567 posts • joined 15 Oct 2007
"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.
IMHO Yahoo is not capable of doing email right anymore
When I tried to create a new email address with Yahoo and it demanded a cell phone number to get an email account and even the alternate to sign up through G-Mail was broken....I walked away. Yahoo is dead to me now.
I would love to see things like in this article happen.
I only hope they can make it from a stronger material than acrylic in the future.
Good article. It sounds like progress has begun with Ubuntu. It's unfortunate that two main OS's such as Win 8 and Ubuntu have taken a slide to the past dumping much of the modern features evolved out of user necessities that have not gone away. Perhaps one of those two OSs is now making a steady climb back to the future-now.
CEO as a Service?
I just got off the phone with someone in India who works for an outsourcing company. They're talking about offering "CEO as a Service" to shareholders of the Western Corporations. The analysts are predicting that those Corporations will no longer have "in house" CEOs by 2017...
But now that I've thought of this new idea....hmmm....
Pliers lost the bid for naming rights to "Hammer Space"...they just didn't have the same impact...
< rim shot >
It's not about rehabilitation. That's just a sales job on what is in reality the same deal corporations have been getting on slave labor from China or any 3rd world country. Only difference is that they are trying that model here in the western world. Same Stuff Different Day...
They are now a back doored chipery target...
So is Boeing going to use Chinese made chips and factories in like fasion to how they get their airplane parts these days?
Adobe can't....do security.
I think flash vulnerabilities are now Adobe's trademark
The smouldering wreckage that is Windows 8...
I have a shiny new laptop with windows 8 and I still keep finding it such a painfully bad experience I have continued to favor using my Linux laptop. I just can't get myself to use the one with windows 8 even though it's hardware is three times faster. If I didn't have to have a computer with windows on it I would have installed something else...anything else. I want to kill windows 8 with fire....
I't's good to know that I'm not the only one seeing a pattern develop. The pattern is that when NASA comes across something OBVIOUSLY unusual, curious or unexpected, they literally turn away from it every time. NASA needs to investigate, not run from, interesting finds!
If they don't change something...
...they are doomed to another repeat...eventually. How many times can that happen before it's lights out for good. They MUST get out from under this situation.
It's precisely because of the free service that I got to know that software and trust using it. I seriously hope this doesn't hurt their business. I like the software. On the other hand it may be they have enough in with the big telcos now that it's no longer an issue and they don't need to feed the end user a freebie anymore. The last two telcos I had a tech support job with had us use LMI to trouble shoot end user PCs.
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