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Post-defenestration Microsoft: It's the APIs, stupid. And Metro

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Re: What a mess.

Even the charms bar search function appears to be defective...gives you different results depending if your are in an application or not.

These, oh editors and writers, are the new breed of Power Users of the Register. People too fucking stupid to understand what context-based search is.

This is your market.

Write articles which says Microsoft fails at everything all the time so that they will be happy and click your ads!

Oh wait. You already do.

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Windows 8 Euro PC sales SHOCKER: Results actually not bad

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The only people surprised by this are the cretins on the Register's comments pages who find using a launcher scary and wrong.

Non-jihadists, it seems, find it pretty easy.

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BBC places news chief and her deputy beyond use in Savile row

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Re: Institutional Arrogance.......

The "we're not telling you who made our Climate policy" kerfuffle aside, I disagree.

Newsnight pulled a report based on not enough evidence. Instant shitstorm. Newsnight then ran a report with a similar amount of evidence (ie, allegation only) which turned out to be incorrect (as, until a courtroom gets to hear it, the Savile report still may) and lo! Instant shitstorm.

You'd almost think that maybe other media had some kind of reason to want the BBC to look bad....

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Microsoft to biz: Just so you get off XP, we don't mind if you go Win 7

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Re: Metro in business? Why?

I realize from the coat icon that you're kidding but that has to be the most retarded comment I've ever seen, even if you include Barry Shitpeas and BIG DUMB GUY.

Win8 has a desktop and can do all of Win7's desktop things.

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Apple-v-Samsung $1bn iPhone fine: 'Jury foreman was biased'

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They could throw in "also, he said a lot of retarded shit indicates that he totally ignored the judge's instructions". Which, cleaned up, might play slightly better than this Kevin Bacon stuff.

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Windows 8, Surface slabs ALREADY need critical security patch

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Apple kit is perfect and never needs patching! And it doesn't get viruses!

I know this because the commentards told me so.

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Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset review

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Re: App control?

On 7.5, all apps are sandboxed and must ask APIs for access to things such as internet connectivity, your location, your address book, etc.

All apps must (in order to be approved for the app store) ask clearly for each permission they require (you have to actually set sliders) or they're simply not available.

I was expecting to find apps sending my data all over the place; it was actually something of a shock to find that this doesn't happen. The differentiation on privacy is something MS have pushed quite hard.

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Re: 8 pages...

That wouldn't have been straightforward with the comparison photos.

And to be honest, those were necessary because even with them, we get idiots claiming they're faked.

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Re: With such a great camera why fake the pictures then?

If such a camera could receive SMS messages, act as a full voice-guided GPS SatNav and fit comfortably in my pocket, I might consider it. Sadly, I don't know of any. If you do, please link them because I'm not kidding.

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Microsoft patents spy-TV to check you've paid for content

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Re: Awesome!

I really hate to put a downer on the hatefest, but I doubt if this is intended for the home. More likely, it's for venues that rent huge screens to display to paying audiences or attract audiences to raise revenues, like pubs, who already pay more.

Not exactly lovely fluffy tech but it's never going to get anywhere your telly.

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Microsoft shoots Windows Live Messenger, brings in Skype IM

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Re: What does this actually mean?

you can already merge a Skype ID with an MSN ID.

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Apple to ditch Intel – report

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Re: There are no 'killer' Windows applications any more

Except for, er every last one of the games.

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Naughty-step Apple buries court-ordered apology with JavaScript

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Re: Contempt yet?

"I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this."

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You know who else hates Windows 8? Hackers

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Re: UEFI bootloader

It is. UEFI is only required for a brand new PC.

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Imaginary scenarios

1. Assume MS had not bothered with a Windows Store.

Commentards: THE PROBLEM IS PACKAGE MANAGEMENT AND THUS WINDOWS IN INSECURE

2. Microsoft implements Windows Store, allows devs to submit Metro and Desktop applications or distribute on the web/via media as they so choose

Commentards: LOL MS HAVE NO APPS THIS PLATFORM IS BAD LOL FAIL LOLZ0RZ

3. Microsoft only allows distribution via Windows Store

Commentards: LOCKED DOWN OH MY GOD THIS IS TERRIBLE WALLED GARDEN THEY HAVE KILLED EVERYTHING

4. Microsoft implements Secure Boot as a security measure

Commentards: OH MY GOD THEY'RE KILLING LINUX THOSE FUCKERS EVIL EVIL EVIL

5. Microsoft does not bother with Secure Boot

Commentards: WINDOWS IS INSECURE YOU CAN LOAD BOOTKITS LOL FAIL

Really, it doesn't matter what MS do. Register commentards will hate it, whatever it is. They could announce that Windows 9 will be a linux window manager and all their software will be GPL2 and run only *nix and OSX, it wouldn't matter. It makes absolutely no difference whether a feature or action by MS is positive or negative because the Reg commentards will ALWAYS say it's negative.

I only load the comments on MS articles to feel smug about knowing in advance exactly what I'm going to read these days.

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Microsoft: TypeScript isn't a JavaScript killer

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Re: ActiveX Comes to mind

Yeah, this is just Outlook Express all over again. Or alternatively

YOU HAVE NO FUCKING IDEA WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, DO YOU?

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Microsoft building its own Phone hardware: Not 'If', but 'When'

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Re: Citation provided

@flocke - great. You link to three textbook chapters of irrelevant wank drawing an unrelated conclusion.

Go you.

And the guy with the 'mate' on his third 610... fake anecdote levels are hitting critical, I'm afraid.

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Re: Citation provided

Ah, the Shitpeas Gambit. Anyone who does not parrot your retarded opinion is paid by a company that competes with the company that you wank off every night.

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TRULY sinister blond madman signed for Bond 24, whisper insiders

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Not Zombie Jimmy Savile, then?

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British judge: Say you're sorry Apple... this time like you MEAN it

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"I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this."

I'm not.

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Felix Baumgartner sadly turns out to be blinkered FOOL

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Re: Bit harsh

Are you Bear Grylls?

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Ballmer claims Win 8 sales strong, WinPhone to follow

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Re: Ahem.

What part of the word "Website" was too hard for you?

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the 3DS is probably off the menu but the Android SkyDrive app would certainly work for your Transformer and the PC can either use the app or the website (which is easy enough to use, it must be admitted).

So, 2/3.

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El Reg acquires wildly dangerous laser cannon (with lightsabre option)

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Re: This is no toy

However, destroying Swindon from anywhere can only be a good thing.

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Re: Sharks for sale

That (the shark) may very well be the coolest thing ever.

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Mozilla: Windows 7 browser bungle cost us nine MILLION downloads

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Re: While I think that to some extent users are suffering from download fatigue in

To be fair (and I speak as a long-term Firefox user) FF has been getting worse for a couple of years now.

That will also be "costing" them downloads.

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

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Re: "Microsoft actually writes fantastic software."

You type your code at the command line, then?

No. Didn't think so. Either you don't code at all, you never use VS at all or you only use VS and therefore hate it because you've never seen how fuckawful all the alternatives are.

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Re: "Microsoft actually writes fantastic software."

I don't think there's there any real argument that Visual Studio is absolutely hands-down the single best programmer's IDE in existence right now.

You could call "Eclipse" but if you do I'm afraid I'll be laughing too hard to reply.

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Ballmer bets 'all in' on Phone 8 and Windows

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First on Windows Mobile and Symbian actually, but don;t let that slow you down. Keep the hate coming. One day, you'll be right if only through statistics.

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Windows 8 unleashed! Midnight launch for world+dog

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Re: In before

@Eadon - http://xkcd.org/1118/

File under "shut up, moron".

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Ballmer has plans for more Microsoft own-brand hardware

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Re: Need a correction

To be fair, from a hardware point of view, it was an excellent device; compare a Zune HD to an iPod Touch on any measure at all (except "is it for sale in Dixons") and the Touch looks like a PoS with bad sound and a stupid interface and rightly so.

It was just way too late and not marketed at all.

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EC: Microsoft didn't honour browser-choice commitment

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Re: When will they get real

Microsucks

300 BILLION Euro

I see they're teaching IT in primary schools now.

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'Stop-gap' way to get Linux on Windows 8 machines to be issued

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Re: let me get this straight

Gavin, why don't you just write

ZOMG THE WORLD IS ENDING MICROSHAFT IS KILLING LINUX BECAUSE STEVE BALLMER IS A FAT DEMON WHO SWEATS AND THEY WILL EAT YOUR CAT BTW WINDOWS 8 SUCKS SWEATY BALLMER BALLS AND SO DOES EVERYHTHING ELSE THEY EVER MAKE EXCEPT WHERE IT'S BRILLIANTLY EVIL EHRMERGERD

You know you want to.

It's pretty much everything you've written for eighteen months.

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Vote NOW for the vilest Bond villain

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Trevelyan

Because Sean Bean's RP is one of the most painful things I've ever heard.

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Inside the mind of a Bond supervillain: Psychotic, autistic - or neither?

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Re: A better place to look for today's Bond villain?

Paul Dacre is pretty villainous, true.

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Ballmer's lightened pay packet is the least of his problems

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Re: Developer's perspective

I also find lack of database support a killer, unless you're dealing with an online data source and your application is suitable for push.

Whether MS have done this by design or not is anyone's guess.

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Will you soon be fingering your seven-incher?

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Re: Seriously, now

missread as "cloudy tearooms". Would that be the smoke-haze of the 70s?

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Mobe app makers doubt Windows 8 will be worth the hassle - poll

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Re: Hmmm...

You mean Eadon is unequivocally wrong?

Wow.

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Re: Hmmm...

I think that if someone is surprised that iOS-app makers are not interested in Windows 8, that someone is an idiot.,

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Microsoft plans midnight launch for Surface

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Re: There will be queue's

I'm especially baffled with the stories about how Win7 manages to be better suited for using regular desktop apps. in a touch screen environment than Win8.

Where are you finding these stories? Under Gavin Clarke's byline?

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Assange movie portrays leaker as teen rebel

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Re: Only in nightmares...

"praying"

Not what I'd call it.

The rest of your little rant... unsubstantiated. Basically the style of it makes you sound like a loony.

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Microsoft releases JavaScript alternative

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Re: "MS have [...] never been a Java house."

Good point. Nevertheless, they support Javascript but no Java so the point stands.

And frankly, having used both Java and C#, I'd rather write COBOL than go back to Java.

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@Ken Hagan

MS have supported JavaScript for a long time now. They've never been a Java house. I don't know whether the reasons behind that are ideological (Hejlsberg is know to admire the concept of Java but hate the language implementation), commercial (why choose MS Java over IBM or Oracle?) or plain ol' NIH but that's the way it's been for a long time.

I do disagree with you about inventing wheels. They haven't. They've built a wheel-making tool, which is a different proposition. This isn't a new browser language - it's merely a more straightforward way of producing JavaScript.

What's nice about it - the USP if you will - is that it takes your existing JavaScript without alteration so it's actually rather more standards-compliant that CoffeeScript.

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Re: What...

How long have you worked in software development?

Seventeen years. Shit, where did the time go?

And yes, as commented above, I know exactly how bad things used to be. And how bad they're not any more. It's useful to be able to retain a sense of distance and not take things personally. For example, all American TV used to be shit. Now I'm pressed to find enough time to watch Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire and Sons of Anarchy and there are several others I hope to try when I get some time off.

If we all went around thinking "All Microsoft products are shit all the time and they are evil and I hate them because IE6 was fucking awful (which I'm not arguing, by the way) and Steve Ballmer once said a mean thing about linux" we'd be as stupid as Eadon or Bob Vistakin.

A good tool doesn't stop being a good tool just because it says "Microsoft" on it. An open source product doesn't become a closed source product because it was written in Redmond.

If MS try to close TypeScript, I will personally fork it and leave the latest open version on Github. But I doubt very much that they will. Playing the game the old way clearly doesn't produce as much revenue as playing it the new way.

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Re: What...

MS have made some major blunders in programming languages (although I'll grant you that their IDEs are always excellent). JScript, MFCs, ActiveX components, VBScript, others. Personally, I think VB should have been strangled at birth but opinions vary on that one.

Incompatabilities and weird behaviours have been fairly rife over the years.

However, since roughly 2008, this seems to be deprecated behaviour. Since then, they've been solidly aiming for cross-compatibility and standards compliance. I suspect Hejlsberg has a lot to do with this.

It's a good trait and I hope it continues.

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Re: Successful as Silverwotsit

a little from Column A, a little from Column B.

I don't think that's changed but IE10Metro is not the only browser. Even on a WinRT tablet, there's still IE10 Desktop which can handle plugins (and does - flash, for example).

So yeah, I agree that Silverlight is only a short-term solution but it does work, for now.

I've been hoping that TypeScript is received well encourage MS to make another translation utility - one that rewrites WPF to HTML5 wouldsolve their Silverlight problem and make my life a bit easier at the same time.

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Re: What...

I'll settle for 50% or thereabouts. 50% is still unicorn territory for MS. Anything over 20% and they've obviously produced something spectacular.

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Re: What...

Fair enough - now, where's that unicorn?

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Re: any browser, host or operating system

No. That's why they made plugins for emacs and vi.

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Re: What...

Telegram for Mr.Kettle from Mrs.Pot.

Please explain? I tried TypeScript and took a good look at what it is and what it does last night (because a large part of the architecture I'm working on at the moment requires Javascript and it'd be nice if it were more managable).

Your comment indicates some hypocrisy has occurred, so please let me know where.

And if you can, please also point an article on the Register about a Microsoft technology that receives 75% or greater positive comments. And if you find one, take a picture of the unicorn it's stapled to.

Hell, MS even get hate for taking down botnets here. It's gone beyond petty and turned into some kind of belief system.

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