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  • Acer CEO warns Microsoft to 'think twice' about its Surface plans (source: The Verge)

    @JohnAskew: I didn't say Microsoft's hardware sucks or even the design. I also didn't say Acer's hardware nor designs were great. I said Microsoft failed to connect with consumers. So far Microsoft's and the OEM's connection with consumers has been "because we're less expensive" and "because this is what you use at work". IMO both of these hooks are out the window when it comes to W8, Surface, etc.

  • So, what's up with the Expression suite?

    , brian.shapiro wrote

    *snip*

    You don't have to use a ribbon either...

    Yeah the only thing you have to do in life is die. Microsoft should trademark that.

  • Acer CEO warns Microsoft to 'think twice' about its Surface plans (source: The Verge)

    I don't think Acer and the OEMs have much to worry about considering how well the Zune and Kin did. The Zune HD was better than anything else out there and Microsoft still failed to connect with consumers.

  • Metro Is Dead

    I think the should call it "big phone". Or maybe SHOUT so slapping all-caps menus on desktop apps makes better sense. 😜

  • Outlook.com

    Wow, the death of Hotmail... Never thought I'd see the day. Outlook.com looks much better.

  • US Treasury Secretary < TARP

    @Maddus Mattus:

    The "trust" you speak of is gone. It's every man for himself in this "free" market.  You speak of government using "force" ignoring the obvious fact that there has to be rules and enforcement of said rules to reign in the obvious greed that libertarians' love to ignore.

    While I agree with the economy needing to be driven from the bottom up that is contrary to what the conservatives and Republicans are saying. They preach a top down approach with the wealthy and corporations trickling down their wealth to the lower classes. That approach hasn't worked for the past 30 years they've been preaching it. We give them they deregulation, tax breaks, and subsidies they say they need in order to create jobs (and because any other idea is un-American, curtails our "freedom", is socialism). What do we get in return? Financial scandal after scandal after scandal that the lower classes end up eating. While I'm not suggesting TARP was a success or failure I do appreciate that it preserved some industries (and millions of jobs with it) that would have gone under had it not been for government intervention. It wasn't all wasted on air castles. Besides if I use your same line of reasoning I could say that TARP is over so it's not hurting anyone anymore. I guess if that's ok about Enron then it must be ok for government.

  • Be The Next

    I'm confused? Where are the knee pads?

  • US Treasury Secretary < TARP

    , TexasToast wrote

    There is alot of truth to both sides here.   The government and the big businesses are not perfect and things swing back and forth in each direction to hurt or help the middle guy.  

    It happens to be now the government side is in power and businesses are getting hammered.  Prior to this business was running the show and the government was not reigning in the bad players.

    It is pointless to take a side because neither is right or wrong .   The problem is complex and I have been screwed by both government and powerful business players so I just look for the least painful path at a moment in time.  

    Spot on except I'd say it's more like government is trying to swing back the pendulum to the middle after 30 years of Republican success in swinging it in businesses direction. Unfortunately Obama and crew have been thwarted by an effective blocking strategy by the Republicans and shear & utter stupidity by house Democrats when they were in the majority the first two years of Obama's term.

  • US Treasury Secretary < TARP

    , Maddus Mattus wrote

    oh, and I don't think what "What about ENRON?" is a direct question, do you?

    Sorry it's so hard for you to connect the dots. You said that my notion that business rape society is a myth. To that statement I asked the question "What about Enron?" IOW how is your statement true considering when Enron did? You're a pretty smart guy Maddus so I suspect you're just screwing with me here.

    Also all of these are pretty direct questions that you ignored. See you'd be a great politician!

    , DeathByVisualStudio wrote

    *snip*

    Well let's start by sticking with the context of what you call a "myth". How is it that Enron didn't rape society? So who got the best deal there? Enron was all about mutual consent? You mean like mutual consent to be defrauded? Or how about what they did to the global energy market? I'm sure that was just a "correction".

  • US Treasury Secretary < TARP

    @Maddus Mattus: You'd make a terrific politician Maddus because you're great at avoiding answering direct questions. Cbae is right; you are a broken record and I'm not going to try and fix you. Have a great weekend.