Give him a break - he doesn't type so fast these days, what with the arthritis, and forgetting what he was doing midway through...
You left out the part where when they notice readership is in decline, they double-down on making it more like .
Come on, don't be so hard on it; that survey is still in Beta!
They should take this site and give it a new name. Or get Malda to let them use "Chips & Dips".
Leave everything else intact, archives, user ID database, everything except the name.
Then use the Beta code and start a new site and give it the slashdot.org name, and they can have what they want without the embarrassment of having the current userbase escape from the basement or the attic and offend the sensibilities of the yuppies or hipsters or metrosexuals or whoever it is that they really want for an "audience".
But this will work out great! Every so often, someone will be shot, justifying the deployment of armed guards and emphasising how dangerous airports are and how necessary the TSA is to the safety of the public.
If I had mod points, I wouldn't be replying, but I have to agree.
Microsoft have always had a "tick the boxes on the feature list" and a "good enough - ship it" attitude. Over-promising and under-delivering. They have paid scant regard to the actual quality and usability of their products. They have done their best work when they have had viable opposition (although in the past they have cheated to win in those situations). I suspect this is because they are forced to focus, apply major effort *and* they have a yardstick to measure themselves against.
Maybe this is just good business sense to focus only when/where it is needed, but it has always angered me somewhat when this sets the (too low) standard for the operating system and office software used by the majority of people around the planet.
In a way I hope they can regroup and become a vibrant, productive company. But in another, I hope they die and are replaced by something better.
I would be prepared to let this go and not make an issue of it, but he has prior form in letting his religious views affect his judgement on matters which should be secular:
Can anyone from Finland chime in and let us know if this is likely to go ahead untarnished by the political process, or will it be a given lip service and normal politics resumed ASAP?
If it weren't for the French, we'd be like Canada or Australia.
Yep, those frogs have a lot to answer for...
Except that you also have to figure in that the average iOS user spends more (20% more?) on apps than the average Android user.
I have no idea how that breaks up into new phones/old phones, but it would also be a factor to include.
I'm not sure that this is right. I agree that newer phones probably see more usage and more app purchases. But all iOS phones check in looking for updates. So, if the phone is switched on, it will show up in Apple's stats.
And yet, I don't recall hearing about machines (from Apple or any other manufacturer) having battery problems lately.
Could it be that this is just a bad batch of cheaply made 3rd party batteries? I think so.
it's not as if the political and military moves we make are even carefully thought-out at all!
Which is why they need a mega computer to do the thinking for them, silly!
Shame the space race died once America made target and the USSR fell apart. If that had kept going, we'd be living in apartments on Mars by now.
Or perhaps deploying weapons on Mars by now...
But this was during WWII and it's reasonable to adjust your views of what is acceptable when your country is in an existential conflict.