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Comment You hear that, Mr anderson? (Score 3, Insightful) 542

That is the sound of inevitability. It is the sound of creativity's death.

The studios primarily care about profits reaped with minimal risk. The glut of prequels, sequels, reboots, and adaptations is happening because those properties are already known among the population and have a built-in audience.

Consequently, original material gets shoved aside. Hollywood writers should be pissed because they're not being utilized to their fullest extent. At this rate, Avatar may be the last original property to originate in Hollywood.

Comment Re:Google envy (Score 2) 353

Not just Google envy: everyone envy.

Google has Android and all their consumer products. Apple has their vertically integrated fandom. Every social media platform is their own thing.

What do all those things have in common that MS has never been able to cultivate on their own? User data. MS decided to capture it by buying Skype and LinkedIn, both highly strategic because MS only understands business customers: those buys made sense to MS. What they don't understand, never have, and likely never will, is the end user. To capture that data, the only option they saw was to leverage their flagship product: Windows.

Wait, this sounds familiar...

Comment Re: H-1B Visas (Score 1) 169

Ok, anyone can make a mistake, but if H1Bs built the server management system to rely on manually typed commands and no one saw the obvious risk of doing that, where does the blame really lie?

The stereotypical H1B is culturally preconditioned to serve, not analyze; they'll (attempt to) do exactly what they're told... no more, no less, with little questioning.

Comment Re:Sanitizing Untrusted Input (Score 1, Insightful) 61

Because WP is the product of a lousy team with the lowest possible standard of practices, their tradition since 2004. Those attitudes permeate throughout the WP "development" landscape. If the core presented best practices and enforced using them, so many vulnerabilities would have been mitigated. Not only is WP shitty code, it begets shitty code.

Comment In other words... (Score 4, Insightful) 225

This year, Mozilla Will Remove the #2 reason everyone started using Firefox in the first place.

Copying Chrome has been a bad strategy, and killing XUL is one of their worst decisions ever. I'm waiting for the announcement that Firefox will become a re-branded Chrome, like Opera. Yay for software monoculture!

Comment Re:What's the point of Western Union? (Score 1) 115

Is it still, like, 1975 there?

Close. Through at least 1999, WU still operated on a mainframe that had been in service since 1974. There were scores of filing cabinets full of microfiche bundled with rubber bands.

For a company based on what was once high tech, they've been deathly afraid of it for a long, long time.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 2) 185

Users don't care about "brand experience", they care about product experience. Maybe if Mozilla hadn't spent the last 9 years making terrible decisions, poorly allocating resources and prioritizing bugs, distracting themselves with silly crap, useless feature churn, and making their flagship product copy every bad decision Chrome made, more people might still use their products. The path they're on is all but guaranteed to get them into the dustbin of internet relevance.

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