Why it doesn't matter.
Whatever is good for Google is bad for Microsoft, and whatever is bad for Microsoft is good for everyone.
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Whatever is good for Google is bad for Microsoft, and whatever is bad for Microsoft is good for everyone.
I think we can all agree that the Microsoft Bob user interface was, at least, vastly superior to Windows 8.
That ought to be the standard response to anyone who dares to suggest that Microsoft is no longer an aggressive monopolist: "Hey Microsoft: OIN or GTFO."
Spending $10,000 on an ethernet patch is ridiculous, but so is buying "monster" speaker cable at 10x the cost of regular stranded copper. A fool and is money are soon parted.
A lie repeated often enough will eventually be perceived as the truth. Socialists know this. Apple knows this too. So does Microsoft.
This delay offers a perfect opportunity for Google to get their app stores running seamlessly on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. Android's momentum is red hot and if they were to expand its ecosystem so that those apps truly run everywhere, it's a no-brainer that this is where the whole industry goes. I want Android desktops.
This is good news. Now I'd really be impressed if they discontinued SharePoint (everywhere).
It's not just the TV itself, but the infrastructure supporting it. 4K will take a lot of bandwidth, and many cable companies are still relying on an outdated infrastructure. In your typical HFC plant, you've got a finite amount of space between 50 MHz (anything below that is used for upstream) and 1 GHz (anything above that can't be reliably carried by the equipment and cabling). Each 6 MHz slot can be used for a single analog channel (which is why analog cable is vanishing), six or seven digital SD channels, two digital full-HD channels, or about 38 Mbps of downstream Internet bandwidth (shared between everyone on the node).
If you're a scumbag like Comcast, you stuff three HD channels into a slot instead of two, at the expense of having to compress it to the point where people start noticing artifacts. How much bandwidth is going to be required for a 4K channel? For it to look decent you probably have to consume an entire 6 Mhz slot.
Verizon and other FttH providers will be able to handle it, but the vast majority of providers who are still on HFC will have a huge investment in front of them if they want to keep up. This could stall the rollout of 4K.
No amount of "philanthropy" by Gates will make up for the decades of destruction by which he made his money. How many careers were ruined because someone dared to compete with Microsoft?
Facebook is the worst thing ever to happen to the Internet. And as for Zuck the F**k, every time I see a picture of him I want to remove that stupid grin from his face with the back of a garden shovel.
What's truly important is that Windows Phone is still an also-ran that nobody wants. May it continue to be that way forever.
Twitter, even when it's completely down, still is better than Facebook.
The funny thing is that this is the second time Oracle has bought a company called Datalogix. I worked for a company by that name back in 1987. We had a software suite that did formula management for manufacturing companies. It was bought by Oracle.
Randall Munroe is not the anti-Kardashian. He is the anti-Zuckerburg. xkcd is exemplary of what can be done on the Internet: entertain, communitize, inspire, all without any flash (or Flash), without blinking ads, without messing with people's heads, without creating networks of "friends" that hate each other.
The Internet (interblag, tubes, etc) needs more XKCD and less Faecesbook.
It's pretty clear that no one between the age of 1 and 32,767 should have a Facebook account. It is very bad for them.
The real problem is that the artificial construct of "copyright" still exists in the first place. Not that it matters, because 99.9% of what Hollywood spews out is utter crap anyway.
Any factory whose purpose is to make money manufacturing Windows Phone handsets is going to get shuttered very quickly.
How many customers have actually chosen and bought a Windows Phone? I think it numbers in the single digits. Nobody likes it, nobody wants it, everyone wishes they'd just go away.
And once Microsoft's bogus patents are busted and they have to stop extorting Android, their "mobile revenue" will drop into the ten-figure red.
The only thing most people know about Kenya is that it is the birthplace of Barack Obama.
Apple? Are they the company that used to be relevant when Steve Jobs was still around?
They're still around?
It's time to break up the monopolies again, and this time here's how to do it right.
One simple rule: anyone providing last mile connections, may not provide telecom services of any kind over those connections.
This divides the industry neatly into two groups: those who provide the wire or fiber from the central office to your home or business, and those who provide services on those wires, whether they be for Internet, television, phone, private connections, or whatever.
If it's done that way, the latter group doesn't have to be regulated at all. As long as they all have equal access to central offices, any telecom provider that gets as obnoxious as Comcast can easily be swapped out for another -- likely on the exact same wire.
Eventually some companies would pop up to be wholesalers of wireline services: "we have a presence in thousands of central offices, sell your telecom services on our network" and that would be fine too.
Apple? Is that the empty husk of the company that The Steve Jobs used to run? I didn't know they were still around.
VMware and KVM are one of those examples that show the focus of both proprietary and open source software. Proprietary software has to keep adding new features to justify the price tag; people don't like to think they're paying for bug fixes. Meanwhile, open source software like KVM isn't driven by the upgrade treadmill, so they focus on doing the basics better than anyone else.
When you get down into the hypervisor level, KVM is far more manageable than ESXi. But you need other stuff on top of it to make it "enterprisey."
The reason nobody will buy Dovecot is because it's a pretty basic tool that anyone with a decent development team could write on their own in a very short time. The Dovecot guys have built a solid IMAP server, for sure, but at the end of the day it's just an IMAP server.
...and the two or three actual WindoPhone users out there may or may not have noticed.
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.
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.
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?
Facebook is *much* worse than pop up ads.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.