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Comment Re:A couple things that kept me from upgrading... (Score 1) 791

3. Multi Monitor support was changed (Task bar now goes across all monitors).

You can change this behavior right from the taskbar settings. The default is to put it on each monitor, showing the same things on each, but you can also have it show the active windows only on the corresponding monitor, or switch to the old single taskbar mode.


Child Gets Nintendo 3DS Full of Porn For Christmas 370

dotarray writes "One Colorado family received more than they'd bargained for this Christmas when they gave five-year-old Braydon Giles a pre-owned Nintendo 3DS that apparently still contained 'graphic images' from a previous owner. From the article: 'Refurbishing is an art, as well as a craft. The whole point is to make a gadget feel pristine, even when it used to be owned by a cult leader, a scout leader or an exhibitionist. Sadly, someone in a Colorado GameStop stopped refurbishing before the job was complete. So much so that 5-year-old Braydon Giles opened his Xmas gift — a Nintendo 3DS — and discovered images of naked people doing less than pristine things. As Channel 9 News tells it, Braydon showed the 3DS to his brother Bryton. He wanted his help to remove these weird pictures. '"

Comment It's all relative (Score 2) 292

This is why I use Access a lot. Compared to the awful ERP and operational software that's out there, the little things I throw together look perfectly fine. And if I can go from concept to deployed application in an afternoon, then that's less cost to the business. We had an old RMA tracking application written in VB6, that had the database server name hard-coded. I spent a couple of hours with Access, totally rewrote it, and actually made it better. I certainly wouldn't write an entire accounting system in Access (probably), but in a world of software written with necessary business constraints and compromises in mind, do as the Romans do.

Spider Discovered That Builds Its Own Spider Decoys 119

OakDragon writes "A newly discovered species of spider — apparently of the genus Cyclosa — has been discovered in the Peruvian Amazon. The spider builds an elaborate decoy out of web, twigs, and other scraps, which appears to be a much larger spider. The spider will even cause the decoy to move, marionette-style, by shaking the web."

Comment Re:Seeing how most companies won't migrate... (Score 2) 675

Kinda the same here. We're running it on a few machines, and while the tablet-UI side of things is largely ignored, the rest of it works well enough. Yeah, there's some stuff that's missing (the GUI for modifying all stored wireless connections, for example), but I like the spatial nature of the new Start menu. It's kind of like being able to pin programs where you like them on your taskbar, but in two dimensions. Yes, I know you could do that with icons on the desktop, but you can't scroll the desktop, and you have to hide windows to get to it.

We don't have immediate plans to roll out Win 8 to everybody (as far as I know), but it sounds like there are some improvements to memory footprint. I'll have to test this in our ESX environment, because if we can reduce the memory usage of a hundred VMs vs. Windows XP or 7, then that might make it worth jumping over 7. If we take that route, I should be able to do a few hour-long lunch-and-learn sessions to get everybody up to speed. For most people, I'll just have to teach them about the Start menu. On the IT side, I'm sure we'd have to figure out what kind of new group policy settings would be needed, what with the app store and such.

Comment Ask some technical questions (Score 1) 219

Ask some vaguely technical questions. Yes, it's a bit of a trick question. If he starts coming up with elaborate and specific implementation details and other micromanagement, rather than a high-level understanding of the business constraints and risk assessment, who he would delegate to, and what requirements he would communicate, I'd be at least a little bit worried.

If I ask my manager what stance to take with sales data retention, he'll tell me the business policies and IT resource constraints that affect the decision. If I ask him how I should construct the database to keep the large historic data from impacting performance, he'll tell me that's what he hired me for.


Text Message Spammer Wants FCC To Declare Spam Filters Illegal 338

TCPALaw writes "ccAdvertising, a company purported to have 'a long, long, long history of pumping spam out of every telecommunications orifice, and even boasting of voter suppression' has asked the FCC to declare spam filters illegal. Citing Free Speech rights, the company claims wireless carriers should be prohibited from employing spam filters that might block ccAdvertising's political spam. Without stating it explicitly, the filing implies that network neutrality must apply to spam, so the FCC must therefore prohibit spam filters (unless political spam is whitelisted). In an earlier filing, the company suggests it is proper that recipients 'bear some cost' of unsolicited political speech sent to their cell phones. The public can file comments with the FCC on ccAdvertising's filing online."

Comment Re:show me the money (Score 1) 308

Yeah, any fresh platform starts out as a bit of a catch 22. Developers aren't going to target it if nobody is buying it, and nobody is going to buy it if there isn't any software for it. The other way to get people buying it is to have a compelling out-of-the-box experience that substantially differentiates it from the entrenched competition (in a good way), and MS has clearly missed the mark there, so the remaining option is to sink tons of money into it like they did with their XBox business. I don't know if it'll work, but I can tell you that Windows RT doesn't hold any significant appeal for me yet.

Comment Re:The most common complaints (Score 1) 740

That's an outright safety concern, not just a mere perceived nuisance. Does the existence of manual transmission vehicles offend you?

"The Start menu layout is different" is in an entirely different class from "Muscle memory might cause me to stomp the wrong pedal and kill myself/somebody else." It's such a stupid comparison that I can only assume you're trolling.

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