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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

murdocj Re:Surprise? (559 comments)

thinking about it some more, why on earth did Thunderbird not simply give you a configuration screen, with a "try to auto-configure" button? Rather than dumping you into a 5 minute epic fail process automatically?

yesterday
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

murdocj Re:Surprise? (559 comments)

At the time I used it, there wasn't a way to switch off auto-config, at least not an obvious way. You had to wait till it was displaying approximately the right configuration and then interrupt it, because if it got to the end, it left you in a screen where you could not complete the configuration. Whoever developed it clearly had way too much time on his hands, because it is so much simpler to just let the user type in the few pieces of information required. If it wanted to "suggest" some values, that would be fine, but this was totally borked.

And yes, it was quite literally horrible. I suspect most users would have either given up, or spent hours hunting for an answer. The attitude that produced that experience is exactly why users end up with proprietary software.

yesterday
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

murdocj Re:Surprise? (559 comments)

It was a political decision that was reversed by politicians. The original decision wasn't some shining beacon of light and the reversal wasn't the triumph of the Dark Lord. The original decision was made to cater to the audience of the party in power, and no doubt the reversal was the same.

2 days ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

murdocj Re:Surprise? (559 comments)

My experience with Thunderbird horrific. Haven't used it in years, but when I did it was excruciating. Even simple things like setting up the connection to servers was painful. Thunderbird tried to do some crappy auto-configuration and unless I interrupted it at exactly the right point, it left me in a screen where I could NOT enter the server configuration. Physically wasn't possible. One of my happiest days was when I got off that steaming turd.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

murdocj Re: It's a still a nice PC. (337 comments)

As an Apple fan boy, even I don't own an iPad. I just don't see a need for any tablet in my life, my iPhone is enough. For mobile computing I have an IBM T40 and T41 with Linux installed with Open Office. My desktop PCs are Mac Minis with MS Office installed.

Same here. I have tried to convince myself to pull the trigger on buying a tablet of some form, and I just can't see the use. Maybe if I traveled a lot I'd get one for games & movies on a plane, but otherwise, I'm rarely out of reach of a laptop or desktop, and my ITouch does the job when I'm traveling. A co-worker who is an apple fanboy raved about his IPad, and then I didn't see it for a while. I finally asked him about it and he said he had stopped using it. Which kind of says it all.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Cracks Down On Public Wi-Fi; Oracle Blocks Java Downloads In Russia

murdocj Re:The problem with American Embargos (254 comments)

Really? you aren't really comparing the USA to Russia, are you? Russia? Where running against Putin puts you in jail indefinitely? Where being gay is illegal?

Ah yes, Slashdot... welcome to the herd.

about two weeks ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

murdocj Re:Poor Israel (402 comments)

Uh, yes, when Hamas fires rockets into Israel (which I think you can safely consider an act of war) Israel does "re-enter" Gaza. I suppose you'd be happy if those darned Jews just took it as victims, like the good old days. Sorry, those days are over.

about two weeks ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

murdocj Re: Hamas are Terrorists (402 comments)

Genocide? Really? When Hamas stores and fires missiles from civilian centers, what is Israel supposed to do? Politely ask Hamas to step away from their human shields.

I don't know who said this but it sums the situation up quite clearly: "Israel uses missiles to protect its civilians. Hamas uses civilians to protect its missiles".

about two weeks ago
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Lionsgate Sues Limetorrents, Played.to, and Others Over Expendables 3 Leak

murdocj Re:The DHS Is On The Case (207 comments)

The problem with this sort of hysteria is that it makes people forget how horrible true fascism is. It conflates looking for illegal downloaders with rounding up and slaughtering millions of people. Can we save the rhetoric for when we need it?

about two weeks ago
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AMD Launches New Higher-End Kaveri APUs A10-7800 and A6-7400K

murdocj Re:And unsurprisingly (117 comments)

That's the point. AMD is putting a lot more into the GPU on chip so if what you want is graphics and you don't care so much about CPU, they are a good deal. Why buy more CPU than you need and get crap graphics?

about three weeks ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

murdocj Re:airports are reduced rights zones after 9/11 (928 comments)

Good lord. You don't think that an airport has a right to make sure you aren't going to hijack a plane and fly it into a building? Really?

Your right to swing your arms ends when you connect with my nose.

about three weeks ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

murdocj Re: name and location tweeted... (928 comments)

And if it wasn't for the current "security paranoia", periodically the guy next to you would be traveling terrorist class with Kalashnikov and grenades in his carry-on. Deal with it.

about three weeks ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

murdocj Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

I'm not disagreeing that having the families with small children board first makes sense, but what I see nowadays is that it seems like half the plane is either in business class or a member of the "gold star club". By the time all of them board, the lounge is half empty.

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

murdocj Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

Yes. Not to mention the guy with his daughter who had THREE oversized bags that he stuffed into the overhead, almost completely filling an entire section.

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

murdocj Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

It's also a common practice in the USA. Every time I fly before the "general boarding" starts, there is an announcement that "families with small children or anyone who needs extra time to board is free to board now".

about a month ago
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Critroni Crypto Ransomware Seen Using Tor for Command and Control

murdocj Re:Angler PC malware? (122 comments)

didn't take look for Windows hate to hijack this thread.

about a month ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

murdocj Re:The end of reading as culturally relevant... (192 comments)

The tactile experience of actually holding a book in your hand, being able to flip the pages, is far better than anything offered by current electronic devices. Sure, the various e-readers are convenient, but convenience isn't everything. Book printing and book reading aren't disappearing anytime soon. In fact, I'm seeing more small bookstores pop up as people realize the limitations of the online experience and go back to browsing.

about 1 month ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

murdocj Re:The end of reading as culturally relevant... (192 comments)

I don't see anything in the rest of your post that supports the idea that the reading is about to become a lost art practiced by only a few.

about a month ago

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Recount proves no fraud in NH Primary

murdocj murdocj writes  |  more than 6 years ago

murdocj (543661) writes "You can take off those tin foil hats, because the recount results of the NH Primary are in, and the hand count matches the machine count. Everyone can now move on the conspiracy around the Texas flying saucer.

In fact, only 40% of the vote was recounted (that's all the Dennis Kucinich was willing to pay for), but that 40% shows that the machine and hand counts match up nicely. As was pointed out when this "story" broke, areas that have machine counting tend to have different demographics than hand-counted areas, and thus a difference in voting patterns."

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