27 posts • joined 1 Feb 2013
I think the real issue here was the EULA thing
I think the real issue here was the EULA thing. Yes its clear the laptop came with Windows but it was not clear that some additional agreement must be made to use it and above all not what to do if it is not agreed upon.
Analogies to google and Apple are halting, they do not enjoy a near monopoly as Microsoft used to have. This was a high court ruling so it must have been in process for some years. Today MS is a little less of a monopoly. I was happy to find the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition which come with Linux instead of Windows.
The most important thing governments and can do is stop assuming everybody have MS Office. Communication with authorities should be done with open document formats only. If government require people to use something sold only by one maker then that is a monopoly not just a near monopoly.
Re: USPTO liability?
What? If they don't charge anything for rejected applications. Not only would it provide an incentive to approve questionable patents. It will also encourage companies and people to send in piles of questionable patent applications. In Sweden I think sending the application in is free but if the fee of 3000 SEK (about $450) is not payed it will not be processed and never reach approval. No refund if its rejected. For approved patents there is a yearly fee, which increases dramatically after some years.
Re: Ashamed to say
Open a window. Make sure there is nothing under it. Grab Windows8.x computer at right corner. Drag it thrue window. Release!
Re: Paid support still available
When you switch a company to next OS a lot of applications needs to be updated also. Make sure to favour applications that are multi platform! That way they will last you much longer and you avoid the lock in in case Win9 gets even worse than Win8.
Re: Nothing will make airships viable.
If someone could instead come up with a better way to store hydrogene as fuel. The pure water exhaust would be heavier than the hydrogen alone thanks to the oxygene taken up from the air.
Re: Simple solution
And air fueling to reduce takeoff weight.
Re: Headline Misleading
Windows TCO is worst of all for the HOME user. Even OSX will cost less in the long run, much less.
To have a useful Windows machine you will spend a day installing all application programs. Find a start menu replacement. Then pay a yearly fee for AV. After time your kids get viruses on it anyway. So start all over installing again. Time is money.
Companies make clones so reinstalling is not a big issue for them, They don't let kids in and don't mind paying yearly fees. So for them Windows is probably fine (just don't put company secrets on them).
With Linux I install all those 10+ apps I use with one command line, take a cup of tea while computer does the work and its done. That is TCO for me!
Re: The dancing dad of IT
I think they try to be Apple more than Google here.
Re: People may dislike Windows 8...
So when will Elop go? Nokia shares would jump 20%.
That is I too read it as if they used charger when they could but now I see that figure was after having used up all charge and not charging more. The figure is quite impressive then.
I read it that way too.
There are others
There should be more than 2 players on a healthy market. Be it phone OSes or desktop OSes.
MS already have near monopoly on the desktop. Remember how MS have abused their position in the past.
And what is Windows 8? Did they make it to improve the experience of their existing customers who pay for it? Or did they do it that way so that it would help them sell their tablet and phone OS? I say the later.
So I do hope someone else than MS will fill that third spot, Blackberry or Ubuntu phone would be better. Someone mentioned Firefox OS that would be great.
Re: If Google were stiffing their competitors...
Only because they can't get away with it for now. If Windows RT and Phone dominated the market they would play it even worse than they did in the old days.
Re: Microsoft do stupid things
Microsoft wanted to make money like Apple does. So they decided that Windows RT users shall only get SW via the MS app store. They could have just ported old windows to ARM but that had no potential for increased revenue.
Re: Crowd sourcing...
I think its a great idea. Much better than some overly rich company wasting 900 million $ on something nobody wanted.
I think if I don't help in this then who will.
All of us who don't want NSA snooping in our pockets should help projects like this. I have contributed but I doubt target will be reached. Anyway if target is not reached and the money returned, then at least I did put my money where my mouth is during the 30 days.
Cyanogenmod is rather open source Android but still needs some binary drivers as far as I know?
I think perhaps Replicant is fully open source variant of Android?
Then there is Firefox OS. They have some phone out in Spain if I am correct.
Today Canonical presented the edge crowd funding campaign. I hope enough open source fans will contribute to it to make it happen. Go to www.ubuntu.com" or "http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge/x/4068054"
I did contribute to it. Or rather promised to contribute, if the target is not reached there will not be any edge phone and contributions will be returned.
Megafon have the best coverage as far as I know and they have plenty of stores where you can get the SIM card. I payed 200 roubles for a month with internet + 200 so I could making some calls too. Remember to bring your passport when you go to buy the SIM card.
dedicated button for dualbooting
I would like to see more/easier dualbooting.
For quick virusfree surfing boot chrome. For more advanced use boot Linux or Windows.
How about putting two powerbuttons on all laptops? One chrome button and one other os button? Chrome would not waste disk space if it could be used for factoryresetting that other os also. Oh and make the chromeos button bigger than the other os button. People who are not computer savy should not boot the other os by miatake.
Re: OK, not great but...
Yes, well as long as there are no back doors in your routers too.
removable battery YES!
"thanks to the increasingly rare features of a removable battery and a micro SD slot, it will be the default choice for many canny smartphone users"
I have had many phones. If left unused say half a year the battery goes swollen, must be replaced. But not only that some phones crack when this happens, others just pop their back lid off.
A good ifixit score is nice, like replacing the micro USB connector if worn out. Only thing missing here is watertight, thats probably easier with a non replacable battery.
I have since learned that li-Ion batterys must NEVER be stored fully charged! They shall be 40% charged and stored at +4 Celsius, but still.
Re: Not sure I agree here..
Absolutely. For someone used to XP migrating to Mint (mate) will be way easier getting used to than Win8. So if you must reinstall your dads or moms PC then give them Mint. They will complain the first few days but much less than with Win8. Office tools and multimedia players etc will be included with the initial install so much less work for you too.
If he can afford the trip then why not. The trips to the moon was not for science either, it was about who would be there first. And I would love it if an old man could do it, show the world you can do things after 70, that could inspire people. I hope its not his ashes he is planing to send there though, that would be like polluting the place.
Hopefully he has a plan
For most cases a company shall stick to its core business. Start new companies to go into new markets. But if you have a great new idea and enough money. Then buying an existing company can make it a lot easier to reach your goal. So I hope for him that he has ideas. Milking an existing market is perfectly compatible with stock market.
Re: Licence agreements
Luckily Sumsung don't seem to refuse waranty in this case.
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