Judged by deeds
Judged by their deeds its thumbs down. Microsoft is the Standard Oil of the IT world, a sickening convicted monopolist that must be utterly destroyed.
23 posts • joined 4 Oct 2007
If any other corporation released an operating system like Vista you wouldn't be saying you're waiting for their next operating system. No, you'd be telling everyone their software is crap and you'll never use their stuff again. And you'd be right to. Even the old backward compatibility is broken but for some reason, you still come back for more.
Does SteveB give you blowjobs ?
Paris... well, you know why...
This would have been a reasonable response:
This document format is not accepted by the examination board. Please re-submit all coursework in an acceptable format within 7 working days. Failure to re-submit within the allocated time will result in students not being passed. Thank you for your cooperation.
"'Hey, we just launched a new product that has no revenue model — yeah, cheer for me,' I'm not sure my investors would take that very well, but that's what Google's telling their investors about Android,""
No, that's not what Google is telling their investors... Its all about Android Market and the ecosystem that it no doubt will become. Ballmer completely fails to see the bigger picture.
"If somebody thinks the formula is you give away your operating system to get search (usage), the operators are much too smart; they'll know they can still ask to be paid to carry your service."
Ballmer is about a thousand yards wide of the mark... again. Google wont need to pay operators to "carry" its marketplace. Ballmers comments are clearly illustrative of an individual who simply does not understand in any way shape or form any business model or marketplace where the operating system itself (Microsoft's cash cow and cocaine like addiction) is not your source of income. Ballmer is a dinosaur who can't get his head around any strategy that does not sound like, "How will this sell more copies of Windows ?"
"Google doesn't exactly bubble to the top of the list of the toughest competitors we've got going in mobile,"
Microsoft isn't a competitor in Mobile. It potentially loses half the market by default simply because it doesn't even have an operating system that runs on ARM processors. And in this market, most of its competitors are open source. Furthermore, Microsoft simply does not exist in the kind of market that Google aims to both foster and capture revenues from. Ballmer and the prevailing culture within Microsoft is not in touch with where markets and sources of revenue are moving, and I don't believe this corporation is really going to change any time soon. The day is coming when the value of Microsoft shares will be reported in terms of cents rather than dollars.
Paris, because she doesn't get it either.
"Miguel de Icaza is one of the originators and lead developers of the Gnome desktop, so calling him "...the worst thing to happen to open source software ever" is a patent absurdity."
It isn't a "patent absurdity" (which is quite a pun). What you are saying is in fact a fallacy, a leap in logic which requires the reader to ignore information about Icaza, his relationships with Microsoft and Novell, and his active participation in furthering goals which are very much part of Microsoft and Novell's agenda's. You left this kind of material out of the equation. Tell me something, if a man who was once a war hero turned around later and became a serial killer, would the "he's done great things for his country" argument help him in court ? Miguel isn't sometimes called "Anakin de Icaza" for no reason you know.
"This guy operates at a much higher level than you may realize."
No, he's not a divine being. He's the guy who gushes praise for all things Microsoft and has become their very useful little trojan whose machinations today are a danger to the future of that very GNOME project he once pioneered. If you think thats operating at some "higher level", good luck to you with that...
"I'm no fan of MS (quite the opposite)"
Oh no of course not... you're not a shill or an astroturfer... you just walk like a duck, talk like a duck and quack like a duck... Oh no, you're not a duck because you say, "I'm not a duck".
"Apricot has made this decision to ensure customers have a smooth installation of their operating system"
Are you planning to sell the computers to your customers without an operating system installed ? Or, can't you provide a Linux restore disk like the Windows one ? And if you can't manage that why should anyone buy a computer from you ?
"The Linux version proved too complicated with initial testers, who would opt to purchase and install XP any way"
Translation: Our "initial testers" were desktop Windows XP users who want XP on their desktops, their notebooks, their netbooks, and wont buy an iPhone because it doesn't run XP and they probably don't have any real use for a netbook anyway. Also, they spat the dummy when they couldn't find the Internet Explorer icon thingy.
What you're telling us is that you don't want to do the work necessary to bring a real quality product to market. And that you've got your target market wrong.
"Apricot believes that this will be a more attractive product offering for their target customers, because as soon as it is switched on, it is ready for use."
If its not "ready for use" when the customer turns it on, thats not the fault of any GNU/Linux distribution, thats your fault.
So basically Apricot, what you're telling us is that you're not nearly as motivated as Asus, or Acer, or Dell, and you therefore don't deserve that piece of market share that others are putting a lot more work into capturing than you are.
I'll get my coat...
"I hear the same complaints.....IE6 is the bane of my life, IE7 is better.....Well i have news for you.....We are not your slaves, you should be developing for us."
Are you saying that when Microsoft deliberately ignored web standards, they were developing for you ?
"Now all you web developers who think IE6 is ass-backward, shame on you."
No, shame on you for being such an ignorant asshat. IE6 was defective by design and ass-backward on purpose.
"We cant all afford shiney new quadcores with 40 terabytes of SSD and such."
Who said you needed them ?
"Hows about a bit of support for your poorer brothers and sisters instead of glory seeking all the time."
So the proprietary software biz ain't doing to well for you then ?
"You all obey the software equivalent of boyles law and just expand into the available processing power of the latest machines. Try programming for the lowest common denominator, not the highest, and who knows? you might shift more units."
Are you talking to web developers or Microsoft ?
As a musician who sooner or later will get around to making some of his music available online I'll say this: IT WILL ALWAYS BE FREE OF DRM !! I want you to listen to and enjoy my music without being restricted and told you can't listen to it whenever and however you like.
DRM is a perverse attack on the listeners freedom and detrimental to the listening experience. Music is among other things, about enjoyment, and DRM is anathema to this. Making it illegal to remove it is even worse.
Furthermore, in the country where I live (Australia), I contend that DRM restrictions are incompatible with Fair Use copyright laws.
"Not only are they free to view the files during passage; they are also permitted to copy the entire contents of a device. There are no stated policies about what can and can't be done with the data."
So... lets say its a Windows notebook, violation of Microsoft's EULA anyone ? Is Microsoft going to demand payment to license these unlicensed copies of Windows ?
Yes lame I know, I know, but I had to find an angle here somewhere for getting in the obligatory "we love to hate" M$ comment.
Ok ok, I'll get my coat...
There's nothing wrong with having something like Wubi. There's nothing wrong with making a GNU/Linux distribution as accessible as possible to the widest audience possible. These "its not a real distro" comments are simply the blurtings of self important elitist morons who think everybody who doesn't have the time or the inclination to compile Gentoo for their system is a complete idiot. Your community marginalizing short sightedness should drown in the condemnation and mirth that it deserves.
People like you understand words like "usability" about as much as Microsoft understands "interoperability".
Multi-touch trackpad, nice, but I don't really like using the trackpad on any notebook, I find it cumbersome and still end up using a mouse. And I can't just buy another battery for it when the inevitable eventually happens, but have to return the whole notebook and who knows how long it will be before I get it back... Bad call, and an absolute deal breaker for me.
When you've reached the point where you're bribing corrupt politicians or officials instead of concentrating on making your product package a legitimately better and more attractive solution... When you don't realize that this sort of unethical practice only has a limited lifespan... When don't seem notice that your own product is lagging further and further behind what your competitors are offering... And you think you can keep getting away with it... then its only a matter of time... Empires rise and empires fall... Toward their end they are usually dirty and messy and pathetic like this.
Most of our customers are still asking for Windows XP Home or Professional pre-insalled on new systems. Almost all notebook customers either buy an Asus notebook with Vista Business on it, which they can 'downgrade' to XP Pro, or they are buying XP along with the new Vista system and getting us to install it on their new notebook for them. And then we have customers who ask for a dual boot Windows/Linux system. And then we have white box customers, some of whom we know will install Linux, some who will install "their own" copy of Windows.
I don't think Microsoft is willing or able give you figures on how many of those Vista sales are destined to be 'downgraded' to XP or that other increasingly popular alternative.
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