21 posts • joined Sunday 2nd December 2012 15:52 GMT
Re: Make me a sandwich!
"enable SSH on prostitutes"
Oh no, please. That would require either a password or a certificate. More expenses. Just make sure they come with an open TELNET port.
Re: If climate change forces women into prostitution...
Ah, you mean "barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen"?
Re: End of the last Ice Age == Population explosion
Ken, that was "free sex". Now, with a new Ice Age coming, women will begin refusing sex, except in exchange for better social position, more money, clothes and security (from polar bears). Welcome prostitution.
Gender frameworks will always be ignored, as will any policy -- when it comes to surviving the mankind or plain old pleasure.
Re: I always use my phone for Google's GPS when I'm in California
"she looked bright and educated."
Might be, you misunderstood what she asked you for. :)
Re: Microsoft proclaimed...
Windows NT was originally derived from DEC's VMS. But that system was extremely foreign to anything Microsoft, and was in fact not able to run their desktop code. Microsoft eventually "improved" it, by removing most of NTs original security aspects and bolted back the "desktop" part, which is utterly insecure. The resulting "OS" is what we know since XP -- a complete mess, that "somehow works".
With all the effort Microsoft spend on "fixing" it, they could have completely re-designed and rewritten the whole "OS" and made is just as secure as anybody else's. But they chose not to.
Even their recent WinRT which was an good promise for something better, was "Microsoft-ised" by bolting back the win32 junk.
Re: Hang On
"Microsoft were hammered by EU commission for almost exactly the same issue - they were forced to implement a 'Select your browser choice' screen in IE
Anybody who argues against this is an idiotic hypocrite."
I don't know about being "idiotic hypocrite" (whatever that means), but some of us were around and do remember: It was Microsoft who "invented" and proposed the browser choice, in order to have their fines lowered back then. It was then again Microsoft, who promise the very promise they made. Recidivists are usually punished harder.
But it is understandable, that people new to computers would cry "poor Microsoft".
"Are you using "Apple search"
On an iOS device, it is the user who choses which search engine to use. Not Apple, not Google, not Microsoft.
Re: @VaalDonkie - monopoly?
Microsoft were "smart" enough to sign contract with a number of European governments over Windows licensing. That should at least make them legally bound to support whatever they sold at the time.
Of course, I would not be surprised if the wording of the licenses is in the tune of "you take whatever we give you" (meaning "you are obliged to upgrade to whatever new version of Windows we declare is current"). In which case certain government representatives need to face some criminal charges.
Re: " it has been 13 years"
XP is really NT with some coating, and plenty of new bugs, of course. So you switched from old NT to a more Microsoft-ised NT. Not much of a change. Not that the never NT versions (known as Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8) are any different. Just more sugar coating.
Re: Also for export
"Or are we no longer allowed to criticise our own Glorious Leaders?"
As long and you don't export them, you are licensed to worship them as much as you desire.
Re: Gates has just OSBORNED the Win 8 phone
To fix an old IBM keyboard, I understand. It is worth it. But fixing an Microsoft keyboard makes no sense. They are so cheap... although, admittely newer models are junk -- just as their recent software.
As someone who remembers the time before MS-DOS and of course before Windows and Linux, I can tell you have some stuff confused.
There was never "big iron unix". Unix, at best was on mini computers and microcomputers at that time. The "big iron" was universaly running IBM's OS.
It was IBM who got scared by "those garage sales" of Apple and decided to get hold of that market, by introducing the IBM PC. IBM wanted to play it safe, and the IBM PC had as primary goal bein an smart terminal for the "big iron" IBM computers. In order to do it, because they had no clue, they chose two companies, who were very envious, because their competitors fared better: Microsoft and Intel. The rest is history. But if you have something to complain about either Microsoft or Intel -- blame IBM: they were their creators.
The IBM PC computers became popular not because of IBM, but because a lotof spec leaked and the (apparently) poor design was cloned by a number of non-name "will do anything for money" manufacturers.
"as a music/video player it was great and one of the best of it's era."
There were and still are plenty of great and utterly cheap MP3/MP4 players out there. Real cheap, like $10 with the design of an iPod. But still, the Apple's iPod sells by millions and those do not --- because it is the sensible service that sells these things. Microsoft were just too greedy, as always.
"They realised that if they can get true integration between MS O/S's on desktop tablet and mobile then they have the ability to provide a one-size-fits all solution that the opens up the market to developers that embrace Notro."
This, even if in theory doable (not by Microsoft), does not make sense.
We have moved from mainframes to smaller (including personal) computers to the current Internet "cloud". The computer of today is actually spread all over. It is also heterogenous. You can have the backend run OS ABC, the storage run OS MNT, the middleware run OS WRT and the front-end run OS XYZ and still be perfectly "compatible", as long as you use standards compliant protocols. Other companies do this for decades. Microsoft apparently can't -- perhaps because they insist on "inventing" their own incompatible variations of existing protocols and for some reason they believe "compatibility" means having the same code everywhere -- which is not only impossible, but not neccesary at all.
Until Microsoft stick to their policy in this area, they will follow the downward spiral.
"Windows 8 is key to the future"
But, this is true! Windows 8 is key to the Microsoft-less future. As is Windows Phone, as is Surface.
That won't happen overnight, but people embrace all sorts of "alternative" computing devices simply because they do not run Windwos.
They say, nobody else can do to you what you can do to yourself. Go Microsoft, go!
Re: "make its phone OS its priority number one (and two and three)"
What matter is the consistent API. If you don't have the same, consistent API across all platforms, you can't claim they are any compatible. Only XAML is not enough, especially because he mobile and desktop UIs are by definition different and expressing both in XAML makes no difference.
Let's face it
The first Surface Microsoft let in the world -- and Nature reacted with Sandy.
The second Surface Microsoft let in the world -- Nemo comes.
The third time, they say is the final one.
Let's pray there will be no third Surface, or the US might suffer some more. For who knows what the Nature's reaction would be... a meteorite hitting Times Square?
MacBook Air + iPad gives the user so much more than Surface Pro. Let's just list some of the benefits:
- The best ultrathin notebook. Everyone else tries to match it;
- The best 10" tablet. Everyone else tries to match it.
- If need be, mobile dual-monitor setup with a pretty high resolution secondary monitor (higher resolution than the Surface Pro's screen, by the way);
- Ability to use the best device for the task -- when you need a tablet, you use the tablet, when you need a notebook, you use the notebook. No compromises!
- Both provide you over 17 hours of work time....
- And, by the way the MacBook Air runs Windows just fine. Usually better than other notebooks. Or, you just run Parallels or Virtual Box and stay with the better native OS.
This is why my travel bag has both. That setup replaced a "high end" Windows workstation, that by my current standards is next to useless. By the way, it weighted more, was more expensive and way, way more unreliable. Not to start about battery life.
Oh yes, it is "more expensive". But better tools are always more expensive than junk tools, even if they might look similar or even "duller" to the untrained eye. However, with so much widespread experience, there are no excuses to make things up.
But then, there are niche applications for an Surface Pro like device. If yours fail in that cathegory, then by all means to use it. But for general mobile computing... many tried to make it work for more than a decade. Enough is enough.
Re: The competitor isn't the iPad but the MacBook Air
If this stuff is to compete with the MacBook Air, where is the Thunderbolt port?
Thunderbolt is the sole interface an portable device needs these days (x4 PCI-Express off the CPU + DisplayPort). It's just one (small) additional chip. Ok, USB could be included, as the Intel chipset already has it included - as cheap and ubiquitous interface to many peripherals.
Re: It's going the way of the Zune and the Kin.
> ...but not quickly enough
This is Good. It means that many more victims (that is, patients) will purchase this greatest technology from Microsoft and more will understand what Microsoft are really capable of. "The OEMs are to blame" won't fly anymore.
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