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Comment Re:A pity, but not a surprise (Score 4, Insightful) 95

TBH, I would much prefer that *only* verified buyers review an item.

Yeah, I admit that the joke reviews are often seriously great comedy, but honestly - verified buyers only means that potential buyers will know one way or the other if the thing is worthwhile. This is especially true when it comes to anything political, or anything sold by Twitter's Target Of The Week - hordes of frothing people with a keyboard and a bad case of butthurt (or worse, SJW fever) flood the item with bad reviews, even though they've never paid money for the thing.

Comment Re:Mobile websites & apps suck (Score 1) 102

It's not just pinch and zoom...

Tell you what - go to Newegg's mobile site sometime. It's one of the better mobile sites for buying stuff, but I still hate using it, so I don't. Besides the mobile site (most typical ones, anyway) often being very slow to load fully (even on 4G with full bars), having to scroll like crazy just to narrow the filtering options down is a raging PITA sometimes. It's a much, much faster and smoother experience on the laptop (even over Satellite Internet, FFS).

Many mobile sites are like this if the products they sell are even halfway as complex.

Sure, buying a T-shirt (choosing color, size, maybe long/short sleeve options) on the phone is drop-simple, but buying something with a lot of different options (like a laptop for instance) gets to be a bit of a rough experience, enough that I don't even bother unless I have a lot of time/battery to waste on it.

I don't blame Newegg (or similar) per se, because getting the UX right on a tiny screen is hard work as it is - it gets exponentially harder when the complexity of the purchase goes up. I do however blame the fact that a lot of this can be alleviated with a bit of cooperation by the carriers (seriously, Verizon - upgrade your shiz once in awhile and stop oversubscribing), and a bit of skull sweat on the part of the site designers.

Some ideas (aimed at no one in particular)?
* stop using so many fucking scripts/cookies/trackers/etc on the site - each one takes time to load, and mobile bandwidth often sucks. The longer it takes for the thing to load, the greater the chance your user will tell you to piss off and not make the purchase.
* clean up the interface (...more!)
* spend more than five minutes accounting for smaller screens. Not everyone has a tablet - sized phone, FFS.

Comment Re:These customers are stupid for buying impulsive (Score 2) 117

Buying M$ from an Apple store, that's just stupid.

To be fair, sometimes you're stuck with doing just that (e.g. your company issues Mac laptops, which is nice, but uses MS Office on them, which is not nice.) For instance, I get and use the Microsoft RDP client because 1) I'm cheap (it's $0.00 in the App Store), and 2) it does what I need it to do for the occasional/rare Windows server that I get asked to go fix.

Buying fake M$ from an Apple store, is utterly moronic.

Now this, I can agree with.

Comment Just a sec - (Score 2) 117

Let's be fair for a moment here...

1) It's not Apple's job to police Microsoft's trademarks - that's Microsoft's job. Same with any other trademark that the store owner does not own or control.

2) If the worst you get is an app that has a semi-misleading title that sells you nothing but MS Office templates (for $30? Caveat Emptor, eh?), then it's miles better than the outright malware and data-harvesting apps to be found in other stores. Also, did the author bother to read the description of the item before buying it? Pretty sure that if an app only says "Office Bindle" and has little-to-no description of the product, it's probably going to be a crap purchase.

This is going to sound a bit trollish, but this is the Internet, FFS... show some brains before you buy.

Comment Re:futurist (Score 2) 522

Devil's Advocate: There is a problem with the phrase "...but unless its something completely out of our control, like a massive cosmic event, then sorry, I'm not buying the doom and gloom anymore."

By the time humanity comes to the realization that something terminally wrong is occurring, it may well be too late to reach out into space as a second home.

If the calamity involves resource depletion, we will have run out of sufficient resources to create a self-sustaining colony somewhere else. If it involves something cosmic like an asteroid impact, we'll have no time at all to work with in such a scenario. If it involves war, obviously 'The Enemy' will actively prevent 'The Other Side' from setting up something like a space colony.

I trust you see what I'm getting at here, yes?

Comment Re:The popular vote plurality does not matter (Score 3, Interesting) 243

It's a bit more complex than you think, and partially untrue.

Take Oregon for example when it comes to federal Presidential/Senate elections: Every rural county in the state could have its population vote 100% for Kodos, but if Portland, Salem, and Bend vote 100% for Kang, then Kang wins, period. (Now the reality is that something like 60% of the rural counties go for Kodos, and 60% of the urban ones vote Kang... and Kang still wins because of aggregate population. The population differential really is that lopsided.) This also goes for state-wide offices such as Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, etc.

Now Congressional House elections and state legislature/senate elections are a different story, where your assertion would hold a bit more truth to it.

Desktops (Apple)

Microsoft is Bringing Visual Studio To Mac (techcrunch.com) 133

Microsoft will finally bring Visual Studio, a "true mobile-first, cloud-first development tool for .NET and C#," to Mac later this month, the company has said. From a report on TechCrunch:The IDE is very similar to the one found on Windows. In fact, that is presumably the point. By making it easy for OS X users to switch back and forth between platforms, Microsoft is able to ensure coders can quickly become desktop agnostic or, barring that, give Windows a try again. From the release: "At its heart, Visual Studio for Mac is a macOS counterpart of the Windows version of Visual Studio. If you enjoy the Visual Studio development experience, but need or want to use macOS, you should feel right at home. Its UX is inspired by Visual Studio, yet designed to look and feel like a native citizen of macOS. And like Visual Studio for Windows, it's complemented by Visual Studio Code for times when you don't need a full IDE, but want a lightweight yet rich standalone source editor.

Comment Re:Will only help in non-West part of US (Score 1) 174

Was thinking the same thing (Oregon resident here).

Then again, at least in Oregon, they only need count votes from the counties of Multnomah (Portland), Marion (Salem) and Deschutes (Bend). Not like the rest of us in Oregon have any real influence or notice (except in the travel brochures, but you know...)

Comment Re:Unless we know the number of non-dupes. (Score 1) 488

You're either voting against Trump, or against Hillary.

Not really.

You see, I live in a very heavy deep-blue-neoMarxist-just-right-of-Stalin... err, I meant that I live in Oregon.

I already know where the 7 electoral votes here will go, thanks to the easily-led masses in Portland, Salem, and Bend. This gives me a very unique luxury... I can write-in or vote for whoever the hell I want (and indeed I already did. I voted by mail, just like the rest of Oregon). Kinda cool how that works out.

Comment Re: Supply and demand (Score 2) 587

1) Absolutely correct... once someone actually *reads* what Deming wrote, you can almost see the lightbulb go off over their heads. It is solid stuff.

2) The younger folk may not know/remember this, but during the early-to-mid 1990s, Dr. Deming's writings became the basis of that wonderful little fad which most in the business world called "TQM" (that is, Total Quality Management). It spread like wildfire - I saw it slathered around in everything from government (Dept. of Veterans Affairs) to private industry (a small Arkansas Poultry company - no, not Tyson's, though they did as well.)

The reason #2 failed miserably in the business world (more often than not) was because it was all-too-often implemented poorly. Oh, and in those instances where it was even halfway implemented right, management realized very quickly that (post-implementation) they really didn't want to hear what their underlings had to say.

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