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Comment Re:Corp. Comm. (Score 1) 236

So the Microsoft Studios Creative Director's views have no impact on what he does at work? He has nothing to do with Microsoft. Wow. Then why is he a director? These Microsoft Corp. Comm. people are more disconnected from reality than I expected.

By the way, the new Windows 360 Office for 2013 ( or whatever it is called ) is moving towards always on cloud connectivity. And directors at Microsoft are actually idiots who have no impact on product direction. Give me a break. First, fire the Creative Director for speaking the truth. Next fire the Microsoft Corp. Comm. for regurgitating canned responses that makes the company look dumb.

Of course, the previous observation is only stating the obvious, which needs repeating. Microsoft, has always been managed by arrogance, and continues. They'll do whatever they want, and customers will have nothing to say about it, unless they vote with their dollars, in droves. Lest you think I'm a Sony troll, I say much the same about them -- I have a bricked Playstation III, which will stay bricked.

Comment Publishing alternative. (Score 1) 128

I would prefer to solve the problem of publishing research in an open, free, non-commercial environment, but don't know of one. I wonder, if it wouldn't be workable to self-publish on Amazon.com, which has the bandwidth, storage, and infrastructure to support the publishing of the research and associated reviews.

Submission + - Wi-Fi cell phone without data plan? 3

sheetsda writes: "I recently became eligible for a cell phone upgrade per my standard U.S. cell phone plan. I know from NetStumbling that I live in an area of ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage so I decided that a cell phone with Wi-Fi access made sense and that paying $350+ per year for a data plan did not. What I didn't count on was the audacity of the pre-installed crippleware on the Blackberry 8120 I picked up. It refused to let me install apps from anyone except my cell phone provider (who had very few and wanted between $5 and $10 for each of them), and demanded that I purchase a data plan to even do so much as a Google search (after having loaded the Google main page and Gmail from Wi-Fi without issue). Obviously, I returned the phone. Before I buy another I am interested to hear from the community which cell phones work well for Wi-Fi-only-data? Will I need to buy an unlocked phone or is there a trustworthy provider out there that doesn't cripple the phone while customizing the software?"

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