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"Dell said that the release of Windows Server 2012 would give a boost to the second half of the company's year and it was "feeling good" about the new OS."
Does Dell already know that TIFKAM is also present on Server 2012 ? ;-)
Too many too quickly?
Its not that long ago since the previous PSP slimline was introduced which, despite the 'lack' of the UMD drive, still ticked at a reasonable price. I think its not that remarkable that if you launch such devices with little time in between that the sales won't catch on right away.
They are handheld devices, sure, but these devices have to be bought full price. Phones otoh. are often picked up with a nice discount thanks to the provider where people get them from.
I mean, where else would the comment "Not today honey, I've got a bit of a headache...." have come from? ;-)
Not too sure myself
I sort of liked Darksiders I, even though it was kind of linear and eventually started to feel a bit repetitive. But the whole idea and story was kind of intriguing nonetheless. I eventually started to lose interest a bit when all of a sudden the game went from 'all fighting' to 'all puzzling' which felt a bit out of place. After a pause I picked up where I left off and notice that some fights also became a little more tactical, which was fun in itself (like first getting portals opened up, then using said portals to move behind a boss and get him).
But I'm not too sure of number II. The story starts to feel a bit enforced to me. I mean; you're playing Death; a biblical figure which is supposed to be pretty much invincible. Yet you need to build up your powers (makes one wonder how he ever would have been able to perform the Apocalypse) and most of all; you can die? The situation somewhat made sense with War given that he was accused and bereft of his powers. But here we're talking about a powerful being coming straight from his normal place of residence. Who still needs to "level up" and all, which somewhat dents the idea of dealing with one of the powerful riders of the apocalypse.
Don't get me wrong; I can see it has all the potential of being a great game by itself. But apart from gameplay I also like the storyline to make at least some kind of sense.
A bit comparable to Fallout for example. In both games (3 & New Vegas) you also start off with hardly anything and need to build up, but it gets explained through the storyline. In the first one you actually need to build up your life, in the second game you've just been shot and need to go from a simple courier job to a wasteland survivalist. It adds up more IMO.
Some games such as Infamous go even further; in the first game you start from scratch. In the second game you already have most of your powers and need to extend to them. That makes a lot more sense storywise than "ok, version 2: time to start all over again".
Now lets be fair here...
You can't blame Bush for paying Google up front for 4 terms so that they would keep his name in their system. He was simply a bit too eager. Besides; how was he supposed to know he would only last 2 terms? ;-)
You make a valid point IMO, except for one thing...
If the show would have changed the approach from "source code with a virus" to "windows executable with a virus" then I'm pretty sure no one would have considered it a problem anymore. Even though the situation would basically have been completely the same: "$kid downloading and using stuff she doesn't understand thus getting her laptop infected with a virus".
But because she picked up an open source program in order to use (parts?) of its source code it suddenly became a problem.
I honestly don't understand the commotion. Because its a given fact that if you visit certain technical fora (for example Slashdot; "news for nerds...") a lot of people will favour open source software over closed source. So how strange is it that a TV producer picked this up, and chose an "open source approach" within the context of a nerdy character?
Who says he attacked open source?
I think you guys are seeing waaay too much in this. Worse; you're looking at it from the wrong angle too IMO.
We all know what "open source" means, right (to be honest I'm starting to have some doubts)?
And hopefully we also know that there are plenty of people out there who "program" by merely grabbing bits and pieces of existing code and string these together. Of course in the end claiming that they wrote the entire program (always amazing; one program and a dozen different coding styles). I've seen this happening just way too many times myself. Doesn't matter if this concerns Java or Max (multimedia programming language) or C#...
SO quite frankly, all I see here is the 'nerd kid' berating the other kid for /using/ open source code which apparently had some virus sitting in it. In my opinion he only "attacked" the other kid for doing something utterly stupid such as using source code without even understanding what it does. Thus overlooking that it actually contained a virus.
Its not something totally impossible, its based on stuff which happens all the time (see above wrt people 'using' pre-made code), and of course you'd need open source to get access to the actual source code.
Sorry, but I don't see this as an attack on open source code in any way.
I think you're missing my point a little.
This routine changes (protected) system files. A routine running with system credentials specifically aimed at maintaining the hosts file. That's a huge risk; because if that routine gets compromised (and IMO that's only a matter of time) how long before malware will start changing hosts so that "www.microsoft.com" points to some malware website, or worse? Without the users realizing this of course. Also the fact that it chooses to bypass settings such as setting the file up with r/o.
Although current malware (Win7 / Vista) could attack the hosts file as well, there is no guarantee that they can succeed. Either due to privileges or the fact that the file can be protected.
And sure; Win defender can be turned off, but how many end users would do that? Heck; how many would realize the potential risk this gets them?
Win8 no longer honours hosts file?
And in other news it turns out that you can no longer rely on the hosts file in Windows 8 to keep you safe from bad websites. If you add sites such as facebook.com or ad.doubleclick.net then these will be automatically removed from the file for you.
After all; everyone needs to see those adds, right ?
If Windows can automatically remove entries from this file (which is also heavily used by adware removal programs such as Spybot) then this routine can also be abused by hackers to re-instate some of their web sources.
Another brilliant addition in reducing Windows functionality and making it less secure in the process.
"He is wrong, forcing it down their throats would just make them hate it more."
While I agree with your story and conclusion I disagree that this also reflects on TIFKAM; its not the enforcement part which makes people dislike TIFKAM with a passion. In fact; the method of enforcing stuff has always been the way Microsoft worked. Even the start menu was basically enforced upon us at one time.
Of course with the minor exception that if people wanted to they could still fire up 'progman.exe' and return to the previous interface of icons and groups. But even so; they couldn't easily work their way around the start menu. With normal usage they'd need to use it to start the shutdown process..
The problem with TIFKAM is merely that instead of enhancing functionality and workflow it actually hinders it when used on the desktop. That is the big deal.
Maybe not so bad afterall?
Now, I'm pure speculating here mind you...
When looking at the Visual Studio website it obviously announces the availability of version 2012 quite strongly, of course this is fully tied into TIFKAM (look further up this thread). But the VS 2010 section is also still available (microsoft.com link). Better yet; I can even buy VS 2010 if I want to, right now from Microsoft. Usually those older versions tend to disappear rather quickly as far as I know.
So now I'm wondering: how likely is it that Microsoft is going to keep both Window environments around; both Windows 7 /and/ Windows 8 ? Maybe using Windows 8 as a new product specifically aimed at touch and 7 as the Windows we all know and love ;-)
Its not as if they didn't go here before. I still recall a time where we had both Windows NT and Windows 98, which eventually "merged" into Windows XP.
Quite frankly if Microsoft would come up with such a strategy, and I don't even care if it would be a "fallback" or "exit" strategy, I think the whole Windows 8 "ordeal" could be much less intrusive than I have assumed it to be so far.
I know its much too early to speculate, but alas.
We should all be calling it TIFKAM from now (as seen earlier in this thread, and I don't refer to my post btw).
"The Interface Formerly Known As Metro".
"Dont forget secure boot also - which further hinders the installation of other OSes as OS-X and Linux."
There, fixed that for you ;-)
Thanks for your extensive response, appreciate the time you took.
So, lets see...
Faster booting - This is a bit of a hack because in fact the OS uses a section of the disk where it hibernates the OS then simply re-activates that part. Quite frankly; I can do the exact same thing on Windows 7 is I tell it not to shut down but to hibernate. The 'runs faster' is also disputable considering how much options and eye candy they stripped from parts such as the desktop. If I minimize the visual effects (turn off aero, animations, translucency) I can get my Win7 to run a whole lot faster as well.
chkdsk repairs on a soft-raid volume while its mounted - I can do that with Win7 as well. Unless of course its the system volume, but quite frankly I don't see being able to perform repairs on a mounted and used system volume as an enhancement. I consider this a major risk factor instead.
Multi monitor - Can't comment there since I only use one. What I can say is that it could be expected considering that they've limited the features severely in other areas. Think about running two "TIFKAM" (The Interface Formerly Known As Metro) side by side. Can't be done on lower resolutions, even if those are still pretty common for Office use.
Cloud services - What does "integrates neatly" exactly mean? If I want to I can easily setup my Win7 Explorer so that it can directly access stuff as SkyDrive, S3 buckets and dropbox if need be (mostly using Webdav btw). Within my Office environment I already have the option to directly store documents on SkyDrive.
Performance management tool - Does it really? All I saw are more bells and whistles. And if you're by any chance referring to the "Windows Assesment and Deployment Kit ('ADK') then yes; this is new in Win8. But don't be fooled; A lot of these tools come from the Windows Performance Analysis developer center which, you guessed it, is also fully available on Windows 7.
Better yet, and this is why I described this as mere "bells and whistles" earlier: hopefully you do realize that most of these "new features" have been long available with the PowerShell environment? (which is IMVHO the number one admin kit for Windows these days). For an example check out this quick TechNet post on PowerShell system performance analysis.
Windows 8 added more bells and whistles to make it easier to access, but its nothing really new.
File history tool - Uhm, that has been around since Vista. Check properties, then "Previous versions" tab. Better yet: the Win8 "feature" requires an external drive or network share to work (its disabled by default) whereas this feature in Vista & Win7 is on by default and doesn't require anything extra. Talk about taking a step back in user friendlyness!
Profile management - Enter Windows 7 professional. Its not possible on the home editions, but the pro has no problems with this. In fact; I'm using Win7 using a regular (non-admin) account myself. This can be further enhanced by using the policy editors. Once again; long existing features which have only been made easier to access.
Software based on authentication keys - Idem on Windows 7. Takes external tools to setup though but its doable. Especially considering that Win7 already provides native support for stuff such as RFID security cards.
IPv6 handling - Ah yes, it favours IPv6 over IPv4. True, read many stories about this.
Better graphics - Its still the drivers doing all the work.
Better performance - So far I'm not a believer. Also see an earlier point about performance aspects in Win7.
File Manager & hidden files - Yes, I can see the advantage there as well.
Security Essentials - Once again agreed; also a very good enhancement. Many virus scanners drove me completely nuts so I eventually started using these as well, works like a charm.
So summing up the main enhancements which I can see are better IPv6 support, easier option to check for hidden files in the Explorer and the inclusion of security essentials.
Needless to say but for me its by far enough to consider an upgrade. Which is basically what led to my earlier comment. I'm under impressed because many features are already available but seem to have been made easier accessible.
I can't consider "easier accessible" to be a new and exciting feature tbh.
"Interesting. We've seen EXACTLY THE SAME arguments for WP7, and it still is a major failure and a pita to use for anything too complicated for a featurephone."
I don't quite agree there. Yes, WP7 certainly has its limitations, but also plenty of stronger points as well. For example I can easily use it to logon my Window servers through use of the ConnectME application. Full RDP support, even allows for file transfers.
Using SSH to logon to my Linux servers? No problem either; using the 'The SSH client application. Works pretty fast, good keyboard and both applications can keep running under the lock screen.
I'd say those are specific issues which I don't see people do too easily on a feature phone.
And to be honest.. Although I don't quite like the commercials the most you hear about the WP7 setup is that it "smokes" the competition when using social media.
No need to wait.
I don't even need to download it to give any first impressions. Because my first impression is simple: "Not worth the download".
Fooled me once with the developer preview which was IMO very underwhelming. Fooled me twice with the customer preview which IMO was evenly matched when it comes to the underwhelming part. I won't be fooled again, thanks.
My main gripe with Win8 is: take away the new "Windows 8 user interface" which was formerly known as Metro and what do you have left ? I don't see anything remotely interesting to bother with Windows 8 since a lot of the enhancements seem to be mere eyecandy or icing on the cake.
Quite frankly I can miss the inflexibility and bothersome crap which is Metro like a toothache. Why would I bother with this?
"2. & 3. How can country make a binding statement that he won't be extradited until such a request comes along? Saying you will never extradite is giving him free hand to break every US law there is."
Since when does US law apply in non-US countries?
Besides; Its not as if the rest of the world doesn't have any laws which prevent its citizens from 'attacking' other countries. For example; would Assange use his laptop to start breaking into the computer systems of the Pentagon then that would also be a violation against Swiss law for which he can be prosecuted as well.
"Hackers are not responsible for DDOS attacks, skiddies are. I wish journalists would learn the meaning of the word "Hack".".
Although I agree with you and obviously realize that El Reg is basically a technical based news site I'm actually glad they report this in the way they do.
Because lets be realistic here: this is how the rest of the world will pick up this news. Instead of fighting it I'd suggest to keep this in the back of your head instead for when you may encounter such issues in real life. Instead of correcting $colleague hear him out and play along; that will get you much more in the overall.
Just my 2 cents though.
After a heated argument with my gf (figuring anyone could do this) I'm just left a little antagonized. I knew it couldn't be this easy, so now I want one too.
Not having the intention to hurt said gf I'm now looking for volunteers. You sound eager enough ;-)
Yeah, that's what Kim Dotcom also thought.
About that fairy story...
Since when did the UK require the services of Interpol merely to nab an alleged rapist?
But most of all, you do realize that one of the reasons Ecuador has granted asylum was that neither Sweden, the UK nor the US would guarantee that Assange wouldn't be extradited? As can be read in this article (nytimes.com link) of the New York times.
It seems to me as if the involved countries do their very best to keep this "fairy tale" alive. I mean; if this was really only about a rape charge, why can't they guarantee that this will remain a (Swedish) nation matter without the US getting involved?
I think Sony is right
I own a PS3 (and I'm very happy with it) and also a PSN account. Because of that I searched and grabbed the data which was shared the first time to see if I could find my credentials in there. I didn't keep the data but the one odd thing I recall is that it had a password & e-mail address and nothing more. Therefore I was quite sure the data was falsified back then.
Now I don't recall every detail of that first released batch but I do think its very weird that this batch follows the exact same style: password followed by an e-mail address. Even though the header claims to provide "user name, password, e-mail address".
Quite frankly I'm still convinced they never released real data the first time, but it seems to me as if this batch is the exact same batch they released back then. So I can well imagine that Sony waves this away as being a fake claim.
Small article correction...
"Microsoft's Windows 8 is now in the hands of developers and IT administrators subscribed to MSDN or TechNet. They are the first people other than close partners and fearless torrenters to try the final code."
No; Windows 8 is now available to developers and IT administrators who are subscribed to either MSDN or TechNet.
I have a TechNet subscription myself, can confirm the availability (released per 15/8/2012) but that's it. I have no intention what so ever to grab and try this since I don't use touch enabled devices.
It seems Ecuador has a problem...
Laws and rules only seem to apply when the officials agree with it. If it would come to this then I think we have a real scandal at our hands. "The laws don't apply if anyone knows he's guilty"... That would really set the clock back hundreds of years ago. Either that or maybe you could argue that it would reveal the real ugly truth; in true "wikileaks" style.
However, I think Ecuador might not stand as robust as they think. I'm referring to an article on NPR (link to npr.com) which was mentioned in the El Reg article, this quote:
"Patiño said Britain made the threat in writing and while diplomatic talks were ongoing. He added that if an assault does happen Ecuador would take appropriate action and look to the Organization of American States for help.
I see a problem here. Obviously; if you believe in a plot by the US (I consider it very possible) then it should be obvious; the US wouldn't help no matter what because this actually plays into their hand.
But if you ignore this theory there is another problem: the alliance between the US and the UK. I think the US has different thoughts about the UK than Ecuador does. And I don't consider it likely that the US would actually participate in any (diplomatic) actions against the UK.
So where does that leave Ecuador?
Apples and oranges IMO.
Yes, it was out of proportions and a diplomatic scandal. However; the cause for all that seems to be kept cleverly hidden. At that time the Iranian leader Khomeini basically gave the people knowledge on the real history of the Sjah of Persia (Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the former ruler of Iran).
Namely the coup (getting him "out of office") which was officially backed and initiated by both the US and the UK. And the reason? How surprising: Oil.
How would you feel if you got told that the leader of your country got assassinated in an orchestrated coup backed by another country ?
Some people read the story and think "oh my", others get so upset that they actually take action and show their frustrations.
This whole ordeal doesn't make it right, don't take my comment the wrong way. But IMO its a little too easy to refer to the Iranian incident and claim "it can happy anywhere".
Usually such incidents do not happen "just like that". Even a country like Syria (lets talk about an "evil" country) strictly honours this.
In 2006 a Syrian man abducted his 2 (Dutch) children and took them back to Damascus. Under Syrian law he was 'entitled' to them and fully within his rights. The kids managed to escape though and found refuge in the Dutch embassy where they stayed several months. Its was a rather delicate issue and although there was some pressure here and there at /no time/ was there a realistic threat that Syria would breach the embassy.
The reason I use this as an example should be obvious: I know where Holland sits at world level. In a chair at the UN where most US officials probably think the guy sitting there is "the king of Brussels" or something. Do you really think such an incident would have made it as world news? And even if it did; how long before the world forgot all about it?
So quite frankly; no.. I don't think it can happen "just like that".
Express: Are they fealing the 'heat' or... ?
"Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop, a version that allows you to build applications using the more traditional Windows UI, will be released "later in the fall," Somasegar says, along with Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone."
Very surprising if you ask me since former statements seemed to indicate that desktop development wouldn't be freely available at all, only in the full versions of VS 2012. I applaud the development, don't get me wrong, but to me it would have made more sense to me if both environments (desktop and the Windows 8 user interface) were bundled in one program.
I'm currently using VS 2010 C# and VB Express (and I'm honestly quite happy and impressed with them) and I have several available 'target' projects: console applications, WPF and Windows Form applications, Class libraries (/very/ usable for PowerShell extensions), game applications (aimed at XBox for example) and so on...
The reason I mention this: The difference between a console application and a, say, WPF application seems to be the references ("libraries") it uses. Surely these references are already available considering that the full version of VS 2012 is said to support all targets from the getgo ?
For an outsider like me (I'm not a professional developer) it makes the whole Express 2012 setup look like a crude hack.
I'm not just saying that to badmouth the product, I really looked into this. See for example the Product page for VS 2012 Express (MSDN link). I quote: "Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 unlocks the power to develop Metro style applications that deliver these experiences.".
Uhm, wasn't the name 'Metro' officially cast aside and weren't all references supposedly removed ?
Let me guess...
They'll give arrested people access to this network also and encourage them to setup their own profile.
Of course hoping that they'll be stupid enough to setup their own profile and then provide status updates, I can see it now....
"Pigs asked me lots of questions, they know shit. Told them they got the wrong guy, LOL. They'll never realize I stole all the computers and burried them in my backyard".
I'm not sure but I don't think people are that stupid ;-)
Old arts revisited?
When looking at that picture I can't help think back of the C64 ages (which I lived). Back then there were already plenty of .gifs circling around ("World of GIF" anyone? A CD which you could buy with hundreds of GIF pictures?). A very common trade at that time was to try and take a PC picture and set it up so that it would be usable on the C64. This usually involved quite a bit of work (before it was automated) mainly because of the heavy resolution differences.
I know this is a different issue but when looking at the picture in the article I can't help wonder how much of a difference there really is ?
Controlling colours through the size of the particles sounds a lot like 'the old days'. Then it obviously wasn't so much controlling colour but overall image impressions. Using different sized sprites (to name one example) to achieve the best possible appearance of a colour blend for example.
As long as you paid your fee's to $anti_virus_vendor_we_love_and_respect all will be safe with your Windows.
How dare you mock $religion. Your comment is highly insulting for $religion_practisers because you're generalizing thus causing them heavy damage.
We'll sue and won't settle for less than $10000,- unless you're living in Europe; then it will have to be E 15000,- due to your extra "stigmatisation" being involved.
Sure; jokingly written. The worst part? This sort of BS is actually happening right now.
Whoops, did I just insinuate $religion to be bs? Uh oh....
"You can't see Wikileaks because they're bad news. Why they're bad news? Because we said so".
This is basically summing up the actions at hand and I don't think its that hard to find out what's wrong about all this.
I don't care if you're in favour or against Wikileaks. At the very least allow people to make up their own mind about it, this is nothing more than oppression.
No offense but...
I'll take pictures of topless women over topless men, thanks.
(yes, I'm a male; how did you know?) ;-)
"The "unrelated answer" method is very good from a security perspective, but does make it hard to remember which answer was used for a given question."
Keep in mind that 'unrelated to the question' doesn't mean unrelated to the person who answers it.
For example; "the name of your mother". Someone could easily answer with a name who has always been a mother-like figure to him/her. Within the context of the question totally unrelated, same for outsiders. But I bet the user won't have any problem remembering the answer.
"If you think about it, if you could change your security question what do you think the first thing a hacker would do when he gained access to your account?"
Change the password.
He /was/ charged, but those charged had been dropped then re-instated.
The only thing odd here is that Sweden goes through all this trouble for a felony (that's what it is over there) which at worst case would cost Assange a $1000,- fine.
When it comes to the elections (whether in the US or in my home country) then there's nothing /but/ propaganda these days.
Even up to a point (here's where it gets bothersome:) where one looking at the past (unfortunately not too many people do this) you can very often see the /almost/ /exact/ /same/ propaganda being put to use.
To translate (within the context of my home country; every 4 years we get elections): $party1 promising stuff and after they don't make it they now even easily vote in favour of the stuff they claimed to be against "no matter what".
Now 8 years later; they try the exact same approach. "We're against $topic" even though the records show that during the last period they have only supported said subject.
Issue being: said subject doesn't live too well with the people. SO when the elections are upcoming this party does nothing but propagating that they are against said issue, hoping to get votes. Problem being that as soon as everything is over their opinion changes over time.
Quite odd indeed that not only their opinion but the matter as a whole also suddenly easily takes its time well within the ruling period. (put differently: $elected, 2.5 years into said period voting in favour of $we_dont_like_it and 1.5 years after that suddenly campaigning with "we're against $subject").
That is your average political party for you. Unfortunately most people don't have the will do dive unto all this and when someone else does easily wave it away with "propaganda".
Left or right doesn't matter; this is what is happening on a global scale these days.
"Young adults" aka...
"People easily blinded by propaganda".
And in this case stupid people at that.
I'm not just saying that as an insult, I'm saying that because I truly mean it: they are idiots.
IF you really want to know about something. Whether its an (electronic) consumer device, a webshop, a shop within your town right down to a political party to vote on then there's only 1 smart thing to do....
First you obviously find out about $subject (see above) to find out if your goal is really what you want. But here's the deal: Once you have decided that you aimed for what you really want its time to realize that so far all you've been reading / viewing has most likely been in /favour/ of $subject.
To get the whole story it is now time to look into the other side of the opinion pool; the nay sayers. Sure; you'll get some hate, you'll get some bashing, but if you try good enough you'll also get some genuine stories as to why people don't like $subject.
Then, and only then will you be capable of making up your own mind on this.
I kid you not. I'll go on the record; I own a WinPhone, like it too. I went over several Android fora before I got one. Not to decide on which one was "better". Hardly. To learn what people using the other choice considered to be lacking on my choice. That left me prepared. Yes; it has its limits. But I knew them even before I picked one up.
This is no different.
When it comes to our governments (no matter what country you're from) you'll always get 1 sided stories. Namely from the government. Sure; there are different parties, but they all have 1 major thing in common: their paychecks come from 1 shared source. Paid from taxes which you and I have to cough up.
Bottom line: you can't expect stories coming from these parties not to be coloured, no matter /where/ they stand with their political ideals. Just like companies will always have a double agenda (keeping the customers happy /but/ also ensuring a steady cashflow) the same can be said about the governments.
As to Wikileaks... Right or wrong, good or evil; not my call to make.
Fact of the matter is that they only show what the governments have been doing so far and are unwilling to share with us. Governments do that (hiding stuff) even when we are entitled to it.
Small (US specific) issue... Attack on the Pentagon (9/11). Freedom of information yet the government refuses to release the (massively available; 84 cameras, go figure!) video footage as to what has transpired there. After some people started prosecuting for /years/ the US government has finally released a 5 frame footage showing absolutely nothing. There's a display of "freedom" right there.
Bottom line (this is turning into an essay, I know): Governments lie to us. Its not a theory its a given. In the US its even allowed by law (police officers can provide you with falsified info to get you to confess). So who's controlling or checking the government ?
In most cases the government is controlled through information channels controlled by that very same government.
You may not like other people "attacking" your government. I can respect that. But if your government is as good and solid as they are they should be able to withstand such "attacks" quite easily.
But if you really think that there is a desperate need to silence the other voices or other opinions - no matter the motivation - then you're basically agreeing that something is seriously wrong with your own opinion.
No matter how cliched this is: if you have an opinion and don't allow anyone to challenge it then your opinion is - by definition - bordering plain out oppression.
Enter the stages of the fanboys, the fanatics, the nutjobs.
Will they ever realize...
Their so called "Damage control process" (IMO that's what we're seeing here) only makes them look even more stupider.
Now, if this were the first time it happened I can live with it. But we've seen this several times already...
"Windows 8 will be easily usable with mouse and keyboard" (without showing), "Windows 8 is optimized for touch usage", "Windows 8 has always been best used with touch enabled interfaces" (not said directly but very well hinted at).
"Windows 8 has a much better Metro start screen", "Windows 8 uses Metro because the start screen was broken", "Windows 8 uses the Metro start screen because research indicated major issues with the start menu", "The start menu will never be used again".
"Developers will be better of with Windows 8 because of their choices", "Visual Studio 2012's interface won't use any distracting colours", "VS 2012 will bring back some of its colour", "VS 2012 Express will only be usable for Metro development", "VS 2010 will have a NEW MENU STRUCTURE MAKING IT MUCH EASIER ON YOUR EYES TO SEE. THIS MAKES IT BLEND IN WITH OUR REVOLUTIONARY METRO INTERFACE".
"Office 2013 will be a more mature Office", "Office 2013 won't make the webapps look and feel more like desktop apps, it will make the desktop apps look like webapps", "Office 2013 will be a Metro application", "Office 2013 will have a much better 2D interface", "Office 2013 will have a MUCH NICER AND EASIER ON THE EYES MENU SECTION, WE HAVE EXTENDED THE RIBBON WITH EASIER TO READ RIBBON SECTION NAMES".
Of course the thousands (literally) of protests which can be read on the official MS blog pages are obviously from people who "simply don't recognize a revolutionary new environment" yet. OR, in the case of Visual Studio 2012, these are developers who are simply glad (and say so!) that the damage to the interface "has been 'relatively' minor and corrected". And state that MS has started "coming back on their first ideas" ("One idea down, several to go...").
How absurd is it that your own users are actually going besides themselves to stop you from releasing something which anyone in their right mind (any real /developer/ that is) would immediately cast aside as being unusable ?
But that is the "Windows 8 soap" which is involving around Microsoft.
I'm just glad that I stepped onto the Win7 bandwagon "on time" and have everything I need (Win7 pro, Office 2010 pro, VS 2010 Express versions (VB, C# & Web) and some other desktop stuff) which will easily last me until 2018.
By that time I hope MS has come back to their senses somewhat. As they did with Win7 vs. Vista.
IF NOT.... Then its easy; I'll pick up my current desktop environment and virtualize it. Then I'll simply use both Win7 & WinXP virtually and directly from within Linux. I've done this before, I can go there again if need be.
Unsupported and unmaintained software by then, but within a virtual environment while making sure I can roll back to a clean snapshot anytime I need to... I don't think I'll be taking much risks.
It was the countdown...
... 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 0
No wonder it went bad.
Finally it's official!
From the article (and other sources obviously) I guess its now safe to conclude what most others have concluded a long time ago, namely:
"The Windows 8 user interface isn't very usable on desktops."
I wonder if MS realizes what impact this could have. Because one should never underestimate the naive end users (with all due respect of course)... When it was still called Metro MS made a rather clear separation; there were metro apps, the metro interface ('start screen') and there was desktop related stuff.
In short: "The Metro interface sucks!" may leave people wondering "ok, that part of Win8 could be bad. I'll just ignore it".
But how does one react to: "The Windows 8 user interface sucks" ?
The longer the Windows 8 soap continues the deeper MS seems to be making the hole. At least that is my impression of the whole thing so far.
They'll do a mixup story line again. So several doctor characters from different time lines coming together. They've done that in a xmas special but the joined moments were a bit brief (IIRC). I'd like to see some famous (and favourite) characters join forces in one whole episode.
I only read stories about that and can whole heartedly agree that they did an awesome job back then. Not merely the Daleks but other sound designs too (obvious example the sound of the Tardis).
I'm fascinated with sound / sound synthesis / sound design and the developments in this segment have gone so fast that in my experience many people find it hard to imagine that such a design could have been so much work.
Would I want a "Dalek effect" nowadays I'd pull up Reason ('sound software'; because of its extraordinary routing capabilities), pick up my mic signal, add a vocoder, perhaps a 'Scream' device for distortion and optionally some filters.
Back in the days there /was/ no such thing as Reason :-)
I think the only thing you could "accuse" him of is the repetition factor, that got a bit predictable. I'm referring to building up the season and in the finale end with a whole "re-run" but then seen from a different angle / aspect.
But apart from that I don't quite agree with you. It had episodes following the red line of the "season story", it had individual episodes and some were silly, some were sort of funny and some were even a bit scary (sort off). I could imagine some kids not really fancying the Silence. Speaking of which; that was an interesting twist; see & forget.
Personal preference here of course but I'll take the Silence over the weeping angels.
"It also has wheels so I guess it's also a Ferrari because they have wheels too."
No, the wheels only make it a /portable/ PowerPC. To be a Ferrari within this context it would need to have been painted red ;-)
It's simple: the agencies are stupid
The income of an artist doesn't dwindle by people copying their music. In fact; in most of the cases it actually does the exact opposite. Something people who knew what they're talking about have been saying for years now.
A very recent (and IMO awesome) example of that would be South Korean singer / rapper PSY's latest achievement: Gangnam Style (YouTube link). Its Korean dance music combined with Korean rap (I suppose), crazy (funny!) dance moves and IMVHO its an /extremely/ catchy tune.
Yes ladies and gentlemen; you can listen and watch it as many times as you like because PSY himself made sure to share this as much as he can on YouTube.
The original video (as linked above), a feat with the "Making off" (which IMO is pretty awesome in itself), several other (not always related) video's and music and here's the catch...
Already he shared /several/ movies where he's performing this song live on stage. Also totally free for us all to enjoy (and maybe I'm biased but it looks awesome to me!).
NOW stop there for a moment and ask yourself this: Did the audience witnessing those live performances got there for free? I don't think so! How many times have we seen "professional" artists starting to cause a riot because people tried to film their performance(s) and share it?
PSY otoh puts it all online himself for us to enjoy. And from what I understand (I could be mistaken here:) he currently tries on as many gigs as he can.
Result? Well, we (gf & me) reached a point where we are actually keeping track if PSY will ever consider a European tour, because if he does then we want to be there!
Gee, I wonder where the real money is made here....
Nah, it'll work. IF we're willing to pay enough money for it.
Coming up next: Microsoft study reveals Internet users to be "cheapskates".
And in addition to what Epobirs just said: the only way to get software onto the whole Metro setup is through the MS Marketplace (that is: I'm not aware of any other approaches). And something tells me that MS wouldn't agree easily in allowing OpenOffice to publish their software on their marketplace.
This is /exactly/ why I'm heavily opposed to the whole idea of a Marketplace in the first place. Especially for a desktop operating system.
This isn't about security or safety anymore; this is allowing a company to tell you what you can and cannot use on your own computer. And they expect to get paid for it too.
What I do hope for...
Is a new twist when it comes to the storyline. So; putting the focus a little more back on the doctor and not so much the companion(s). It was fun, and I liked the first 'Amy Pond season' which all evolved around a weird crack in time in her bedroom.
Also I hope they will now let go of the idea to build up and re-run the whole thing in the finale of the season. It was surprising with the season mentioned above. It was nicely executed in the last season with the Silence but much less surprising because you already somewhat expected it to happen... Personally straight from the first episode when we had "2" doctors.
So I really hope they'll do something new on that part. No complaints, just a suggestion.
And I surely hope they'll let Matt Smith do what he does.. During the first episodes I kept the feeling he was trying to mimic Tennant (who I considered a very good doctor). But as the episodes progressed I have to admit he really managed to put his own 'touch' on the character.
SO; is it xmas already? ;-)
And here we go again...
"Programmers can get started with Apps for Office by signing up for an Office 365 developer pass."
When I want to develop stuff for my Office environment all I have to do is either open up whatever program supports VBA and start coding. Or if I want to build external stuff I simply pick up VS Express and get to it.
All for free.
What El Reg doesn't mention is that "signing up for an Office 365 developer pass" is only free during the Office 2013 preview. You can see as much here (MSDN Office page).
So in the near future you'll need to cough up some big bucks if you wish to develop stuff for the new Office.
Gee; that reminds me of my Windows Phone. If I want to use C# and such to create programs for it then I need to cough up approx. $100,-/year. Even if I have no desire - what so ever - to publish stuff, but only wish to have fun with my own phone. The tools are free, but accessing my /own/ phone isn't.
With these developments I seriously wonder how long the VBA environment will remain a free feature. I wouldn't be surprised /one bit/ if that policy would change as well in the future, in an attempt to gross in even more money. So then you'd have a trimmed down Office and a (much more expensive) "Pro Office" which could feature many things you may not need, but need to purchase anyway if all you want to do is being able to program VBA macros.
You speak of sandboxing as if it is a good thing. It can be; but sandboxing Office apps. takes away a major functionality aspect.
For example; in my Office 2010 I have a lot of address information stored in Outlook. Whenever I need to write a letter I use a Word template (VBA) which then accesses the address list in Outlook to retrieve the contact information I need.
And there's plenty more where that came from. Searching OneNote information and being able to setup stats in an Excel sheet. Going through all the Word documents marked as "bill" on my system from Excel, when identified it grabs information from the document such as payments and tax and such. All data is then put into a graph which helps me keep an (easy) overview of company revenue.
Office was build for interaction... If they need to sandbox the whole thing online then my conclusion would be that MS Office wasn't build for this.
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