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Comment Re:Area (Score 2) 136

But with 30x the customers, paying 30x the subscription fees, building larger infrastructure shouldn't be an issue...

...unless you're intentionally neglecting infrastructure upgrades because you have no real competition (as all your competitors are doing the same thing) and instead your profits are redirected to shareholders and C-Suite bonuses.

Comment Re:Confirmed (Score 1) 506

You're wrong. You absolutely can have local user accounts because that's how I'm running Windows 10 on my home PC.

During install, on the screen that says "Sign into your Microsoft account" you click "Create a new account", then on the following screen you click "Sign in without a Microsoft account".

Alternatively, just put random junk into the login boxes for the Microsoft account. Eventually it'll assume you're unable to sign into your Microsoft account and it'll display a button to "Create a local account".

Obviously MS don't really want you to do this, otherwise they wouldn't have buried the option like they did, but the option still exists.

Comment Re:Oracle should pay damages (Score 2) 343

While you're talking crap about Java being a POS, I will say that for many people their first introduction to Java would have been in the late 1990s as a browser plugin, running a shitty applet, which would go something like:

1. Click on link to page with applet
2. Webpage stops responding
3. JVM rumbles to life in the background for several minutes slowly devouring all RAM
4. Eventually a weird looking applet appears with menus and styling completely different from host OS
5. Applet runs like shit

Obviously, this has little to do with Java as a technology or a language, but for "casual" users the impression probably stuck.

Comment Caveat emptor (Score 1) 51

"spreads via unofficial app stores"

So... if you use the official Play store you're not going to be exposed to this?

What exactly are the benefits of using an "unofficial app store"? Pirated apps? Apps the Play store won't carry? Because all I've seen about the "unofficial" ones is they seem to be a major source of malware.

Submission + - How do I get Microsoft to get up off their asses & look at a Windows 10 prob (live.com) 4

mykepredko writes: My product communicates with a host system via Bluetooth (using the Serial Port Profile) and each time a device is connected to a PC a couple of serial ports are allocated. Windows has always had a problem with not automatically disposing of the allocated ports when the connection is removed, but until Windows 10, there were processes for deleting them. This isn't possible for Windows 10 (which apparently has new Serial/Com port and/or Bluetooth drivers) — but individuals, who are apparently working for Microsoft, periodically reply with useless suggestions or attempt to promote questions and ideas as solutions to the problem: http://answers.microsoft.com/e... I suspect that this is an issue for all Windows 10 users (although I guess few people are plugging/unplugging devices) — so how do we get Microsoft to take notice (and not have to pay for them to fix their bug)?

Comment Re:Relevance? (Score 1) 462

We didn't replace long established iconography for things like shuffle and repeat settings with textual representations. Why? Because text takes longer for the brain to process!

Presumably, this is only true if the icons are instantly recognizable and/or easily interpretable. If your users have to spend time thinking about what the icon actually means, you're probably better off using a word instead. Unless, of course, you're trying to train them so you can lock them into your particular UI dialect, as mentioned in earlier posts.

Another reason UI designers like to use icons is that icons are generally spoken language-agnostic. You don't have to translate your UI for different locales if you use icons rather than text. Of course, if your icons have tooltips you'll be translating them anyway, but it's always nice to minimize your translation work.

Also, let's not pretend that every interactive UI element can or should be iconified. Take a paint application; you can easily iconify common tools like the Pen or Paint Brush, but the properties of those tools (i.e. threshold, pressure, opacity, etc.) are too far from tangible real-world objects to iconify easily. Attempts to do so will probably end with frustrated users who now have to learn your special icon dialect.

Finally, the oft-quoted statistic that the brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text seems to be somewhat suspect when you start digging into it.

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