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  • Apple exemplifies everything that's wrong with Silicon Valley

    , ScanIAm wrote

    Only in movies and silicon valley wet dreams.  The reality is that even the best day at work is still worse that not being at work and if you give people all kinds of freedom to do whatever they want, they'll do nothing useful.  This mindset is great for workers who are in demand (such as ourselves), but if you think that McDonalds is going to get better customer service by putting a Ping-Pong table in the back and letting workers take a break at will, you are wrong.

    Again, this only holds true in special situations.  For most people, work is a means to the end of obtaining money to do things outside of work. 

    Yes I was not talking about McDonalds or some Chinese sweatshop.  It requires a job where you have a value add higher than a robot.   If you only work for money and get nothing out of the job then you need more than facebook to keep you happy.   You have a mucher lower opinion of the general public than I do but that could be because we have different environments to deal with.  

    The opinions here seem to reflect that most people will just screw off if they have the social media tech to do it.   The hard workers have to pick up the slack.  Not a very liberal way to think.

  • Apple exemplifies everything that's wrong with Silicon Valley

    , cheong wrote

    @bondsbw: It's your habit, but I know plenty of people who spend lots of time using social Apps at work, and before smartphone exist companies blocks messaging client and I could say it was "under control". When replying message of your friend that's not in your business, it certainly count as "loss of productivity" because you're not doing your work.

    If that's how you measure productivity you will never succeed. (Must be an MBA or primitive thinker)   Keeping people happy and in touch with their friends and family will put that person in a mindset of being very productive when they are doing their job.   Productivity is not just time spent but work done in that time.   Stick a man or woman in a box with no external stimulation and you will end up with a non productive person who will despise being there and will work at a snails pace.   Make a great environment with lots of freedoms and productive skillful smart people find their way to work for you and make the best of their time (even though it might involve  interruptions).  These people also tend to have better ideas in improving the business and will bring it forward to the company.   The boxed up person just starts to hate his company and finds ways to complain.

  • This has to be a joke

    100 million in profit a year will take 20 years to pay off the 2 billion investment.   So many other things they could buy for this kind of money.    I guess Notch might know how to spend 2 billion better than Microsoft so good for him.  I put it into the same category as Apple buying Beats headphones.

  • Apple ​Announcemen​ts

    , Ray7 wrote


    I would imagine so, since existing machines record and transmit credit card details. Visa, MasterCard and Amex have signed up, so I imagine that's most of the credit cards on the planet covered.

    I guess the incentive is lower transaction fees for the shop owners. The credit card companies charge lower fees with higher security.


    Yeah I will believe that when I see it.  They will charge more in fees because they can and if they could not they would NOT support this.  Credit card companies have never cared about security in the US or we would not be using the simple cards we are using.  That being said,  I would like a better system but you still end up with a card number that someone can still steal.

    Also, who wears a watch anymore?   I have 5 in my dresser drawer that I think I might scrap for the gold on them.   Call it something else than a watch.

    Nothing new from Apple for me but I know others will join the herd and buy some of it. 

  • The rebirth of MSN


    , CaRDiaK wrote


    This is sarcasm? 


    Well do you think there are any facts on these internet news outlets?   Its all about exciting the readers so they can advertise more and make money.   The reader picks the one that makes him/her feel the best based on their culture.  So the answer is yes it was sarcasm. 

  • The rebirth of MSN

    @cbae: Ok I guess I was wrong (today), but I did get you to read foxnews so welcome to the club.  :)



  • The rebirth of MSN

    Fox news is where you will get facts.  Msn is garbage and all made up stories for stupid people.

    For example:  No news on IRS scandal on first page.   All IRS people lose their  emails at same time due to hard drive crash.  No technical person would believe such garbage but MSN thinks it is not big news.  Government corruption is ok for them.

  • new info around Midori team

    This is good information,  but now tell us what you think this means for the future.  Need some editorial opinions on what Microsoft is planning to launch as the next technology or product based on these facts you dug up.   Like how will M# be eventually given out for public use.

  • A C++ version of the Microsoft Enterprise Library

    @eduquint: Sorry if I offended you but you must realize that C# is a better place for SQL access.  I totally understand using C++ has many places for its use.  I also use it for communications in specific cases and I understand its use in embedded projects.   That being said,  why would you need it for database work ?  You might have some edge case for your work that requires it but don't expect Microsoft to put a lot of work into C++ database access because they know there is no large user demand for it.   You must know that you can Interop between C Dlls and C# and therefore make a mixed solution that fits your needs.   Heck, if Microsoft has extra time to do stuff, I want them to finish the native C# compiler and have it work for desktop applications.   You can avoid garbage collection if you plan out your project to not have a lot of dynamic allocations.

  • What Windows needs

    @cbae: Skype would be a lot better if you could transfer your old number to it. (like you can do with Google Voice).   Skype can be so much better but I have not seen them do too much with it.  I still don't mind this purchase since I do use it and find it useful.