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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Jack Griffin Re:Surprise? (571 comments)

If twenty years from now all the records are lost because no one can decode .docx files properly then it's not their problem but the problem of the lazy IT guys.

We're used to these ridiculous arguments from Linux zealots. Do tell, what scenario are you expecting where this would happen that can't be mitigated with a little common sense? Open file formats seem to vastly over-rated in your universe. I run Libre Office and have never had a problem opening propriety MS Office files. I'm pretty sure any lazy IT guy will also have a DVD of Office 2010 lying around just in case. Not such a disaster really, if you think about it just a little bit...

3 days ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Jack Griffin Re:Surprise? (571 comments)

That's the key. The office culture changes and people don't do things the Windows way anymore. When new workers come in the work culture is so different they immediately see it is nothing like their old job.

Problem is you can't just change one business. Most people average only a few years between employers. By knowing the Windows way you make yourself a whole lot more employable. And by sticking with the Windows way, the cost of hiring new staff is far simpler and cheaper. Incumbency has huge, huge benefits...

3 days ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Jack Griffin Re:Surprise? (571 comments)

I don't buy that Windows is inherently more "office ready" than Linux for the vast majority of office users, all else being equal. The thing is, all else isn't equal. I do buy the idea that Windows is heavily entrenched and has a huge "incumbent" advantage, one that is going to persist for a long, long time, whether we like that idea or not.

Seems to be the main point all the Linux fundamentalists can't understand. Incumbency has huge benefits regardless of any other argument.

3 days ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

Jack Griffin Re:Initial Offer (232 comments)

It's neither democratic nor undemocratic. When an organisation auctions off surplus stock their primary goal is not giving you a good deal, they just want the stock gone. By auctioning less lots, with larger amounts, they will go a lot quicker with less fuss. Even if they get 10% of the market rate it's all profit. If you've ever been to a govt auction, this is pretty much standard practice.

about 2 months ago
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MIT Researchers Can Take Your Pulse, Right Through the Walls

Jack Griffin Re:Windows (125 comments)

I'll tell you a joke.. Linux on the desktop... Muahahaha....

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Makes Improvements To Model S

Jack Griffin Re:gullwing doors (136 comments)

Gull-wing doors require less side clearance than standard doors.

What about height clearance? In a sports car that already has a low roof it wouldn't be a problem, but I can't imagine the same is true for a high riding SUV type vehicle.

about 2 months ago
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Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

Jack Griffin Re:Makes perfect sense. (376 comments)

Comparing some dork who CHOOSES to break social norms to discrimination against race or sexual preference shows how ridiculous your argument is. You can always take the fucking things off. Just like wearing skinny jeans or a hipster beard, you choose this path and therefore I am quite entitled to judge you based of your (poorly thought out) choices.

about 2 months ago
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Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals the Most Influential People In History

Jack Griffin Re:Name recognition is not influence. (231 comments)

But I guess the point is, if he was never born these things would still exist ( a rose by any other name etc). Whereas if Franz Ferdinand or Hitler weren't born, the world would probably be a completely different place. That is how I would define influence

about 2 months ago
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Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals the Most Influential People In History

Jack Griffin Re:Carl Linnaeus? Here's why: (231 comments)

How? If he never existed what would be different? I consider Ghenghis Khan or Franz Ferdinand to much more influential on human history.

about 2 months ago
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Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals the Most Influential People In History

Jack Griffin Re:Jesus isn't that influential (231 comments)

You seem to be underestimating the influence of Jesus.

And you seem to underestimate the influence all the previous religions had before Christianity plagiarised them. Jesus is a mere side note in the human story. All the principles you claim to own were around before your cult was invented, and will exist long after it ceases to exist.

about 2 months ago
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Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals the Most Influential People In History

Jack Griffin Re:objective list (231 comments)

It's just another stupid list skewed by bias. Charles Linneaus? I'm man enough to admit I've never heard of him (yeah I skipped Biology), and I'll bet my right nut no-one I know has either. I hate religion as much as anyone, but you'd be hard pressed to go past the influence Jesus, Mohammed, and Buddha have had on modern human history (if we want to be really objective we might have to include Zeus, Odin, Ra and all those other weirdos)...

about 2 months ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

Jack Griffin Re:Equally Important Question (593 comments)

Dude, give up. If you are unsure where Asia is I suggest you engage your brain and Google it...

about 2 months ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

Jack Griffin Re:Equally Important Question (593 comments)

Do you consider a Christian to be Asian? You're question makes no sense. There is no fixed correlation between religion and geographic location.

about 3 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Finally Passes Windows 8 In Market Share

Jack Griffin Re:12.64 percent in only 17 months (187 comments)

It's not just what your were brought up with, it is about efficient and ergonomic input. You simply can't beat a keyboard and mouse for that. I spend 12 hours a day on PC/Laptop without issue. I can last about 15 minutes on a phone/tablet due to the mechanical overhead of a touch UI. Same goes for a multi-window desktop over the one-app-only-at-a-time desktop. For productivity, traditional windows (small w) beats the IOS/Win8 style hands down.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

Jack Griffin Re:It true !!!! (711 comments)

It's not about apps, it's about content, and more importantly potability of content. All my photos, music, movies etc are files. When I reimage my Windows PC I copy them over and play/view them. If I want them on my Tablet I copy them there and play/view them. If I want htem on my new phone I simply copy them and play/view them. But when my daughter wants them on her iPod she's shit out of luck. Without using setting up an iTunes library on a computer somewhere then managing and syncing the library it's just a pain in the arse. And even when they are there you are restricted to only certain behaviour that Apple deems is worthy. Sure if you buy in the Apple ecosystem it's easier, but I want to be able chop and change between whatever device I like without having to commit to an "ecosystem". Windows and Linux/Android device allow this, Apple doesn't. Fuck Apple.

about 3 months ago
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Apple's 2014 WWDC Keynote Will Be Streamed Live; Hopes For a Microconsole?

Jack Griffin Re:Wonder why so relatively early in the year... (147 comments)

Yes but in case you haven't paid attention lately, Apple are a technology company, not an antique dealer...

about 3 months ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

Jack Griffin Re:Equally Important Question (593 comments)

They probably consider India to be part of Asia because it is. I can only assume by your embarrassing lack of geographic knowledge that you must be American. This is why you guys shouldn't get involved in International disputes.

about 3 months ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

Jack Griffin Re:If You're Gonna Bring Up Sports (593 comments)

So if you're concerned about people having equal access to high paying jobs, who are you going to go after, the NBA or NFL, with a combined 2000 jobs, or Google, with 50,000?

To be fair, those 2000 sports people get paid a lot more than the 50000 Googlers (well the bottom 99% at least). So the total money involved is probably about the same.

about 3 months ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

Jack Griffin Re:Equal Rights Equal Results (593 comments)

That's why we need diversity. That's why we need people with emotional intelligence. Then there's the whole "diversity of experiences helps come up with clever solutions to the problems we are trying to overcome." thing, which is really really important.

That makes for a nice sitcom plot, but the reality most of the time it's just a job, and you want someone who will fit in with the existing team. If that fit is a different age/colour/sex than the others than so be it, but there's no magic formula that says to get the best results the team must comprise exactly one of each type of human on the planet.

about 3 months ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

Jack Griffin Re:Who gives a shit? (593 comments)

8 out 8 sprinters in the last Olympic 100m final were black males aged between 20 and 40. Racism/Ageism/Sexism is part of nature, we need to all learn to accept that.

about 3 months ago

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