Say what you will about MS's products...
I would say their PR is in fact the only part of the company that is doing a good job.
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I would say their PR is in fact the only part of the company that is doing a good job.
Can you explain what is so great about VS?
Have you ever used a different IDE? I must say that some are really great, and I cannot think of one that is as old-fashioned and hard to use as VS.
Yes. In fact the biggest problem of Microsoft is the quality of their products - and no light at the end of the tunnel.
Yea right get rid of this crappy light-weight JSON - better to use XML, XSL, XSLT and then lots of SOAP. This way we'll be clean - and can simply ignore the REST.
Hm - I agree that VB is nice and simple for... simple things.
I am not sure what you mean by "development" - but when I think of development, I am thinking of applications of 10,000 or 100,000 LoC, or bigger. Have ever tried things like that in VB? Have you ever seen a VB applications written by a team of 20 developers jointly?
All examples of "VB tools" I have seen were either really really simple, or they grew into a complexity that could not be handled with VB - in other words: they were dumped when they started to become useful.
Well, living in Germany and working here, I tend to claim that most of what William says will not be true at your work place. No, I don't think he's in NRW. My house is expensive, my car is not, my salary could be better (and would be in several places in the UK). And you can get Cadbury at Edeka here - but it's expensive as well.
So all William is saying might be true for some places in Germany, but I would not generalize too much of it.
Hm - seems you miss the point of the argument. What you are saying is exactly that: there is no machine that could produce these thoughts. Your post in fact proves Penrose to be correct.
"Microsoft's serious performance improvements in Windows 7"
I wonder where you get this from. Yes, Win7 is faster than XP. However, running Linux Manjaro on the same machine lets Win7 look like a snail. And whenever I switch from Mac to Windows, I have this feeling "oops, did the machine just freeze?". Response time of mouse and keyboard is lousy, and when doing things fast in Outlook, you will see the machine gets locked for periods of up to 60 seconds. I love the spinning mouse pointer 8^(
Are you really surprised?
Salary is low, quality is low. Seems to be a perfect match.
Ok - and so why is it that your colleagues laugh about people using phones that actually do what you want and where you can install apps you really need?
Yes I also know some people you have a WP - most hate it. The ones who like surprisingly have never had an Android or an iPhone.
Sorry for my gay colleagues - while most of them are nice, some of them will go on your nerves, especially when drunk. There was this one guy who just didn't stop - and I fact he did this stupid thing like hinting at his penis size (I told him too small for my taste...) like the guys in this article.
And in fact I have even been harassed by (drunk, elder) women - yep, I was a cutie long time ago...
but it happened more with males, and I also found it more unpleasant. But in the end all pretty harmless.
I am sorry to say - I don't like the feminist anti-man attitude, but it seems true: males will harass more often, and in fact they are more often those using force.
Yep, you are right. It's a minority - and a damn stupid one... does any of this ever work on any girl?
While, besides, you might like to read this:
I cannot speak for the whole of London, but I can say that I wrote a prototype for a time-criticial application for TfL, and my company took away the business from MS as we could show we were able to handle critical stuff MS couldn't. My impression is that MS cloud is for low bandwidth customers only. So I must admit that MS is at least clever enough to know this.
One of the things that really annoys me about this - of course these stupid rules "upper+lower case, digit, special symbol" do not yield a good password. Not at all. And there are lots of good passwords that are lower case only, eg. wcbhfeae (easy to remember, isn't it?) is not that bad.
Ranking passwords by these categories is completely senseless.
"Didn’t that seem like a lot of money for what amounts to a few lines of HTML and a couple of server-side scripts?"
Too bad I wasn't there. Would have luved that.
Balmers' 'yes men' will stay for sure.
If you're clever, now is the time to leave MS.
One thing where Microsoft is really successful,
is that they were able to make people think that their data is more safe with Microsoft than with Google or Apple.
A Microsoft "private" cloud? Just look how often your Windows likes to phone home.
I like to take notes and put links to the emails related to the notes. I don't think you can do this in your ecosystem. I really use computers as tools to make me more efficient. You still use them as playstations.
So do I get this right: it's not programmable, i.e. it's not a computer at all, it's just a machine that is optimized for some special problem? Than what is the problem that it solves so fast?
My Google know her well 8^)
I think she was good in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus".
There are some really nice pictures of her on the net.
She proves that Brit girls are attractive.
You should be proud.
In German, people like to call it "Schweinegatter" (pig fence), for obvious reasons.
When I was small, I was taught it is the number sign - as apparently Brits wrote #1, #2, ... meaning number one, number two,...
I always though it was called "pound sign", as it was used for British pound on typewriters that didn't have a pound sign, due to the fact it was at the same position. Well, I learned typewriting on a machine with the pound sign, which I think was however rather unusual in Germany.
Then I know people who call it "railroad crossing", I guess for obvious reasons as well.
Why it's called a hash, I have no idea. Then people call associative arrays hashes, which is confusing the specification with the implementation. So I guess people like to use the word hash when they don't know what they are talking about.
Yep, it then it seems a lot of people call it sharp, that's why C# is pronounced C-sharp, isn't it?
Yep, invaildates warranty. However, a rooted phone can normally be brought back to its original state, so hard to prove you've rooted it.
Main problem with the stuff is that they are very different levels of complexity. Some phones can be unrooted with one-click solution, others need much more work. Find your phone+provider on the net, for most flavors you get tons of how-to's. Take your time to read them - it pays out!
who has rooted a Galaxy 2S with T-Mobile Branding and 2.3 Kernel (I'd claim it doesn't get harder).
That has nothing today with your Android - it's your bloody provider who is the reason (or the manufacturer, or both).
Get your phone rooted. Don't cry about living in a cage when the door's wide open.
I did not think about it before, but now it has become clear that women are just more expensive than men due to geometrical reasons. I'm so sorry for having had silly ideas about the reasons before - now I understand the poor creatures just can't do anything about it.
So consequently, women need higher pay than men.
Very good point here.
I am not so worried about Google having my data, but then there are some plans that online access to government services is only available through a special government account, that needs to be verified blah blah. Whatever they say, what they want is control. I don't need that.
With the industry, there normally is an opt-out, and mostly its anyway an opt-in. Not scary. You should just be aware what you are giving away. Do you get money for value?
Biggest problem is: politicians have already started diversionary tactics to make the people believe Google (or whoever) is the enemy. I know too many people who believe that politcians are really here to make this a better place, so they don't get what's going on.
The talk about "subscribers". So it's the number of subscriptions, not the number of users. Does not say anything about the terminal.
So basically it's the number of SIM cards. And for the backbone, it doesn't matter if you use a mobile or a tablet. They make profit on your usage in both cases.
> Red goes to red + amber
> You certainly don't wait for green to begin gear selection, or if you do, then please refer yourself to your nearest driving school for some further tuition.
Never heard that you must not wait for green.
But it looks like you have never been in second row before the traffic light.
There are quite some drivers who will need more than one second.
you have no idea how precise these platoon maneuvers can be. They can be done literally without any safety gap.
You will never see a human doing this. Not even on a German autobahn. Not even if the driver is completely.
But you might be right - maybe we'll get used to it.
You'd be surprised how bad the "human level AI" compares to some rather simple algorithms
for coping with the situations you mention.
Humans are not very good at driving cars.
Two simple examples:
- parking: normally, in about 30% of the cases where the car would have fit into the parking lot, the driver is too afraid it won't or thinks it will be too complicated, or just doesn't have a good 3dimensional view of the situation to get it done. The algorithms to get a car into every parking lot if it fits is pretty simple - I worked with guys who have written this kind of software, it works amazingly well.
- breaking: a lot of accidents happen because drivers are too shy to break hard enough. In fact, if you have moderately modern car, there is already a lot of software involved when you break, which will make sure that the car really stops and does not break out. Software is very good at breaking your car hard enough so it does not touch anything.
...but you have no idea what you are talking about.
Is this a serious article, or did I miss the irony tags?
This article is so full of silly assumptions, it's the worst thing I've ever read on El Reg.
The authors have not the least idea how automatic driving works. And for theircounter arguments
they use scenarios which are stupid.
Do you really believe that the first (human) at a traffic light
always starts within less then a second after the light becomes green?
Do you even understand that everyone in the row adds to the delay when crossing the traffic light?
Just one example that is plain silly.
Automatic driving works pretty well - and it has done so for quite a time. Most things a machine can do better than a human, but it seems you want to tell me that you can cut anything better than a laser beam will.
The real problem with automatic driving will be with laws (who's in charge when an automatic car causes an accident?) and with human psychology (ever seen a car being added to a platoon at 120 mph? Looks pretty dangerous).
It's funny with all this stuff - even with Xboxes, I know far more people with whatever non-XBox play stations than people with XBoxes (but, yes they do exist).
I know one person who owned a Zune (when still working at Microsoft 8^)
A know three people with a Windows Mobile: 2 got it from the employer, and as they are using it for email and calls only, they have not even noticed it sucks - one really bought it for himself. Well, the first time he called me we had to switch to the fixed phones (true. really really true. I laughed my ass of for the rest of the day... "Was that your Windows mobile? What was going on?"- " Err I don't know, but now, after a reboot, it works normal again")
I haven't seen anyone with a Surface yet. I know someone who knows someone who has a Surface, and he says it looks cool.
So where are all these people buying MS devices like mad? Just afraid to show the devices in public because they are so uncool?
At least for me that's easy:
- no automatic brightness
- takes 20 secs to look up a contact
- music player WIP
That sucks, compared to my SGII.
I'll have another Android, not sure if it will be a Samsung or a Motorola.
The guy was talking about CEO's - and you are apparently not one of them.
While QNX is quite impressive, iOS is not lightyears away from it.
In fact, QNX in a device would have been a reason for me to buy the device.
That is - was a good reason until now.
"the division works on long-term ideas that take a while to feed into products"
good to see that El Reg knows quite something about MS Research 8^)
Wonder if anyone has a number how much of the MS Research ideas ever made it into a product.
Should be a small number.
Research labs are not about driving product innovation - they're here to file patents.
I'd really like to know which 25 markets you are speaking of.
Maybe you should read The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/29/microsoft_nokia/
Windows Phone is starting losing on the US market - that's quite an indicator they will lose in most other Western markets as well, the US is just a little ahead.
And even if Windows Phone increases market share, there's quite a way to go in some markets.
No, this guy is just a good engineer.
He used months as unit when talking about the other CIOs. Months is a good choice here, as it was less than a year, but much more than several weeks.
He then re-used the unit when talking about himself. Makes it easier to compare when you use the same unit.
He could've used weeks or days instead. That would look like nitpicking, wouldn't it?
Tried to work with Powershell for about 6 months.
And I was really upset with it, and thought exactly the same: there must be a better way to use this.
If there is, then nobody shares it on the internet.
Compared to Unix shell, powershell doesn't come near. The object-orientedness is a nice concept, but in practice it's not that helpful.
What I used instead:
pyshell - much nicer, but I'm not a python fan.
gitbash (needs mingw) - just feels home when you are used to Unix shell scripting. Using that now for about 18 months, and I'm happy with it.
Sorry that I do not have a better answer. But I think that fellow posters show that this is as it is.
OMG - true AI. Yes. But maybe it would be good to read a little about physics and mathematics beforehand...
The universe is not a clockwork, it's not a machine, and it's not a big computer.
Even worse, mathematics cannot ever completely model (or even explain) reality (which came as a shock when Gödel found that out in the last century)
Our mind is not a clockwork orange - there's even a good book on this.
There is quite some evidence - not only Penrose' book - that living and thinking is something that can't be built by engineers. See e.g. http://arxiv.org/abs/1108.1791.
And anyway - Buddha knew all of this before.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Met will be busy with getting the system running for probably the next 6 montsh.
If I get it correctly, I couldn't with a Nokia Android what I can do with my Samsung.
So what's the point?
How I wish you were right.
But then there are still some people in this world who are forced to develop for WinCE.
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.
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.
"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.
So what d'you mean, this happens when you use Linux?
That you gain a lot while others think you lost?
Absolutely right indeed!
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?