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Comment: Re:She should be fired (Score 1) 108

by supremebob (#49330103) Attached to: IBM Will Share Tech With China To Help Build IT Industry There

It's been well over a decade since IBM cared about much more than meeting their quarterly earnings projections.

This just buys Ginni some time that she desperately needs to deploy her golden parachute out of the company. Their existing consulting customers are getting sick of the poor quality work that they are receiving, and the loss of business is hurting the bottom line hard.

Comment: Re:Answer: No. (Score 1, Informative) 232

by supremebob (#48292645) Attached to: Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

I'd imagine that the Chromebook would drive me nuts every time Google decides to shut down a web service that you're depending on to get your job done. You know, like Google Reader, Google Wave, or the other dozen or so popular services have done so in the past few years.

Microsoft has it's issues, but at least they usually aren't forcing you to uninstall products that you already have installed.

Comment: Re:4G is Losing to Wifi (Score 2) 46

by supremebob (#48045365) Attached to: Verizon Wireless Caves To FCC Pressure, Says It Won't Throttle 4G Users

I'd imagine that this problem will eventually resolve itself, as Verizon isn't letting users keep their $30 a month Unlimited data plans when they get a new phone on contract.

Sure, some people are willing to pay $750 for their shiny new iPhone 6 to keep their unlimited plan, but I'll bet that most rather get it for $199 on a new contract and get downgraded to a 2 GB plan.

Comment: Re: Sales figures are news now? (Score 1) 206

by supremebob (#47976651) Attached to: Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

I'll admit that the camera on the new iPhone 6 is nicer, that the display looks slightly better, and that it responds slightly faster.

Is that enough to get me to spend $300 to upgrade? Nope. I'd just be exchanging one large screen 4G smartphone for a slightly newer one. My Samsung Galaxy S3 still has a lot of life left in it, especially considering that I can replace the battery if it goes bad or add additional storage if I run out.

Comment: Re:Boom in the EU = Boom in Redmond (Score 1) 249

by supremebob (#47899031) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

Sadly, we've seen these large Linux migration stories play out before several times. Microsoft usually waits until a few months into the transistion pilot process (when users are stil learning the new system and are frustrated), and then comes in with rediciously cheap licensing deal (Like under $50 a seat for Windows and Office) to get the business back.

Microsoft loves it, because it gives their sales teams another story to tell about a "failing" Linux migration. I just hope that Canonical steps in and helps these guys in Turin out if they run into trouble, to prevent this story from happening again.

+ - Reversible USB cable design finalized

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The design for the new reversible USB interface — the standardized connection for data transfers between electronic devices — has been finished. It means users will no longer have to worry which way round the part is facing when plugging it into a device. The new USB Type-C is small enough for mobiles but "robust enough for laptops and tablets", its designers said. But the new USB cables will not connect into the current ports that are found on millions of devices."

Comment: About 6 years ago for me (Score 1) 391

by supremebob (#47613541) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

The last desktop that I built for myself was about 6 years ago.

I just got myself a new one about 18 months ago, but Dell had a sale on a shiny new XPS Core i7 desktop with all of the features that I wanted for about $100 less than I could have bought the parts to build it myself. Sometimes you just can't argue with economies of scale.

Besides, I find myself using my laptop more often than my desktop nowadays.

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