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Comment: Re:You can probably thank Microsoft for this... (Score 3, Interesting) 277

by urbanriot (#46779543) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?
Microsoft's lack of advancement in Office is most definitely a cause as if you read all the marketing materials for Microsoft Office 2013, every single heading and sub-heading referred to the touch based experience. If you read the flyers when the software debut, there was zero reason to buy it unless you were using a touch screen.

This is demonstrably the case upon firing the software up as the interface is horribly ugly and even Microsoft Outlook 2013 can be uninstalled and 2010 reinstalled in its place, and all the settings, mail profile information, .PST, autocomplete, etc., is in place. I don't think the majority of people would actually notice a difference flipping back to Outlook 2010 from 2013, other than a better interface with the older product.

Comment: You can probably thank Microsoft for this... (Score 3, Informative) 277

by urbanriot (#46779317) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?
With so many people experiencing issues with Microsoft Office 2013 activation and random requests to re-activate which result in error codes, or issues where "A problem has occurred" with no log entries or error codes when you try to install the software, it's quite possible Microsoft has strongly encouraged people to seek alternatives.

Since experiencing so many reliability issues with Microsoft Office 2013, issues that did not exist with Microsoft Office 2010, I've become a vocal advocate for making the switch from Microsoft to either OpenOffice or LibreOffice.

I often encourage OpenOffice for older folks that are looking for a more reliable experience while I suggest LibreOffice to those who want a feature rich experience and don't mind the occasional glitch or updating the software as regularly as they release updates. I feel both are great projects.

Comment: Didn't we used to call this "speed reading"? (Score -1, Offtopic) 641

by urbanriot (#46692971) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP
This article talks more about the feelings and emotions of experts rather than referring to any changes that have occurred physically with the brain so I categorize this into whatever mental file folder I archive topics concerning 'exaggerated digital age hysteria' as I was always a skimmer just like this woman, and when I say always it means the majority of my life that was pre-internet. Just like this woman, I had difficulty immersing myself into a book as I defaulted to skimming. This wasn't an adaptation caused by the internet, this was how my brain always worked.

Certainly I utilize this now to skim Slashdot in seconds to determine if I want to click further, just as I'm sure plenty of other higher functioning readers do, and as such I don't see this as a detriment or a negative byproduct of the internet.

Comment: Re:Terrible summary (Score 1) 190

by urbanriot (#46649219) Attached to: Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes
Thank you. I read the summary and then re-read the summary many times thereafter and wasn't entirely sure if they figured it out or didn't figure it out. "Scientists figured it out..." "... but then they realized that what they figured out didn't make a difference."

It seems submitters and moderators aren't actually summarizing but rather, they're cutting up quotes and links in ways that don't jive with the post title.

Comment: More news: Slashdot dumps users with beta site. (Score 2) 112

by urbanriot (#46185369) Attached to: Australia's Bureau of Meteorology Dumps Water Data Project
In other news, a high school co-op student 'working' for Slashdot has racked up an undisclosed amount of semester time designing a new beta site, a site heavily criticized by any user that's pushed into it. Many users are attempting to pool their resources to create an alternative Slashdot site as they feel the owners of aren't listening to their criticisms since the current site is fine the way it is and doesn't need any the horrid beta design.

Comment: I won't bother reading the rest of your post... (Score 1) 237

by urbanriot (#46167071) Attached to: Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up
... because I expect I'll enthusiastically agree with you, especially after reading "If you don't leave "Classic" Slashdot as a default option, there is a good chance that I will not read the site anymore." One of the reasons I come to Slashdot is the condensed nature of the site, the efficient design, and the ability to see snippets of other news sites on the side.

I'm rather angry with you for encouraging me to use this beta site more than I want to.

Perhaps this is a basic level computer class design project and it's leading up to a long buildup April fools joke?

Comment: My email would basically say the same... this is h (Score 1) 237

by urbanriot (#46167019) Attached to: Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up
There's nothing positive I have to say about this layout. It's not because I don't like change or 'new things', rather I hate when something good is replaced with something foul. This site is losing an extremely efficient design that scaled well regardless of the device I viewed it on and replacing it with a gigantic ugly page that I'll be avoiding once it changes.

This is the Windows 8 of Slashdot... and that's being generous to Slashdot. Perhaps Titanic will be more apt after the change is instituted...?

Comment: Re:Well if HP didn't already have a terrible rep.. (Score 2) 385

by urbanriot (#46161773) Attached to: HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers
Yes, Cisco also does this and the necessity to call them, pleading for an up-to-date firmware when your brand new Cisco unit has a 2 year old ASA bin, ASDM and VPN which won't work with your client's newer Internet Explorer. This is also why it's common amongst IT people to say "screw you Cisco" and share firmware on secret yet publicly hosted HTTP sites made available through one service contract for one device.

Comment: Seagate failures, RMA replaces with new failures. (Score 2) 444

by urbanriot (#46030933) Attached to: Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?
If there's one thing you can credit Seagate for, it's consistency - since the 90's the (R) for refurb on their drives has been the kiss of death, guaranteeing another failure within 3 months of receiving the replacement. While it's great they have a clearly understandable domestic RMA team, they often send you a broken drive to replace your defective drive so you now have to pay to ship two drives back.

If you politely ask them to send you a new drive since they keep sending you bad drives, they'll politely tell you they can't guarantee you a healthy drive. Typically with our servers we're guaranteed a bad Seagate SAS 10k drive with a bank of 10 drives and we're pretty much at a 100% failure rate with RMA drives and many times the RMA drives they send us are broken. Seagate (R) drives should never be installed in a server or anything reliable... heck, I'd keep Seagate drives out of anything you want to remain reliable.

Comment: This is why company's block Amazon EC2. (Score 4, Interesting) 76

by urbanriot (#45967281) Attached to: Amazon and GoDaddy Are the Biggest Malware Hosters
I often interact with large companies' IT departments and the general ID is to completely block all Amazon EC2 servers to prevent spam, malware attacks and access to filter bypass services like Ultrasurf, regardless of the possibility of legitimate sites hosted on Amazon. Occasionally they'll make exceptions for port 80 but the idea is basically, "since Amazon is complicit in hosting so much malicious or nefarious crap on the internet, just block Amazon."

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