* Posts by itscoldhere

11 posts • joined 13 Dec 2013

Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish


So when my 80 grandfather boots up his shiny new Windows 10 box, will Coranta ask him: "Hey gramps dude, what rendering engine would you like to use in IE today?"

Good to know there's still zero reasons to switch from the predictable, slowly but sensibly evolving user experience provided by my rock-solid MacBook.

Wonder if Cortana (who came up with that one BTW?) will reply as cutely as Siri when asked "Hey Siri, talk dirty to me"

AMD: Why we had to evacuate 276TB from Oracle DB to Hadoop


Poor Larry -- looks like he'll be building his next America's Cup techno-boat from fiberglass instead of nano-tube-glass!

Oracle promises 'skin editor' for Fusion apps


Cool -- now they'll only be 10 years behind the times. Does this mean that their own hideous customer sites will start to look less like they were designed and written in a 17 year old's basement?

Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update


Who needs the pain of farting around with trying to learn how to use yet another experiment from Microsoft. Just go with the alternatives and stick to spending your time being productive instead of Googling how to do the most basic thing in the latest MS POS.

Ford to dump Microsoft's 'aggravating' in-car tech for ... BlackBerry?


Every time I see another semi-embedded system running on a MS OS, I have to ask myself "what can these people have been thinking?"

Each time my car infotainment system crashes; each time I see yet another airport flight display with a DOS prompt on it; each time I see a cashier at a checkout rebooting their Windows system just so I can check out;

Hard to understand the rationale behind such thinking.

Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book


They're not doing it to get access to your phonebook...

they're doing it for self-preservation reasons. Google's recent (brushed-off) $1B offer for WhatsApp was in the same vein.

Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US


Lame name (as usual)

Apple just need to roll out their old Windows geek vs. cool Apple dude, to put this latest flaccid MS marketing attempt in it's place.

Who actually comes up with these lame names? Time to hire an advertising agency that isn't run by old white guys who think a BlackBerry is the last word in coolness.

Blame Silicon Valley for the NSA's data slurp... and what to do about it


It's too late already...

Isn't this whole argument moot? Every government or corporation that is interested in you already has reams of data about you. Locking everything down might help with the privacy of as yet unborn children, but for the rest of us, it's far too late.

Even if your elected, 'democratic' government was not deeply complicit in this situation, there's no way that all the money behind the lobbyists/bribers would let them pass meaningful legislation to protect you.

Best to accept the fact that you're screwed already, and move on.

Planning to rob a Windows ATM? Ditch the sledgehammer and bring a USB STICK


People actually use Windows as the O/S on an ATM? Dear God...

It's CLOUD WAR says Larry Ellison: parachute in the sales team


This, from the company that still struggles to get single-sign on right in its abysmal, hideous customer web sites, and takes a month to issue a (paper) receipt for a OPN subscription.

Unless you're a 'nobody ever got fired for buying IBM' government/big corporation IT dinosaur, there's not much reason to cough up huge amounts of money on an annual basis for what is basically a commodity these days -- safe and secure of transactional data.

If I want cloud services, I'll go to a supplier that is (a) actually, demonstrably good at it (b) will minimize lock-in (c) hasn't turned an entire generation of techies against it with their rapacious sales policies, crap service, and overpriced legacy products. In other words, even with their warts, the competition have one big thing going for them -- they're not Oracle.

Microsoft's licence riddles give Linux and pals a free ride to virtual domination


All your conflicting comments just serve to highlight...

how true this article is.

Anyone who's lived through Microsoft licensing hell will surely be motivated to make their life less painful and avoid dealing with them unless ordered to by some pointy-haired boss.

It's not enough that only about three people in the world actually understand Microsoft licensing (and they're all lawyers in Redmond), but every time you think you've got your head around the model and won't get screwed by the next MS license audit, they go and change the rules and send you back to square one.

Who needs this crap -- just go FOSS and focus on solving real problems and not ones manufactured by evil lawyers.

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