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Comment Re:I'd listen to more of my purchased music... (Score 1) 180

This is actually an excellent point. I did not, of course, RTFA, but how does one go about comparing streaming to CD / ripped audio / over-the-air radio / cable audio stations? I will agree that anecdotally it seems that streaming is likely to be more common, but to make the claim requires empirical evidence.

Comment Re:The way they talk about pirates (Score 1) 79

Yours will likely not be a popular post, but it is entirely valid. CD in 1985 - $15. Equivalent cost in cash in the US today (used an inflation calculator at - $36.35. I may (and do) hate DRM, rootkits, mistreatment of artists, and all of the other things we point out about media companies, but the price of albums on CD isn't something we can honestly complain about.

Comment Re:The way they talk about pirates (Score 1) 79

I was curious as to exactly what "a lot more money" might add up to. It doesn't appear to be much,unless just under five grand USD in five months for a million-plus plays is considered a lot in the country in which you live. If you're a big act with, say, 20 tracks that get this kind of attention, that's great, but unfortunately small bands just aren't going to make a real living off this arrangement. Touring and performing is still where it's at for the relative unknowns.

You're correct in that at least the possible exposure to a wider audience is now there, though, and that is certainly a good thing.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 1) 173

You may be in the minority, but you're not alone. I've been using Office since its very first release, and I like the Ribbon UI. As you point out, it is far more consistent than the older menu system, and it can be unpinned so that it only takes up a single line except when clicked on (negating the real-estate complaint of one of your repliers), just like the old text menus. Keyboard shortcuts work just fine, too. I really do believe the dislike is more of a "hey this is new and different and unfamiliar" reaction, as the reasons I've seen people provide thus far don't really hold up.

Comment Re:Change is bad (Score 1) 173

...change is almost always bad.

I have to ask the question - is it easier for this round of newcomers to learn the new interface than it was for the LAST round of newcomers to learn the OLD interface? If not, then yes, the change is bad (or at least, no better than current state); if not, then it was an improvement. Change isn't bad just because things are now different.

Comment Re:what's so "unthinkable"? (Score 1) 257

Serious question: in today's software environment, is there anything that *doesn't* phone home to report on usage and habits? I have only dabbled with Linux at home and haven't read much about it, so admit my ignorance there, but when we talk phones, PCs (or Macs), browsers, apps, probably even many games, how, short of detaching from the Internet, can one possibly remain "safe." No troll nor snark, seriously would like to hear your thoughts.

Comment Re:Alleviate bandwidth concerns (Score 1) 94

...the variety is quite good...

Perhaps for your interests it is good enough. Mine aren't superior to yours, but they must be different, because I search for a lot of things (many highly critically regarded films that I haven't seen) and find that they aren't on Netflix, so yep, I pirate them.

Comment Re:2+ million does not seem like dead... (Score 5, Interesting) 288

I had a Nokia 920, then a 1520, both running Win Phone 8. For the state of things at the time, they were promising and, honestly, great. More stable than Android at the time (that's anecdotal, but my wife had an Android phone and it seemed to have more issues than my phone did), and was far more customizable than an unrooted iPhone (LiveTiles really is a great idea, IMO). Sadly, the combined hardware-software improvement that came in the move from Phone 7 to Phone 8 was a one-time event, apparently.

As I waited in anticipation for what I hoped would be some ground-breaking software innovations in 10 and fun/useful hardware features to give them life, I was at first in denial, then dismayed, next angry, and finally in acceptance (the ecosystem is diseased, after all) that MS entirely dropped the ball and screwed it all up. I'm no fanboy, but I really did hope for a strong third alternative. Once it was clear that my 1520 wasn't going to physically survive the last time I dropped it, I moved to a Nexus 6P, and I've been very pleased with the experience six months in.

So long, MS - it's your fault that you lost someone who was willing to be a loyal customer if you had shown some competence in the mobile area. I work in IT for a hospital, and can report there were four other people in the department who owned one a year ago, and don't today, so I'm willing to lay odds that you've lost not one, but five. I suspect that 2 million and change will continue to slip downward.

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