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Even Windows 8 Users Prefer Windows 7

mr.nobody This Poll is Dumb (436 comments)

So new users before the old, safe choice they're familiar with instead of something radically new and different. How does this surprise anyone?

Look, I had the same inclination when I switched from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95. I was one of those early adopters who bought it launch day and ran home and installed it. I, and many others, had the same feelings when the Ribbon debuted for MS Office. And yes, I thought the same thing trying out Windows 8. There is always that moment of "panic" when you realize you don't know where things are anymore like you did with the previous version.

But, each time, if you stick with it for a bit, you get familiar with new interface. You pick it up just as you did with the old one--and you even start to realize the advantages of the new layout versus the old. Sorry, Slashdot, but this is FUD and you're guilty of spreading it.

more than 2 years ago

Workers Will Smash Their PCs To Get an Upgrade

mr.nobody Just because they say it, doesn't mean they do it. (533 comments)

All IT people have heard the joke, "Well, if I take a hammer to it..." But that doesn't mean they do it. From the article, the headline reads as though users are causing deliberate damage to their computers in order to receive an upgrade. Read the actual text however, and while users are saying that, there isn't anything presented to show there are widespread acts of vandalism happening. The only real takeaway from this article is that some UK offices are using significantly outdated equipment. The headline is just sensationalism. I hate to say it, but I think /. fell for this one.

more than 3 years ago

An Inconvenient Truth

mr.nobody It was more that the episode was just bad satire (1033 comments)

Good satire uses humor to expose some truth. One of my favorite South Park moments was during the episode about tolerance. The characters had just toured the Museum of Tolerance where they learned to respect people of other races and cultures. Leaving the museum they see a smoker sitting at a fountain smoking and start ripping on him, calling him names and telling him to get lost. It was funny because there is some truth there, that we preach tolerance of other races yet condemn smokers so easily. With "Manbearpig" the satirical truth Matt and Trey went for was the global warming is just as real as the creature manbearpig. Both are figments of Al Gore's imagination. If global warming was false, and the alarm over it was as overblown as South Park Al Gore's fear of manbearpig, then the satire would work. But we know global warming is happening, and that current practices of humanity are the primary causes of it. So, the satire just doesn't work. A much better environmental-focused South Park satire was of the smugness of hybrid car owners in the episode "Smug." I love hybrid cars, but that episode was funny because it took to task the superiority complex of some hybrid owners.

more than 8 years ago


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