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Comment It's a commodity now... (Score 1) 169

When you had to spend a couple hundred dollars to buy a software package, the reviews were useful.

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Now the software package has become the app, and is priced very cheaply.

The resulting high-volume, low-cost business model produces an audience for the app that gives ad hoc reviews via social media and other word of mouth communications.

Comment Re:Another day, another anti-Apple story (Score 1) 326

At what rate would you think it proper to publish anti-Apple stories? An anti-Apple story is published once a year? Once a month? Weekly? Daily? Hourly?

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Given the number of happily-satisfied Apple users (is there any other kind of Apple user), maybe the number of anti-Apple stories published should be zero.

Comment Apple forums are a wholesome place (Score 5, Funny) 326

The Apple forums are not the place to criticize Apple or its products.

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I, for one, applaud Apple's efforts to keep the Apple support forums all singing praises for Apple and its products. When I visit those forums, I do not want to see critique of Apple and its products. I want my visit to be positive and cheerful.

I am so happy that Apple is providing such a wholesome environment for me to visit and discuss Apple's products.

Comment It's not just the PR companies... (Score 1) 219

It's not just the PR companies... there are many people who just hover over a topic and make sure the topic reflects their viewpoint, regardless of whether their viewpoint is substantiated. That's why I stopped contributing to Wikipedia, I've had edits (complete with citations) reversed with no given reason other than the hoverer did not like the tense of a verb I used.

Comment It's about time... (Score 2, Insightful) 477

Whenever a person has asked me about working from home and what are the concerns, my response has always been the same --- the question will not be ~ how many hours are you working?~. The question should always be, ~ how do you intend to be a part of a team and commit to the appropriate level of communications to remain a part of that team?~.

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Contrary to the opinion of most [clueless] managers, it is not about the slackers.

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It is about communication among the team.

If you hire good employees, then you should not need to be concerned about the number of hours they are working, except to make sure they are not working too many hours.

.Lee Iacocca - "I hire people brighter than me and then I get out of their way."

Comment That's not micromanagement... (Score 3, Insightful) 136

What is described in the article is not micromanagement, it is knowing what the product should be and assuring it meets that goal.

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Micromanagement occurs when your manager spends more time asking you detailed questions about your project than you spend actually working on the project. Micromanagement occurs when your manager really does not understand technically what you are doing, and thinks that he can look like he does by asking a lot of questions. Micromanagement is telling you how to do your job, not telling you what the goal of your job is.

Micromanagement is not good for the person being "managed", the project, or the company.

It needs to be banished, not praised.

Comment Replace or augment? (Score 1) 139

...Microsoft said it wants gestures to complement what is possible using mouse and keyboard, rather than replacing them...

Didn't Microsoft say a similar thing about the new interface in Windows 8 and the Start Menu? Yet Microsoft tried burying the Start Menu, only to be chastised by its customers for doing Yet Another Stupid Thing.

Comment Pay per view is another threat (Score 4, Informative) 107

... and pay per view just might succeed...

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What if Verizon succeeds in killing the Internet?

I've posted countless essays over the years on the importance of Net neutrality and how big ISPs are trying to turn the Internet into a pay-per-view system, rather than the open-access system it was always intended to be. I've written open letters to federal legislators; remarked on the various games being played by AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and the like; and cheered Google Fiber for demonstrating that the big ISPs are full of nonsense when they claim their backs are against the wall in terms of broadband speeds and reach.

And now, Verizon is claiming it has free speech rights to limit and block content flowing from the Internet to its customers....

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