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Comment fast food changes (Score 1) 93

I have nearly quit bothering to try to support any 'new' things that come out from food places - anything I *like* will end up getting pulled anyway. I'm still bitter over the scrapping of the McDLT. The McDonald's Chicken Strips? Gone. Wendy's breakfast stuff? Liked them - gone. Wendy's super bar? Gone. I suspect the Taco Bell gorditas will go within 6 months of me developing a regular taste for them. It's a shame, because I want to support innovation, but the larger companies don't seem to be able to commit to things long term any more. Yes, the McDLT was... 5 years? That's about the longest I've ever seen any variation from a menu core last.

Comment Why did it take so long? (Score 2) 240

Why did it take 100+ years for people to think "Hey, read up on something at home, and we'll talk about it and work through problems in class tomorrow"? Actually, that sounds a lot like many smaller university classes I had. Wondering why this is suddenly capturing everyone's imagination. It's pretty obvious, but then again, many ideas are obvious yet don't catch on.

Comment Re:Money (Score 1) 758

Wow... you *only* get upgrade licenses for Windows 7. They are *still* only/manly targeting people who are already Windows shops. So on top of this I still need to go out and buy Windows desktop licenses if I don't already have them. In this otherwise all-inclusive bundle (really, it looks nice in some respects) I still need to spend more money. Just include full licenses (read - non-upgrade licenses). This seems to prove that MS is still too inward-looking and not really interested in reaching people who aren't already using Windows on a regular basis.


Background Noise Affects Taste of Foods 79

gollum123 writes "The level of background noise affects both the intensity of flavour and the perceived crunchiness of foods, researchers have found. Blindfolded diners assessed the sweetness, saltiness, and crunchiness, as well as overall flavour, of foods as they were played white noise. While louder noise reduced the reported sweetness or saltiness, it increased the measure of crunch. It may go some way to explaining why airline food is notoriously bland — a phenomenon that drives airline catering companies to season their foods heavily. In a comparatively small study, 48 participants were fed sweet foods such as biscuits or salty ones such as crisps, while listening to silence or noise through headphones. Also in the group's findings there is the suggestion that the overall satisfaction with the food aligned with the degree to which diners liked what they were hearing — a finding the researchers are pursuing in further experiments."

Comment Re:Price (Score 1) 931

People calling looking for help because they can't get on their bank's web site anymore. (java out of date, OS issue, NOT browser) Or they bough software that says it can't install. (not enough memory or OS too old) Or they have a special piece of hardware that broke, bought a replacement, and the newer software it came with won't run on their OS.

Well, at that point, it's not really a case of "it still works fine" - it's demonstrably broken. In many cases there may be workarounds, but it's just the start of a continual exercise in finding workarounds as time marches on.

Comment Re:Wait for Google then... (Score 1) 622

I do not think that people prefer the user experience of the iphone over similar phones, most people haven't tried multiple phones.

People tried multiple phones for *years* before the iPhone, then ran to it in droves when it came out.

I personally think that most people would like droid just as much as the iPhone, if not more so.

Huh? I might be getting one for development purposes, but it's simply not as smooth an experience as the iPhone. I'm talking specifically about touching and sliding stuff, moving between screens, etc. The basic UI stuff. The droid and other android devices I've tried are all slightly to very jerky and delayed in their response to touch. I was aggravated after about 10 seconds using one, and likely would have been even before the iPhone.

There were/are no light, small, big screened devices at bestbuy that allowed you to do email / web

There are now archos 5 tablets at bestbuys near my house, but last I looked, they weren't *on* and able to be played with or touched.

O/T rant: Not sure what Apple's doing, perhaps other than simple insistence, but Apple products displayed at bestbuys (do they do other retailers too?) always are displayed and positioned to be attractive and enticing. Products *on* and usable with real screens and apps, not stuck-on plastic scratchy pictures of what some artist wants you to think the phone/mp3 player *might* look like after you plunk down hundreds of dollars. And Apple laptops and desktops are just *running* - again, without lame "buy our geek squad support" wallpapers and 'click to see lame videos about which MS apps come bundled with generi-brand X desktop' apps running on 30 screens at the same time all lined up and down store aisles.

In general, I'm not sure why letting people *try out* the product in question before plopping down $500-$1000 is such a distasteful concept to retailers. It seems to work well for Apple.

Comment Re:What could possibly go wrong ... (Score 2, Interesting) 276

So *why* was/is Apple in charge of the Java implementation for Mac? I don't buy the 'too much resources' argument I've heard. If your entire company is about Java (changing your stock symbol to JAVA for goodness' sake!) why cede control of implementation on a major developer platform (or one which could become a major developer platform)?

Comment Re:To me, it's a question of mobility. (Score 1) 572

At least currently, if you own a Mac computer, you are free to write, use, sell or give away applications with zero involvement from Apple other than your initial purchase. If you own a Zune or WinMo phone, you're required to interact with MS to do some of those things.

You (for all practical purposes) need to use their tools to write an app.
But, AFAIK, you do not need their permission to distribute an app.

Comment Re:Doesn't sound so bad (Score 1) 510

"Covered businesses range from neighborhood dry cleaners to Fortune 100 companies, but the law stipulates that the program be appropriate to the size and resources of the business."

It seems like they really do mean just about everyone. Within a year we'll start seeing stories about how part-time small business people doing exactly what you described are the new source of major data breaches, because their Excel files and whatnot are being stolen via trojans and viruses. And the data security industry will push for more laws and expensive software to remedy the situation. Just a cynical hunch...

Would having a password on a spreadsheet file constitute enough 'security'?

Comment Who does this apply to? (Score 0) 510

What constitutes a 'business'? And how does this affect companies that might be using any one of the myriad of forums or blogging software in addition to their core "enterprise" software? Pretty much every blog or forum software out there keeps PII in plaintext format, and they're in use by many large companies.

From the article:

"Covered businesses range from neighborhood dry cleaners to Fortune 100 companies, but the law stipulates that the program be appropriate to the size and resources of the business."

So, they really do mean pretty much all businesses - anyone conducting any business online, it seems. Should I start turning in every business that doesn't SSL encrypt their 'contact us' forms? After all, someone from MA might use that form.

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