Re: Cringely has what now??? "that Forbes made up?"
Someone posting as an AC running damage control. Not surprised.
485 posts • joined 20 Jun 2007
Someone posting as an AC running damage control. Not surprised.
If Microsoft wants to eventually kill ActiveX they need to bring Spartan to Windows 7. I would not be surprised if Microsoft keeps doing updates for Win7 after 2020, and Win7 will still have a good chunk of the market then (just like XP now).
<<<given the amount that MS spent on advertising the Surface over Christmas.>>>
In the US, Microsoft paid the NFL $400M to be their official tablet, and there are "Microsoft Surface" logos throughout the stadiums.
<<<They could then squeeze their corporate customers until their pips squeak, and really rake in the cash>>>
Isn't that what Microsoft is already doing? It seems that every year there is a big price hike.
<<<My 1020 is great, but I won't be getting a Win Phone next year if these is no clear replacement.>>>
The 1020 has a feature that no android or iphone had - a great camera. But since they haven't come out with an update after all this time, it would indicate that the sales haven't been very good.
<<<For all Balmer's faults Win8 was not one of them. Win8 and the refusal to listen to criticism of the one true way was entirely down to Sinofsky.>>>
And who was Sinofsky's boss?
I keep on reading how Microsoft is changing, becoming more open, more competitive. But that is only true in markets that it is not a monopoly. If somehow Microsoft became the monopolist in phones, tablets, game consoles, etc, they would act just as they have in the past.
<<<What goes wrong is that then the smaller communities can't get wired up since this is usually the only way they CAN get wired up, due to the poor return on investment.>>>
Or the big ISPs have lobbied (and bought) the politicians so there is a ban on building a public ISP.
One of the reasons Microsoft gave for buying Nokia's phone division was that they were only making a gross profit $10 per phone, and by buying Nokia they could up that to $40 per phone. Yet Microsoft probably isn't making even $10 per phone on these models, and could be taking a loss.
<<<<Has it crossed the mind of gov that new laws of restriction and banning are NOT going to be abided by law breakers. Only the law abiding follow laws, only the innocent will suffer.>>>>
Of course, in their minds anyone who uses crypto will then be a terrorist.
<<Ah, America. Land of the free>>
It's the land of the fee.
When our kids were little, sometimes I would sit in the back with them (I'm 6' tall) when it was my wife's turn to drive on trips.
Also, we hold onto our cars for a long time - one car is 17 years old, another is 11 years old. We bought cars with enough rear legroom that we didn't have to replace them as our kids grew up.
I've got Lollipop on my Nexus 4 and also have had no problems. And battery life does seem to be better than before.
I worked for the US government. If you were off for more than 3 days you were supposed to get a note from a doctor. But sometimes I would be off for a whole week if I was horribly sick and never had a note.
You could accumulate sick leave. I was under the old retirement system, where saved up sick leave could count for your length of service. So I tried to use sick leave as sparingly as possible. When I retired, I had almost 1 1/2 years of sick leave saved up.
Amazon is starting to replace warehouse workers with drones and robots. At some point in the near future most of the low level workers will be replaced - striking will just speed up the tipping point.
It's worse that that. While T Mobile may use weird bands, at least T Mobile and AT&T are GSM. And many phones cover all of their GSM bands. But Verizon and Sprint aren't GSM, so switching carriers can mean buying new phones.
If Google is going to be forced to separate, who is next? Microsoft? One can argue that even though the desktop isn't as important as it once was, Microsoft has a far, far stronger grip on it than Google has on search.
The chance that I will die in an auto accident is probably 2 to 3 orders of magnitudes greater than from dying in a terrorist attack that might not be stopped due to restrictions that should be placed on the various government agencies.
5.0 works fine on my Nexus 4, too. I had no problems with wifi or mobile, and I didn't wipe anything, reset anything, or rebooted. Battery life is up - before I'd have 50-60% left at the end of the day, and now I have 70-75%.
You forgot about the part where AT&T dumps boatloads of cash on the politicians to get the FCC off their back.
They don't post many car reviews - usually one every few weeks. And you don't have to read articles that you don't care for.
"Part of the reason the barges have passed on is for the same reason the long station wagons of yesteryear went away, CAFE standards. "
It's the minivans that killed off the big station wagons. The sedan versions of the big station wagons lived on for another 10 years or so, and the sedans got only slightly better gas mileage than the wagon versions. And the smaller wagons were decimated first by the minivans, and now by the SUV/CUVs.
The ATS is about the same interior size as the previous generation BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C Class. And for what they charge, you should price a 3 Series or C Class.
BTW, I'm 6' tall, and I can set the ATS drivers seat the way I like it and still fit in the back seat behind the driver. It was tighter for me in the 2014 C class.
"In the states barges on wheels seem to be the order of the day".
Much of the barges have passed away in the US. Ford sells the Fiesta, Focus,
Mondeo (Called the Fusion in the US), and is replacing the current Taurus with a stretched version of the Fusion. Cadillac has the ATS and CTS, with handling as good as, if not better than BMWs. Buick sells slightly modified Opels. Chevrolet is starting to get their act together with the redesigned Impala and Corvette, and the next generation Camaro coming out in a year is using the ATS as its underpinnings.
Snowden a weasel? I've worked for the US government and I know of people who complained in writing through the proper channels, and their careers were essentially over. And Snowden wasn't just going up against a single boss, he was going up against an entire system.
That is *almost* as bad as Comcast.
Big business can take your money. Government can seize your assets and put you in jail.
"All we had were corded phones and we were PROUD to have them!"
We still have a rotary dial phone at our house.
You realize soccer is a British term?
<<<Too ambitious? All accomplishments start with a dream... >>>
"The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown." --- Carl Sagan
It's funny that the XB1 will cost more in China than in the US, even though it's made in China. You would think they could save something on shipping.
I don't know about the NBA, but supposedly at least half of the NFL players end up going bankrupt within two years of leaving the league. High flying lifestyle + no marketable skills outside of their sport = 0.0
... I certainly wouldn't buy anything American made/designed ...
My Mercury Sable wagon has 238K miles on it, and it's been almost troublefree - better than my wifes Toyota Camry with 190K miles. And I tend to beat on my car - jackrabbit starts, running it at 75-80 mph all day (it's made numerous trips of 700 to 1000 miles in a single day), driving it in rush hour traffic on the Washington DC beltway for 10 years.
BMW, Mercedes, VAG? nice cars, but when they go (and they do!), it costs big bucks. Even some of their biggest advocates won't own them outside of the warranty period.
Oval ball - I hope you don't mean 'Merican Football. Where you get a total of 25 seconds of "action" over a few minutes. followed by 5 minutes of terrible tasting American beer commercials.
Zmodem? WinFax? That's new tech. Just give me a deck of punch cards......
<<<And in this case he didn't lose the camera; he set everything up to enable the macaque to take the shot.>>>
No, the photographer did not set up the shot, and hadn't intended to have the macaque take or trigger the shot. The Macaque unexpectedly grabbed a camera and started playing with it, taking pictures.
The UK has an adult obesity rate of 25%, highest in Europe, and higher than Canada.
I lived in Britain one summer. I learned that the best of the UK television was sent to the US, and the rest was just as bad as in the US.
<<It won't be full of snoop ware like an Android>>
Microsoft, Google, Apple. All American companies. All probably loaded with NSA snoopware.
Quite a few of those who bought one of the X phones won't buy another Microsoft/Nokia phone after their phone was killed off so quickly.
<<<Not at all surprising really. The initial rush of mobile devices is fading and people are coming to realize that they have to actually get some work done and a desktop computer is much better for that 90% of the time.>>>
Now that XP is EOLed, a good portion of new PC sales are for replacement of old XP kit.
"A joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon – three of the four largest US wireless carriers"
Now that sounds like a terrorist group.
<<<Use something free? Well, is it really free? You still have to pay to train users on a different product, probably more so if its not what they use at home or learned in school?>>>
That would be meaningful if Microsoft didn't keep changing the user interface for their products.
But it gets high and then crashes.
One of the reasons why Google can't directly push updates for many Android devices is the crapware that the manufacturers put on them.
So this is Microsofts response to Google buying Nest.
<<<so I'm stuck hoping that he lasts long enough to churn out books 6 and 7 and that I'm around long enough for the paperback release of both (gotta complete the set).>>>
He has to live even longer - Now Martin is talking about a total of 8 books for the series.
And in other OS fragmentation news, Windows XP has a larger marketshare than Windows 8 and 8.1.
Since it's an app you have to download, Android users who only download apps from Google Play will be unaffected.