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Steve Ballmer: We Won't Be Out-Innovated By Apple Anymore

santiagodraco Re:Innovation Refers to Doing Things Differently (610 comments)

That's not at all what he means. He said innovate and he means innovate. They've already been playing the same game and losing, he knows it has to change.

The issue is whether his destructive management style will allow it to happen. If you hate your boss will you work hard and think creatively for him or her? I wouldn't.

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Ballmer: We Won't Be Out-Innovated By Apple Anymore

santiagodraco It's all about the working culture. (610 comments)

It's not about whether or not Microsoft is going to "innovate everywhere" and fail (I don't think they are that stupid as to overdiversify and one can argue that Apple is trying to play everywhere too) but rather if they can out innovate period.

Microsoft's problem is it's self-destructive culture. Like other companies, say Dell, their internal policies around employee evaluations, politics and programs that drive creativity are completely lacking or are totally destructive.

Microsoft needs to adopt a "Google like" culture that rewards innovation "outside of the chain of command". Any reward program that is drives management rewards up the chain at the expense of the actual author is doomed to fail. This is the heart of Microsoft's problem. It doesn't pay to innovate as what's more important is how you make your boss look and your bosses advancement, and so on.

more than 2 years ago
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CBS Uses Copyright To Scuttle Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II Episode

santiagodraco Re:It's a perfectly valid (268 comments)

Your statement sounds nice but it's also a complete misinterpretation of the purpose. Copyright exists to protect the creators and promote creation of works. This much is true.

What it does not exist to do is to give those who would blatantly use the works of others for their own purposes simply because they call it "art".

You do know that Youtube/Google pays video uploaders based on views right? I can gaurantee that while some might see the creation of the episode as art... I see it as creating a video based on someone elses creative work, their script, that's not art to me, but hey, who am I to judge.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows Admins Need To Prepare For GUI-Less Server

santiagodraco A long history of undesired change (780 comments)

Microsoft has a long history of making changes that their customers don't want, just look at the mess that is the Office toolbar and interface.

So now they move their sites to the server OS. Want a GUI? Too bad, we don't want to do the work so tough for you.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Ousts IE Mobile Manager For Revealing Nokia Phone Details

santiagodraco Re:What detail was revealed? (158 comments)

He blogged/tweeted/whatever about an unreleased product and its features..... and that is probably what the blogging policy was about. If you are an employee you don't talk about unannounced products or features without explicit approval. It's one of the most important policies companies have, especially in this industry.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD Breaks Overclocking Record With Bulldozer

santiagodraco Re:8ghz (193 comments)

Might as well ask how it would do with a Zalman CPU fan. Corsair is no yardstick in Water Cooling by ANY stretch of the imagination. What it is is decent consumer level WC, but we are talking enthusiast here which means real deal WC components.

about 3 years ago
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Mystery of Vanishing iTunes Credit Shows No Sign of Fading

santiagodraco A mystery? Really? (195 comments)

Is this really a mystery? I'm pretty sure Apple hit the nail on the head.

For one thing every account that was hacked should have "registered" devices. Simply track the IPs of where those devices were registered and apps downloaded and you have a means to determine fraud from naught.

about 3 years ago
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Microsoft 'Ribbonizes' Windows 8 File Manager

santiagodraco Re:Awful (951 comments)

And THAT is the problem. All this "one click" bs. it's not about how many clicks it is to get to the function, it's about how easy it is to perform the task. Ribbons are a confusing mess (at least every one of Microsoft's are) so it makes finding functions a frustrating nightmare because they seem to live in a world of their own physics.

about 3 years ago
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Could the KGB Infiltrate LulzSec?

santiagodraco Re:Outdated Headline (162 comments)

Any good strategist knows you can't just sit in a fortress and remain safe forever. The same applies here.

That's not to say I disagree with "improving" the security of vital systems (your statement "if they would just secure" implies they aren't, which of course is absurd, our systems are secure... are they secure enough is the question".)

Of course I'd suggest it's equally absurd to think that we aren't actively working to secure our networks.

more than 3 years ago
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Could the KGB Infiltrate LulzSec?

santiagodraco Re:Outdated Headline (162 comments)

Wild goose chase.... do you really think it's so far fetched that foreign powers would try to manipulate groups like this? if you do then you are either very ignorant, naive or being manipulated and you don't even realize it.

more than 3 years ago
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RockMelt: Google Chrome, Only Better

santiagodraco Lacking support for flash, PDF and audio... (144 comments)

It does, however, lack Chrome's built-in Flash, PDF and audio players."

"also, it lacks support for html but we are working on it..."

more than 3 years ago
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Apple: You Must Be 17+ To Use Opera

santiagodraco Re:And Safari is different how? (315 comments)

How can you mark a post as "redundant" when it's the second post on the topic and the first post had nothing to do with it?

If you have mod points try paying more attention to timestamps.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple: You Must Be 17+ To Use Opera

santiagodraco And Safari is different how? (315 comments)

I'd really like to know how Safari manages to be usable without requiring you to "confirm" your age every time you launch it.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple eBook Rules Changing For Sellers

santiagodraco Re:Milking it (584 comments)

I'm with you. There's a LOT of options coming, Android is a great platform and frankly.... I'll be happy with running Windows 7 on a tablet as well.

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Nominated For 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

santiagodraco Re:Century (495 comments)

The one who sounds polarized here is yourself bud. So you imply that anyone who responds in disagreement with you is "immature", ie you are right, end of story. Sounds like you might be the one needing some more years of fermenting.

As for your assertion that Obama receiving the prize is somehow absurd, I would have to disagree. The Obama campaign and his work leading to his election was one of the most positive things to happen in the world at that time, most specificially in generating a positve image for America and hope for an improved world culture. Do I think that this is a good enough reason to award the prize? Not necessarily, but i also disagree that it's absurd or that it has somehow completely discredited the institution.

Let's sum it up this way. You post is politically motivated plain and simple

more than 3 years ago
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New Critical Bug In All Current Windows Versions

santiagodraco Re:Knowledge Base containing Fixit Link (156 comments)

No kidding. But hey, Microsoft just wants liability protection. They don't give a shit about actually giving users the data they need to protect themselves if it means tarnishing their image.

They know you can't replace Windows, but you can easily replace IE, hence it's a "Windows" problem.

more than 3 years ago
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Study Says Software Engineers Have the Best US Jobs

santiagodraco Re:Software engineer vs. computer programmer? (337 comments)

So you don't think designers aren't important? I've seen many a broken application due to "coders" with poor design skills. Software designers are as important as the coders themselves, quality development houses know this.

That doesn't mean a designer can't be, or shouldn't be a coder, but it's not required.

Design and implementation, two different things.

more than 3 years ago
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Study Says Software Engineers Have the Best US Jobs

santiagodraco Re:Software engineer vs. computer programmer? (337 comments)

It has nothing to do with "chops". It's because people who go to those trade schools either:

1. Don't want to spend (or have) the time to attend regular school
2. Don't qualify to a school they'd like to attend
3. Trade schools are much more focused

And the schools know it

more than 3 years ago

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