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Why Microsoft Killed the Windows Start Button

Jay Tarbox Re:stopped using it? (857 comments)

Since my desktop is completely-clean of any icons

Why do people do this? What's the purpose of a blank desktop? That's usable space to put stuff that's frequently used.

more than 2 years ago

Bill Gates Says Tablets Aren't Much Help In Education

Jay Tarbox Re:i don't really like bill gates that much but... (575 comments)

If tablets are made as toys for rich kids they aren't going to have value in the classroom.

Well, someone needs to work on these rich kids/later adults devices right?

more than 2 years ago

Nvidia Engineer Asks How the Company Can Improve Linux Support

Jay Tarbox Re:Ugh, this makes me mad. (581 comments)

Actually, they don't even sell video cards. They make GPU's that go on video cards...

more than 2 years ago

AMD/ATI Video Drivers: Unsafe At Any Speed

Jay Tarbox Re:Crappy AMD drivers?! (261 comments)

Back in the day, alt.sysadmin.recovery always said this (they probably still do) all OS's suck.

more than 2 years ago

Why Facebook's Network Effects Are Overrated

Jay Tarbox Facebook is Meh (183 comments)

Recently the wife and I tried an experiment, we put an ad on Facebook for a few days about her eBook. I targeted it to 18+ females with an interest in reading/romance/kindle and so on... In theory it's pretty cool how you can target an audience based on their profiles. Facebook will tell you dynamically exactly how many people meet the criteria as you add and remove options.

We saw no effect in book sales. Before, during and after the advertising, sales remained on average the same.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Handing Over Personal Work Without Compensation?

Jay Tarbox Re:Hey dumb ass (848 comments)

There are lots of sysadmins and programmers without work that have much better attitude. People who would actually care about the company and their work.

While admirable, the problem with this line of thought is that the company does not care about you. Not a bit. If it benefited the company to let you go, you would be gone in a heartbeat without a thought to your loyalty.

more than 2 years ago

Star Trek Online Going Free-To-Play In January

Jay Tarbox Re:Great (77 comments)

I'll pay you minimum wage to level up my character for me while I'm at work...

more than 2 years ago

Rob Malda Casts a Jaded Eye at Amazon's Silk

Jay Tarbox Opera Mobile (143 comments)

Isn't this basically the same thing? Albeit on a much larger scale and capability given Amazons (presumably) more numerous data centers and backbone capacity.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire Surfaces

Jay Tarbox Re:So... (521 comments)

No, it's a full blown android tablet. Without a camera or mike, which I myself never use anyway on a tablet.

more than 2 years ago

Cutting Edge Tech Slated For Next Mars Rover

Jay Tarbox Why? (143 comments)

Why not deliver this rover the same way the other rovers were delivered?

more than 3 years ago

Google Pulls Plug On Programming For the Masses

Jay Tarbox This kinda sucks (236 comments)

I'm totally not a programmer (dipped my toes in Basica in my youth) and I used this to make a little dialer app specific to my companies PBX setup. It's working great! Unfortunately now I'll never be able to update it if need be.

more than 3 years ago

BYTE Is Coming Back

Jay Tarbox Byte vs other magazines (185 comments)

I was unhappy when Byte died. I was left with only PC World and PC Magazine both of which suck. I have a new love in CPU magazine though.

more than 3 years ago

BSD Coder Denies Adding FBI Backdoor

Jay Tarbox Re:Oh come on (239 comments)

Whatever happened to John Katz?

more than 3 years ago

Stunts, Idiocy, and Hero Hacks

Jay Tarbox Re:Rubber Band (208 comments)

I was doing this (actually with the window defroster repair kit trick) and that was when I realized my eyesight was beginning to go farsighted. I couldn't see the traces when I held them closer to my eyes! Weird!

more than 3 years ago

Lawsuit Shows Dell Hid Extent of Computer Flaws

Jay Tarbox Re:Ha (272 comments)

Agreed, the SL series are different. The "traditional" models - R,T and X are still tanks though.

more than 3 years ago

Every Day's a Tax Holiday At Amazon

Jay Tarbox Re:indirect taxes are important (377 comments)

This is true. I would much rather order something from Newegg than from Ebay or even at vast savings.

more than 3 years ago


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