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* Posts by Zane

42 posts • joined 14 May 2009

BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

Zane

Re: Paw Shakes Head

Have you read the article?

It's about people against using religious traditions of heterosexual marriage at a gay marriage:

"I'm not going to walk down the aisle to Mendelssohn wearing white in a church and throw a bouquet and do the first dance,"

I don't think they are gainst your right to get a Green Card for your partner in case you are a citizen yourself.

/Zane

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What does people-centric IT mean, anyway?

Zane

It has been said many times...

Ah, I wanted to write something funny about MS and people-centric IT, but this forum is already full of it.

So it's easy, MS: nobody will ever buy that from you. Seems you will need to think of another hype, this one is already a nonstarter.

/Zane

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

Zane
Happy

I like it

One of the reasons I never was fond of the Euro (yep, I'm from the continent) is diversity of coins. I always liked all these funny different ways you can shape coins, and it's more fun the more different currencies you have. So be glad you still have your pound and can fool around with it.

/Zane

BTW a 12-based system for money is better than a decimal system - but you are not going to change that in the foreseeable future, are you?

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Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

Zane
FAIL

Good news

for criminals.

Met will be busy with getting the system running for probably the next 6 montsh.

/Zane

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Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

Zane

Where's the android?

If I get it correctly, I couldn't with a Nokia Android what I can do with my Samsung.

So what's the point?

/Zane

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Minecraft developer kills Kickstarted Minecraft movie

Zane

WinCE

How I wish you were right.

But then there are still some people in this world who are forced to develop for WinCE.

/Zane

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

Zane

Sorry for the geekery.

I propose to start here: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/20079/install-linux-mint-on-your-windows-computer-or-netbook/

Should be easy to google for similar solutions.

/Zane

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Zane

Do people return?

I see that many here posted the obvious: migrate your friends to Linux. Ubuntu, Mint, whatever,...

Do I get it correctly that the normal experience is that those who migrated to Linux never went back to Windows?

/Zane gladly living in a Windows-free home office since 2001.

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Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

Zane
WTF?

Re: Consumer Company?

"good stuff like ... Visual Studio."

Wow. Are you a developer? Haven't met many that like VS. Have you tried other IDEs? I know a few which are much better.

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Yes, Google can afford to lose $9bn in Motorola sale. But did it really?

Zane

Really?

So what d'you mean, this happens when you use Linux?

That you gain a lot while others think you lost?

Absolutely right indeed!

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Ford says Microsoft CEO target Mulally not going anywhere

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Re: cars are not computers

I think you hit an important point here: Will they last?

I claim again: my grandchildren will not know who Microsoft is or was.

Do you remember Wang, Olivetti, etc? Or even your President Nixon?

/Zane

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'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

Zane

How typical of you

Really nice article.

And it mentions certain things not specific to the Win 8 or Surface Pro, but that have been around with Microsoft software since always: complicated to install, and inconsistent in design. Seems most people only notice now that they see that others can do better.

Zane

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'Burning platform' Elop: I'd SLASH and BURN stuff at Microsoft, TOO

Zane

Why not...

..end the war with the customer and make a word processor that is able to structure text?

Zane.

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The REAL winner of Microsoft's Nokia buy: GOOGLE

Zane
Alien

Re: Billion Android Phones.

Microsoft Ecosystem???

A good ecosystem comes with balance and diversity. A monopoly is not an ecosystem.

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Microsoft's Nokia plan: WHACK APPLE AND GOOGLE

Zane
WTF?

Re: RIP Nokia

What you mean "...just the phone division"?

As in: he still exists, they only cut out his stomach?

/Zane

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YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

Zane

Microsoft just can't write decent software

Seems to me that the whole thing burns down to a very simple truth - Microsoft cannot write at HTML5 compliant version of the app, while others can.

Seems we have seen this thing before. Microsoft cannot implement standards. As most programmers can, it follows that there no programmers at Microsoft.

/Zane

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

Zane
WTF?

There's no alternative...

This might be true for Windows Phones.

It's not true for Android. Just google for it.

/Zane

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German guardsmen growing mono-boobs from drilling with Nazi-era rifles

Zane

Subtitle

I guess what you wanted to say in your subtitle was "Weltkriegsmacht"

Just my 2p from a German know-it-all.

/Zane

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Microsoft caves to Google, pulls YouTube app from WinPhone Store

Zane
WTF?

Re: ..how ironic

"Outlook is a pretty decent email client".

Hm. Can you give me a reason for this. I need to use it at work, and I normally need to restart it several times a day. Calendar cannot handle repetitive appointments, when details are changed a lot of colleagues need to delete the old appointment and make a new one.

My favorite Outlook feature is that it is unsure about the exchange connection. I try to access my emails, and it tells me that I should reconnect, as it is not connected to the exchange server. Nevertheless, it displays "connected to exchange server" in the status bar.

I think I have used around ten different email clients in the last years, and none of them was that bad.

/Zane

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Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!

Zane
Childcatcher

Re: “advance the bold vision”

Any evidence for your claims? I still want to meet someone who likes ribbons or metro 8^)

Microsoft taking risks? I have no idea what you mean. They are stuck with an OS that is still single user focused with lousy networking capabilties, slow and resource hungry.

So the only the risk they are taking is "let's see if people pay for low quality". Surprisingly, a lot do.An in that, it's not a risk then anymore 8^)

/Zane

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Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'

Zane
Happy

Re: "Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'"

What you say is probably true - "the best windows experience ever". Just try something like OS X or Linux Mint and you will find out that others are lightyears ahead.

Zane

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Microsoft 'poised' to SPAFF A BEELLION on e-book also-ran Nook

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Re: MSFT the Value Destroyer

My thoughts 8^)

But on the positive side, we must that M$ did not ruin those like they did in so many other cases.

And we have no idea what they lost on the Skype and Hotmail deal. Amazing how much money they seem to be making in the few success areas. But this will work for a limited time only.

/Zane

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Coke? Windows 8 is Microsoft's 'Vista moment'. Again

Zane
Happy

Re: Instead of

So you think a Mac is to a PC what a BMW is to a Vauxhall?

More like what a plane is to a car...

Had to switch back to WinWhatever after years on a Mac, first reaction is: why is the mouse frozen? Huh, is the machine dead? Working on a Mac is so fast and swift...

Too bad it's too expensive for me to use it at home. But my archlinux is also much more responsive than Win7. So yes, I can't afford the plane. Neither the BMW (too posh anyway). But their affordable solutions as well 8^)

/Zane

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Only Kinect: Microsoft boffins build Minority Report-style tools

Zane
FAIL

“looking at pixels in the air without a screen” - will be the “next big thing”

Nope.

Next big thing are time machines. And I know that Apple is already putting a lot of effort into it.

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Nokia Lumia 820 WinPho 8 review

Zane
Headmaster

Re: Too little, too late

Well not sure where the Wall Street Journal gets its information, but when I look at the Amazon best sellers list, there's Android, and Android, and iPhone, and Android. Yes there is also the Lumia true - but not as high up as Wall Street Journal claims

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Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

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Thumb Up

Re: Christ (oops!) bloody religion again???

Thanks - must admit I always thought her name was Hopkins.

So I learned something today.

Do do do do do do Waiting for the gift of sound and vision

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Habitable HEAVY GRAVITY WORLD found just 42 light-years away

Zane
WTF?

Re: EE 'Doc' Smith? Larry Niven?

Never EE Doc Smith nor Larry Niven might be thought of as "literature". But I'd say you're a moron if you haven't heard their names - and as tech person you should have read at least one of their books.

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Microsoft: Just swallow this tablet ... the rest will take care of itself

Zane
Headmaster

Re: "Microsoft actually writes fantastic software"

It would even more be interested in the list. I'd guess that Age of Empires is on it, but what else?

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Information is the UI in Windows 8, says design guru

Zane
Happy

Re: The flaw is in the very words "information people need to consume"

Good point.

But that was the problem of Microsoft from the beginning.

Word and Excel are just computer-versions of the paper-and-pen versions.

Probably that is the reason of their success: you can use a "new" technology without learning anything new.

That's on the other hand also their problem: Microsoft users stay computer illiterates.

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Windows Metro Maoist cadres reach desktop, pound it flat

Zane
Joke

Deconstructivism

Now is this deconstructivism, or just plan destruction?

Is there any reason left to look at Win8?

Zane

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Woz says Windows Phone 'sets the mark' for mobile UI

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Clear Motivation

I bet he recommends Windows Nokia purely to decrease Androids market share.

But then I don't think he'll succeed.

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Anti-gay bus baron rages at being stuffed in Google closet

Zane

I really like...

...the girls posing with him in front of the buses on his homepage.

Hadn't heard about the Stagecoach censorship campaign before - so I learned it's better to avoid the guy and his company.

Zane

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SQL survives murder attempt by mutant stepchild

Zane

Microsoft is easy?

I just like to add my 2 cents on this.

Working with Mac OS, different Linuxes and even different Windowses - using and developing - I really really wonder why there are people who think MS is easy. My experience: because they never used anything else.

The real achievement of Microsoft - and in fact a catastrophe for the IT world - seems to be that they made people believe you can use tools without reading manuals. In this way, VB is easy. As soon as you try to maintain several thousands of VB code, you'll find out that it's better to learn a proper language.

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Hackers dump secret info for thousands of cops

Zane
WTF?

Do I get this right?

They stored the password unencrypted? Are there OS's still out that store passwords by default unencrypted? Even for a web login there are quite some standard libs that will store passwords only encrypted, right? Today you really need to spend some effort to have logins that store the passwords enuncrypted, I would think.

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Entire London 2012 Olympics' cultural events database held on Excel

Zane
Happy

Not really surprised

Haven't we all seen things like that in a lot of companies - management by Excel? Worst case complete copy&paste effort, without even understanding formuals in cells (or even macros...).

My personal biggest joke: I advised to move to a database for sth like 250.000 records stored in Excel. Same company, different country, asked a consultant to solve a similar problem. He developed a new Excel sheet, which took the domain expert six weeks to understand how to fill in his data.

Me thinks, the problem is that some people really think Microsoft sells management solution. And some managers think: IT = Word + Excel.

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Microsoft squeezes out Windows Phone Mango details

Zane

The Reg ad says it all

And as we are on the subject....

Has anyone clicked the "Get the register on the move" ad?

The ad itself says "Blackberry, iPhone, Android, Windows".

When you click it, it has links for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and the rest...

Draw your own conclusion.

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Zane
Happy

...I guess so yes

Interesting observation but I guess statiscally irrelevant.

In my environment, non-techies can operate iPhone/iPad/Android much better than technicians.

Even worse, still 100% of the people I know who use Windows Mobile would switch to iPhone if they could. Just found another representative of this species last week.

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Ms. Gates: 'Bill does not use a Mac'

Zane
Gates Horns

Poor Mum and Dad

Ah I never though about this - of course what nowadays no kid can live without is an iPod - my elder kids already have one, and now the youngest has start complaining. Walkman, MP3 players - that was a long time ago. Nonono nowadays it must be an iPod.

And while my wife and I are rather strict (and restricting) with lots of things, iPod is one of those must-haves. To forbid your kid to own an iPod - that's really like never ever buying them any ice-cream.

Just imagining how Bill and Melinda again and again are suffering by their own principles makes my day - this is the best possible punishment for those on the evil side of software development.

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German gov pooh-poohs biometric ID card hack

Zane

Yes, it is...

CCC has proved before that fingerprints are quite insecure, and that a glass of wine, touched by the victim, and some tape is all you need to fool certain fingerprint reading devices. The also published the fingerprints of former German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble: http://www.h-online.com/newsticker/news/item/CCC-publishes-fingerprints-of-German-Home-Secretary-734713.html

Zane

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Germany bans BlackBerrys and iPhones on snooping fears

Zane
Happy

But the cure doesn't help

...maybe you are right in not trusting these devices. Trusting the BSI and the T-Com is however even more silly. They can't even tell secure from insecure systems.

And as others have pointed out: using existing encryption software would have solved the problem. But at the BSI there is nobody who would even know how to get this software.

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Zane
Gates Horns

Guess what OS runs on the phone...

..because that's the real reason behind chosing it. The BSI is notoriously known for warning against anything non-Windows as soon as they can find a reason. Security holes in Windows or IE have nearly never been of any concern for them.

Wonder who pays their bills.

Well, they are also known for having little competence when it comes to IT. Surprise.

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Too much sunshine makes you commit suicide

Zane

No surprise

Sounds contradicting, but I guess it's not.

As someone said before, depressive people often commit suicide on the first upswing. Also known that some anti-depresiva will give a person enough motivation to commit suicide, but not enough energy to feel good.

Lived in a scandinavian country for two years, and I'd say the toughest month is May.

Autumn and winter are no problem as long as Christmas and New Yea rare approaching - in fact, it get's better and better as streets are lit up for Christmas, and holiday is approaching. In January you still have energy from your vacation. In February, you start waiting for the sun, but you just know that February and March are still cold, rainy and dark nearly everywhere.

When it's still mainly cold and wet in May, you really get hopeless.

Should then the sun come out - you will just think "what a nice day to die".

Zane.

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