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Carl Sagan Was On US Team To Nuke the Moon

initialE Re:Why would that be the first step? (206 comments)

First thing I thought was placing the moon on a collision course with the earth, thereby ensuring the extinction of all life. Take that you soviet dogs!

about 2 years ago
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Woz Worries Microsoft Is Now More Innovative Than Apple

initialE Re:Really? Woz? (333 comments)

My gripe: I run remote desktops. Sometimes from an iPad, sometimes from an android tablet, sometimes in windowed mode from a windows PC. Nearly everything does not work with remote desktop. There's no start button to click. There's no way to run an app w/o getting to start. There's no way to simulate gestures when you don't use a mouse. Productivity is way down with this thing.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Pollutes To Avoid Fines

initialE Re:This is not a Microsoft issue (295 comments)

I wouldn't necessarily say it was a fail at all. The usage of power at their datacenter probably ties in directly to the buy-in by consumers of their cloud hosting solutions (office 365, Azure, Dynamics, Skydrive). If they can't get much of a response this year, their usage will be low. However, looking at the way Windows 8 is designed, most of the features cannot be enabled without a Windows Live account, so next year's consumption may expect to increase significantly, and stay up there. When you lay out infrastructure, you don't plan for the short term, after all.

about 2 years ago
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Kim Dotcom Offers the DoJ a Deal

initialE Re:This case is a joke. (383 comments)

More than that, his long term plan was to replace the content distribution channels with an alternative model using megaupload. He already had some celebrities lined up, and a promotional video and song done. That's significantly more than just being a fixer.

more than 2 years ago
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Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?

initialE Is it so hard to do? (1134 comments)

1. A command line interface for everything the program is supposed to do.
2. A GUI interface that scripts and engages the command line for every button you press
Thus the program is forced to adapt to both requirements, and is scriptable as well as having an easy interface. Also helps in debugging.

about 2 years ago
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Why Microsoft Killed the Windows Start Button

initialE I use the start button all the time (857 comments)

Coupled with search, I barely have to touch the mouse sometimes. Yes, the focus group appears to be maybe 10 senior managers at Microsoft or something.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Smart People Are Stupid

initialE The point is, we need each other (337 comments)

A smart person can't be smart without interaction with others. Preferably other intelligence. It's called iron sharpening iron.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Raises UK Prices By a Third and Can't Rule Out Future Hikes

initialE Whereas in Asia... (185 comments)

Over here we buy our licenses in USD. Why the inconsistency?

more than 2 years ago
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BlackBerry 10 Unveiled

initialE Re:BB is a business phone (185 comments)

You know, remote wipe isn't really a working solution. I've never had a remote wipe that worked successfully.
Why? because remote wipe requires connectivity, whereas a stolen device is guaranteed to be switched off and the sim card removed immediately. Then you would have to count on connecting to a wireless network. Without user intervention.

about 2 years ago
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Stop Being Poor: U.S. Piracy Watch List Hits a New Low With 2012 Report

initialE Americans should be ashamed of themselves (310 comments)

Number 1, for trying to impose american law on the world. That's the act of a school bully making people his bitch because he can beat them up. Number 2, for electing such bullies to be their leaders! I mean, why! I doubt this list would embarrass any country other than the USA, as it exposes the level of bigotry and blindness of their people.
Read this comment, then flamebait it to hell. Still not posting anon.

about 2 years ago
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Study Suggests the Number-Line Concept Is Not Intuitive

initialE Re:Counting? (404 comments)

The hunters names were "One", "Two", "Three", "Four", "Hrair", "Hrair", "Hrair", "Hrair", and "Hrair". But only if the monkeys were rabbits. Are you sure you didn't get your anecdote mixed up with a famous story somewhere?

more than 2 years ago
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Is Siri Smarter Than Google?

initialE I don't get it (366 comments)

Siri is similar to Google? I thought you should be comparing it to Wolfram Alpha.

more than 2 years ago
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Study Suggests the Number-Line Concept Is Not Intuitive

initialE Re:Counting? (404 comments)

There was this bald monkey coming out, screaming in his monkey language: "There... Are... Four... Hunters!"
And then, he died. Apparently a bad day to wear his red shirt.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Projects Record Losses of $6.4 Billion

initialE Re:Sony's war on their customers (290 comments)

Myself I wanted to play Little Big Planet, Uncharted, Shadow of the colossus. I wanted one of their sweet MILC cameras, some of the best in the consumer market. I even checked out their walkman wearabes, really good if you're a runner because it's cordless, and really the only player that offers something an ipod can not.
Didn't buy any of them, because I remember what it means to buy a sony. I have a rusting VAIO that had a battery die early in its life, yet not too early that I could get it replaced. So suck it, Sony.

more than 2 years ago
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Colony Collapse Disorder Linked To Pesticide, High-Fructose Corn Syrup

initialE Re:Still needs more research (398 comments)

If this is true, that the pesticide is so powerful, then bees all over do not stand a chance at all, as we have no means of controlling anything we release into the environment in such small quantities. Here's hoping that bees will develop a resistance to this particular pesticide, as all pests eventually do.

more than 2 years ago
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Blackjack Player Breaks the Bank At Atlantic City

initialE Re:That's how it's done... (294 comments)

This is so much better than risking your life on the Miami PD... Now where's my Armani Jacket and T-shirt?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Multiple Desktop Tool For Windows 7?

initialE Why use virtual desktops? (359 comments)

I'd like to know why people use virtual desktops? Increasingly I'm finding that the maximum number of windows I need to shuttle back and forth is 2, so I snap one to the left, and the other to the right, and keep it that way. I never expect my desktop to retain the same layout, and usually don't have difficulty finding the window that I want.

more than 2 years ago
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Crying Foul At the BSA's "Nauseating" Anti-Piracy Tactics

initialE Re:BSA only screws over small/mid sized companies. (235 comments)

On the other hand, Microsoft makes overtures to small/mid size companies by providing them with cheap software. The caveat? If your business actually grows beyond those limits you have to purchase your licenses all over again, at the regular price.

more than 2 years ago
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India Turns Down American Fighter Jets, Buys From France

initialE Re:Many versus Awesome (600 comments)

Well perhaps the Indians should be considering fighting with drones as an option

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Releases Kinect For Windows

initialE One thing i never understood (130 comments)

Have you seen the design of a kinect? An up-down motor that runs once per power cycle and really only needs to be realigned when it is moved to a different position. Sensors 7cm apart that are housed in a 30cm frame of cheap tacky plastic, leading to a much bigger shipping box than necessary.. The kinect should be cheaper and smaller than it is now, what on earth is in all the empty space anyway?

more than 2 years ago

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Microsoft On-site Audit

initialE initialE writes  |  more than 2 years ago

initialE (758110) writes "Recently, Microsoft has initiated a full on-site audit of all software assets for my company and related subsidiaries. As we have never been required to do this before (previous audits were not so in-depth or thorough) I'd like to know if this is a new initiative on their part, and if so, what are people's experiences, good or bad, with their consultants. Please note this is not a BSA audit initiated by a whistleblower, but one based on the rights we have apparently agreed upon when entering a select agreement."

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