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So now Microsoft feedback is at the same level of Google, Apple et al who just strangle their forums or busy threads every few years ... or Amazon who simply don't allow customer feedback any more.
Apparently all the people who are supposed to be fixing bugs and analysing user feedback just spend all their time writing comments on other sites.
In one of LastPass' numerous UI design fails, there is also (from the browser)
Security Dashboard -> Account Settings . A dialog comes up with a "Show Advanced Settings" button at the bottom. Click that and scroll down to the bottom, where there is a Privacy section with two checkboxes:
* Keep track of Login and Form Fill History
* Send anonymous reporting data
This is different to what you get from the Account Options menu on the browser add-in, and also to the Advanced Options on the Security Dashboard
The Security Dashboard is just a clusterf*** of poor design that this latest news and the imminent expiry of my LastPass Premium subscription has motivated me to move to another product.
I would definitely like to see the 3:2 aspect ratio trend continue : I read more documents than I watch movies on my laptops. I suspect that those wanting to watch movies in bed do so with a tablet/phablet these days. Even so, I can only pray that we quickly get to having 15-16" screens with a resolution that that allow true A4/Letter 100% presentation.
The problem I found is that irrespective of which days I'm in the office there are people I need to meet with who are WFH. Because we have few quiet rooms for online meetings now, it can be very difficult to schedule useful meetings.
Covid distancing rules have also meant that large meetings can no longer be held in a single room, so some attendees have to find somewhere to remote in from. In one instance, it seemed that all the meeting spaces on our floor were taken up by individuals remoting into the same meeting!
The email package is irrelevant - people misuse lists from list servers just as often.
Government agencies do not value IT training, and so you have an endless stream of these basic failures in digital competencies. They also fail to appear on mandatory reporting lists for such breaches.
The English language strategy is usually to borrow the foreign word, otherwise there is no special need to have a single word to express every concept. Some languages will have single words, others will have compound expressions and others use phrases, e.g. English "ninety" vs the French "four times twenty plus ten".
A phrase translation is more than adequate. That's why I get peevish about articles on "words that can't be translated into English" which then proceed to translate all the foreign words into English. The article title should be "words that have no single-word equivalents in English".
There are multiple "language" options for software that are independent of each other:
1. UI language -> what the menus, dialogs etc are displayed in
2. locale -> basis for units such as dates, temperatures, weights and measures
3. doc language -> for instance a word processor can display, edit and proof text from dozens of languages in a single document, although you might need to download add-ons for specific tasks such as Finnish hyphenation.
Problems (usually worst in Anglophone countries, but officially multi-lingual places like Canada and Switzerland have their own issues)
1. (not as bad as before) Manufacturers distribute computers with US English settings that are never reconfigured by the user or IT department to meet local expectations. Consequently every bit of software subsequently installed reads the system default and matches settings.
2. Vendors confusingly conflate the different language settings, often using the locale names (e.g. English (US), English (New Zealand), French (France), German (Switzerland) ) in place of language names.
3. Browsers download as US English and ignore the system settings. Each browser has its own complement of language and locale settings to cover date display, spell-checking etc.
4. Online software is generally worse at handling this than desktop software. For instance Microsoft 365 seems to have US date formats hard-coded all over SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams etc so that any string 01/02/03 could be a dd/mm/yy or mm/dd/yy depending on the browser you open it in or indeed if you open a document in a desktop app rather than online. Google. Apple, Facebook and Amazon have similar problems across their platforms and services. Websites also perform weird redirects based on language to subdomains in different locales.
5. Most of the developers (even in open-source land) are in the US and cannot be bothered fixing bugs to do with non-US issues. There are bugs in Chromium relating to such stuff that go back over a decade, and are constantly merged and deferred.
"until Excel has a tool to swap format without altering the digits in the string displayed. "
There are literally so many ways to deal with this via formatting, functions or scripts and they have been there in Excel for roughly three decades. I can only assume that you're a geneticist.
The current govenment - who are engaged in pointless moves of existing buildings from the city to Parramatta - would think that is an excellent idea. It also gives them an exciting opportunity to extend the floodplain.
I call BS. Jobs tried to poison the well with Tablets because Microsoft beat him to it. Mr Calligraphy was forced to tell the world that no one wants a stylus. Apple basically had to wait for Jobs to die to start doing an Apple Pen etc.
The Surface came out of frustration with OEMs making grey boxes and mobile grey boxes. Far from copying everyone else, Apple, Google , Amazon etc are full of ex Microsoft people doing stuff that was initially done inside Microsoft.
The user interfaces for most of the scientific software I have seen (which is quite a lot) suggest that their practical and aesthetic sensibilities were developed sometime around 1990. While it wouldn't take much effort to update most of these interfaces, their file import/export, and god-forbid their network handling, they will also charge a phenomenal amount of money for updates. For those people who think Office is expensive (because they don't remember when Lotus 1-2-3 by itself was $2000 in the mid-80s), science packages run into the $10Ks with huge hikes to "support" operating system updates.
You do have that choice - and people are complaining about the auto-guess step. If you import via file open then you get to override those auto-guesses with a simple columnar application of format buttons. if you import via well.."file import from text/csv" then you can nerd out on column type choices and token separators.
This stuff has been around for decades.
This response exemplifies the user issue of simply not doing a very simple check on how to use the tool properly.
There is an entire Data section on the Excel ribbon, of which the left hand side is given over to importing and formatting data. The underlying functions have been available for decades.
The problem is largely around the complete failure of universities and other institutions to take software training seriously. Since most of these people can't even book a meeting properly, forget about them trying to manipulate data.
Also if you emailed their published privacy email, the response is (from firstname.lastname@example.org>)
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I read the 38pp complaint from the plaintiff (who has a $120/yr Office Business Premium account*) and cannot find anywhere where it says this happens, just that it is "alleged more specifically below" and "below" never comes.
* "Plaintiff Davenport is investigating replacing its [$120/yr] Microsoft subscription with a"different solution, a transition that would require significant time and money. " and is looking for $5million.
In some areas, you get an automated letter from the department of revenue or "debt recovery" and there is no human you can talk to other than going to court. It enables the government to reap in money in installments just under the level at which someone can take time off work to go to court to get it back. My solicitor calls it legislated corruption,
"The real cruelty of all of this is that lockdowns, social distancing, masks, forced shutdowns of business, stay at home orders, and all of that stuff, does not actually save anyone from coronavirus. It merely delays the deaths."
Wrong. More people die who would otherwise have had an opportunity to be shielded by a vaccine. Also more people die due to complications with existing conditions or because medical responders cannot attend to them in time due to lack of equipment, over-stretched hospitals, and staff who have died from the disease.
Sweden didn't get it right. They have a massively increased death rate compared to their neighbouring states, and didn't manage to lift herd immunity noticeably.
The extra deaths and economic side-effects in the USA are because the pandemic exposed the basic cruelties and inequities in its economy and social services. Look at countries like Australia and New Zealand where the #deaths nationally approximates the numbers in a single building in the United States, and where rapid consensus between national and state leaders of opposing parties made rescue packages possible.
Look at countries sharing land borders with China (Vietnam, Mongolia) where the disease effect of the virus is vanishingly small.
It already does, and most of the settings that people here bitch about have always been easily configurable in Word's quite detailed proofing settings section. Options for spacing are "don't check, one space, two spaces".
Oxford comma also configurable. Chances are if your language settings are not English(US) then you will get what you are used to.
You set your spacing preference yourself in the same Word Proofing settings that have been around for decades. I just checked and see my options for spacing are "don't check, one space, two spaces". My preference is "don't check".
I presume all the IT professionals here know how to do this. Assuming they aren't the ones who've set up Office/Word with the wrong language & proofing defaults.
It would depend on your Word settings for Grammar & Refinements (or Grammar & Style) as it was previously known. There is a checkbox for Oxford commas which is possibly connected to your language default (EN-US, EN-UK etc)
Many of the settings have been around since Word for Windows 1.0 nearly 30 years ago (when I started using it) - and labelled as Style rather than Grammar settings. Hasn't stopped endless opinion pieces on Microsoft's grammar rules.
The Bedlam DL3 email storm of 1997 did actually have an impact on mail server design. See Wikipedia and various first person accounts on the web,
There was another MS-related email storm last week when 3000 customers were sent an invite to an online webinar and instructed to reply-all. Cue hundreds of IT professionals sending "Unsubscribe" messages that added to the storm. Not a single one noticed that they had received N-1 unsubscribe requests that were the essence of the storm.
I certainly contend that Asterix in Britain is funnier in the English version. Goscinny credited Anthea Bell with some better jokes according to her obituary: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/oct/18/anthea-bell-obituary
For me the translation of Idéfix to Dogmatix is exquisite.
There's a great very translator-geeky appreciation of the English translations here: https://auntymuriel.com/2012/12/23/asterix-in-translation-the-genius-of-anthea-bell-and-derek-hockridge/
I started collecting the books when I was about 11. My father used to pinch them and my Tintin books on a regular basis. He probably read them all far more times than me.
I remember as a teen wanting to learn French "to read Asterix in the original".
I've been enjoying the recent efforts from Didier and Conrad much more than Uderzo's solo outings. As much as he was a genius visually, his own stories kinda jumped the shark in a manner I can only compare to late-stage Heinlein.
I shudder to think what the new American-translations of the back-catalogue will be like. Previous American reworkings found their way into Australian Sunday newspaper comics back in the day, and were completely devoid of all the cultural references and subtle humour found in the superb translations of Anthea Bell (d.2018) and Derek Hockridge (d. 2013) who sometimes made the translated versions funnier than the original. That these translators' names roll out of my memory and no others do is testament to their virtuoso efforts.
Snip & Sketch (connected to Win+PrtScr) has been intermittently broken across all my devices (all different manufacturers and video drivers) for months and now seems uniformly borked everywhere. I've reset it , reinstalled it, but it just refuses to capture anything. Thank goodness the old Snipping Tool hasn't been permanently removed yet.
They're aiming for parity with GMail which insists on labelling many of my subcriptions as spam despite having the sender in my address, explicit rules saying that they are never to be labelled as spam, and finally, clicking "Not spam" on each item for months, if not years.
I'm not alone in this, read comments at:
This production had its flaws but I'm not worried by the content updates, which in some ways draw on Wells personal life.
Wells' writing was informed by the social issues of his times e.g. WotW by the genocide of the Tasmanian aborigines. I'm sure he would have received plenty of 1/10 reviews headed "PC snowflake" crap if the book came out now.
In order to remake something with the same sensibility as the original you need to update the social touchpoints.
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