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Comment: Re:Office 2007 started the move into alternatives (Score 3, Insightful) 148

I was anti-ribbon back in 2007 as well, until I read a blog post by a Microsoft programmer that basically said, "look dummy, every single item you had access to with these cumbersome menus is available on screen." Certainly I wouldn't accept that at face value so I opened up Office 2003 and tried to find an equivalent function I couldn't find in 2007 and in doing that, I realized it really was 'all there' and shortly thereafter became a devout Follower of the Ribbon.

Comment: Re:no more ALL CAPS & BLINDING WHITE (Score 2) 148

... what you call downgrading, I call upgrading. I haven't experienced a bug in Office 2010 since SP1 yet Office 2013 is missing features and has plenty of bugs. Oh, and yes, the garish color as you relay AND THE RIBBON SHOUTING HOME AND VIEW, THAT'S FIXED WHEN YOU UPGRADE TO OFFICE 2010.

Comment: So nothing for business, everything for mobile? (Score 1) 148

Based on what I'm seeing on the topic of Office 2016, it seems this will be more of the same - rife with bugs for regular users and more gimmicky touch options for the small handful of people that use them? I wonder if they'll upgrade 2016 with a feature missing from 2013 that highlights folders hosting unread emails in bold with the total number of unread emails. Maybe this version will be a reason to upgrade from 2010... ? One can hope that after 6 years they can make a decent product that people might want.

Comment: Re:Pay vs. Pirate (Score 1) 437

by urbanriot (#48730155) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

Nobody is forcing anyone to pirate the content... the only thing that drives anyone to pirate content merely because it isn't being delivered to them under their preferred terms is a sense of entitlement to that content.

I think you may be missing the point here - they are actually paying for that content right now and they want to continue to pay for that content.

Comment: Re:Nothing wrong with Blackberries (Score 2) 252

by urbanriot (#48730119) Attached to: US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks

What's the argument? Not a lot of apps? That's an argument in its favor with the federal government.

Have you ever put a Blackberry owner in a room with a Google or iPhone zealot? Certainly the majority of people use their phone and plenty think it's great without trying to convince everyone they need to switch immediately, but this woman comes from Google's Google Glass division, so of course she'll claim that moving anyone towards Google is an 'upgrade'. I'm certainly interested to hear her explain how moving from, arguably, the most secure phone, to the phone with the most malware is an 'upgrade'.

Comment: Re:This is a foolish business decision. (Score 1) 437

by urbanriot (#48728515) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"
Yea, constructing that paragraph was a bit rough on limited sleep. I believe the options for most of the folks I know are American Netflix vs. Pirating content. It wasn't uncommon for older folks to ask a younger relative to give them a year's worth of shows on an external hard drive to plug into their TV / Blu-ray / WD TV Live but Netflix became so popular that requests for pirated content diminished. Basically, cheap legal streaming replaced piracy since it was easier to legally obtain content... why not, it was only $8 a month or some such. A 'young feller' would come by and setup a VPN or DNS service on a router and see-ya-later, around $150 a year and they had access to plenty of content without a hassle.

Comment: Re:This is a foolish business decision. (Score 1) 437

by urbanriot (#48728487) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

Most of our cable/sat content is American (less CanCon) which is why we are used to it.

Yea, folks that live within a few hours of the border are used to American content since 99% of their TV comes from the US. There are millions of Canadians that primarily consume US content since there's more of it available. I knew as much about the United States gubernatorial elections as I did about our domestic elections.

Comment: Re:This is a foolish business decision. (Score 1) 437

by urbanriot (#48728455) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"
Your question is irrelevant as you're presenting two options that are not the only two options on the table.

They could easily not block IP addresses that are sourced from within the country of the target content and simply leave it at "we're not responsible for policing this" and see what happens. They are certainly testing this option with the CRTC here in Canada.

Comment: Re:This is a foolish business decision. (Score 1) 437

by urbanriot (#48727529) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"
Haha! The thing is, plenty of us work long hours followed by family life and have a short period of time to relax our brains before bed. We can pop on Netflix to casually watch some good shows, TV that we're interested in, without worrying about PVRs or commercials or what have you. At 9 PM the last thing I want to do is read a book, I'd rather have a glass of wine and let my brain melt in front of an episode of Peaky Blinders (not available on Canadian Netflix).

Comment: This is a foolish business decision. (Score 5, Insightful) 437

by urbanriot (#48727423) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"
As a Canadian I know all too well how many people are using services to access American Netflix content that far surpasses the Canadian content in terms quality and quantity (or at least greater quantity of what people want). I expect the majority of my friends that are using these services to access American Netflix will cancel the service outright if they can no longer access it and furthermore, they'll stop suggesting Netflix as a viable option to cable / satellite.

Comment: Re:if it doesnt work (Score 1) 464

by urbanriot (#48719449) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?
Thanks for the elaboration, so there's basically four different styles of glasses? Is there another 'professional' or 'official' name for normal glasses or they're basically just 'glasses' and we refer to everything else with those names? I expect there's probably a more professional name than 'coke bottle'.

Comment: Re:if it doesnt work (Score 1) 464

by urbanriot (#48719041) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?
Interesting, thank you. Based on your description I'm not entirely sure what my wife uses as she is near sighted, as in she can read a book with or without glasses but she cannot legally drive and cannot see the signs. I'm going to assume that 'coke-bottles' also work for near-sighted people as well in the reverse of your explanation.

Comment: Re:blu rays are cheaper than the movie (Score 1) 400

by urbanriot (#48717303) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

Sure you can see a movie alone, it feels really weird.

Strangely enough, it doesn't feel weird when I'm in a foreign country or out of town. When you think of the movie going experience, with the exception of comedies and perhaps romcoms, you're fully focused on the screen in an independent way so it seems the greatest aspect of what 'feels weird' is the consideration for what perception others may have for 'you' going to the movies by yourself.

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