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Comment Your submitting personal info to a mass... (Score 1) 1

marketing machine. You don't really care about the privacy of your actions if you are doing such things. And Facebook never cared about privacy. If you enter your password incorrectly on the Android app (twice I think), it then puts it in plain text mode for password entry so you can see what you type.
Facebook

Submission + - FB change from https 1

tmdc writes: How worried should users be about FB default switch away from https? Thanks
Government

Submission + - Private planes, private no more (chicagotribune.com) 3

chill writes: The Department of Transportation, which used to allow anyone with a private plane to choose not to have their flight plans made available for public consumption, has decided to eliminate that option. So if you want to snoop into someone else's travel itinerary, you can do it. [Note: The filing of general aviation flight plans with air traffic control is strictly voluntary, but strongly encouraged. Their primary use is if the pilot doesn't arrive within an hour of schedule, where to start looking for the wreckage.]
Businesses

Submission + - Tesla CEO Lying About Model S? $1,000,000 Says Yes (greencarreports.com) 1

thecarchik writes: Elon Musk, CEO of electric-car startup Tesla Motors, sometimes says things that later prove not to be quite true. In that, he's like many entrepreneurs, who spend a portion of their time persuading the unconvinced and painting pictures of the rosy future, despite inconvenient facts that may contradict that vision of the future.

And in the case of the 2012 Tesla Model S all-electric sports sedan, which Tesla says it will launch before the end of next year, skeptics abound. Pulitzer Prize wining Journalist Dan Neil said the schedule promised by Musk was "an audacious timeline that makes many in the car industry roll their eyes." And, he added, "Even people inside Tesla are leery." The implication was clear: Neil didn't believe Tesla would be able to deliver on Musk's promises.

A week later, Musk e-mailed Neil and told him--in no uncertain terms--that he was wrong. After several lively rounds of e-mail he challenged Musk to a $1 million bet on the outcome based on the Tesla Model S hitting 4 targets. If the Tesla Model S misses any of the targets, Neil wins the bet.

Comment Re:Typical microsoft... (Score 1) 168

I don't think it would, I have all the consoles and a Pc and just buy games for Pc now. Got the 360 first, kind of regret it now. It is loud, slow, the interface is terrible unless your using it all the time in which case your probably use to it and overall it is just a poor experience compared to Pc gaming. The much touted evolving System Requirements have pretty much stopped since the companies started supporting consoles so well and the only actual remaining issue is sometimes poor control scheme in some Pc games and just poor console ports sometimes.

Comment Great now if ticketmaster can... (Score 1) 58

make the fucking website usable, I might be able to buy tickets. I've only tried to buy from it once and it was like getting kicked in the face a few times and I got about as much out of it.

Log in at 9 for tickets going on sale at 9, website fails to load, website eventually loads, tickets sold out. Its not even 5 past 9. Why not just use a bloody email sign up lottery system? Enter email, you can sign up and enter your friends emails to ensure you get seats together because the system can process it that way once all entered on same form. If your submission number gets picked in lottery then you all get the seats unless there is not enough seats left for your group in which case it picks a new number until it finds a match.

Why can't such a system just be put in place over the current everybody rush for the doors and see if you all fit through mechanism? Isn't this the sort of moronic real world problem that the Internet allows us to solve? Why replicate the real world problem onto the Internet?

Comment Re:And... (Score 2) 209

Windows 8 still runs older applications though. With Windows Phone 7, Ms dropped support for all the earlier Windows Mobile stuff, dropped support for SQL Mobile, didn't allow any Windows Mobile project to be migrative to Visual Studio 2010 forcing any house with projects for both to stick with 2008 or split across two versions of Visual Studio. Keep in mind, this was the same time as they introduced MVC 3 to Vistual Studio 2010 and were refusing to make a lot of the newer projects for 2008 and this was only explained at the release of Visual Studio 2010 and they refused to comment oh what the plans were for Windows Mobile projects and if they would ever be supported and refused to comment on whether Phone 7 would be getting an enterprise version that Windows Mobile houses could migrate to or give any information to anyone basically working in the rugged market where Windows Mobile was the platform of choice. It was a joke.

Comment I don't know... (Score 2) 283

I switched to bing for most of my searches because it usually gets me links I want and not some local copy of the original article. I think Google searches are too localised and too much centered around my search history among other things. I'm always logged in as I have mail account with them and logging out and in to that to perform searches is a pain and not only that but it still localises the search results to bias for my country. Sometimes I want an outside opinion about what is going on. Google just doesn't seem to be as good as bing for that. It is better at finding local services like government sites for my country but worse at most other things now. I recommend people try bing now. A lot better than it was when it launched. I tried switching to other mail services but Gmail is the best with Google Doc integration and Google tasks but I'm leaving the search engine behind me.

Comment Re:It's not apps, it's marketing (Score 1) 296

My boss is hardcore Apple fan, has everything except a Mac or Macbook. Just thinks everything is on windows and is used to it so OSX isn't intuitive to him. iPhone was first touchscreen phone that was heavily marketed and had a good brand behind it. Nokia's were king of the previous generation because people got used to the keypad layout for things like full stops and didn't want to adapt to another manufacturers keypad who put those options in other places at least among the people I asked at the time. Xbox 360 took the console market by providing the next generation console ahead of everyone else but Wii took the motion market despite the other manufacturers adding their own to their consoles, they have not taken off in same way.

All the above have one thing in common, first to market and many got a largely non-technical audience who don't seem to want to adapt to new interfaces once they get comfortable with one. Time to market and heavy marketing to ensure brand recognition and show that the manufacturer heavily believes in the product and is there to support it is what makes users buy into these products in my opinion. Well that and most of the above were also shiny :P

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