With the small difference that XP is still officially supported by Microsoft and Win98 has long been EOL'd.
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With the small difference that XP is still officially supported by Microsoft and Win98 has long been EOL'd.
Hasn't she ever seen Blues Brothers?
"Ok, $200 and you boys drank for $300 worth of beer".
"The court might decide they are responsible TO keep data - if I post something illegal on Twitter and then remove it, they should not allow me to delete it and get away scot free."
That holds more truth than you know it. In the EU companies are bound by law to keep e-mails and logfiles and preserve them for at least 5 years. I don't think many companies actually comply with this law because storing all of that data would become quite a hassle. Even so; this is the law over here.
Like who cares?
Ok; that was a sneer (troll?). Sorry, but I can't come to conclude that MS is doing its utmost best to make their new products as inaccessible as they can.
Take the new Office.. If I want to start a new Word document I fire up Word. Sounds logical enough; but the new Word doesn't put me in a new (empty) Word document. Nooooo.... It gets me into the "open new & recent" section from which I can select a previous document or select a template on which to base my document on. Of course without any option to skip this crap and move into the empty section I want. Nope; I need to press escape first.
Talk about fail.. I mean honestly; why not give us users a choice. You know; allowing a wide range of end users to use your products the way WE want ?
I can understand how Microsoft finally discovered the start screen, many other vendors (NetBeans being my example) have done so too though YEARS before them. However; those vendors also (very) quickly discovered that adding an option to disable or bypass that start screen was a very smart decision too.
And here we are now: Microsoft reinventing he wheel without paying attention to any prior cause. As usual. While ending up making things much harder on the end user. As usual again it seems.
First of all one has to wonder who will actually profit from this move. The company user for using a new product, or the company for using a product which could make them usable for promotional activities?
Quite frankly I think the only businesses which would consider Win8 on the desktop are those who haven't bothered to look into the whole administrative part yet. Because even from an admin pov the start screen has fail written all over it.
Where the start menu was a fully modular environment the start screen is turned into a single file entity which contains the used tiles, the start screen settings, etc. The fail part should be obvious: if a user gets a new application or one is removed this will also reset his/her entire start screen to the default settings. Because the only way to achieve this is by publishing an entire new start screen.
In the old situation one could easily push a single link to a global group which would result in that link becoming visible to all users.
Guess this behaviour should also be limited to the desktop (which kept the modular behaviour).
But I see another fail wrt windows 8, especially for business use.
That it wasn't a perfect video only adds up to it IMO. I only see a guy (possibly) suddenly thinking "hey, that could be cool for an El Reg article" and without any planning shot a video with the help of a colleague or friend or helpful bystander.
Just like they're not enforcing desktop users to use a touch-optimized environment eh?
If you check the download links for 'Express 2012 for Windows 8' and 'Express 2012 for desktop' you'll notice that both point to the same link (linkid 9816758 for the web installer and 9816768 for the ISO). It seems to me as if someone replaced one version with the other.
I noticed after I first installed the desktop version and then wanted to install the Windows 8 version. Instead of a new installer I was greeted with the option to either repair or remove the desktop version.
No, the icons in the taskbar do not have jumplists. Jumplists were a feature explicitly tied to the start menu.
"Yes, you can. (Aside from actual Metro apps, which never run elevated, by design)"
Sorry, but you're wrong. You right click in the corner where you normally click to go to the TIFKAM start screen. So you're calling up a context menu from which you can select things such as "computer management", "disk management", etc.. You can't right click again here in order to raise your privileges.
In the other example the same deal applies: you're in the charms section. You can't right click there to call up more options.
What most people seem to ignore is that Microsoft used to be very straight forward with this. You'd be surprised how long "progman.exe" was kept included with Windows even though they had long implemented the start menu. Eventually it obviously got removed.
And this has always been the case; Microsoft implemented some drastic changes before, but /ALWAYS/ made sure that customers could move back while eventually removing those options, but only on newer versions.
Windows XP could be made to look and feel like Windows 9x with a single column start menu. On Windows Vista and Windows 7 this specific option got removed, but you can still change the appearance of the start menu and Windows as a whole.
THAT is IMO the reason why many people complain and why I think Win8 is going to turn into a failure. Microsoft should not have broken their own cycle; the start menu should have been included in Windows 8 and maybe get removed in Windows 9.
And the worst part; if that "more stuff" comes through the Marketplace then Microsoft gets to cash in on both sides; from annoyed customers who resort to 3rd party solutions and from the developers who try to sell their 3rd party solutions.
Talk about a twisted business model...
The author has a point here and there but every time ignores the major issue: decrease of usability and functionality.
"Pin the applications you use most often to the taskbar, and you rarely need the Start menu."
The problem with this is that a set of pinned applications is purely static. I actually use the 'most started' section because it reflects the stuff I most often use. When I'm doing software design you'll find stuff such as NetBeans, VP-UML, Word and so in there. When I'm doing administration or presentations you'll see stuff such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel and such appear.
And without Aero on the desktop I wonder if those pinned icons will actually give me jumplists like I have now.
"Windows 8 also adds the Administration menu, mouse bottom left and right-click, or press Windows key and X. It is the quickest route to things like Disk Management, Event Viewer and Device Manager, and you miss it when returning to Windows 7."
Miss it on Win7? Nonsense: just add "Administration tools" to your start menu. Then click start, hover over 'Administration tools' and you're done.
Another nasty side effect to this Win8 crapola: because you're in TIFKAM you can't simply right click and use the option "run as administrator", which you can in Win7. Why would you want that? Well, believe it or not; but there are people who actually don't use an admin account while on Windows 7.
"Finally, search in the new Start screen is better than before. Just start typing."
And even more nonsense. On Win7 I hit the windows button, start typing and get my results nicely sorted in sections, where programs are obviously on top because those get started most often. But I also see control panel options, documents, etc. All nicely sorted. On Win8 you can only search in certain sections, one at a time. In other words you always need to remember to press the right shortcut to search OR after typing the search string "simply" use the mouse to click on the section you want.
Its not easier; it adds more burden to get to the same results.
I think the whole thing runs much deeper than most people care to realize.
First of all; the whole suggestion of a "post .NET world" is preposterous. Because what exactly is WinRT? Basically its a set of Windows 8 APIs, just like the current API ("Windows API" also called "Win32 API") is available on Windows 7 and Vista. Also from .NET, so what's the issue here?
But the reason I call this preposterous is not so much because of the obvious above. Has the author already forgotten about Windows Server 2012? By default this installs in a 'core mode' thus leaving only a command line based console. Administration is done through the Remote Server Administration Tools ("RSAT") and/or... Windows PowerShell. This is Microsoft's "new" de-facto administration tool. And guess what; it sits completely on the .NET framework. PowerShell is what eventually got me to grab a version of the Express versions of Visual Studio for VB.NET and C#.NET.
I think language access is the least bit to be concerned about. When it comes to the influence of the new TIFKAM environment I have much bigger concerns: An immense decrease in control. On Windows 7 I can basically install and use whatever I want. On a TIFKAM based environment I can only use whatever Microsoft provides me with in their marketplace. Thus effectively generating an environment for them to rule out any players which they don't like.
Office 8 is fully TIFKAM integrated. Do you really think that should the OpenOffice people ever step onto the TIFKAM bandwagon and produce a TIFKAM enabled version of their Office environment, that it would find its way onto the Microsoft marketplace? I sincerely doubt that.
THAT is in my opinion the real danger of the whole Windows 8 doctrine. Its not a change of development, its not so much an issue of being forced onto a touch-based user interface which should also be pushed down the throats of the desktop users. No, in my opinion this runs much deeper and seems to be more sinister ("seems to be" because at this point I can obviously not state that MS would actually ban programs such as OpenOffice, but they do create the environment which would allow them to).
Don't worry about languages, worry about being forced into a Microsoft dominated and controlled environment instead. Please note that I'm not suggesting that such an environment would be "bad" or "evil" perse, not my words. But I do state that such an environment could easily be (ab)used to do exactly that.
I happen to own a Winphone (7.5) and I think its very /very/ unlikely.
As long as Microsoft doesn't change their design and usability (combined with user friendlyness) its not going to happen any time soon and will only attract a diverse crowd by itself. Not the masses they hope for.
Example? Well, take the 'Office hub', a key feature. I open a new Word document, type in a word "test", double tap it to select it and now I want to set this to bold and italic. How to proceed?
You click the 'format' button at the bottom, then a selection comes up, allowing me to select between bold, italic, underline but also several different colours. I click 'bold' and I'm right back where I started. So now I can go again; click format, click italic and I'm done.
And this was the easy part.
When I'm taking quick notes (using OneNote) and I want something to appear in bold (not too unreasonable I'd say) then I can't just click on an icon to change the texts formatting. Because the only (directly accessible) options I have there are "format as list, add a todo check marker, insert picture, insert audio".
I have to wonder here... How often would you format text in comparison to adding pictures or audio data?
Alas; for options such as 'format' I now need to open the menu and select the option from there, and of course the same issue as mentioned above applies.
Its usable, its doable but I can't help wonder if its really as userfriendly as people claim.
Unfortunately that could also be caused by GD itself, its one of their not so great services in my opinion. I've had such issues for quite a while; a VPS doing absolutely nothing would stay responsive for approx. 30 - 60 minutes and then turn completely unreachable.
When I reset said VPS the above scenario occurred, and when I contacted support they reset the VPS for me, concluded that it was back up and thus told me 'case closed'.
The fun part was when I setup a "phone home" routine (cron job which pinged one of my other (non-GD) servers and down/up -loaded a file); even during periods where the server was completely unreachable it would still easily perform such communication feats, thus ruling out external issues such as DoS or something.
When I discovered that I dropped the idea entirely to use GD for anything else but domain registrations and SSL certs.
But if she was naked how would we know it was a GD girl? ;-)
What can I say... "It just works".
I've been using them for approx. 4 to 8 years or so and this it the first time I've experiences issues like these. If there is a flaw to be found on my side it would be me being lazy. Instead of hosting the domains on my own DNS servers I chose to use theirs. Big deal.
GD has its flaws, absolutely, but when it comes to domain registrations and SSL certificates then they're doing a pretty decent job in my book. Their virtual servers otoh, now that's a completely different story.
I have several domains registered with GoDaddy and also experienced a massive outage. No fun at all. Fortunately for me most of my domains are already back up again, a few hours after it all happened. I think that's pretty decent knowing how hard it can be to fight off a DDoS.
Quite frankly the way they handle things is proof to me where they put their priorities. My websites are back up, the GoDaddy.com site isn't (at the time of writing); only displays a warning that they're aware of the issues.
For me this translates that they put all their effort on their customers, and will worry about their own stuff at a later time. IMO that suits them.
As to the DDoS... Pretty lame in my book, the work of dumb scriptkiddies who are best ignored. Wouldn't surprise me if the whole thing backfired; common users getting annoyed with anonymous while actually giving GD the benefit of the doubt.
"Doing so, they argued, will ensure apps are there once the hordes arrived, meaning a better chance of colossal sales."
But sales of what? The apps or Windows 8 as a whole (which also includes the sale of developer subscriptions) ?
Why would you want to pay MS in order to have a presence on their marketplace while you can ship your software free of charge if you continue to target the desktop (which is what most people are still using) ?
"But unless the user actively turns it off – or on – the advertisers can choose to ignore the default setting, Fielding argues."
I think its a very lame argument. You can think of Microsoft what you want but they have shown time and time again that when it comes to privacy concerns they're taking their job very seriously. From their web services as SkyDrive where the policies clearly show that whatever you put up there will always remain yours, right to their mobile environment (Windows Phone 7.5) where all tracking options are either turned off by default, or it comes up with the question to turn it on at first use (Microsoft is interested in your browsing history, virtual keyboard usage, speech recognition history, etc.).
Has Fielding ever considered that the only reason Microsoft did what they did could also be an honest attempt at protecting their users?
I would have expected a much more professional approach than this to be honest.
"It's been my experience as a system admin that many of my fellow admins consider public key cryptography a black art."
And yet you claim those would still (consider to) use self-signed certificates (a /lot/ more work) instead of simply applying for one at a regular SSL provider? I consider that to be quite unlikely.
Because most fellow admins I came across (the kind of people you mention here; who apparently don't quite see that the SSL structure is in the end a simple form of public key encryption) wouldn't trust a self signed certificate over that from a recognized SSL provider. Because you know; those are the official certificates, and thus much safer.
Sorry, but your story doesn't quite add up for me.
Simply because most SSL key providers (GoDaddy being my main example) have been enforcing a minimum key length of 1024 for years now.
I think the only situations which could be affected is when people generated a self-signed certificate simply because of the ease and not so much of the security aspects.
You forgot to mention another (IMO) very important issue though; it seems to me as if Ballmer doesn't even realize what attracts some of his customers to use the products the company produces. Would that be a small aspect of their total services then I could understand it, but this is (IMO) a major key asset which he ignores time and time again....
I'm talking about the timespan in which Microsoft manages to support their products. Whether you like or dislike Windows I'm sure we can agree on one thing: keeping an OS alive for approx. 13 years (XP) and supplying a predicted lifespan of 7 years for Windows 7 (released 2009, support lasts till 2018) is an impressive feat. In fact, I'm sure that this is something why some people would favour Microsoft software products over others.
Now take the Windows Phone... How hard could it be to imagine that the release of WP7 would attract such kind of customers, especially given the strict hardware demands MS laid out ?
Yet it seems that was too much for Ballmer. Released in 2010 and nearly EOL'd in 2012, that's only 2 years. Given the fact that developers need to cough up $100,-/year to be even allowed to access their own phone for personal development one has to wonder here... How likely is it that when WP8 is out people would still develop software for WP7.5? So IMO this is effectively killing the WP7 market.
I think Ballmer doesn't even realize that this is heavily affecting his market. I'm a WP7.5 user and I'm still pretty happy with my phone. But I know many others who aren't anymore... I follow several WP related forums and other media, and I can say this move has stirred some very bad blood.
I smell a little fail here.
While I applaud the course Microsoft is taking where they're basically stripping the GUI (or what's left of it anyway) from the server environment I get the feeling they're ignoring an important part of the process.
Say I grab Server 2012 and put it on my network which currents contains Win7 and WinXP clients and some older Win2k3 servers. So how exactly am I going to administrate this server, considering that there are new tools and scripts to be used ? (put differently and more ontopic: new roles to keep in mind, new specific admin features to use (which should be addressed within the MSC admin scripts), etc.).
Usually you'd get yourself 'RSAT' (Remote Server Administration Tools) which are a very fine collection of tools which you can use to administrate specific aspects of your server remotely. But guess what? When it comes to Server 2012 there is a RSAT version which specifically addresses this, but its only available for the customer preview of Windows 8.
The Windows 7 version of RSAT still sits on version 1.0 SP1, thus being able to administer server ranging from Win2k3 right to the current Server 2008 release.
Wouldn't it have made a /little/ more sense to release both the server and the admin tools at the same time, especially considering that the default installation behaviour is core mode?
Oh, and don't my word for it. Simply search MS download center for rsat yourself (link to MS download center).
People who try to train their brains with puzzles and other trouble-solving issues are likely to keep clear as well.
Is this really the computer or the people who simply continue to actively use their brains (no pun intended) ?
Although I upvoted you because I agree; personal attacks should be left out of a good discussion, I do want to raise the awareness that personal attacks are also something used by Torvalds himself sometimes.
Lets take his criticism over the interface: "And I can get panel settings and enable auto-hide so that I don't need to look at that butt-ugly thing that has clearly been designed by some goth teenager that thinks that black is cool.". Or the simple fact that Mr. Torvalds considers the whole interface an 'unholy mess' "I have yet to meet anybody who likes the unholy mess that is gnome-3.".
Or what about: "If you think your users are idiots, only idiots will use it.".
I think some of that goes pretty border line too here and there. I mean; I can see why someone doesn't like Gnome, but to start attacking the whole interface and its developers merely because you don't like it seems a bit far fetched to me as well.
For example; I dislike Windows 8, I hate its new touch interface, but you won't see me state something that its developers or designers are idiots or dumb teenagers or such. What I /would/ state is that I think they were so obsessed with touch they forgot all about the desktop. But that's something completely different.
As for myself I don't care either way since my desktop sits on Windows 7. Even so; I can see why someone would be ubercritical towards Torvalds after having read all that.
Speaking of which; why do most people speak of Torvalds posts as "public Google+ posts" while you can't even read them without a Google+ account? Doesn't look very public to me.
Your information is dated. On Windows XP users ended up with an admin aka root account, but Vista and Win7 have changed that behaviour quite heavily.
And lets please also not forget that during the times of XP Linux distributions didn't enforce users to create an account for themselves yet.
Quite frankly I also can't believe that you're actually thinking that the capability of locally running code on Linux would be a lesser problem than running code on Windows. Because that is assuming that there are no local root exploits - what so ever - available on Linux right now. Can you be 100% positive of that? I don't think so...
Being able to run code locally, no matter what the platform is, is bad news. Whether this is on Windows, Linux, Mac or BSD*, the whole ordeal is bad and a huge security risk which needs to be addressed ASAP.
While the author puts the blame on Java as a whole I think its Oracle which really deserves a good portion of the blame.
After all; let us not forget that some exploit options were already known by them around last April this year. And it took them months before they actually fixed it (tried to at least).
So I think you're going a little bit too easy on them if you don't blame Oracle at all.
"So allowing a browser plugin to execute priviledged code from a non priviledged account ISN'T a problem with the OS?"
Well, that heavily depends.
Technically speaking Linux also allows execution of privileged code from a non-root account through the use of sudo. So the concept as a whole isn't bad perse. The real question is how its done. On Windows 7 (UAC) people are warned up front for both executing code from a web location as well as raising their privileges to the admin user.
If we're talking about a way to easily circumvent UAC so that code can be executed as administrator without so much as a warning then yes; that would be a major flaw. But not the concept by itself.
"java cannot be done secure".
You do realize that this crap only affects Java 7 and not the previous SE6 ?
For the obvious part; it should be obvious. XP isn't being sold, Win7 on the other hand still is so it was only a matter of time before one would overtake the other.
Still, I think its well deserved and to me (for whatever that's worth) it shows that the market isn't stupid. When I bought my current desktop PC it came with Vista (Home-Premium) pre-installed. At first I used this for a games machine, after I got my PS3 I used it for dedicated 'Windows stuff'. Even later I actually started using it for my common desktop and for my hobby (synthesizer / DAW usage & synthesis study in general).
Fun part is that only /after/ I upgraded to Windows 7 professional I finally realized the major differences between Vista & 7. No kidding; on some aspects (multimedia for example) these are huge.
Quick example: I have my DAW ('sound software') setup to generate some percussion using samples, a bass line using a (software) synthesizer and some lead sounds using a so called "VST" (software synthesizer but this time a plugin, so 3rd party stuff). I also applied some sound effects to all three tracks. On tops all tracks some together on the 'master' where I applied a 'Compressor' sound effect to keep the overall volume a bit in check (meaning: making sure that I don't have too big extremes in volume).
Vista CPU load, with all my hardware attached (controllers, keyboard, USB soundcard): 70 - 90%.
Win7 CPU load (same as above): 10 - 20%.
When I was still using Vista I didn't consider upgrading, but after I had I was actually glad I did.
Next you'll tell us they will make a larger version and call it the Broadcast Energy Transmitter (B.E.T.) and get some specialized military personnel guarding it. Which of course fails and the BET will get captured by a "ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world".
And before you know it G.I. Joe the movie (wikipedia link) suddenly isn't so much science fiction after all!
Of course we should be weary when it comes to stuff like this, but the license agreement is IMO a lot better than others. And I also think people search too much into this.
First of all its important to determine who owns the material you upload. Microsoft is very specific here:
"Content includes anything you upload to, store on, or transmit through the services, such as data, documents, photos, video, music, email, and instant messages (“content”). Except for material that we license to you that may be incorporated into your own content (such as clip art), we do not claim ownership of the content you provide on the services. Your content remains your content, and you are responsible for it.".
Simply put; I always keep copyright on the contents I upload and store on MS' services. As such Microsoft simply cannot use such material for other purposes than those provided by the service I'm using. If they would they'd violate their own policy which grants me full ownership and copyright.
Then the dreaded paragraph mentioned by the article:
"When you upload your content to the services, you agree that it may be used, modified, adapted, saved, reproduced, distributed, and displayed to the extent necessary to protect you and to provide, protect and improve Microsoft products and services."
I hope we all /do/ realize that if Microsoft creates a backup of my material they're basically reproducing it. If Microsoft puts my material onto a backup service to make sure everything continues to work they're basically (re)distributing it. When I upload pictures and one of MS services changes the resolution from, say 2048x1536 to 1024x768 then they're changing the content.
What I also consider very reassuring is the section which explains the "Can Microsoft remove contents from the services":
"Yes. We may ask you to remove your content from the services if it violates this agreement or the law. Failure to comply may result in loss of access to, or cancellation of, the services or your Microsoft account. Additionally, Microsoft may remove your content without asking you if we determine it's in violation of this agreement or the law, or if we receive a notice of intellectual property infringement from a third party."
I don't see this as anything intrusive at all to be honest. All I'm seeing here is Microsoft covering themselves and rightfully so.
But most of all... Will Microsoft disclose my personal information to others? You know; like Google basically does; using my information to allow others to target me with specific advertising. Well, they won't:
"You consent and agree that Microsoft may access, disclose, or preserve information associated with your use of the services, including (without limitation) your personal information and content, or information that Microsoft acquires about you through your use of the services (such as IP address or other third-party information) when Microsoft forms a good faith belief that doing so is necessary (a) to comply with applicable law or to respond to legal process from competent authorities; (b) to enforce this agreement or protect the rights or property of Microsoft or our customers; or (c) to help prevent a loss of life or serious physical injury to anyone."
I actually applaud this. Especially section (c) is something I can fully support and I think it shows a little bit of the reasoning behind their policies that they explicitly included this section. They could have simply limited themselves with "We'll follow the law" but instead decide to go the extra mileage.
So quite frankly; I don't think its fair to compare these policies to those of Google.
Who says he skipped because of the jailtime? I think its most likely that he skipped because of the fine of millions of dollars.
Agreed on the live tiles; in contrary to what the author claims these really have an added value. But obviously if you're not going to use applications which make good use of it you won't be able to see it.
WeatherMaster for example also allows you to pin your current GPS location to the start screen, which is how I use it. So even if I spent the night somewhere else; the next morning I can still see what kind of weather it is around me, merely by looking at my startscreen.
"if the general population would find your actions funny - its trolling."
Odd comment for someone singling out the media and "non-internet users".
No, that's not trolling. Trolling is something often done so that most people don't notice that they're being provoked. And in general; when people find out that 'THBT' they usually do not consider it very funny. In most cases they get a little upset or annoyed because they wasted their time on some nobody nitwit while there were plenty of others more deserving of their time.
Although I agree with you in general there /is/ a difference between simply being an annoying troll or by systematically abusing someone.
Having wasted quite a few years on IRC and Usenet myself (I date from the FidoNet ages) I do agree that in a lot of cases simply ignoring someone is the best thing to do. Still; another thing important aspect is that if you are going to 'hit' back you'd better make the first 'punch' count, or else... Which is exactly what seems to have happened here.
Sure; trolls like attention. But getting it outside virtual channels? I doubt it ;-)
Here is the official product page for Java SE. Would you care to show us El Reg readers where Oracle has put up the option to get a support license for Java ?
Sorry to burst the obvious bubble right away: that "licensees" link doesn't provide support like this.
And yes; there is a commercial brand of Java (Java SE Advanced and/or Oracle Java Suite). Guess what? Those are mainly aimed at continuing to provide updates for versions which have been long time EOL'd (Java 1.4.2 and SE 5).
And well, licensing Java per processor only opens the cash register starting at E 5000,- / year. Very reasonable price indeed for your average smaller firm or hobbyist who only wants to keep up to date.
At those prices people are better of migrating to other solutions IMO.
"Does anyone know a guy who knew a guy that Oracle cared about?"
Well, I know this guy who knew this bunch of sunny guys which Oracle really cared for leaving the company asap, does that count?
Oh wait a sec...
Oracle has been the major force which made me seriously consider ditching Java. I already replaced MySQL with Postgres on all (2) office servers (internet servers running customer websites obviously can't be migrated "just like that") and I want to have as little to do with Oracle as possible.
And here we are... I recently 'upgraded' to version 7 to get to know it better. Put differently; even though I keep both JDK SE6 and SE7 on my Win7 PC I recently changed the path so that SE7 would come first. even though the SE6 JDK is favoured on my commandline (even on Windows with NetBeans available I like to play on the commandline too from time to time, backed up by Metapad).
Although I am using NoScript I'm seriously considering to 'switch' back to SE6 as the primary JDK and ignore SE7 for quite some time to come.
IMO Oracle, as always, does an excellent job in ruining the whole thing.
So summing up you hate Java because you were "abused" as a child into programming Java and now see only bad Java software around you. Well, I don't share your opinion -at all- because quite frankly Java is one of the few languages I still enjoy working with (note: I'm not a professional developer).
Even though I fear that Oracle doesn't bring it much good (Java 6 immune, Java 7 vulnerable to the latest exploits? go figure) I can't bring myself to ditch it. Heck; even though I kinda enjoy C# I feel that it doesn't manage to give me the same kind of continuity. I've been using NetBeans since version 4.1 (released May 2005) and even though there have been NetBeans versions which I didn't like (and skipped) the community has /always/ been very open minded towards criticism. I reported my share of bugs, I also saw most of this share of bugs vanish. Right now I'm on the latest version of NetBeans (7.2) and needless to say; but I like it.
Then again; I also like using UML's for my more complex programs (my UML tool of choice being Visual Paradigm UML) so maybe I'm just a bit twisted ;-)
Still, I can relate to your story to a certain degree. That's why you won't see me "attack" your opinion in any way. When I first started learning a programming language we worked with Turbo Pascal 6. Later I managed to get my hands on Borland Pascal 7 through "obscure channels" and up until now I've always enjoyed the language and the way it was build up (Turbo Vision to build GUI's in DOS; it was awesome!).
But for some reason I just couldn't bring myself around to liking Delphi. I don't know if its caused by playing with an older (maybe not fully matured) version, the changes in the language or the way their IDE used to work; I hated it. Still do to some degree. And just like you I can openly admit that there is no sane reason; no argumentable comments as to why I think it sucks. Its just that I got so used to TP6 that it felt as if the language was forced into some twisted OO (GUI-approaching) construction where it didn't really fit too well.
I've been following its development a little bit, todays options look quite impressive, but when I look at the current versions I see the entry fee starting at E 200,- which only gets you a limited version. I can pick up a decent Java IDE fully for free, I can even use the VP UML tool free of charge (non-commercial use only, as such I got myself a Modeler license).
So; you're not alone, sort off ;-)
My stance is that if a movie is made from a videogame instead of the other way around then its usually best avoided although there are some exceptions.
But that left me wondering: any scenario known where a videogame 'spawned' a movie which in itself spawned a new videogame (or the other way around; movie to videogame to movie) ?
I'm sure Hollywood never came up with that scheme (yet). Hm, maybe I should have kept my mouth shut ;)
Think about it; Samsung scoring good with a new start menu (which could be a potential customer magnet) and so customers get used to an 'Apple alike' GUI and all the rest of the Win8 flaws. I think a start menu can bring back a lot of functionality, but with Aero and such out of the picture the desktop as a whole will never get the same functionality as Windows 7 had (unless this gap is also filled with this solution, I dunno).
But consider this: say the whole Win8 experience does leave people unsatisfied and looking for something else. What impact would it have to see an almost similar desktop environment on Macs? How much more persuasion would someone need when they learned that, say, MS Office also easily runs on Mac?
This could be a very devious scheme between Samsung and Apple; hitting the "mutual opponent" when its down. Who knows; could be worth a big chunk of 1 bn dollars.
You can say about MS what you want, they do treat Android quite seriously. And this isn't the first time they did something like this; the OneNote app. for mobile is also available on Android.
I can understand making a serie and then selling to several networks, that generates income. I can also see the networks putting the serie either primetime or a good time and infesting it with those annoying commercial breaks (which most people nowadays can skip easily thanks to modern VCR (-like) 's, but alas). I can see that.
Do note that the latter also gives us access to record said show. And to my knowledge nothing is legally preventing us from sharing such recordings with others. After all; basically anyone could have had access to the original airing.
But to finish; I can also see producers putting the whole stuff on video and trying to sell it as boxed sets. And that's not even getting into the obvious commercial aspects; toys, and god knows what.
Isn't it enough already?
You're going to stream it right away; accessible for all (the whole world) or doing it the (IMO) lame way like South Park does it; one country gets to see it, other's don't (yet)? Really free as in "click here, watch and enjoy" or "click here, wait for $dozen_commercials to finish and then you get to see bits and pieces" ?
Even so... I don't think its going to stop anything.
Because being able to download also means being able to watch it when it best suits us; not when $people claim is the best time to watch.
The screenshot at the first page looks an awful lot like the default setup of Microsoft Expression Web 4 (and Expression Design). The first is a HTML editor / website designer, the latter a vector graphic based editor, I've been using both for quite some years now.
Personally I think they had the right idea, but like everything these days completely exaggerated the final designs. A dark themed colour does indeed bring more attention to your main code window, IMO its a given.
But the lack of colours is something I wouldn't be surprised to see getting people headaches in the longer run. Someone else already mentioned it but I can only reaffirm; its going to tax you a lot more to find out which option(s) you need, which options were selected and so on. However; if you're using the GUI, if you're using keyboard commands then this applies to a lesser degree.
So quite frankly I see a new fail here; making this IDE much harder to get used to than others. How is that going to bring in new developers ?
"If any such extradition was requested by the US from Sweden, the UK must also give permission. So any idea that this is some weird conspiracy to allow the UK government to claim clean hands on the deal doesn't wash."
You miss the point there a little. Because the conspiracy theory is build around the US getting their hands on Assange /outside/ official channels.
I tend to agree with you on a few personality points but then again; point of the matter is also that most people know Assange based on what the media tells us. And hopefully we've all come to one realization: the media more than often doesn't give the full story.
But wrt. wikileaks and people going unnoticed. I think there's more to that story than what you're sharing here. If people are indeed in jail because of what they alledgidly did on wikileaks I think the least they'd want is recognition from wikileaks for their work.
Quite frankly I think most people who sent material to wikileaks would prefer to remain anonymous because in most cases messengers of malpractices will be shot. Here in Holland we now have a small riot over the 'VUMC' hospital where an international recognized lung specialist came forward and put some mal practices in the open, mal practices which could be - proven - and which showed that some doctors would actually put more priority on other interests than over the lives of their patients.
What do you think happened to this lung specialist, even though the things he showed could be proven and weren't even that much denied?
At this point he's at home and from the looks of it he won't invited back to this hospital. Even his whole staff is behind him and refuses to cooperate with some investigations.
So well... With examples such as these, and numerous available everywhere, I can fully understand why wikileaks wouldn't publicly give credit to the people providing the information. In 9 out of 10 cases that would work heavily against them.
Quite frankly I think all this news changes all that much. I mean, statistically speaking; how high are the odds that someone would be able and breach the lock as well as goes after your room?
But even so; everytime I pick a hotel I always pick one which provides a safe in which I can put some of the stuff I need to keep safe. Because you can never be sure that nothing will happen; even hotel personal can sometimes commit foul play.
Speaking of those safes btw... Even hotels which had keycard locks still provided safes with a plain old fashion key. Coincidence?
I have a Windows Phone (WP7.5) and quite frankly I like it. Its my first 'real' smartphone and although I'll be the first to admit that it has certain limitations it also has plenty of advantages (at least for me).
But there is something bothering me. WP7 as it is now not only has certain limitations in comparison to other phones; its functionality is also heavily depending on the country you're in. In some countries the so called "Bing services" will operate as expected, in others they don't (think "Local scout" (what is around you), speech recognition in other languages than English, the ability to look up sound phrases, etc.
The part which bothers me is where MS apparently couldn't manage (?) the gaps were quickly filled up by other companies in the form of apps. Nothing wrong with that of course, but it does raise the question if MS will ever fill in those gaps themselves.
When looking at WP8 we get stories of a dozen new features, stuff like e-pay and being able to quickly pass information between phones and such. Strange in itself since bluetooth has always been a good protocol for that yet MS totally ignored that part (it seems it was only added to support headpieces and hardly anything else. I couldn't even get my laserkeyboard to work).
But that does raise the question: will all those features be available on all platforms in all countries, or are they going to try and pull the same stunt: promising features, adding small print that "it may not be available" to end up with something which only seems to work in the States and hardly anywhere else (at least in the beginning) ?
But just as important: what about all those promised features on WP7? Cool that, say, local scout now also works in Germany and the UK, what about France, Spain, Denmark or my home country of Holland? Will those ever get added or can we totally forget about all that because WP8 is what matters now?
Considering that WP8 uses the same Bing services as WP7.... Maybe this is now "good enough" because of all the new features in WP8 ?
Quite frankly I would be very careful with all the promises made by MS. While what they say maybe fully true; they seem to have a very nasty tendency these days to make things sound much better then they actually are.