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Samsung's thumb-achingly ENORMO Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

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Re: Allowing for bezels

From my experience:

10'' is the smallest I can read long texts formatted for A4 on or take lengthy notes with. Anything smaller I find nice as "postit replacement" but to small for "notepad replacement)

12-13'' is the biggest I can hold comfortable and carry long term be it convertible or tablet pc both from weight and size without using a table corner etc. as a support. The 13'' T902 is useable cradled in the left arm for me but I am a big and resonably muscular guy

Bigger units (well due to Sony currently A bigger unit) do exist and have their uses in "semi-mobile" setups. If one is more into painting/diagrams etc. and less into Note taking a 15'' unit is quite useable and still more mobile than a Cintiq. Still these won't fit in the cradle of the arm all that well and make a T902 look lightweight.

Also once "packed for the walk" the units end up bigger than the screen. The N80x0 is nominanlly 10'' but once the "airpuck" is packed in the needed sleeve it's 90 percent of US legal. The EP121 is 12'' and "all screen" (no bezel) but packed in the book case it is A4 size.

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If you want a dropable table - buy Panasonic or Fujitsu

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Re: As someone who has the tablet

Did they fix the problems with text vs. numbers recognition. On the N80x0 I had to tell the HWR "recognize text" and "recognize numbers", mixing them was not working well.

Is SNote stable for text > 10 pages now? I had stability problems with lengthy notes (20+ pages). And how is the palm rejection? Didn't work perfectly either and touch could not be fully disabled

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If you get an A4 sized unit you'll quickly go in "semi portable" weight ranges (1.5+kg). And once you are there - why not buy an Acer R7-572G. 15'', 5+h on Battery (core i5), dedicated graphics card, lots of memory. Sure it is heavy but you won't run around with a 14+ inch Android either.

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Does this mean

End of support for the N80x0 (Note 10.1) series? And what about the 2014 version of the 10''?

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Re: re. use in portrait orientation

Depends on what they improved since the 2012 version of the Note10.1 and the Note 2. Those had build in HWR on the "Windows XP Tablet Edition" (2003) quality level. Not bad but nowhere near what Win7/Win8 deliver. At least the initial versions where not learning. And user profiles did not exists either since the Android versions did not support multi user.

Actually simple note taking does not need HWR just a stable note taking app with some capabilities like being able to keep multiple documents open (tabs are ok). Say like MS Journal. Bonus points if it can do a Handwriting->Text conversion after the text is written. Last I looked SNote seemed to be stable if you did not take to long notes, lacked the hwr->text capacity and was "Samsung only" (Actually even the Android and Windows versions where not compatible)

Oh and if you do lengthy writing - get a proper pen. Any WACOM pen for tablet pc should work and they all fit the hand better than the toothpick S-Pen. A PL900 is a nice substitute and features an ereaser in the back (that works with the Note)

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In three hours, Microsoft gave the Windows-verse everything it needed

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Re: None of this changes anything

A sorry but NTFS HAD file permissions etc. from day one. And was part of NT from at least 3.51. So it always had a well developed permission/restriction setting. MS-DOS and the UI-Add ons (Win3.x, 9x) had not.

CodeName One says nothing about Swing, it has a UI Builder that looks like doing a Swing-App. And the external build server is a "thanks but probably no thanks"

AjaxSwing says it can Wrap a Swing App. If that works, great.

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Re: None of this changes anything

Transfering settings etc. between boxes - why? If you are in a "roaming" environment there is a central software repository with standard installations or a "default image" anyway (and that HAS all the settings since it is basically a backup) and the rest is done by the server storing your relevant profiles. If it is for backup - you can easily do that. The days of "tweaking the registry" died somewhere around the "days of the DOS extenders". OTOH the "guess where config file x is on distribution y" or even the "horde of config files" on Solaris are a PITA for most users

DLL Versioning is a problem with all dynamically linking OS, Unix/Linux is no better there. Requires lib x version a.b.c is a problem. Windows is smart enought not to kill newer versions. And multiple .NET versions can exist on one box

"Posix" is a combination of API definitions and tool definitions. And the API are abstracted away in the compiler libraries so I do not care (much). Non UI / non Appserver software is portable if necessary. More complex stuff is either in a language that does not care (Java, PHP), runs in an app-server or needs UI changes anyway (Try porting a Swing based UI to Android, join the "Nuke Mountain View" fan club)

Doing x for the sake of x (Real time is a good example) is stupid showmanship. RT, even more hard(time guaranteed) RT is extremly difficult to program and absolutely unneeded for 99.9 percent of the users. "Close enough" time shedules (That Unix and Windows can do) are more than enough. And those who do need RT - need a certified system and often are restricted to "use THIS". Been there, wrote the Fortran/Dicol and Step5 code.

As for ACL: There is some support for the older, withdrawn version that can be switched on/used. Under current Windows versions - they are on. Always.

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Re: None of this changes anything

Q: What's the problem with the current (W7 and better) registry?

Q: What's the problem with the current (W7 and better) DLLs?

Q: How many client systems are real time? How many server ones?

Q: And of those how many are HARD real time like the old ORG/M or (IIRC) OS/9?

Q: What do I need RT for outside of specialist systems

Q: What is the benefit of Posix?

Q: Does Linux support Access Control lists OOB?

Q: Where is the equivalent of WSUS or ZenWorks? (And no, the Repositories run by "somebody else" are not)

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Re: Too Little Too Late

I do not see much financial harm done by Apache or PHP. The Apache runs just fine under Windows as does PHP. Choosing between them is often a "what do we run also" question. If i.e Sharepoint is part of your setup you'll more likely use IIS and a ,NET language

One could argue that mySQL eats a few MS SQL Server licences and/or into Access (more into the latter) but if I NEED a full sized RDBMS with Triggers, Stored Procedures etc the competitors are Oracle, DB/2 and Sybase.

And while MS would gladly sell you a Visual Studio they have included the IIS with all server versions of Windows (and quite a few non server ones) since NT4. And the Dev Environment always was an "enabler" not a cash cow. The full versions are costly for a hobbist but small money for a professional developer who makes money with it. OTOH most hobbist can do well with the free version.

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Re: Too Little Too Late

As soon as you use the stuff in the office / in BYOD the "can understand MS Format fully" element comes in. Not "almost" not "mostly" but "100 percent as the original". Been there, done that, thought about MARVing the customer.

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Re: Too Little Too Late

BYOD mostly means iThingy or Windows these days and this will likely grow since BYOD get's more formalized currently and the question is more and more often "will it integrated with the company network/security setup". Getting a Win8 tablet pc "in" is easier in 90+ percent of the companies (that already run/use Windows Authentification) than doing the same with an Android. iOS being the "one with paying customers" gets some support at least. Helps that there is only one manufacturer...

And outside a few very powerful units - BYOD can not replace a classic desktop. Legal reasons alone make sure of that since a "computer based workplace" needs to follow "da rules" and a 10'' touch tablet does not. And once you start looking for the needed docking stations etc - welcome to the Intel / Windows (or MacOS) world. And as much as I like a good tablet pc for meetings, presentations and similar customer events - for programming and larger writting jobs it gets snapped into the docking station connected to two big monitors and a keyboard. And that is a HUGE 13'' Convertible with a top end keyboard etc.

OS is "whatever fits the needs and infrastructures" and "whatever runs the software I want/need". Both in companies and in most peoples privat lives. Computers are tools for about 98 percent of the end users, they do not want a DIY system that needs experiments/trials to get a software/hardware running or one that is no longer supported 12 month after introduction (Hi Samsung, Bye Samsung)

Proprietary API are not a problem as long as they are well documented and long term stable. Say "will be supported at least from 2003 to 2014". Unstable API (and ABI) that change every year or so are a LOT more problematic since they require a constant re-work. Windows, Solaris (and I assume MacOS) keep API, ABI and driver models static at least two major releases often more (Win8 kicked XP driver support IIRC)

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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Re: RIP Windows

Depends on the market and the way you use the unit. For company use the notebook/desktop/2in1/convertible will be around a long time. Simply due to needs and laws as well as due to the software base.

For the "internet browsing/mail reading" crowd toyputers may be the future. There are some problems left (elder printers not supported, some software like Elster not supported) but time will fix that at least for the hardware.

For those who need tools like Photoshop, Lightroom etc. the full powered unit with a full sized OS will be the privat unit of choice for quite some time simply due to the CPU / memory needs and the software. Same for gamers, ARM does not cut it for a good FPS.

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Re: Weather

For me it is the other way round. Give me a

Kill the stupid useless start menu

button or I'll skip the update.

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Re: Too little, too late.

Strange, offline works fine here for the privat box (Win 8.1). I get a warning but than I am running locally. And yes, my privat unit is a live user.

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Nokia: ALL our Windows Phone 8 Lumias will get a cool 8.1 boost

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Now please add a WACOM stylus

And I can finally ditch the "support ends after 12 month, earlier if we bring out a new one before that" Note2. My dislike of Touch is the only thing chaining me to Fragmentdroid phones

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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In my eye the solution is simple:

Strip all special rights from marriage (Tax, Immigration etc) and then let everyone marry whomever or whatever he wants.

While you are at it do the same with religions and let everyone who wants call his pigeon breeders club a church.

That will separate those who believe in "x is special" from those who see "x as a means of tax reduction/getting special rights" and solve a LOT of problems.

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As for the two "protesters" they reming me of an old quote (IIRC from Fallen Angles):

Voltaire was willing to give his life for your right to voice your opinion

Modern liberals are willing to give your life for your right to voice their opinion

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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

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Re: If you got a computer you don't buy Windows 8.

Actually I own a Note 2 (only stylus equiped smartphone on the market back then) so I CAN compare the think to Windows. And it is at best WinXP level when it comes to HWR and support software.

As for the Lifebook: Running Win7 on a Pentium-M with a 1024x600 screen is "interesting" no matter what SSD and memory you cram in there. The screen size is also "really useful" at 8.9''

As for the rest - I have been earning my money with IT for almost three decades now, likely used more OS than most people know and always worked fine with "Use what the customer pays for and if a choice what fullfils the criteria best". Linux never did make the grade. Granted, I always worked for customers that could afford good hardware and software so servers ended up on Solaris(Sparc and x86)/HP-UX/AIX and even Windows for some jobs not to mention some specialist stuff (Mostly Solaris/x86 in the last years). Clients includes OS/2, Windows and even Unix boxes under X (Interactive) and again some very exotic units.

So I am anti low quality / difficult to integrate with the customers setup, that's all.

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Re: If you got a computer you don't buy Windows 8.

At least both systems you refer to are equally old when it comes to software quality. The Note is equal to 2005 Windows XP Tablet edition.

Otherwise: Thanks again for showing what happens when a "Journalist" gets a fanatical bend (Anti Win8 in your case). Bad examples are always needed

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Re: New Wheeze

How many hardware is that and how old is that hardware? Driver model in 8 is the same as in 7 so any hardware that has a Win7 driver will work.So "a lot" is IMHO quite unlikely and "some older stuff the manufacturer does not care about" more the truth

Hardware that still uses a XP driver will die. That was well known for some time and the XP driver model was "for backward compatibility only" fpr quite some time now. So that is a problem of the hardware manufacturer not that of Windows.

And the chance of getting hardware to run under Win8 to it's full capacity is A LOT bigger than getting it to run at full capacity under that funny DIY OS some fanatics try to force on users.

OBTW: Good news from Munich - LiMux is "under consideration for replacement"

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Re: New Wheeze

If you do desktop or even client-server software - Why bother with more than one platform? Windows ist 90+ percent of the client market and the paying rest in MacOS. If needed one can go Java and take the Macs with little extra effort but mostly even that isn't worth it.

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Re: If you got a computer you don't buy Windows 8.

Ah the old problem of Trolls being to slow witted to use a stylus/pen. That's why they can not use standard software on a tablet pc.

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Re: Ye cannae 'ave my sweet, sweet Aero!

Ceterum censeo Aero esse delendam

The code sown with salt, it's users scattererd into a diaspora or brought to the circus and it's developers cruxified along Microsoft road

Just to be sure

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Re: Are the Windows 8 probems insurmountable?

And now we take a short look at the typical Lenovo customer and find - BUSINESS

And with that knowledge we look at what Business IT likes best - Minimum possible amount of different systems in client and server environments

So guess what Business, that is to a larger degree on Win7, will prefer. Not because of good/bad but simply because of easier to work with

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Since the PinguBoys claim to be smart it should be very easy for them to figure out how to order a system without Windows (Easy with Dell, Lenovo etc). Even Windows/Solaris fans like me found out the secret a decade ago.

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Re: If you got a computer you don't buy Windows 8.

(Almost) right on the digitizer (The Note series has a Wacom) but according to Wacom:

http://www.wacom.com/en/gb/creative/intuos-creative-stylus

there is a pressure sensitive stylus out.

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Re: Waiting to see what Nadella does

By mid 2014 that "non seller" will have 10 times the desktop market share of Linux, twice that of MacOS. Definitly a baaad thing - if you are into Penguins or rotten fruits

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Depends IMHO. If you use the box "for work" than you need MS Office/Professional if you use the MS suite and that contains Outlook. That works the old way as would Notes

If you use the box "purely privat" - how many people use a dedicated mail client and how many of those used the MS supplied one. Because that latter group is the only one that is "forced" to use the Modern-UI version now.

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Re: New Wheeze

@Fuzz:

Installed programs are

MS Office (Excel, Word, OneNote, PPoint, Outlook)

Eclipse IDE

Firefox, Chrome and IE

UML Tool

Notepad++

Various small tools (GIT, Zip, Wintail, Terminal, FTP,... say 10-15)

GIMP

TOMCAT and Glassfish

ORACLE DB (local) and maintenance stuff

Around 30+ "regular use" tools. All fit nicely on the Modern start screen. Alternatively I could pin them on the desktop or taskbar like in Win7. Works fine on the "desktop" (Actually a convertible in a dock + 2 attached monitors) and on the tablet (same convertible)

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Re: New Wheeze

A P4 processor? That where the things where they recommended a 16A fuse as a minimum requirement for a single core and a "hardwired to the next nuclear plant" for the 900 series dual cores IIRC.

For a home server there are more modern, less power hungry systems available in the 300€ (new) range. And if you need serious computational power a core-i based system will deliver at less power consumption.

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Re: If you got a computer you don't buy Windows 8.

In certain applications that support the pen and without OS support for Handwriting recognition etc.. As opposed to Windows (since XP) and the Samsung Version of Android for the Note series where it works everywhere, has an OS internal support for HWR and a ton of support software, some part of the basic system.

Oh and it needs a battery unlike the S/P2s WACOM pen.

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

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Re: Just like the Terminator can analyse prospective Sarah Connors with a mere glance...

IIRC he had a name and a city not a picture. So he simply went down the "Sarah Connors" in the telephone book, knocked and asked "Are you Sarah Connor"...

Since that time I always answer "No" if asked "Are you Max Mustermann"

Oh and "He is Spartakus!" (Pointing to Kirk Douglas)

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Re: So much negativity.

IF it done right that an AR glass with the right add ons (And no - GG is NOT the right one) can be very useful for police work by taking away a lot of the grunt work. I doubt the stuff will fit in a glass, more likely a combination shoulder cam / head display (the shoulder cam IS in test in some police departments). But that could dramatically speed up taking testimony at a traffic accident, doing the base recordings / pictures etc.

AR in general, again if done right (No device dependency, no 3G needed) can be a nice add on. Why take my computer out of the case if I want to read while on the train? AR projection through a low power PAN in my field of view and maybe voice (or a simple BT "mouse") for minor navigation and be done. AR because I would like to see my surroundings when outside of my home (so VR is out).

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Nvidia slips love letter to open source driver devs

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Look closer

It's only the TEGRA chips they support not all of them

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This THREESOME is a HANDFUL: It’s the Asus Transformer Book Trio

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No stylus - no buy

Sorry ASUS, I generally like your gear and LOVED your EP121. But this is not good enough. You have the tech and licences to put a WACOM pen in there. Do it and this is a nice alternative to Surface/Pro2 and Tab11.

But as a touch only device it is relatively useless in the business environment compared to theses or stuff like the Thinkpad Yoga

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Language-mangling Germans fling open Handygate to selfie-snapping whistleblowers

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Re: "Handy" - WTF

Na try:

Tragbares Kurzdistanz Sende-Empfangs Modul für selbstvermittelndes, zellenbasierende Funktelefonnetz mit automatischer, Empfangsstärken-basierender Zellenwahl

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Re: "Handy" - WTF

Actualy Homo Sapiens Germanensis did not choose (or use) the word. Mobiltelefon is the term.

It is only Homo Egoboosterensis and Home Incrowdis that use "Hääändy". And there are debates wether those (together with Politicus and MBAensis) really belong to the Homo group, some scholars putting them in the Pan group.

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Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

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Laws must be enforcable

And this, like the "no mobile while driving" is very hard to enforce, actually even harder. The object in question is small and difficult to see (and on the off-window side in continental european cars)

So this becomes another one of those "rarely enforced" laws that get people in the wrong mindset of "all traffic laws are useless / can be ignored easily" and the result is the 2.2m wide car on the 2m wide lane (restricted space due to repair work) because "No police so who cares..."

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Sony on the ropes after Moody's downgrade to junk

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Re: How the Mighty Have Fallen

Sony computers currently are more often than not a "well meant" instead of a "well done". Problems with the WLAN and the fan control, too small batteries to keep cost/weight down and similar minor but annoying problems. Sad since the base units are great and occasionally they show they CAN do great maschines (Duo 13 is an example)

Future will see if they get the problems fixed and how they handle "older" units IF the fix can be applied to those (WLAN and Fan may be)

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Microsoft loses cash on each Surface slab – but core biz strong as ever

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You can not buy what does not exist. Just ask Munich, the LiMux Group gets ugly if you mention "Citrix Licences" :)

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Re: old tactics that fail in 2014

MS does not have to "price competition out" - Just ask IBM

MS has the revenue stream to test the water for a few years and then continue selling what works and drop what does not. So expect Surface/ARM to die by 2015 and both XBox One and the S/P2 to gain at least a black zero on the hardware sales. With X/1 the business is licences/games and S/P2 is a shwocase/establishing a price base tablet pc device so black zeros are good enough

As for WP - they just have to keep selling them AND delivering updates/security patches like they currently do and Samsung will do their work for them by quitting support for even premium models after about 12 month. There already is a grumbling about that and many people do not see CM as a solution, even less when companies like MS and Apple offer longer support terms

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Re: Monopoly still pays....for now.

What Monopoly? There is none and there has never been one. Macs are older than Windows, IBM had OS/2 for quite some time, Atari/Amiga/Acron offered good systems and there is always UNIX that actually was marketed as a client OS by SCO, SUN, Interactive... for some time. Same for Office Suits (StarOffice, AmiPro etc.) and other tools.

Ultimately all theses alternatives failed the ultimate testing tool - the end user! The companies dropped the ball, some (Atari and Commodore are good examples) multiple times by not having a good marketing and actually refusing to SELL products they had ready and customers demanded because "That is not our business segment" (Unix-equiped variants of their systems, ATX Transputer system etc)

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Simple:

Most companies use (customizable) 3rd party software that either exists only for the MS platform or requires MS software for various tasks. Sure, they software company will port to mySQL and OO - IF you pay them! And since what you want is not the mainstream solution but individual stuff - you pay A LOT of money. So the CTO stays with SQLServer and MS Office since that is the best short/mid term investment.

Add in stuff like certifications for certain software etc. and you get the picture.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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Na, the year of DIY OS on the desktop will be the same year the german Pirat Party will provide the chancellor. After all both currently have a similar market share (and segment - Free/FOSSTards)

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Amazon workers in Delaware reject trade union membership

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Re: Typical....What makes Amazon great is what low skilled want to hinder.

Actually we no longer have ENOUGH of this low qualification jobs. EU (or the USA but EU first ;) ) should work hard to get them back!

Because there are quite a few people with an IQ that is straddeling the 100 and/or with other deficits that keep them out of white collar jobs AND the more demanding/better payed blue collar ones as well. Those we can either pay welfare (with all the problems) OR get a useful job.

A shirt made in the EU won't cost much more than one made in China. But ultimately the EU citizens would benefit from getting textile industrie back (say setting it up in Greece or Irland - it's low investment / light industrie, a good starter) and other industries should follow

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And nurses / (some) fire fighters / barbers(1) (All 3 year formal job training in germany) are those workers that CAN join a union OR blow the 1 percent of their income on booze and hookers. They will get the same amount of representation facing their employers.

A union not only needs to exist, it must be capabel and willing to DO something for them. The german union responsible for the non industrial workers (and that would include IT) isn't capabel of the first nor willing to do the latter. So why join?

(1) German police officers are Beamte, they have the ultimate job security

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Re: Propaganda wins

If you get a good union than it will negotiate decend (not great, just decend) deals with the bosses most of the time. Every 10 years of so there'll be a few days of strike but with a well filled war chest that's no problem. In between the union provides legal counsel, sits on the workers counsil and most of the time you actually CAN get in contact with your functionary and he WILL make a best effort to help you (i.e your rating in a multi-stage pay scale). Been with the IG Chemie for quite some time, worked nicely.

On the other hand you can get a union like germans VERDI. They cost you 1 percent of your income and than they will do nothing for you unless you work for a big US company. There they will ACHIVE nothing for you but at least use you for publicity stunts. And Verdi functionaries wonder why they have lost almost 1/3 of their premium payers since the moloch was founded...

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Re: Unions are generally devices to give jobs to union leaders

Good unions are a good thing to have. Bad unions are a waste of time and money. Too powerful unions are the equivalent of the mob:

From the real life experience of a co-student with a certain car manufacturer and the IG Metal:

"If you want a students job here you must FIRST join the IGM". Those who refused never got in.

Generally IG-M is, like all IGs, a good union. In the case of that car manufacturer they had allowed to get too powerful since it was easier to give in during the years where german buyers where to stupid to realize the crap the company produced was unsafe at any speed.

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