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Gates vs Politician
"It is a manoeuvre only carried out when someone feels superior to whoever they are greeting"
I dislike Gates, because he plays dirty in business and held the IT world back a decade at least using embrace extend and extinguish tactics. (And the less said about the Weaknesses of windows the better)
But on the other hand, he can program a computer - so therefore he IS superior, any engineer is superior to any politician is a good rule of thumb methinks.
Apps that reads socialist PC propaganda would never get approval for Eadon's Linux App Store. A good old Telegraph reading app however...
Margins are falling - bad sign! But it's not so surprising - they haven't shaken up the market since the iPAD. Which suddenly seems a long time ago. I guess iWatch is their next big bang.
As Jobsian design/engineering-led dictatorship gets replaced by MBA leadership, things will get tough for Apple, their best asset, arguably, is their chief designer, Jonathan Ive, as long as he has power, Apple have some hope. But they need a visionary, and Cook doesn't seem quite as powerful somehow. But you can't get as powerful as a founder.
Logic vs Hope
It's logical to use robots (drones etc) instead of troops - they're cheaper. But this can only end badly.
There was this documentary I saw, The Terminator....
"companies like Salesforce have a major opportunity to grow their business by letting marketers and ad-slingers sift through this data and get to consumers"
The phone already tells tales about us, but having the fridge do this too, we're moving towards a truly horrific, marketing led dystopica. What did that comedian, Bill somebody, tell marketers to do?
Re: Isn't it odd...
"And on the desktop/laptop the market apparently loves Windows" -
NO IT DOES NOT - didn't you get the memo? Punters are moving to expensive Macs or to mobile substitutes that don't run Windows. Windows is KILLING the PC market, in the same way it killed the (used-to-be-linux) netbook market.
Re: Crippled by the DORKY Windows 8 HORROR
@Spoddyhalfwit "Does the market agree with you about Linux vs Windows?"
- not a bad question to ask. I presume you're talking about the shrinking PC market? The market would agree if there were a genuine choice - if Linux were not smothered by MS strong-arming the desktop OEM's. (when notebooks first came out, they were very cheap and ran linux, and they were extermely popular. MS had to artificially kill that market using brute force over the OEMs. They inadvertently left an unsatisfied demand, which has now been fulfilled by Android tablets).
In mobile Linux is doing just fine, thank you. Android is Linux, the latter being the kernel. In fact, in every computing area, from super computers, clouds, blades, servers, mobile, tablets, routers, embedded, TV's, consumer devices, Rasp. Pi etc, etc. Linux DOMINATES.
Linux is not always visible, but it is everywhere. It's much more prevalent than Windows ever was or ever will be.
Raspberry Pi Phone
I'd love a pay as you go RasPi Pi Phone!
I think I'll get an Ubuntu Linux phone next for a contract phone, hurry, Umbongo! Ideally it would be a Linux Mint Phone but maybe that will arrive one day.
But I am open minded. After careful consideration for a few zeptoseconds, I have come to a realisation: No crappy locked down, dorky Win Pho 8 rubbish for Eadon!
Firefox phone - I like the sound of it as a back-up phone :)
Politicians have to pay for all the cash they gave to the banks somehow
These tax laws are going to create plenty of work for IT workers, but much IT work tends to be outsourced. So the US economy won't even benefit from that :) This is going to be fun. Politicians vs Everyone else.
There is truth to the maxim that Tax is Slavery.
Isn't it odd...
That the opinion of the guys on this site are at total odds to reality. The reality is that the Market (when it has a choice) loves Apple, loves Android, likes Blackberry and... it loathes phones with Windows 7 or Windows 8 on them.
Think about that. The pro-Windows 8 comments (other than mine, of course) here do not ring true at all. They're absurd cheer leading. Anyone with half a brain can see that the Windows 8 UI is ugly, that MS are unfashionable in a bad (corporate) way, and that they are even more locked down than Apple.
Why all the denial here? It's the emperor's new clothes parable all over again. It's the Reg Group Think effect, a kind of Jobsian reality distortion field for accountants.
Big Bro Enslavement of Citizens
Suspicious Boston bombings (Spec Ops involvement?). Texan Explosions. No better time to pass a draconian law removing the privacy of citizens.
Re: Crippled by the DORKY Windows 8 HORROR
Look at the UI - tell me you wouldn't be embarrassed being seen with it? OK, maybe you might not be, but I have more style than to be seen with a gaudy gimcrack with such a ghastly UI to it. (Even ignoring all the other disadvantages of Windows Phone 8 or whatever its called).
And the market happens to agree with me, it's not that what I am saying is in the slightest bit controversial. So why call it "hate"? when it's pointing out exactly what the Market thinks? Billions spent on marketing can't shift these trinkets.
Nokia Lumias are a total disaster in the market place. My observations are reflecting the reality. MS have produced a dud Mobile OS and they lost their market share because of it. In fact, in the quarter of the launch, Microsoft's number of subscribers dived 25%. We are seeing similar effects on the desktop - caused by Metro UI and walled garden, closed hardware locked-down-ness.
I DEAL IN FACTS.
MS hiking up Enterprise fees
MS's market share is falling but it will continue to ramp up licence fees above inflation to make up for it...
We are in the age of virtual machines, big data and clouds - Linux and Open Stack are the new kings of the Enterprise - everyone else who are not standardising on these highly interoperable and scalable technologies are playing catchup or will be soon.
Re: Microsoft - sorry Nokia - on the patents rampage
@Troll - you don't need a tin foil hat when MS's wormtounguesk right hand man, Elop is involved...
Re: Maybe HTC could focus on
The issue is, Nokia's hardware is now a generation behind the curve. They've got little cash left to compete any more, only the stipend that MS pays them for their IP, to build Win Phones and not go Android.
Microsoft - sorry Nokia - on the patents rampage
Nokia - now the manufacturing arm of MS, have a portfolio of patents (which Microsoft are slowly acquiring) that can be put to use to siphon cash from competitors. That is the future of Nokia and indeed, MS, who are performing patent trolling attacks on Android, to become patent trolls.
THOSE THAT CAN'T - SUE. NOKIA AND PATENT SYSTEMS EPIC FAIL
"Have you seriously given Win 8 a go?"
Yes - and it sucks. I could make it suck less by spending time on hacking it to get rid of Metro etc, but out of the box Win8 really sucks. Even after I customised it to be more usable, it's would still be much worse than, say, Linux Mint, or even a Mac, because it would essentially be Win 7 with some minor tweaks here and there.
Also, to make one point of many possible points, I don't like BS like UEFI that requires an MS cert due to Windows 8 policy. This is basically "trusted computing" where MS owns the hardware, not you.
Re: Eadon's Verdict... (SPOILER - FAIL)
"1). Do you prefer to get -1 rather than +1 votes?"
- "This is a tech site - not a beauty contest. I could be a whore and say stuff that will win votes, but what's the point? Can you trade votes for bit coins? Am I missing something?
"2) How many sockpuppets are you using on this site?"
None. Are you?
"3). After all the down votes do you still think typing SOMETHING, SOMETHING, MS FAIL is funny?"
What makes you think I'm on the site to be "funny", I mean, do you think I am motivated by making register readers happy? I'm not that nice, I do not even like register readers, except a minority who obviously get it. Au contraire, mainly I am here because most people cannot see what is really going on, they take the official agitprop to be factual. They cannot see the BS, (or are paid not to) due to corporate marketing, group think and confirmation bias.
MS tablets used to require styluses
Now they seem to need keyboards...
Re: In it for the kill
@Don Jefe - "fact it would be bad on many fronts for IT if they did." -
Utter bullshit! Did the IT world suffer when IBM lost the power it enjoyed in the 90's? On the contrary, things got fun!
Look at MS, they lost mobile, and as far as I can tell, that's where IT is actually making real money. MS are a deadening force on IT, their absence would liven things up, create new jobs and generally see innovation in the desktop market again.
Some saddo mouse-clicking sys admins might have to learn Linux but even that would make them better sys admins, once they have learned that command prompts are more powerful for serverside sys admin tasks.
MS becoming a server-side company - THE FISH ROTS
"investors aren't recognizing the long-term value that Microsoft holds, particularly with its strengths in server and back-end systems"
MS has one strength - vendor lock-in. The same advantage IBM had, until they lost that advantage and had to change their business model.
People thought that IBM were unassailable but right after their most profitable quarter, they made horrific losses until a new CEO saved them (now they're doing fine by transitioning to Services).
Right now, MS are on the edge of a cliff. A fish rots from the head, and in Microsoft's case, the head is the consumer market. Once that goes to Google and Apple and Linux vendors (which is happening fast), then PHB's will stop signing the corporate blank cheques that MS now relies on to be profitable.
MS has 3 cash cows - Office, Windows on PC's and Servers. The first two are shrinking, not only because of longer upgrade cycles and that windows 8 sucks but also because people are not willing to spend top dollar on kit any more, which puts downward pressure on licences. So MS's future rests in the server space. Which is what the investor seems to be betting on, unless this is some kind of short term play to talk up the stock price, whilst the rich sell out. But I'm not cynical enough to believe that...
Re: Lawyeres and solicitors
@AC - I love it when AC's post personal abuse. Way to go!
Re: Lawyeres and solicitors
"allegedly harassed" - I do not trust judges. Therefore it's alleged. Also - Political correctness has warped the system, people cry wolf etc etc. so I am not seeing that the harassment really happened. It might have or it might not have.
Re: Dark matter signal - this is a MAYBE at best
@Ken Hagen -quite, the faster-than-light-neutrino experiment, to which you allude had a 6-sigma certainty - but all that meant was, they had a 6-sigma certainty that they had made a mistake. Which they had.
So I am not convinced this 3 sigma signal is anything but a fluctuation which will go away once there is more data, or just background. Of course, this prediction may be wrong. But I was on this site predicting that faster than light nutrinos were nonsense when jouranlists were reporting it as a discovery. "6-sigma!".
Re: Ugly @Eadon
@1Rafayal - "By saying Windows 8 is impractical because it takes a click more to get to the desktop, you paint yourself in a rather sad picture"
I did not say that. You keep putting words into my mouth, and you keep attacking straw men.
"Sure, I have read a lot of comments and columns etc that complain about the lack of a start menu, but pretty much everyone agrees that this is one of the fastest Windows yet"
That dumbfounding sentence sums up your (abject lack of) logic. You can come back and debate me once you know something.
Re: @ Eadon Wrong title...
@Dapprman - as I said earlier, there's always overlap - but as I said, Apple create whole new markets. Whereas MS waits for other companies to create markets then tries to take them over (e.g. Word Perfect etc) or buy their way into them. (Windows 7/8) using dirty tactics (Danger, Sendo, Nokia destructions and Android patent trolling).
Two Faced MS
MS have to be the most shamelessly Two Faced entity since Janus.
Re: Ugly @Eadon
@1Rafayal - "Windows 8 is not impractical - it has the Windows desktop"
So all the people complaining about Windows 8 being impractical are lying? Or you know better? That the PC market has BOMBED since Win 8 came out is not giving you a clue?
"like are the devices any good etc "
They're not. Hope this helps.
Re: Eadon's Verdict... (SPOILER - FAIL)
"You're never going to get linux pre-installed when there are so many different distros and the more shoutey advocates change their mind what's the one that everyone should want on a regular basis"
You can replace the word "different distros" with "different windows versions". The leading distro over the last ten years, give or take a bit, is Ubuntu. However, Ubuntu lost their way a bit, and now Linux Mint is taking over the hot spot. So the choice for Linux is, "Ubunutu" or "Mint", there's more difference between Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
There are many niche distros out there too - Server distros, Bleeding edge distros for technophiles, distros for mobile and distros for embedded. This entire "ecosystem" of distros is extremely healthy. They are all compatible as they use Linus' Kernel, and you can use whatever windows manager you like, if you wanted to change the default.
Re: Wrong title...
@AC and others - I do accept that this is a grey area - and in fact, I approve of copying. But what happens is that MS makes a product, and it fails. e.g. it made stylus-dependent tablets (themselves based on the Apple Newton) and they failed. It made a spot watch thing, and it failed. But MS mostly wait until another organisation creates a new market, then MS attempts to move in on that market.
Apple are not hugely original but their genius is taking an existing concept and then producing a must-have product based on that. In retrospect such innovations kind of seem obvious, but they're not. However once Apple create that market, MS quickly boosts R&D in an attempt to steal some of that market. Zune, Windows Phone 7/8 and Surface being a classic examples of failure in this area.
It's not just Apple that MS copies either, MS emulated the Google search engine and ad business, for example, and also they emulated the Sony Playstation.
Open Source Solutions
Standardise on Open Source systems. Then immediately you avoid vendor lock-in, and you have a wide choice of suppliers of support. If anyone wants to use proprietary non-free software, then they would have to justify it against stringent tests, i.e. why can't open systems do the same job well enough?
This goes triple for government departments e.g. defence, health and eduaction - as it is the tax payers who are shelling out and money is best kept in the country rather than sent to foreign vendors.
Re: Too expensive
@JDK "Then you can continue to buy 4Kg 2" thick laptops that meet your needs."
- False dichotomy my apologist friend. For that money you can buy superior kit from Apple or superior kit from Android OEMs (and have enough spare to buy a decent laptop/tablet).
Re: Wrong title...
When you get 10 downvotes (at time of writing) for telling the truth - you know that you have angered the Redmond pro-MS downvoting marketroid army.
Original Mac -> Windows 3.1. Mac OSX -> Vista/Aero. iPod -> Zune. iPad -> Surface. Macbook Air -> Ultrabooks, iPhone -> Windows Phone 7/8. Everything in the MS Windows world is copying Apple badly, always has been. Now MS are scrambling to make a windows smart-watch, after it was revealed Apple are working on one.
MS/INTEL APPLE COPY FAIL
@Will Godfrey - trouble is, windows 8 is notorious for being unpractical. So it's ugly AND useless at the same time. It's not just Windows 8 - Ubunutu Unity and Gnome 3 made similar mistakes, but Windows 8 has taken things to extremes of annoying UI-ness.
Re: Missing matter
@JDX - "Just because WIMPs are shown to exist" -
They have not been shown to exist. This is a weak signal that may be a statistical fluctuation.
Dark matter signal - this is a MAYBE at best
3 sigma, as the joke in particle physics goes, happens half of the time. It will be many years before we can verify these putative WIMPS, it's too difficult to understand/eradicate the background.
PC-like servers revenue is dying
It's going to be an increasingly difficult sell to justify huge licence fees for proprietary s/w when there's no money in the hardware. The smart money is in free / open software (e.g. open stack / linux) combined with the selling of services. IBM are well placed.
Eadon's Verdict... (SPOILER - FAIL)
The algorithm goes like this:
1) For Each Gimcrack:
2) Does it come with Windows 8
3) If yes, then score is 1/10
4) Does it come with Android
5) If yes then score 8/10
6) Does it come with Linux Mint distro?
7) If yes then score 10/10
system out: 1/10, 1/10, 1/10, 1/10, 1/10, 1/10, 1/10, 1/10, 1/10, 1/10.
PC MACBOOK AIR COPY ULTRABOOK WINDOWS 8 FAIL
Lawyeres and solicitors
Solicitors and the like make good money out of "victims" like the poor woman who was allegedly harassed. It's essentially exploitation.
To get into debt like that must be beyond imagining. It's insane. Pyrrhic victory indeed. The plus side is that this might deter others from going to court, ultimately starving various parasitical lawyers and solicitors of funds.
Badly Designed Server = Server running Windows
Poor TCO, Poor security, Poor scalability, Poor robustness, needs heavy hardware, lack-of-openness (standards and source), FBI backdoors risk, licence management overhead, high licence fees (and support fees), horrible audit risks, admins-with-a-mouse-clicking-mentality, way-higher-than-inflation licence fees increases, lock-in, even a (un)metro-UI, frequent rebooting, frequent critical patches, needs AV and there is a small but significant risk of borking by AV.
But apart from that, it's industry strength!
- Geek's Guide to Britain INSIDE GCHQ: Welcome to Cheltenham's cottage industry
- 'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test
- Game Theory Is the next-gen console war already One?
- BBC suspends CTO after it wastes £100m on doomed IT system
- Peak Facebook: British users lose their Liking for Zuck's ad empire