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Comment: Why I bought the small office version (Score 1) 369

by zerofoo (#49643981) Attached to: Keurig Stock Drops, Says It Was Wrong About DRM Coffee Pods

When our last Keurig died, I bought this one:


I chose this one since it was a heavier duty machine that could accept a plumbed water line - and NO DRM.

All Keurig needs to do is make good quality hardware and source good quality beans for their K-cups - it's not a difficult business model.

Comment: FU Disney (Score 1) 636

by zerofoo (#49584531) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

As if I needed one more reason not to go to their hell-hole parks.

I got dragged to their parks a few years back to make the wife and kids happy. It was a miserable time, but my kids loved it.

No more. I won't give Disney another dime of my money. I'm going to vote with my wallet on this one. No more Disney toys, lunchboxes, clothing, movies...etc.

F these guys. Let them build parks in India for all I care.

Comment: You can outsource the work not the responsibility (Score 1) 325

by zerofoo (#49487885) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

School districts are notorious for having just enough tech staff to keep end users functional, but absolutely no staff to "think ahead".

This district needs tech leadership that can look forward at technologies that may or may not be useful, then it needs implementation and testing staff to make sure those tech plans become reality.

I suspect this district thought they could simply sign a contract with Pearson - and like magic, the tech would deploy itself and the staff would automatically learn the tech and integrate it into the curriculum.

Our schools have moved away from iPads - management tools are sparse and the tech simply isn't that great in the classroom. We've settled on Chromebooks. The management tools are great, the devices are cheap - and Google Apps is free for schools and non-profits.

If LASD had competent technology leadership, they would have known about all of these challenges and limitations during their pilot phase - before dropping a ton of coin on a half-baked solution.

Comment: Not everything needs to be "social" (Score 1) 146

by zerofoo (#49164653) Attached to: Google+ Divided Into Photos and Streams, With New Boss

Google made the first step by removing the Google+ requirement for Hangouts. Splitting photos and streams is also welcome news.

I like the Google ecosystem, but not everyone wants a social "wall". Apple seems to have managed delivering core functionality without the need for social integration.

Comment: Microsoft's strength - business software. (Score 1) 175

by zerofoo (#48940407) Attached to: Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

I'm no Microsoft fan, but for years I've been questioning their insistence on competing in "consumer" level stuff. Bing, tablets, phones - none are market leaders - they are too little too late. These non-business products are simply a distraction from Microsoft's core competencies.

Their strength has been, and will always be, business. Their software is cheap-ish, and works well enough in those spaces. Sure, sharepoint is a turd, and there isn't a problem that can't be solved badly by excel and access - but businesses like that stuff.

There is no shame with taking billions of business dollars to the bank.

Comment: "Court-ordered" searches? Baloney! (Score 1) 431

by zerofoo (#48925309) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

If law enforcement wants access to encrypted data, then the court order must specify that the owner of that data must produce it (or decrypt it).

What if you lived in an impenetrable house? Could a court order force you to open the door? If so, how are encryption keys any different? Does the 5th Amendment protect physical keys? Does the 5th protect the keys in your head the same way?

Let's be honest - the complaint here is that default encryption denies access to data that, up to now, has been obtained via warrantless methods. A court can still order you to hand over your encryption keys.

Comment: All been heard before (Score 1) 598

by zerofoo (#48845851) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

When Steve jobs first left apple, we heard similar complaints of declining software quality.

Then when he returned and started the iDevices trend - we heard about declining software quality.

Then after Steve Jobs passed, we heard about declining software quality.

The bottom line is that Apple is always releasing something new - and a bit half baked. This has been going on for the better part of two decades now. If you want stable Apple products wait about 3-6 months after release before adopting.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy