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Comment Re:There is no "removing" of anything... (Score 3, Interesting) 283

If the new phone doesn't have a headphone jack, it'll be all over the Internet. There will be almost no way to avoid knowing that the iPhone 7 doesn't have a headphone jack.

That's not where the user impact comes in. Most people don't use headphones constantly. They use them occasionally. And they will think to themselves, "That's not a big deal." Then, at some point in the distant future:

  • They're at a friend's house and want to play some song. Their friend has an Android phone, and a stereo with only an 1/8" plug.
  • They're out somewhere and think, "I'd like to listen to some music while I walk from A to B" and then realize that their Bluetooth earbuds aren't charged.
  • The stewardess tells them that they can't use wireless headsets (that's a per-airline policy decision) and offers to sell them a headset for $3, but oops, no adapter.

And so on. And suddenly, what seemed like it didn't matter suddenly matters, and you have a pissed off customer.

Comment Re:Fix Apple (Score 1) 283

Apple will do no fixes of anything until it learns its lesson with very bad iPhone 7 sales because of the removal of the 3.5mm audio jack.

What would be worse for Apple would be if they don't lose sales, because there's definitely a non-negligible percentage of their customers who will be negatively impacted significantly by removal of the headphone jack, and if those folks buy the phone anyway, then they're going to end up with a bad impression of Apple products, and Apple will lose them as customers. In the long run, Apple should hope that they lose those sales, because at least they'll have a chance to make up those sales by releasing a future generation that isn't missing critical features.

The ultimate destruction of Apple as a brand of amazing hardware will come if they ship a device without a headphone jack and 30% of their users don't realize how much they'll miss the headphone jack, buy the phone anyway, and then start trash-talking their new iPhone on social media before switching (permanently) to Android. If Apple ships this product, I may start doing covered calls on my Apple stock to limit my losses. As a user, this is just a big annoyance, and I'm hopeful that they'll pull their heads out of their a**es before I'm due for a new phone. But as an investor, this is absolutely terrifying, oddly reminiscent of the period where a certain Pepsi exec was running the show.

Comment The bigger problem... (Score 1) 9

If the GOP manages to still get voters to split their voters (voting against Drumpf for president but still voting for GOP house-critters) then we won't see anything done in the next 2 years of government. Remember how many times the house has tried to repeal the ACA (so they can replace it with their own identical bill with someone else's name associated with it) in the past several years? Remember how many millions of dollars have been wasted on "investigations" into Benghazi? If Hillary is elected POTUS but the house is till under GOP control we'll see the first impeachment discussion on the floor start no later than March 1, 2017.

Comment Re:Cat got my tongue (subjects are dumb) (Score 1) 37

Question 1: Who the hell reuses passwords, and why? Anyone left not using password managers?

Statistically, almost everyone:

  • Anyone who created at least one account more than a few years ago and has continued using it without changing his/her password
  • Anyone who is using a site that doesn't support the browser's build-in password manager (usually by not showing a username field)

There are probably others, but most users have at least a few sites that use shared passwords, and most of them are the fault of the people who designed the websites.

Comment Re:No more updates... (Score 1) 392

MS seems to have decided that they have the rights to:
1) Monitor all windows uses, without consent;
2) Force any software changes they wish, overriding our own settings or expressed wishes;
3) Turn windows into adware by pushing ads out to windows users - probably related to point 1;

They absolutely DO have these rights (and they DO have consent: it's in the EULA you agreed to and which has the force of law as proven in court cases). If you don't agree with these terms, then it's your job as the customer to find a better vendor.

My primary OS now is Linux, installed on multiple computers, and it would continue to be regularly updated. MS has made dumping their OS one of the easiest decisions to make.

Too bad all MS users aren't as smart as you; most of them will just bend over and take it.

Comment Re:Don't use Microsoft (Score 1) 392

Just imagine 100 applications and 70,000 computers all with different needs filled with very old quirky shit taped up where customers still demand we use IE 6 for much of it. We have a hack to get it to work under Windows 7 with Citrix. These patches break TLS 1.0 which is insecure yes, but our clients can not run without it!

Explain how we can move to Linux and use active directory and group policy and security auditing and SCCM to push applications that are all win32 based in such an environment?

I'm not sure how you're going to succeed in getting that mess to work reliably on Windows 10, much less Linux.

With the situation that bad, you need to go back to those vendors and demand better software (esp. Linux versions). If they can't deliver, it's time to migrate to new vendors who can. We can blame MS for a lot of stuff, but I don't really see how we can blame them for shitty 3rd-party software vendors requiring IE6 for their "enterprise" application to work. The blame rightly goes to the customer for selecting this crap, and then not keeping on top of things and making sure mission-critical applications will continue to work on newer OSes, and not switching to vendors who have better products (or just building your own in-house if the ISVs are this bad).

Comment Re:If you don't trust the vendor ... (Score 1) 392

When MS released the Modern/Metro interface they got ripped, big time. When Linux screwed up with KDE 4/Gnome 3 fiascos, a LOT (far too many) of FOSS advocates were quick to make every excuse in the book. "Oh, it's OK because it is Linux." A lot of that happened right here on /.

Oh, BS. I remember it quite differently: there was no end to the bitching and complaining about both KDE4 and Gnome3, and for good reason too. Gnome3 was so disliked that it directly spawned not one, but two new DEs: MATE and Cinnamon, because people were so mad about it and wanted Gnome2 (or something close to it) back. KDE4 was a disaster (though many blame part of it on distros making it the main KDE version even though KDE themselves said it wasn't ready for primetime use) that many people abandoned KDE and never came back. Both these fiascos were hugely controversial and generated a lot of ill feelings.

However this is probably the first time ever, that I've heard the FOSS community really get upset, I mean upset at Linux itself, not at MS. Not that it seems to be doing much to stop (or redirect) the systemd juggernaut.

Then you're either a liar or you haven't been paying attention. Gnome3 and KDE4.0 both caused just as much upset as systemd, if not more so (I'm leaning towards more so, because regular users notice their DE a whole lot more than they notice their init system). Personally, it sounds like you're a liar who's on the anti-systemd bandwagon and is trying to twist things there to get more people on your side.

Comment Re:You wouldn't know it was declining here.... (Score 1) 170

It wasn't just there...at major sites all over town all last weekend, I saw a surprisingly LARGE amount of people out all times of day and especially late night playing it...

Am I the only one who's reminded of the ST:TNG episode about Riker finding the head-mounted video game on Risa and the whole crew of the Enterprise becoming addicted to it?

Comment Re: Linux. (Score 1) 392

Good point. I've never actually used Ubuntu after they moved to Unity (I started with SUSE KDE, went to Kubuntu, and landed at Mint/KDE but I have a CNC machine running Ubuntu with Gnome2), so I just assumed they only put the 'X' button on the left since that's what the OP complained about (though I see now I misread what he wrote).

No, I'm quite sure there's no easy way to move the buttons around on Windows. On KDE, however, it's pretty easy and extremely configurable; you can put space in between buttons, you can move them around anywhere on the bar, you can put in different buttons for more functionality, etc.

So mea culpa; I really don't see a good reason to move all three buttons to the left since that just gives you the same problem but in a different location. However, if they'd make it configurable (and according to you it is on Unity, I don't know about others except KDE), that's a great feature.

Comment Re:Just roll with it (Score 1) 392

HELL YES.

If you've decided you trust Microsoft to provide you the operating system that controls your computer and gives you access to all your critical data, then why are you doubting them when it comes to telemetry and spyware and advertising? Your chosen vendor has decided these things are best for you. It's asinine for you to say otherwise.

If you disagree with your vendor about the software they provide you to this extent, then why are you still using them and their product? You don't trust them with their spyware, but you do trust them to give you a secure OS to protect your data? Is it not obvious how twisted that thinking is?

Comment Re:I won't (Score 1) 392

The problem is that we still have to actually use Windows at work, which sucks. But oh well, the way I look at it, that's part of what I'm getting paid for: to put up with bullshit. It's called "work" for a reason.

Hopefully I can get back to an all-Linux job sometime in the near future. But for now, I'll collect my nice paycheck and put up with the bullshit; if there's a problem with Windows, I call the IT people and let them deal with it, then make sure my manager knows that's why my work is late so the blame is assigned properly.

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