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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

Tristan Young

If these videos reflect how Windows 9 is going to look, I'm going to avoid Windows 9 as well as Windows 8.

I really don't mind staying with Windows 7 for another 5 years.

This new flat-boring appearance is absolutely horrid. I hate tiles, no matter how Microsoft implements them. I know there are people out there that love this stuff, but I very much prefer a GUI that looks more exciting.

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

Tristan Young

The Start Menu is only a small part of what I don't like about Windows 8.x. Fixing it the way they are planning just makes me want to avoid it some more.

I'm not a fan of the tiled interface, and I don't really want to see it at all. The overall Win 8.x appearance forces a flat and boring appearance on users. Some may like it, but I don't.

There is a way to bring back the Windows 7 theming style, but I don't know how this will work with this uglier Start Menu. I just wish Microsoft had some true artistic vision for their OS.

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

Tristan Young

Absolutely not interested in any hardware Microsoft has to offer, and also not interested in Windows 8.x. Giving Windows 8.x away for free is no-where near enough compensation for me.

I think Microsoft needs to realize, Windows 8 is junk. Sure, the kernel may be better, but overall the OS looks like crap - it's flat, and very boring. If I have to stare at a glowing screen all day, it had better look sweet. Windows 7 works VERY WELL on my existing hardware. Windows XP is being run on a total of two of my own computers, until I can muster enough free time to install Windows 7. I would buy a computer running Win 7, but again, never from Microsoft's website.

I would go back to Vista before turning to 8.

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Ubuntu unleashes dual boot tool for Android mobes'n'slabs

Tristan Young

Cool idea, not that dual-booting is a new concept.

I can't think of any good reason to boot into anything Ubuntu/Canonical. I'm so fed up with Ubuntu and Canonical.

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Apple patents facial recognition tech for mobile log-in

Tristan Young

Prior art. It's time Apple stopped trying to patent the world and everything in it, and actually got back to innovating.

Stealing other people's ideas, and even patenting ideas which are already in play is generally a bad business model, and one which not only makes me hate Apple, but continues to push me away from Apple products.

The apple is filled with poison. I'm not a big fan of poison.

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Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

Tristan Young

I am more committed than ever to avoid the entire Windows 8.x branch. The changes Microsoft has instituted are insufficient. There is much left that is disliked.

I can't stand the overall appearance of the OS. It boggles my mind how Microsoft was starting to get on the right track with XP, then Windows 7, the totally botched up Windows 8. It's flat and boring. This is not how I want my workspace to look. If I want flat and boring, I'll go back to sticking post-it notes everywhere.

Windows 8 is a disaster. The sooner Microsoft realizes that, the sooner they can get back to producing something lean, mean, and compelling. The only thing compelling about Windows 8 is the intense desire to defenestrate computing devices running Windows 8.

I'm stuck with Windows 7 until Microsoft smartens up, or Linux matures as a music production and gaming platform.

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Ubuntu 13.10 lands on desktops, servers and (er, some) phones

Tristan Young

I will never go back to Ubuntu. Mark Shuttleworth and company have ruined Ubuntu, and it is no longer worthy of the computers I administer.

Ubuntu brought me to Linux with v6.06, and it made me very happy. Around v9.06 it was really starting to pissed me off, and by v11.11 I was so completely fed up with the BS bugs and changes that I dumped that crap and installed Windows 7 Pro, and couldn't be happier.

I might return to Linux someday, especially now that gaming is starting to come to Linux in a more serious fashion. But hell, it won't be a Canonical distro. I absolutely hate Ubuntu. I would go with some other one.

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Microsoft wants to 'move beyond' the Cookie Monster

Tristan Young

What, Microsoft wants to give users more reasons to AVOID Microsoft products?

Isn't Internet Explorer crappy enough?

Haven't they lost enough respect in the world?

Is Microsoft deranged? Mentally unfit?

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Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'

Tristan Young

As long as Windows 8.x looks like crap, I don't want it. I would love the improved Kernel, and some of the other aspects, but Windows tablet/smartphone interface, the overdone start menu, and the flat and boring desktop mode theme will not be gracing my machines.

I still feel Microsoft took a giant step backwards in terms of style. I skipped Vista, and I'll skip Windows 8.x.

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BING! Microsoft plants Xbox Music flagpoles in Android and iOS

Tristan Young

Why exactly would I want Microsoft XBox Music on my non-Microsoft devices?

I'm in a process of divestiture, in terms of Microsoft's products and services. I have decided that I can live with Windows XP and Windows 7, but there is nothing compelling in Windows 8. There is no other software or service I want from Microsoft. I certainly wouldn't play Microsoft XBox Music through my android device. I went Android, and have avoided Windows Phone, so I don't have to put up with Microsoft's BS. I certainly don't want Microsoft being the gatekeeper of media I want to play.

Microsoft has had a chance to innovate over the last couple of years, and they wasted their opportunity.

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More brutal PC numbers from Dell as revenues stay flat, profits sink

Tristan Young

What, Dell is still around?

I would never buy a Dell. I wouldn't even take a free one. I've used Dell computers, and I absolutely dislike them. Custom-built PC all the way.

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Xbox 180: Microsoft scraps mandatory Kinect policy

Tristan Young

Too bad for Microsoft, a huge swath of gamers have already earmarked their money for Sony's PS4.

Personally, I don't trust Microsoft anymore. They could say the sky is blue, and I'd call it into question. They could say their stuff won't eavesdrop, but for all I know, their hardware will get up and walk over to the side of your bed, apply a liberal amount of lube, then have a go at your behind while saying, "my precious" in a gollum-like voice.

XBox One - Playstation Four, therefore Playstation wins ;)

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There she blows! Mid-October release date for Windows 8.1 sighted

Tristan Young

Microsoft isn't really fixing all the problems users are having, only making some concessions.

The problem is more than what Microsoft is fixing.

I won't be switching to Windows 8.1 because it's too ugly for me. It lacks any sort of draw to me, aside from kernel-level stuff. If Microsoft were to include the kernel improvements, and security enhancements into Windows 7, I'd be far more happy with Microsoft.

It hasn't grown on me. It has made me bitter towards Microsoft and their designers. Bitter is not even a strong-enough word.

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Adobe CEO admits need to 'tweak' Creative Suite's cloud-only policy

Tristan Young

No love for Adobe

Adobe has more problems than designing, and defending a cloud-based creative suite.

Adobe's software is terribly buggy at the best of times. I'm not focusing on Photoshop specifically, but all of their software. On a daily basis, I get errors like "Error copying to clipboard" only with Adobe's software. I've never had clipboard copying errors with any other program.

I refuse to pay for Adobe's software. I'd rather use the free alternatives, heck no, I would rather pay for the free alternatives, such as GIMP, than use Adobe's software - even if Photoshop was free.

Terrible coding. Lots of bugs. And they want to send us to the cloud for what... so we can get new bugs sooner?

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Exclusive Halo game coming to Windows 8 and WinPhone 8

Tristan Young
FAIL

F**K IT. Halo isn't worth it. I'd rather just give up computers and gaming than be coerced into running Windows 8.

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Microsoft: 'Facebook Home just copies Windows Phone'

Tristan Young

Put people first. Is that what Microsoft was thinking when they made Windows 8 so crappy for desktop and laptop users?

How about declaring that the new XBox will require a full-time internet connection?

Personally, I don't want a phone that puts people first. I want a phone that puts the many apps I enjoy using first.

When I really want to socialize with people, I'll call up an app to do it.

If the only choices in phones were between a WinPhone, or a Facebook phone, I would chose whichever phone had the best system specs, then I'd wipe out the Windows or Facebook (Android) OS and install Android.

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Next from Microsoft: 'Blue', the Windows 8 they hope you don't hate

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Windows Blue - as in BSOD?

Sorry, but I'm not interested in Windows 8, Windows Blue, or any Windows (or gadget) which insists on using Microsoft's [pathetic and really old, antiquated, ripped-off] tile interface.

There's a really good reason why no-one I know uses Windows 8. Those freakin' ugly tiles.

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Ubuntu 13.04 beta touts search privacy - before it hooks in eBay, IMDb etc

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Ubuntu

No thank you.

Ubuntu sucks. I've pretty much had it with the Ubuntu distro. I grew tired of having to fix things with every release. It went from working well on my laptop with no problems, to progressively worse problems that required me to fix Ubuntu's junk.

An OS that needs fixing for brand-new installs is just completely stupid. Ubuntu had the winning formula between v6.06 and 9.10. After that, it went downhill.

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Microsoft acknowledges the long and winding road ahead

Tristan Young

I can't see my screen!

I hate touchscreens. I'm already having to clean fingerprints off my LCD at work because people insist on pointing to things on the screen, like touching it will make it do something.

I really f**kin' hate fingerprints on my screens.

Ear-smudge and finger flack gets in the way of me showing off my shiny smartphone. It constantly requires cleaning, it's almost as bad as low-low toilets where the crap doesn't flush down and sticks to the bowl above the water line.

Microsoft can blame themselves for a change. I'm tired of the "it's everybody else" blame game. Ballmer is an absolute moron, and it's time Microsoft kicked him to the curb.

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Apple is granted a patent on the rectangle. No, really

Tristan Young
WTF?

Apple would have a difficult time seeking compensation for this patent.

There is so much prior art, that whomever allowed this patent to even be submitted must have been comatose when they rubber stamped it.

Any court, when faced with the plethora of prior art, would invalidate Apple's patent. It probably wouldn't even cost that much money. Give the courts a box full of thin rectangular devices with rounded corners that were invented before Apple applied for the patent, and ask them to chose one at random.

Hint: almost any episode of Star Trek TNG would suffice.

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Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

Tristan Young

How about calling it..... "The UI", which stands for The Unimaginative Interface.

Or we could call it "the most boring product Microsoft has put out to date, that wasn't Windows XP or Windows 7".

Whatever Microsoft wants to call it, it's the ugliest UI I've ever laid my eyes on. I wish Microsoft wouldn't cram crap tablet/phone UI's down desktop users throats. If I actually wanted a serious change from Windows 7 or XP, I'd switch back to Linux.

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IE10 coming to Windows 7 sometime, maybe

Tristan Young

But who would use IE 10?

Everyone I know has an inherent distrust for Microsoft software (well, except one person I know, but he's in denial). Who would be daring enough to use IE10? There are so many better choices today, that are more conformant to open web standards, and don't leave the computer open to attack.

I would upgrade to IE10 only to make sure that if a program, or a guest user comes in and finds a way to visit web pages through IE10 or employs the rendering engine (Trident?), then I might be (a big MIGHT) a bit safer over older versions (and I don't honestly believe that, probably why I don't let outsiders use my computers).

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Windows 8 pricing details announced as preorders begin

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$Free is too much for Windows 8

I wouldn't pay a red cent for Windows 8.

We are swearing off Windows 8. We don't want our user interface experience changed. The changes only work to slow down our work day and play time. They will bring annoyances to Windows. The only two ways to circumvent Microsoft's unimaginative designs, and careless behavior, and still be able to enjoy the sizable investment we have in Windows software, is to f**c Windows 8 up by running 3rd party utilities to fix Microsoft's terrible mistakes, or to just skip Windows 8. We've chosen to skip it.

Windows 8 is a tablet/phone OS. No amount of false advertising, or convincing on Microsoft's part will change that. Why Microsoft is insistent on forcing Windows 8 down Desktop user's throats is beyond me.

I really hope that Linux takes off for gaming, because once that happens, and it's reliable, Microsoft will be well on it's way to losing the battle.

Dear Microsoft,

You didn't have to piss us users off. All you had to do was listen to us, and give us what we want. That's how you make money. Selling something that isn't wanted by the masses, well, that's just plain ignorant. I don't like Apple's products, but you know, you deserve to lose out to Apple. Apple's not a whole lot better, but at least users can chose to stick it to Microsoft. Users have other options to get screwed. The centre of the computing universe is no longer over Redmond. It has moved a lot closer towards Android, Linux and Apple.

You are losing our trust, and that is the consequence of not paying attention to the market, and the desire of users.

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Apple files disappearing-feature iPhone patent

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Apple owns the USPTO

How can Apple get a patent for technology which already exists, and has already been deployed?

Whether it's a window which turns opaque, a little sliding door, or friggin' curtains, it's the same concept that's been used on all-in-one cameras for many years. All Apple has done is take someone else's idea, and move it one tiny step forward, by changing the type of material the cover is made from. I've seen this tech in TV shows and movies, where hidden controls on a touch-based interface suddenly reveal themselves, like a fingerprint reader.

It doesn't even solve the problem of fingerprints on the window causing a loss of contrast and clarity for the camera sensor. In cases like this, a moveable door (motorized or otherwise) would still be better.

Patents like this are proof the USPTO is a corrupt organization, that is owned by large, unfriendly corporations such as Apple.

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Microsoft picks October 26 for Windows 8 launch

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Windows 8 Metro, it's really just Vista reincarnate

Just when I thought Microsoft had learned a lot of really, REALLY important lessons after the whole Windows Vista fiasco, Microsoft shows the world that it has a very, VERY short memory, and likes to make REALLY BAD mistakes over and over again.

Boycott Windows 8, and show Microsoft that the user still holds the key to Microsoft's success.

Metro, may as well call it Malware.

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Microsoft to announce new Office version on Monday

Tristan Young

Who cares about Microsoft Office anymore? People are asking to have it installed on their machines in droves. No one asks me to install Office anymore. Everyone we know uses alternative office suites.

Microsoft's future vision is one many don't subscribe to.

Microsoft != relevance

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Windows 8 Release Preview open for download

Tristan Young
FAIL

I hate Metro. It's the ugliest interface I've ever used.

Microsoft has truly lost the innovation spirit. Rather than create exciting, compelling interfaces that permit easy use of more than two programs on-screen at once, they've gone to an interface that looks it was designed by someone who hates users, is totally not interesting and has no redeeming qualities.

I won't use an OS/Interface that makes me feel dumb.

Very ugly.

Windows 8 - it's Vista 2.0!

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Microsoft corrects itself: 'We expect fewer people to use Windows 8'

Tristan Young

Count me out on Windows 8

Microsoft, you can subtract the hundreds of computers I administer from your Windows 8 adoption.

We've voted unanimously to avoid Windows 8. We'll seriously consider Windows 9, especially if you make Metro a second-class citizen on your desktop OS. If not that, Windows 10, or Windows 11. We'll avoid however many versions it takes till you get back on track to producing an OS for us, rather than an OS for yourselves. If it means adopting Macintosh computers, then so be it (and I absolutely hate Mac, so show me the love).

Never forget your target audience. Never alienate your target audience. Don't make radical changes that cause lost productivity in your target audience.

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Microsoft to devs: Don't ruin Win 8 launch with crap code

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Sigh.... black pot, meet kettle.

Only Microsoft would tell developers to not do the very thing Microsoft has done with Windows 8.

Case in point: Metro

Hypocrites.

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Sony stock slides to 30-year low after record loss

Tristan Young

Sony - Abysmal failure is their own fault

Perhaps if Sony would stop screwing its customers....

While I love my PS3, it is certainly a cheap piece of crap. The first one I had failed thanks to Sony's bad computer engineering and overall product design. The constant erosion of our legal rights through forced changes to their terms of service, and the elimination of core features from the product didn't help me feel like Sony had it out for users - never a good thing in business. Make peace with your customers, not war, you idiots!

I won't touch their TV's, stereos, speakers, desktop/laptop/tablet/smartphone computers, or anything else Sony. I've pretty much stopped buying movies and music that are under the Sony label.

When they stop trying to screw us, and when they start putting out quality again, then maybe..... naw, screw Sony. They will never change.

Sony - losing customers hand over fist, because that's what they're best at.

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Ubuntu 12.04 hits beta, brings smooth Unity for marching masses

Tristan Young
FAIL

Why does Mark Shuttleworth/Canonical even bother anymore?

Ubuntu went from being a fairly healthy distro (based on Debian) to a terrible distro that requires too much effort.

I loved Ubuntu 6.06 through 8.11, but grew tired of how Ubuntu's support for my machine went from good to absolute crap. I switched to Kubuntu, which seemed to be better - for a while, then it too went to hell in a handbasket. I spent increasing amounts of time fixing things to make the system functional. It went from being a slight headache to being a full-blown migraine.

I turfed Canonical's crappy distro as of 11.11. Unity - screw it. Gnome? Screw it.

I may try a different distro some day, but Mark Shuttleworth's distro has left the worst taste in my mouth. I don't have time to fart around with a distro that needs to be fixed right out the starting gates anymore.

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Shuttleworth remixes Ubuntu... for biz users

Tristan Young

Shuttleworth - a force not to be taken seriously

I was a faithful Ubuntu user for years, since v6.06, I enjoyed Ubuntu's rising functionality with my laptop. Things were working well. After several versions, it was clear Ubuntu was heading in the wrong direction, as my experience grew worse and worse. I started using Kubuntu from about 10.04 through 11.11, to try and salvage what was left of my relationship with Canonical's distribution. Kubuntu had the right U.I. guts, but as I moved forward through the versions, it was highly evident that my experience went from good, to worse.

At this juncture, I cannot trust Linux, or Canonical to deliver a good user experience anymore. Shuttleworth's distro's have no redeeming value anymore. Free is still too expensive, considering my laptop went from working well with Ubuntu's distro, to not working.

Countless releases made networking a headache. The configuration interfaces were highly buggy. With every release, I spent more and more time trying to get things fixed, and less time getting any work done. Even accessing samba shares (Windows file sharing) was a headache, but a necessity for any modern OS, and one that I had to work real hard to get working (if it worked at all).

I need a computer that works, and a network manager that works, and it's thanks to distro's like Ubuntu and Kubuntu for driving me to Windows 7.

Unity, and Gnome 3 - absolute H.S.

Business mixed Ubuntu? Who cares. When I decide to give Linux another go, it'll be with a different distro, and probably with the KDE desktop or Xfce. It certainly won't be on my main machines. It'll be only for toying around to gain more experience with Linux.

Canonical's distros have left a sour taste in my mouth.

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HUD's up! Ubuntu creates menu-free GUI

Tristan Young

I gave up on Ubuntu for now. It's taking a turn for the worse, and is unable to innovate.

HUD sounds like a dud to me (not just because they rhyme).

I was driven to Ubuntu, and later Kubuntu, out of desire for a better platform. But all this Unity, HUD and Gnome 3 BS drove me to Windows 7... that, and the fact that release after release saw me having to fix problem after problem. Ubuntu v6 was good, but it got progressively problematic.

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RIM hopes to distract punters with free pretties

Tristan Young

The only way I'd use a Blackberry - phone or tablet, is if they gave the sucker away.

In the current climate, it isn't worth any money to me. It would actually be a hinderance to me, since the friggin' screen is too small.

Offer all the free apps you want. In the end, I'd choose Apple over RIM. And I hate Apple (the company) with a passion.

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Microsoft flags Firefox and Chrome for security failings

Tristan Young

It's hard to take Microsoft seriously anymore.

Security is not one of Microsoft's strong suits. It was their fault that people started dumping IE and switching to other browsers.

You couldn't pay me to switch back to IE. In fact, the only Microsoft software I run now is Windows 7 itself. There is no other software Microsoft produces that is worth running on any of my machines.

My security has improved vastly since switching to Firefox.

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GNOME emits 'head up the arse' desktop update

Tristan Young

Garden Gnome

I've been fairly <strike>unimpressed</strike> disappointed by the Gnome project. I began with Gnome, and found it fairly nice, but over the years, it really started pissing me off as the updates rolled out.

A few years back, I switched to KDE, and haven't looked back. Now KDE hasn't had the best track record either, but it definitely hasn't pissed me off nearly as much as Gnome.

The most recent Gnome is not going to grace my desktop, and here's why...

While Ubuntu and Kubuntu went from networking in v6 through v8 to notworking in subsequent versions (each release seemed to get worse than before, with more problems that I needed to figure out how to fix), Microsoft was busy working on their trashiest OS yet - Windows Vista, and subsequently on their greatest OS yet - Windows 7.

I finally had to give up on Linux because I was spending more time fixing stuff just so I could surf the net. The music software available was also far too limiting (and non-functional), and the disaster which is Pulseaudio meant I couldn't even produce music without hearing pops, clicks, and noise.

Now I'm with Windows 7, and it works great. It doesn't crash on me. Networking just works. I don't get pops and clicks while composing music. I don't have to try and fix anything, because everything just works.

I still keep Linux around on a junked laptop so I can keep up with the technology, but I have barely used it in the last 6 months. Linux distros and developers need to wake up and smell the coffee. Their user experience was starting to get really good, then plummeted. Rather than take their competitor's shortcomings and build and capitalize on their weakness, companies like Canonical, and coders turned the distro's into epic failures, and allowed Windows 7 to shine. Just because it (Linux) is free, doesn't mean it's good. It was really good, and then it started sucking in a big way.

Productivity means getting work done. Linux held me back. But I'm back on track now.

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Ubisoft insists DRM 'a success'

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Ubisoft and DRM = Ubisoft boycott

I've lost all interest in Ubisoft's games.

Dear Ubisoft,

I'm a legitimate user that pays for all the games I play. I hate, no, I detest DRM, because it breaks my games, and forces me to do stuff I don't want to do (like being tethered to the internet in order to play games).

Ubisoft - remember the "soft", because DRM is a software that can and will be circumvented. DRM is soft, in the sense that it can and always will be broken. There's no real point to DRM except to keep honest people honest, and to give hackers something to do (perhaps some day DRM creators will make it challenging for hackers).

Perhaps we should start calling them Ubisuck.

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Sony pains pre-owned game punters with PSN Pass

Tristan Young
FAIL

Not for me

Not interested in requiring a pass to get into an online game, whether I'm a first-order customer (just bought the game new), or a second-order customer (just bought a used game).

I know a lot of people who will simply NOT BUY THE F*CKING GAMES that require passes, because they can't afford to buy new games, they have no choice but to settle for used games.

Sony - it only does FAIL! (and fail, and fail, and more fail, and fail again, until it finds new ways to fail, then it will fail some more).

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Microsoft pounces as Mozilla shuns enterprise

Tristan Young

Who cares?

In the end, you're better off with Firefox and their disregard for enterprise than Microsoft Internet Explorer and their disregard for standards, ethics, and security.

Personally, I don't see the problem. If the website or application is correctly written with standards in mind, then there should be no problem. Why is it Firefox's problem? Microsoft and the web coders that chose to write for Internet Explorer are the real troublemakers.

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Apple seeks touchscreen display mouse patent

Tristan Young
FAIL

Not possible

The concept is too similar to pre-existing products. Any patent office that awards Apple a patent for this didn't do their homework.

Apple didn't even do their homework.

I was looking at some devices the other week, that were strikingly similar.

What about Wacom's tablet/monitor combo graphics tablet device?

Simply joining a mouse to a touchscreen shouldn't be patentable, since it's not doing anything novel or new. And context-sensitivity displays aren't new. They've been around for a while.

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PayPal update email 'violates own anti-phishing advice'

Tristan Young

Just say no

It's stuff like this which confuses the average non-techie user.

This is why it's safer just to say no, avoid links contained within email, and thus live a happier life.

Clicking on web links inside emails is about as beneficial has taking money out of an ATM after midnight - nothing good can come from it, unless you're trying to get wasted, or screwed.

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H.264 answers Google's open codec with forever free license*

Tristan Young

WebM all the way!

Absolutely not interested in H.264.

If anyone owning patents to any technology found in WebM come a knocking, they'd better be prepared for Google's deep pockets.

And as a result of any litigation, WebM will become even stronger.

Apple, Microsoft and other holders of patents for H.264 technology are a bit scared, and this latest move is evidence.

Go WebM Go! Apple and Microsoft have got to go! (hey, that rhymes!)

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Energy-saving LEDs 'will not save energy', say boffins

Tristan Young

Photon Consumers

Using more light and not saving energy? This is not news.

Astronomers have known this for years. People waste light and energy like they waste water, gas, and food.

People sound all proud and smug when they talk about consuming less by switching to energy-efficient systems, but anyone with half a brain can evaluate those claims, and poke holes in them.

It's important for people to be vigilant in energy savings. It's not just about switching to a new light source.

When my wife and I switched to CFL's all those years ago, we did our best to not increase the number of lights we own, except where it made sense (eg: where a single lamp could replace one or more brighter lamps located further away from the intended use).

We turn lights off when we leave a room. We use less lighting today than we did 10 years ago.

We hardly ever turn on our outdoor lighting - it's wasteful and hardly ever required, especially with all the bright street lights that you can read by! It also affects people's enjoyment of the night sky by blocking out the stars and deep-sky objects, a growing problem I'm not prepared to contribute to.

We have realized an energy saving due to our vigilance.

One thing I notice is people love to leave their outdoor lights on at night, whether they are home or not.

I notice that my neighbours leave their outdoor lights on during the daytime, where lighting is not needed - even when they are home.

I'm glad to see LED lighting invading all aspects of our lives. They have definitely improved my life, with LED blacklit TV's, powerful flashlights that sip power from batteries, toys, and more.

If we aren't careful, we are going to create more problems for ourselves because of it. The article is right, people will produce more lighting when cheaper and more energy efficient lighting comes available, and will become more wasteful. This mindset has to be changed.

So how to drive the point home about wasteful lighting?

Electricity will have to quadruple in price before people will smarten up, and even then, once a power pig, always a power pig.

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3D films fall flat

Tristan Young

Kudo's, Roger!

While I don't usually agree on everything Roger Ebert says, I totally agree with his comments on Hollywood rushing towards the 3D craze, and it not adding much to the experience.

The 3D Avatar was shot with - that's crap. I don't want alternating images broadcast to alternate eyes. I want two images broadcast to two eyes simultaneously.

The glasses in the theatre are garbage. They are made of cheap plastic, and the polarizing windows are distorted and make the images fuzzy.

Screw-ups like 2D to 3D conversions doesn't help bolster the craze - it helps destroy it.

I'm not surprised that 3D is taking a bit of a downturn in the theatre.

Let's face it - cinemas are expensive. They don't represent the best value for our dollar. You can't pause the damn thing to take a leak. You can't pause it to grab a snack. You can't pause it to do the wild thing. The bathrooms reek of yesterdays vomit (no, wait - that was the seat beside mine in the cinema). The other patrons are loud and obnoxious (and are going to get an ass-kickin' if they keep blowing the good parts). Then there's the air conditioning from hell in the summer (wear a jacket - trust me, it help), and the furnace in the winter (wear a g-string - trust me - the seats can't get any more smelly if you tried).

All in all, cinema, and especially 3D cinema is doomed to fail.

Now home cinema is a different story. Why would anyone pay $24-$30 (CDN) to watch a movie, add overpriced coke (or Pepsi for those cinemas that are under the delusion that Pepsi is prefered by more people over coke) and overpriced popcorn, when you can buy a movie on DVD or Blu-Ray and watch it at home for the same price? And watch it again and again when you feel like it.

After seeing some of the gorgeous LED LCD TV's in the stores (thank you Samsung!), why would I want to watch a stinkin' movie outside of my own home?

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The Wrath of Jobs' latest victim: Motorola

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The mighty pedestal

Apple wants consumers to hold it in such high regard, to place it high up on a pedestal and preach the wisdom of the church of Apple.

This latest attempt by Apple to demand respect from freedom-loving tech consumers shows Steve's true light.

He is an immature boy, throwing a temper tantrum because he screwed up, and doesn't want to look bad, but in effect is making the situation 100x worse.

Rather than fixing the problems with the 4G iphone, being the mature guy by admitting the problems, and feeling apathy for his followers that were mislead into buying a product that was not ready for market by virtue of proper full-on testing, Steve is making an ass out of himself, and his whole company.

He won't be happy until he rains on everyone's parade - taking as many companies down with him.

Thankfully, consumers aren't as stupid and naive as Steve believes.

I don't know what happened to Apple, but I used to have respect for that company, and I only had very limited exposure to Apple's products. Now, Steve's ego has tarnished my view of Apple.

I already avoided Apple products because they weren't the type of products I wanted to waste my money on. Now I avoid Apple because of complete arrogance and mistrust, with all these other secondary reasons: lack of transparency, and the ever-impossible task of determining how secure an Apple product is.

Steve, I'm a 37 year old, and let me tell you - grow up, and grow a pair, dude. Don't be an ass.

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Zuckerberg: I'm 'quite sure' I own Facebook

Tristan Young

Gulag!

Hey Zuckerberg,

Break the deal, face the wheel.

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Apple ranks first in surging security bug count

Tristan Young

No way?

Actually, it was to be expected.

Apple hasn't really been security-focused. They've been driving up their install base by lying to their customers, and shirking their responsibility for providing security.

That is one of the many reasons why I cannot in good faith buy, service, or recommend Apple products. My reputation is more valuable than any profit earned by selling dishonest kit.

Maybe one day Apple will do security right. But right now, Microsoft is the clear winner for me - they've worked really hard over the last 9 years on their security, and that means a lot to me.

BTW: I hate Microsoft, and prefer Linux. I'm not a Microsoft fanboy.

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Miniature Apple display spotted in the wild

Tristan Young

Headband LCD display

Definitely a headband LCD display.

You slap one of these suckers on your mate, and you can watch x-files while doin' it missionary (or any face-to-face position).

Connect it to your PS3, and extend your bedroom fun to include streaming videos, games, and more, all from the comforts of your favorite positions.

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Jobs tells iPhone users to get a grip

Tristan Young

Hehehe

Of course, Apple never does anything wrong, right?

Apple is really trying hard to discourage people from trusting them to develop products that they can feel 100% positive about.

This might explain why I've seen an increase in the number of received calls that mysteriously get dropped by people like, say, my employer, an iphone convert.

Of course, this is perfect for those phone companies that dropped per-second billing - every dropped call means the caller looses the balance of their minute, and has to waste another minute.

Holding the phone wrong... yeah. Tell us another one Apple. How about designing a better antenna, and placing it in a more appropriate place like, say, along the top-edge of the phone?

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Firefox add-on does 'HTTPS Everywhere'

Tristan Young

Sounds like a good idea in practice....

Unfortunately the action of re-writing URL's as HTTPS: can be problematic.

For example: Facebook Chat

If you access facebook via http:, facebook chat works. If you access it via https:, facebook chat does not work - you get a little triangular icon saying chat is disabled on this page.

While there are work-arounds, like running Trillian to access facebook chat, it is not the best solution, especially if you're not running Trillian.

What happens if a website tries to force you to an HTTP connection? Then it would get stuck in a cycle of redirections and URL-rewriting. While coders shouldn't be so stupid, it can happen.

I'd like to see all connections encrypted. Unfortunately this add-on doesn't help me.

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