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Comment Meh (Score 3, Interesting) 398

Windows 8 was a huge disaster, and windows 8.1 only applies a different color of frosting to the same stale cupcake. As both a personal user and IT decision maker, there's no way I'd put Windows 8.x on anything around here.

Comment Re:Aack! Not on a piano again! (Score 3, Insightful) 70

In agreement with Atmchicago, I have to disagree with you here. He wrote them for the clavichord, and that instrument has a specific sound. There are people who record on the clavichord, but as a performance instrument it's quite lacking in volume and is only appropriate for small rooms. Also, the clavichord wasn't really Bach's ideal instrument, as it gave the performer no ability to play soft and loud. Bach's writings were clear about his frustrations with this limitation, which is the main reason the Piano took off like it did.

The key to playing Bach on the piano (as well as Mozart and lots of other pre-Romantic composers) is to use the sustain pedal sparingly if at all, to maintain the clean sound. Glenn Gould was a master at performing music with a clean sound, and there are many other pianists who do this quite well, such as Angela Hewitt.

If you listen to Gould's 1981 recording of the Bach's Goldberg variations, he achieved (with a Yamaha piano rather than his usual Steinway) a very distinct bell-like and clean tone, very dry without a hint of the lushness and sentimentality of the "traditional" Romantic sound the modern piano was designed for. Gould was one of the best at getting this sound, but he's definitely not the only one.

Comment Re:Shuttleworth (Score 1) 251

they wont ever be for sale. these are all limited edition..

And that is the number one reason not to bite. Why would I spend that much money on a phone that 1. Will have limited users, so very limited support for applications that take advantage of the platform. 2. No large userbase to call upon when I have issues. 3. A company with no real incentive to develop an outstanding platform, since by the time they get $32m, they will already have as many captive customers as they want.

So what's the point of a limited edition phone? To be part of an exclusive club? That's exactly what I don't want in a phone. I think that the limited edition concept is simply there to take pressure off them once (if) they secure funding.

Comment Re:Other options not always an option (Score 1) 238

For us, there is simply no getting out. In the CPA industry, there are very few players in our software market. Finding software appropriate for my size firm (we're a top 40 US firm) is harder. At our industry level, there are basically two companies that make software for us: Thomson Tax and Accounting and CCH. There are no other options. There's no open source software for production level tax prep, or risk-based audit methodology, and we can't build our own. The resources required to build these systems is extensive. Hundreds of tax forms with hundreds of thousands of calculations. Our audit and advisory methodology software contains some 16000 different Microsoft Word and Excel templates and integrates with workpaper management software that documents our audits in the manner required by the PCAOB and the AICPA peer review process. Our document management system (which integrates with tax prep workflow) requires Acrobat.

These are the realities of my business, and many like that. Too many people here think you can just open source yourself out of that and you can't. Yeah, if all your users just use word and excel and some web-based production software, you're fine. But in highly vertical industries, you use the software that's on the market, and you live with their requirements.

Comment Other options not always an option (Score 4, Insightful) 238

Lots of people here saying "Don't use Adobe" and suggesting alternatives. Reality is, for many of us, we deal with complex PDF forms and applications that integrate directly with Adobe Acrobat. In my business (CPA firm) we use lots of applications, and most of them are highly vertical with often just one realistic competitor that can function adequately for a firm our size. Many of our apps integrate directly with Acrobat (and Office) so not using Acrobat simply isn't a choice we can make.

So how do we deal with Adobe Acrobat? As some pointed out earlier, defense in depth. Spam filters, multiple virus scans, and our two most important measures: End users don't have admin on their computers and Adobe is one of our "High Priority" upgrade applications. Updates must be pushed out within one day of being released.

BTW, the other other High priority apps are Java and Flash, again, both required by our software. With Acrobat, they make up my "Axis of Evil" of insecure software.

Comment Music never needed to be saved. (Score 5, Insightful) 393

"At the beginning of the digital revolution it was common to say that digital was killing music," said Edgar Berger, chief executive of the international arm of Sony Music Entertainment. "Now, he added, it could be said 'that digital is saving music."

"At the beginning of the digital revolution it was common to say that digital was killing the music industry," said Edgar Berger, chief executive of the international arm of Sony Music Entertainment. "Now, he added, it could be said 'that digital is saving the music industry."


This is where they just don't get it. Music has never been in danger. Nothing in the industry has or will stop people from making and performing great music. They aren't concerned with saving music, just their cut of music.

Comment Re:Shitty journalism (Score 4, Insightful) 114

Shitty Journalism

Of course the media wants to tear down a non Apple company. They are well on their way.

What exactly are you smoking? What part of this story is shitty journalism or "tearing down a company". The founder and former CEO of an important tech company dumps all of his stock at once, which is a pretty unusual event. It's definitely reportable, as is the impact it had on the company. Apple, Google, Microsoft, and the other players in the industry weren't even mentioned.

So clearly this isn't shitty journalism. In fact, someone *not* reporting on this would be really shitty journalism. So what, exactly, is your problem with the new story?

Comment Re:Mixed feelings. (Score 5, Insightful) 383

I don't know if I like government to get involved in regulations like these. I can't say I don't like this particular one, of course - it pisses me off when the kids are sleeping and we need to turn up the volume to hear the show, then the commercial comes on and wakes up the whole f-ing neighborhood. But I have to wonder if this is the best use of government, and if we eliminated these positions that come up with and enforce rules against things that don't violate your rights, how much money we could save?

I see where you are coming from, and we shouldn't need government interference here. But if government doesn't create laws like this, then the alternative is that big business sets defacto policies for us, because they hold all the cards. Your only choice as a consumer is to just turn off TVs.

I liken this to the CAN SPAM act. Technically it's a limitation on free speech, but if the government doesn't step up to create policies that benefit consumers, who will? Trust me here, the media companies don't have our backs here. Never will.

Comment Re:A good reason to go independent (Score 1) 550

Do you have an actual example of the government punishing free speech in this case? What happened is that a few politicians said stupid things they could never back up. It was a major political blunder by those mayors, who actually added fuel to the fire of the the pro-chick-fil-a crowd.

Still, it was *only* comments. Unless you have an example of the government actually punishing free speech in this case, what exactly is your point?


Australian Agency Rules Facebook Pages Responsible For Comments 141

jibjibjib writes "The Australian reports that brands in Australia could be forced to abandon their social media campaigns, after the Advertising Standards Bureau ruled that they were responsible for comments posted on their pages. According to the article, the ASB is poised to release a report attacking Carlton & United Breweries for derogatory comments posted on one of their official Facebook pages, despite CUB monitoring and removing those comments twice daily. Legal expert John Swinson commented on the decision, saying 'You simply can no longer have two-way conversations with your customers.'"

Comment Re:Zorin OS (Score 1) 448

So I go to the download page on the Zorin site, and get this notice:

ATTENTION: To avoid any complications, we recommend you to download Zorin OS using Firefox as other browsers may corrupt the file and may cause errors.

So they are stating that Safari, IE, and Chrome are incapable of downloading an ISO without corrupting the file? What a ridiculous spew of FUD. Not impressed. Not at all.

Still, looks like a nice way to transition someone to Linux easily, if that's what you want to do.

Comment Re:On a related note... (Score 1) 245

I wonder if a famous driver didn't occasionally die in a fiery crash would the sport be as popular as it is today.

Well, to go back to Formula 1, there hasn't been a death in F1 since Ayrton Senna in 1994. After his death, the sport made significant improvements in the safety and crash-worthiness of the cars. There have been some spectacular crashes, but no deaths. Still, F1 is growing in popularity all the time. I don't think you need deaths to make it more interesting.

Except, of course for NASCAR. I'm not sure you could do anything to make watching people drive in circles interesting. Open wheel road or street course racing is where the good stuff is.

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