16 posts • joined Tuesday 1st February 2011 12:58 GMT
I'm not surprised. Azure is slowly becoming more competitive. Given Microsoft's quite awesome framework for building .NET services on Azure (And pretty decent APIs for PHP and Java), as well as support for true Windows or Linux VMs, it's understandable why people are taking notice.
Microsoft are also offering aggressive discounts for game developers who are targeting Xbox One and need dedicated servers and the like, presumably in the hope that they'll just use Azure for the other platforms as well (and pay full price).
Even though Amazon is king right now, I think the Microsoft and Google offerings are becoming increasingly competitive. And when you throw in the OpenStack clouds (with the likes of Rackspace backing it), it's going to be an interesting few years.
Re: wild speculation...
I could be wrong, I don't think Windows 8 itself requires it, but Microsoft require OEMs who want to sell boxes with Windows 8 preloaded to support it.
I've ran Windows 8 on boxes without UEFI secure boot without a problem.
Re: This is why Doctor Who exists...
To be fair though, Deus Ex Machina is a staple of the sci-fi genre, it's not unique to Doctor Who.
Sci-Fi Books, Movies and Games have been using Deus Ex Machina for years to wrap up stories. The problem when you create a deep universe and build up a huge threat, like the Daleks, is that you really don't have many options. If the enemy really is all powerful, how else are you meant to clear them out to end the storyline/series and move on to something new?
I'm sure we have many sci-fi fans on here, and I'm sure that most sci-fi fans expect this kind of thing.
Re: Action against GeoIP
I'm a Brit who lives in Canada, I'd happily continue to pay my UK TV License to get access to all the content on the UK iPlayer.
Unfortunately it's not that simple as the BBC doesn't make all the content it broadcasts and doesn't have worldwide rights to it.
I sort of agree
I agree that we need to find a better way to engage in discussion, but until that happens the only option left to us is to shout, unless we want that legislation to pass.
I fully support the need for IP protection but as I think everyone agrees, SOPA/PIPA were badly written and would never have worked, it would have been a disaster if they had passed.
Why all the hate?
I've had an iPhone, Android and WinPho and I think they are all better at some things and worse at others. I'm currently using a WinPho as my main handset because i really dig the metro UI and I like their Outlook integration functionality for work.
Just you know, buy the phone you like and let others do the same :)
That's quite naive and selfish.
The point is, people who can enjoy a movie in 2D without any ill effects can not enjoy a 3D movie in some circumstances.
Watching 3d gives me headaches. Your assertion that it's a "tiny" portion of people also doesn't fit with anything I've read. Last I heard, up to 10% of people either can't see the 3d at all or suffer ill effects from it, it's a *significant* minority who are just wasting their money or will actually be ill.
But what do you care? It doesn't effect you right? So why should you bother caring about anyone else's experience.
I don't much like Facebook due to their cavalier attitude to privacy, but as a network programmer who works on cloud services frequently, it's infuriating that everyone has different server designs when for the most part they are all doing the same thing, I share their hope that this will help standardise things.
They aren't "promoting" they are frequently downright rude and offensive to people who don't share their world view.
By that logic, the fact I use word to write a document means somehow Microsoft have invested in my writing. Just because they offer products which are widely used (none of which I use I might add) for free, doesn't make it any different to any product I might have paid for, it was their choice to release their products and that's great - but others should be free to choose to do what they want with their own code. In my opinion, GPL is anything but free, it's viral and taints everything it touches. Whenever I have released code it's always under Apache or similar, because then people are *really* free to use it how they like, for whatever they like without having to compromise all of their other code (which they wrote).
What business do they have telling people what to do?`
I really don't understand this attitude. As a programmer, I feel that the author of a given piece of code should be able to determine what they want to do with it. What business does anyone else have telling people how to use their own code?
If Google want to release the code, that's great - I'm not against open source. However, no one should try to force others to release their code just because they have some political belief, it's absurd. Google invested considerable time and resources into writing that code, and if they want to keep it to themselves they should be well within their rights to do it.
What have the FSF invested in that code exactly? Nothing. Google is a business, they employ people who want paying and in order to do that they need to make money, if their business model means they can't/don't want to release the code, that's fine.
You have no free speech on the app store
You don't have free speech protection from Apple, free speech laws concern government.
Apple are perfectly allowed to censor whatever they want and quite rightly so, it's the same right The Reg and every other company uses when they delete offensive or unhelpful comments.
Apple aren't claiming to be free speech advocates, it really surprises me that they let this through, I think that most people would find this offensive and if I were Apple I'd be removing it fairly quickly.
You *do* have the right to be offended by other peoples views, the government *does not* have the right to silence them, but private companies and individuals are quite within their rights to stop you using their services if they are offended.
As a developer I have an iPhone 4, HTC Desire (Android) and a Samsung Focus (WP7) and I use the Windows Phone as my primary handset. It's slick, it always works as describes, never lags and generally just works - None of which I can say about the other platforms.
I like Android a lot as well, but the experience is frustrating at times to say the least, apps sometimes randomly fail to install and I continually have problems with audio playback. Not to mention the fact a lot of apps simply don't work across different models, a problem WP7 seems to be avoiding so far.
Sure, WP7 is not quite as feature rich yet and the app selection isn't as good, but I think with a bit of time they'll get there.
I too will be sad to see the shuttle retire. As a child it grabbed my imagination and fueled an interest in Science, eventually resulting in my decision to do my degree in Physics.
As it turns out, I ended up being a Software Developer, not all dreams come to something, another valuable lesson :D
I find it hard to believe that we will see anything like the shuttle again in our lifetime,