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CowboyNeal Weighs In On the Windows 8 "Metro" GUI

loafing_oaf Retraining (671 comments)

I feel sad for those hopeful few who believe that the obstacle of re-training will lead businesses to look at alternatives like Linux. The trouble is this: If you have to re-train no matter what, why bother wasting time considering alternatives? You have to re-train either way.

more than 2 years ago

Poll Finds Americans Think the TSA Is 'Doing a Good Job'

loafing_oaf Pointless Survey (523 comments)

It doesn't matter if people feel good about the TSA; what matters is whether the agency if effective. Even the statistic about the TSA's perceived effectiveness doesn't help either way. The only reason to present the result of the survey is to imply that the TSA is doing a good job, which is a false conclusion. It's like implying that my magic pencil prevents tiger attacks because I haven't been attacked by a tiger lately.

more than 2 years ago

Man Tries To Live an Open Source Life For a Year

loafing_oaf Quite A Trick (332 comments)

Are we sure that David Blaine hasn't already done this?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Does Your Company Evaluate Your Performance?

loafing_oaf Hope You're An Extrovert (525 comments)

Since the criteria are relative rather than objective, you'd better be especially well-liked to avoid that bottom tier. Or sabotage. This type of evaluation system is an invitation for sabotage.

more than 2 years ago

Credible Reports of a 7.85 Inch iPad Mini Emerge

loafing_oaf Expiration of Apple's Sheen (193 comments)

This seems like a good move, but I keep waiting for Apple to misstep and return to the dark ages it was in in the 1990s before Steve Jobs returned.

more than 2 years ago

Anonymous Hackers Take Down Child Porn Websites

loafing_oaf I thought they were supposed to be controversial (481 comments)

So they're tackling the only issue about which there is absolutely no debate, just like cable news anchors. Does Anonymous have a PR department now, improving their image?

more than 2 years ago

FCC Chair Seeks Comcast-NBC Merger Conditions

loafing_oaf Extortion (68 comments)

Why does every voting official, regardless of position, now demand some type of additional compensation in the form of concessions before they'll vote?

more than 3 years ago

AP Proposes ASCAP-Like Fees For the News

loafing_oaf Not the Same as Music (146 comments)

This will not save the news business. Journalists do not create news; they just report it. They have a right to charge for use of their stories, but the actual events described belong to no one. That is, I could read the story and then report the same events in my own words.

more than 3 years ago

Dell Drops Ubuntu PCs From Its Website

loafing_oaf Re:it doesn't make any sense because (473 comments)

Dell could simply adjust the Ubuntu PC prices to compensate for the missing bloatware revenue. Of course, they probably would sell even fewer that way. But with Dell's just-in-time supply chain, it really shouldn't matter whether any particular models sell well because there's no inventory buildup or waste to worry about.

As for Dell's claim of reducing complexity... it's a single link on the side of the page! At the risk of sounding cliche, I think it's more reasonable to assume that there is some supplier exclusivity contract in play from Microsoft.

more than 4 years ago

Obama Awards Nearly $2 Billion For Solar Power

loafing_oaf Re:Can somebody say (514 comments)

Most owners care about their business, and use cost-cutting to strengthen the business. But publicly-owned companies are not run by the owners. They're run by managers who may or may not have the best interests of the business in mind. It's called the Principal-agent problem. Publicly-owned companies are more easily corrupted because the owners (stockholders) are not the ones tending to the daily matters of the business.

more than 4 years ago

Obama Awards Nearly $2 Billion For Solar Power

loafing_oaf Re:Can somebody say (514 comments)

If that was sarcasm and I missed it, I apologize. Either way, the truth is that cost savings do not roll downhill. Any tax savings realized by corporations goes to officer salaries.

Even if management is ethical, they still won't create jobs; without an increase in consumer demand, the ethical thing to do is distribute the savings as dividends.

more than 4 years ago

Windows 7 Pre-Orders Top Vista's In Just 8 Hours

loafing_oaf Re:Great startegy (279 comments)

I think he's saying that this is just the Coke --> Coke Clear --> Coke Classic trick. And in this case, it was also done by accident.

more than 5 years ago

New Star Trek Trailer

loafing_oaf Who is this for? (591 comments)

What's the point of using the original crew names if the film's casting is targeted toward teens?

more than 5 years ago


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