358 posts • joined 15 Aug 2008
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.
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.
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