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Old news, really
This is pretty old (3-4 month ago) news , including the full list of 310 asserted patents by Microsoft which many commenters seem to be oblivious of:
As you can see from the list, almost all the patents are very generic ideas covering so much ground it is practically impossible to make a smart phone without "infringing" on some of them.
Desktop sales up surprisingly + possible reason
Surprisingly, desktop sales are actually UP from last year, countering the general down-trend.
I think it may have something to do with their new SSHD line ($2GB medium/fast model, $125)
I happen to be one happy customer of this particular new model. I couldn't switch to pure SSD yet because I need the much larger space at a reasonable price. Also, I used to buy from WD (longer half-life and reliability), but in the last upgrade I switched because the new SSHD was exactly what I was looking for, and no other company had anything similar (hybrid) with similar storage capacity.
milking the enterprise
Microsoft still has many years until its big cash cows are gone.
It will be a slow and dragged-out process whle the enterprise realizes that it can switch from Windows desktops to other cheaper and better alternatives. On the server side: SQL Server can be replaced by MySQL, MariaDB or Postgres; Microsoft IIS can be replaced by Apache or nginx, and so on.
The writing is on the wall. There's really no compelling reason to use most of Microsoft products save for pure inertia of the massive installed base. Indeed, almost no new, up-and-coming startup has been using Microsoft technologies. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Github, etc. are all firmly built on free-software infrastructure which gives them a huge head-start over more traditional Fortune 500 companies.
The article doesn't mention the captive-audience increase in licensing fees that Microsoft started using to pad the results. I wonder how the results would have looked like without these price increases on the captive enterprise licences.
Crucial missing data
How much of the revenue comes from "intellectual property" royalties like FAT paid by Google, Samsung, and many other victims of the Microsoft patent extortion?
another one bites the dust
So what else is new?
- Oracle takes over some open source project by some acquisition
- Lawyers replace developers, threaten to sue for trademark violations etc.
- Developers run away
- Forks happen - in the case of MySQL: both MariaDB and PerconaDB
- Everyone notices that the forks are better
- Users switch to new forks - in this case notables are Wikipedia and now Red Hat
- The Oracle version, encumbered by legalese, restrictive licences, plagued with security issues, terrible package management etc. descends into total irrelevance
- Happiness ensues
Bitcoin? Definitely not Mochizuki
Nelson's spaculation seems superficial and totally wrong to me.
Mochizuki is 1st and foremost a matematician. His whole life work is about pure formalistic proofs of math theorems.
Bit coin inventor is mostly a computer scientist / programmer. Bitcoin is code.
Neither the math behnd bitcoin, not the code is difficult to understand. It is way below the complexity of what Mochizuki has been working on for years. It is not what motivates or interests him.
But Nelson's video is entertaining in a way. Perhaps Nelson should be an actor. He definitely seems to be enjoying it and I have to admit I enjoyed some of the drama.
enough with the negativity
I'm with b166er.
Why all the negativity and cynicism in the original piece and the talkbacks?
You may think many not so cool things about him, but giving to Charity IS nice after all, so why not be a tad grateful for him thinking about those less fortunate than him?
Mutually assured destruction is now assured
One day they (all of them) will all realize how badly broken the patent system is.
And then billions of dollars eaten by patent attorneys and patent trolls, will finally be free to be used on real products and innovation.
Re: OK, what's wrong with this?
Why tax corporations at all?
If corporations didn't pay taxes they wouldn't have to use tax havens, use loopholes, pay tax lawyers, spend energy on overhead.
If corporations didn't pay tax, there would have been more left for employees and shareholders.
Corporations aren't people.
Corporations are not people.
The less tax a corporation pays, the more it has for employees & shareholders.
Taking from employees and shareholders and giving to government makes sense according to who?
Before you respond, please read:
I was actually converted by the perfect logic of this piece.
symantec self serving "information"
Here's the simple truth. Anti-Viruses and ever growing black-lists are an anathema to security.
Symantec's whole business model of selling subscriptions for black-lists to corporations is based on the ignorance of millions.
If you really want security, ditch your fundamentally unsecure infrastructure and black-lists. As a bonus, your computers will get much faster too. Indeed, "anti-virus" variants are the biggest viruses ever invented.
The nightmare becomes true - now your CPU comes with a built-in virus
7 billion dollars wasted by Intel for buying this "wrong way to do security" (ever growing black list instead of well defined white-list) mediocre company. But it gets much worse: now this mediocrity seems to have infected the CPU itself.
How can anyone trust their own computers when they are being controlled by an external entity that has repeatedly demonsrated it knows nothing about real security?
Thanks but no thanks. If I buy a CPU, I want it to run what I tell it to run, not what the distorted reality McAfee "cloud" with all its bugs and false-positives, tells it to.
The lunatic marketoids have taken over the asylum. White is black. Lie is truth. Is this a bad dream or what?
"Anti virus" is an oximoron
AV has all the hallmarks of a virus except one: it is installed on purpose by the (misguided) user.
AV is software that:
- Comandeers full control of your computer
- Keeps updating ever-growing black-lists (the opposite of a sane "allow only what's known and kosher" security policy)
- Keeps increasing CPU usage
- Keeps taking more and more memory
- Inerjects itself into the system call path, making your programs slower, and sometimes breaks them completely (e.g. cygwin)
- phones home for regular updates
Why are people still falling for this scam?
Just a matter of time till SAS crashes and burns.
Penguin herder got it right.
There are FOSS alternatives that are greatly superior: R and Octave (matlab clone) to name two.
Those enterprises who keep paying for the expensive annual support contracts and getting inferior software for it, are cases of plain inertia not much different than paying millions per year for Oracle databases.
The up and comers; the younger companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. don't use this expensive, proprietary and restricting stuff. They started from scratch, with the much better free options, which is part of why they are more successful.
This 2.5B behemoth is near its peak. IMHO.
No hope for Microsoft and it is not Ballmer's fault
The internal structure of the company is ossified. Too many layers of management, too much politics and back-stabbing.
The developers! developers! developers! developers! have gone elsewhere. They prefer more exciting platforms and frameworks to work on (mobile apps on android and iphone, open-source frameworks like Ruby-on-Rails, etc.)
The software is too bloated and complex from years of legacy-preservation and patching upon patching. At this stage the only real hope is to rewrite it from scratch.
Some of the biggest cash cows like MS-Office are being cannibalized by free alternatives (Open Office) and web apps like google docs.
The core cash cow (Windows) is being marginalized, because, let's face it, today the more relevant "OS" on the desktop or smart-phone, is made up of the network and the browser. Nobody cares what the underlying OS is. Plus, the underlying OS on the other side (the server) is mostly Linux (Google, Facebook, The Reg, etc.)
The best technical employees have long moved on. When you have 98% of the market and inferior offerings, it is very hard to grow, and when there's no growth, there's no hope for the pawns via stock options.
It is not Balmer's fault really. There's no one, not even Harry Potter who can bring about the transformation miracle after being dealt such cards. It is going to be a slow and very long decline to complete irrelevancy.
Tux because I haven't felt the need to use any of their products for 16 years now.
This has to take the second prize
Second dumbest acquisition ever (AOL Time Warner @ 164B still takes 1st prize)
Security in hardware is actually a terriffic idea:
* Add some barrier registers to allow compilers and Operating systems to protect regions by comparing address bus in real time to preset locations.
* Add two more 'privilege' levels so there's some middle-ground between kernel/root and user-space (e.g. for compilers to be able to protect writing past the end of arrays)
* Add read-only, write-only, execute-only and any combinations thereof to prevent executing in stack/heap space and the like
* generate a hardware exception when any violation of barrier/rules occurs
This all can be done in hardware, in real time, and for very little cost: all it takes is:
- Some minor architecture extensions to x86
- A few more registers, a few more comparators and some multiplexers on the core
Implementing this right should render any malware which tries to write code into data-space and then execute it - useless. There's no need to engage in the futility of updating huge signature files on a daily basis and still miss all the zero-day exploits.
But buying a mediocre Windows anti-virus company for 7.7B ?!
Enough talk, start the walk
Agree with @Randall.
I've lost count of Microsoft friendly declarations towards open source.
Unfortunately, Microsoft credibility in this area is well below zero.
Instead of bombastic declarations about becoming open-source friendly and "this time is different", start gaining credibility by walking the walk. Declare the FAT patents public, give MS fonts to public domain. Stop funding anti-linux proxy IP-trolls (SCO) etc. etc.
Do it for a few years, and remain consistent. Only then, the public sentiment and trust will come around, otherwise, it is a total waste of air.
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