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Comment Re:8% (Score 4, Insightful) 103

it's kind of amazing how they managed to do that and not have anyone tell them that their ideas were stupid

I have no doubt that plenty of people have told them exactly that. It would not surprise me to learn that they fired anyone who did so, though.

If Twitter were an engineering-driven company, they wouldn't be lousy with SJWs.


Comment Huh. Data without citation (Score 1, Interesting) 69

I'd like to know what the methodology is here, but there's no link in the AllFlicks article to the actual data, nor any explanation regarding how it was gathered.

I would assume people who've continued to use Netflix would self-select over time to include more folks who value their original content... but still. Tell us how you got the numbers please. What I've seen on Netflix is a bunch of original content that gets a "best guess" rating for me that's always between 4.7 and five stars... but when I've actually watched it, the rating I've most commonly given is three stars. That's really odd, since for third-party stuff their predictions have been extremely good - so I'm a bit skeptical regarding all the recent stories I've been seeing touting just how much everyone loves Netflix's own content.

Comment Re:Product placement (Score 1) 233

At the risk of stating the obvious... an application should never, ever be able to bring down the OS. If it can, it's a flaw in the OS.

But in this case, do we really know what's going on? I've heard conflicting explanations. Just because a player says "we have to reboot" doesn't necessarily mean the OS isn't responding - they probably don't know how to kill an unresponsive app (how would you get to the task manager in tablet mode anyway, if that's still how it works?), so rebooting could just be a quick-and-dirty solution.

Comment Re:Product placement (Score 4, Interesting) 233

Too bad most of the broadcasters covering the games refer to them as iPads.

I was watching the playoff game where the Surfaces weren't responding... the television crew correctly referred to them as "Microsoft Surface" multiple times while discussing the problems.

In the end, it doesn't really matter if this is an innate problem with the Surface, or if it's a problem with the supporting network infrastructure. Microsoft obviously pictured this as a huge PR opportunity, so they should've considered the possible issues and taken steps to deal with them ahead of time. Certainly stadium wifi congestion has been a known issue for quite a while - why didn't Microsoft think about it?

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