This is because Apple is trying desperately to maintain the persona that their products are somehow better and just using their products makes you better. It is a brilliant marketing strategy.
330 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007
This is because Apple is trying desperately to maintain the persona that their products are somehow better and just using their products makes you better. It is a brilliant marketing strategy.
In today's politically correct world, it is okay to be sexist, so long as you are not a male. And it is okay to be racist, so long as you are not white (or should I say Caucasian).
Isn't that just a fancy phrase for "scissors"?
I don't mind advertisements. There are a few criteria ads have to meet before I consider them acceptable. (1) Absolutely no tracking at all, no exception. (2) Absolutely no geo-location using IP address, no ads like "[my city name] man saves hundreds with the one simple trick" type ads. (3) No auto-play videos, which is especially annoying when there is sound and you don't know where it is from. (4) No blocking of any part of the web page. (5) No creepy or annoying animation; usually these ads are with the geo-location ads.
I use the ghostery add-on, because it can block all those ads but it doesn't block all ads.
Just because something does not cost money does not mean it is free.
The US Supreme Court ruled that when someone flashes their lights to warn of a police trap that that was protected speech. If you want to put the police in an untenable situation, ask them that if the purpose of a police trap is to get people to slow down, then how is it a bad thing when you caused a person to slow down? The officer will not want to admit that a speed trap is about money.
For all that is good and holy, LET ME ACTIVATE OFFICE WITHOUT A MICROSOFT ACCOUNT!!!
Next, take the UI in Office and throw in a sack, throw the sack in a safe, and hurl the safe in the sun. From the blog I see the look of Office "2016" is far superior to Office 2013 insofar as the all capital menus are gone and there are *gasp* rounded edges. But it is still far inferior to Office 2003. The flat look has to go yesterday. The UI designers at Microsoft need to be sent packing because even Windows 10 still has this flat look despite the many many requests for Aero to return.
"How about Windows 95, Windows 97, Windows 2000.
Makes Windows 10 look real old . . ."
The sad part is the UI on each of these makes Windows 10 look really old.
I put in a request for Aero to return several times. Many other people did too. Is Aero back? There are two reasons why I'm sticking with Windows 7 until the bitter end, and maybe beyond. First, Aero, because that flat square look is hard on my eyes and I have a hard time finding anything on the screen. Second, Windows 10 still has that "cloud first, mobile first" strategy. Doesn't Microsoft get it? A tablet is a different tool than a laptop. You don't put a screw in with a hammer, you use a screwdriver. This touch UI design needs to confined to tablets and phones only. Windows 7 focuses on the laptop and desktop, and it also doesn't have built-in cloud/Bing/advertisement integration like Windows 8/8.1/10. Just because you put a start button back doesn't mean you fixed the problem. Listen! Stop trying to make a desktop a tablet!
Well ... Windows 10 still has the tight cloud/Bing integration, still wants you to use a Microsoft account to log in, still wants to track you for advertising purposes by default, and still has the hideous ugly flat look that makes it hard for the eyes to focus on what is needed. For those reasons, I am still sticking with Windows 7.
Until Microsoft reintroduces Aero and removes all that Bing/advertising/Live ID junk found in Windows 8/8.1 and currently still found in Windows 10, then you will have to pry Windows 7 from my cold, dead fingers. It is bad enough websites track you, it is much worse when your OS does. Sure I can turn it off, but the default settings is on. And most people don't know because when they first turn on W8 they get two options "Express (recommend)" and "Customize" -- people don't know that what Microsoft recommends means it benefits Microsoft not you. This "cloud first, mobile first" strategy Microsoft has really means "customer last". And then during set up you get to a step which try to force you to use a Live ID to sign in. To use a local account, which EVERYONE should do no exception, requires two steps which are not straightforward. Everyone should use a local account because I've met several people whose password suddenly stopped working and every single one had a Live ID account to log in. Four times is not a coincidence, it is a trend. And the problem plagued both Windows 8 and 8.1.
Until the tracking for advertising purposes is gone and until the OS is easy on the eyes, I will put off upgrading as long as I possibly can.
My problem with Internet Explorer is that an update, any update, to it requires a restart of your computer. There is no good reason to weld a browser that tight to an operating system. Windows 10 needs to fix that, making sure that IE is a separate program and not part of the OS. You should be able to get any version of IE you want, even if you are running Windows XP or Vista.
@AC -- "Not to nitpick, but "dimunition" isn't a word; "diminution" I guess is what you're shooting for (pun intended)."
Thank you. You embiggened my vocabulary with that cromulent explanation.
customer last. That is Microsoft's new strategy.
I do not fault the movie theater for the price. Here in the US, the first two weeks a movie is out, most of the ticket revenue go straight to the studio. After that, the theater gets most of the ticket revenue. For that reason, I generally make it a point to see a movie a few weeks after it has been released. Without the popcorn and sodas, most cinemas would go under real quick.
Make better movies! That is crazy talk! Now if you will excuse me, I will go make a superhero movie with $200 million in CGI and forget to have a plot or hire good actors. A good plot and a good story is hard work, I hate hard work. I rather replace those things with lots of sex, lots of cursing, extreme violence, and CGI to get people in the seats. And if people fail to show up, I will just blame piracy like I always do. It must be pirates. Why wouldn't everybody want to see my violent sexy movie with no story or plot? Why wouldn't everybody want to see yet another superhero movie? I will tell you why, because pirates are stealing my movies and people watch them at home, that is why. Hollywood is blessed, we can do no wrong.
I would be willing to compromise on the issue of DRM. One thing I am not willing to compromise on is the junk inserted before the movie even plays. If I insert my Blu-Ray that I legally purchased, very rarely does it go straight to the movie or straight to a menu. Often you get an unskippable promo of the studio as if the movie does not have it when you press play, then "coming soon to a theater near you", then the unskippable anti-piracy warning which tells me piracy is wrong, sometimes even more junk, then the menu. And when you finally press play, you have to wait through a legal disclaimer "the opinions in the commentary are their own" before finally the movie starts. If I pirate, I just push play.
I wish I could make a law that says a disc has to go straight to the main menu or straight to the movie unless it is a special disc originally sold to a movie rental company.
"You suck-didly-uck new Reg!"
I know someone who actually saw the planes fly into the twin towers. Saw with his own two eyes. In fact, I will see him again in a few minutes after I post this.
Reminds me of a news story I read about a long time ago (I wished I had saved the link) about a cellular tower AT&T put up in a residential neighborhood. After it was put up, people in the neighborhood complained about headaches because of the tower. They complained so much that the local news started to investigate. When the news investigated, they discovered AT&T had yet to run electricity to the tower.
Me fail English? That's unpossible!
Better yet, make the penalty come from the wallets of the executives instead of the coffers of the company. If the decision makers have to pay out of their own money I guarantee you that there will be a lot less corporate malfeasance.
How dare you steal Apple's idea before they even thought about it!
"why log into any machine with anything other than local account?"
A good question for everyone. The less information sent to Microsoft or anyone, the better.
Of course, knowing US law, 1/10th or less of the law would be about the sales tax, the rest would be bloat unrelated to the sales tax law in any way.
But not the kind where I have headaches.
Wind farms make me sick because of how much taxpayer money is spent to subsidize building new ones. It makes me sick to think about all that wasted money. Because of this taxpayer subsidy, it is cheaper to build a new wind turbine than to repair one. It makes me sick to think about all the dead wind turbines littering our world. And they are not green. It makes me sick to think people think that the concrete, mined aluminum, and mined rare earth metals are somehow better for the earth. It also makes me sick that large wind farms are bird slaughterhouses. How is it good for the earth to kill so many birds? Here in the US of A, if I shoot a bald eagle I am going to jail for a long time, if a business accidentally kills a bald eagle that business is in serious trouble, but if a wind farm kills a bald eagle nothing bad happens. Hypocrisy makes me sick.
2 years ago I had to search Microsoft's own website for some information. Since Bing is a Microsoft product I figured it would be best in searching a Microsoft website. Bing wasn't really doing a good job. So I tried Google with "site:microsoft.com" and I found what I needed faster every time. I eventually concluded that if Bing has trouble with Microsoft searches, it will be even worse for WWW searches. I know this was 2 years ago so I do not know if Bing has improved searching microsoft.com or not.
"If Climate Change is irreversible, why are we spending so much money trying to stop it?"
Climate change is always irreversible and always has been irreversible because the climate has never been static and never will be static. Even if all humans were to disappear tomorrow, the climate would still change.
Profits for the meter makers, of course. Do you think these yutzes want to amortize their profits across 30 years, when they can get them in 2?
You'd make a really bad politician...
FTFY. It simply amazes me how many people blindly blame one political party when the opposing political party does the exact same thing. Cronyism exists in all political parties. For the US, George Bush and Dick Cheney had Halliburton. And I'm sure there are many more, but he is out of office so I don't keep up with it. Barack Obama has GE, Solyandra, and many other failed "green" companies.
I am not boycotting Hollywood, I am just not interested in the tripe they are putting out. Every movie this year I've either said "not interested" or "I will wait for Netflix". There are very few movies released recently that make me say "I want to pay to see that".
A boycott against the MPAA will not work because they suffer from "it is never my fault" syndrome. Movie ticket sales are down? "It isn't our fault because our product is as good as ever. Therefore, it must be piracy!" Hollywood would just blame piracy and try to enact more draconian measures that punish innocent consumers but do mild inconvenience real pirates for a few days.
"And this is different from Fox News exactly how?"
(Facepalm) And you think the other news outlets are better? (Another facepalm) If you cannot see that every news outlet has an agenda, then you deserve to be manipulated. I don't watch Fox News or get my news from Rupert Murdoch sources. But I am also smart enough not to get my news from the other cable news outlets either. I still don't fully understand why Fox News generates so much hate for doing the exact same thing the others do.
One of the most requested features by the W10 test community is Aero. I myself have requested it. I am going to install the latest update and request Aero again. I have also requested a customizable start menu so that users have a choice between WinXP style, W2000 style, or WinVista/7 style.
"Buy him out, boys!" -- Bill Gates to Homer Simpson
"What's a lepricorn?"
It is what Ralph Wiggum saw on the rock in his back yard. He told Ralph to burn things.
Morrissey would have to be any list. I saw a concert of his in New York and every other song he would say "look at my beautiful body", even taking his shirt off one time.
"This is just part of the neocon Emperor's new clothes"
It is not just the repressive right, but also the repressive left. You see it all the time: "Think of the children! If we don't act now, our world will be too polluted/too hot for them to live in." Or "Think of the cute polar bear! If we don't act now, there won't be any ice for them to live on." And sometimes both use the same tactics. George H.W. Bush was part of the right, Barack Obama is part of the left. When Obama became president he did nothing to reverse the spying that Bush's administration started. Look at this article again, it is President Obama's administration, part of the left, that is crying about encryption.
The problem I see is some people think the left is always correct and they could never repress them. Whereas others think the right is always correct. The end result of both extreme is loss of freedoms. But far too many people blindly follow their political party and that is what leads to fewer rights. Fascism and communism have the same result. And both have "rules for thee and rules for me".
I do not dislike advertisements. I dislike ads that track which websites I go, what things I look at, what things I've click on. I dislike ads that use my IP address to say "[local city name] woman discovers shocking secret". I dislike ads that pop-up, pop-under, and take up my entire screen. I dislike ads (or any video) that autoplay without any interaction on my part. If there was a simple, non-tracking ad I would be inclined to look at it and click on it. The ads that I dislike will never get any clicks from me.
There are a few reasons why I will use Windows 7 as long as I can.
First, I hate the cloud, and by extension the "cloud first" idea. I do not like the idea of my OS wanting my to sign up for an account so I can use it. Sure, it is optional now (but also very hard to find out how not to), but will it remain that way? Windows 8.1 has a lot of settings centered around advertising, Bing, and location. Windows 7 has none of those things. You can turn those settings off, but will that always be true? Because of that, I will be keeping Windows 7 for a very long time. I view the cloud as nothing more than a way to extract money from you the rest of your life. I'm going to fight against it as best as I can.
Second, to say Windows 8 is dog-butt ugly would be too kind. My eyes have a hard time focusing on anything. There is not enough contrast. This flat, square look is and always will be terrible. The new Windows logo is dumber than a box of hammers.
I have read about an Aero mod for Windows 8, though I haven't tried it. Mods can make Windows better, but they can't take out the cloud/Bing/advertising junk.
@AC -- "No - no they don't. Microsoft always ask first and the default is always not to send data."
Have you seen the express settings when installing Windows 8.1? The default is to send data to advertisers and Bing. You have to use the customize settings not to. And then if that wasn't bad enough, it is unclear how to use a "local account" on Windows 8.1. Everyone, and I mean everyone, should always use a local account, no exception. I've met more than 5 people who suddenly could not log in to Windows 8 and the common thread was they all have a Microsoft account. Only twice was it related to the WiFi not reconnecting, the rest were using a wired connection. Twice is coincidence, thrice is a trend.
My complaints about Windows 8 are the lack of Aero and how closely it is tied to Bing and the Microsoft cloud. It seems like to me Win8 and Office 365 was just an attempt to make money off customer the rest of their life. The first thing I do with Win8 is to make sure I log in with a local account, turn off everything related to OneDrive and Bing, and turn off all location services. Then I remove the store icon that gets pushed out on the taskbar and Metro start menu just to make sure I am not tempted to buy my programs through the Microsoft store. The absolute last thing we need is a walled-garden Windows, and for Microsoft to get a cut of every program we buy.
I'd stuff Creative Cloud in a sack and toss the sack in a river and hurl the river into space. Along with all other software as a service such as Office 365. The last thing I want to do is pay a fee the rest of my life to use a product.
It is better than that. In addition to what you said, analysts have a poor track record. They couldn't predict 12:30 as 12 noon. I would love to have a job like that.
Hold you hand up to your monitor. Tell me how quickly your arm gets tired. Touch screen only works well when we can reach down or when you arm does not need to be extended. Touch screen works well in point-of-sale machines because the user stands close to the machine, their arm is not extended. But with a desktop or laptop, a physical keyboard extend the distance to the monitor. A little bit of common sense would have told Microsoft that "touch-first" approach to a UI would not work.
@LDS - "This is a thief. He had stolen and resold stolen goods. How much would you ask if someone robbed you?"
To be a thief implies something physical was taken. You cannot steal an image. By your logic, if I sneak into a movie theater then I am a thief because my eyes saw an image I did not pay to see. This is copyright infringement. It is still wrong. But it is not the same type of crime as theft because he did not rob the studios. Actual factual theft, not your pseudo-theft, is more serious because the owner is denied the right to use what is his. This copyright infringement did not stop the movie from being played in the theater.
You just gave reasons #1258 and #1259 as to why the cloud is a bad thing.
For some kitties, you can mix water and vinegar in a bottle and squirt it on them. Be sure to squirt a place they can lick, otherwise you'll be smelling vinegar for a while. Once you squirt the cat, he will spend a few moments cleaning the vinegar off his fur. For some cats, a few squirts of this and they will learn.
But some cats don't respond to this. What worked for me was one of those devices that emit a high-pitched noise that hurts a dog's ears. Well, it hurts a cat's ears too. If the cat isn't deaf (older cats tend to go deaf) then a couple of quick zaps with these devices will do the trick. If this isn't your cat, you will want to try this first, because your neighbor might smell vinegar squirted on a cat.
It has been my opinion that 8.1 was offered only through the app store so people would know the app store existed and thus use it more and thus Microsoft would get their cut of anything sold through it. In short, my opinion is 8.1 is offered only through the app store to try to help Microsoft make more money.
TheOtherHobbes: "MS is happy because cloud."
The reasons why I hate Windows 8 is not so much the lack of a start button, but it is the other annoying stuff. The cloud integration is one of the reasons. I've seen many distinct computers who log in with a Microsoft ID and suddenly they are unable to log in. Sometimes it is a laptop and for some reason the Wi-Fi did not reconnect and will not reconnect until a successful log in; but you cannot log in because the offline password is corrupted and you must find a way to connect a network wire to log in. I've seen 3 different laptops do that. I've also seen this problem on 1 wired desktop with Windows 8.1. And then the OS is tied tightly with inferior Bing and Microsoft advertising, and all that stuff is turned on by default unless you are wise enough to avoid using a Microsoft ID to log in, which Microsoft makes you go through two confusing steps to do the smart thing. I hate the cloud except for backups. I view it as something were companies want to be a part of it only because it is a buzzword. I know it has uses, but it is not as useful as people want to pretend.