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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 updates also tweak Windows Server 2012

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Bad choice

Microsoft has been going down the wrong road with Windows Server for more than two decades now. Server operating systems should not have GUI at all. Adding a touch-required UI makes it that much worse.

The sad part is, Microsoft had a good server OS, and they ditched it. It was called Xenix.

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SPARC and Solaris will live until at least 2019

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Linux is the answer

SPARC and Solaris are very powerful workhorses. They'll continue to be supported and improved upon for quite some number of years. However, all non-Linux unixes are an evolutionary dead end at this point. The open ecosystem of the Linux operating system (which uses the Linux kernel) allows all hardware and software vendors to converge on a single OS framework without the balkanization we experienced in the 1990's.

Let's face it, nobody is deploying *new* workloads on legacy operating systems such as Solaris, HP/UX, VMS, Windows Server, and whatever IBM is calling their mainframe OS now.

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Back off, Siri! Microsoft debuts Halo beauty Cortana

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Microsoft FAIL

Bing has been around for a number of years now, and it's still completely unusable. Remember the rigged Microsoft "Bing it On" campaign, where they tried to make people think they were blind-testing Bing against a crippled proxy to Google? Yeah, that Bing. That's the search engine that powers Cortana, and therefore we can confidently say that Cortana is a piece of garbage.

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Meet Microsoft's latest Windows Server reseller – come on down, Google

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Re: 2008 r2?!?

Have you *tried* Server 2012? It's the Windows 8 of the server world, optimized for touch just like Windows 8 is. Because server operators everywhere want touch screens, or something...

I suppose if you insist on running legacy applications like Exchange or Sharepoint you'd want a Windows server, but for most cloud-based applications, Linux is a *far* better fit.

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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640K ought to be enough for anyone

MSDOS -- the operating system that inspired Bill Gates to say "640K ought to be enough for anyone" (and he's been denying it ever since!)

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Move over Microsoft: RealNetworks has a GOOGLE problem

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All together now!

I think I speak for everyone, everywhere, when I say:

Wow ... Real is still around ??

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Facebook hacks out PHP alternative

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Not relevant

None of this is relevant. Faecesbook is already in decline and hopefully their hack language will die with it.

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New WebCL toolkit hooks browser apps into GPUs – and that's not good news for Apple

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Viva la web web !

It's great that Netscape won the browser war. Things are getting better all the time.

Yes, you heard that right. The browser war wasn't really Netscape vs. Microsoft; it was web apps vs. Windows apps. Netscape TOTALLY WON the browser war, even though they died winning it. Everything is done through a web browser now.

Technologies like WebGL and WebCL keep getting released now, proving that there is NO application for which people can continue to say "that'll never be able to run in a web browser." And that's the real reason why Micro$oft is so afraid of Chromebooks.

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Microsoft FAIL

The kind of people who are still running Windows XP are not the kind of people who know or care about operating system security patches. They'll continue to use the computer until it stops working.

If it's a corporate desktop, their IT department already has a plan.

If it's a consumer desktop, they'll either buy a new one, or take it to the "computer shop"

Smart people have already upgraded. VERY smart people don't run Windows at all.

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Bill Gates is BACK... as CHIEF RICH human of PLANET EARTH

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Gates FAIL

Any "philanthropy" by the Gates Foundation is 100% irrelevant. It does not legitimize how Gates made his money: by lying, cheating, stealing, and basically destroying anything and anybody who got in Microsoft's way. Gates is a BAD PERSON. Nothing will change that.

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Nokia launches Android range: X marks the growing low-cost spot

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Wrong kind of differentiator

"manufacturers who had gone with Android ... were unable to differentiate their wares adequately"

Yeah well, I suppose by bringing out an utterly awful product you can "differentiate" but it's not exactly the kind of differentiation that will translate into revenue.

Nokia stripped all the Google out of their Android build, guaranteeing it to fail because: PEOPLE *LIKE* GOOGLE SERVICES.

And then they gave Android a Metro-like skin. Ugh. Barf. Retch. Hey Nokia, if people wanted phones with an ugly, clumsy UI and powered by craptastic services like Bing, they'd already be buying Windows Phones.

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Birds Eye releases 'mashtags' social spud snacks

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Smiles

A similar product (minus the Twitter wannabeism) already exists, McCain "Smiles." It's basically just a dense mashed potato mix extruded into smiley face disc shapes, par-fried and frozen. Birds Eye is apparently doing the same thing with new shapes.

The "Smiles" product, after cooking, ends up kind of like tater tots but somewhat denser. They're ok, I guess. Small children seem to like them, so I suppose Birds Eye was thinking about six year olds entering the kitchen, Android phone in hand, requesting a meal of chicken fingers and hash tags.

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Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests

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STOP *ALL* H1B

If there are *any* Americans looking for work, there should be *no* H1B visas granted. Considering that we are still feeling the effects of the Obama Recession and 10% of the US workforce is unemployed, there are NO valid reasons why anyone should be allowed to hire H1B's.

This is as clear as day. Stop ALL the H1Bs. NOW.

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STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days

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Manual typewriters make great steampunk keyboards

With a little effort, manual typewriters can be transformed into awesome looking steampunk type keyboards.

Tux logo because Windows is an abomination and cool people use Linux exclusively.

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This THREESOME is a HANDFUL: It’s the Asus Transformer Book Trio

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Windows FAIL

It's not the "best of both worlds." It's the perfect tablet ruined by the presence of the Hitler-like abomination called Microsoft Windows. Asus Transformer is totally awesome with Android and ONLY Android. How dare they ruin it with Windows, the operating system that slaughters kittens and children while crashing all day long.

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RISE of the MACHINES and Bitcoin: Bill Gates' Reddit tech predictions

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Gates FAIL

First of all, the money Gates gives to charity doesn't even begin to make up for the raping, pillaging, lying, cheating, and stealing Microsoft did to take in that money. End of *that* discussion.

As for what Gates thinks is going to be big in the next wave of technology -- based on his track record, I think it's safe to say that whatever Gates thinks is going to be big, go focus on something else.

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iPhone maker Foxconn to pump $1bn into new Indonesian factory

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US labor is too expensive because of unions

US labor is too expensive because of unions. Break up the unions (which are really just organized extortion) and watch as a renaissance of stateside manufacturing immediately occurs.

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Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

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Microsoft FAIL

Let us all hope that Nadella is exactly as successful as his predecessor.

Microsoft products are problems, not solutions. May they continue their slide into irrelevance.

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NetApp and Microsoft: We're 'close' to virtual ONTAP on Azure

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Microsoft FAIL

NetApp and its OnTAP are useful as a storage layer on which you deploy a cluster of virtual machines (using a real hypervisor like KVM or ESXi, not some desktop-grade dross like HyperV).

Why one would put OnTAP "in the cloud" when there are much leaner and meaner (and cheaper) solutions available is a mystery.

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Android holds steady as iOS and Windows Phone slip in Kantar reports

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Re: Nokia 10% hmmmmm

No worries ... Microsoft will simply use its old trick of referring to "mobile revenue" rather than units sold ... conveniently hiding the fact that 99% of its "mobile revenue" comes from extorting Android for patent protection racket money.

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Microsoft seeks patent for blade server chassis

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Re: Oh HP, O'dell

You didn't think they were going to stop at tablets, laptops, phones and desktops, did you? It's whole hog or none.

Correct. Microsoft has realized that the game of acting as a software choke point with every OEM out there is just about up. They now need to become the next HP, Dell, Oracle, Apple, with a top-to-bottom stack that includes hardware, software, and *lots* of different ways of keeping users handcuffed into the "ecosystem"

I hope they have fun. The commodity computing business will continue to shift towards Linux and Android.

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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I think I'll skip Windows 9

I think I'll skip Windows 9. Just like I skipped Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, 200X, 9X, 3.X, etc.

Through all of this nonsense, all of the crap Microsoft has tried to force onto users (Metro will be remembered as the second coming of Active Desktop), all of the "we know best and you will buy what we shovel at you" attitude ... all those years my Linux has been rock solid.

Thanks but no thanks, Microsoft.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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Re: Will anyone still care?

Microsoft has got some great technologies, Exchange, Sharepoints, for instance but the rest is legacy and should be treated as such.

<p>I'm not following that logic. Exchange and SharePoint are two of Microsoft's absolute worst technologies.</p>

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Google gearing up for 4K video frenzy at CES

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What will the MPEG crime cartel do?

This is all wonderful, but we have yet to see the VERY PREDICTABLE response from the MPEG crime cartel. They will inevitably conduct a "search" for elements of VP9 that supposedly violate their patents, and do everything they can to encumber VP9.

Let's be very clear here: software patents are evil, and people who support them are horrible.

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

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Re: Thirsty! @ Gordon 10

What recent Christian festival have we just been through and which jolly fellow get's centre of attention?

For starters, please do not confuse the pagan icon Santa Claus with the Christian holiday that is celebrated at approximately the same time of year.

Now, I'd be very surprised if you saw Coke commercials during this past Santa season, because there weren't any. Coke didn't advertise at all this year. They took their entire advertising budget and sunk it into rebuilding the Philippines after that area got devastated by typhoons last fall.

Source: [ http://tinyurl.com/olf2e44 ]

I'm not a big soda drinker, but I raise a toast (a big frosty glass of Coke) to them for this.

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

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Microsoft FAIL

Doesn't matter what they call it. It's still a touch-optimized UI forced onto a computer with a mouse/keyboard and an upright display. And it still sucks.

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Party's over in Waterloo as BlackBerry pulls plug on 2014 Live conference

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Blackberry

Let's hope that when -- not if -- Blackberry goes out of business, any patent portfolio it may have is bought up by the good guys (Google) and not by the evil empire (Microsoft).

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

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There already is a Linux for mobiles.

There already is a Linux for mobiles. It's called "Android" and it's the market leader by far. Why would anyone want Ubuntu -- the OS that captured the imagination and attention of the entire Linux community and then threw it all away by pushing the universally hated Unity desktop?

Seriously guys, if you want to do something useful, find a way for us to get cheap ultra-subsidized Windoze phones and then reload them with Android.

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

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Re: How long before...

noominy.noom is correct, Cray did use round designs.

However, the round design by Seymour Cray was for the purpose of minimizing the wiring distance between any two points inside the chassis. Apple has everything on a single board packed with SMD's, so there is no genius-of-Cray here, it's just your typical overpriced fruity design more suited to an art show than to a computer user's desk.

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OMG, like, TOTES AMAZEBALLS: Facebook made me fall into SHARK INFESTED SEAS

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The implications are clear.

Any reasonable person should be convinced, after reading this story, that it is irrefutable proof that Facebook should be shut down.

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Google may drop Intel for own-recipe ARM: Bloomberg

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ARM means Linux, and Linux means everyone wins.

Google is already a Linux shop so they can port their code to any architecture, of course. But a megasurge in ARM servers would really give Linux a big boost. There are still way too many organizations running Microsoft's overpriced server software.

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SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

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End software patents, everywhere, immediately.

Software patents are an abomination upon the planet and must be ended, everywhere, immediately, no questions asked. Hopefully this bill is a step in the right direction.

When 99.9% of Microsoft's "mobile revenue" comes from racketeering/extortion of Android, you know the system is broken and needs to be changed.

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Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE

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Plugging it in upside down is impossible

It's impossible to put any USB connector in upside down. The USB logo is always on the top of the connector, facing up. The only way to put it in upside down is to not be paying attention.

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On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

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Make the target come to you

All you have to do is make the target come to you. Order something by Amazon Copter, and when the drone lands on your lawn, it gets blown to smithereens.

Or you could just order something via the traditional method, and blow up the delivery guy's truck.

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Asus Transformer Book T100: Xbox One? PS4? Nah, get a cute convertible for Christmas

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Users want Android

Nice bit of kit, but they should have loaded it with Android, or at least a proper Linux.

Vista 8 is unusable.

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Microsoft Surface slabs borked by heat-induced DIM SCREEN OF DEATH

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Microsoft FAIL

Typical. A product no one wants, running an operating system no one likes, in a market where no one thinks Microsoft is welcome.

Listen up, Microsoft: no one wants you here. Your product sucks, and no one is buying it because your monopoly has not taken hold in the tablet space. Do yourselves a favor: cancel the entire product line, shut down Vista RT and Vista Phone, and use your developers' time to de-ribbonize everything.

Mobile is all about Android and Apple. Nobody wants Microsoft there. Nobody likes Microsoft there. Microsoft is not welcome there.

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Richard Stallman decides Emacs should go WYSIWYG

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Grumpy Cat says: "GOOD."

Good. The more time RMS spends working on a dead-end emacs project, the less time he will spend getting in our faces over how we have to follow the G-Nazi-U standards of calling everything "GNU/Linux" and "GNU/Windows" and "GNU/Solaris" and RMS being all "you have to call everything what I say you must call it"

Meanwhile, those of us in the reality based community will continue getting real work done with vi (for editing code) and LibreOffice (for editing documents).

Seriously, RMS needs something productive to do with his life.

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

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I welcome this.

YouTube is hugely successful. I think it's a great idea to migrate the whole thing into Google+ so that more people start using Google+

What's good for Google+ is bad for Facebook. And what's bad for Facebook is good for everyone.

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Facebook hitches skirt, flashes 'Cisco-slaying' open network blade

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OSI model FAIL

The predictable maintainability of the OSI model is the exact reason why you don't run Facebook applications on your switches and routers. The last thing we need is to have those whiny twerps running everything at the wrong layer so nothing can be maintained properly. Oh look, my router sent me a friend request. And the firewall is posting embarrassing photos of one of the network engineers vomiting nachos and schnapps on that hooker at the bachelor party last year.

Facebook is trying to make fundamental advances in technology when what Facebook ought to be doing is what it does best: junior high school drama.

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ETERNAL PATENT WAR: Apple and Samsung locked in battle again

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Fruity Firm FAIL

Apple can whine in court all they want. It's not going to stop Android from continuing to dominate the market. You'd think they would have learned a generation ago when they got their arses handed to them in the desktop market.

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Microsoft reveals secrets of Azure cloud's networking underbelly

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Microsoft FAIL

The problem with all these fancy networks is that they've put a bunch of Windows servers on top of them.

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Oooh! My NAUGHTY SKIRT keeps riding up! Hello, INTERNET EXPLORER

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Use the proper terminology

Use the proper terminology please. It's not "anime" anymore. They have returned to their roots and re-embraced the original term: "Japanimation."

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Amazon unleashes JavaScript SDK so devs can conjure cloud gods

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Sounds like a perfect platform for malware!

No web server, runs in your browser, exposes lots of power to the developer...

...sounds like a perfect platform for malware! I'll bet you could deliver tons of spam or viruses from there.

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Please, PLEASE, Skype... Don't kill our apps and headsets, plead devs

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Microsoft(R) Skype(TM) is not real Skype

Let's face it, they're going to keep "Microsofting" the Skype service until it isn't usable anymore. Everyone should just move over to Google Talk right now and get it over with.

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Surface Pro 2: It's TOOL-PROOF and ultimately destined for LANDFILL

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Not to mention the WORST defect of all...

...it runs Windows.

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Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

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IE 11 User-Agent string

Isn't IE 11 supposed to be the one where they claim it's so insanely standards compliant that it doesn't identify itself as IE anymore?

Looks like more MICROSOFT FAIL to me.

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Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

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Still not enough

Still not enough. Users don't just want the Start button back. They want the start MENU back. They don't want the Start button to make the entire screen suddenly turn into a smartphone.

Users also want Office to start acting like it's meant to use on a computer again. That means when you click on the "File" menu, you get the File menu, not a touch-optimized colossus sliding into the entire left third of the screen.

Microsoft needs to get it through their thick skulls that a desktop computer with a keyboard, mouse, and upright screen is NOT A TABLET and any "touch-optimized" user interface elements are also "desktop-hobbled." *ALL* of these elements need to be presented in a desktop-optimized mode when running on a desktop.

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Expert chat: The end of Windows XP and IE6

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Thinstation

Move your apps to a server (including the legacy Windows apps) and install Thinstation on those aging XP machines. Not only does it re-use the existing hardware, but it also make those machines maintenance-free (except when the physical hardware fails) -- AND sets you up for mobile-enabling those virtual desktops as well.

I can't believe so many people are still stuck in the 20th century "this is my desktop computer" model.

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Techies with Asperger's? Yes, we are a little different...

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True enough

Offices can be hell, that's for sure. Many companies are set up to favor those who play politics well over those who actually have talent.

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Web Daddy Berners-Lee DRMs HTML5 into 2016

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Good.

Hollywood doesn't just hate digital freedom -- they hate ALL freedom. They are left-wing extremists, and their movies should be boycotted by everyone everywhere. So if copy protection makes that happen -- GOOD!

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