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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

urbanriot Re:Office 2007 started the move into alternatives (148 comments)

I was anti-ribbon back in 2007 as well, until I read a blog post by a Microsoft programmer that basically said, "look dummy, every single item you had access to with these cumbersome menus is available on screen." Certainly I wouldn't accept that at face value so I opened up Office 2003 and tried to find an equivalent function I couldn't find in 2007 and in doing that, I realized it really was 'all there' and shortly thereafter became a devout Follower of the Ribbon.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

urbanriot Re:no more ALL CAPS & BLINDING WHITE (148 comments)

... what you call downgrading, I call upgrading. I haven't experienced a bug in Office 2010 since SP1 yet Office 2013 is missing features and has plenty of bugs. Oh, and yes, the garish color as you relay AND THE RIBBON SHOUTING HOME AND VIEW, THAT'S FIXED WHEN YOU UPGRADE TO OFFICE 2010.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

urbanriot So nothing for business, everything for mobile? (148 comments)

Based on what I'm seeing on the topic of Office 2016, it seems this will be more of the same - rife with bugs for regular users and more gimmicky touch options for the small handful of people that use them? I wonder if they'll upgrade 2016 with a feature missing from 2013 that highlights folders hosting unread emails in bold with the total number of unread emails. Maybe this version will be a reason to upgrade from 2010... ? One can hope that after 6 years they can make a decent product that people might want.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

urbanriot Re:Upgrading? (640 comments)

I'm glad you were moderated 'insightful' rather than 'funny' because there's nothing funny about the truism of upgrading Windows 8.1 with Windows 7 SP1.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

urbanriot Re:Pay vs. Pirate (437 comments)

Nobody is forcing anyone to pirate the content... the only thing that drives anyone to pirate content merely because it isn't being delivered to them under their preferred terms is a sense of entitlement to that content.

I think you may be missing the point here - they are actually paying for that content right now and they want to continue to pay for that content.

about a month ago
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US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks

urbanriot Re:Nothing wrong with Blackberries (252 comments)

What's the argument? Not a lot of apps? That's an argument in its favor with the federal government.

Have you ever put a Blackberry owner in a room with a Google or iPhone zealot? Certainly the majority of people use their phone and plenty think it's great without trying to convince everyone they need to switch immediately, but this woman comes from Google's Google Glass division, so of course she'll claim that moving anyone towards Google is an 'upgrade'. I'm certainly interested to hear her explain how moving from, arguably, the most secure phone, to the phone with the most malware is an 'upgrade'.

about a month ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

urbanriot Re:This is a foolish business decision. (437 comments)

Yea, constructing that paragraph was a bit rough on limited sleep. I believe the options for most of the folks I know are American Netflix vs. Pirating content. It wasn't uncommon for older folks to ask a younger relative to give them a year's worth of shows on an external hard drive to plug into their TV / Blu-ray / WD TV Live but Netflix became so popular that requests for pirated content diminished. Basically, cheap legal streaming replaced piracy since it was easier to legally obtain content... why not, it was only $8 a month or some such. A 'young feller' would come by and setup a VPN or DNS service on a router and see-ya-later, around $150 a year and they had access to plenty of content without a hassle.

about a month ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

urbanriot Re:This is a foolish business decision. (437 comments)

Most of our cable/sat content is American (less CanCon) which is why we are used to it.

Yea, folks that live within a few hours of the border are used to American content since 99% of their TV comes from the US. There are millions of Canadians that primarily consume US content since there's more of it available. I knew as much about the United States gubernatorial elections as I did about our domestic elections.

about a month ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

urbanriot Re:This is a foolish business decision. (437 comments)

Your question is irrelevant as you're presenting two options that are not the only two options on the table.

They could easily not block IP addresses that are sourced from within the country of the target content and simply leave it at "we're not responsible for policing this" and see what happens. They are certainly testing this option with the CRTC here in Canada.

about a month ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

urbanriot Re:This is a foolish business decision. (437 comments)

Haha! The thing is, plenty of us work long hours followed by family life and have a short period of time to relax our brains before bed. We can pop on Netflix to casually watch some good shows, TV that we're interested in, without worrying about PVRs or commercials or what have you. At 9 PM the last thing I want to do is read a book, I'd rather have a glass of wine and let my brain melt in front of an episode of Peaky Blinders (not available on Canadian Netflix).

about a month ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

urbanriot This is a foolish business decision. (437 comments)

As a Canadian I know all too well how many people are using services to access American Netflix content that far surpasses the Canadian content in terms quality and quantity (or at least greater quantity of what people want). I expect the majority of my friends that are using these services to access American Netflix will cancel the service outright if they can no longer access it and furthermore, they'll stop suggesting Netflix as a viable option to cable / satellite.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

urbanriot Re:if it doesnt work (464 comments)

Thanks for the elaboration, so there's basically four different styles of glasses? Is there another 'professional' or 'official' name for normal glasses or they're basically just 'glasses' and we refer to everything else with those names? I expect there's probably a more professional name than 'coke bottle'.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

urbanriot Re:if it doesnt work (464 comments)

Interesting, thank you. Based on your description I'm not entirely sure what my wife uses as she is near sighted, as in she can read a book with or without glasses but she cannot legally drive and cannot see the signs. I'm going to assume that 'coke-bottles' also work for near-sighted people as well in the reverse of your explanation.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

urbanriot Re:if it doesnt work (464 comments)

Can you or someone elaborate on the differences between 'coke-bottle glasses', progressive glasses and bifocals? I'm not a glasses-wearer while my significant other is, but her response to this question was, 'I don't know, I just wear glasses' so no help there.

about a month ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

urbanriot Re:blu rays are cheaper than the movie (400 comments)

Sure you can see a movie alone, it feels really weird.

Strangely enough, it doesn't feel weird when I'm in a foreign country or out of town. When you think of the movie going experience, with the exception of comedies and perhaps romcoms, you're fully focused on the screen in an independent way so it seems the greatest aspect of what 'feels weird' is the consideration for what perception others may have for 'you' going to the movies by yourself.

about a month ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

urbanriot You know what would get me going again? No 3D! (400 comments)

My wife and I stopped going to the cinemas a year or so ago because every movie we wanted to see, there was no option within a 45 minute drive to see these movies in anything but 3D.

I'm not sure what it is and maybe it's not the same everywhere else, but on both our Cineplex Odeon and Landmark Cinemas screens at three theatres, the action on a 3D movie is blurry and not at all as enjoyably clear as the normal version. It took weeks for Guardians of the Galaxy to have a non-3D release at our closest (15 away) location and by that point all the excitement was minimized to the point where we figured we'd just wait to watch it at home since it was downgraded to a smaller cinema room with no 3D and lesser quality audio. If we have 60" TV at home and 5.1 audio, why watch the movie at the higher price for a lesser experience when I could buy the blu ray for the cost of 2 tickets?

We also have AVX options from time to time and I actually prefer this and prefer the option to pick a preferential seat but this higher cost option may not be on par with what people want to experience.

So in summary, if you want more people heading to the movies, drop all the gimmicky BS and just give people the movies or at the very least, get rid of 2 x 3D screenings and have 1 x 3D and 1 x normal big screen with good audio.

about a month ago
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The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

urbanriot Re:Well duh (420 comments)

What country have you worked in where workers are more empowered to make decisions, and trusted to act independently?

Germany, Austria and Switzerland for three. Throughout many joint projects I've worked with self-motivated people that crush through a work day focused on their tasks and the work environment is irrelevant. They could be in a private office or a conference room packed with people, these Europeans are still doing what they need to do. Americans on the other hand, give them a private room and they may do their work but their web logs often show otherwise. Anyone ever evaluated and stacked up web logs of Germans to those of Americans? The latter always encourages me to wonder why 1 out of 7 men can't obtain porn on a home computer and how they can feel comfortable viewing it in a work environment.

about a month ago
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Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

urbanriot We knew this 20+ years ago... (363 comments)

I've been hearing this since at least the 90's, that we need to plant more trees to offset the increasing carbon, yet here we are in 2014 and we're still cutting down the amazon and we're still turning northern forests into subdivisions. Echoing previous suggestions may influence a person here or there to plant an extra tree in their back yard but this suggestion isn't working for our planet.

about a month ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

urbanriot Re:Tape Culture Fallacy (284 comments)

Why would you not set the backup task to automatically print the log summary on the closest printer to the user each day?

about 2 months ago
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FreeBSD 10.1 Released

urbanriot Re: I Switched To FreeBSD (123 comments)

I know you want security and all but that's a lot of installing/updating. Do your computers ever get any actual work done for their clients?

I can't make sense of your question. Note you're replying to a post that read "I weigh my considerations" meaning it's a thought process that does not involve updating servers or systems outside of perhaps a VM for evaluation.

about 2 months ago

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Canadian ISP Cogeco interfering with torrents.

urbanriot urbanriot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

urbanriot (924981) writes "Despite a growing number of complaints on the popular North American high speed internet and forum site BroadbandReports, employees working for the Canadian Cable internet provider Cogeco have publicly denied interfering with torrents on their network. However a recent plugin put out by the Vuze team exposed Cogeco of being the second worst internet provider globally, of those tested. So far Cogeco fails to respond to these allegations, both publicly or in their own employee visited Cogeco section on BroadbandReports; however recent CBC News and Michael Geist coverage may prompt them to finally admit to their nefarious practices."

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