close enough" attitude.

And of course while the new buzzword-features may be distributed in an email (which nobody will read every 90 days), the new bugs and incompatible changes will not because those will either be unknown or embarassing (or both).

In some cases, when we talk about some new software (for example when we talk about Smartphone-stuff where some improvements are desperately needed) a fast release cycle can be worth it, but for Desktop software? No.

Comment: Re:It'll depend on breakage (Score 1) 292

by rseuhs (#43059849) Attached to: A New Version of MS Office Every 90 Days

If corporations are using complex macros and any real "programming" inside of an Office document, then they're doing it wrong.

If they are using non-connected proprietary apps that will crash just because Microsoft Office is also running at the same time, they're doing it wrong.

If they are NOT using complex macros and any real "programming" inside of an Office document, they don't need MS Office and can use any free alternative.

Comment: Re:Great (Score 3, Insightful) 292

by rseuhs (#43059817) Attached to: A New Version of MS Office Every 90 Days
If your employer supports Microsoft's Home Use Program, Office 2013 Pro is a $10 download.

Wow, so you think that "normal users" only work for companies that "support Microsoft's Home Use Program"?

Let me introduce you to the real world:

  • - More than half of all people don't have an "employer" (self-employed, unemployed, retired, students, etc.)
  • - Most people that have an employer don't use a computer (most jobs are still non-office jobs, so even if 100% of office jobs use MS Office: No office, no MS Office)
  • - Most people in office-jobs don't have any homework where "Home Use" would make sense.
  • - Even when a company depends on homework from employees, it may not need the latest/greatest version and just standardize on Office 2003 which is good enough and not pay for "Microsoft's Home Use Program".
  • - And even when the "Microsoft's Home Use Program" would make perfect sense, there is no guarantee that the company agrees. In fact I would guess that even in the perfect use case, where everything is exactly as Microsoft-marketing thinks it is, most companies rather not join the program.

We are talking about a tiny minority here, not "normal people".

Comment: Re:so what? (Score 1) 812

by rseuhs (#42988403) Attached to: Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat
no one ever said that Karl Marx lacked a conscience

Marx let three of his children starve (while he himself enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle) and drove two more into suicide. In his letters to Engels he expresses hatred for pretty much every ethnic group he has ever known and was described be everybody who knew him as posessing a deep hatred for all humans.

I guess it is not an accident that the left has chosen him as their moral guide.

Comment: The collapse of political correctness (Score 1) 690

by rseuhs (#42477651) Attached to: Why Girls Do Better At School
Slashdot, previously a bastion of political correctness, leftism and anti-white attitude but it is changing. About 5 years (the pre-Obama days) ago, Slashdot (including and especially the posters) was pretty much solidly towing the "progressive" party line.

At that time, the GPs post would have been modded as flamebait.

But now, very politically incorrect posts get modded up.

The whole system seems to be on the ropes and is crumbling. Nobody believes in it anymore, it's like the Soviet-Union in the mid-80s. Let's wait and see what comes afterwards.

Comment: Re:Turnabout (Score 1) 142

by rseuhs (#42462223) Attached to: Africa's Coming Cyber-Crime Epidemic
These kinds of wounds don't heal quickly

Hmmm, then why was the brutally colonized Korea (the Southern part, anyway) able to do it? Why were Germany and Japan, which were almost literally bombed back to the stone age able to do it?

But even more importantly:

Why do black nations which were free forever or for a long time (Libera, Haiti, Ethiopia (no, the 6 years of Italian occupation don't count) or were barely touched by colonialism (most landlocked areas barely had any real contact with Europeans, Chad, Mali, etc.) actually do MUCH WORSE than those nations which were much more intensively colonized (South Africa, Botswana, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya)?

How do you explain that?

And how is it that now the average African has less income, less food and less freedom than at the end of colonialism?

Comment: Re:Turnabout (Score 1) 142

by rseuhs (#42462057) Attached to: Africa's Coming Cyber-Crime Epidemic
Considering what the West has done to Africa ...

Hmm, built roads, railroads, brought medicine, electricity, spend huge sums of the White taxpayer's money for aid...

... it's hard to condemn these people for a little retaliation

Does that mean I get some aid-money from Africa? Will they bring me some advanced technology?

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score -1) 275

by rseuhs (#42429887) Attached to: Pakistan Lifts YouTube Ban For 3 Minutes, Finds More Blasphemy
Exactly. But that is not enough for them, it seems that the two-party monopoly that ensures endless wars, endless immigration, endless tax-increases, endless debts would be enough, but on top of all that, the last honest US-election was probably somewhere in the late-20th century. Obama won 2012 through massive ballot stuffing, he used voter intimidation in 2008, Bush used voting machine manipulation in 2004 and won by voting machine manipulation in 2000. Clinton was using the old trick of votes from dead voters. The last honest election was probably in the 80s or even 70s if not earlier.

Comment: Re:the end of civilization (Score 4, Insightful) 91

by rseuhs (#42418581) Attached to: LG Seeks Sales Ban of Samsung Galaxy Tablet In Korea
In theory you are correct, but there are diminishing returns the more you have of anything. Frivolous lawsuits are caused by lawyers who have otherwise nothing to do, in other words, there are just too many of them.

One reason for that is also overcomplicated and numerous laws, which were created mostly by - lawyers.

The use of money is all the advantage there is to having money. -- B. Franklin