But, but, but...
What about a bikini clad princess Leia, is she included too?
I could see it now; shoot her at the lot and all the pigs, errr; stormtrooper thingies self-explode.
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What about a bikini clad princess Leia, is she included too?
I could see it now; shoot her at the lot and all the pigs, errr; stormtrooper thingies self-explode.
"Come to mention it – how did anyone get around a city before 2009?"
Well, same as we now in 2012. Because the feature you're hinting at, Local Scout, is still not supported in all countries. You guys are lucky because in the bigger countries such as England and Germany Local Scout has been fully implemented.
Yet in a dozen other countries; Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain it simply doesn't work. Of course some application developers jumped right in the gap and created apps to cover for all this. But the fact remains that several years after Windows Phone has been released many of its features are still not fully supported.
Local scout is one, what to think about speech dictation? Or having the option to search for pictures or sounds? Bing maps? Its nice that it comes with a "find directions" function, it becomes a little useless because you have to actually tap the screen to tell the phone that it should show you the next waypoint.
So quite frankly; yes, a new phone is kind of impressive. But being a WP7.5 users myself I'd be more impressed if Microsoft would also have made some improvements to the availability of their phone services.
If you buy yourself a Winphone 8 you're also buying into something which provides many unsupported features if you happen to live in 'other' countries. That really doesn't sound very impressive to me.
IMO she brought this all upon herself. Because when you deal in stocks, and know what you're doing, you'll quickly learn that you can't put your trust in individual sources of information. The fact that some company allegedly withheld information is not even relevant here; if you invest in a firm which is new on the market you should know that there are risks involved. Huge risks... Its a given.
In fact; its reasons like that why "newbies" are commonly advised not to deal with stuff like this but instead invest their money in obligations or bonds which may make less money, but its also a whole lot safer. Especially if you don't fully understand how the stock market works. Another well known unwritten rule is that if you do start investing in stocks its always a good idea to spread your 'wallet'. At least make sure that you have some 'leverage' (bonds, obligations, etc.) which can help you minimize the risks should your stocks suddenly plummet.
Look it up; those suggestions can be found all over the Net. And the most important rule of them all: Don't bet all your money on a single 'horse', especially if you don't know what you're doing.
I would expect that someone who's investing his/her life savings would do some preparing; like in the very least reading up on how this stuff actually works before you dive in.
Sorry but all I'm seeing here is someone who thought to get rich quickly, invested without understanding what she did and now lost her money. Yes, it happens. And now the whole world is to blame except for herself.
I see a direct parallel from years ago: a Dutch internet company called "World Online", at that time led by Nina Brink, also went to the stock exchange. And hundreds, if not thousands, of people were already lined up to buy their stocks.
Fun part was that if you did a small bit of calculating, like taking the opening price of the stock, then looking at the amount of company employee's, multiply that amount with the minimum wage you'd soon realize that something didn't quite add up. If you then checked up with the assumed amount of customers, then multiplied those amounts with a common price which World Online charged for their services you'd see that the rough (estimated) value of the company didn't even qualify for the opening price they charged.
Sure; this calculating was all speculation too. But at least it gave you a very good hint at what could be going on. I was tempted to buy in too; but after that calculating decided it wasn't worth the risk. Of course no one believed you if you warned friends that this wasn't a safe investment.
And looking back it turned out to be true; stock value plummeted in one single day. After a few hours they even halted the trade of the stock to avoid further damages.
Within a week the value went from (iirc) E 48,- to E 8,-.
And after all that thousands of people complained. Just like this woman does. The brokers where they got their stocks didn't provide enough information, their stocks didn't sell quickly enough, information was allegedly withheld.... All the things which this woman now claims were also used as arguments here in Holland back then.
Of course; no one got any compensation what so ever because it was all within the law. Nina Brink earned a fortune, many stock buyers lost hundreds (if not thousands) of Euro's and that was also the beginning of the end for World Online.
Even so; if you do your homework and try to prepare yourself (at least learn something about the stock exchange before diving in head first) you can avoid stuff like this.
But the last thing you should do is buy stocks with the idea to get rich very quickly. It doesn't work that way and 9 out of 10 times it'll bite you in the behinds.
"However, one cannot assume Windows 8 on client devices will ultimately succeed, said the CTO. As the fate of OS2 demonstrated, he said, technical superiority isn’t enough on its own."
Actually the fate of OS/2 didn't show that at all. OS/2 certainly had some major advantages over Windows 3.1 and 3.11 (for workgroups), but the main problem was that the common crowd didn't even know of its existence. IBM wasn't trying very hard to make it better known because the product got hardly advertised, at least not here in Holland.
Being a very interested in the product myself I once even applied for a preview release of OS/2 server; that was (IMO) quite impressive. Looking back it was years ahead of its time; like we have now with Window servers they basically took the core foundation and put server components on top to make it act like a server. But basically you were running OS/2 underneath with a different "layer" on top. You see the same, to a certain extend, with Window servers today.
But the thing is... I was even invited to an OS/2 conference, held by IBM in Holland, where they'd promote their server line more and where they would talk about the upcoming OS/2 version (my story involves around the OS/2 3 Warp era).
Guess what I saw when I exited the bus near the IBM building ? Absolutely nothing. No signs, no banners, no posters, no nothing. You had to search for the right entrance (at first I took the main entrance, but I was supposed to go to a totally unmarked side entrance) because nothing was advertised. As if IBM didn't want anyone to know about this event.
Sorry but that's really not the right way to promote a product. THAT eventually caused OS/2's undoing IMO; it never got promoted, it never got advertised, people simply didn't know it existed and such it never got the attention it IMO deserved. And without the Internet like we have now, news on the matter didn't exactly spread quickly either.
Its been years since I used OS/2 (First OS/2 3 Warp then I upgraded to OS/2 4 Merlin) and its a time I really fondly remember. Especially the Win/OS2 part, that was awesome. Especially when I had some friends or colleagues over who wanted to show some stuff.... "You run Windows inside that ?!"
Then I think they really don't know what they're doing.
I mean; why can't they simply merge the two products? So keeping both Skype and Messenger alive while changing the voip core of Messenger with that of Skype?
Then people can continue using either their Skype or Messenger client and MS keeps everyone happy.
The main problem, as I see it of course, is that times have changed. Dramatically. Back in the "old days" we had to cough up quite a few bucks before we could actually do some Windows based programming. And before everyone now starts to go "Yeah, MS sucked": this wasn't an sole MS endeavour. If I wanted to program stuff for Solaris (back in the good ole Sun days) I also had to cough up quite a few bucks to get my hands on a native compiler.
And then Linux and GNU happened. It has caused major changes in the way people approached the "old stuff". Buy a Solaris compiler? Why bother; some cool dudes have ported GCC over to Solaris, I'll just use that. Buy myself a Windows server to get some cool Windows based network going at home (yes guys; some people actually like Windows / Windows based computing)? Sounds cool enough; if only prices didn't start ticking at $ 700,- and up. I'll just get myself a Linux box and put Samba on it!
The way I see it Microsoft really has no clue - what so ever - how to deal with this. Sure; they came to their senses where servers are concerned and introduced low priced "home servers". That was a smart move. They also (as can be seen in the article) started providing free developers environments. It doesn't support everything, but you can do some serious stuff with it (I use the C#.NET Express version to program PowerShell extensions and that works quite well).
But the thing is; I don't think they did that because of market strategy. I think they did all that purely for "damage control". You know: If a $700,- sells only 2 times you could put a cheaper version on the market. Because if a $300,- solution manages to sell 5 times you're already close to achieving more than you did before.
WP8 (and WP7) development? Sure; the development tools are free. But the rest is not; its actually quite expensive. And yes: I know they have an introduction offer right now: "$8,- for 8". Thing is: you don't simply pay $8,- and be done with it. You pay them $99,- and can then hope to actually get your $91,- refund. Also very nice for people outside the US who will get even less discount due to currency changes.
Lets see.... WP7.5 / WP8: small marketshare, free development tools but you have to pay before you can do some serious development (even when using your own phone), and you're restricted to using Windows 8 (as of WP8).
Android... Free development tools, you can easily unlock your phone yourself so that you can get hands on experience without paying a dime extra, its the market leader right now AND you can basically do your development in any environment you'd like; from Windows to Linux.
Gee; I wonder why Windows Phone doesn't manage to attract the real geeks....
Being Dutch I totally agree that Win8 will ramp, the sooner the better!
(fyi: "ramp" is also a Dutch word meaning 'disaster') :-)
What components did Curiosity find in the atmosphere? Kinda missing out on the fact that this measurements also showed that the Martian atmosphere is approx. 95% carbon dioxide. Sure; we already "knew" (assumed" is a better term IMO) but now we're sure.
I'm also missing mentioning of the fact that boffins have compared the analysis results with measurements made on meteorites which contained "air bubbles". The current findings confirmed that those rocks were indeed from Mars as people have assumed so far.
Still, I think this is a really impressive achievement. Esp. the fact that they setup Curiosity so that it can measure so many things using the same hardware.
From a sysadmin POV I think the changes are indeed quite exciting. That is; all except for the locked down boot process of course. MS Security Essentials is IMO quite a decent virus scanner. I've tried the lots, from Avira to AVG and even tried a commercial Avast license for a year (which I ended up throwing away because the firewall in their security suite sometimes actually gobbled up so much resources to check my traffic that it would bring my whole PC to a grinding halt, what a POS....). And eventually I ended up with security essentials too; it. just. works.
But here's the thing, and what triggers my "so what?" above: Do you really think the end users care? All they will see is a (IMO:) totally broken and unfamiliar interface. And when they don't feel comfortable with the interface and the way it works then it doesn't matter how much more secure Win8 allegedly is; chances are high that folks will start turning to other solutions. Like, you know, putting Win7 onto their new PC or maybe even XP....
Always make sure you have a geek amongst your friends, preferably someone you can trust, and ask him/her to copy the data for you instead of relying on what could be very crappy service.
Still, pretty sad behaviour of those Verizon dudes. What I'm missing in the story though is if these dorks got fired or not.
When you check the TypeScript download page you'll notice that you can get it installed as a 'node.js' package, an extension for editors such as Emacs and Vim as well as a Visual Studio 2012 plugin.
But what about the people still using Visual Studio 2010? Or what about the hobby developers using the Express version(s) of Visual Studio, whether its 2010 or 2012?
The reason I mention VS 2010 Express is because this platform is still relevant; otherwise I doubt Microsoft would keep the option to download VS 2010 Express online.
It strikes me as odd that they only target well known open source editors and VS 2012 while leaving out all their other environments.
For Top Gear to give this car a decent test run and share all the juicy details with us. Something tells me that's not going to be pretty. Highly entertaining; not pretty ;-)
I'm quite excited to learn more about the new PowerShell features. And IMO one has to give MS credit here; they usually also take care to "backport" those new features for older versions of Windows (server). Which can really make your life easier.
For example; my 2 Win2k3 office servers also run the WinRM service (which is basically the core of PowerShell) which got backported a few years ago. This allows me to administrate those right from within PowerShell on my Windows 7 desktop. And believe me; its much easier to open a PowerShell and type "get-eventlog -computer macron -logname system -entrytype Error -newest 10" than having to logon using remote desktop, finding the Event viewer in the admin tools and then go over all this.
Granted; it takes getting used to. But in my experience *nix users shouldn't have too much problems to familiarize themselves with the environment. Out of all the "administrative developments" MS has done in the past I think PowerShell really is an impressive one. Its good to see that they push it forward on their servers in the way they do; IMO it really can make your life a whole lot easier.
I'm I the only one who's getting a bit tired of all those (IMO:) lame patent lawsuits?
Sure; I can see that if you copy a competitors product one on one and then start to sell it as if it were your own then someone has to put a stop to that because that's simply unfair business.
But to sue for allegedly having a button placed 12cm from the edge of a device instead of 8cm is IMVHO way overdoing it.
I know; if there's an option to make extra money companies will dive into that. Even so; IMVHO its getting out of hand.
I wonder; if those rodents carried strains of several diseases, died during the flood, how likely is it that those germs would start to spread through the water; possible even leaving the premises of the university ?
As such; aren't there any risks involved here which the article didn't cover?
I've been getting fed up with FF quite some time ago but didn't really want to miss out on some of my plugins. So I eventually moved onto SeaMonkey. Its the Mozilla engine we initially came to love & respect but without all the bloat. In fact; by default it looks like your standard Netscape browser, which quite frankly suits me just fine.
I don't care that much for the interface (of course it has to be usable) but more so for my "browsing experience". Well SeaMonkey has what it takes IMO. Since a few updates ago its even fully Aero compliant (so you see download progress in the program icon).
I never looked back.
"The company has just four patents, but one of them, filed in 2000 and granted in 2004, deals with a "system and method for simultaneous display of multiple information sources".
So filed in 2000 but IIRC the 'screen' commandline utility already existed before that. Combined with "tail -r" you get exactly the same situation as covered in this patent: a system capable of multiple information sources in a simultaneous way.
Quite a weak patent if you ask me...
Not good enough.
If you check the details on the offer you'll notice that you don't simply apply and pay $ 8,-. No, instead MS charges the regular fee of $100,- and will credit $91,- to your credit card.
Sorry but that really doesn't appeal to me at the very least. Why all the hassle? Why don't they get people to pay $8,- and be done with it? This looks really confusing and plain out stupid to me.
This boils down to: I pay MS $100,- and can then hope they'll actually credit the $91,-. And what happens if I don't get my refund? Where do I complain?
And for people outside of the US its even more obscure; because you pay in your local currency the amount credited will also end up in your local currency. I quote: "In an amount equal to 92% of your registration fee.".
As I said in my original article: they don't make it appealing enough. I'd be happy to apply for $8,- but that's not how it works.
They want developers; but they also want developers to cough up quite a few bucks before they can actually do some tinkering with their phones, and I think that's where MS is missing the point.
I own a WP7.5 device, I like to tinker and I also have a fair amount of experience with C#.NET and VB.NET. Needless to say but I picked up the previous SDK and was actually quite pleased with it. It gives you the well known Visual Studio look, gets you a graphical phone display where you can setup your visual components and it gets you the emulator.
But here's the thing; messing with my phone is a whole lot more fun than messing with some emulator. But I can't do that because my phone is "dev locked"; iow: you can't hook it up to your PC and try to gain access to it, won't work.
And to unlock it, you guessed it, I need to cough up some big bucks.
That really doesn't appeal to me. I want to learn the environment, check how stuff works using MY phone, and I really don't mind coughing up, say, E 10,- / E 20,- to cover administrative costs which is bound to be involved with getting me an unlock for my phone.
Instead my choice is: Either you jump in fully or you can forget about it.
Chicken and the Egg: before I can decide if I want to jump in fully I'd like to gain some hands on experience. But in order to gain some hands on experience I gotta jump in fully.
Guess what? I'll simply not jump in at all.
Microsoft needs to make it more appealing if they want to get the interest of developers... Sure, you'll always have plenty of fortune seekers; but they come and go. Something I'm sure MS is going to find out soon enough.
Maybe the whole CEO cycle works the same way as the "Windows cycle". You know: Good version, Bad version, Good version....
I think Gates wasn't all too bad as a CEO. Now we have Ballmer who likes throwing chairs; who knows... Maybe the next one will actually have a good feel for technology again.
Is that the "upper brass" (politics) have absolutely no idea - what so ever - how this "internet thing" actually works. And apparently some also don't seem capable of getting things explained to them in any way.
What baffles me is the stupidity of it all... The Internet is a public medium; anyone can access your website unless you make it so that they can't. Same applies for search engines. But if you don't want those search engines to "use" your material then there's nothing stopping you from blocking them (robots.txt).
I get the idea that they seem to be incapable to comprehend even the most common basics such as "public access", "search engine", etc...
Here's the thing: if these very trivial aspects prove to be so hard for the (in this case French) politicians to understand, then how on earth can we expect them to comprehend the whole file sharing environments (BitTorrent)? Within this context I can clearly see why agencies such as the RIAA and BREIN (to name two coming to my mind) as so influential.
Isn't these something anyone can do about that? At least making sure that these politicians - know - what they're talking about?
Is that the amount of tablet sales seem to be somewhat decreasing, according to the financial section of a local newspaper. Now, I'm not suggesting that this will spell doom for Microsoft, but I can't help wonder if MS hasn't set their sales expectations a little too high.
Time will tell I suppose, but I still think they're jumping in head first while totally ignoring everything else. And in the case of Windows "everything else" is where a large amount of the revenue comes from.
There's even another huge advantage; if the pallet attack fails then we can sue that company for sending an asteroid to us. We already have all the visual evidence we'd need!
Now, I know I'm playing a bit of devils advocate here but even so....
Microsoft is all about creating extra revenue for itself. I can't help thinking that the current approach could also be bound to push some developers right into (paid) Microsoft support for getting their app "fixed". This guy obviously knew what he was doing, and sure of his cause.
But what about all the new(bie) developers this whole environment is bound to attract ?
"Will it be remembered as an XP or a Vista?"
Will what be remembered?
I was pleasantly surprised to read about the authors experiences with remote desktop. I think that can be quite an issue, although we should also not forget that Microsoft has made it no secret that they put their money on PowerShell when it comes to windows administration.
As good as it is; nothing beats being able to look over the users 'shoulder'.
To me this is yet another conformation that Metro has been setup without proper preparations. I get the feeling that they started to setup and embed Metro and only after that was done started to look into the other aspects.. "somewhat". MS wants touch so now everything has to make way for touch support. And we'll also just have to like it most likely.
I think that unless something drastically changes in a future update or perhaps a possible upcoming Win9 MS may very well get into problems again.
The article didn't make it very clear how these apps were distributed. If it was through the marketplace then I can't help wonder if this shouldn't have been caught by quality control.
Srry! I R too dumb to click on tah right fingerie....
I tend to agree with this guy but then again; that's only fuelled by my own dislike of Win8. However, I wonder if he isn't contradicting himself here:
"Instead, he said, customers are increasingly using smartphones and tablets as their primary computing devices, and that trend will only continue as the wireless networking technology improves."
But doesn't that talk right into Win8's "alley", considering how it is fully targeting mobile and touch platforms while even somewhat limiting the desktop experience?
I think Mr. Benioff has a good point that people have a choice these days, but how many people will use those alternatives? In popular believe moving to an alternative environment is "difficult", "time consuming", "error prone" and so on.
I don't think its all that likely that people will look into alternatives. Instead I think they'll just sit it out and wait for Win9 to appear. And when that also turns out to be a disappointment then I think we're on the highway to "doom" indeed....
wrt Psion: my thoughts exactly!
"You can see why Nokia execs would not be interested in Open Sourcing it, because they would see it as giving something to help the competition."
Considering the state Nokia is in right now I think their main motivation is a financial one: giving it away doesn't earn them any money. If they hang onto it and some interested parties offered to buy the licenses from them it would somewhat help them reduce the major damages to the company.
I agree that the odds are slim, but the alternative is a guarantee that they won't make any money at all.
Nokia; yes, but Winphone... I'm not so sure.
Other companies (Samsung, HTC) also run a line of Windows phones and they're not into huge problems so it seems. Of course; they're also not betting all their money on a single horse.
Which is IMO the very essence of the problem: if you want to promote a largely unknown product you'll have to invest. A LOT. Advertising, marketing, promotions, etc. I did see a Nokia commercial coming around every now and then; but nothing from the competition.
The reason why I think this to be a big issue too? Because the Nokia phones have a very specific look to it; I guess you like it or you don't (I think they're ugly). So now what happens if you're interested in the WP7 environment, don't like the (advertised) Nokia's while you also don't know of other brands?
Then I think people turn to the competition again...
And I'm gonna write it anyway.
This particular brand isn't available here (though the package looks somewhat familiar but then again....) so I decided to take a closer look to the ads myself. From the article and the commercials I found on YouTube (see here (YouTube link) for example) I can only come to one (maybe two) conclusions...
Either the complaining guy doesn't have a real gf or he's a self absorbed arrogant S.O.B. The reason I come to that conclusion is because IMO the ad makes it perfectly clear: This isn't about "us", its about "them" (no offense)...
Think about it; why is that girl walking around alone? Why is she going to a concert, trying to climb a construction, then wrestling her way into the subway only to end up trying to walk a marathon (sort off) ?
I see sooo many matches with the way my SO behaves when its 'that time of the month'. Easily changing her mind on a whim is one of those. Quite frankly I got the message very clearly; this isn't about me; its about her. If SHE feels like going to concert and also feels like dragging me along SHE can. I'll just have to shut up and like it ;-)
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If you order within the next 3 hours we'll even throw in our self proclaimed ultra violent firewall which will help you to keep your computer safe from anything nasty on the Internet AND improves your searching experience too. Ever saw someone use a browser where the website looked like a pile of uninteresting words?
Thats because they used programs such as AdBlock or NoScript. With our self proclaimed ultra violent security suite you don't need those any more. So we did you a huge favor and removed them from the repositories entirely!
Now you can be sure to always get the information which you want and require!
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First; isn't going from version X ('10') to version 6.1 basically a downgrade? ;-)
But even so; I can understand why people get upset over Adobe certainly dropping support in its entirety but I also fail to see the problem. Its not as if the software suddenly stops working or anything; you will still be able to use it for which you intended to use it....
So what's the problem ?
"Microsoft takes great pains to ensure that each new version of Windows remains backward compatible with older applications. But if Internet Explorer is any indication, writing a modern application for Windows 8 that still runs on older platforms is a lot harder than it sounds."
But what does the MSIE situation got to do with backwards compatibility?
Nothing of course... Being backwards compatible only means that a new version can do everything the older version could. So Win8 being backwards compatible means that it can do / use everything which Windows 7 could.
Or put differently: Office 2010 being backwards compatible means that it can still open documents which date from the Office '97 or Office 2003 era. NOT that it can open documents produced by the upcoming Office 2012.
I think its safe to say that this marks a new era; where the Ubuntu distro itself has become a "business commodity".
Things which make me say that: the expensive sounding yet totally meaningless words of the CEO, the fact that they won't abandon the idea but merely make optional (does anyone know already if this option is opt-in or opt-out? Though I have a very good idea...), and of course the seemingly existing believe that they're actually doing a good thing.
The last is a matter of opinion IMO; without the company there would also be no Ubuntu (sort off), but even so; if this causes a major dip in Ubuntu's popularity then I'd say they eventually managed to do the exact opposite; then they hurt their own company.
Which brings me to my final question: what does this tell us about the Canonical company? The fact that they don't even seem to (or want to?) know their own userbase is also pretty disturbing IMO.
I think its more likely that's exactly what he did :-)
Either them or chickens. I can't help heavily associate the music with the sound of a chicken. Screaming out in horror :)
Is the desktop.
You can buy Win8 for some money and your currently well functional desktop.
I did too, and you're right.
Though your comment also shows that you never bothered to click an article to read its contents. Because then the paywall shows up.
I think that Anonymous brings that reputation upon themselves and no one else.
Like the latest (Dutch) news; they are now threatening to launch an all out attack on several internet providers because they block the Piratebay. You can read the (Dutch) article here (link to "telegraaf.nl", a Dutch news website).
Apparently they don't (or refuse to) realize that most of those providers (XS4All and UPC to name two) have actually challenged the blockade in court several times, which has cost them plenty of money. They also seem to ignore the fact that these providers simply have no choice because they are being forced into this.
And here we are now; the providers are going to take the heat from these terrorists, thus most likely effectively hindering many end-users to gain access to the Internet tomorrow.
Does that sound like a sane protest or freedom fight to you? To me its plain out cyber terrorism and vandalism, nothing more and nothing else. The worst (and IMVHO retarded) part being that they actually plan to attack providers who actively protested and fought these rulings, some of them still are btw.
As such; they do it to themselves. Time and time again.
Although I agree with their criticism I can't help wonder if this is actually a good thing for Wikileaks. I mean; do you really want to be associated with a group holding a notorious reputation such as anonymous has?
Of course those drivers will continue to cause accidents when you take away their phone. Instead of phoning or texting they are now busy searching (for their phone) so they still have little attention for traffic.
I knew it; it takes one to know one (El Reg link on Bond villains).
The why is easy; one of traits of those villains is showing off, often in a bit of an eccentric way. Goldfinger liked golden girls and cars, the head of SMERSH liked to keep electrified chairs around, and so on.
But you got to be a really evil organisation if you have a main office fully shaped in your own logo ;-)
Although I think some of the modern Bond movies lack the suspense which the old ones had, I also think some of their plots are pretty well carried out.
What to think of Elliot Carver in 'Tomorrow never dies' ? The idea of a media tycoon who creates his own news in order to cover and sell it is IMO a good one because it could be true to some extend.
Which is also where I think a possible next villain might be hiding: the government itself. Our governments aren't always acting on our (the peoples) behalf and in some cases have their own agendas to work out.
If Disney didn't lie about singing mice, then what will happen to us if Monty Python didn't lie about killer rabbits?
Now, I'm not saying this because it seems that Canonical is going straight against the whole philosophy of Ubuntu; but am I the only one who considers that donation screen to be extremely suggestive? To be quite honest I personally think its actually plain out misleading, at the very least heavily bordering this behaviour.
First; lets not forget the target audience shall we: end users who want to "Use Linux" without having to deal with all the hassle; hacking Xorg.conf is a big no no there.
So how hard is it to assume that "Make the desktop more amazing" could actually be picked up as "The more I donate, the more bling I'll get on my desktop, whoah, cool!" ?
Sure; I agree that such users should read more closely; especially the part of "Of course you don't have to pay" and the statement that this only shows Canonical what users care about the most. But even so; no where on that page does it clearly say that no matter how much you donate you'll always get the same product.
I agree that people should be smart enough to realize this is implied. But once again: the target audience are end users, and personally I think its only a matter of time before some won't read closely enough and may very well end up quite upset over all this.
IMVHO this is a disaster just waiting to happen.
Most likely this is the doomsday device which we'll accidentally activate in about 2 months or so, resulting in the end of the solar system as we know it.
Amazing that those Mayan's knew all this; I bet those bastards put this device on Mars themselves...
(how's that for a conspiracy theory?)
"A warning should only interrupt a user if it is absolutely necessary to involve the user. "
So what about the situation where a user (admin in my case) wants to be interrupted? Sometimes such warnings can help you find bigger problems. And yes; most likely you could find those in the event logs, that's not my point since we're talking about interruptions here.