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Google Docs Vs. Microsoft Word: an Even Matchup?

S77IM Yes and no (346 comments)

I used Google Docs heavily for a few years. Then one day, about two years ago, they disabled offline mode. Guess what happened to me a few weeks later? Yup, I was in some situation with no internet access and needed a document and couldn't get it. I dropped Docs like a hot rock and switched to Dropbox the next day. (Granted, they now have offline access once again, through the very nice Google Drive. But, you know, "screw me twice," and all that.)

OTOH, I use Maps all the time, and Translate and YouTube. I arrived on this page via Google Reader and am entering this comment via my Nexus 7. So clearly they know how to make (or acquire) some good products.

Final note: Google relentlessly a/b tests everything. They know exactly how many people are rejecting the GMail redesign, or how many uses they stand to lose by killing iGoogle. Sometimes I think these cold, rational decisions backfire, as they annoy a vocal minority or misinterpret the reasons for the test results.

  -- 77IM

about 2 years ago
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Has the Mythical Unicorn of Materials Science Finally Been Found?

S77IM The Cosmological Argument (238 comments)

For those of you playing along at home, what you're seeing is an example of the Cosmological Argument for the existence of God. It's one of my favorites, because there's no way to prove it correct or incorrect, so you can keep arguing forever!

  -- 77IM

about 2 years ago
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UT Professor Resigns Over Fracking Conflict of Interest

S77IM Re:Another instance of... (190 comments)

This is a great idea. By subjecting CEOs to the negative consequences of the company's business practices, they justify their high salaries and we get a virtuous cycle; it's a win-win.

  -- 77IM

about 2 years ago
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Kentucky Lawmakers Shocked To Find Evolution In Biology Tests

S77IM Re:Another perspective (1218 comments)

No, actually we don't. It depends on what the people want, since this is a democracy. If the people are a bunch of religious nuts, then the education standard needs to include religion (whichever flavor the majority wants) and omit evolution (of that's what a majority wants). This is the price of democracy: you have to share with all the other people you co-inhabit a region with.

Before you respond further, please read up on Tyranny of the Majority, and why it's a bad thing, and how respecting the rights of the individual is essential to a functioning democracy. (Hint: Your logic eats itself.)

  -- 77IM

more than 2 years ago
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Software Engineering Has Its Own Political Axis From Conservative To Liberal

S77IM Re:Surely he jests... (283 comments)

The whole essay is a joke.

more than 2 years ago
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Startup Aims For $99, Android-Powered TV Game Console

S77IM Re:Yeah, but... (194 comments)

I'm honestly surprised that Steam hasn't done anything yet in mobile gaming.

Why do you think they are working on a Linux client for Steam? Android is a type of Linux. Steam on Ouya could disrupt the shit out of everybody.

  -- 77IM

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Stay Employable?

S77IM Kids are NOT expensive (708 comments)

Where did this myth come from? As a parent of young children, I found that for the most part, kids are not expensive. There's a marginal increase in food / medical / clothing costs, and saving a bit for college, but it's not bad; most of the big expenses (housing, bills, saving for retirement) stay the same.

The only thing expensive about having kids is day care / preschool, which is pricey. But if one parent doesn't work, then they can take care of the kids. If both parents work, then it's a two-income household, and most should be able to bear that cost. Single parents are truly screwed here.

  -- 77IM

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Defines Good Developer Culture?

S77IM Re:Stay away from agile (239 comments)

implement waterfall in a iterative process

That is agile. That's exactly all it is.

I don't dispute the value of your experiences, but maybe learn what you are talking about before offering advice to others.

  -- 77IM

 

more than 2 years ago
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How Technology Promotes World Peace

S77IM Re:I spy with my corporate eye... (152 comments)

They're mostly talking about peace between nation-states; not the internal workings of the states themselves, which can still be as tyrannical and oppressive as ever.

  -- 77IM

more than 2 years ago
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The Mathematics of Obesity

S77IM It's not the fast-food restaurants (655 comments)

It's the Hot Pockets. Or the Jimmy Dean Frozen Sausage Biscuits.

This kind of stuff is cheap to buy, quick to make, and very bad for you.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook To Go Public On Friday, May 18

S77IM Re:Best avoided (182 comments)

Is there a betting pool on how long Zuck stays in charge of FB post-IPO?

I'll start, at, oh, 3.5 years.

  -- 77IM

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Offers Retirement With Job Guarantee Through 2013

S77IM Re:They're acting like they're in trouble! (192 comments)

They've painted themselves into a corner. They experienced rapid "growth" by decreasing the bottom line. Now investors expect that, and so in order to keep up, they must continue aggressively decreasing the bottom line. If they stop, their stock price will drop as growth slows dramatically. It sucks for all involved, because eventually they'll run out of bottom line to cut, and then everybody's screwed except the investors (and executives) who sell just before that happens.

This is exactly the sort of thing Steve Jobs was talking about in the quote about bean-counters taking over the company and loss of product focus. Making enterprise software on an IBM scale, and doing it well enough to grow constantly, is really super hard. Short-term gains through off-shoring are easy.

  -- 77IM

more than 2 years ago
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Sigrok: An Open Source Logic Analyzer

S77IM Re:Plenty of OS logic analyzers (42 comments)

I have no idea wtf a logic analyzer is, but I am really really glad that there's a genuine, useful thing out there called "Logic Shrimp."

  -- 77IM

more than 2 years ago
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Gaming Clichés That Need To Die

S77IM Re:So... (416 comments)

No, he's saying that instead of spending tons of money making games LOOK and SOUND better, they should spend that money on making games PLAY better.

  -- 77IM

more than 2 years ago
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The Dead Past: the Biggest Threat To Privacy Is Us

S77IM All these comments are "shooting the messenger" (130 comments)

The judge agrees with you. He's trying to warn you. His warning is that it's all too easy for government agents to fall into the trap of thinking that you describe when people do not actively guard their own privacy. He's not saying that this is right and proper, he's describing the world as it is, not as it should be.

  -- 77IM, we need a moderation "-1, Clearly Didn't RTFA"

more than 2 years ago

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