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Re: Embrace. Extend. Extinguish.
Whitewash and orchestrated marketing campaigns does not make MS suddenly good.
The day Ballmer & Gates do not have any more involvement in MS (for real) that day I would believe that MS "may", and I repeat "may" become something else.
Two recent examples: Nokia & the OOXML fiasco, where Microsoft corrupted many members of ISO in order to win approval for its phony 'open' document format.
MS Never plays fair, they turn to crooked tactics even when they do not need them, because their motto is to annihilate competition.
Re: Embrace. Extend. Extinguish.
Lie in bed with MS and you're toast.
And if you happen to have something windows thinks is good/wants consider yourself finished.
The main reason for the implementation of the ribbon is to make an interface that once the majority of people get used to, have a lot of trouble changing platforms. It is mostly about locking people in.
The ribbon does not rely on a hierarchy of categories that you can navigate and interpret logically, instead it relies on a combination of spatial+muscle memory, ideal for people accustomed to treat computers like an old VCR, a TV or a toaster.
Follows the paradigm that if you want to make an interface easy, just add a dedicated button for each function. (Works only for <= 15 buttons)
1) Is MS patent encumbered, if you implement it on your OS you can be sued.
2) Fixes the problem of the floating toolbars (a problem created by MS in the first place)
3) People have difficulties changing product if they get used to it.
So it is win win win... Windows!
I'm actually more worried about the industry reliance and assumption that you will use a computer running windows to set infrastructure up, and that a MS ecosystem is mandatory in every office to do absolutely anything.
Re: Never a truer word...
That movie is a piece of garbage which only shows a very small part of how the industry was in those days.
It is called winners rewrite history.
Re: Ballmer's MIcrosoft legacy...
I Agree with your comment except with this:
""Gates' continued involvement in Microsoft after his time as CEO is probably why MS is in the pickle it is now""
And MS is on what pickle exactly?
Re: Ballmer's MIcrosoft legacy...
MS has always been those two, Ballmer and Gates.
Take them both off the equation and there is no more MS.
And neither of them are gone, Gates never left, and Ballmer is just on holidays.
Re: Employee time is expensive
Are you for real?
Do you understand how MS operates? (and has been operating for the last 30 years?)
If any company produces a competing product, unless is 200% perfect compatible and looks suspiciously similar it will always be compared on a bad light, and if anybody manages, MS will shoot them down.
The only people who can produce an implementation of MS software is MS.
I could go on a million reasons as to why this is like it is, but the best explanation is what one of the commentators said earlier, MS is like smoking, at some point people want to stop, but few can achieve it.
I ultimately get the same response out of all MS people that I know,
"10 MS keeps me on a job"
"20 We're implementing the latest (365) because it is what MS is pushing and we want to keep up to date"
"30 Goto 10"
I call it the path of least resistance.
Re: 2015 will be interesting an interesting year..
That is because it is common practice these days in finance departments to run business analysis on Excel, rather than on the database's backed or CMS via pre-configured reports.
Every finance department these days just downloads the entire database (or portions of it) to an Excel file and run their stuff locally.
Yes I know, I know.
Re: Even a fan
"""But it's also the segment that has the sophistication and adaptability to migrate."""
Yes and no, it is also the laziest.
Re: Fuck you, Microsoft
Do not dream.
Almost the entire IT industry sings and dances the Microsoft tune.
They will get the majority of customers into Azure, and make the remaining ones pay lots.
And everybody will do so complaining happily, some may grind their teeth, but that's about what 90% of business will ever do.
For some reason the entirety of the business world, including the IT industry has accepted that they have to pay and be accommodation to whatever lord Microsoft wishes.
I could give you lots of details, but you know them all already.
Take somebody like VMWare, they have an incredible product, yet to take advantage of most of its usefulness you need to buy MS-SQL and Windows server licenses.
Everybody, almost Everybody is buying into Office 365.
And what VOIP solution is the favourite of the masses? Lync.
And lately everybody you speak to talks about its inevitability, and so on, and so on, and so on.
Re: The Cube was great little movie better than the sum of its parts
Ok, I understand you may think that, but Good Old Reg is not a movie site.
So suddenly recommending a movie which is currently being exhibited in cinemas looks strange to me.
Also I'm sorry but the article doesn't read like a critique of the movie, and more like a commercial, it verbatim repeats the entirety of what can be seen in the trailer.
And the trailer I must insist looks VERY formulaic to me, in fact I originally saw it in the theatre and originally dismissed as another teenager dystopia flick.
Perhaps I'm wrong, and the movie is not bad, but then the marketing is not doing it any benefit.
These are my honest thoughts.
And having said that, I'm going to read the entire synopsis to confirm it.
Re: No comparison to The Cube?"
Sad the sequels were crappy, but the original is a classic, the ending was a bit predictable to me, but nonetheless satisfying.
If you haven't seen Snow Piercer this year go watch it, it is a very different movie than Cube but has kind of a similar vibe in which it is sci-fi-ish, not expensive, well acted, and you want to know what happens in the end because as crazy as the premise is the story and the characters on it are interesting.
The Cube was great little movie better than the sum of its parts
This one looks too formulaic and the trailer gives away half the history, the effect this causes on me is to find the entire synopsis and not bother to go to the cinema to watch it even if it is any good.
Is the register being sponsored by movie studios now? Me wonders
Disable the live tiles in the start menu or not?
Re: First Heartbleed...
This is a problem of bash, the heartbleed was a problem on openssl.
Linux is just a kernel.
See I can troll too!
It seems the patch is not quite there yet...
Not a definitive patch yet.
Some people does not get it.
The CGI vector is one of possible vectors, anything that creates or invokes a sub-shell is at risk if that sub-shell is bash.
With such a hole in bash parsing I'm sure that someone with more imagination and more free time than me will find creative ways to exploit plenty of systems, not just those that run CGI's on a web server.
The patch is straight-forward people, go and patch!
Re: Get a grip
This is a quite serious problem I'm afraid.
privileges of the web server...
No one wants the risk.
All my servers
And the servers in the company I work for that are internet facing. (Tomorrow I will patch the 100+ internal ones)
This is not good, but at least it is a painless straight forward patch, even considering that I had to resort to a manual compile for a couple of servers.
Re: The trolls' actions merely prove Watson's point.
TROLL ALL THE THINGS!!!!
((How do you insert a url?))
Re: But will it make a difference?
I suggest she goes on tour to middle east countries and tries her discourse there where it may make a difference.
Re: @Steve Hersey
OEMs could differentiate their phones if they were willing to improve their GUI/UI skins, if they were to produce less models and if they were willing to produce timely software upgrades.
It will also help if they tried do things like qwerty keyboards on a phone that doesn't suck.
Everybody in the industry is obsessed with the iPhones, its like if suddenly all perfume manufacturers became obsessed with Channel n5, and all their products were "inspired" to smell the same.
Obviously whoever likes Channel n5 will buy just that rather than a very expensive perfume from the competence which is not the one they want.
This is very funny when you think that Chinese OEMs are mostly busy making Samsung knock-outs.
Re: @Def - case insensitive file systems
If only I could down vote you again...
Re: Case Sensitive File Systems...
Yet another IT person who thinks the world started when they became self-aware, and that everything wrong happens because people are stupid.
Re: A little help required from somebody with a better memory ...
"""On the Amiga you had the concept of screens, not workspaces."""
Wrong, you had public screens which applications could share, thus in effect acting as a workspace.
Re: I'm old, I can't see the point in Minecraft
Correction MS will screw it, in hideous and hateful ways. Like they always do.
Take Skype, first thing they did: Cancel the Asterisk plugin.
What would they do with Minecraft?
Kill Java, Kill the Linux version.
Minecraft for me was
Lots of fun playing with my children, the suspense of exploring caves, building castles, cottages, roller-coasters and strongholds, mining for diamonds, etc.
Minecraft was the cool toy I played with my children, a toy that will be forever ruined as soon as MS gets their paws on it.
It has a charming simplicity to it (from the graphics to the gameplay) that it is hard to explain if you haven't played it.
I have to admit that when I first heard about it I didn't saw the point either.
Re: Poor Notch...
This is what you get wrong, I have been a paying customer since he made the game available.
In fact one license for me and another per child, three in total.
I paid so I could run my own server.
I hacked/cracked the versions I currently run so I can run them without MS interference. I get the feeling in my guts that I paid for nothing.
I'm royally pissed off not just because he sold the game to MS (fcuk MS!!!) but because he's crying all the way to the bank, he's so sensible such a good human being.
Cut the crap, he got 2.5B from MS we deserve to be treated like adults, and be told some cute history of how much hate he got from the community, only very gullible people would believe that, he did not sell it out of anguish or stress. It was a business decision on something that it is his property. You do not cut a deal like that in a couple of weeks. This was long in the making.
And we do not need to be told a fairy tale of stress. When you make millions with a product, and then even more millions you PAY others to deal with the stress.
Excuse me, but this guy is one of the best examples of hypocrisy ever made, and people is feeling sorry for him?
It is me slow clapping.
Cut the crap, your game made you a millionaire, not a victim, I can understand you selling your property because it is yours, but come on, it had to be Microsoft? Really????
And I bet you did not ensure that contractually they carry on developing the Linux version, or that community mods are still possible in the future...
And that shit about not wanting to change the world, no one ever realizes, it just happens, thats why people change the world, if it could be pre-planned Microsoft, Sony or EA would have made Minecraft.
Now go to your corner and cry over your big pile of money, tell the money how sad you are that people on the Internet is mean/stresses you out, you do not owe us anything.
Me in the mean time cracked Minecraft 1.7.9 client and server so I can play with my kids on my Linux boxes.
What amazing games they made at the time.
Re: I can not believe it
Yes downvote, as if you do not know what's going to happen to the game in the long term.
For a start, the Mac & Linux versions will begin to lag behind the other OS/XBOX version
I can not believe it
No fucking way....
RIP Minecraft. :'-(
There is no reason nowadays to have any state-sponsored TV other than for the politicians to be able to brainwash people.
A state sponsored-tv can not offer anything private companies can not.
There is the argument of "quality tv" that comes every now and then, if people cared about it, someone would sell that product in the market, and it will be of better quality and much cheaper.
Re: How low the BBC has sunk
The BBC is mostly a cathedral to the Politically Correct & progressives these days.
Re: BBC Worldwide
I was thinking on something to say to you dear AC, to help you understand why that even the mere suggestion of "here should be mechanisms to verify that the traffic is legitimate" is bad.
But I only would say to you: F**K YOU, it is because of people like you that we'll end all in trouble.
Guilty until proven innocent: TOTALITARIANISM
Re: BBC Worldwide
Trevor, I do not want even to imagine what they may think of people who uses SSH.
Apple could be onto something here
By measuring gadgets based on "the cool" rather than on the "measurable utility" of the device, Apple tries to position themselves into the "Bang & Olufsen" type of electronics.
So their devices mass-produced as they are will have an air of exclusivity, while providing with non-revolutionary but decent technical capabilities.
That would make them less susceptible of technical criticism (as long as the device works acceptably) because you can not easily criticize abstract things like "fashion" or "cool" or "art"
So Apple could from now on pretty much fart "colored sparky dust" for an arm and a leg and not only sell loads, and get lots of praise, but also at the same time (if they are clever enough) link design to patents and shake off those pesky Samsung-like companies.
Long winded, and nothing new I know.
Re: Global Resource Observatory
Idiot politicians, and the useful idiots who believe in them.
Re: Parameter error
You're just scared of the future.
And should read more, not just propaganda designed to influence who you vote.
If you don't, you may end with your country overrun with windmills, and other expensive stuff that doesn't solve anything, increases debt and... Wait... What????
Re: John Savard Watch the Funny Man!
You do not know much about what's going on there do you?
However I can sense a lot of the good old politically correct liberal white guilt.
No, things do not work that way in Africa.
Re: Doing More With Less
"Cuba does the best with the least"
WHAT THE F**K
If you call living in almost MISERY CONDITIONS doing the best with the least,you're either insane, or have no clue what it is to live in Cuba.
Food is rationed there, there is a lack of most basic resources, ranging from most common things like screws to tap water 24/7, people there get a generous chicken egg per month, and if they get it.
You're probably one of those romantic types who believe in marxism worker's paradise utopias, well, WAKE UP!
Re: 4chan is not written 4Chan
They are there in 4chan in the /b/ board, where else?
in reddit of course: reddit.com/r/newfappening
Totally agree with the nude white evil networked dwarves!
Is "test", which means I'm safe, as only people with password: "password" are being hacked.
CNN has been a sad joke for a while.
At least this version..
Doesn't seem to be missing any old functionality.
And feels slightly more agile.
Re: Surely the problem started in the 80's when greed was good
""I think as we have seen in recent years capitalism without regulation produces few winners and many losers. Somethings cannot be left to the market."""
I suggest that you read a bit more about what regulation is in place for what, you will quickly come to the realization that a huge part of the modern problems we face is the over-abundance of useless regulation.
Note: I do not propose any form of complete de-regulation at all, I propose that the regulations are made smaller, simpler and enforced accordingly.
Re: Reform focused on a high-rise London and discouraging foreign speculator
"""But I think the solution needs to be more London focused, as that is the really where the problem is in the UK"""
A pint for you sir!
Less people is incredibly short-sighted.
What you want is not less people, but fewer people all living in the same crowded spot.
The world is not ending, we're not running out of anything and we're not overpopulated, not popular thinking I know, but the truth.
Re: Relax rules about what you can rent
I suggest you read more into what a "Free market is" I insist that a free market is not one with no rules.
Most people confuse government intervention with regulation.
For example a free market for food should include regulation to protect consumers from people selling food which is not appropriate for consumption.
An intervened market is one where the government (or any other entity with sufficient power) says that some can sell, some can not, how much quantity and fixes the price of the food. Obviously with all the best intentions in the world, leading to the typical Marxist failure, IE: Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, etc.
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