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* Posts by erikj

28 posts • joined 4 Dec 2009

If your kid blew $$$s on in-app tat, Google has a slice of $19m+ for you

erikj

How about XBox?

So, I have this, um, friend whose teenager recently racked up quite an Xbox bill on in-app purchases via an Amex card, which was provided by my friend's spouse for a one-time purchase some months ago. Just wondering if the Apple and Google situation might bleed over to Microsoft. Maybe I'll tell my friend to hang on to his Amex statements, just in case?

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Nadella: Yes I can put 2 THINGS FIRST. I will say them at the same time – CLOUDOBILE

erikj

Disagree

My cynicism is usually front and center, but I thought his presentation was good. I tried reading that 3300 word essay and lost the will to live midway through "Core". On stage, though, he had no script or even an outline and his pitch was better than any other PDC keynote. Even though all other presenters had notes handy, that was not a high bar to hurdle.

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NASA to unsheath GIANT ASTEROID SPACE PROBE

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Re: OSIRIS-REx?

I think 'Security' == funding. NASA's description of the mission speaks mainly about mining stuff from asteroids, downplaying the bit where (some say) Bennu has a one-tenth percent chance of colliding with Earth by 2199. I'm sure the boffins suggested finding out what Bennu is made of is helpful both to mining studies as well as figuring out what's needed to perhaps blow the thing up.

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US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support

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Likely an easy IT spend decision

...compared to what's spent keeping other, much older gov systems running -- not to mention the seemingly endless inability to successfully drive a major IT project.

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

erikj

Re: Free?

It's free because Microsoft is about to be a major handset provider once the Nokia acquisition is done. If MSFT charges, say, Samsung for the O/S, then their former Nokia operations also have to "pay" for it, albeit through some audit-friendly royalty chargeback I don't understand.

It's the same situation MS Dynamics have in wishing they could bundle MSFT kit like SQL and SharePoint kit into ERP without incurring a cost impact. It's not allowed in many jurisdictions.

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Microsoft CEO Nadella names his Xbox and Cloud OVERLORDS

erikj

Good for Guthrie

Stowing the usual snarkiness, it's good to see someone who can actually create modern software get a chance like this.

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Shift up, Ballmer: Microsoft expands board, makes room for activist investor

erikj

Well, that's the way it works.

> if you start listening to the money men then your product strategy just turns from selling products people like into products people are locked into

Creating cash generally trumps creating value. And those who can do the first without bothering with the second are rewarded a hundred fold.

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Get lost, fanbois: Nokia pulls HERE Maps from Apple's App Store

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It's not a conspiracy

Nokia wants (and needs) the biggest market share they can get for HERE regardless of platform allegiance. And of course they are grumpy about pulling HERE from the largest mobile market, especially when Apple's own maps issue is a rare gift for alternative providers. They will invest whatever is required to fix whatever the problems are and re-publish as soon as they can.

All mobile platforms have their annoyances (we seem to have them all in my house). Simply criticizing others for having a platform preference, which seems to be the purpose behind many of these comments, is even more annoying, though. Sure, Apple doesn't have (quite) the allure or the power they once commanded, which is not a criticism. It's a natural evolution of any market for challengers to gain ground, regardless of their velocity or success. Who would want it any other way?

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Proposed California law demands anti-theft 'kill switch' in all smartphones

erikj

So now the thief has to disable me

...at least long enough to preserve the resale value of my phone until it's fenced?

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Grace Hopper gave us COBOL, 'debugging' and inspiration. So Google gave her a Doodle

erikj

Admiral Hopper on the David Letterman program

This was a nice diversion today, at least for me...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-vcErOPofQ

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

erikj

Douglas Adams'...

...similar thoughts, but far less bitterness in 1987:

"Something wrong, sir?" he said. "Oh, nothing," I said gloomily. "It's just the new version of Microsoft Word."

http://www.csd.uwo.ca/~magi/personal/humour/Computer_Audience/Douglas%20Adams%27%20Guide%20to%20the%20Macintosh.html

PS. Maybe someone has a better, more official link?

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Boffins have constructed a new LIGHT SABRE. Their skills are complete

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Very disappointed there's no picture

But with gleeful pitch copy like "It's not an inapt analogy to compare this to light sabers," young Lukin has a future in rubidium marketing.

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There she blows! Mid-October release date for Windows 8.1 sighted

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Re: If they haven't removed anything it's a service patch...

But they have removed things (at least in the preview edition) -- like supporting Facebook/Flickr sources in the Photo app.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1_pr-pictures/photos-app-in-81-loses-most-of-its-best-features/24ae3087-e627-4813-a887-49333a0d12dc

Very annoying.

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Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

erikj

Re: ECC Patents

I did a little (better) looking around, and I see your point. I thought the SECG patent policy made the situation seemed pretty knotted up. But that's an effort to create standards, which has it's own IP headaches. Wikipedia made it seem like people were waiting for patents to expire to avoid having to weed through them. Sorry for adding any confusion and thanks for clarifying.

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ECC Patents

Maybe another reason, besides the obvious and abject dysfunction, Congress won't ban software patents? Elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) is very much patent encumbered by, um, the NSA.

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New NSA tool exposed: XKeyscore sees 'nearly EVERYTHING you do online'

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Re: Wake up call

True, except they will then summarily capture and store your encrypted stream *forever*, regardless of your (not sure how to put this) "FISA standing" (51% chance you are foreign, etc.). Since they can't read your content in the moment, there's no privacy violation per se in collecting your data.

I'll bet a separate FISA rubber stamp lets them proactively analyze your encryption method and partially decrypt your data if possible -- just so they can be ready to do it quickly when, well, "warranted".

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Microsoft biz heads slash makes Ballmer look like dead STEVE JOBS

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"Demonic Zeal?

Um, I actually think they've done their homework and looked at their reasonably credible experience with the cloud. In beginning, each MSFT product team was independently trying to be a cloud hero and doing crazy things (like forking the SQL Server code line). Getting to the cloud was a scorecard goal, which of course made doing the right thing much less important. It doesn't take a genius to know that all these services need to line up and sensibly share vision and execution with respect to privacy, security (NSA issues aside), billing, and marketing.

The real jeopardy will come from pushing customers into licensing schemes they don't want or don't understand. The nice thing about a subscription is that you can elect not to renew if something more attractive comes along. It's sometimes even cost effective to abandon an agreement in mid-term. The crap thing about subscriptions is that, for many things, we'll end up sending more money to Microsoft than ever before.

I don't like the article claiming demonic zeal. If anything, that resembles the criticisms of Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, or even Bill Gates. We vilify them while quietly following their lead.

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Jobs' 'incredibly stupid' prattlings prove ebook price-fix plot, claim Feds

erikj

Re: Jobsian Apple, the most disgusting, anti-consumer corporation of the world...

All that said, I really still like my iPod. It's an old one that only plays songs and podcasts. It bugs me that I can only replace it with a more expensive and less suitable device. There was a time when that wasn't Apple's intent. And that's why the world's gone past them.

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Obama's patent troll proposals: Long on talk, short on walk

erikj

A truly good start would be

...to ban software patents.

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Live Blog: Google I/O keynote

erikj

Take the long view...

> 12:12pm . . . "Take the long view and then figure out how to make money."

Easy to do when you have billions the bank on day one. I'd ask Twitter how that approach has worked for them.

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

erikj

Microsoft own evangelists...

...will enthusiastically, (and rightfully, IMO) show you Win 8 does a good job on a slate or mob, yet in the same breath throw the desktop edition squarely under the bus. Even in a room full of faithful partners like me, they didn't even try to sell the desktop story. I think the exact words were "leaving usability on a non-touch device aside, ...".

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TSA to pull backscatter perv scanners from US airports

erikj

It's the Health Issue

>Privacy hasn't been the only concern over backscatter scanners. In December, the TSA reluctantly agreed to

> conduct a new investigation into whether the technology might pose any health risks.

Exactly. These machine were deployed during a panicked reaction, their safety was never fully understood, and since that time have been slowly withdrawn starting with the busiest (or well-connected) airports.

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Surface RT: Freedom luvin' app-huggers beware

erikj

Re: Non-Commercial Office Use?

Ah -- of course! But perhaps Tim violated the license by writing this article in Word 2012 on the Surface?

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Meh

Non-Commercial Office Use?

I'm not sure I know what that means. I can send an email to my dad, but not to a colleague?

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Apple's ex-cop and the case of the lost iPhone 5

erikj

"We're with the police"

Well, technically, I guess that's true.

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Apple bans iPhone 3G patch omission talk from forum

erikj

That's not the point

Apple should have politely responded with facts, as best they know them. It's fine to say the issue is iether (a) on their radar and fixes are coming or (b) we don't see the issue.

But they deleted the post altogether, saying it shouldn't exist. That's not effective customer management.

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ERP deniers their own worst enemy

erikj

Customization Costs Drive Most ERP Deals

> ...40 per cent seemed to prefer paying consultants to cut code by default to avoid making adjustments to the way they work...

Selecting and implementing an ERP package is primarily a political process -- the IT considerations are secondary. Companies want their cross-department functions tightly integrated, but that always means one or more constituent groups have their needs met through significant customization. APIs and web services help, but the real issue is development costs for coding and orchestrating integrations and extensions.

ERP implementation costs should -- before custom work -- be equal to or less than the license costs. That's arguably a clue the package can be tailored inexpensively in the first place. Second, make sure the package has a patch and upgrade process that fully preserves custom work. Third, a solid ERP packages generally produces a good online user community, which is also a customization resource center. Live users and independent consultants participating together in online discussions is a great asset for determining what kind of customizations to pursue and how.

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Motorola's banana-mutilation ad disses iPhone

erikj

No Risk At All

Alienating the (albeit check-writing) princess-identity lot is practically a risk-free approach. There are not many ways to differentiate mobile phones other than whether it's an iPhone or not. Despite the risk (personally) in perpetuating the generalizations behind the ad, the Droid isn't going to pull market share away from the princesses anyway. So the ad is trying to provide cultural cover to entice, well, whomever. It's all unnecessary if the device simply does its job (which it seems to) and the carriers don't become doofuses, as they have here in the U.S.

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