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It all makes complete sense
If you consider how many MS employees HATE that loudmouth Ballmer, perhaps they're trying to deep-six the company temporarily so that he'll get replaced.
The brand is powerful enough to bounce back, after he's gone.
think about it.
Once Ballmer is gone, I think MS will go through a renaissance-like period where they dominate again.
Now just put a pair of these on a shark and...
Old hat, but not Apple
Ted Talk about Six Sense tech does this very thing, 'cept the projecting device is on a lanyard around the neck.
Check it out... real cool stuff.
I won't trust anything by MS until it is out of Balmer's hands. And then we'll see... depends on who is running it.
Thus far they've been completely unworthy of trust. People use MS products out of necessity or ignorance.
My honest non-trolling thoughts on this
Microsoft is completely capable of bungling the next XBox iteration. It'll only be their 3rd console, whereas it'll be Sony's 4th. I'm betting that Sony will learn more from their mistakes than MS will.
I'm also betting that many people will wait until Sony has released another console before deciding whether or not to buy the next XBox.
If Sony would re-open the ability to add a linux distro to the PS3, they'd double the number of PS3's sold. They just have to price the next one where they're not losing money or subsidizing the console cost with game sales.
I'd be happy with the PS4 taking the route that Nintendo took with the Wii (suped up Gamecube). The PS3 is powerful enough, just needs more RAM. Add something new like SD reader or built in charge cradle on top, triple the RAM and call it a PS4. I'd buy it.
Re: Please leave your freedoms at the door...
What about freedom from idiotic attention whores? Where's that to be found?
She's just enjoying the attention now. The "mark of the beast" was to be implanted in hand or forehead. Not some badge you wear around your neck. She's just being a hyper-religious nutbag, or else just milking the attention.
I can't stand people like this.
If you want to go to a tech school, leave Jesus at home.
If they split that dollar with me I wouldn't mind it so much. Would you?
That would be the real killer app for me, if my spam actually helped me pay my bills. :)
they'll only play shows from iTunes, with nothing above a PG-13 rating, they'll cost six times as much as other TVs, won't hook up to non-Apple game consoles, and when they screw up, you'll have to drive across the continent to get them repaired.
Why would someone buy a bigger TV if they're just going to sit further away from it? That just seems silly.
Ya, wasn't that just for using FAT32?
I hope MS gets gutted. What goes around comes around, and moreso if you're the one who sent it around to begin with.
Re: What really happened?
Its time to get the industry out of our music.
Support local and independent artists!
Re: What really happened?
Reasonable? This is the RIAA we're talking about. This is the entity created in order to use legislation to uphold a decaying business model. An entire system of artist exploitation is in jeopardy and you can't have that! There are sleazy asshole record execs to protect! Thats why they call it the RIAA, after all...
RIAA stands for Really, Its About Assholes
This guy is trying to sue MS for putting forward a bloated operating system.... Seriously?
If only he were successful... I don't care whether he's in the right legally or not, I want him to win.
Re: Win Pho 7 was their last bet
The reason it won't fly is for the exact reasons you stated. Nerds don't like it.
Most "normal" people who buy technical stuff have a go-to nerd for consultation on these things. If nerds hate it, most "normals" won't buy it because their nerd will tell them its a bad idea. You know why? Because when they do something stupid with it, their nerd friend is going to be the one fixing their problems, and getting a phone that your own personal nerd knows how to use is a good idea.
They can stick their interface where SUN doesn't shine (or give java updates).
And AT&T gives a shit about Microsoft's success because....?
The more they compete, the better it is for AT&T. Having options so that customers don't go out the door to another carrier is good for AT&T. Giving preferential treatment to one OS is bad business. I don't see them doing that for longer than a short promo, which would have to be funded on the back end by MS, because AT&T really has no reason to give a shite.
Re: why would windows phone 8 succeed?
"Except now people are begining to see the same interface on their Win 8 desktops and notebooks..."
and they don't like those looks there either.
8 year old children look at Windows 8 and call it a baby toy.
Re: @Mark H
Considering that MS is losing money on WP8 and making money from Android sales, which they have to do exactly nothing for, its really a wonder why they're in the mobile market at all... you'd think they'd just take the open bits of Android and do their own thing on it.
Hey kid, try this... first taste is free. If you like it, next taste costs you your intellectual property rights.
MS can suck my big fat toe. The only good news I'm getting from this article and the comments below are that it might spell the end of Ballmer. I might actually give MS a little bit of non-hate if they ditch that bald asshole. Its been nothing but downhill since he arrived on the scene throwing chairs and acting like he's a sports coach.
Re: woah there! ...
Yeah, pisses me off too. I've not read the Register in a while.... starting to remember why I stopped.
I'm a "foreigner" and I enjoy QI on a regular basis, despite a complete lack of editing. The only thing I find confusing is the scoring, which even the show's host doesn't seem to understand.
Even more to the point, what would eventually happen is an "official" attack on the entire darknet system in the NAME of ousting pedophiles would serve to suppress free speech. It would just be sold to the public as going after pedos.
I applaud this move by anonymous. The darknets SHOULD be self-regulated. Its none of big brother's business.
It wasn't a failure to understand how corporations work. I understand full well the kind of psychopathic profit-driven psychosis that pervades the corporate infrastructure.
What YOU and undoubtedly a lot of other people fail to realize is that the common corporate motive is not enough anymore.
Microsoft TRIED to make headway into new ground... Remember the MID's they were touting a few years before the netbook boom? Everyone looked at them and then said "Cool, but its from Microsoft. I probably won't be getting one." Then a short while later, netbooks arrived on the scene and everyone had to have one. Then the same story with tablets. Microsoft's research was correct about the size, and damn close on the exact form factor. But it barely made a splash and sold no units because it was from Microsoft.
Corporations need to start factoring in public trust as part of their profit algorithms. Pure and simple. When they have the trust of the people, then profits will go up accordingly. Without it, nobody cares what kind of kit they put out, and they will continue to see their R&D expenditures make lack-luster impact with the populous.
Take Apple for instance. They're a horrible company, as far as how they treat the end user, but the public still sees them as trustworthy because, for the longest time, they were considered counter-culture. Apple was what you used if you wanted to "stick it to the man". They're now riding that trust-wave to greater heights... but as they continue to milk the public trust with their shady practices, that wave will falter, and then nobody will give a crap about what they put out.
Integrity needs to be the first rule of business. Not profit.
On a 3rd party Chinese app store.
Take that to read, NOT AVAILABLE IN THE MARKET, dumbasses. Its not like you're auntie is going to download this thing.
Its kind of like me saying your mom is a slut because she caught syphilis after I injected her with it.
Where they should go
Honestly, MS will probably never be as dominant as it was in the past. And the main reason for this is that people simply don't trust them. People don't like the dirty tactics they use, the DRM they foist on their users, their nigh refusal to play nice with other operating systems, their patent suits against every one and their grandmother, or their bald-headed jackass of a CEO.
If MS ever wants to regain true dominance in the tech sector, then they have to EARN back our trust. And the only way they can do that is to renounce all their douchebaggery and start playing nice with others.
Firstly, they need to fix Windows. Even if it takes a complete rewrite. I know each version of Windows is supposed to be more secure than the last, but frankly, they aren't. As a PC repair tech, I saw Windows 7 and Vista machines getting pwn'd day in and day out just like XP machines. What good is all their supposed increased speed when you have to bog the machine down with an antivirus suite, an anti-spyware program, a firewall and a spam filter. Its easier and safer to just use Linux. I am a Linux fanboi and I admit that, but that doesn't mean that I speak falsely. If not for Windows, we wouldn't have the botnet problems that we have.
They need to stop all of this "embrace, extend, extinguish" bullshit. Support open standards. Perhaps even open some of their own. Embrace openness.
They need to renounce DRM. Period.
They need to be more concerned with their customers than their shareholders.
Until I trust Microsoft, I won't run Microsoft. Perhap initially, these proposed changes could lose them some potential profits, but in the long run, it is the only path to their former glory. And getting rid of Ballmer is the first step.
You can tell me how ridiculously unrealistic this list is, and I will probably agree. There's no chance in hell MS is going to do anything near the things on this list. But its the only thing that could get me to ever use their OS or buy their products on a regular basis.
I could've save myself a lot of typing by condensing this down to one sentence... ie. "Don't be a dick" but that wouldn't have been as eloquent.
Look for a limey bastard to drop it on?
I for one hope Apple keeps it off of there. From an anthropological standpoint, it will be interesting to see the choices of a couple million idiots trying to choose between their Facecrack, and their Jesus phone.
MS - "We have to make sure your old system is completely broken, so you'll have no choice but to migrate to the new crap we give you."
Translation - When you're ready to migrate, migrate to linux. These guys are asshats.
Considering that corporations are richer and more powerful than governments these days, I'd say that they're the ones in the pilot's seat now.
There has been more innovation in the last five years of the private space industry than in the last 30 years of NASA.
I have a lot of respect for Mr. Armstrong, but it isn't the same world it used to be.
Paypal has been around long enough that they can easily be said to have gained the benefit of their patents and gone beyond that into the monopoly realm. Especially with the marriage between it and Ebay.
While there are other options, none are as streamlined and as effortless as Paypal. And they're such smug bastards about it. I'd be happy to see someone knock them off their perch.
You can't close it, you don't have that power. You can only stop using it. Everything you put on there will be kept on their servers. If you come back in five years and log in, it'll be like you never left at all.
The problem here is that the damn things just don't expire fast enough.
If I were in charge (and I'm never going to be) I'd have a five year limit on patents, and they'd be non-transferable.
Enough to give an edge, but not enough to create a dynasty.
This shit is broken.
The moral to the story here is that Microsoft employees, according to company policy, are not allowed to have opinions.
Its little wonder why MS sucks so bad. When you treat your team like this, your team leaves. And getting the new star talent fresh from university? Nope. They're going to flip you the bird. And rightfully so.
There's nothing wrong with Microsoft that a few well place C4 charges couldn't fix.
I think YOU'LL find that while the purchase points are comparable, Apps for iPhone generally cost a lot more for the exact same functionality on an identical or comparable Android app.
There are ways
For instance, if it is a log file, a Linux live disk will let you access it. If it is something Windows specific, Hirem's boot disk can likely help. Its a Windows XP live cd, allowing you to use tools like regedit and the disk scanning tools, among others.
Just get some decent tools in your kit and a non-booting system won't trouble you so much. Or, you could, I dunno, get an OS that works. http://www.ubuntu.com
Windows crapware is why I decided to get OUT of the IT field. I just couldn't take it anymore. Watching stupid sheeple underpin such a horrible company.
Thankfully, now I will never have to touch Windows 8.
Ubuntu is supposed to be a simple one stop distro for noobs who don't know crap about Linux and need their hand held. Its the halfway house between Windows Vista and software freedom. If you've been using it long enough to complain about the changes, then you've been using it long enough to know how to make changes to it. Hence, you have no right or reason to bitch, except to show your own ineptitude and laziness.
Just something for your to consider. Windows doesn't generally "just work" out of the box. What you're experiencing is a customized recovery of your original installation that has been tweaked and optimized for your particular machine by the OEM.
If you were to try to install Windows 7 from a disk (using USB DVD reader, ofc) you'd find that very few of the drivers are present "out of the box" and your experience in setting it up could range from the nice and easy, whereby Windows connects to the net and downloads the majority of your drivers for you, or as in some cases, you boot up without any network drivers at all. At which point your only option is to download them on another machine (if you can find them) and move them to your netbook via usb drive.
Your smugness over your Windows installation is ill conceived and foolhardy, and I HIGHLY recommend backing up your recovery partition post haste, lest you wish to PURCHASE another copy of Windows in the event of a harddrive failure, AND have to deal with the task of setting up all the drivers that do not come with a default installation CD.