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Comment Terrible analysis (Score 1) 172

Okay, here's a few reasons why this basic analysis falls short and doesn't apply a monetary valuation on the following items:
a) like someone else mentioned, Netflix doesn't materialize out of nothing. You also pay for your Internet connection (and bandwidth).
b) Err, sports anyone? This is actually the only thing stopping me since other than doing kludgey stuff with Kodi/XBMC there are no good (legal) options where I live
c) like someone else also mentioned, Netflix shows older content
d) may not matter to many of you, but for me, Netflix is not regulated by the federal broadcast authority; i.e. they can do whatever they want pretty much

Seriously, perhaps the original writer decided to write 3-4 paragraphs after googling for 30 mins, post it, await reaction from proper forums and then use that information to actually write an insightful article? I can't stand lazy journalism. and the worst is that Slashdot appears to provide a willing vehicle to crap content like that.

How does one get a gig like that?

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 3, Informative) 564

Cruise control is different from Auto Pilot.

And despite being modded down for mentioning it - the whole concept behind this is the car is supposed to be controlling itself. Giving time for the pilot to go to the lavatory and stuff.

At least that's the perception people getting killed by it think it is.

Comment Re:Evidence, or it didn't happen? (Score 1) 397

Microsoft has launched many new features of Windows. Some survive, some don't (SideShow, Gadgets to name a few). "effectively telling developers" isn't the same as "actually telling developers" which is required for malfeasance. It is also not mutually exclusive. It doesn't say "if you're a game studio and developing for Windows, we are not going to let you run your program on our OS unless you make it compatible with UWP." They're also not curtailing users' freedom, though I admit I don't even know what he means by that. Not every piece of software installed on your PC will take advantage of all features of the OS. Why would my game need to manage my drive encryption or be able to set my desktop background? Heck, some don't even care if they're network enabled.

Basically, the statements quoted, to me, do not stand up to the idea of proof. Game studios could go right on doing what they're doing and say nuts to UWP. Besides, after just a shred of thought and research, these criticisms of UWP and any technical limitations that discourage development of PC Games in UWP, Microsoft has already responded to.

The claim being made is that Microsoft will actively alter Windows so as to make alternate deployment platforms like Steam substandard and behave erratically. We are fully within our right to ask for proof of that activity being done. Besides, it seems like we're back to the age old Slashdot problem of reporting on old news.

Comment Re:Evidence, or it didn't happen? (Score 1) 397

I doubt they needed some Random Commenter on Slashdot, or even game studio co-founder, to suggest outlandish subversions of law. High level management seems to at times revel in coming up with stupid ways to screw over others, rather than focus on just making a better product everyone begs to use. If you've thought of it, you can pretty much be sure they already thought of it too.

Comment Re:Evidence, or it didn't happen? (Score 1) 397

Attributing personality to a legal construct is a little like believing a pet rock can bark at you. Good imagination, but doesn't bear practical results.

It is exactly because of history that I did suggest caution and scrutiny. I also realize that random accusations do not make fact, and if someone is accusing someone else of wrongdoing (breaking Steam, in this instance), I have to say to the person making the accusation 'Prove it'. Fairly simple request for them to provide their evidence, which is, literally, all I asked for.

Comment Evidence, or it didn't happen? (Score 4, Insightful) 397

I'd like to know what evidence there is to support this, rather than words on a page ranting about perception. Not that I don't agree caution, it's one thing to make big noise and proclaim persecution when none exists. Show the evidence and remove doubt about Microsoft's intention.

Comment Re:My PCP has a "scribe!" (Score 1) 326

I used to run the IT department at hospital years ago. There was a sizeable budget set aside for transcriptionists, who entered written/scanned notes or recorded notes into the medical IT application. There are even managed services that offer that to hospitals which don't have their own transcription department.

Major critical piece; my director was demoted after a VPN outtage affected a lot of remote transcriptionists for almost a week and he had made the decision all by himself to do with vendor support for the VPN appliances. Things I learned don't mess with pager systems, telephone, transcription and the main medical app; everything is best effort including e-mail, Internet, Wifi, printing, etc.

Comment Re:Burnt out doc here: (Score 1) 326

I can give another perspective. I have worked with "clinical working groups" that are composed of nurses, doctors, therapists, communicate care, etc. Typically the docs and nurses dominate the conversation because they have complex and heavy workloads (not that the others don't, but I digress). It's actually very hard to get medical folks (even paid) to participate.

So every little UI, technical change, login process, etc get debated for a LOOOOONG time when finally there's finally consensus or quorum on what the decision is made. 90% of the time it's what the doc wants in the various settings; emergency department, general practice, palliative care, etc.

When the change is implemented, half of the people who clearly stated that they wanted something done one way, have had a change of heart or argue that this is not what they wanted. Documentation, sign-offs, mock-ups be damned. "This is not I what I signed off".

When it actually makes it to larger pilot group, we get feedback from one extreme to another. Even when we have colleagues from the same docs AT THE SAME INSTITUTION IN THE SAME DEPARTMENT.

At the core is patient safety and the crazy checklists that come with it. The best thing to do is to pass those check lists to someone specialized (i.e. not a doc or nurse); like a medical cleric (or like someone else mentioned, a scribe).

TL;DR; Everyone has an opinion and every doc appears to have their own preferred way of doing things. This is not unique to the medical field. I see that in CSRs as well.

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