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2015-08-21 4:15 GMT+02:00 <>:

On 2015-08-20 22:10, toki wrote:

On 20/08/15 10:12, Adam Tauno Williams wrote:

I should get a job writing these kinds of reviews

Why are you assuming that a human-being wrote the review?
It has most of the hallmarks of a bot-written review.


The days of the paid, professional reviewer are numbered.

From one side, are reviews written for gratis across the social media;
From the other side, bots are writing reviews;
From the third side, content distributors are trying to slash costs

wherever and whenever possible;

I miss the depth of old BYTE! magazine reviews.

The primary virtue of BYTE! reviews was that there was a sense of
objectivity, in what was rated, and how it was rated. There were a
couple of times when the reviewer was trying to say the product was
"good", when their own ratings showed that it was bad, and vice-versus.


Thought I'd share this. One of my latest open source pieces for
TechRepublic about LibreOffice 5.0.


​On the contrary, Jack, comparing the LO UI with that of Windows, most
users with whom I've come in contact who don't use these products
professionally - your «average user» - find the former far easier to
understand and use than the latter. Professional users soon get accustomed
to any interface, even one as unintuitive as the infamous MS Office
«ribbon», which now also plagues such services as Hotmail (aka
and then find it easy to use, but this is definitely not the case for the
average user. Toolbars which make it easy to find what one is looking for
are far better than those that hide them under layers of inaccessibility....


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