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I would like to thank NASA...
...for making my point about reliance on SSDs when the user can't replace them.
Stick a Fork in it!
Netscape all over again. Time to begin yet again as a another browser and with a new name. One that no longer involves the Mozilla.
Yes and that's not all....
I have seen the future of devices and when the dust settles the devices we use will not be like anyone today imagines. Fondle slabs and notebooks will be nearly as thin as credit cards. Not only can it be done...it will be done. The "you" of today would be mind blown to see it. My only question is if it will come from Apple or one of the Chinese manufactures first.
So Many Straws On The Camel's Back...
If the Federal Gov fails the people again then the people will no longer have any need for the Federal Gov.
Just my worthless opinion
IMHO it's the lack of backward compatibility with each new release of every successive version of any given Linux distro that is killing interest in Linux overall.
The way of success
China needs to adopt "known" "success" "methods" that have been "demonstrated" in desktop OS creation. I believe the way is to start with a Unix/BSD kernel and create their own OS on top of it. Why? Because it works. Apple's OSX demonstrates it. (just my useless 2 cents worth)
I just did a duckduckgo search and found a image of this beast depicted with a human for scale and holy crud this thing is huge!
I tend to ask myself if accepting sub-par quality is really the right thing to do.
Windows...the end date
One thing has become clear to me. The corporations can't make the change on their internal software they run on their thousands of computers fast enough to keep up with the end of life dates for each version of the Windows OS.
Ugh. Best of luck to all concerned
Office 365, MS may control their own Asure Cloud's reliability...the connections in-between not so much. When I was doing tech support I can recall times when Office 365 outages cut us techs off from our hourly event notifications. The Shaw tech support guys must be getting hammered with calls and their own notifications may be cut off by this too. There's nothing like the experience of looking up at the call queue board and seeing 2000+ incoming calls waiting. Best of luck to Vulture North, Shaw and all their customers.
Of goals and getting by.
I think the real question in their minds, is not if they'll be behind, but if they can get by on what they have or accomplish what "they" need to on it.
Chinese believe in self dependence anyways...
The Chinese Gov has always been pushing China as a whole to use "Chinese" and support only Chinese products for the ultimate goal of total self dependence. So seeing them do this the moment some American/Western Corporations and Gov.s (as in the Windows 8 FUBAR and the NSA revelations) make them a little uncomfortable doesn't surprise me.
Delivery of service is part of the contract, right?
If the internet provider has not provided a proper delivery of working service then they have broken the contract and should be held accountable. Right? Either they make it write or the contract should be null and void. Period. Just my worthless two cents worth...
"The Big One"
That is one of the American Exec's name for the Chinese market. Now that they have kicked the American customers and workers around enough to wear out their welcome here in the US, they find that they and their practices are not so welcome in "The Big One" either.
It's not just a GUI change, it's a "trendy" infection....
I see the "flat look" on Windows 8 and It looks like a stupid backstep to me. Then a Mac user I know is upset about Yosemite abandoning OSX's forward thinking 3D aesthetic for the same horrible "trendy" "flat look" as well. Now I find that same "trendy" aesthetic infecting a Linux GUI. The future really belongs to the one OS GUI design that doesn't "follow" all the other's "trendy" design aesthetic. The future belongs to the one that "leads."
"I think" this fashionable and trendy copy-cat styling of GUIs on all the OS's is going to really look embarrassingly stupid in about five years.
Time for another big rock?
The earth is at another vulnerable point right now. Time to look for another big rock...
Perhaps our ancient "Cretaceous Poultry™" will have it's revenge? Revenge is a dish best served cold...like the cold blooded reptiles(or is that over-sized chickens?) of the past.
Then in another 100 million years 8 foot tall intelligent roaches will be contemplating their ancient past oblivious of the ones that called themselves "humans"...
Re: Sparrow actually, not even Sparrow Hawk
XKCD is always fun. I love that web comic.
T-Rex was..."Cretaceous Poultry™!
Kentucky Fried T-Rex? Can you imagine how big that over sized fried chicken leg would be? Yayifications!
The following is...T-REX with feathers...
Balance, the Agents and the Customers
"This situation has caused us to reexamine how we do some things to make sure that each and every one of us - from leadership to the front line - understands the balance between selling and listening. And that a great sales organization always listens to the customer, first and foremost."
Yes Balance between selling and listening is VERY NEEDED! It's an industry wide problem too. Tech support has been transformed into a follow-the-screen retention and sales force leaving the customer frustrated and disgruntled by what the agents are FORCED to do on the calls. I hope these issues and the overworking of agents with unreasonable "Metrics" in this field gets fixed. The call centers have become giant shameful boiler room type operations. Change throughout the industry is overdue here.
Re: the poorest version of Skype is the one Microsoft produces for its own Windows Phone.
I've used it on Windows 7, Windows 8, Mint, Ubuntu and Mac OSX. The version of Skype for Linux using an older interface version seemed the only one still working right. On the other OSs it's slow to start, loses it's login frequently now and sometimes just fails to start altogether. It was MUCH better before Microsoft's ownership. It seems everything Microsoft touches goes to heck.
Desperation and an unreasonable number of points to cram into calls....
After listening to that call again I can hear the ~ dozen Scripted Bullet Points, Required Offers, Statements and number of attempts/efforts the agent is "Required" to make(or force fit) on the call in order to meet his metrics. In my past two contracts missing just "one" of those would result in a instant firing with a "Failed Call" score on your metrics.
Like other agents I've heard, this one has the same desperate tone any agent gets into when their metric driven requirements don't fit into the call.
Call center hell...business as usual....
In the past I worked on two call center contracts for two separate major ISPs. The agent call flows and scripting to do the kind of thing we heard was not unusual. Consequence to the agent for not getting sometimes inane information from a customer would result in the agent's call flow screen not allowing access to the part of the account because it was required in certain data fields to unlock it or go to the next step. Faking data or work-arounds were out of the question. The call center's "Call Monitoring" would give the agent a "Failed Call" score for that agent's "Metrics" for that call and an automatic firing process would occur that was out of his/her supervisors hands. Business as usual with the major ISPs...
Re: Oh, you mean you put out another crap product?
Not only do I dislike having to click through 4-5 menus to fix things, I'm also just tired of having to constantly fix things!
Not so fast...
"As with most prerelease builds of Windows, this one shows the build number on its desktop. In this case, the OS is described as "Windows 8.1 Pro, Build 9788." That doesn't sound like there's been any major overhaul, as the current, shipping version of Windows 8.1 is Build 9600."
It's just my opinion but it looks like from this part, "...Windows 8.1 Pro, Build 9788." it's likely a feature only for the crowd with the dosh to buy a "Pro" version of the OS. I will believe otherwise when I see it. I can imagine the all the pre-installs from the PC manufactures will continue to be sent out without this supposed start menu.
S S D D
Well, that's Microsoft for you...SSDD
...Same Sh*t Different Dude (Nadella / Monkeyboy 2.0 ).
Every Other Release Now?
Is it possible that developers are beginning to support OSX only on an every-other basis because they can't afford to keep up with Apple's OSX rapid-release cycle?
"It's not just foxit that installs open candy. Do a Google search and you will find a who's who of applications I used to recommend. It is really sad that so many otherwise brilliant applications stoop to installing this spyware."
A lot of my formerly trusted software venders and sources have become corrupted by these practices. It's started to feel like the whole Windows Universe™ is turning into a ghetto.
This is your PC businesses future. Do you want one? Who's OS are you going to run your PC's on...when Microsoft has transitioned beyond PCs?
"Microsoft is still trying to transition beyond PCs into ultra mobile and phones," said research director Ranjit Atwal. "They are not making inroads, the volumes are still pretty small relative to the overall market."
This could make for 2 Ghetto-Macs™ now in their linup
Is the $1200 iMac also still down in the ghetto graphics with the Intel graphics chip as well?
Should Dell's software chief and head of research point fingers?
What is DELL doing to create an alternative OS?
Please continue Verizon, your own actions will out yourselves....
The more Verizon makes a stink about it the more it will become clear how much they are throttling Netflix.
NASA...No Actual Space Agency
From where I'm sitting NASA can't do anything with humans beyond earth orbit. China can and will. NASA is only a carboard cutout.
Interesting how this creates another advantage for Apple
It looks to me like a good way to get programs running faster on Apple hardware in a way that Microsoft can't follow on their own. I doubt Microsoft has the ability to create a good faster language of it's own like this.
Google is what Google does....
I guess being a bully to users of Youtube with that whole Google + debacle wasn't enough. Google wants to absolutely leave no question about it. Sad.
I think Mr Carl Bass is making the same mistake Steve Balmer did with tablets
The average man/woman on the street are the same people who build scale models of planes, cars, dolls, do crafting, projects fixing things around the house, and fixing broken appliances etc. Give them a new market where people sell 3D files for all these projects online and average people buy them, print and build them...I think it would be big for at least hobbyists. It might even draw more people into the hobby realm. Add to that the need for replacement parts for broken devices and appliances which people could get from manufactures as 3D files online then print themselves without having to wait weeks to get in the mail and the benefit to manufactures for not having to warehouse that physical inventory...I think the impact of 3D printing is much bigger than Mr. Carl Bass thinks.
Re: Could not agree more...
"You'd think all these authentication connections would be made through SSL or some other secure link so that you can't run a fake authentication server without the server's private key..."
Adobe never really grok'd that whole security thing very well, have they...
Dear Tim Cook, what's on the desk is still not an oversize hand-held "i"device.
Hiding more from users and giving them less control of their files...does that make for the better customer "Experience" that Steve had talked about being so important when he was still alive. Do we want to go against that now? Really?
Personally I don't think it's worth the blow-back.
DRM, Corp Execs and the Four "F"s
The biggest problem is the DRM itself, the Corporates and it goes way beyond Firefox. The corporate executive psychopath control freaks will not relent in their beating a path to hand-cuffing users in every way possible unless users get up close and personal in their face and make them fear doing that.
When the supplier's the enimy....
National security demands self sufficiency in supply of military and national security related hardware. The fact we are getting needed hardware from another country at all is mind boggling. Now that we are on a course of ending all peaceful relations with Russia as it returns to being the old Soviet Union again just re-enforces this. It's just foolish to rely on possible enemies and those who have a historic past as enemies for anything that our national security relies on.
I'm not buying VP David Cohen's claims
I believe this is just more American Corporate shenanigans to raise the price to optimum cock-bag levels. I hope Google introduces internet services to all the same cities and takes Comcast's business away from them.
Of sinking ships
The more variations and types of the same thing they add to the line up the more they stray away from the Apple success model and the sooner the MS ship sinks.
If it's just like Chrome then why not just use the real thing
If Firefox is now just like Chrome then why should we even use Firefox at all? Why not just use Chrome?
I'd like to thank Mozilla and Firefox makers...
....for showing leadership in browser design...oh wait...
"Gone is the familiar orange Firefox menu in the upper left of the desktop browser window. In its place is a new menu to the right of the URL bar (just like Chrome) that's activated by clicking an icon of three lines stacked on top of each other (just like Chrome).
""""(just like Chrome)""""
m(_ _)m ...head desk....
Good to see the improvements
It's nice to know they do make incremental improvements when it's possible. Btw I'm on their web site configuring one and there is a 512Gb SSD option for this unit. I like that! If I could change ONLY thing it would be the graphic chip offerings. I know the Air line is not designed to be a graphics powerhouse but Intel graphics is such an aweful low-brow thing to see on any Mac. I would not mind seeing that changed to something better.
Let them eat 2mbs-5mbs forever...oh wait....
It's amazing what companies can really do but chose not to until someone else comes along and threatens to take their cake away from them. Thank you Google.
Russia, steping in to fill the vacume left by the US
Considering the US Gov is now wilfully avoiding manned space exploration, it's now up to Russia and China to do it for all of humanity. I keep asking myself why the US Gov has been engaging a wide range of excuses and avoidance tactics against taking manned space exporation beyond orbit. They have been doing orbital science since the days of "Skylab" in 1973. That's 41 years of research on the human body in low to zero gravity. It shouldn't have taken 41 years to do the orbital research to figure out how our next step farther into space should be done. If they did this before going to the moon we would never have gone there.
- JLaw, Kate Upton exposed in celeb nude pics hack
- Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search
- GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine
- China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
- Something for the Weekend, Sir? If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait