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Comment Re:Gore (Score 1) 195

Thanks but this is something that has bothered me for years, Al Gore is the biggest fatass hypocrite on the planet and is about as useful for the cause of AGW as sending the head of the black panthers every time there is a racial incident so he can grab the mike and say "kill them honky bitches".

The man lives in a Mc Mansion capable of housing a half a dozen families without even coming into contact with each other, takes an entire fleet of SUVs wherever he goes like some third world dictator, farts around in a personal Lear Jet that often carries only him and a few aides, while having the big brass balls to say while he stuffs his face that YOU should do without or pay higher taxes that will go to him and his pals to "save" the environment he obviously cares soooo much about...the man is a pig, there is no ifs, ands, or buts about it. he is the classic "do as i say not as I do" hypocrite standing on high and stuffing his pockets while telling you to do without and even Ray Charles could see through his bullshit.

Contrast this to Begley who even though he has enough money he likewise could live like a pig lives in a VERY modest 3 bedroom like the majority of Americans live in, drives a little electric car with a bike rack so he can just pop off his bike and ride it for short hops and who does everything in his power to minimize his footprint and recycle, THAT is the kind of guy we should be hearing from, not some fat pig living like a king with his AC blasting while telling us we should just take the heat. another GREAT example is Dennis Weaver, he lives in a solar powered house made from cans and tires and other refuse, he like wise walks the walk.

Comment Re:In the next 12 months... (Score 4, Insightful) 633

I would say they have spent the past few years burning their bridges more than the one giant fail that is a shark jump. it would be like you heard the next town over has incredible mansions and great jobs that pay a you take a torch to your home and place of business without even bothering to see if the next town over will have you because "hey how could anybody resist me, didn't you hear I was a star 10 years ago?".

MSFT had 3 golden geese that consistently brought in good money, they may not have set the world on fire but they still brought in piles of cash, and that was Windows desktop, server, and MS what has Ballmer crapped all over these past few years because the press is going "Mobile mobile mobile ZOMFG CELLPHONES!"? Why Windows desktop, server, and MS Office of course! It takes a special kind of hubris and arrogance to ignore every single bit of data and metric you are shown yet that is EXACTLY what Ballmer has done over and over AND OVER. From everybody pointing out the Zune was big, bulky, and offered nothing over the iPod to Win 8 not working worth a shit except on the teeny tiny niche that is Windows tablets and touchscreen laptops, it didn't matter how many screamed "THIS FUCKING SUCKS!" Ballmer just gave them the finger while sticking out his tongue, thinking that just sticking a WinFlag on something was enough to make it a hit.

If there is anything we should take away from the Ballmer years it is this, focusing only on what Wall Street cares about while ignoring your customers is a recipe for massive failure, that all the advertising in the world isn't gonna make people buy something they can't fucking stand, all you are doing is pissing money down the drain. By remaining myopic in his focus on making MSFT into Apple Steve Ballmer threw out every strength they had and thought that advertising and name recognition alone could push through changes that benefited ONLY MSFT while giving the person buying the product the finger. The lesson the next CEO should take from this is that you can put sprinkles and glitter and make videos of people dancing with a pile of fresh poo but that ain't gonna make people suddenly want to go out and buy poo, you have to offer them something they actually want to buy.

Comment Re:In the next 12 months... (Score 1) 633

Funny my ass, that is 100% insightful! Look at his record folks...Vista, Zune, pushing out the X360 with a 2 billion plus flaw, killing the profitable playsforesure for the DOA Apple ripoff Zune market, Sidekick, Kin, ignoring a year's worth of beta testers and reviewers pointing out it sucks to shit out the "Oh Hai I'm a cellphone LULZ" Win 8, spending way too damned much money buying an ad company because...well Google is an ad company, right? Doing the same for yahoo search and damned near buying the whole company, I could go on and on and on with the only positive being Win 7/2K8 which if rumors are true he was too busy squirting with his poo brown Zune to care.

Look at the growth of Apple and Google in just the last 5 years and then look at MSFT with Ballmer shitting billions away with zero ROI and its not hard to see he was MSFT's version of the Pepsi guy at Apple, he was a PHB middle manager that just happened to be Gates little buddy and thus ended up WAY over his head and thrust into a job he simply wasn't capable of doing. You could have made a better ROI at MSFT by hiring a chimp to throw poo at the financial section and buying stocks based on where the poo stuck.

And the worst part? You KNOW why he is waiting 12 months, its so he can get the last laugh and ram through "Windows Goatse" AKA Windows 8.1 because he is so damned deluded he thinks that it will vindicate his "vision" instead of going over as well as a loud pants ripper in a crowded elevator. When folks go "They brought back the start button!" only to click on it and find out its a Goatse that takes them straight to the Metro they are trying to get the fuck away from its gonna bomb HARD and will be the first MSFT double flop, mark my words. I have found out first hand all the band aids like ClassicShell and Start8 won't fix the bullet wounds that are swipe gestures and "Charms Bar" pop up garbage (yeah about as charming as a punch in the scrotum) and from what I've seen Win 8.1 is even worse, not fixing a single problem Joe User had but instead adding even more? Well I don't know a more perfect end to a pathetic career, Ballmer will go out on a billion dollar failure just as he came in on the failure of WinME.

Sorry about the length but I feel like singing "ding dong the bitch is dead" because I have been waiting years for this to happen, now let us hope to FSM they get a CEO with a functional brain as it really wouldn't be hard to fix what ails MSFT. Return Windows to the Win 7 desktop model with Metro a strictly OPTIONAL shell for tablets, spin off mobile so they can sink or swim without dragging the name Windows into it, and focus instead of on "one device to poorly rule them all" and appstore crapstores on a mantra of "its just HAS to work and be easy" so that every product in their line is beyond simple to use with the others and then they'll be back on the right track. If they replace Ballmer with another bozo they might as well close their doors and give the money back to the shareholders, the death of Win 7 in 2020 will also be the EOL of MSFT.

Comment Re:Gore (Score 4, Interesting) 195

I'm sure those that are skeptics (or like me think the "solutions" that they are attempting to ram down our throats are just a giant reverse robin hood cash grab by Gore and pals) love the hell out of the Al Gore, after all the more times he's caught just outright pulling the "facts" from his rectum the easier it is to get more folks to be skeptical.

In a way he makes me think of another Al, Al Sharpton, in that even if he has some facts on his side he has to go so far out with his rhetoric that even if he originally had a point he quickly becomes a recruitment tool for the other side. With both Als the facts are never enough, they ALWAYS have to go overboard with the bullshit and spin until it gets to the point if they said it was raining you'd want a second opinion.

Those that believe in AGW frankly ought to do everything they can to distance themselves from al Gore and his hypocritical bullshit, his farting around in a Lear jet or a fleet of limos while claiming he is carbon neutral because he gets credits from HIS OWN COMPANY (this would be like me moving money from my left to right pocket and getting cheers and a tax credit for "wealth redistribution") just makes the entire platform look like a giant scam cooked up by a bunch of greedy spoiled pigs that want to stuff their pockets selling snake oil. If there HAS to be a public face to AGW I have the perfect candidate...Ed Begley Jr. That man not only talks the talk he walks the walk, living in a modest house and driving a small electric vehicle and living as lightly as he can to minimize his footprint, makes a hell of a lot better example than the Rev Al Gore and his McMansion with indoor basketball court and AC blasting.

Comment Re:why did they buy webOS then? (Score 1) 64

Actually as I understand it just like on X86 the phone vendors write the drivers for whatever OS they intend to support and that is that. They also can NOT be made FOSS in most cases because the chips used in mobile are some of the most cross licensed and proprietary chips ever made, especially anything to do with video as texture compression on up is patented up the ying yang.

As for how its an issue unlike X86 where other than graphics most of the chips are highly standardized and constantly reused, for example you only really need to support a handful of chips from companies like Realtek and Sigmatel to cover pretty much all sound hardware, with the phones and tablets a LOT of the chips are highly specialized SoC and each manufacturer changes just enough to make reverse engineering pretty much a nonstarter. This is why I can't say download drivers and use WinPhone or WinCE (shudder) on my Android whereas if I wanted to i could put BSD or Linux on my netbook with little effort.

But that is all ignoring the point of my post which is when I gave what frankly should be a trivial scenario, I'm in your phone shop and you need to sell me on MozPhone because you believe in the platform that despite the fact this is an insanely "Moz yay!" site that nobody here could do it, not a single one could even come up with a half ass reason why MozPhone would be better for me than my Android slider, not one. In fact if you'll look below this post one guy even outright ignored both my post and reply and instead built a strawman around IE and Mozilla which not only doesn't answer the question but isn't even applicable to his own statement that "once upon a time nobody had a reason to choose Moz over IE" when in fact it was the exact opposite, IE was a creaking virus infected mess so the users had VERY good reasons for switching.

Hell even TFA pointed out that if you don't have a compelling problem that your product is solving or a reason why the customer should choose you over the other guy you are doomed, and I think I pointed out pretty well that there simply is no reason for MozPhone to exist.

Comment Re:Was that really necessary? (Score 1) 208

It case you didn't get the memo the corps rule the governments now, so any and all measures to protect profits, especially from IP whose term limits have been made into "forever minus a single day" SHALL be employed.

I have to wonder if this isn't the reason why all empires fall and governments rarely survive more than a century or two, that an end result of massive corruption and wealth consolidation simply is unavoidable. Sadly I think we have it worse than ever before thanks to the net making it easy to transfer huge sums of money around the world in seconds, thus allowing the megacorps to unduly influence pretty much any country on the planet thanks to the mountains of money they sit upon.

Every time I hear of a government being a pitbull for the megacorps i am always reminded of these words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21 1864 "I see in the near future a crisis approaching; corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed." Replace the republic with the name of any country and you have what we have now.

Comment Re:why did they buy webOS then? (Score 1) 64

You mean a whole pushing 2 buttons and rebooting, which nearly every site shows you how to do complete with pictures? Not really a selling point there bud, and from the looks of it Moz is going for the "its all in the cloud!" fail which considering how much of a resource hog HTML V5 is is really a fricking BAD idea with a capital B, which is why Google doesn't use ChromeOS on their phones.

And I don't see anything you listed that can't be done on Android by going to Cyanogenmod or AreaRomQ or any of a dozen sites and just loading an image, hell I got a cheap as hell prepaid phone and AreaRomQ not only has an image for mine but I can even OC the chip if I want, stick any program in I want, do whatever I want to the thing. The only holdup from making the phone a true general purpose computer is the lack of generic drivers but MozPhone won't be able to solve that, the chip makers have everything so proprietary and cross licensed I'd argue there is no way in hell to make a 100% FOSS phone thanks to the driver issue.

But its not like you gotta take my word for it, you can get cheap Android phones starting at like $40 on Amazon so just grab one that has an image at AreaRomQ and go to town, do whatever you want.

Comment Re:why did they buy webOS then? (Score 1) 64

And maybe YOU complete ignored my entire post which pointed out there were SEVERAL reasons for Joe User to switch away from IE, problems that affected him every day like crashes, pop ups, and general poor performance. Yet again you give nothing but anecdotes and when i ask a simple question, "sell me on this phone" YOU CAN'T DO IT...why? Because there is NO compelling reason for me to choose this phone, same goes for UbuntuPhone or WebOSPhone or any other niche phone because there is ZERO selling points over the competition which makes it a DOA product.

For a perfect example of why only anecdotes equals massive fail see WinPhone, it too has zero compelling reasons to switch from iOS and Android and guess what? Most folks ignored it just like they'll ignore MozPhone. You either can come up with a reason that I should buy your product over the competition or I will ignore you, plain as that.

Comment Re:Smart idea (Score 1) 125

I just didn't get the damned point personally.

I mean 1.- The whole appeal of Ubuntu has been "free as in beer" and while some could argue "free as in freedom" Shuttleworth's "This is not a democracy" kinda kills that idea for me and besides Android is ALREADY free as in beer and is FOSS so that isn't a selling point.

2.- ARM isn't X86 and just because something can be ported from one to the other does NOT mean it will run WELL, just that it will run. Android is built around ARM, Ubuntu has always been mainly X86 with the ARM branch getting VERY little love so it would have probably been slow as Xmas, use more power, and all around be a poor experience compared to the other 3.

3.- Most importantly Android has critical mass so the network effect is in play, see how slim the pickings are at the MSFT WinPhone appstore for why that is important. I know some will argue the wealth of Linux software, see rule 2.

4.- Google is spending a reported billion bucks a year on Android and that just isn't isn't in advertising folks, that is serious R&D and UI development and bug fixing and regression testing get the idea. Canonical just wouldn't have the funds to keep up with something that huge and it wouldn't be long before it would be sucking hind teat behind the big three.

5.- Finally we've seen "one device to rule them all" tried time and time again and what do you get? Shit, that's what. A phone is not a laptop is not tablet and what works well on one does NOT mean it will work well or even decently on the other. hell bicycles are the most popular transport numbers wise on the planet but you don't see folks replacing their steering wheels with bike handlebars do ya? Why not? Because a good UI for one doesn't mean a good UI for all and I think we can see from the huge backlash against Win 8 that folks DO NOT WANT one device to rule them all, they want their cellphone UI and their desktop UI to be optimized for their respective places so this would be a hard thing to sell to the masses.

So just as I said with the MozPhone, which just FYI I have YET to have anybody give me an answer to what should frankly be a trivial question I'll ask again with regards to UbuntuPhone...I'm an Android user, I'm in YOUR phone store and you believe in this OS...sell it to me. What EXACTLY does it offer me the user over my Android i have now? What would make this a better choice than just buying the latest Android phone? Honestly if this device is a good idea this should be a simple and easy question but like MozPhone I have a feeling all I'll get is insults and changing the subject because this doesn't really have anything to offer over the Android in my pocket.

Comment Re:why did they buy webOS then? (Score 4, Insightful) 64

Sorry but your analogy? Giant FAIL, massive on the level of fail in fact. You see IE had SEVERAL problems, major problems that Mozilla solved. 1.- IE had been abandoned by MSFT once they had "won" the browser war so it was becoming more and more creaky and crashprone, 2.- ActiveX left a hole you could drive a truck through with the OS, 3.- Bug and security fixes were practically non-existent because the team had been broken up, thus making it more and more risky.

Compare this to MozPhone, which even though there is a LOT of people advocating it here when I said simply "sell me on this phone" NOBODY could do it, not a single person could come up with a single reason why i should give up my Android for this phone.

Comment Re:Partitioned apps + automagic updates. (Score 1) 63

How so? It sounds like.....well pretty much what ChromeOS already is, a stripped down Linux thinclient.

Thinclients aren't exactly new, in fact I remember when companies like Sun were pushing the "all you need is thinclients!" mantra and just like this the thing that bit a big chunk out of your behind was the fact that if you ever lose your connection you're screwed which you'd be surprised how often that happens, not to mention the fact that the ISPs are all getting nastier when it comes to caps.

So while i wish this guy all the luck in the world i really don't see anything revolutionary, at least from TFA, it just seems like a server thinclient to me and with the huge number of CPUs you can get in even a cheap server along with VMs that allow moving running VMs on the fly? Well maybe he'll find a niche but it sounds more like a solution in search of a problem to me.

Comment Re:Farce royale (Score 1) 524

Uhhh how EXACTLY was it a "deflection attempt" when by the obvious wording of his post he was making it clear he was looking down on the USA and by extension implying his country was better?

To use the famed /. car analogy it would be like ridiculing your neighbors Yugo for smoking while your Trabant is leaving a fog bank behind you. If you want to point out another country's failing fine but don't hold your own up as a better example when your country is just as shitty as the one you are ridiculing.

Comment Re:Awesome (Score 1) 582

Personally I think its great as long as they don't ask for ID and really REALLY wish they would implement it here as for every insightful Anon posting you have a good 50 that are the equivalent of someone just screaming "Nigger faggot shill!" over and over AND OVER.

I mean it takes...what? 3 minutes to make a fricking account here? And with an account its MUCH easier to see abusers and REAL shilling, without it you are forced to either put up with a bazillion crap posts or put the negative rated posts off the page which will often leave a thread nothing but a group think circlejerk as those that go against the groupthink end up modedbombed. Modbombing is another problem that could be solved by this because if a moderator sees that poster "juicyfruit99" uses their modpoints to go after a single poster or only mods down those that don't like company X? Well its really not hard to spot the patterns.

Finally I'm sure the old timers, if there are any left, will back me up on this but not even 5 years ago the majority of postings you saw here were by posters with an ID, Anon was nearly exclusively your trolls like Penisbird or the classic "caring for your new nigger" copypasta but now? The majority of posts on every single article is Anons. Tell me something....has the quality of posts gone up or down? I would argue that it has gone down as the anons know they can post anything with zero consequence (the "Gabe Internet Fuckwad Theory") whereas not many were gonna go to the trouble of making a new account because they kept burning through old ones...well except for that Mikey(insert incremental digit) poster but I still think that thing was a chatbot experiment.

So my modest proposal would be to implement something similar here for 6 months and see if the quality of threads go up or down. After all if the majority vote its not any better it can always be reverted and at least then we would know if the decline in quality was due to ACs or to the old timers simply no longer caring enough to post here.

Comment Re:why did they buy webOS then? (Score 2) 64

Here is what I personally don't get...why is there all these cheers about MozOS? What problem EXACTLY does it solve, well other than giving phone carriers the ability to have their own locked down appstores which is the gist i got from their original announcement.

I don't know, maybe I'm missing something here, but android is already FOSS, hell you can take most phones and install your own image from Cyanogenmod or AreaRomQ or wherever there is one that works on your particular hardware (a problem MozPhone won't solve as it all comes down to the drivers) and pretty much do what you want with it, oh and its free as in beer as well, so what EXACTLY is the advantage for the user to get a MozPhone over an Android or an iPhone?

So pretend I'm the customer and I currently have an LG Android phone...which ironically is exactly what i have as my damned contract finally ran out so I got an LG slider and went prepaid, but I'm in the store looking at the phones and you believe in MozPhone so sell it to me...what EXACTLY does a MozPhone do for me the customer that my android don't? What are the advantages that MozPhone brings over Android? Because I've been watching this develop as I'm having more and more to support phones and tablets and so far I have yet to see anybody say anything about MozPhone that would make me want to give up my android for it.

Comment Re:Google Service (Score 1) 120

Their DNS is used by their enterprise server products so have the latest blacklists and heuristics and as I said its been a few versions since I tried Chrome. In the end frankly it doesn't matter because as far as I'm concerned its spam, any company that pushes their products through unrelated products like the way the toolbar spammers do IS spam itself. If you walk like a duck and quack like a duck? You're a duck.

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