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16 posts • joined 27 Sep 2012

Microsoft in 1-year Windows XP survival deal with UK govt

Ian Easson

Re: @AC

There are a number of misunderstandings in your comments on Microsoft word's math capabilities. I'll just correct one, and give you a few links for the rest.

You obviously like entering your equations in linear format. In Word, just type Alt+=, and then type in a representation of your math in a linear form. It is somewhat Tex-like, but with the following differences: (1) It is more concise (and thus faster to type); (2) It is easier to learn; and (3) It is a lot more readable.

The linear format is defined in "Unicode Technical note 28". It's author, Murray Sargent III, has a blog on the Math capabilities of Office at http://blogs.msdn.com/murrays/rss.xml.

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

Ian Easson

Hypochrisy?

So, tell me.

Did the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment issue a fatwa many years ago, telling Muslims that they should not be suicide bombers, because it was against the Koran to kill yourself?

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MEPs demand answers from EU antitrust chief about planned Google search biz deal

Ian Easson

Why is Google Getting Special Treatment?

I don't get it.

Both Microsoft and Intel had to cough up billions in fines for PAST indiscretions in Europe, in addition to changing their business practices. But Google gets to only change it business practices, with no multi-billion fine for its past behavior?

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Rockstar swells Spherix patent portfolio with 100 new licenses

Ian Easson

Your assertion in this post that the recent conflict between Rockstar and Google has anything to do with Android is totally, absolutely, 100% false. You think you would have the integrity to check the facts before publishing this post, instead of re-echoing what the echo chamber says.

The patents involved all have to do with search, not Android.

Here's a reference:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/180685266/13-10-31-Rockstar-Patent-Complaint-Against-Google

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Richard Stallman decides Emacs should go WYSIWYG

Ian Easson

Stallman is a total Luddite.

He doesn't use a PC anything less than a decade old (because it might compromise his "open software" philosophy), and he doesn't use the Internet at all (he asks his friends to surf on his behalf, and then send him the results via email).

Why should anyone pay any attention whatsoever to his pronouncements?

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Windows XP support ends a year from … now!

Ian Easson

Windows XP was considered a failure when it was first introduced

This is the only thing wrong with your otherwise good post.

It was only 2-3 years after XP came on line that it really began to take off. That was about the time of SP2.

And, let us not forget, Windows XP SP2 (with its total reworking on the security infrastructure of Windows) was in fact a quite new version of Windows, not at all a service pack. Microsoft merely called it a free service pack so that everyone would upgrade to the new, more secure, version of Windows.

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Microsoft legal beagle calls for patent reform cooperation

Ian Easson

Quite Sensible: Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater

There are many reasons to criticize the current patent system in advanced economies.

The knee-jerk reaction is to simply get rid of patents, or, to get rid of them in certain specific areas of innovation (most typically, software).

Regardless of whether or not you agree with Microsoft's latest suggestions, I think that the worst thing that could be done is to eliminate patents altogether, or to eliminate them for certain broad types of innovation.

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Microsoft needs to keep visible under waves of Blue

Ian Easson

It's tick-tock all over again

I suspect the best analogy for what Microsoft is doing is Intel's "Tick-Tock" approach.

They release a new version of Windows (and all other software, like Office) in the Fall. Then, a year later, they significantly update it. It's a free "Feature Pack" (as opposed to a "Service Pack" that just fixes bugs).

Then. the next year, two years after the release, they come out with a new release (which, of course, you have to pay to upgrade to).

Simple, and far more oriented to the consumer market than the enterprise market.

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Analyst says vendors offer pretend reference customers

Ian Easson

Microsoft's "Contoso" is not a fake company

It is designed as an archetype of a major company that uses Microsoft technologies, a hypothetical example. Everyone who knows anything about IT knows this.

To suggest that it is a fictitious company that Microsoft refers to, like the other companies that are referred to in this article, can only be an attempt to slur Microsoft. Readers of this article should understand the motivations (or ignorance) of the author.

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Wikileaks reveals Icelandic FBI shenanigans

Ian Easson

Iceland should tell the US to FO

Somebody needs to say it first.

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Microsoft's ARM blunder: 7 reasons why Windows RT was DOA

Ian Easson

Too high priced?

Surface RT costs $100 less than the comparable 32 GB Ipad, and offers a lot more for the money (like Office).

Get your facts straight.

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Apple updates maps to remove Australia’s ghost-city in the desert

Ian Easson

Re: internet mapping

Those are done for copyright reasons.

Makers of maps almost always include fake items like side roads, etc., so that they can check to see if someone is literally copying their intellectual property.

Supporters of FOSS say patents are evil, but copyrights are fine. The truth is that all things, including all forms of intellectual property, are susceptible to abuse.

Get used to it.

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US climate-change skeptics LOSING SUPPORT

Ian Easson

Re: @ mememine69

True, absolutely true.

A politician's reluctant recognition of reality has little if anything to do with their response to it. They are only concerned with political (social/class) power issues, nothing else.

(Speaking as a Canadian!)

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US trounces UK in climate scepticism jibber-jabber

Ian Easson

Re: They are only less balanced

Carbon plans are overall neutral, by design.

Would you be willing to accept the demise of Homo Sapiens, your own species, simply because in your particular case the carbon balance was slighty against you?

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Google spikes old MS file formats

Ian Easson

Those "antique" formats are 90+% of all Office documents

Say what you will about the document formats (IS29500) that Microsoft adopted starting in Office 2007, there is no doubt that 90+% of all existing documents are in the older (binary) formats). These are the formats that Google no longer supports!

Ask yourself: Why???

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