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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Windows 7 (137 comments)

Windows 7 would be fine for me if I only had one system. I don't though. I have a bunch of systems and it's sooo nice to have settings and things just auto sync between them without a bunch of hackery. The onedrive integration is much better in Win10 than Win7 too.

4 days ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:What was automated? (236 comments)

Self checkout lines reduce the amount of pointless human interaction I have to endure in a day. Totally worth it imo.

about two weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Of course not (577 comments)

Windows has started going the other way. Win8.1 runs faster on my main dev box than Vista did and one of the main goals of Win10 is to bring along old systems and get as many people as possible to move on up. No doubt this has hurt the hardware folks though as there's less and less reason to buy a new system.

about three weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Antecdotes != Evidence (577 comments)

My main dev box at work started as a Vista system. Upgraded through Win7 and now it's been upgraded to Win8.1. It only feels slow compared to my much newer system at home. It doesn't take any longer to load files or reboot than it ever did. In fact it's only gotten faster as I've upgraded.
What I don't do is install a bunch of crap on it that's going to run in the background. At home it's much the same only I run most of the systems as a standard (non-admin) user. Want to stop pretty much all drive by installs in their tracks? Run as a standard user.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Dear MS (644 comments)

Your criticism is two years too late.
This isn't one size fits all. Win8 was one size fits all with the "Everyone gets a start screen" attitude. This is bringing back what made Windows great, user choice. Don't like the start screen? Fine, use the start menu. Not happy with that? Fine customize it till the cows come home. It will work differently on different devices which is exactly what people have been asking for.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (269 comments)

Pinning things to the task bar is the way to go. I almost never need to use the start page.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:BUILD 2009? (47 comments)

Curse my faulty memory circuits!
You are right.
2012 they gave us Nokia 920s AND Surface RT units.

I hope this doesn't mean they're not going to do Build. This has been a pretty sweet gravy train.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:BUILD 2009? (47 comments)

Both wrong. The first Build was in 2010 where they gave out the Samsung slate running the first public developer release of Win8. I still use mine every day.
2011 they gave out Nokia 920 phones.
2012 was Surface RT tablets.
2013 Build was Surface Pro tablets with a crappy Acer 8" thrown in.
2014 they gave out Xbox units (but not for dev which made it strange) and $500 credit at the MS store.

about three weeks ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Lacking developers. (189 comments)

Oh, I didn't say anything about revenue. I completely agree that Apple is a really well run money generation machine. They've always done well selling Macs even though the market share was low. Back in the day when I would talk to my mac friends they would assure me that they liked it that way; Apple wasn't going to compromise in pursuit of market share.

Then the iPhone was a hit. It seemed like everyone had one and my friends were all happy to crow about their fat market share and I don't say I blamed them. It feels good to back a winner. WP isn't going away though. Unlike Blackberry, MS is still making money hand over fist in other places and the mobile segment of their strategy is too important to give up on. They'll just keep pouring money into it until it has momentum to self sustain. That's what they did with xbox, windows server and even office back when it was the underdog.

As a fan of WP I have gained an appreciation for how my Mac friends feel on the PC side. Meanwhile Google is just going to keep pushing the peddle and Android will seep into every nook and cranny of our lives. Not a pleasant thought but I don't see anyone catching them any time soon.

about three weeks ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Lacking developers. (189 comments)

I agree that Windows Phone has very little market share. If we think of this in PC terms, Android is MS, Apple is still Apple and MS is Linux.
As of 2nd quarter data:
Android:84.7% Apple:11.7% and MS:2.5%

My point is that it doesn't make sense to talk about Apple as though they're part of a Coke/Pepsi style duopoly. There's really just Android with everyone else way back there.

about three weeks ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Lacking developers. (189 comments)

Those stats mix in tablets where Apple does have a solid lead. Looking at just 2nd quarter phone data from IDC:
Android:84.7% Apple:11.7% and MS:2.5%

If this were the PC days Andorid would be MS, Apple would still be Apple, and MS would be Linux so it doesn't make sense to talk about Android and Apple as though they're a Coke/Pepsi style duopoly.

about three weeks ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Square screens (189 comments)

Youtube really needs to take the lead in solving vertical video syndrome. I'm sure they can autodetect when some lunkhead is pushing up a vertical video and scrunch it into full view. It would look horrible but might convince people to turn the damn phone. They could also keep a count and after three strikes just refuse to accept vertical videos from the offending party.

about three weeks ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Lacking developers. (189 comments)

The apps isn't really even that big of an issue any more. There will always be a gap in the number of apps but it's getting closer in terms of a usefulness gap. With the exception of an official Starbucks app there's not anything I feel I'm missing.

about three weeks ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Lacking developers. (189 comments)

I get your point and it's a good one but I just want to put a pin in the myth of the mobile OS duopoly. Windows Phone isn't very far behind IOS. Both are waaay behind Android. It's more accurate to think of it as an Android monopoly and then everyone else.

about three weeks ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

Barlo_Mung_42 Why don't they have ice? (249 comments)

They seemed to imply it's an Italian thing but I've been to Italy and I'm pretty sure they had ice there.

about a month ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

[Invalid premise] She never claimed that she was violated while in the elevator. I do however agree that it is possible to judge whether it is reasonable for someone to feel a certain way. That is how I know that it's unreasonable for the guys in your camp to feel sooo upset over this specific incident. The extent of overreaction (really, death threats?) only highlights that she has a valid point.

about a month ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

I addressed the only part of your point that was worth addressing. You tried to use something Dawkins tweeted as support for your position. Dawkins has since realized he was using a logical fallacy and apologized (rightfully so). Without that support the rest of your stupid argument falls on its face so I didn't feel I needed to waste any time on it.

about a month ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

Dawkins has realized that he was using a logical fallacy and has since apologized for that tweet so everyone in this thread that is trying to defend him looks pretty silly.

She never accused the guy of harassment or assault. She was just pointing out behavior that she found to be creepy and used it as an example of what not to do. The whole video in question had to do with things that make women feel uncomfortable and thus not attend certain conferences. Yes, people have to deal with that from time to time in the larger society but if a specific group of people want to be more inclusive than they certainly shouldn't issue death threats just because someone had the nerve to point out some of those "awkward and uncomfortable" things.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

Barlo_Mung_42 Code in your free time too (275 comments)

I work 9-5 and then go home. When I get there I spend time with my family for a few hours and then work on games in Unity or misc arduino projects or whatever else I'm in to at the moment. Diversity keeps my passion alive so when I'm at work, toiling away with the same code base I've been using for the past 15 years it doesn't feel boring.

about 1 month ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

Oh, and also, Dawkins has since apologized for that comment. I think he eventually recognized the logical fallacy he had used and realized his mistake. So if you consider yourself a rational person you will do the same.

about 1 month ago

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