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Comment Give me Amazon hassle free packaging any day (Score 1) 639

I will take Amazon hassle free packaging where all I want to do is open up the box and review whatever item that I purchased. I haven't had one damaged item with this minimalist approach. I don't care about the box as I know that if thought went into the box then this more than likely drove up the cost of the item. Somebody has to pay for it and considering the cost of Apple products, I would say this is true.

Comment The impact on high school and collegiate athletes (Score 1) 245

This could have a negative impact on high school and collegiate sports that have similar options in the Olympics (e.g. Swimming, Track & Field, etc). These athletes could chose to simply dope up in their teens then if they get caught/banned, they at least have a financial avenue which is these Super Olympics. The financial avenue would derive from endorsement contracts which could end up in the six or seven figures depending on televsion ratings, etc.

Comment Just remove the third party sellers. (Score 1) 647

I have enjoyed Amazon from the start and been a Prime subscriber for years. However, my purchases have declined greatly over the last two years due to third party sellers. Last year 90% of the items on my Christmas purchase list (Toys, Electronics) were from sellers marking up items to 50% so hopefully this will drive the availability up and prices down.

Comment Camera (Score 1) 618

The majority of smartphones have cameras and more companies are not allowing employees who have access to important data to not have phones available w/ cameras. Companies are either not allowing phones in the work force or accept phones but they cannot contain a camera. I am sure that this factors low into the equation but somethign to consider.

In addition, smartphones aren't for anyone. Battery life takes a hit, data plans remain high especially on a family plan and personally the majority of the recent smartphone users are doing nothing more than Facebook and Twitter. Do those people really need a smartphone that a regular phone can't deliver?

Comment Re:Open Source Apps only! (Score 1) 335

You can only spot an issue when you see the issue. The problem with simply applying the tag of *Open Source will correct the problem* is garbage. Do you really think people will search through every single app available on any Market place looking for security flaws?

Windows 7 Phone/Marketplace will actually scan applications before they go live looking for patterns across the code. If they find that parts of the code is accessing secured data then they are investigated by the Development team or some other Level. Then it's up to that group to determine the risk.


Has a Decade of .NET Delivered On Microsoft's Promises? 558

cyclocommuter writes with this snippet from The Register's assessment of whether Microsoft's .NET framework has been a success: "If the goal of .NET was to see off Java, it was at least partially successful. Java did not die, but enterprise Java became mired in complexity, making .NET an easy sell as a more productive alternative. C# has steadily grown in popularity, and is now the first choice for most Windows development. ASP.NET has been a popular business web framework. The common language runtime has proved robust and flexible. ... Job trend figures here show steadily increasing demand for C#, which is now mentioned in around 32 per cent of UK IT programming vacancies, ahead of Java at 26 per cent."

Comment Time to buy another company? (Score 2, Interesting) 275

Personally, I think Microsoft should seriously consider buying a company like SPB Software or another Third Party company to continue the development of Windows Mobile. It's clear that Microsoft dropped the ball years ago and didn't realize the potential of Mobile devices and I am not sure Windows Mobile 7 will leap frog or even compete with the iPhone and/or Blackberry.

Comment Depends on your definition of *rate* (Score 1) 712

While new technology and general discovery has slowed, the depth of progress has continued to grow. If you use the old analogy of the iceberg where discovery of the last 50 years was the tip above the water line, we are now getting into a age where investigation is starting to happen below the line. This means that progress might be slower in terms of rate but the findings are greater and have more meaning.


Manager's Schedule vs. Maker's Schedule 274

theodp writes "Ever wonder why you and the boss don't see eye-to-eye on the importance of meetings? Paul Graham explains that there are Maker Schedules (coder) and Manager Schedules (PHB), and the two are very different. With each day neatly cut into one-hour intervals, the Manager Schedule is for bosses and is tailor-made for schmoozing. Unfortunately, it spells disaster for people who make things, like programmers and writers, who generally prefer to use time in units of half a day at least. You can't write or program well in units of an hour, says Graham, since that's barely enough time to get started. So if you fall into the Maker camp, adds Graham, you better hope your boss is smart enough to recognize that you need long chunks of time to work in. How's that working out in your world?" Ironically enough, I have a meeting to attend in three minutes.
Operating Systems

Windows 7 Hits RTM At Build 7600.16385 341

An anonymous reader links to Ars Technica's report that (quoting) "Microsoft today announced that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 have hit the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) milestone. The software giant still has a lot of work to do, but the bigger responsibility now falls to OEMs that must get PCs ready, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) that are testing their new apps, and Independent Hardware Vendors (IHVs) that are preparing their new hardware. The RTM build is 7600, but it is not the same one that leaked less than two weeks ago (7600.16384). We speculated that Microsoft may end up recompiling build 7600 until it is satisfied, but it only took the company one more shot to get it right: 7600.16385 is the final build number. Microsoft refused to share the full build string, but if you trust leaks from a few days ago, it's '6.1.7600.16385.090713-1255,' which indicates that the final build was compiled over a week ago: July 13, 2009, at 12:45pm. This would be in line with the rumored RTM date but it is also the day Microsoft stated that Windows 7 had not yet hit RTM. Although the final build had been compiled, Microsoft still had to put it through testing before christening it as RTM."

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