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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

jitterman Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (352 comments)

Whoa, simma! :)

Let me address this in a narrow band. It's a good user experience when we limit our discussion to the user experience on the phone itself, removing programming considerations from a developer POV, and from an "I bought an app for my PC but it doesn't run on my phone" POV. I don't think people currently expect their phones to be like their desk/laptop OS environments. You have a valid point that MS are being misleading with the naming convention, but again, user expectation probably doesn't lead to much in the way of true confusion here.

I've never owned a Mac (iPhones yes, Mac no), so I can't say with 100% certainty, but I'm pretty sure the experience on one is vastly different from the other. Android, true, has some cross-formfactor success, but from phone to desktop (Android to Linux) we're looking at a new app again, so I wouldn't think people, tech-savvy or not, will be confused too much.

I hope you don't take this as argumentative - I simply like using my Windows Phone 8 / 8.1 phone, more than I liked my iPhones, more than I enjoyed using my wife's Android phone. I did state, MS' marketing strategy is crap, no doubt. I have shunned Windows 8 for the desktop so far, though I've had co-workers tell me it's fine, they just chuck the "Metro" side of things (in which case... it's Win 7 again with a few enhancements).

MS is doing so little on the consumer side right these days, let's highlight what they get right (competition drives innovation, right?) and encourage people to at least consider it as a viable option for their choice of mobile phone.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

jitterman Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (352 comments)

I've had one for two years now (okay, two - a 920 and now a 1520). I was initially skeptical, but I love the platform. It's actually impressively good. It certainly took MS a while to catch up, but they truly have. The sad thing is that since there's no cachet in the name, and since they're not the best at marketing, few people (percentage-wise) will truly realize that Windows 8.1 on a handset is a platform that isn't just use-*able*, it's a platform you will honestly *want* to use.

about two weeks ago

Saturn's F Ring Is Now Three Times As Wide As During the Voyager Flybys

jitterman Re:Dear Lord, what has happened to Slashdot?! (41 comments)

Entirely disagree:

While I've never expected particularly high standards for Slashdot and the discussion here,

Entirely agree:

I think that this is a new low.

When I became a member ten years or so ago, and was a lurker for a few years before that, the jokes were always there, but mixed into an often in-depth discussion of math, science, programming, etc. I don't read or post as often as I used to (I was never a major contributor, and the few 5s I've ever gotten were for funny comments rather than for anything important) myself. Perhaps older users are simply moving on (only two of the comments are 6-digit UIDs, the others are either 7s or ACs), or maybe no one's had their coffee yet. Also, today is a holiday in the US (come on, rest of the world, talk about Saturn!!). There are still good discussions, but yes, this particular set of early postings is disappointing.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Surface Drowning?

jitterman Re:Embrace or Expire? (337 comments)

Someone should promote the AC comment (I'm currently without mod points) - it's actually insightful. MS is making money, and putting out both good AND bad products, just like any other firm does. While it's true that they had their day of highly visible dominance (i.e. most private computer consumers were techies), and they are now easily second / third place in that area, they still lead by far in the business software world, and there's truly no sign that this will abate any time soon.

Branching out into hardware, starting with X-Box and Zune, was an attempt to diversify, and while it hasn't been a home run, it's been a good testing ground for ideas. Some have panned out, some have not. To say that these factors point to MS' overall marketplace dominance being entirely in danger of failing is to overstate things a bit.

about a month and a half ago

Unboxing a Cray XC30 'Magnus' Petaflops Supercomputer

jitterman Re:Ode to past: "Imagine a Beowolf..." (71 comments)

It might be able to generate a 3D image of Natalie Portman with a bowl of hot grits. You never know! I for one bow down to our Cray petaFLOPS overlords.

about 2 months ago

Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

jitterman Cox Limit (349 comments)

Tangentially related - I have Cox service (and - disclaimer - even worked for them for 9 months until I found my dream job), and since I don't have cable but DO have three kids, we chew through 250 Gb of data via Netflix and YouTube in no time. I get an e-mail asking me to be mindful, but never anything nasty, no threats, no throttling (I've checked), and no overage charges. I'm not saying that some or all of these things will never happen, but so far so good. Of all the providers, Cox has honestly been the one I've seen complained about the least (I wish I could find the graph of Netflix speeds over time, before and after Netflix agreed to pay extra fees to some of the other providers - Cox's speeds were higher than everyone's both before AND after those agreements were put into place). It would be nice if all the fees we as consumers pay (mentioned in a comment somewhere above) were actually used to improve the infrastructure as intended, but at least one company seems to be somewhat lenient and understanding when it comes to its customers given today's limitations.

about 3 months ago

In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

jitterman Re:Nothing to do with hole size (405 comments)

Well stated. Much more concise than what I was about to post, with far more clarity.

about 5 months ago

Amputee Has Prosthetic Hand Wired To Nerves

jitterman I've always thought it was about the content. (72 comments)

I don't really care about the layout, what keeps me here after more than a decade is what I read about, and the discussions held here. Look is important if I can't use the site, but this is usable. Some will like it, some will hate it, some will say "meh" to it. As long as I can find stories and conversations that interest me though, I'm good. Just my personal .02

about 8 months ago

Amputee Has Prosthetic Hand Wired To Nerves

jitterman Not so bad (72 comments)

I remember the last time the layout was changed, and there was the usual round of "oh I hate this." Other than hoping they decide to show member numbers (those of us in the first 999,999 want our cred), I like the new layout, and think it will grow on people over time, just like the current one did.

Still, great comment :)

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Reimagine a Library?

jitterman Re:Most visitors... (231 comments)

My city (I live in a state capital) just demolished one of our older main branches to build one easily 3 times larger. The library is used a lot (you could not usually find an empty space in the lot on Saturdays, had to park a block from the building) by high school students from the north side of town (tend to be poorer, probably don't have as much access to technology, etc.), so I would say from anecdotal evidence that libraries still do have a large role to play in education, if nothing else.

My own kids love checking out books to read from their school library, and they both tend to get fiction and non-fiction alike, despite having the entire WWW (not to mention game consoles and handhelds) at their disposal. Again, this is just what I have witnessed personally, but libraries do seem to still be valued by many in the population despite all the alternatives.

about 7 months ago

Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

jitterman Re:How safe is it driven within the law? (961 comments)

Hear hear (or is it, "here, here"?) !

I used to race motorcycles (for fun, at a local track) - doesn't qualify me as an expert, but I've seen accidents on a track that people get up from without injury that would have probably resulted in all sorts of trauma on the street. The reasons are several - no obstructions around the roadway; everyone going in the same direction; everyone involved understanding that speed is the goal; areas surrounding the track are set up so as to minimize injury.

These factors are for all intents and purposes are absent from the street. Add to that, not only are you endangering yourself, but others' lives and property as well.

about 10 months ago

Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

jitterman Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

My assumption is weight savings. All those grams / ounces add up as you eliminate even small items.

about 10 months ago

Drive With Google Glass: Get a Ticket

jitterman Re:Good (638 comments)

Nice troll, though I think you slipped in your second to last sentence, as it makes sense (though I'd strike out "kids" and replace with "people").

about a year ago

Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

jitterman Re:Nothing is more evil than..... (734 comments)

My oldest son, who's only in 5th grade, already sees the girls tearing each other down. One has already transferred after one year due to the other girls being cruel to her (apparently she was somewhat sloppy and had some unsanitary habits). Sad that in order to feel confident, these young girls seem to need to feel superior, and in order to do that, a victim MUST exist as a useful example of what is inferior.

Not to say the boys don't bully too (and my son WAS guilty of such, and we put a stop to that shit right away by having him apologize in front of the entire class; he's also been on the receiving end), but the girls seem to push it to whatever limit they can.

about a year ago

Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

jitterman Re: This (734 comments)

How old are you?

about a year ago

Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

jitterman Re:And I blame my parents (734 comments)

Your first paragraph is spot on. The third, sadly, displays your unsuitability for parenthood and incredible lack of sympathy/empathy for adolescents and those suffering from mental health problems. Please, make the world a better place by learning how to be somewhat compassionate.

about a year ago

Books With "Questionable Content" Being Deleted From ebookstores In Sweeping Ban

jitterman Re:Well it is about time (548 comments)

Nah - the pols are fucking ALL of us.

about a year ago



Does Patent Expose Apple Obfuscation?

jitterman jitterman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jitterman (987991) writes ""The ongoing kerfuffle over Apple devices allegedly tracking their users' locations has taken yet another turn. It all started on April 20th, when tech bloggers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden reported their discovery that iPhones and 3G iPads running iOS4 were supposedly maintaining a stealth file of locations that the devices had traveled to – with their users. Apple responded on April 27th, stating that the devices were simply anonymously contributing to a database of local Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers, that helped to triangulate the phones' location faster than GPS alone. Now, however, a just-discovered patent application filed by Apple in 2009 has some people doubting that claim.""
Link to Original Source

Steam on a retail DVD PC Game?

jitterman jitterman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jitterman (987991) writes "I purchased "Metro 2033" for Windows yesterday. After thinking about downloading it from a disreputable source, I decided, "No, I want PC gaming to thrive." So, I went to my local retailer, put down $49.95 plus tax, came home, and installed... Steam. Right off the disc. Which then began the download process to install the game on my machine. Now, there were .sid files on the disc, but I couldn't determine if there was a way for Steam to use them to "restore" the game to my system.

I have no issue with Steam itself, but if I had wanted to buy the game this way, I would have done that in the first place. If I had know that THIS was how a supposed DVD of this title was going to work, my choice between "purchase/pirate" might have been different. As it is, I did find a nice Razor1911 copy of the game to actually use should I ever have to reinstall from scratch. Yes, I still had to download the iso, but at least now I *have* it. I suppose the upside is that I did support PC gaming with my money.

Comments? Criticisms (both of me and/or of the Steam situation)? Similar anecdotes?"

Dark matter detected in galactic collision

jitterman jitterman writes  |  about 6 years ago

jitterman (987991) writes "Space telescopes have captured images of a mammoth collision between two galaxy clusters that have shed some light into the universe's mysterious dark matter, NASA said. The astronomers were able to differentiate between the two substances with a technique known as gravitational lensing in which dark matter appears in blue in the image while ordinary matter, which is mostly in the form of hot gas, looks pink."

Free-As-In-Beer Software Copyrights

jitterman jitterman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jitterman (987991) writes "A federal appeals court has ruled that copyrights apply even for free software. In a dispute that concerns copyright infringement and breach of contract, the court stated that the plaintiff, who manages an open-source effort, has the right to sue on both fronts. It appears that the ruling applies to both "free-as-in-beer" and "free-as-in-speech" varieties of software (or perhaps implies that the court doesn't realize there is a difference?)."

Does Prohibition Work?

jitterman jitterman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jitterman (987991) writes "Reuters columnist Bernd Debusmann makes his case for the legalization of marijuana in the US. He provides anecdotal insight, such as "Hollywood, conscious of a mass audience that does inhale, has produced a slew of new 'stoner' movies this year. The pot-smoking protagonists include an investment banker and a medical student (Harold & Kumar), a psychiatrist (The Wackness), and a process server (Pineapple Express)." He also provides a statistic I find promising: "Since 1937, the year marijuana was outlawed, its use in the United States has gone up by 4,000 percent..." Why is this promising? Well, perhaps if we outlaw Linux on the desktop..."


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