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Net neutrality: EU's three-headed beast now at war with itself

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Re: Don't stop there A/C

Most roaming costs are not justified nor by costs to deliver the service, nor by the need of a reasonable profit. It's just customers exploitation. Even more so when both the company you have a contract with and the network you're using are the same.

It's just like if a beer in a pub outside your home town would cost you much more just because.

If EU wants better integration and less boundaries, it goes through stopping unfair commercial practices as well.

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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Re: Compensation?

Being forbidden to make a copy means that once I paid for the right to listen to their music on a given medium they will replace such a medium if it is damaged or lost? Or that I can send back my old CD and obtain it in a new format?

The music industry is hiding behind a finger. It hoped new media would have allowed to sell the *same* contents to the *same* people over and over as long media evolved. A 'perfect' plan to make lots of money with minimal efforts. Just repackage old stuff in a new format, and sell it again.

Just to find the new media allowed to move contents to newer technology easily, without any need to repurchase. Just like you get your own old photos and movies digitalized.

When the plan to extract as much money as they could from the same contents failed, a 'compensation' was sought. Of course, the perfect target are the end users, regardless of what they do or don't. Just to make some overly rich 'artists' even richer, and those gathering compensation money as well.

Frankly, as a software developer, it's like if I asked to repurchase my software every time you switch to a new OS, while asking you to read the software from the original media each time, and forbidding you to make any copy, even on the hard disk - and we get no compensation....

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In Italy it ended up to be a tax on any blank media, including HDDs, and every device able to store music - including smartphones. Money go to SIAE, the Italian society of artists, that after wasting a lot in its own interest, gives the rest to Italian musicians, of course being unable to know who gets copied most, so who sell more gets more money.

I stopped to buy music wholly. If I'm charged any time I buy a media or device for my use (I buy a lot of storage for my own photos) and doing that I pay someone who does nothing I use, well, I will not give 'em not an Euro.

Moreover as a software developer I don't get an euro for people 'personal copies', and really can't understand why musicians should be threated differently.

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Google turns on shiny new .google top-level domain – but WHY?

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Maps wiped out the GPS market?

For the casual user and traveler, maybe. And just those who never travel abroad.

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Whistling Google: PLEASE! Brussels can only hurt Europe, not us

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Re: As long as Google de-facto controls "access" to the Internet...

Nor MS had a monopoly over browsers. There were others, someone used them, many didn't and Windows never forbade to install them. If people didn't use them, nor used OS/2 or MacOS or Unix was not because MS forced any monopoly - moreover unlike Macs and some IBM using proprietary architectures, PCs run any OS you throw at them, as Linux rise shows very well.

But we still blame MS for gaining a dominant position just adding a default browser to its OS, but Google brainwashing is very effective in denying the fact that for most users Google is the home page and effectively controls access to the Internet. Sure, a few users use other services (which could be just proxies for Google....), but like IE, most users do use Google, which is in the same position MS was years ago, and it's even worse because it doesn't control the technology, it does control the contents, something MS never achieved and wasn't its aim.

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Re: If EU funds a google lobbying NCO, they pay the MS lobby more

What "significant competitors in search"? Yahoo and BIng? They are as much competitive as OS/2, MacOS and Netscape and other browsers were, when action was taken against MS. The only real competitors are Yandex and Baidu for their respective language areas - just both outside EU boundaries and not used by EU citizens.

Nothing to say about that "hardware empire" lobby that still "fines" $$$$$ you for Internet access because you can't just plug your fingers into a wire connection, or tune your ears to wireless signals?

Or that "telecom empire" that still asks you money to use their cables and antennas to access the Internet because you can't access internet servers with your brain powers?

But you just show what the real issues was. People don't want to pay for software, and in exchange for what looks like "free" one are ready to sell their freedom.

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As long as Google de-facto controls "access" to the Internet...

... politicians do know it controls access to what make them palatable to the citizens or not.

Actually Google could change what a search about a politician returns first - and make it a star or a no one. And meanwhile, it can inject a lot of funds in any "foundation" you like... so politicians will be very careful to take a stance against Google, especially since their spin-doctors will tell them not to do.

The monopoly Google has over Internet searches, and thereby the first "access" to Internet contents is far greater than those MS had simply controlling the browsing technology but not actually what the browser displayed - but it was enough to prompt the EU to take action against MS.

But no one cares, because MS is by default "evil" - because it asks you money for the products it sells-, why Google is "good" because it does't ask you money for the service it offers, just because too few understand those services are there just turn youn into a Google product being sold for money...

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You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes

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Re: Another Laurel & Hardy moment

I too removed Avast from my sister's PC a month or so ago because latest versions were too heavy and made her old PC too slow, and riddled with too many unwelcome "options" and "ads".

I do not know if the size of the "rollup", over 700MB, created issues while Avast tries to check everything inside and checks every file change and every executable run.

Anyway, when I install so large patches I disable the AV, or it could take a very long time to complete the process, and to ensure nothing goes wrong because the AV imagines theres something bad in the patch and crash something.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: MEN!

Actually the author is a woman... unless she asked a men to write the book on her behalf <G>

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Re: Not the right way to promote IT among girls... but realistic, after all

Just Dilbert, as many other strips, take inspirations from real life - and you missed the comment I had a first hand experience of someone like that in the strips... there are women who learnt they have power over men, and will use it to reach their goals.

The dilbert strips were there just for a smile...

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Not the right way to promote IT among girls... but realistic, after all

Just see:

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2008-05-20/

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2008-05-21/

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2008-05-22/

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2008-05-23/

Unluckily, I met one like that...

Anyway, guess "girls" now understand how IT people feel everytime they are portraied in some blockbuster movie - fat, wearing teenager clothes in their forties, unkempt beard and hair, an old pizza beside the keyboard, living with mama, etc. etc.

Of course this stereotypes are OK, if Brad Pitt is the hero....

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Roll up, roll up, Microsoft's rolled up dozens of OS fixes

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Re: Windows Mess

Why? Because it releases improvements without waiting for the next release?

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Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority

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Re: Do I understand this?

NO - the real idea behind a CA is the CA is responsible to ensure a certificare is issued after a proof of identity. Certificates are designed to provide both authentication and encryption.

If you start to issue certificates without a proof of identity, you get encryption, but you lose authentication.

Self-signed certificates are useful only to provide encryption because there's no way to athenticate them, and they correctly trigger a warning because they can't provide authentication.

If such a CA is ever be adopted in the systems I manage, I will remove it and put it in the untrusted list.

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Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins

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Re: ALL YOUR XP BELONG US?

As said I would not be surprised if the same Kerberos libraries are shared among client and server versions, thereby it makes sense to bring them all up to date, even if some code is never called by clients system. Maybe while fixing the bug they also took the time to refactor some code to make it more robust, and make it less vulnerable to yet unknown issues.

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Re: "wifi" to dowload phone updates....

If you cannot afford a proper data plan, don't buy a smartphone...

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Re: Slack

Then the problem is your lack of connectivity and your data plan limit - not the patch size. And unless he or she owns just a phone, he or she should have ways to patch his or her computer as well...

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Re: ALL YOUR XP BELONG US?

This vulnerability is a domain controller one - it's in the code used by a Kerberos KDC (which in Windows is a DC) to validate a Kerberos ticket. You can alter some of the ticket data to gain more privileges and still the ticket validates. Thereby client machines and non-DC servers are not affected, thereby XP is not affected by this vulnerability.

Anyway because any server could be (manually) promoted to be a DC, and because anyway the same code looks to be present on client systems too, the patch applies to all systems, although what you need to patch ASAP are the DCs.

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Re: Slack

There's a thing called "wifi" to dowload phone updates....

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Re: MS, please help me understand

Just installed yesterday security fixes for file, libgcrypt11 and nss in Debian... the problem is not in Windows only, it looks... just see https://www.debian.org/security/2014/

Thereby, instead of keeping on whining about MS, just ensure your systems - whatever they run - are properly kept up to date.

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That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?

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MAybe not now, but it means in the long run I can have a fairly amount of files in OneDrive - that can esily exceed the local space I want to be occupied, and could require too much time or available bandwith to sync.

And anyway, designing a system to let user sync up to a 1TB is fairly diffent than one designed to sync just a few GB.

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VCS solved this issues àlong ago...

I don't understand why MS can't adopt a VCS model... show what files are local, which are not, and which needs to sync... also I'd like to avoid to sync everything on my SSD disks or phone, having 1TB available on OneDrive means there are files I wish to open on demand only, and that could be stored in a sort of local cache of limited size.

Use different icons to show it, and if some users don't understand what icons means, give them an Android phone, it's all they can use...

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Do you have 1TB available in dropbox?

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Meet Windows 10's new UI for OneDrive – also known as File Explorer

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Re: Windows 10

Uh? This is about the desktop version of Windows, nothing about a mobile version.

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'sync with the cloud, like you expect them to'

No, sorry, I do not expect all files to sync - and I do not expect the same files to sync on every machine. Especially since 1TB storage means I can easily store much more I wish to sync on a tablet, for example. There are files I can really need to access on demand only.

Anyway on my 8.1 system they did sync everything by default until I disabled it for some folders.

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Dormant IP addresses RIPE for hijacking

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Spamhaus DROP/EDROP...

Spamhaus has been publishing a list of hijacked IP blocks for years (http://www.spamhaus.org/drop/) - just systems are as usual configured as it it was the Internet of 1985, and security is always the last worry to think about. After all, from an ISP point of view, bad traffic is always traffic... why stop it - especially if your customers have traffic limits after which they need to pay more?

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Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

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Re: XML too

Or the problem lays in those writing XML parsers? XML is far better designed than JSON for example (JSON string are an example of something designed by someone using just one language...) , yet being much more powerful will require more complex parsers as well.

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Re: Secure Channel bug - does this affect XP ?

It probably affects XP also, unless the SChannel implementation is enough different to be not vulnerable. But SChannel is an XP component also. IIRC it was introduced in Windoows 2000.

I'm afraid this could be XP tombstone...

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Re: Update FAIL (?)

The guy below who posted enough info got a reply that should help him to solve his issue. otherwise you can keep on crashing you browser and tell the world in useless comments how much you hate Windows and IE because for unknown reason it makes you feel good - yet you can't never know where help could come from...

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Re: EMET

It is a known issue, (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3015976) upgrade to EMET 5.1 - you should have missed this http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/11/emet_version_5_1_released/ (EMET 5.0 crashes Patch Tuesday party)

(+1 for the correct identification of EMET as the cause... it should have been added to the patch list too)

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Re: Update FAIL (?)

What version of Windows and what version of IE? If you report a bug, at least report it in a useful way...

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Net neutrality, Obama, FCC, Title II:Your ESSENTIAL guide to WTF is happening

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It's ok with "less government regulation"....

.... as long as it doesn't mean more "company regulations" to extort as much money as they can from customers...

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

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Re: Wishful thinking, as always

Same could be said for Chrome, being the browser bundled with Android. Also, Chrome gets installed in a "malware-like" ways from a lot of "free" software to get some of the Google money.

The way also Chrome installs into appdata to bypass security policies is another example of its maliciousness....

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Re: Forgetting something Mr Chemist?

in 7 the FTP client AFAIK is not installed by default. You have to enable it explicitly. Very few people today which are not network administrator or some kind of professional IT users use FTP today.

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just, you can the remove the browser from the chain

There.s no need for a 'browser' application to run html+js+css application. I do expect it to become an operating system facility (and not browser become OS, because thy do far too little compared to an OS).

An OS able to run both its native application where performance and integratio matters, and 'generic' applications written following some sensible standard (not the html+js+css crap promoted today), would be a good idea. Then the browser colud return to do what it was designed for, browsing contents and steal your data meanwhile...

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Sorry, but everytime i turn app a pc I use some native applicatio.

But to read The Register or something alike, whenever I turn on one of my PCs is to run a native application. It could be the mail client - too many accounts to check and manage in a single, slow, webmail client, my development tools - IDEs, compilers, profilers, database design and management -, my photo tools - Lightroom, Photoshop, camera utilities - or even Flight Simulator X for a relaxing flight somewhere. Nor I will be able to manage easily some complex documents through a web browser, especially when disconnected from any network (happens, on long flights)

The only non native app I'm forced to use is the requirement management tool, and I hate it wholly, because it is slow, clumsy to use, and often crashes (thanks also to java on the server side).

And on phones too native application works far better and with a nicer UI than any web interface. So please, keep on developing a good *browser* just remember it is a *browser*,

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ONE FIFTH of Win Server 2003 users to miss support cutoff date

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Re: For some small companies it is.........

If the hardware is as old as the OS, you have a bigger problem...

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Re: Incomplete...

Name a server OS feature/API that was dropped in a later version - and which didn't became really obsolete (i.e., IPX support is not a valid one <G>)

It is not true that "any non trivial software will always needs tweaking to make it work on the next Windows version". If it needs, it means it did something "dirty" to take shortcuts in development.

Raymond Chen's "The Old New Thing" is full of "horror stories" about how many developers screw up taking shortcuts .- and often what MS is forced to do under the hood of Windows to ensure some applications written or used by some large customers still work....

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Re: The major problem with W2003

No, it's typical of many admins, regardless of the OS they use. Their main aim is to minimize the work they have to do. and not in a clever way.

The badly configured, vulnerable sytems which lead to breaches and leaks took the veil away from a lot of bad administration practices common in the past years, the "it works, don't touch it" mantra that was designed to hide the real "it is somehow working, I'm too afraid to touch it because I've really no clue how to make it work again if something fails, and I don't want to learn it because it looks like work, nor I want to maintain and update it properly because again it looks like work....".

It's a cross-platform mindset, believe me, common among lazy and incompetent administrator - thanks to heaven not everybody is in this class - but there are far too many around. Using a different OS won't cure laziness and incompetence.

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Re: The major problem with W2003

It's "business" grade, not "consumer" grade. Maybe not "industrial" grade. Wha's in your office is 20 years old?

What is designed in IT to last 20 or 40 years? Are you still using PDP-11s? Maybe only some large (and very expensive) mainframes last that long. Or some non replaceable units like the units on Hubble or some space probes.

How many not expensive and heavy tools are designed to last 20 or 40 years? My father runs a professional tools selling business for the mechanical industry - and it sells a lot of tools that will anyway wear out in a few years, and I'm not talking about consumables. Do you believe even, for example, a professional drill or grinder will last twenty years under heavy use? It won't last eleven.

There are even measurement tools you are forced by laws to replace every n years because otherwise you can't ensure they are still within acceptable parameters.

And most industrial plant equipment requires anyway expensive maintenance and spare parts to keep on working for its expected lifetime - sometimes even custom-built spare parts.

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Re: Incomplete...

"But a decade ago that type of behaviour was actively encouraged by Microsoft, for obvious reasons."

Microsoft never encouraged anybody to write bad software tied to a single version of Windows - maybe even a specific release within a version (i.e. SP1 but not SP2...). MSDN has been always full of specification about how software should be written to be forward compatible also. Sure, always *within* Windows, but you can't blame a company because it wants to sell its products.

Neverthless, writing good applications means also exploiting OS features fully - and that could become a tradeoff between portability and features/performance. Which one sacrifice more depends on the application and its aims.

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Re: The last Windows Server Operating System

Tapes do work with 2008 and 2012 - only you don't have any longer tape support in the OS. If you still need tapes, you need also more modern software to handle them. Most smaller system are no longer backed up to single tape devices, or small tape libraries (today external USB disks are faster and easy as well to be secured off-site) - if you're going to use tape, probably you're using some larger tape library which will need anyway a good management application.

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Re: The major problem with W2003

"IIS7 is massively different and more complex than IIS7 for instance."

And the fact that it scales better and is more secure are not good reasons to upgrade?

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Re: Our Survey Said.....

Remember Avenade is a brand behind which Accenture and Microsoft are "hidden"... "Microcenture" would have been more transparent....

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Re: The major problem with W2003

As MS is the only "enterprise" thas ask you to upgrade its product once every eleven year.... how many of the products you buy from other "enterprises" last and are supported for so long? Phones? TV sets? Cameras? Domestic appliances? Cars? Clothes? Shoes?

Why in an "enterprise" nobody complains if cars, phones, offices are upgraded, but if an old operating systems needs to be upgraded it's a problem? Just because you can't show off with it?

Face it - it's a recurring cost because it gets obsolete as everything else - and its substitution should have been planned far before. If you didn't and wasted money in something else, well, you're just a bad IT manager.

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Re: The major problem with W2003

Like XP, now 2003 is an outdated OS designed for the hardware available eleven years ago. Newer system with newer CPUs (and instruction sets), more cores, much more RAM, higher network speeds, huge disks, virtualization, and new technologies like SSD maybe directly connected to the PCIe bus require an update OS with deep kernel changes. Security concerns also require new designs that may not be simply retrofitted to older code.

But it looks too many so called "system administrators" are just scared of changes - because it means "work" - and something new to learn.

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Incomplete...

"The types of apps that will pose the biggest problems are custom-built, in-house apps, especially where the authors have moved on, and apps that have been heavily customized. "

Should have been written as:

"The types of apps that will pose the biggest problems are *badly* (often to save money) custom-built, in-house apps, especially where the authors have moved on (often because of salaries...), and apps that have been *badly* heavily customized (by the usual consulting company without a clue about proper development practices and hiring cheap clueless developers)"

Beyond applications connected to hardware for which updated drivers are not available, the others that will pose any problem are those written ignoring Windows specifications (and writing everything using DOS/win 3.1 habits) and so strongly tied to a single OS implementation (ans usually with so little security concerns....) they won't work on newer OS despite the efforts MS puts in backward compatibility.

Maybe it's also time to upgrade some applications, and not only the CEO car...

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Spyware-for-cops Hacking Team faces off against privacy critics

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Re: Keep using close source code

Do you review every line of code you run? Do you check every javascript you run? Stop being an idiot...

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All but full-fat MS Office to be had on iPads, Droidenslabben for NOWT

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Re: It's free....

Because other companies don't try to lock them into their products as well? What's Android for? To lock you into the Google ecosystem - and allow it to make money selling your data. Even Linux vendors try to lock-in you into their products. Doesn't Sony locks you in with its PS consoles? Even web sites try to lock you in...

So why MS is evil, and Google is not? Just because MS asks money for its products?

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Re: It's free....

It looks your knowledge of Office formats is very outdated, especially of the "x" formats. Did you ever tried to implement OpenDocument support?

Sure, Office formats were not designed for interoperability. Nor Photoshop PSD, Autodesk DWG, or many other application formats nobody complains about... even PDF was not an open standard until 2008 - and not fully. Yet nobody complained about PDF.

Most cameras outputs their own RAW formats, none desiged for interoperability (Adobe DNG didn't get much support).

But now Office formats are fully documented, XML based, and documentation is no scanty at all. Also standard are good, but they also imply a usually slow approval process and risk "design-by-commitee" issues.

If non Office applications are unable to display Office documents properly ask their developers. In the Libre/OPenOffice case probably the open source model is not working well in this case, because developers are not interested in fully supporting MS formats and adapt their code to them - I guess it's also a political stance - look at what happened when OpenOffice was in Oracle hands through the Sun acquisition...

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Re: I remember

Does the Spectrum run Linux?

A lot of programmes - including many of those later working on Linux - learned to code on DOS and maybe Windows machines. Without them, probably there would be no Linux too.

Just running a Linux machine doesn't mean at all you will learn how to code - in some ways the lack of good and easy to use IDEs doesn't help at all. Tools like TurboPascal did a lot to bring people into programming, something is available, yet the Linux attitude "if you don't use vi and autotools you're not a real programmer" doesn't help at all.

A lot of Spectrum and Commodore users back then used them just as gaming machines and little more, not everybody learned how to program them but maybe the "hello world" BASIC attempt. Especially because then any non-trivial applicatio required a deep knowledge of the underlying "OS" and hardware, and often access to some documentation not readily available. You needed to be very determinated to learn it, and that probably helped to select developers in a darwinian way...

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