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Comment Re:Funny. (Score 1) 543

It just sounds like a bunch of Whiny people who wants to get an Apple or Defend Linux, or are so old or autistic that they cannot handle any change.

And your comment sounds rude and rather incredibly arrogant.

I believe the criticisms with the UI I've read above are relevant and germane. And, supporting several thousand users over the phone, I am not enjoying the workload increase from having to explain the chaos of W8 to the clerical staff who are trained to a pattern in XP or W7.

The best thing Microsoft did after introducing W8 was to fire Sinofsky.


FTC Chairwoman Speaks On Growing US Patent Problem 87

ectoman writes "In a recent policy speech, Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez indicated that the FTC might be preparing to seriously address patent abuse in the United States. Mark Bohannon, Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Global Public Policy at Red Hat, has reviewed Ramirez's remarks, calling them 'some of the most direct and specific to date from a senior U.S. Government official regarding "harmful PAE [patent assertion entities] activities."' Bohannon writes that the FTC's proposed roadmap for patent reform 'is both ambitious and doable,' and he discusses how the agency could make its potential contributions to reforms most effective. The piece arrives one week after Bohannon analyzed other patent reform efforts currently ongoing in Washington—in a piece Slashdot readers have been discussing."

Comment Re:Start Button in 8.1 is useless. (Score 1) 543

It actually is a model M. Made in the same factory on the same equipment in the same way. Unicomp bought the company back in the day. It was never shut down, and now they make versions with the Windows key and USB also. Also Dvorak. And yes, it is perfectly functional at need as a bludgeon. Petition them for a Bluetooth version, would you?

Actually, looking at that site I see that almost all models are out of stock. Maybe I better order another one just in case.

Comment Distinction without a difference (Score 1) 778

ActiveX is a self describing plugin system which allows an application to load and potentially use a plugin without any prior knowledge, EXACTLY like XPCOM in Firefox. Again, they are 100% functionally the same. Internet Explorer had retarded defaults

And how did end users get the majority of their ActiveX widgets? Through Internet Explorer. Your argument makes sense - from a pedantic programmer's perspective. From an end user's perspective (and those of us who have had to clean said users computers), though, it's a distinction without a difference.

Comment Re:Solution in extensions (Score 1) 778

The internet is becoming "app-ified" because users want their websites to do more, to load faster, to not have "flicker" whenever the page has to change something... The "old way" of websites is as dead as Geocities, because if we web developers actually designed them that way, our users/clients would never be happy.

Load faster? In either case your internet connection is going to be the bottleneck as you're waiting for data to load...

Comment Re:Yet another great argument... (Score 1) 402

part of the problem is that a lot of people (very many of which are living very comfortably) see those concessions as substandard because everyone should be equal,or their personal bias leads them to believe that five people in a 900 sq ft home is untenable squalor. its good to want better for everyone, but some people need a dose of reality. most of the world doesnt have what they do, and theyre fine with that.

to save money, i once lived in a 40 sq foot single-room apartment in tokyo. had to sell most of my belongings because they wouldnt fit and i didnt want to pay for storage. by some people's definition, i was poor. yet the reality was that i had a place to sleep, a climate separate from the seasonal elements, clean water, easy access to food of varying quality, and i was saving money while looking for a better job.

Comment Re:No Shit (Score 1) 442

He was a US citizen with a US security clearance leaking details of activities that are both valid national security activities and common (and legitimate) practice for all governments. This leak is a direct compromise of national security and doesn't have any moral grounds as a leak to expose wrong doing as there is no wrong doing being exposed.

Comment Re:No Shit (Score 1) 442

Espionage is not an act of war, nor has it ever been. In fact, the penalties for spying in most countries differ specifically based on whether there is a war on or not. It's how countries make sure other countries are being honest with them, whether friend or enemy. It's also some of the most important information for getting at what countries actually want since the political sphere is all bullshit and positioning rather than actually getting things done.

Comment Re:No Shit (Score 1) 442

I'm not sure how that is supposed to relate to my comment, but I don't disagree with you. Russia has absolutely no legal reason to hand over Snowden, though political reasons could still result in him being sent back. I don't think we have any right to blame Russia if they don't send him back though, but politicians have to act angry about it, just like European politicians have to act angry about us spying on them even though everyone knows that spying on allies is what makes allies work. How do you know you can trust another government if you don't know that they are telling you the truth by knowing things they don't know you know?

Comment Re: Surpassing Vista (Score 2) 285

Android isn't a desktop OS, nor is it intended to be. It is designed specifically for high levels of process isolation and low power consumption. These are the opposite of what you want on a desktop where you are looking for power and interoperability. Windows 8 is a huge misstep driven by trying to compete with the vertically integrated dominance than is making Apple so much money. Metro is simply a move to push Windows Market on the world that is failing. If it wasn't for Metro, Windows 8 is actually a very nice step up from Windows 7. If MS realises that Metro isn't the way to get the vertical integration they are looking for, there is still lots of hope for them. They do need to see the error of their ways though.

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