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* Posts by Fred Tourette

28 posts • joined 5 May 2008

Facebook's plain English data policy: WE'LL SELL YOU LIKE A PIG at a fair

Fred Tourette

Re: Umm

True, in a way it is akin to any idiot today taking up smoking with all that we now know. But some consideration should be given those early and recent adopters who, um, trusted Facebook (and the, um, dripping with integrity Zuck behind it). Nobody is forced to stay (or join), but the damage is done to those who already have.

Easy for me to say, "See, I told you so," since I never took the Facebait. But that being said, I know I'm in a minority - every time someone says "You don't have Facebook?!" or "friends" that used to maintain contact via personal (or even shot-gunned) email now just do it wholesale on Facebook.

Avoiding Facebook is like avoiding Microsoft - it can be done, but not always done easily.

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Microsoft's canceled 'Project Brazil' took aim at Amazon, eBay

Fred Tourette
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Re: Ubuntu got there first

Hmmm.... Now that you mention it. But at least I could turn that off with Ubuntu.

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Ubuntu for smartphones aims to replace today's mobes, laptops

Fred Tourette
WTF?

Re: What are they thinking/smoking?

Count me as one of those straight Ubuntu users who is taking Mint for a spin (and liking it) after being subjected to Unity. Leave it to Canonical to jump into the phone arena with a product that its own users don't like.

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World IPv6 Day fails to kill the internet

Fred Tourette
Alien

666

"Microsoft recently bought 666,000 addresses...."

Further proof.

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Dear Dell and Microsoft: You're not Apple

Fred Tourette
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Excellent

"Think Stockholm Syndrome for operating systems."

That's perfect. Windows (and Office, and IE) is the definitive "devil you know."

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Official: Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5bn

Fred Tourette
Jobs Horns

Your Words to God's Ears...

But I fear that the Beast has much up its sleeve - including massive amounts of money to throw at whatever (or whomever) it takes to survive. Also, morals and ethics have never gotten in the way of Microsoft's style of doing business.

Microsoft is too big to fail - but opposite the way that we've recently seen other companies and entities deemed to be the same. MS is too big to fail because they have too MUCH money, enough to buy their way out of just about anything.

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Fred Tourette
Unhappy

Best used with Microsoft....

"Microsoft would 'continue to invest in and support Skype clients in Non-Microsoft platforms.' In other words, Mac and Linux versions of the VoIP service will still be developed by the team, but presumably the main focus will be on Windows support from here on in."

I'm guessing that's putting it quite mildly, an attempt to calm down the Mac- and Penguinheads spooling up for a storm. The reality, in time, will be quite different. This Penguinhead will be enjoying what I'm sure will be a crippled version of Skype when compared to what the Win7 kids get to play with.

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Microsoft lobby will turn Google into Microsoft

Fred Tourette
Grenade

First...

We kill all the fucking lobbyists.

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2011: The year open source (really) goes capitalist

Fred Tourette
Jobs Horns

Sure Ya Can

You'll be putting "cloud" on the banned list right after Microsoft trademarks it - Microsoft Cloud. Once upon a time they were just windows, too.

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Sarah Palin calls for US to stand by North Korea

Fred Tourette
Unhappy

I Regret to Inform You...

"Surely there can't be that many inbred rednecks who'll vote for her?

"Please tell me there arn't."

I regret to inform you that, while they may not all qualify as "inbred rednecks," we Americans do indeed have a large number of idiots that will never see this woman for the imbecile that she is. Unfortunately, a very clever and dangerous imbecile.

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So did Windows Phone 7 'bomb in US'?

Fred Tourette
Stop

Bilgepipe v. Anonymous Coward

You both have valid points, but Bilgepipe gets the upvote for not being *off* point. This ain't about Apple.

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Microsoft slings mud in VMware living room

Fred Tourette
Jobs Horns

Now That's F-ing Balls

"Microsoft dropped an open letter ... that accused the company of trying to lock customers into a technology platform..."

They truly have no shame.

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SugarCRM sweet on Microsoft's Azure cloud

Fred Tourette
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Aw, Shyt

We've been using SugarCRM (after finally retiring that godawful Act!) in a Linux server/Windoze desktop/Firefox browser (IE prohibited) shop. A buck says a fresh new world of trouble awaits as the Beast has sunk its talons into Sugar and starts nudging it toward their usual "best used with MS..." tactics while crippling competing products.

Fuckin' Microsoft. To borrow from Visa, it's everywhere I *don't* want it to be.

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Google sets sights on the dashboard

Fred Tourette
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This Could Get Me Back

Ford lost the potential of ever getting me as a customer once they got into bed with Microsoft, but GM lost me as a long-term customer thanks to the recent shyte they've been bullding. Between things looking up in terms of quality at GM, plus their (maybe) choosing Google over the Beast, I may look at the brand again.

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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx: A (free) Mactastic experience

Fred Tourette
Alert

Once Again I'll Try...

...to install a version of Ubuntu that will like magic make magic with my Atheros wireless crap in my Toshiba laptop, and not make me spend days in the forums and config files getting it to work. Who knows? Maybe this time will be the charm.

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Oracle charges $90 for Sun's free ODF plug-in

Fred Tourette

The Kill Shot

For everyone who thinks this might push people *toward* OO, say Hi to the Easter Bunny and Santa for me. My money is on this greed-based decision being the shot that puts OO down for good, and anyone sitting on the fence deciding OO v. MSO will jump down and head toward Microsoft.

Thanks a lot, Larry, you fucking asshole.

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Microsoft's Office Web Apps - a long way from here

Fred Tourette
Gates Horns

Leave No Road Unowned

"Why Microsoft feels it has to follow Google down this retched road is beyond me."

Because Microsoft wants to own every single road, even the shitty ones.

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Students get deep Windows 7 price break

Fred Tourette
Gates Horns

Drug Dealers at the Playground

An A.C. writes, "Yet another student discount. Why do students get all the breaks?"

By that comment I presume you mean Office Student & Teacher Edition, etc.

Because the first hit is (almost) free. Hook 'em in school and they'e hooked for life. Not that it's a done deal - Apple tried that way back, and all the kids found out was once they left school, it was a Windows world.

When you have Microsoft's deep pockets, you can afford to give away something nobody wants, or cares that much about otherwise. It worked - in part thanks to the failure of the U. S. Department of Justice - splendidly for IE v. Netscape; the rest is history.

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Renault unveils e-car foursome

Fred Tourette
WTF?

Demographic?

I'm all for the concept of getting our fat asses, where possible and practical, into electrics, but do they all have to look as if they came from Playskool? Honest to [insert deity here], these "cars" look like a cross between a child's toy and a geriatric scooter.

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Microsoft tightens open-source links with server biz

Fred Tourette
Jobs Horns

A Knock at the Door...

Your friends at Microsoft sent you this giant wooden horse as a gift. Where would you like us to put it?

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Google books deal 'bad for biz', thunders Microsoft

Fred Tourette
Megaphone

Bad For Biz

It's a shame that no one (perhaps including Google) is doing what's right overall, but merely what's good for self-interest (and shareholders).

But whenever Microsoft chimes in about unfair practices/tactics, I have to laugh. Or I would, if it were funny, and not disgusting and hypocritical.

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Microsoft's web Office: No love for Chrome, Opera

Fred Tourette

It's over, man. Let It go.

I loathe Microsoft probably more than the average Microsoft hater, and was loyal to Opera from about v. 2.x through 8.x, but there comes a time when you just have to give up. Firefox came along and, for whatever reason, found enough of a following, gained more market share in months than Opera could in years, and website developers (and even Microsoft) had to take notice and work with it or face a firestorm of complaints from users. I loved Opera, but it got futile to be one of three people taking the time to bitch at every site that wouldn't work with it, and to be (rightfully) ignored as they thought, "For less than 1% of our users we're going to spend time and money?"

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Rosetta Stone rocks Google with trademark lawsuit

Fred Tourette

Mi Chiamo Stan

Speaking of Rosetta Stone, if you've ever seen the dumb "farmboy and the model" ad, the New Yorker had this retort:

http://www.newyorker.com/humor/2009/04/13/090413sh_shouts_frazier

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MS security chief becomes DHS cybersecurity boss

Fred Tourette
Black Helicopters

Excuse Me?

You're fucking kidding me.

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Netbooks: A bit popular

Fred Tourette

Notebooks?

Could the popularity of netbooks be a result of "notebooks" growing in size to the point that, if this progresses, we'll be dragging along "portables" the size of Osborne-1s? I had the pleasure of working on one of Toshiba's wide-screen, all the bells-and-whistles laptops a few days ago and can't imagine dragging that cumbersome thing around with me - in addition to whatever else I might need for the trip - and calling it "portable." The netbook is Marketing at work again: now we don't need one, we don't need two, we need three computers - plus a "smart" phone that's also heading in the wrong size direction in - our e-lives.

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Boy band sings praises of Windows 7

Fred Tourette
Black Helicopters

Good Lord

I'm beginning to believe those who are saying that Microsoft is showing signs of desperation.

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Microsoft's IE 8 puts giant web hole on notice

Fred Tourette

Popular v. Most Used

Stolen from up there...

"[IE is] by far and away the most used browser, because it's mostly just about good enough that people use it by default.... no-one who uses another browser ever goes back by choice."

Exactly. IE is the AOL of browsers: Everyone who finally leaves AOL wonders why it took them so long to do it in the first place. So too with Internet Exploder.

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Mag-lev flywheel UPS firm says shipments speeding up

Fred Tourette

Best of Luck

Beacon Power has been trying to sell the flywheel concept (or make a profit from it) for years:

<http://www.beaconpower.com/>

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