372 posts • joined 15 Aug 2008
Microsoft removes 1,500 apps from WindoPhone Store...
...and the two or three actual WindoPhone users out there may or may not have noticed.
Re: I agree, I would rather have FDT than UEFI
Locked UEFI presents a *problem* -- not for users, but for the Great Monopolist of Redmond. When they announced that ARM systems *must* have a locked bootloader in order to support Windows for ARM, they were thinking about consumer devices. They didn't want people rooting their Windows devices and installing Linux (Android or otherwise).
Fast forward to servers, however, and this becomes a problem. If there's going to be an ARM Server market, Microsoft wants a piece of the software action. However, in the 21st century, no server vendor in their right mind would lock out Linux. This will be even *more* true on ARM, where the ultra-portability of Linux is expected to give it an even bigger market share than it has on Intel.
And of course, no server vendor is going to say "you can only use the Linux distribution that came with the system" (ok, Oracle might, but they don't count). They know that reloads are normal.
So no, I don't think we're going to see locked UEFI on ARM servers, and if Microsoft wants a piece of that market, they're going to have to change their policy or be left out.
I smell payola
If the success of Munich is discarded and they downgrade to Windows, several things are clear:
1. Microsoft is supplying the Windows for free
2. There are probably millions of euros in kickbacks coming from Microsoft on the back end
In short, any change from Linux to Windows means that Microsoft finally found the right people to buy off.
New name for IE
They should just call it "Chrome/Firefox Downloader" (that's all it's useful for anyway)
Apple? Aren't they the company that built a half-baked smartphone before Google perfected the product?
Villify Zuckerburg, not Zuckerman
Facebook is *much* worse than pop up ads.
Here's an idea
Here's an idea: Intel should just buy an ARM license and build those using its "new process." Linux runs great on ARM, and Linux is what matters for mobile devices. Trying to run any form of Windows on a tablet or phone is really just a clunky backport that nobody's really asking for.
Welcome to the OpenGL working group. Before you are permitted to have any input towards future development of the technology, you must first axe DirectX and fully support the current version of OpenGL in all of your products. No bastardization, no microsoftization, implement it as specified. Become a supporter of this open standard. Only then will you be permitted to have any input towards future development.
This just in: the world's least secure browser blocks a third party plugin. Nice try, Microsoft. IE is still swiss cheese.
I'd buy one for this reason --
As long as they haven't signed a Patent Protection Racket deal with Micro$oft, I'd choose this phone just to prevent money from being sent to the Great Satan of Redmond.
This is called "Linux kicking Microsoft's butt." How do you like your 2% market share, M$?
Apple is also demonstrating that their hope of ever being more than a distant second place died along with Steve Jobs. Let's face it: Apple without Jobs is incapable of delighting users.
VIVA LAS PENGUINISTAS!
must be so sad that he's poor now ... poor guy will have to live on spam and ramen
Best reason to avoid using the FB app...
Anyone even remotely interested in privacy should avoid having the Faecesbook app installed on their mobile device. The app requires your permission to turn on the microphone whenever it wants. It can spy on you at will.
AGW == socialism
Gotta watch out for those watermelons (green on the outside, red on the inside). Climate "scientists" who claim that AGW exists are not scientists; they are lobbyists. They are socialist tools who are pushing to raise taxes on energy.
A messaging app whose popularity is waning, now available on a platform nobody wants. Dinosaurs mating.
The problem with abandoning Windows Server 2003 is that it won't be long before they also abandon support for Windows Server 2008 ... leaving Windows Phone Server 2012 as the only option. I hope all of you sysadmins have your touchscreen servers ready. Or better yet ... start moving your applications to Linux where they belong. :)
So this is it, Microsoft just turning into a patent troll. Moving from non-innovation by poorly imitating others' products and services, now into non-innovation by wielding bogus patents as a blunt object.
Climate alarmists are NOT scientists.
Anyone who says "the science is settled" is NOT a scientist. Science is never settled; it always wants to be tested, experimented, learned. Climate alarmists are not scientists; they are political lobbyists who have made up a fictional story, and an even more fictional "concensus," to justify the increased taxation of energy.
Facebook users are in an abusive relationship. They keep thinking that Facebook is going to change, that it's going to somehow have a change of heart and stop beating the crap out of them. Guess what kids, it's not going to change. It's time to quit Facebook.
If they're willing to source their own microprocessors to get out from under American-designed silicon then that means they're probably also wanting to do the same with the operating system. This means a win for Linux in some form, and that's always a good thing.
The nice thing about doing this stuff in a declarative language is that after the Microsoft-led fad of ugly UI's with blocky 2-D stuff finally fades, the same declarative language will compile down to code that drives the attractive and usable UI that comes later.
Hopefully we will settle down somewhere between the ugly 2-D extreme and the unusable skeuomorphic extreme. We want buttons that are 3-D enough to stand out and look like buttons, but not so photorealistic that you need a thousand pixels to show every detail.
Microsoft says... "Pleeeeeeeease use our lovely open source C# compiler so that we can slap you with a patent lawsuit the moment you have a successful product!"
So ... the Windows Phone that nobody wants, branded Nokia, will become the Windows Phone nobody wants, branded Microsoft. Nothing really changes here. Android still rules the roost, Apple still rakes in the megabucks, Microsoft still has a phone nobody wants, and a desktop that's been bastardized to look like the phone nobody wants.
Face it Satya, you've got a losing product that will continue to lose. The sooner you abandon it and start producing top-shelf applications for Android and iOS, the sooner you'll be able to start recording "mobile revenue" that comes from something other than patent extortion.
Real Americans know that the whole "man made global warming" scam is just that: a scam. The fact that global warming stopped and the commies had to rename it "climate change" and attribute it to every weather event that would have happened anyway is proof.
This whole thing is being pushed by socialists both inside and outside of the US borders who want to accelerate the decline of America. Carbon TAXES are a great way to push that agenda along.
No matter what kind of energy one proposes, there are always a bunch of "watermelons" (green on the outside, red on the inside) finding a reason to knock it down. Guess what, kids: the answer is, in the words of Jethro Tull, "Nuclear -- the better way!"
While it is admirable of Samsung to attempt controlling more of their software stack, the fact is, we already have a declared winner in the volume market for a mobile Linux operating system. It's called Android. It has utterly dominated mobile (partially at the hands of Samsung itself) and is now in the process of dominating tablets, is creeping onto other devices, and is even starting to make inroads on the desktop.
Microsoft and Apple FAIL
Remember how Google lost all that market share when Windows switched to Bing as its default search engine?
Yeah, neither do I. This will be no different.
Bing is a piece of crap that nobody wants.
Re: Oh bollocks
Too much of a good thing. I'm glad that we've moved away from "photorealistic icons" -- that's just too much skeumorphism. But to flatten everything out to 2D? Now buttons don't look like buttons anymore, and the visual cues are all gone. We might as well go back to Athena Widgets.
Let's face it: it's hard to beat Foxconn when they're using 11 year old girls as slave labor to build Apple iPhones.
Android has built-in SIP now
Many users of Android phones are surprised to find out that the Android OS has has a built-in SIP phone client for some time now. It's hidden in the phone app settings under "Internet calling." It's not as full-featured as Linphone/SIPdroid/3CX, but if all you need is a basic phone, it's a lot leaner and gets the job done.
All Androids looking like Nexus == WIN
After owning a G1 and then an SGS2 -- and eventually switching to CyanogenMod on each of them -- I've got to say that the Nexus 5 is a breath of fresh air. I've rooted the phone but I didn't have to change out the ROM because the stock one is clean, sensible, and free of crap.
If the Silver program means that all Androids will look like this, then I say, bring it on!
Gates Foundation is EVIL
All comments about how Bill Gates is such a wonderful philanthropist are badly misdirected. Gates philanthropy does not excuse the decades of lying, cheating, stealing, and ruining of other people's lives and businesses that Gates (and Ballmer and others) performed in order to acquire all that money.
Furthermore, through the foundation, Gates and Microsoft maintain pharmaceutical patent investments, tobacco investments, investments in alcoholic beverages, petroleum investments, investments in experimental and controversial crops, and even investments in news/media. Gates need not even pay tax, though he keeps control of the assets and uses that control to influence private and public policy. Money talks and politicians can in turn be persuaded to buy from Microsoft. This dependence/lock-in cascades down to businesses and homes, creating a revenue stream that would not exist in a free market. Gates is also able to bring public money to himself through energy and public health policy. As Gates has diversified, his corrupting influence has spread to other portions of the economy.
The only satisfactory outcome is for Microsoft to go out of business.
Jobs and Gates
Gates spent his entire career copying Jobs. It is my sincere hope that the career of Bill Gates ends the same way the career of Steve Jobs did -- and SOON!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
All together now!
I think I speak for everyone, everywhere, when I say:
Wow ... Real is still around ??
None of this is relevant. Faecesbook is already in decline and hopefully their hack language will die with it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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