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Comment Re:Microsoft Has An Odd Obsession With The Cloud.. (Score 2) 68

This isn't even about cloud, this is about capturing user data so MS can mine it. MS is desperate for user data which is why they bought Skype, LinkedIn, and to a lesser degree MineCraft.

I guarantee gmail content will be used to feed ads to the desktop. That's their goal.

Comment Re: Uhm... (Score 5, Insightful) 566

But that capitalist has been conditioned to only consider short term benefits, so in his head the question really is "Do you believe that H1-B workers are the best talent per dollar spent this quarter?"

With the news about AT&T, Disney, and others forcing their existing domestic tech workers to train the H1B replacements, the true purpose of the program has been revealed: replace expensive domestic workers with cheaper foreign labor. That's why the H1B program won't get fixed: it does what it's meant to do.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 327

Sorry no grandma - I only got a grandpa that is on Ubuntu for years. It is not so hard to pull off as I had the choice of hardware and trained him on to Firefox before switching.

He does not care for the OS. YouTube, Facebook, Gmail, a local news site, and the Webcams on the homepage of his golf club is all he cares about in a PC.

For me the support got a lot easier after ditching Windows as I had to fix his profile once a week and write the ghost back every few months.
Now I just go and update Ubuntu every 6 months ;)

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:How do you not secure your smartphone? (Score 2) 143

Why you should set a pin or password for your phone:

The last time I bought a phone I had to wait in a queue was because the lady in front of me did not set a pin or password but her toddler did.
The shop clerk was very sorry but very sure that nobody not even the manufacturer could unlock the phone without her loosing all her data!

That was the argument I needed to get my wife to set a pin on her phone ;)

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!

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