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Comment Re:The death spiral is continuing. (Score 2, Interesting) 168

But back to MS: they absolutely are critical and relevant, because everyone's PC runs on their software. .

Seriously, when you use hyperbole and straight-out lie, I stop listening. There are a lot of PCs that don't run on Windows. Millions run Mac OS, Various Linux distros, and Chrome Os is making a huge dent in the educational market. Windows and MS Office isn't as important and prevalent as they used to be. They are a hugely important company, but they are not as influential on the PC market as they used to be.

Comment Re:Needs more numbers (Score 2) 26

Besides we already know the truth of the matter. Small and independent developers are hard pressed to be able to survive on anything the store brings in. Discovery is wonky as hell, you may get kicked out for squinting at the sun wrong, or Apple may decide your app should now be part of their core functionality. In any of those cases, I wouldn't quit your day job even if you do get an app in the store.

I agree. But an independent, talented developer has the means to develop a hit application and be reasonably compensated.

Comment Re:Confirmed (Score 4, Insightful) 515

It's not Bullshit! It happened to my work computer and several of my co-workers! We were told by our IT department several times not to upgrade. I can't remember how many times I had to decline the offer to upgrade to Windows 10 -- and still the damned machine was upgraded! So frustrating!

Comment Interesting Amazon response (Score 2, Interesting) 233

Here is the response I received from Amazon when I contacted customer service: Amazon Your Account Message From Customer Service Hello, I am sorry for the inconvenience you experienced in this case. After looking into your inquiry about the item new Apple TV that you could not find in the website, I feel we could best resolve this concern for you over the phone so that we can help you locate the item. This way, you can speak to our live customer support team who can ensure we resolve this concern to your satisfaction. I realize that, at this point, asking you to contact us again would be disappointing; however, we really feel that the best way to assist you with this concern is over the phone. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated. So in this case, I request you to please visit the following link, enter your phone number through the Phone tab, and we'll call you: We're available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please be rest assured that we are here to make things easier for you and we'll take every action to prevent you from bearing any loss. On a personal level, I highly appreciate your patience, cooperation and understanding in this matter. It is our privilege to have you as our valued customer & we want to make sure you are always taken care of. Thanks for your cooperation. We'd appreciate your feedback. Please use the links below to tell us about your experience today. Best regards, Johann S.

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