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Stan Lee Media and Disney Battle For Ownership of Marvel Characters

roc97007 Re:Background material:Jim Parsons (140 comments)

In fact, it was the character Sheldon Cooper.

-Mr. Pedantic

Ok fair enough. Pedantry has its place. The previous reference was of course to the character Wil Wheaton from the same show, played coincidentally by an actor named Wil Wheaton.

yesterday
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Stan Lee Media and Disney Battle For Ownership of Marvel Characters

roc97007 Re:Background material: (140 comments)

He has been in the publishing industry since the forties. He's good with everything except Will Wheaton knocking on his door in the middle of the night.

I thought that was Jim Parsons.

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Stan Lee Media and Disney Battle For Ownership of Marvel Characters

roc97007 Re:Background material: (140 comments)

So, what I'm hearing is that SLM is the comic IP equivalent of a patent troll?

If true, I wonder how Lee himself came to terms with his name being directly associated with such an odious business model?

yesterday
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

roc97007 Re:Was pretty obvious (259 comments)

Exactly. Let's not get wrapped up in partisanship. It's wrong when either side does it, and both sides have.

Except one side claims to be on the side of the workers, and the other side... doesn't.

I'mmmmm.... not sure I want to take that bait. Best to just walk away.

yesterday
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

roc97007 Re:Time for Solidarity? (259 comments)

Hm. Are you really talking to me, or are you talking to someone with whom you recently had this argument?

yesterday
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

roc97007 Re:Time for Solidarity? (259 comments)

That's literally the definition of a union, though.

I mean, more effective unions have mandatory membership, but a union itself is literally a group of employees in a field banding together to protecting their common interests.

Yes, I would call that the classic definition of a union. A bit different than the organizations that call themselves unions now.

yesterday
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

roc97007 Re:Time for Solidarity? (259 comments)

It's time to organize the world's programmers and make it clear to business that we won't tolerate this treatment any longer. It doesn't matter if we form a union or not as long as we band together to protect our common interests as programmers.

I'm tempted to say that's a first world view. It's a lofty ideal, and might work if the playing field were more level, but when you're incorporating programmers from third world countries, who are looking forward to a subsistence wage in some craphole, it's hard to tell them to go on strike. These people are looking forward to 70 hour weeks (I've seen this, with H-1B workers locally) at lower-middle-class wages, as something that's *still* one hell of a lot better than they came from.

I suspect that attempts to organize will be taken as first worlders trying to save their overly-cushy jobs.

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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

roc97007 Re:Was pretty obvious (259 comments)

Before him it was the Bush Administration. Before Bush it was Clinton. Minions of the ruling class always do their bidding regardless of major party affiliation.

Exactly. Let's not get wrapped up in partisanship. It's wrong when either side does it, and both sides have.

yesterday
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

roc97007 Re:Unfortunate... (231 comments)

Thanks for the thoughtful reply. I don't discount your experiences. There are different kinds of people, with different work methods, and that's why there are different products.

Running Adobe CS in a virtual instance should be possible, but would require a lot more studly hardware than I have presently. And I suspect it doesn't really solve the problem, which is having to deal with Windows. You're still having to do that, but arguably only for the apps that necessitate it, which admittedly may be an improvement.

Maybe I could get used to Windows 8. I started PCs with DOS [1] and had to deal with every single desktop version (except for Windows on Alpha) and many of the server versions that Microsoft has crapped out since then. If there was absolutely no other choice, I could learn to deal with Windows 8. But the point is, there are other choices. (Although I cringe at the thought of buying a Mac...) At some point the madness has got to stop. I just want to get my work done. I don't want to be an OS geek.

[1] I actually started *computers* with 4.1 BSD, then SunOS, and didn't switch to a PC until the eighties.

2 days ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

roc97007 And thus... (289 comments)

...management was born.

2 days ago
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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

roc97007 Re:I'm fine with a fine (173 comments)

Yes, it is an important distinction. What I said was worded to be glib, but by "let's" I meant, let's have the FCC disincentivize their scummy behavior, and then let's us consumers make them redeem themselves morally, by not doing business with them, and telling them why.

I agree, having the government force a company to redeem itself morally usually doesn't end well. You only have to consider the source to see why that might not work out.

2 days ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

roc97007 Re:Unfortunate... (231 comments)

> The UI is not a *lot* worse than windows 7 because the UI is nearly the same as 7. You are not forced to use metro. You can consider it just one more of many features of windows you never need to use.

My first thought was that this statement was profoundly disingenuous, but then I realized that you may have used Win8 for awhile, put in a start menu replacement, disabled the hot corners and all the Metro stuff, went through file associations and changed every one from a Metro app to something that isn't Metro, and if on a laptop made the required registry changes to make the screen resolution and things like ACPI work correctly. You may not even remember having to do all of that. Or you may have been profoundly lucky and not had to do some of it. (The screen res and acpi issues seem to affect only laptops from certain vendors.) You may even not have a use for the control panel items that are in tablet-friendly-but-KVM-unfriendly places now. Or maybe you just put the effort in to learn all the foibles of using a touch based UI on a non-touch machine. I am not looking over your shoulder, so I don't know.

The thing about Win8 is that the "extra UI choice" is not really a choice, it's something I had to dink with every time I touched the computer. It was a Bad User Experience, and frankly, it was easier to go back to Win7 than it was to twist Win8 into something I could work with comfortably.

As to considering leaving Windows carefully, I use the Adobe creative suite extensively in my work. If it's ever ported to Linux (and runs well) I'm outta here. (I've supported Linux both server and (a few) desktops, and I'm comfortable with it.) It *is* ported to Macintosh. I'm not a big fan of Apple (their products are boutique priced and the cult-like fanbase is irritating) but they *do* run the software I need. Just sayin'.

2 days ago
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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

roc97007 This could be fun to watch (173 comments)

I feel like popping some popcorn. And I don't even like popcorn.

2 days ago
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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

roc97007 Re:I'm fine with a fine (173 comments)

Depends, is the goal disincentivizing scummy behavior or redeeming the company morally?

Oh, let's make them do both.

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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

roc97007 Re:So what? (231 comments)

Note, Classic Shell is a must if you don't want to tear your hair out.

Classic Shell solves a lot of things, but it doesn't solve the control panel items being in multiple places, defaulting to full screen Metro versions of apps, and a half dozen other things. Most (not all) of these have solutions, if you're willing to put the time in, but there is one solution that fixes everything -- boot the Windows 7 recovery disk and choose install. Then wait for Windows 10 SP1. If Microsoft hasn't a clue by that time, switch to another platform.

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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

roc97007 Re:Stop developing 64bit (231 comments)

There are times when you don't have a choice, but then, I agree, XP is a good solution. Or the XP emulation built into 7 Pro.

2 days ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

roc97007 Re:So what? (231 comments)

I can appreciate that, for a gaming machine. My PC is my main workstation, on which I do a variety of stuff, sometimes all at the same time, and the Windows 8 gui was not worth the aggravation. But for games, sure. I bet most of your games will fit on one page of the start screen. If Windows is concentrating on being a gaming platform, then maybe it's time for business customers to look for something else.

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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

roc97007 Re:So what? (231 comments)

I find it hard to believe that there's this big mass of home users out there who

1. Have a problem with pre-installed Windows 8.

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2. Use only the pre-installed OS on the PCs they buy.

If 1, then why 2? If 2, then why 1?

Well, installing a different OS is a reasonable thing to do if you're relatively competent, but why would you pay the Microsoft tax once when you buy the machine, and then pay it again to install a different OS?

I have a friend who's wife has an architecture business. She does most of her work on the laptop (Windows 7). The laptop hard drive failed, so she decided it was time to upgrade, bought a Dell. Tried to work with Windows 8 for awhile, and sent the laptop back. Customer service was apologetic and understanding. (I wasn't there at the time, but I do wonder why they didn't just offer to ship a machine with Windows 7.) She made the decision to fix her old laptop. I helped her husband install a solid state drive and get the machine back up again. She's back online on Windows 7. Hopefully, by the time she's forced to upgrade, there will be something reasonable to upgrade to.

2 days ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

roc97007 Re:Unfortunate... (231 comments)

A *lot* worse UI. And since the UI is what the user touches more often than anything else in an OS, it is significant. I'm buying another copy of 7 just in case, and intend to wait until OS 10 SP1 (to give it a fair chance) before deciding whether I'm going to continue with Microsoft or not.

At work, management has already given employees a choice between Winders and Mac, and there is a growing community here of enterprise mac users. I don't think that's for me, not really an Apple fan, (my last Mac was a G4 -- I went back to Windows about the time Apple and Adobe got into a pissing contest) but I tried Windows 8 (my copy is now collecting dust on the shelf) and that just isn't happening.

2 days ago

Submissions

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Google Latitude leaves Google Maps, will be turned off August 9

roc97007 roc97007 writes  |  about a year ago

roc97007 (608802) writes "According to Cnet (and notifications to google users) Google Latitude is no longer part of Maps and will be turned off August 9. The functionality will be incorporated into Google+. Is this a natural progression or an effort to increase participation in Plus? Will users migrate to Plus, or switch to competing platforms like Life 360?

I used to use Latitude to track my daughter's whereabouts, first as a child while on vacations, and again when she first started driving solo, and having it directly incorporated into Maps was a plus. But now that she's on her own my use case has gone away, so I'm ambivalent about this. Others might feel differently."
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Malware causes fatal plane crash

roc97007 roc97007 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

roc97007 (608802) writes "As if you needed another reason not to get on the plane: Malware, possibly from an infected USB stick, caused a fatal crash of Spanair flight 5022. From the article:

  Authorities investigating the 2008 crash of Spanair flight 5022 have discovered a central computer system used to monitor technical problems in the aircraft was infected with malware.

An internal report issued by the airline revealed the infected computer failed to detect three technical problems with the aircraft, which if detected, may have prevented the plane from taking off, according to reports in the Spanish newspaper, El Pais."

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Yorke says music industry on verge of collapse

roc97007 roc97007 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

roc97007 (608802) writes "Thom Yorke cautions up and coming musicians not to sign traditional record deals because the industry could collapse within months.

From the article: "It will be only a matter of time — months rather than years — before the music business establishment completely folds. (It will be) no great loss to the world.""

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First week on company iPhone

roc97007 roc97007 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

A week ago, my team received their new company iPhones. For the first few days, lots of playing, exploring, downloading of apps, taking pictures, putting funny faces on them, showing off various discoveries.

Today was the first team meeting since the iPhones were delivered. It wasn't pretty.

One team member has already traded in his for a Motorola Razr because "it will receive calls". Another says she keeps hers in Edge mode normally, so the phone will work, switching to G3 only when she needs to be on the internet. Another guy forwarded his iPhone to his private cell and uses the iPhone as a rather expensive iPod. The recently released firmware update made no noticeably difference to the reception issues. Our program manager described trying to make a call as "hello? I'd like to... damn" (redial) "Hello? I'd like... damn" (redial) "Hello? damn" (redial).

Other gripes -- Rapid battery death in GPS mode. The camera isn't as good as the one in the company-issued Blackberry. (2.0 Mp vs 3.0 Mp). No flash. No video capabilities. No MMS. Awkward file management. One person said "Once you get past the flashy interface, you realize the guts are five or six years old".

Early adopters. Don't you love 'em.

But seriously, I'm glad there are people out there who will put up with teething issues as the necessary price of being the first to have something shiny and new. I think the concept has merit, and will be glad to "drink the Kool-Aid" as the detractors put it, when the time is right. Which isn't now. My phone, is, like, my phone. First and foremost, it has to work as a phone. The rest is cake.

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Are the number of MS licenses significantly overreported?

roc97007 roc97007 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Yesterday I was helping move around some desktop and laptop machines at work, and noticed for the first time that every one of these units had an official Microsoft sticker with a Windows license key, the great majority of which were for Windows Home Edition, which we do not use at work. (We only use XP Professional or Windows Server.)

I asked around, and apparently all those Home Edition licenses are legitimate; they are part of the cost of the unit. The company then stages the disk with the copy of windows for which we have a corporate license.

I haven't checked yet, but I suspect the latest hardware come with a Vista Home Basic license, which is then re-imaged with corporate XP Pro. (I will check this and update as necessary.)

I'm wondering -- doesn't this effectively double the number of licenses that Microsoft can claim to have sold, at least for corporate customers?

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