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Comment Here's what I'd like to see... (Score 1) 100

1) A foldable design where, when it's closed, the display is on the outside. When it's open, the display size doubles on the inside.
2) A way to run Android Apps, virtualized, as well as whatever MS has in their store. Without that, the phone is DOA in my opinion. I want to be able to run any App I want regardless of OS.
3) 5 day battery. If it was a double size flip phone you could have a separate battery in each half, essentially doubling the battery size and life. Yes it's going to be heavier but a 5 day charge cycle is killer :-)
4) A way to project the image on to a wall, like a projector. 4K would be great.
5) A way to wirelessly connect to your cable box (or Roku, or Netflix, or whatever) to access and display content. If you can do that who needs a TV set?

There you have it Microsoft. I anxiously await your first prototype.

Comment FFS...who keeps posting these articles? (Score 2) 374

Men are underrepresented as Pre-School teachers. It is overwhelmingly women. Where is the outrage over that? Asian men are underrepresented in the NBA. African American women are underrepresented as Librarians. Who gives a shit?

This reminds me of that idiotic argument that female tennis players at Wimbledon should make the same as the male competitors. Yeah - except that the men play 5 sets (not 3 like the ladies do), and the audience is overwhelmingly larger for the mens events (and, by extension the advertising dollars). Yet Wimbledon succumbed to political pressure. Same tactic here I suppose.

Comment What you really mean is... (Score 1) 399

3D TV is dead...again. There have been numerous attempts to foist 3D upon the public and each attempt has failed. Maybe if someone can up with a way to do it without the goofy glasses it has a chance. Other than that...it joins Betamax on the trash heap of tech.

Comment I'm not always on Oracle's side but... (Score 1) 317

in this case I am. These sorts of "show us your labor stats" demands are nothing more than shakedowns from the PC crowd. We already have plenty of reverse discrimination laws in place - none of which give any weight to merit when it comes to job placement decisions. These laws are purely based on quotas but the backers of these laws will never use the term "quota".

In many cases, a woman or a minority IS the best candidate for the job. But that suitability should be based SOLELY on merit.

If a woman shows up for a job interview and she is 7 months pregnant is it discrimination to not hire her, knowing that in a month she will be on maternity leave for 3 or 4 months? I don't think so.

If a non-white applies for a job and english is not their first language and communication is a key skill (as it is in many jobs) is it discrimination to not hire that person? Again, I don't think so.

So when labor laws require quotas from this group or that group we are, by definition, causing the following:
1) The exclusion of qualified while males, who might have been hired for the position if not for the quotas.
2) Lowering standards to accommodate otherwise under qualified candidates.
3) Resentment among current staff, due to items 1 & 2.

I actually applaud Oracle for standing up to this sort of extortion. Personally I wish more companies would.

Comment Re:Yeah... (Score 1) 196

I'm not suggesting they offer grandfathered plans forever. I am suggesting that they honor the plans for existing customers. This reminds me of the airlines and the frequent flyer miles. Instead of doing away with the program they just devalue the miles and make it more difficult to redeem them. Eventually the miles become essentially worthless.

The TelCo's are doing the same thing with "unlimited" plans. Keep bumping up the price and eventually the remaining grandfathered customers will drop out.

I'm not denying that there are people out there that abuse the unlimited data. If so, then deal with that small majority and leave the rest of us alone. For the record, I'm one of the AT&T grandfathered data users and I don't use anywhere near 500 GB per month. Probably more like 3-4GB. And what is my reward for being responsible with my data usage? They charge me more. Yeah. Once my contract is up I'm gone.

Comment If Verizon is smart.... (Score 1) 70

and I know it's a Telco, but work with me here...they will run, not walk, away from this deal. Yahoo had very little to offer even before the security debacle. At this point I would value Yahoo as something akin to a few practice jerseys and a bucket of pucks. In other words, practically nothing.

I don't really care either way but the thought of that devious bitch of a CEO making off with millions after hiding the security hackings from their customers, not to mention Verizon, makes me ill.

Comment Oh how nice... (Score 1) 399

Google decides to donate some money to the less fortunate. On the face of it, it seems like a noble thing to do. Except that the decision was made without any input from said employee, who may or may not have been onboard with that decision. I used to work for a place that every Christmas they would send you a link to a website where you could get various items, paid for by the company, as a gift. You also had the option of having the company donate money instead of the gift. Seems to me that would have been a better way for Google to play it. Let the employee decide.

Comment And in other news... (Score 1) 272

American news outlets helped spread fake propoganda about Republican candidate Trump. Chiefly among them the Washington Post and New York Times. Remember the story about the flight attendant that was supposedly fondled by Trump? Yeah...until she mentioned lifting the armrest in 1st class....except seats in 1st class don't have a movable armrest....and she claimed to be flying on a plane that was not in that airlines fleet - then or ever.

In other words, the whole story was made up and once it was discovered was never retracted by either "news" outlet.

As far as I'm concerned the Washington Post has absolutely no credibility when it comes to news reporting. They are on par with the National Enquirer.

Comment Re:Ummm...yeah (Score 1) 1321

For print journalism The Wall St. Journal is about the only one left that seems unbiased to me. Yes, they are pro business but politically they seem somewhat neutral. TV is a lot more difficult. These days it seems to be either far left (CNN, MSNBC) or far right (FOX, One America News). O'Reilly on FOX seems to be pretty fair most of the time and the same for Scott Pelley on CBS. They tend to be a little more from the Walter Cronkite mold.

At least with O'Reilly he states that he is an opinion journalist and not a news guy. Others like Blitzer and Stephanopolos claim to be news guys but they are really opinion guys. And if you don't watch closely it's very difficult to tell which is which.

Radio is dominated by right wingers such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, etc.

So there you have it - if you listen to/watch/read all of the above and always consider the source then therein the truth will lie :-)

Comment Ummm...yeah (Score 3, Informative) 1321

Isn't this the same group that assured all the voters that the election results could not possibly be manipulated when Trump suggest just that, prior to the election? And the same group that, given Hilary's higher popular vote numbers, are calling for the abolition of the Electoral College?

I think that Wolf Blitzer and the rest of the CNN crew and still grumpy that Hillary lost. Well get over it Wolfie - you got your ass handed to you. Despite your one sided reporting and thinly veiled rooting for Hillary you lost.

CNN and MSNBC and others are just pissed off that they have been exposed as surrogates of the Democrat party. I think that a lot of people have long suspected that is the case but now it is in full view. If you want to hear Democrat cheerleaders then go to CNN or MSNBC. If you want to hear Republican cheerleaders then go to FOX. If you want the actual truth, you know that thing that used to be called "news", then you are going to have to go to a variety of web sites and other outlets and try to filter out all the political BS. That's what the world has come to.

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