308 posts • joined Friday 15th August 2008 19:44 GMT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The problem with all these fancy networks is that they've put a bunch of Windows servers on top of them.
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."
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.
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.
Not to mention the WORST defect of all...
...it runs Windows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The bankers did not allow sub-prime mortgages because they were "stupid."
Sub-prime mortgages were forced upon them by liberal regulators who said "because minorities have less money, you are racists if you don't give them mortgages they can't afford."
Banks may be greedy but they're not stupid.
Movies still suck
Hopefully all this extra security around Hollywood's crap will be the final push the world needs to simply set aside the garbage they produce and let the indie film scene do its thing. George Clooney needs to be shot into space and left there.
Re: Always a PC
Well, actually Microsoft has irresistible momentum. My company literally RUNS on SharePoint and Outlook 2010, as do my suppliers and customers. Everyone uses it for messaging each other, scheduling, project planning, you name it.
Well, actually IBM has irresistible momentum. My company literally RUNS on CICS and TSO 1980, as do my suppliers and customers. Everyone uses it for messaging each other, scheduling, project planning, you name it.
sold for parts?
It seems to me that what this move is really all about is for the 'capital reallocation' set to gain control of MS, kill off investment in the future of the company and its various franchises and then drain the body of blood in the form of fat dividends for shareholders.
Drain its cash and let it languish? Good. (Accompany this with a photo of Grumpy Cat.) Microsoft has been a parasite on the technology world for way too long. Removing the abusive monopolist from the picture will allow innovation to happen faster and better.
Re: To paraphrase The Matrix
Its pretty obvious that the problem has been trying to force windows to be something it is not, a "one size fits all" solution to all their problems
Now now, it's not "one size fits all" -- the official Microsoftspeek is "ONE EXPERIENCE"
You're not allowed to talk about Microsoft products without including the word "experience." Bonus points for using it several times in a row.
And yes, the not-Metro UI "experience" -- bad as it is on a touch screen -- is practically unusable on a computer with an upright screen and a mouse+keyboard. Elements of that UI have even crept into Office, making those programs unusable even if you run them on Windows 7.
"cesspit of the internet"
I take exception to that. Everyone everywhere agrees that the "cesspit of the internet" is Facebook.
This is the case for open source operating systems.
This, by itself, is the case for open source operating systems such as Linux. They *can't* put a back door in, because it would be quickly spotted by everyone who audits the kernel source (and the rest of the source that makes up a Linux operating system -- yes, we call that Linux too, not silly names like GNU).
It also pretty much proves that every major closed source operating system absolutely has government back doors in it. If you use Windows, the government has the key to your computer. If you use Apple, the government has the key to your computer. If you use Linux, the government at least has to crack your encrypted communications first.
It isn't the distribution model that's broken
It isn't the distribution model that's broken. It's the product itself. It's a dud that nobody wants.
Microsoft writing drivers for Microsoft virtual hardware doesn't really count as "kernel development" in any sense that would make them a contributor. That they were counted as a "leading contributor" only demonstrates that ranking by committed LoC is flawed.
Linux is unique among operating systems in that we have a repository of drivers maintained in lockstep with the kernel itself. While this is wonderful for maintaining driver compatibility, the downside is that it does become a bit cumbersome. I blame that twit Linus Torvalds, for refusing to maintain a stable kernel ABI.
Bottom line: Microsoft wrote Microsoft drivers. They have never been an actual kernel contributor.
How you can in the same post say "don't talk crap" and then cite Mother Jones, which is all crap, is quite confusing.
3rd World Facebook FAIL
Isn't it so wonderful of Zuck to want to bring Faecesbook to the third world, so they can play Farmville and have whiny teenage drama. You'd think they'd actually be more interested in having food, clean water, and shelter.
Please do not iconify Bill Gates
So ... he's got money. Big deal. He made that money by lying, cheating, and stealing. We should not be celebrating this. Gates belongs in a hall of shame. His "philanthropy" does not legitimize how he made his money -- by setting the entire technology world back by a decade or more, by ruining the lives and careers of countless others, by changing the rules of an industry that was working together to one where dog-eat-dog creates dozens of incompatible standards.
Bill Gates spent his entire life copying Steve Jobs. It is my sincere hope that his life ends the same way Jobs' did -- and SOON.
Netscape won the browser war
Yes, you read that correctly: Netscape won the browser war. It died in battle, but it won.
The browser war was never about who had the biggest market share in web browsers. It was about web applications vs. locally installed desktop applications. When Netscape announced a vision of everything running on the web instead of directly on a PC, Microsoft took that as a serious threat. Look around today and it's clear that web applications have not only won, but totally obliterated old style applications with installers and dependencies on a single operating system.
Today the only competition is over who can deliver web apps that have the best seamless integration. Google is looking to remove those last couple of barriers to everything being delivered this way.
Re: RIP Nokia
They have licenced them for ten years with an option to renew. Nokia are still the patent owners. MS have simply paid for use of those patents and offered some if their own under the same deal.
This means that if Nokia is clever and aggressive enough, they can set up cross-licensing deals with phone manufacturers to pull the rug out from under Microsoft's intimidation/extortion racket. Microsoft is making a lot of money in mobile -- by extorting Android. Nokia can stick a fork in that.
All your phone are belong to us
Didja catch that bit about requiring an app installed on your phone in order to use the service? Yeah, just what I need is some dodgy chinese company having access to -- I'm sure a very long list of permissions on -- my phone.
We used to call these "file servers"
Seriously, what's the big deal here? These used to be called "file servers" but in the 21st century they're "network attached storage"
Either way, if you have direct attached storage on a VM host that you want to expose to the rest of the cluster, you run an NFS or iSCSI server in a virtual machine and call it a day. OpenFiler and FreeNAS both do the job.
I think this article may have set the new record for buzzword density.
It's pretty obvious that this is all a setup for the triumphant return of Bill Gates as "interim CEO for life" -- in other words, blatantly copying Apple once again.
Well, if Gates wants to be Jobs, here's hoping that Gates suffers the same end Jobs did.
The only way this device could possibly be successful would be for them to dump Vista RT and install Android on it instead.
Stephen E-Flop needs to be sacked, along with all of the Microsoft loyalists at Nokia. Any other action will cause Nokia to cease to exist.
No one wants Vista Phone. No one wants Vista RT. No one wants Vista 8 (or Vista 8.1) on their desktops. It's time for Micro$oft to realize that, and correct their course.
Maybe if Microsoft released a Windows that was completely bare bones, just a start menu and a desktop to run software, and other than that just gets out of the way, people would switch away from Windows XP.
In software, good engineering is whatever gets the job done without calling attention to itself. Every new version of Windows fails this test in a bigger and bigger way.
Call the waaahmbulance
Sitting here laughing. Microsoft did this to pretty much everyone for decades -- manipulating API's and abusing their position as the owner of a widely deployed API to give themselves advantages over the others. They have a hell of a nerve complaining when someone else does it to them.
Sorry Microsoft -- what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Microsoft deserves this, more so than anyone else.
No matter what, I think we can all agree that this was Microsoft's fault.
All roads lead to Debian Linux/Linux
As a 20 year Linux veteran and a 30+ year Unix veteran, I have to say that over the last couple of years I've come to depend on Debian as the Linux distribution that will always be there, always be dependable, and isn't going to suddenly turn itself into a bad smartphone. It's my standard now.
The only significant bug is in the name. For some reason they insist upon calling it "GNU/Linux" -- an operating system which exists only in Richard Stallman's imagination. Debian is, in reality, a Linux operating system running on the Linux kernel.
The problem with Microsoft's entire product line right now is that they insist on selling an "experience" when what people want is "software." They're still pushing this really hard even in their advertisements -- "one experience across all devices." Well guess what Stevie -- no one wants that! We want a touch-optimized OS on our phones and tablets, and a mouse-optimized OS on our desktops/laptops.
Vista 8 and Vista 8.1 will continue to FAIL until Microsoft begins delivering something usable.
Vista 8.1 is full of antitrust violations
The big change in Vista 8.1 isn't the half-assed return of the Start button. It's the forced integration of Bing with every layer of the operating system. True to Microsoft's form, they are forcing you to use their non-monopoly product/service in order to try to turn it into another monopoly.
Hopefully the antitrust people will whack them on this. They need to be taken down a couple of pegs for such an egregious violation.
"Dense and cheap"
"The Facebook ask of the industry is make the worst flash possible," Facebook's Jason Taylor told his keynote audience at the Flash Memory Summit on Tuesday in Santa Clara, California. "Just make it dense and cheap."
Uncoincidentally, "dense and cheap" is a perfect description of the typical Facebook user.
The article's title says it all, really. How any serious OS developer could still be building an IP stack so wobbly that it is vulnerable to a "ping of death" in the 21st century is quite alarming. It seems that the only time Windows ever had a stable IP stack was back in the days when they were simply running a pirated copy of the BSD stack.
The entire operating system needs to be retired. Not just the old version, but all Windows everywhere. It is a cancer upon computing and must be eradicated.
This just in: CEO of a completely failing has-been company is an asshole, talks about how awesome it is that he likes to fire people, and then fires people.
Seriously, he's doing Abel a favor by cutting him loose from a ship that isn't just sinking, it's already underwater but the people on board are still holding their breath. Doesn't mean they're not going to drown in the next 60 seconds.
"The console will still function if Kinect isn't plugged in, although you won't be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly uses the sensor".
There's that word again. "Experience." It's everywhere in Microsoft propaganda. When are they going to understand that we don't want to have an "experience" -- we just want things to work properly.
- It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources
- Pic NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs
- How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job
- Google embiggens its fat vid pipe Chromecast with TEN new supported apps
- Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones