1816 posts • joined 19 Dec 2010
Take an example to 13 years of XP!
I mean; like them or not if you will, but you got to admit that by supporting an operating system for nearly 13 years Microsoft has performed no easy feat. Sure; one reason for all this is because XP has become one of the most popular Window versions so far (though I think 7 is getting there as well).
But even so; to me this is solid proof that there are lots and lots of people who don't like or want to see their desktop, browser, or whole OS in general change on a whim. And I think its this reason why many people will still continue to use Windows over other alternatives.
Computer enthusiasts should keep in mind that not everyone enjoys toying or playing with their computer itself (or its OS). Many simply want to turn it on and do the things they want or need to do; NOW. They dislike being greeted with: "There is a new version of program X, please wait while I perform the update!", only to end up having to wait 5 minutes while all they wanted to do was to do something then and there.
Its this reason alone why I think that the current available Linux distribution's don't have what it takes to be used on the desktop. Sure; when it comes to desktop /functionality/ then there is no doubt what so ever that Linux can cope, don't get me wrong here. The problem is: how long is it going to last?
A real life example: someone who wanted to try something radically different and I installed Debian Linux with KDE and some gizmo's for him. So far, so good. He continued to use it and manually performed some program updates every once in a while. Which at one time rendered his desktop useless, but I don't think you can hold that against Linux because in comparison; Windows has had its shares of issues too.
The real problem came when the next version got out and support for this one ended. At one time I got a call from him; he wanted to install another MP3 player (having heard much good stories about vlc) only to discover that he couldn't install anything anymore because the repository had stopped working.
Luckily for him I knew about "archive.debian.org", though I have hinted that he really should consider upgrading his Debian version. But that is something he doesn't like to hear after having used Linux for only 1 year. As such, don't expect him to become a believer anytime soon, even though he's totally happy with the KDE desktop as is.
I think that as soon as Linux somehow manages to break this cycle and provides longer support then it might indeed be a worthy alternative. Note; and with longer support I don't mean simply continue to supply updates while the process of upgrading from one supported version to the other (Ubuntu LTS for example) starts to become totally impossible without a clean re-install.
But until then.. I think Microsoft is doing a recommendable job by not only coming up with new ideas and setups when it comes to Windows. They also stand by those versions, for a very, VERY long time.
Too bad that a majority of people take it all for granted without realizing the work and effort that goes into this.
No, no no... All wrong.
What you do is sue the hell out of your local police squad because the malware has pointed you to them. While this probably won't fix your PC it might get you rich (though I wouldn't bet on it).
What made Aliens great...
The suspension and the make-belief.
Only a few months ago I think my gf and me were watching Aliens (DVD) on the TV and it was frightening as ever. And then it struck me... "we're watching a frickin' counter with some (shooting) sound effects". Yet it was TENSE.
That is so cool about these movies. Its like they mentioned in the making off's (I had the full DVD box with all 4 movies) when it came to Alien. Many people thought that the Alien (in its mature form) grew in size and praised the movie over that. But it didn't; the same model was used every time.
Make belief.. That is IMO cool.
Don't care about the blu ray disks though; why would I want blu ray when I have the DVD's? Esp. for movies which were shot in a time where the resolution itself was limited from the start?
Sorry, but when a company makes something solely available for its customers then its not something I'd describe as free. Its not a free service IMO, its an /extra/ service.
Apart from the other comments also don't forget taxes. I don't know how it works in other countries, but over here (Holland) the sheer cost of taxes alone is murderous.
If you have some staff on the payroll and you want to give them a bonus of E 500,- then prepare to whip out E 1000,- in total because our government also wants a (big) piece of that pie.
I can only wonder...
What kind of nitwitted patents this are going to be...
"Charging your keyboard enabled smartphone with green energy (windmill power in particular)"
"Talking on the phone while eating a 'broodje kroket'"
Or maybe: "Using a smartphone with greasy fingers" (because of the 'kroket').
All fun aside.. I have to wonder; how on earth is a US company going to find out about & use specific ideas from a rather small Dutch firm? I'm getting a little "patent tired" to be honest. If you don't want your ideas to be used, why not keep them more secret in the first place?
However, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise. NXP is a company which was founded by Phillips. And guess what; today one of Phillips main sources of income is fully build on patents. As such this shouldn't come as a surprise.
I think this may work, and may even beneficial for some people.
But I think such projects could easily collapse the very moment where one of the (bigger) players has worked out an excellent design (at least in their opinion) which then won't make it into the official specs itself.
So you have set something up which you know will work for you, yet it doesn't get implemented. What do you do ?
My guess is that you then leave the whole project again and continue setting up your environment in the way you intended it in the first place.
Sharing knowledge and experience is often a very good idea, but when it comes to this then I get a weird feeling when people are trying to 'regulate' some stuff.
Could be just me though...
I agree about the Windows Phone. Somewhat surprised me even, but its quite versatile and really allows you to get stuff /done/. The threads in messaging (SMS) are very clever IMO, e-mail (and combining accounts) works like a charm and well; the browser really does it for me, its very nice to be able and tap a column of text only to have it zoom in so that it fully fills the screen (thus is easier to read).
However, I think RIM does score one point here, especially for business usage.
I /really/ enjoy my phone (and I'm not just saying that mind you; if I want to I can still return & switch it in the upcoming week, but this baby isn't going anywhere (apart from where I'm going ;-)). As an end user its very straight forward and still extensive. As a (junior) developer I also consider it to be very accessible; well documented, SDK can be downloaded free of charge and heck; you can even use C# Express to hack the critter a bit (using the 'Microsoft.Smartdevice.Connectivity' reference; this allows you to access the emulator or phone after which you can do fun stuff with it. For example launching applications based on their GUID).
But as a sysadmin however I have to say that I somehow expected a little more. I really would have liked a little more control over the device, like I have with my Windows 7 box. You know; group policies, user policies, etc. Hardly important or anything to me, but for example; I liked disabling the "Windows Anytime Upgrade" on my Win7 box because it was a good example & practice for me, and I really don't have any desire to go from Professional to Ultimate anyway. So now when I start the program (as common user) I get a message to "contact systems administration" :-)
As such I was expecting a little more like that to be available on the Windows Phone too. For example; suppose I have 2 - 3 co workers, and give 'm all a Windows phone. Then it would be really convenient if I could simply setup a profile for those devices which would then make sure that they'd be setup with the right settings for e-mail or access to the common calendar (either Hotmail or Exchange server). That sort of stuff.
So even though I'm not familiar with Blackberry and RIM I do think that they do score a point here over the Windows phone when it comes to systems administration.
And although I'm quite convinced that all of these tidbits will come eventually I can't help wonder if MS shouldn't have had /something/ setup already.
Re: I'd give anything to go back to Honeycomb
Maybe a dumb question (from a non-Android user) but why don't you?
Is the upgrade process one way or something? Reason I ask; I also know of environments which first make a backup ('snapshot') of the phone before upgrading, thus allowing you to revert all the changes should something go horribly wrong.
Its the /one/ reason why I started using Bing whenever I was searching for technical based info. Before I go on: I am NOT claiming that Bing is perfect here, but it has been my experience that in some cases its better (and less annoying) than Google.
Whenever I search for something apparently arcane I end up on websites who either claim to hold the answer to my question (by showing a supposedly forum post containing my /exact/ question (how odd..) and allowing me to read the answers AFTER paying them... xxx amount of cash (yeah right!)). Or even worse, also happening more and more these days: I end up on a /different/ search engine which basically searches some other (but usually the same) websites.
With Bing otoh... Note: for the stuff I searched for, which was most commonly Windows related stuff. However, I still ended up with the crap down on page 2 or 3 or something. I also noticed that some companies behind the crappy pages ("we have the answer, just pay us") also were advertising on Google.
I know I don't pay for Google's services (or do I? What exactly is Google (trying to) extract from my setup?) but a lot of this stuff is plain out annoying. I somehow would have expected some kind of filters or such, esp. when taking into account that Google by itself was once a search engine where you could actually find relative material pretty easily, even if the stuff you were looking for was kind of arcane.
So yes, I think this is deserved. They became big with providing an excellent service (honestly, they really did!) yet when they started to learn how to make money from it the services went quickly down the drain where quality was concerned. And the people who made it all possible? Well, you figure that one out for yourself..
What /is/ it with the US and nudity ?
So I was watching a Gran Turismo 5 (PS3 racing game) related video where a US company sent of their 'best' reporter with (iirc) $500,- to get a car and drive the Nurburgring (Nordschleiffe). Pretty fun IMO, but one thing caught my attention.. During a stop at a tank station the reporters attention was quickly diverted by the magazine stand: "Whoah, they have Playboys and other mags with topless women in plain sight?!".
This was some time ago and kinda made me go "huh?!", because I hardly would consider that special. Heck; Germany even has their "Bild Zeitung" ("Bild newspaper") which almost every time has a "Page 1 girl" (don't take my word for it; go to bild.de and see for yourself).
I can only conclude that the US is obsessed with nudity, yet in very negative ways. Only a few days ago did I learn about a teacher who was facing 40 (!) years in jail because the /company/ computer she worked on picked up pr0n displaying malware which started spouting off crap during a presentation. "Risk of injury to minors", WTF? And the reason I go "WTF" is because if the malware would have shown people getting horribly mutilated (sawing off heads or even more gross) then it wouldn't have been any problem what so ever. I'm convinced of that.
Makes perfect sense; getting (your) brains shot out is perfectly normal and merely part of life it seems, deal with it kiddo! But a naked woman or man? HEAVEN forbid!
Oh man, South Park managed to capture this SO darn well ("Good times with weapons", Season 8 iirc); the boys pick up weapons illegally ("our parents died, we can't get consent, wheeeeee!") and Butters ("Professor Chaos") ends up with a throwing star in his eye. And the events cause a MAJOR uproar in the whole town. "THE WORST thing which has EVER happened to South Park!!". Rightfully so eh ?
What's that? Because kids mutilated themselves? Naah! No, even WORSE!
Because Cartman, in the kids make believe game, thought he'd "invisibly" move across a stage where an auction was being held, all filmed and shown on air real time. And as we all know; if you're invisible then your clothes are the things which keep you visible....
At the time I saw this at first I laughed my ass off, only to learn learn at a later time that this was actually FOR REAL.
As such: WTF?!
Time to get better marketing personel
I mean really; if there's one thing the average big IT companies has learned its that you should never "take it out" on fans, because fans are not only potential customers. Better yet; they may even interest other people (outside your "marketing scope") to check up on your products.
Microsoft? Was weary when it came to Mono but in the end (at least up until now) leaves the project be, even though they're "messing" with an MS flagship called .NET. Ballmer? Even though he is a fruitcake he wasn't too arrogant to sign a kids macbook (iirc). Probably running NT, but who knows. Either way; Ballmer didn't start "omg the competition!". And there are plenty of other examples to be found out there, don't get me started on how lenient Sun has always been towards its fanbase.
This is an epic fail. The big bad HTC company against the underdog; enthusiastic fans who were only trying to spread the word of the Lord, errr, phone :-) Guess what /that/ will do to your credibility ?
They should have left this alone. Better yet; during the official presentation should have /congratulated/ these guys for beating them to the punch. You can turn that into a marketing advantage for yourself easily: "Everyone wants this phone, its so bad that people even risk breaking our rules to get their hands on it. See how great it is?".
THAT is how you do it. Take your "loss" and turn it into a win. You get (positive) attention, you get sympathy and you may attract more people's interest.
This only gets you disdain, which can easily work against you. Breaking a reputation is much quicker than building one, never forget that!
I'm more interested in the other issue
"Luckily for Ms. Amero, some members of the computer-security industry decided to take up her case, and found that the school-issued PC was a Windows 98 SE machine with IE 5 and an expired antivirus subscription, and she had picked up porn-producing malware from visiting a website discussing hairstyles.
The judge ordered a retrial and Ms. Amero escaped with a $100 fine. She still lost her teaching license, however."
So basically that teacher was using a /company/ ('school') computer which was obviously suffering from a serious lack of maintenance, thus causing the infection with a virus leading up to pr0n showing on the computer during the presentation. And yet /she/ is losing her license over all this? What kind of nonsense is that?
I have to agree that visiting hairstyle websites using a company computer probably isn't the best of ideas (the ever going discussion of work vs private use) but even then; you can hardly blame her for damages done by the virus, especially since it turned out that the virus scanner had never been updated by the (hopefully present?) IT staff.
"Risk of injury to a minor" because they saw a bunch of naked men and women? And that's worth 40 years of jail time?
Well, first of all I welcome our new Microsoft distributing overlords to our small country of mills and cheese :-)
Seriously though; both Germany and the Netherlands honor European law. And as far as I know the way patents are dealt with is also setup on an European level. As such I have to wonder what the big advantage is (I'm pretty sure their lawyers have it all worked out, I'm just puzzled by it).
Re: Colour Vampires
Well, while I tend to agree (haven't tried the beta myself, but can't imagine using my C# VS 2010 Express without colors) but it is also a fact that many developers don't like change per definition.
Funny that you should mention NetBeans (one of my favorites) because that is another fine example of that. When version 6 came out the main toolbar got a makeover which also managed to cause a little uproar due to the 'dull' way the new icons looked. Many people disliked it and as such also complained.
Now we're on NB 7, the icons look the same and it seems to me as if people have gotten used to them. As such; some changes may grow on you with time (though I don't see this happening with the color removal to be honest).
Its the competition, not Microsoft..
I think that the competition is more responsible for this change in market share. Lets start with Firefox; many people like myself dropped it because having to deal with upgrades on such short notices eventually gets too annoying. You start your browser but you "can't" visit a website because your attention has been drawn away by an update. Worse; often some of your plugins will stop working after the upgrade due to version conflicts. And that's not even getting into the issue of Firefox which more and more seems to look like Chrome.
Speaking of which; there is also a slowly growing concern when it comes to Google and the data they're collecting. It wouldn't surprise me if this issue also resulted in some people moving away from Chrome.
And considering that Windows is still heavily used it isn't that strange that people who are unhappy with their current browser also end up trying out MSIE every once in a while. However, while this may sound like good news for MS I'd say give it a month or two. Expanding your market share is one thing, but maintaining that newly acquired position is something else...
These people probably "had nothing to hide"; an argument which you see used very often when it comes to privacy concerns such as certain software or websites which try to collect and use certain data.
IMO this is another fine example that its not an issue of having something to hide or not; the real problem is how the collected information is going to be used. These people should have thought about this sooner /before/ posting specific personal information to a website for all to see.
However; it wouldn't surprise me if some of them simply didn't realize that the information they posted was accessible by everyone. A site like Facebook didn't have all those warnings concerning privacy from the very beginning you know...
People don't think things through anymore :(
Which is my main gripe. Over here in Holland some idiot (personal opinion of course) though it to be fun to construct a sea-bomb (the WW2 thingie) from foam and dump it into a pond. Needless to say; it attracted quite the attention; from police, explosive experts and the lot.
Call me old fashioned if you will but those aren't jokes anymore. People who are planning a joke should try to think about the consequences. What maybe fun for you might be a nightmare for others.
And well; to me the jokes are getting lamer, more shallow and plain out dumb by the year. You don't have to overdo it in order to fool people in a fun way you know.
"OMG, Halleys comet is going to land RIGHT HERE" just doesn't do it these days...
In other news...
RIM now considers filing a lawsuit against El Reg due to spreading classified information which might scare off potential customers which they so desperately need these days. As such rumor has it that RIM and El Reg are reaching a settlement for several thousands of dollars.
Source of being obviously the same source as the article itself ;-)
The author ignores a key issue.
Namely that it is perfectly doable to use both IPv6 and IPv4 together. So if you have a local infrastructure then you simply set that up in a way you always have. Then when its time to setup the /external/ (outside) connections then yes, something is going to change.
But the described scenario where companies would have to change everything (routers, printers, etc.) is preposterous.
Thanks for the hints, couldn't have done it without you.
Please ignore the 2500 transfer to the Swiss alps, thanks :-)
The last airbender is out?
Now, I don't really keep up with movies but this bit has evaded me.
Yet when looking at the trailers I'm not too sure if this is something I want to pick up (even though I've been a huge fan of the anime series; got all 3 chapters).
WTF did I just read up there?
For some reason all I can seem to remember is "lets make love" :P
"Not that a time-traveller from the future was there and lobbed a hand grenade at them"
And how would /you/ know that, hm ?
I have to agree with you on one thing; there is no downside what so ever here. At the very least they gathered up some real life experience (which is /much/ more valuable than theory) which might be useful in other cases.
However, the main issue which I think many people are forgetting is the way politics operate. Some people (including the mayor) are responsible for the project. As such; do you really think we'd be told if the project wasn't going as prosper as anticipated? I doubt it; because that would also mean that the people responsible had to confess to have made an error in judgement, and that could "damage" their political careers.
Please keep in mind that I'm not claiming that this is also the case for project Limux, I simply don't know, yet all I'm saying is that people should definitely keep this in mind when dealing with politics.
Heck; our country (Holland) got involved with the JSF, we also ordered quite a lot of those darn things. And even now where -involved- US military personnel speak up against the whole project; calling it a failure and something which costs get way out of hand... Even now does our government consider the decision to go for the JSF a "big success" which has "many advantages". Costs which seem to rise by the tens of millions every few months or so? "Details which need to be worked out, yet have no effect on the success and our trust in the JSF".
/THAT/ is politics for you and that is something we should be mindful off. Even if it concerns topics which we really want to succeed.
Saving or cost reduction ?
He says that they are now saving 4 million euro's last year in licensing costs. Yet they remain silent when it comes to changes in overall costs such as support, training, etc. All they shared is that the "amount of support calls has decreased".
I'm a bit skeptical here. The whole project to implement the change was estimated on roughly E 35 million around 2004 for 14000 computers, and around 2008 another 13 million was estimated for the next 4 years. So in total they appear to estimate this on 50 million euro's.
Although other sources say that the initial estimate of 35 million hasn't been reached yet. And yet another source claims that the whole project has only cost 15 million euro's. What strikes me as odd is the seemingly secrecy when it comes to the costs of the project. Hardly anywhere do you get solid facts as to the real costs.
But... How does saving 4 million in one year, solely on licensing costs, weigh up against having to spend 35 million in order to make that reduction possible? It seems to me that the actual saving will only occur if they keep this up for the next 9 years or so.
Or, if we take the 15 / 16 million into account then the actual saving starts at 4 years.
As such I think its a little too early to conclude that the project is a success. Lets wait for another 2 - 4 years and then look at the IT costs in general. Support costs, maintenance costs, training costs... I can't help wonder if the figures at that time will shed a whole different light on the project.
Wise words indeed, however there is one thing I'd like to get into if you don't mind...
"Religion doesn't cause wars, people use religious ideas to further their political ideas."
While this is true there is also no denying that in the end it was the religion itself which provided these people with the tool (the religion itself) to expand on these ideals. Often without question, which I think is the main problem with religion in general; commonly speaking people will never question religion.
If you take a look at the religion I'm familiar with (the Christian belief) then you'll notice that whatever the bible says is picked up as /the/ truth to base your life on. Whether this is for good or bad isn't my point right now; the issue here is that people will hardly ever question that which is written in the bible because it is an important factor of which they base their believes. It even goes as far as contradiction; there are many stories which contradict each other, yet that is also no problem.
I think that's a major flaw with religion in general. Humanity didn't evolve by merely accepting everything around us "as is" but by /questioning/; we're a curious species who like to know what is up around us, how things work, what makes things tick, and so on. It is that process which has brought us in this (IMO) wonderful era of a rather advanced technical level.
And it is also that flaw which has given people within a certain religion enough power to do what they wanted without being questioned. When the Pope demanded that we went on our holy wars to "take back" the "sacred lands" back from the "heathens", did anyone question him? I think some did, but didn't live long to tell the tale. Yet no one would ever question the faith or ideals of the Pope; if there was one man above doubt or suspicion it was surely him.
What about Luther? All he ever wanted was translate the Bible so that the common people would also be able to grasp the words inside. We all know what happened to him...
As such I think its too easy to simply blame this on "people" because without the religion and its flaws these people would probably never have been able to carry out their agendas.
Growing within a 'religious hierarchy' also comes with power. As such I think its also the responsibility of said religion and the ones within that hierarchy to ensure that such power cannot be usurped. Yet /that/ is something you'll never or hardly see happening. And I think /that/ is why many people (myself included) often blame religion as a whole and in general.
Example; When was the last time where the Pope questioned the ill practices of the "TV preachers" in the States? Where it has been proven that people (ab)use religion in order to generate some huge income for themselves.
No, you'll probably get an XBox live achievement for doing it correctly.
Which won't work straight away of course because it's a /special/ achievement and you first need to get yourself an XBox live gold subscription in order to activate it :-)
Does this tool...
Also give you insight to what the tool itself is trying to collect and sent back to Google ?
Re: A Damning Statement About the Windows Ecosystem
A box is as secure as its owner keeps it. Doesn't matter if its Windows or Linux or Apple.
And if you'll recall MS /has/ done more to increase security. Although I disliked the OS with a passion there's no denying that they raised the bar quite high in Vista. However, /that/ resulted in people getting pissed off by all the UAC pop up messages ("Do you want to...").
Worse yet; some people simply disabled the whole thing to make things easier on them again.
I do hope that they thought things through
I mean, it is pretty cool, absolutely. But a possible downside to all this is that you're also signing away your rights to any sense of privacy you might wish for. No; not now. But I do hope that they'll feel the same in, say, 3 - 6 years or so.
After all; as this article has clearly demonstrated; whatever has transpired between them has become public domain. And sometimes that can work against you in the longer run.
BUT, most of all: congratulations to the couple! (seems I'm the first in the thread to think think about congratulating the couple?).
I'm one of the upvoters because well, I tend to agree with you. Like you said; this isn't an issue of hating or liking or... Although I do have some doubts about your estimates on the tablet and phone markets. I think we may very well see an increase in people moving /away/ from Windows on those markets (isn't the tablet already used in such fashion?).
However, being a (small) business user myself I'd like to add another possible reason as to why some people / companies wouldn't easily bail the MS ship; Investments, both made and possibly required when migrating. Even if Android would somehow manage to embrace an office suite like Libre Office (which I hold in high esteem mind you) then it still remains to be seen if it will be enough.
Because in general many companies have invested heavily (software, time, manpower, studies, etc.) in setting up an environment which suits their need. In the example of Office we have VBA which can go /really/ deep. Which automatically is the main problem; I don't think it will be possible to come up with an alternative solution which can both fully support the current infrastructure /and/ provide enough features to compete. Not in the time frame's we're talking here.
I'm not saying people aren't up to it or that it is totally impossible. But I don't see it happening. Take a look at the (IMO very impressive!) developments in environments such as OpenJDK / Kaffe or the Mono project. These exist for quite some time, and they've come a long way. But can we truly say that such an environment managed to reach a level where it could fully replace the original one on one ?
Not too sure there... The reason why I use programming environment projects as example is simple; if there are any motivated people to be found its there (IMO).
And that's "only" a programming environment.
SO... I have to agree with you that some things probably won't change as quickly as some people think.
While I can see, follow and here and there even agree with your logic there is one thing amiss IMO. And that is the assumption that Windows has never managed to grow or catch on. Now, this is a little bit of a bad example (IMO) with Windows 8 on the horizon (which, IMO again, totally proves some parts of your comments plain and simple) but when looking at Windows 7 and some of their mobile devices (Windows Phone 7.5) then I can only conclude that Microsoft has already come a long way in achieving what you're describing here.
Example: I sit behind my desktop PC and write a text document in Word (2010). I add some pictures, add some other stuff, etc. I then save this to my freely available "cloud storage" (Skydrive). This results in the document becoming immediately accessible on my Windows Phone. I can view it, edit it, and upload any possible changes again.
Even more; if I start my laptop (running on XP) I can have the same document also directly available; straight from Skydrive (note: in all fairness, this /did/ require some tweaks on my part because as we all know MS doesn't really support XP anymore. You can't easily access a document directly from Skydrive with Office 2010 alone, but can after a little tweaking).
Of course the question remains if this isn't all a little too late. I have to agree with you that many people will happily embrace an environment as long as it isn't Windows.
But who gets the most out of this ?
Now, before this comment is picked up as being solely cynical or negative... No, I applaud this development because IMO this is a step in the right direction. After all; at the very least do we get a little more insight in the software which Microsoft has provided us with in the last few years which I think is good.
Another reason why I consider this a good development is because its a somewhat logical step. I mean; their development environments (talking about their Visual Studio 2010 for Web development here) have been available in a free ('Express') form for quite some time now. So if you want to get your hands on the ASP Web API you could. Simple. As such its IMO only logical to open things up a little more. And who knows what might follow ?
However, I do have to wonder if MS doesn't get the better end of the deal here (of course they do this for a reason of their own as well, sure).
You can pick up the source code to the Web API (which is basically a framework) but then what? While you can pick up an ASP 'container' (IIS) for free as well, it doesn't give you the amount of freedom you'd have if you could also get access to the source code of the underlying engine. So then I start to wonder how others may benefit from this, also considering that this is basically a framework build on top of ASP.NET which remains closed.
I know about stuff such as mod_mono or Apache::ASP but even then I have some doubts if this API will / could be beneficial there. Because that is IMO one of the boons of open source; the ability to pick something up and utilize it in totally different ways. Yet I don't think that will really apply here (though I could be wrong of course).
So; not to sound ungrateful or anything. IMO this is an admirable step in the right direction, I think we can all benefit in the end with a more transparent Microsoft, but in this case I do have some doubts.
You don't need new laws
All you need are people with enough sanity to tell these employers to take a hike, problem solved.
Jobs are booming?
Now, pardon my possible ignorance but if jobs regarding those engines are booming then I'd say you can draw several conclusions. Either these environments are (becoming) popular so more companies want to use them /or/ several companies have already jumped on the bandwagon yet it turned out that the engine required more maintenance than anticipated as such more people need to be hired.
So the way I see it this could go either way.
Wonder about the usefullness..
As others mentioned; Mozilla (based) browsers have plenty of less intrusive solutions such as AdBlock, NoScript but another option could be to use 2 profiles. You know; in one profile you setup everything basically in a default or slightly strict setting. In your 2nd profile you block the whole kaboodle (no or restricted cookies, partial images, no pop-ups, etc.). This would allow you to use the browser in a 'regular' mode and a 'secured' mode.
Heck; even MSIE has known something like this for quite a while now; the so called "InPrivate" mode; just press control-shift-p while in the browser. This could be a little more versatile because in this mode cookies will be accepted and treated like normal; but they are only kept in memory. As soon as you close the browser then all of the cookies are gone too.
Now; I'm sure there are plenty of people who don't know about these options because all they do is merely "use the browser". So for them this could be a useful option I guess. But even then; if you worry about privacy yet don't worry enough to get to know your tools a little better I honestly wonder if merely "securing" the browser will help.
Its a start, sure, but how do people like that treat e-mail for example? "We need to send this to 5 customers so I'll sent it to 1 and can simply CC the rest". There goes your privacy again.
I suggest looking up the - current - definition of terrorism in the US. Some of it is a bit too far fetched to my liking, but others make pretty good sense to me.
In this case; what if they got their filthy hands on private data from soldiers who are operating overseas? Worse; soldiers who maybe even working in covert operations? And before anyone goes: "Lame, covert and mentioned on a public dating site?" I have to disagree; if this is a dating site strictly for military personal then there is a sense of privacy. Regular civilians won't be able to access this information "just like that".
So if they put all that data online then it may easily have unforeseen consequences.
So IMO this will easily fall under the terms of (cyber) terrorism.
As to the question of him posting... considering that he won't be playing Angry Birds he has to fill up his time /somehow/ :-)
This isn't about MS but a moronic shopkeeper
I own a Windows Phone myself since a couple of days (Samsung Omnia W which replaces my Samsung Jet) and because of that I've been following the news around the Windows Phone very critically during the past months. When it comes to stuff like this I don't decide on impulse but on thorough research. Especially since I plan to use this phone for the next 4 - 6 years (my next subscription period is going to be "SIM only" which will save me quite some cash).
Alas; I've came across these (IMO silly) commercials too and I noticed that MS is also happily admitting defeat. Better yet: they are not afraid to publish this on the official Winphone page as well. See here:
Last video, around 2:10, the guy on the left "smoked" the Windows phone. And there are more examples in those videos where someone else actually won. Can't point 'm all out because I never watched all the movies (I don't think its /that/ funny). But honestly; MS also admits defeat and aren't afraid to show it in public either.
So this isn't about MS IMO, but a moronic shop keeper who probably feared losing customers or something. Dumb move.
Journey has one problem working against it which is replay value. On that account it scores even less than its predecessor Fl0wer because once you're done (got all the items in all levels and all trophies) then you're done. No matter how you play it you'll always end up doing the exact same things in the exact same order. Even certain icky situations cannot be avoided and will keep on happening.
It looks awesome, that's for sure, and the experience is also stunning. But if I had to pay 4 times the price for it then I'd demand my money back because then I consider myself being ripped off.
How do you know your post amount anyway ?
When I click on someone else's profile I get to see how much responses he wrote. But if you look at your own "My posts" page you get to see how much you've been up & down voted. I have no idea how much comments I wrote, more than 10 that's for sure :-)
Oh the irony.. One of my firsts posts (quite a few years back) was to complain about the new layout and stating that I probably wouldn't involve myself with all this :-)
Anyway, it would be nice if we were to know - up front - if we could actually perform certain tasks.
Re: Yet ... we keep getting told how great its app store is
Well, as an end user I have to say that the app store ("Marketplace") is a lot better than I expected. I mean there's plenty of stuff available, it certainly meets the quantity part.
The only issue is that you can never be sure how good an app is. And what troubles me a little is that I'm a little hesitant to install & remove apps because IMO you can never be sure that they perform a clean deinstallation.
Re: Meet the bad guy - Two Face
Well, I tend to agree with you but on the other hand; a lot of businesses also have an identify on social media. So its not as if the combination is a total logic flaw.
Actually that's not quite correct. WP7 development relies on .NET, as such their free Visual Studio version provides support for both C# and Visual Basic. Obviously C# tends to be the more popular of the two.
Or this was a deliberate plot to check how much attention / protests / comments such a rumor would attract.
If it wouldn't even be mention worthy you simply drop the whole thing and no one will be the wiser (or, as you suggested, you may even be compensated). If you do manage to stir up some protests you will know up front that you can expect at least /some/ sales.
Careful now with hasty assumptions.
For all we know they might also consider to offer those companies a deal they can't refuse.
I understand the postponing
The horror... The sheer horror of checking all those movies I tell you, it is too much!
Feel free to admit it El Reg; you took on something too horrible than you imagined.
Well, problem is that we don't know all the facts yet IMO.
I do agree with you though; it seems as if Apple stores make no fuss what so ever about replacing the device. But I think its also too early to conclude that the problems aren't as huge as some people claim.
After all; we should never forget that not every story about issues will hit the Net. A lot of people use tablets for their own needs (e-mail, surfing, video's, etc.) because its easy, it suits them and its all not too technical. Do you really think such people would look up technical fora ?
Then there's the number of people who may have merely noticed something going wrong and then went back to the store to either replace or refund the device and (hopefully) that was the end of it. I don't think you'll hear much from those people either (esp. not if they fall within the range of people I mentioned above).
Not everyone will make themselves heard on the Net.
IMO we wouldn't have heard about this at all if it actually were a non-issue which was taken out of proportions.
Finally.. Yes, there is always a margin for errors. But a lot of cases which have the /exact/ same failure? That doesn't compute. Sure; some devices will b0rk, others may act weird, that stuff happens, totally agreed. But IMO it gets different when such devices all share a same problem.
As a business user I think this is wonderful news; they're really raising their standard a /lot/ (keep in mind: I never followed Libreoffice before the OpenOffice fall).
I do hope that they'll also manage to embed access to such cloud services into the office applications themselves; best of both worlds! For example; say people can share templates and such in the cloud; it will be very easy for users if they can access (search & open) those templates straight from within the office application itself.
And that's obviously not mentioning support to store documents onto an online storage medium as well.
The advantage you have when this is embedded in an application (IMO anyway) is that you get the best from both worlds as user. If required you can easily access, edit and re-publish online documents. Or work entirely online (from the "cloud"). BUT... Should your internet connection suddenly fail you can still continue working on stuff residing on your own computer; iow you're not depending on an always available Internet connection.
Alas.. I think this is good news and I hope they keep it up!
Sure; I'm already deeply involved with the 'competition' and simply can't afford to "just" move away (the time that takes alone would be a major investment for me). But that doesn't mean that I don't enthusiastically follow these developments. I'm definitely going to be checking out the upcoming releases again (no, not to check which one is "better", to check how well it works and what has changed, and how and if it could suit some of my customers / friends). IMO people should try that more often; keeping an open mind on these things.