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Comment Apple has a problem... (Score 0) 162

It appears that their current software strategy requires Apple Engineers to hand-hold developers at the developer conferences. While this is great for those who are able to buy tickets for the developer conferences, it scales poorly.

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For anyone who depends upon Apple for monetary gain (stockholders, developers, etc.), the inability of Apple to properly accommodate the developers who want or need to attend the developer conferences should be a major red flag.

Comment Re:Simple solution... (Score 1) 110

...That's not enough. What will happen is that every company and their brother will require carte blanch opt in in order to do any transaction with them. ...

Thanks. Good point.

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It reminds me of the clauses in many current consumer "agreements" that force the consumer to [typically corporate-friendly and anti-consumer] binding arbitration and force the consume to give up the right to legal process.

Comment Privacy dashboard (Score 4, Interesting) 86

... I'd rather Facebook put up a dashboard that shows how much they have been violating my privacy. I'd like to see a Facebook dashboard that is customized for me that shows, among other things:

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- what data nuggets have been collected about me over the past 24 hours, week, month

- what third party entities my data has been shared with

I am sure that this community can suggest other items that would be useful on a Facebook Privacy Dashboard.

In the background, I cannot shake the thought that Facebook is putting up this energy consumption dashboard for the purpose to divert attention away from Facebook's ongoing privacy issues.

Comment Re:Seriously, are MS devs really using Win8? (Score 5, Insightful) 628

For starters, nested folders are gone. In All Apps, shortcuts are grouped based on a single folder, and everything is in one view.

That everything in one view aspect is not an advancement, but a step backwards.

The stupid Company Name > Program Name > Program hierarchy is gone.

If you don't want nested folders, then don't use them.

But why take the ability to use them from people who want to use them?

Comment Microsoft Upgrade Treadmill (Score 1) 564

How many remember that phrase? Back in the days when it was all but obligatory to upgrade to the latest and greatest from Microsoft. Back in the days when the only way to take advantage of new hardware was to get a new version of Windows.

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Well, hardware improvements have slowed down --- when's the last time you heard anyone gushing about a new Intel CPU?

And with Windows 8, Microsoft has put Windows' progress in reverse.

If you want to find out why PC sales are slowing, don't ask columnists, ask PC customers.

Customers who, btw, are saying that Windows 8 sucks.

Comment Re:This new technique... (Score 1) 68

I bet you say the same thing about stack traces, right?

No. I prefer such safety back-stops.

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The reason why I wrote my prior comment was that I read the reason the GNU-Linux people do not want to adopt BSD's strlcpy function is that the strlcpy encourages sloppy coding. The rationale given for that assertion is that strlcpy checks for the destination buffer being too small and zero-terminates regardless (unlike strncpy, which returns a non-zero-terminated buffer if the destination buffer is too small).

I think such types of rationale for not implementing safety checks are ridiculous.

Comment Wrong focus (Score 2) 366

And we need to come to terms with that fact and work towards improving the 'Linux Inside' brand image.

That is the wrong focus unless, of course, you are selling to buyers who are more concerned about Linux than whether or not the computer they are buying will serve their needs.

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A big problem that Linux faces is that it is fragmented, and the "marketing" focus has been that it is Linux. What is really amazing is that most of the pro-Linux crowd do not see the fragmentation as a disadvantage.

With more and more computing being done on the web and in the cloud, why does it matter whether or not a computer runs Linux, Windows or whatever? That is the point that Google has realized. Consumers want functionality, not an OS.

The sooner the Linux crowd understands that, the better off Linux will be; of course, presuming Linux is not so far gone in the public's eye that it is not redeemable.

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