Monday, February 08, 2016

Reply All?

I wrote about this in 2013; apparently Microsoft must not be listening to me (the horror!) since the option is still there in the business version of Outlook. In fact, I think it might be the default because I had to change it to "Reply" from "Reply All" today.

Why would Microsoft include this option, much less make it the default? I have no doubt there are some people who use "Reply All" every time but surely they have to be in the minority. Besides, that's just bad behavior and it shouldn't be encouraged, even minimally, by having an option for this.

Dear Microsoft, it's 2016...stop encouraging bad internet etiquette.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

For real, Microsoft?

Have you ever blogged? This is what Microsoft baked into SharePoint as their blogging platform:

In 2016! Seriously, this is the interface Microsoft expects people to use when composing blogs. Fuck, I don't even want to tweet 140 characters using this crappy layout. This looks like the UI I would have come up with 10 years (you know before the age of great web UI). I am no UI expert but I am self aware enough to know that:

  • this is crappy
  • you can "borrow" better UIs 
Microsoft, please stop with this nonsense. SharePoint is SharePoint; stop half-baking features like this into it. I have been around SharePoint for years now and I have yet to see any company where people actually use all the social features Microsoft is baking into it. All they've done is made SharePoint even more bloated. 

BTW, notice how there's an asterisk by the Title field in that screenshot? Why does a blog, which is sometimes a stream of consciousness writing, require a title? Because it's stored in SharePoint and in SharePoint, everything (yes everything!) is a list. There discussion board is a list, photo library is a list, wiki is a list...everything is a list.

This is what Blogger offers:

Monday, December 28, 2015

The playbook: part 3

On October 11th, I wrote the playbook.

On November 13th, I wrote an update to that post.

Today is the final installment in the series. In the first two, I laid out how law enforcement officials use the system to a) kill minorities and b) ensure that the killers are not brought to justice. All while seeming to be doing their hardest to ensure justice. How do you do it?

Part 1: You intentionally sabotage your own case to the grand jury

Part 2: You put the victim on trial and leak information damaging to the case against the killer cop

Part 3 is the inevitable result that most killer cops are never indicted. In the Tamir Rice case, part 3 was dropped today: no indictment. Shocker, right? The DA did everything he could to ensure the grand jury would not indict.

Do black lives matter? I guess it depends on who you ask. To the cops and DAs in these very high profile cases that never indict or never get conviction because they deliberately over-charges and fails to get an indictment, I don't think black lives matter to them. And if you think "Well I am not black so what do I care" are solely mistaken. It's not going to stop at killing unarmed black people. Eventually they'll start killing white people in the same numbers, then maybe we'll get some movement on this issue.

This is a case where a 12-year old black boy was shot 2 seconds after cops arrive on the scene. Think about that. 2 seconds was all they gave him before shooting him to death even though they didn't have to drive up close to him. Even though there were civilians sitting closer to him without fear. This was in Ohio, not Fallujah. Even when our soldiers were in war zones, their rules of engagement was stricter than that. It was all caught on camera (no audio) and this DA could/would not get an indictment.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Will you recommend this McDonald's to others?

I am filling out a McDonald's satisfaction survey and ran into this question:

Seriously? Who goes around recommending McDonald's to others? McDonald's are like gas stations; on every corner and one is just as good as the next. That's the beauty/curse of being a franchise, no? Every restaurant serves pretty much the same food.

Person A: Hey, can you recommend a great place to grab a quick lunch?
Person B: Oh yes. You have to go to this great place I know. The food is great and the service is excellent.
Person A: Really? Now I've gotta see this place. Where is it?
Person B: It's the McDonald's on All Saints Road. The food is to die* for.

And they had this other gem on the survey:

* some would claim that's literally :)

Friday, November 13, 2015

The playbook: update

Last month, I wrote about the playbook. It's how insiders in the justice system use it against minorities. Specifically, I mentioned the prosecutor in the Tamir Rice case and how I felt he was preparing to tank the case just like the Micheal Brown prosecutor did. Well, the next play in the book was executed last night: he released
another external report by a cop from another district.

I believe the next step is the DA will fail to get an indictment and the criminal case will be over. Another unarmed black boy killed with no justice. His family will file and probably win a civil suit against the police dept; and that'll be the end of it. Meanwhile a guy declared unfit to be a police officer will continue doing just that even after killing an unarmed boy.