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IT Snake Oil — Six Tech Cure-Alls That Went Bunk

slycer SAP? (483 comments)

A colleague and I were talking about this the other day. Both he and I are of the opinion that SAP does nowhere near what it should. This was supposed to replace HR departments, accounting departments, internal databases etc etc.

Instead it seems to attract contractors/support staff, more than any other product I have ever seen, while not really making anything simpler.

more than 5 years ago

Massive EVE Online Alliance Disbanded

slycer Re:Terrible gameplay? (352 comments)

As someone that doesn't play EVE this sounds incredible and makes me really want to play the game.

That players can have such an effect on a game, including as it relates to other people is completely shocking and intriguing to me. I have 0 interest in playing a game, especially an MMO, where things are regulated/scripted to prevent change.

more than 5 years ago

Virus Infection Hits UK's Ministry of Defense, Including Warships

slycer Re:Switching to Windows (290 comments)


I was sick of this argument 9 years ago. Way to start it again.

about 6 years ago

Terry Pratchett Knighted

slycer Re:Good omens (366 comments)

Agreed. The Eragron crap was horribly written.

The story was so light that it was obviously aimed at younger readers.

The vocabulary tried sooo hard to be grown up that it failed miserably.

You're left with a book that's in the neverland between youth and adult.

The HP series are not bad.

more than 6 years ago

Tales From the Support Crypt

slycer Re:memory or video card error? (855 comments)


I have one of these at home that stopped working a couple of weeks back. It's not POSTing and I have not been able to figure out why. I'm going to run home and plug in my speakers.


more than 6 years ago

Why Have PDAs Failed In The iPod Era?

slycer Re:simplicity and capacity (623 comments)

Songs are dead simple to find.

I have somewhere around 4500 songs loaded on my iPod, sure it's not 15000, but:

Music -> Playlists
            -> Artists
            -> Albums
            -> Compilations
            -> Songs
            -> Genres
            -> Composers

Pick one, and you can drill down further, you know the artist? Perfect. The album? Works too. Even flipping through all 4500 songs doesn't take all that many spins of the wheel.

Besides, how often are you looking for just that one song? I listen to trance when I code, selecting the trance genre, and turning the shuffle on is *perfect* for me.

The interface is not just easy - it's intuitive enough that once I showed my 7 year old daughter the iPod and explained what it was for, and showed her how to roll her finger around on the wheel, that she was navigating it. Literally 20 seconds and she was flipping through the songs.

more than 9 years ago


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