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Nilay Patel:

Here’s a fun tidbit we just learned from Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore: in order to focus Windows Phone 7 Series on the idea of best serving end users, the team actually created two fictional targets consumers named “Miles” and “Anna,” a pair of married 38-year old “life maximizers” who demand the most from their devices.

Life maximizers? WTF?

Posted at 4:05pm and tagged with: microsoft, windows phone, wp7, WTF, idiots,.

Ken Fisher:

Starting late Friday afternoon we conducted a 12 hour experiment to see if it would be possible to simply make content disappear for visitors who were using a very popular ad blocking tool.

All I want to point out is that this is a dumb solution to their problem. They are mad because people are costing them money, so their response is to block those people. So they still don’t make money and they piss off customers? Clearly they didn’t go to marketing classes in college. Idiots.

Posted at 7:02pm and tagged with: idiots, marketing, ads,.

(via clientsfromhell) Clever

Posted at 6:47pm and tagged with: awesome, idiots,.

Enough with your clever taglines.

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How does all 4 star ratings equal the final score of 4.5 out of 5?????

Posted at 4:33pm and tagged with: idiots, andriod,.

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How does all 4 star ratings equal the final score of 4.5 out of 5?????
Richard Parsons on the AOL Time-Warner Merger (via Executives on How the AOL-Time Warner Merger Went So Wrong)

Posted at 8:59am and tagged with: aol, idiots,.

The business model sort of collapsed under us, and then finally this cultural matter. As I said, it was beyond certainly my abilities to figure out how to blend the old media and the new media culture. They were like different species, and in fact, they were species that were inherently at war.

Paul Thurrott via Daring Fireball

All I can say is: This guys is, and has always been a d-bag.

Posted at 8:16am and tagged with: dbag, douche, idiots,.

I spent about an hour and a half meeting with [Lenovo] this morning and while I am charitably described as a ThinkPad fanboy, the truth is, they just make the best notebooks on earth. And now they’re getting even better. It’s dizzying. I posted a bit about this yesterday, but there is so much going on here. In fact, their near-final version of a tiny notebook with a breakaway tablet screen absolutely kills anything Apple could possibly announce later this month. It’s not even close.

Posted at 11:13am and tagged with: microsoft, idiots,.

Now when you talk to anyone who has been at Microsoft for more than a week you can’t understand a word they’re saying. Which is OK, you can never understand geeks. But at Microsoft you can’t even understand the marketing people, and, what’s worse, they don’t seem to know that they’re speaking in their own special language, understood only to them.

Wow would not have guessed that…

Posted at 1:51pm and tagged with: obama, tsa, idiots,.

Wow would not have guessed that…

Posted at 9:51am and tagged with: genius, idiots,.

I am not sure in what dimension a passenger boarding a plane with an incendiary and attempting to detonate that incendiary device constitutes the system working.

Damon Darlin:

Perhaps that’s true in a handful of ZIP codes around the country, Dr. Anderegg conceded. But in most of America, he said, nerds and geeks are people to avoid. The connotations are a bit different: a geek suggests a person with special expertise, while nerds suggests social ineptness. And neither are cool.

So this guy is saying that we shouldn’t use the term ‘nerds’ and ‘geeks’ becuase it is detrimental to those people. But yet no one sees a large negative connotation with these groups anymore (my opinion) except this guy who goes on to stat as fact that they are “people to avoid”.

What a jackass.

Posted at 9:26am and tagged with: idiots, jackass,.

Vladislav Savov:

It turns out, perhaps in an homage to bad engineering everywhere, that the inefficiency of incandescent light bulbs was previously relied upon to keep traffic signals unimpeded. The new LEDs do not achieve the same effect, which has resulted in a few accidents and even a death being blamed on obstructed traffic lights. Feel free to apply palm to face now. It’s not all gloomy, though, as the majority of people are said to treat a dysfunctional traffic light as a stop sign (how clever of them), and a tech fix is being worked on as we speak.

Seriously who drives up to an intersection and sees that the lights are covered in snow, then proceeds to act as if their light is green. Forget the bad engineering, this is great population control.

Posted at 3:01pm and tagged with: idiots,.

Stop Sign Designed by Committee via UsedWigs

Alternatively, why design by committee is bad.

Posted at 9:14am and tagged with: design, idiots,.

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The sad part is that the guy is probably right (not about the page numbers, but about people not flipping over the card).

Posted at 10:00am and tagged with: idiots,.

Can you please put page numbers on the two-sided postcard? I’m not sure people will know how to get to the other side.
Said in reference to England’s Ministry of Defence. Business Computing World

Posted at 10:43am and tagged with: idiots, security, technology,.

This is the encryption equivalent of leaving yellow sticky notes detailing user passwords on the edge of a PC monitor, and then wondering why the machine’s security is compromised.