* Posts by forcing_you_to_think

8 posts • joined 30 Mar 2015

'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Meh

The ACLU is only interested because it is Fac$book...

I had an employer write into an ad that they were hiring only women for an I.T. position and also tell me the same thing on the phone. They would not even look at my qualifications.

I called the ACLU in Atlanta GA and was told that they were not interested in pursing the case.

I guess it only matters when the ACLU might get a chunk of money when taking the case.

Windows Mixed Reality: Windows Mobile deja vu?

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Microsoft is failing because they don't learn....

This is IBM all over again. Microsoft will not go under for a long time. But they will continue to slide and slide and slide further into obscurity.

It's sad to know what could have been.....

Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

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Boffin

Here's where Microsoft went wrong....

Microsoft went wrong long before the phone. To see what ultimately doomed the Windows phone, you have to go waaaaaay back to when Windows first became the desktop king of the world.

Windows wasn't the first graphical desktop and it certainly wasn't the best graphical desktop either, but it finally got one thing going for it that nobody else had - Visual Basic.

For all of it's flaws, Visual Basic (before .Net screwed it up) was a RAD (rapid application development) tool that just about anybody could use to write applications. And write applications they did!

As more and more people bought PCs, more and more of them found that they could write just about any app that they needed with Visual Basic. Not only that, they could sell their VB apps to other people that needed to do the same stuff.

Visual Basic is what built Windows. It is just that simple.

Fast forward to today. Microsoft killed the goose that laid the golden eggs when they replaced VB6 with a bastardized version called VB.Net. (It should have been called VB.NOT.)

VB.Net killed the RAD tool that had helped Microsoft first gain dominance on the desktop. No longer was is it a user friendly syntax with readable code. Nope. Now it was looking more like C# and had lost the readability and ease of use that enticed MILLIONS of people to learn to code in Visual Basic.

In fact, when VB.Net was released, the number of Visual Basic programmers rapidly dropped from over 7 million to less than half that number. And the decline of Visual Basic programmers (both for hobbies/fun and office applications) has only continued to decline.

Now, here comes the next desktop. But what tools do everyday people (the same hobbyist/coders that made Windows a raging success) have to do the same on this new platform? They have nothing. they have nothing akin to the old RAD tool (Visual Basic) with which to code apps for this new platform.

So, Microsoft was stuck with professional programmers. The problem was that all of the pros were already writing apps for Android and Apple, and even they did not want to support a 3rd code base for their apps.

So there was nobody really writing apps for Windows phone, and that's why it failed.

Make something people want to use. Make it easy to use and mold for their own purposes, and your success is virtually guaranteed.

Microsoft has never really seemed to learn this lesson, and I think it will be its ultimate downfall.

2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

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So long Microsoft....

They aren't making money on the Surface line because they don't have a whole ecosystem for end users. End users want a seamless transition from desktop to tablet to phone. Microsoft doesn't have a phone or anything that remotely works as long as a tablet as Apple or Android.

This is the end of the road for Microsoft in the end user arena. Buy Apple stock. They are the only game in town with an almost seamless transition from desktop to tablet to phone.

Microsoft headhunters seek Linux folk for secret open source unit

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Adopt, extend, destroy....

Microsoft has long had a history of adopting a technology, then extending the technology with proprietary stuff and trying to "own" the technology through extension.

I'd be very wary of getting in bed with Microsoft - the same company that has consistently used proprietary source code and patents to sue Linux rivals into paying it to allow them to continue.

Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

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More proof Microsoft will kill Windows phone....

If you still think Windows is serious about Windows phone, think again. As this article (http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/07/25/apk-download-microsofts-next-android-app-is-arrow-launcher-an-aviate-inspired-homescreen-replacement-now-in-beta/) at Android Police shows, Microsoft is putting out their own Android phone launcher.

Why the hell would they do that if the goal is to get Windows Phone adopted?

This just shows more and more that Microsoft will exit the Windows phone hardware market and will push Windows and Office as services on the devices that others innovate and flood the market with.

While this is probably a good choice for a company run by shareholders that is mainly concerned with the bottom line, it also means that Windows phone users and those hoping for more innovative flagship Windows phone designs are just shit out of luck.

NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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Won't work...no women will go.....

Twice the gravity? Are you kidding me? No women will ever go to a planet that instantly doubles their weight.

Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

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When Tim and Mark stop doing business with Muslim countries because of their horrendous murdering of suspected homosexuals in the streets.....then I'll listen to what they have to say.

Until then, stop acting like condescending pricks.

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