330 posts • joined 15 Aug 2008
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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>
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.