I can't suppress a slight chuckle when i read articles like this. I mean come one, who are you trying to kid here? Everyone spies on everyone.
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I can't suppress a slight chuckle when i read articles like this. I mean come one, who are you trying to kid here? Everyone spies on everyone.
What would happen here in the Netherlands. Requesting someone's ID is forbidden by law, unless the requestor has a legal right to do so (I can guarentee you that software vendors do not have that right).
Their comments seem to be ambiguous at best and it feels like simple racism to me.
Microsoft has lost it's mind. In the mad pursuit of short term profits, they've finally managed to do a hari kiri, impressive!
Microsoft had been showing some promise over the past few years, they went from a company that only cared about $$$$$$ to a company that seemed genuinely interested in what their customers wanted.
Then came the Xbox one debacle.
The came the Nokia/Lumia/Windows phone debacle.
Along the way we had the (arguably unjustified) windows 8 debacle.
Now we have the windows 10 debacle.
Does this company really want to destroy itself?
Yeah, that was sorta my point. There's no way in hell that Nokia is going to make WP devices anymore and i'm pretty sure Microsoft will pay for that. The success of windows 10 is going to hinge severely on the uptake on mobile platforms, because the desktop platform is dying. If Microsoft cannot come up with a solid partner to flog WP devices, where's MS going to go?
I know that from a short term business point of view it probably makes sense to drop mobile devices, but from (my personal) long term perspective, they're going to run themselves into the ground like this.
I like WP, i have a Lumia and i think it's the best OS out there (not as limited as IOS, not as cluttered and insecure as android), but if Nokia comes back with Android (which is what i expect), I will be moving to them.
With Microsoft apparently wanting to kill off the entire Lumia brand and Nokia ramping up to start making phones again, i think Microsoft better make sure Nokia will create windows phones again, because for most people, Nokia was one of the main reasons to take on a windows phone.
If Nokia comes back and starts making Android phones, i will switch. I don't really like Android, but i love Nokia enough to remain with them.
The purchase of Nokia's mobile department may not have been a great move for the shareholders, it wás a great move for Microsoft, the shareholders just aren't giving it the time it needs to mature.
Imho, Microsoft is alienating a lot of customers with their current behavior.
I may (or may not) have pretty much every rom of every Nintendo cart ever made :D
I may (or may not) also say the same for Sega, Atari and all the other classic consoles.
Just roms from carts mind you, disks are too big.
I'm taken aback. So first they destroy Nokia and now they destroy Lumia? Those two things made me go with windows phone, if i have to get another brand, i may just as well get an Android.
Then why buy Nokia's mobile division in the first place? They already had a deal that satisfied Nadella's needs. This is truly one of the dumbest things i've seen any company ever do. What on earth is Microsoft doing? First the Xbox one debacle, now this?
Anyone who says you don't know what you're talking about, know very little about the Netherlands. Your comment is pretty much spot on.
I'm dutch btw ;)
But as Mephistro already stated before me, the attack surface would likely become unmanagably large i'm afraid. Still, it's a very interesting idea and since i'm one of the (growing number) of people who love windows phone, this could bode well for us :)
And another one talking out of his arse.
I use Bluetooth audio at home and in my car, it *always* works and sounds great. My phone has been working continuously for the past several months. Last reboot was initiated by myself, an app was misbehaving (nothing to do with the phone, or the OS).
I use phone banking on an almost daily basis and the problems you describe simply don't happen.
I don't believe a word you're saying and I seriously doubt you actually ever owned or used a winphone.
I hate Apple, I love bashing them, but I stay away from topics I'm not 100% sure about and I do appreciate that some people love their devices (heck, I even advised my mom to get an Iphone, as I thought it would be the right device for her). Perhaps you should do the same?
Hater's gonna hate eh?
I have a Lumia 1020 and it's a great device. The camera is still the best you can get and when it was new, it amazed reviewers. Lumia camera's have been proben to be among the best, so if you say they're crap, you're talking out of your arse.
Bug ridden OS? please specify those bugs. I'm on my second winphone and am yet to encounter any serious bugs, so please tell me what bugs you refer to (talking our of your arse again).
lack of customization? and what exactly would you want to customize? I find the level of customization possibilities to be more then sufficient.
lack of apps? Perhaps that's the only valid point you made, though I have a hard time believing that an app landscape containing hundreds of millions of apps is better then one that "only" has tens of millions.
You sir, are a hater.
And here's silly old me thinking that (intelligent) people had stopped bashing windows, just for the sake of bashing windows, but I guess some people just cannot see past their old gripes.
I hate Apple in a similar way, but at least I've come to understand that they make some damn good products. Hating products just because of the brand is silly, so the least you could do i admit they actually make decent products.
So the conclusion is that if you frustrate people, they become unfriendly (er)? Wow, I never would've imagined this outcome, annoyed people become unfriendly, that must be the biggest breakthrough ever!
Ground breaking research right here people!
Well, that's certainly a big "fuck you" in the face of all their supporters. Create your gear out of donations, but at the first sight of big money, sell out faster then Dr Dre!
I was very interested in the development of the oculus rift, but i'm going to completely ignore it from now on.
I have a facebook account, as i see it as a necessary evil, but i want to stay away from them as much as i can.
I fondly remember participating in several DDOS attacks against a spammer back in the late 90's. there were no rules for such conduct back then and the T1 line at the office proved to be quite valuable. I never even got a slap on the wrist from an admin.
Ahhh, consequence free digital attacks, those were the days!
Thanks for putting things in perspective! Our lack of issues with Android could simply be due to a lack of exposure. Most of the devices used are Iphones and Ipads. Second is Android, but they're way behind with my customers and a distant third is still winphone. I do see there's a sharp rise in winphones being used in corp environments though, which from my perspective is a major plus.
My comment might seem biased, as i'm known to be a fervent Apple hater, but my colleagues say the same thing. I'm an exchange admin and Iphones are the bane of my existence. Android devices don't cause anywhere near the issues we get from Iphone and Ipad's and Winphone devices are a breath of fresh air compared to both. Inexplicable errors resulting from Iphone connections. Meetings showing up on completely different dates and times on an Iphone, content not being sycnronized properly, the endless stream of errors generated in the eventlog are but a few of the long list of issues we have with I-devices.
Support for Android, which i believe Microsoft thinks is the real enemy, is fine, so i don't believe it's Microsoft making things hard, it's Apple playing refusenik.
came here for the obligatory "phone of the dark side" joke, was disappointed to see i have to make it myself.
I chatted with a couple of those bots on MSN chat. Some of them became more and more realistic and the triggers seemed to become more advanced. It was kinda funny to see those bots evolved.
They never made it past funny though, nobody in their right mind would believe it was a real person sitting on the other side.
Why does virtual currency confuse so many people? Have we gotten so used to our paper money, that we no longer realize that's virtual currency as well? Somehow people have gotten so confident that their 10 dollar/pound/euro note actually represents that monetary value, that we no longer see printed money for what it is? Do we really think that piece of paper with a 10 on it is actually worth 10 dollar/pound/euro?
All currencies are virtual, so why are bitcoins so hard to grasp?
Excuse me? where have you been hiding for the past couple of years? We're not on windows95 anymore, which had crap security. Windows security has made massive strides and is now considered a secure platform. Go at each other's throats for all i care, but don't talk crap.
5 obviously, i'm a pro!
Not the way i see it. the Ispy is on at all times, this app just utilizes it's functions. They can track you through the beacon anyway, the app just shouts deals at you.
The moment my mobile starts annoying me, out of the blue, with messages about potential good deals in the store i'm in, i will throw it on the ground and repeatedly stomp my heel on it.
What the hell!
You sir, are now the object of my envy!
Original transformer comics? I still have the original cartoons hidden somewhere, right up till the golden age with Fortress Maximus, Scorponok, the head - and targetmasters and the beginning of the golden age!
Man i feel old now!
I'm not sure what i fear more, being with Microsoft and pretty much getting a guarantee your data is not safe and will be looked at by whoever, or going to China and pretty much getting a guarantee your data is not safe and will be looked at by whoever,
Fuck this, i'm leaving the internet.
You must be pretty fucking naive to think peado's go to Google or Bing to get their daily serving of kiddieporn.
While i feel you are pretty much spot on with your comments, i have to say that not everybody goes for the absolute, end all of graphics and computing power in a console. As said in the article, your console will sell mostly based on content. This race for best performance has not done the gaming industry any good in general if you ask me, as the focus has shifted from gameplay, to getting the most gorgeous graphics available. That's not what most gamers want. Eyecandy is nice, but if the gameplay sucks, people aren't going to buy your games.
The PS4 and the Xbox one are superior to their predecessors, shouldn't that be enough?
Still upvoted, as i do agree with most of it.
Rights holders propaganda in the classroom? Commercial parties telling children what they can and cannot do? Really? I am taken aback!
I still have an N9 and will keep it alongside my 6310i. I fail to see why the Microsoft with Lumia was a disaster, as it's gaining more and more ground. Winphone is getting close to Apple in Europe, because people are starting to find out they're actually pretty damn good devices.
I hate Apple and like to flame them, but i'm not so jaded as to think all their products are crap, so how about admitting to the fact that winphone and Nokia is a good combo and will probably grow a lot more.
Their whole government is retarded and seems bent on destroying the secular nature of Turkey. They can have it anyway they want to though, just don't expect to be granted access to the EU.
Having said that, i know the EU leaders only think about freedom when it suits them.
America at it's finest, but what would you expect from them? Ban an American company? No bloody way we'll do that, but we'll ban their competitors over a similar issue no problem at all.
Well i've always had a "fuck apple" attitude and that's not going to change, so fuck Apple.
I thought pretty much all techies had some form of autism, i know i do. Having such a condition can be trialing at times, but in my professional life it's been more of a benefit then anything. My uncanny ability to remember all things technical is a prized asset for me.
Sure, being seen as anti social is a bit of a hassle sometimes. (just because i like to be alone, doesn't mean i'm anti social, or depressed), but i've learned to deal with that and my friends mostly accept me for who i am.
I can't change who i am, so i decided to stop trying to change myself. If i do try, i'll end up not being myself, which would ultimately result in me being unhappy.
I have that, it'd falling to pieces due to age though ;)
But them seem to lack paypal support and for reasons of self-preservation, i don't have a credit card.
If you disconnect it completely? It's not going to be hard wired to the console, as that'd just be silly, so what happens if you don't connect it?
Wasn't it Obama himself who said whitleblowers should be protected and not procecuted? The US is a country of liars and backstabbers, who will only do the right thing, if it serves their purpose. The US like to point to other countries when it comes to human rights, but they themselves wipe their ass with human rights if they feel the need for it.
I'm finding myself cheering for Rusia, though i must admit that has a strange taste to it.
I love my Lumia 900, only gripe being it doesn't have windows phone 8, but 7.8 does the job quite well.
The lumia series are great phones, but i don't think it really apeals to the kids, which is the demo everyone is aiming for. Uptake of the Lumia in office environments is actually quite good, probably due to the rock solid reputation Nokia Earned in the office workplace.
I think there's a good future for Nokia and Winphone, but they need to work hard to make it happen.
right after "Apple invented all technology breaksthroughs and everyone else just copies".
Really can't do better then that? I'm an Apple hater, but at least i respect the good things they've done. You're an Apple evangelist and should really stick with your cultist buddies.
Aside from a frew trips to Samsung, i've always used Nokia phones and smartphones. It really doesn't matter what you do to a Nokia, it'll survive. I still have my 6310i, which works just fine. I have an N95, which has the back plate held in place by tape, that still works like a charm and i have my Lumia, which has seen the ground far too often as well, but is still in perfect nick.
Just use Nokia, their phones are virtually indestructable.
I've switched back to Nokia when i got my Lumia 900 and i'm not likely to go back to another brand. I don't even get why so many people are anti winphone, as the Lumia phones are on par with any other brand. I personally love my phone and can't wait to get my hands on the 1020.
We had a discussion recently about battery life and everyone seemed very impressed that i could go through nearly a full day, when my battery warning is on. I can make calls all day long, without it going down. I can't use WiFi, Bleutooth or GPS anymore, but basic functionality remains functional for many hours. I understand other phones cannot match that performance.
I'm surprised to see myself actually favoring mr Torvalds, but i am. Political correctness has shown just how damaging it can be throughout society and there's nothing wrong with being brutally honest.
Just call it like you see it and if someone is offended, then that's their problem. If you can't stand Linus' rants, then either make REALLY FUCKING SURE your shit is stable, or don't be a linux DEV.
Can't be simpler then that and i say Go Linus!
And for the record, i'm the opposite of Linus, i'm always watchign what i'm saying and try to be political correct. Oftentimes i find myself on the border of lying, just to be nice and that's not the way to go. I wish i was more like him tbqf
I've been one of the first users of hotmail/outlook and have always felt it was as insecure as it could be. I might work on Microsoft systems, play on a Microsoft console and walk around with a winphone, that doesn't mean i trust Microsoft, more the opposite in fact. my hotmail box is my spambox.
I've always expected at least someone to be reading along, it made sense to think that way.
We already have a system that's ready for both, it's on the 360 right now. You can buy most games digitally from the marketplace, all they need to do is implement a trading/reselling system in there and they're done.
Are these people insane? Nobody in their right mind is in favor of DRM and i am truely amazed to see people happily throwing away their right of ownership.
You know what, fuck this, If DRM is back, then i'm out. I'm already going to wait and see what happens and not get a new console early on.
I also can't stand their high and mighty attitude about people being misinformed. Just because they think it's the next best thing since sliced toast doesn't mean it's the best thing for everyone. These closed systems are only good for one thing, hiking prices for big gaming companies. The only games that might become cheaper are the indie games and those DEV's aren't making much money as it is.
Now who was it that said "the price of freedom is eternal vigilance"
My company laptop has an integrated webcam and even though it has a light that shows when it's on and i'm confident i can't be spied on, i still cover the lens when i set it up at home. A healthy dose of paranoia is a good thing when you're online.
I've heard people say this a million times, but i am yet to hear a compelling argument in favor of DRM. So here's your chance, go ahead and give me a good argument in favor of DRM. I promise i will be open minded about it.
Which is how things work on the 360 now. I can buy normal games from the marketplace, that are more expensive in retail. I'm still amazed at how Microsoft could make this mistake. As it stands now on the 360, you can either buy a physical product, or buy it from the marketplace at a reduced price. When bought from the marketplace, you can't resell. So effectively, you're paying extra for your physical product, which in turn allows you to share/loan/resell your game.
Sony shafted their customers with the PS3, but they too have regained a lot of my respect, so i see no reason to treat Microsoft any different.
Do i trust Microsoft? About as far as i can throw them, but being the bigger person and admitting your massive mistake is still a good move in my book. I don't really even fault companies for trying to shaft their customer, as that's par for the course in my book (at least, it feels like that nowadays), but when such a company makes an about face and actually says "we fucked up and we're realy worried about losing your support, so we're going to make things better", it's still a good thing.
I'm pretty sure this was a panic move from Microsoft, they must've been REALLY scared to make an about face like this.
Having said that, kudos to Microsoft for listening, swallowing their pride and actually admitting they fucked up big time. I'm going to wait it out for a while when it comes out though, as i'm not yet 100% convinced, but if this is how it's going to be, i'll gladly return to Xbox.
It takes a big person to admit you made a bad choice, so they've regained some of my respect, but the proof of the pudding is still in the eating.