People are waaaaay too paranoid these days. There is nothing sacred about your name and address. No one can steal your identity with it. If the email had your SSN or DOB in it, that would be different. But your name and address? If you have a landline phone, it's probably in a phone book and on numerous telephone directory websites and has been for years. Public court records have your name and address too. Nobody cares.
Maybe that's one of the reasons why it flopped?
This AC needs to be modded up. WAY up. I once worked at a company that in 2004 was still using a DOS-based application for many of their core functions. Why? It was easy to maintain and modify and it got the job done - very well in fact. There's a lot to be learned from the old adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
Sounds like a lot of trouble for something that can be easily and more securely done with any several of free services like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Windows SkyDrive, Ubuntu One, etc.
True this. Wish I had some mod points right now, AC or not.
Agreed. The author makes the assumption that aliens would only want to meet us for utilitarian reasons and since they would have no use for us puny, unsophisticated humans, they'd just thumb their nose at our solar system and continue their journey without stopping to say hello. Maybe instead they would want to meet us to actually befriend us, in a "United Federation of Planets" sort of way. Isn't this the main source of our own curiousity? Just to see "who's out there"?
...will no longer sell any business machines. Interesting.
Agreed on just all points except this one: "Home users and younger generation have stopped buying PCs/Laptops..." This is simply not true. I know plenty of people in those same demographics who still buy and use full-sized PCs and laptops. They still want a real keyboard and mouse. PCs and laptops are lasting longer though. Consumers and (especially) businesses just don't see the need to go buy a new one every 3 years. One also needs to consider the fact that just 10-15 years ago, PCs were nowhere near as ubiquitous as they are today. Back then, many people were buying their very first PC. Sales have dropped off since then in part due to the fact that just about everyone already has one.
All it would take is a service pack. Let users decide if they want Metro or not. Let users decide if they want the start menu taking over their entire screen. I can't see how this would be complicated. The biggest hurdle is getting a marketing department to admit they made a mistake. The only time I can remember that ever happening was with New Coke. Coca-Cola sucked it up, gave the consumers what they wanted, and saved their brand. The ball is in Microsoft's court.
Pardon my retail ignorance, but the manufacturers can't just put Windows 7 on the machines? Personally, I build my own computers so I put whatever OS on them I want and sometimes that's Xubuntu.
That is all.
what a particular company or organization does. "Kickstarter" isn't exactly a household name.
First line of article re-write: "Kickstarter, an online pledge system for funding creative projects, has really taken off in the past year, raising big money for a wide variety of projects."
...the $600 price tags on phones. As a T-Mobile customer, I hope this isn't a sign of them about to go out of business.
If you are attempting to smuggle in drugs and they catch you at the border, you still get arrested and charged with a crime. It's nice to see the court side in favor of liberty for a change.
I won't fly without being semi-unconscious.