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Microsoft Launches 'Channel 9' Blog

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the let's-all-fly-the-plane dept.

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Decaffeinated Jedi writes "As reported by News.com, Microsoft quietly launched Channel 9, a blog/discussion forum aimed at improving communication with outside developers, on Tuesday. Named for the audio channel that many airlines use to let passengers listen in on crew conversations during flight, Channel 9's creators state the following in a welcoming message: 'Five of us in Redmond are crazy enough to think we just might learn something from getting to know each other...Join in, and have a look inside our cockpit and help us fly the plane.'"

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Don't forget... (-1)

SCO$699FeeTroll (695565) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786346)

...to pay your $699 licensing fee you cock-smoking teabaggers.

Re:Don't forget... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786669)

Five of us in Redmond are crazy...

Don't forget Steve "Developers Developers Developers Developers Developers Developers Developers Developers" Ballmer.

And William "$ $ $ $" Gates.

Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted! omg!! w00000t!!!

Outer space strikes back (5, Funny)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786356)


Microsoft are going to ditch the NT mega-kernel and use Plan 9 instead. These are the first tentative steps in the migration from the huge monolithic NT ring-main to the elegance that is Plan 9. [deep voice] From the people who brought you Unix, PLAN 9 [/voice] Da da daaaaaaah bom-bom bom-bom bom-booom

Simon :-)

Re:Outer space strikes back (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786567)

Fag, stop spamming the thread with your pointless drivel.

Re:Outer space strikes back (3, Funny)

inertia@yahoo.com (156602) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786623)

On the site: Just to warn you, this site will be on /. very shortly. Prepare for the flames that are sure to follow. Too bad the place will likely suck for a couple days, as I think this site might be a good idea.

How cute, they think it will only suck for a couple days.

Re:Outer space strikes back (1, Funny)

AbbyNormal (216235) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786632)

"Microsoft needs women. I repeat, Microsoft needs women!".

Re:Outer space strikes back (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786689)

What we definitely do not need here at MS are Linucks-fagots like you, Sir.

Ladies and Gentlemen (3, Funny)

Lasuuco Tulkas (598141) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786362)

I give you 7 of 9 [msdn.com]

Re:Ladies and Gentlemen (2, Funny)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786396)

Damn, she's definitely gained a few pounds...

Simon.

Re:Ladies and Gentlemen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786473)

And not in the right places, either.

Re:Ladies and Gentlemen (1, Insightful)

irokitt (663593) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786617)

Why am I not surprised that the page you linked to didn't look right in Firefox?

xpunkx (1)

Compact Dick (518888) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786762)

Check out the avatar for xpunkx [msdn.com] . How long before Ashcroft scrambles to cover it up?

How long (-1, Troll)

MisterFancypants (615129) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786364)

How long until someone puts an Open Channel Nine project on SourceForge? Because as we all know, the primary goal of an Open Source software developer is to take something Microsoft have done first and then implement a shoddy knock off of it!

Re:How long (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786401)

But wait, all those toolbars in OpenOffice...

oh, no, I've been fooled!

Never again do I touch this open source shit.

Miguel De Icaza is all over Open Channel Nine (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786532)

PS: Isn't he gay??

Whoa. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786366)

The videos of the Scottich guy going off on double spacing after a period... just made my day.

Re:Whoa. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786419)

Clicky. [microsoft.com]

I love how he says "typewriters".

Quietly launched, huh? (2, Funny)

MukiMuki (692124) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786370)

Not sure just how quiet it can be now that it's being seen by MILLIONS OF USERS EVERY MINUTE.

The blog was quickly shut down (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786373)

Once 748 vulnerabilities were found in the web server and blog code.

Tora! Tora! Tora! (2, Funny)

Rexburg (203940) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786374)

Does registration require removing my shoes?

Let's show no weakness, brothers (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786375)



In related news, Debian user and developer groups have announced hiring even more arrogant, bilious and downright rude project leaders.

Users and developers writing for Debian platform will be delighted with more suggestions to RTFM and search the online docs or Google for commonly occurring problems.

In Other News... (0, Offtopic)

ravenspear (756059) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786381)

United claims prior art and sues Bill for defamation of character.

What Happens.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786384)

when crazed Islamic terrorists want to fly this plane into a building with the sole purpose killing innocent civilians?

second, why is this story on slashdot? don't we hate Microsoft?

Re:What Happens.. (1)

mtenhagen (450608) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786423)

Yes we do, everything microsoft does has a bad side.

So: "This is all marketing fud, microsoft is trying to look like a good guy so they can take over the world"

The good side should'nt be mentioned ofcourse.

There's a good side? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786725)

OK. When you find it, let us know. The rest of us gave up the moment we discovered that we have to be IE-using Windoze-lovers to even view the site properly.

First conversation post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786392)

Developer one: "I am so stupid, I am writing code full of security holes"

Developer two: "Duh, what is security?"

Developer one: "Something said, something bad"

Developer two: "Duh, what is security?"

${Witty slashdot statement;}

+5 Funny

Thank you (5, Funny)

Maljin Jolt (746064) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786400)

Join in, and have a look inside our cockpit and help us fly the plane.'

I would not fly a constantly crashing plane anymore.

Re:Thank you (1)

xlyz (695304) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786421)


Blue Sky of Death?

Re:Thank you (1)

neko9 (743554) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786547)

just turn off autopilot! no wait... or turn on?

Re:Thank you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786727)

"I would not fly a constantly crashing plane anymore. "

I thought this was Windows, not MacOS 9

First Headline (5, Funny)

Bobdoer (727516) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786403)

The most important operating system is not Windows.
Finally Microsoft figured it out.

Doesn't work well on Firefox (-1)

Seth Finklestein (582901) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786405)

I tried to load this so-called "Channel 9" site using Mozilla Firefox 0.8, and I was shocked by what I saw. Not one, not two, but nine Windows Media player objects were embedded in the page, and all of them started playing at the same time! All this nerdy cacophony sounded like a Slashdot Meetup [meetup.com] was coming out of my speakers.

Needless to say, I am appalled that Microsoft has shunned well-regarded web standards in designing this so-called "blog." I plan to blog about it myself. What does the blogosphere think?

Sincerely,
Seth Finklestein
Autoblogumatic Blogupilator

As if I don't have enough to read up on (4, Funny)

The_Rippa (181699) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786412)

I spend enough of the day on slashdot and fark.

I don't have time to listen to Codekeeper Willie talk about typesetting and anthropology.

Uh-oh.. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786417)

Join in, and have a look inside our cockpit and help us fly the plane

Cue 'If Microsoft ran an airline' jokes in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

Ladies and gentlemen, this is Mr. Balmer speaking: (2, Funny)

st964p62 (768268) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786425)

Proceed to put your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye...

Not surprising... (5, Insightful)

thesolo (131008) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786428)

Let me preface this by saying that I'm not trying to sound snide or rude. That said, there are several things on the page that don't display properly in browsers other than WinIE, like Opera & Firefox, such as the top bar of the poll on the right. Fix that, and maybe I'll consider going back. Until then, not worth my time.

Re:Not surprising... (1)

codemachine (245871) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786521)

Since it is running on IIS they have to use .asp and probably some custom software. If it were any other company, they could've used an already existing php forum to do this, but I'm betting that wasn't an option for their web admins.

Regardless, this could actually be a useful site. I hope people don't flame it into submission after this slashdot posting.

Re:Not surprising... (4, Insightful)

thesolo (131008) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786599)

Since it is running on IIS they have to use .asp and probably some custom software.

The back-end language & web server shouldn't matter. You should still be able to generate a standards-compliant page that looks great in modern browsers. Instead, their front page has 366 errors [w3.org] on it.

Now, I'm not one of those people who insists every page has to validate, but this is just sloppy. MSDN, not just Channel 9, reeks of it, too. I suppose one could argue that you can't blame them, as they are Microsoft, so of course they're going to code to their browser, but I don't buy that argument.

Re:Not surprising... (2)

estes_grover (466087) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786572)

That said, there are several things on the page that don't display properly in browsers other than WinIE, like Opera & Firefox...
That's right. I just went to the site with Firefox and firewall mentions that WMP wants to load. I say no thank you at which point browswer locks up solid. Not nice.

Re:Not surprising... (1)

cb8100 (682693) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786629)

Odd. My Firefox 0.8 didn't lock up when I said not to install the crap.

On an "on-topic" note, perhaps we should register and meet with Microsoft's web developers so we can "understand" why they made their "blog" as inaccessible as it is.

Re:Not surprising... (1)

thesolo (131008) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786680)

Very odd, my copy of Firefox didn't lock up at all. It's even funnier when I try visiting that page with Firefox in Linux; clicking on any of those embedded videos takes me to Microsoft's WMP download page. :)

Re:Not surprising... (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786779)

Safari just zapped me with 9 error windows about WMP, even through I have WMP installed and configured.

Why does a blog need WMP plug-ins?

Re:Not surprising... (1)

el-spectre (668104) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786705)

That's some fugly HTML. I like the nested P, DIV and TABLE tags... eww.

There are a lot of errors (not just MSIE specific attributes,which I can't expect MS not to use), but quite a bit of those validation errors are "rules" that are not really necessary.

For example, while ALT tags are good, they are really not necessary for spacer images, purely eye candy elements, etc. I'm big on HTML standards, but you just don't need ALT tags on every image...

But that's their trademark (1)

Nuclear Elephant (700938) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786709)

...just like you can't view MSNBC material unless you are running Windows or Macintosh - even if your browser is streamlined, and uses the MPlayer plugin that lets you view WMP. A subtle little marketing ploy that I hope will eventually make it into another anti-trust suit.

Great metaphor! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786436)

Microsoft's "developer community" is insulated from the actual developers by a locked, reinforced door.



In contrast, the Linux "developer community" actually storms the cabin wielding box cutters!

Hey Peter! (5, Funny)

Mr Z (6791) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786440)

Ok, someome please tell me I'm not the only one who heard Lawrence's voice from Office Space, [imdb.com] yelling "Hey Peter! Check out Channel 9! Breast exam!"

--Joe

Common practice? (0, Flamebait)

Neil Blender (555885) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786450)

I thought it was common practice not to release the transcripts of disasters to the public.

Fly the Plane, huh... (1)

rawbytes (737682) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786453)

"Join in, and have a look inside our cockpit and help us fly the plane."

sounds like an invitation for more terrorist attacks.

Will be as entertaining as the Beatles Lyric (0, Redundant)

bstadil (7110) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786460)

Will you forgive me? [sing365.com]

Mmm yes

Number nine, number nine, number nine, number nine

Number nine, number nine, number nine, number nine

Number nine, number nine, number nine, number nine

Number nine, number nine, number...

BeOS icon! (1)

oscast (653817) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786462)

What's with the BeOS person icon in the upper left hand corner?

The top video (2, Interesting)

Zegnar (704768) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786468)

That 'Bill Hill' guy is very charismatic...

Two points: 1: I really like to see this sorta thing from big companies, gives them a personal touch. That's why Google is so good - not afraid to be more personal and real.

Also, M$ must be sucking bandwidth streaming those videos to every slashprole. :) Every byte helps up their server bill (Anyone got any info on how much bandwidth microsoft/msdn.com uses? And what it's hosted on?)

Re:The top video (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786622)

it's hosted on a distributed network of zombie windows machines

Use of weblogs as a collaborative technology (1)

hyperherod (574576) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786471)

With two weeks to go until the deadline of my dissertation [lboro.ac.uk] , finally I find proof that weblogs actually do have a use for professional organisations. The last place I thought I'd find it was from Microsoft!

Re:Use of weblogs as a collaborative technology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786610)

Dissertation is for a PhD. Thesis is for as Masters degree. Your paper is for a BS. Don't bs us.

Re:Use of weblogs as a collaborative technology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786631)

And another thing......the only reference you have that are worthy come from IEEE. The rest is garbage and not worth looking at.

Get a clue and use CiteSeer.

the irony of this (5, Interesting)

dr (93364) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786472)

When listening to Channel 9 on United, you aren't actually listening to the internal cockpit communications you are listening to the cockpit's communications with the terminal and centre controllers. And that's where the irony is; the controllers are telling the pilot(s) where to go and what altitude to fly at, etc, that is, ATC has the real control of how things pan out. So while you might be helping to fly the plane [into the ground] you really have no say in how the plane gets to it's destination. And, furthermore, the real irony is that all this communication and procedures that the passenger is listening to is something that basically hasn't changed in the past several decades.

Maybe you have to be a pilot to fully understand what I mean.
-dr

Re:the irony of this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786586)

Actually, according to the Federal Aviation Regulations, the pilot has 100% control.

Re:the irony of this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786715)

only for some stuff. Then theres ATC and the friendly (?) dispatcher.

Re:the irony of this (2, Insightful)

spectecjr (31235) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786595)

Maybe you have to be a pilot to fully understand what I mean.

No, I'm willing to bet that being a pilot in this case merely serves to overanalyze throwaway lines to the point of them not meaning anything any more.

Improve communication? (1, Funny)

Bitseeker (762895) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786476)

a blog/discussion forum aimed at improving communication with outside developers

What they're really saying: "Hey guys, we need to innovate. Come on in and help us innovate something. If you tell us what to do, then you'll better like what we license and charge you for."

They're all "technical evangelists" (5, Insightful)

Mr. Darl McBride (704524) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786477)

More than half the guys list their positions as "technical evangelist."

If you want to reach more folks: Can we instead talk to a developer who wants to talk about the best way of doing things, rather than someone whose job is to come up with problems where MS is the solution?

I hate this ... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786482)

'Five of us in Redmond are crazy enough to think we just might learn something from getting to know each other...Join in, and have a look inside our cockpit and help us fly the plane.'

This sort of "gee whiz we're just regular guys, we're going to let you peek under the tent" sort or pr-marketing speak rings so false and just raises my BS detectors to max.

I spent years dealing with Apple's evangelists and while they'd do this sort of thing occasionally usually they were smart enough enough to treat their developers as being vaguely intelligent

Technical evangelist ? (1)

Ploum (632141) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786483)

Someone can explain what is a "Technical evangelist" or a "longhorn evangelist" ?

Are they really paid to sing all the day : "Microsoft is good and they are friendly" ?

Great idea! (1)

cpu_fusion (705735) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786491)

... worked for Nixon!

Scorchio! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786503)

Fallejeha fallejehe fallejehe, Chris Waddle

Boutros boutros ghali

(Or do you mean a different Channel 9?)

Orkut? (1)

goMac2500 (741295) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786511)

This looks a lot like some internal Orkut knockoff. Sad.

Don't bother visiting with Firefox (5, Interesting)

lazuli42 (219080) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786514)

Here's a few things I noticed after spending about three minutes on the site.

  1. The site doesn't present well in Firebird 0.8. The fonts are tiny and distorted.
  2. Many of the quotes on the page are, at best, sycophantic. "Great job Bill!" gushes one 'impartial developer'.
  3. Voting for the third option in the poll (this site sucks, but I'll be back later to see how it develops) causes Firebird 0.8. to immediately exit.

    Bleagh...

Re:Don't bother visiting with Firefox (5, Informative)

Zegnar (704768) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786526)

1.Works fine here in Firefox.
2.That quote refers to Bill Hill, not Gates.
3.And no, it doesn't. Update to a decent build.

If there's one thing people hate, it's when you solve their problems, eh.

Re:Don't bother visiting with Firefox (1)

irokitt (663593) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786713)

I'm using FireFox, and it was screwy for me too. Are you using a nightly?

Speaking of Usability (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786516)

It's come to my attention that people are always complaining about not being able to find their files on most OSes. But Unix seems to confound people to no end, which makes absolutely no sense since it is VERY WELL logically structured. Unlike Windows which is just a fucking mess. The Unix philosophy behind filing your data is all about standard locations for the different types of programs, configs and data you might have on your systems. If adhered to, you can go to any Unix system and easily locate files. However, I will argue that it needs some reorganizing for today's applications. And NO "My Documents" is a stupid fucking idea for morons with the intelligence of a slime mold!!! That will NEVER happen on any systems I administer. So now, I give you how I lay out my systems these days:



First level designations in a path:


00 in the first level of the path is the root user's personal directory


01 in the first level of the path is the designation for the "applications" directory


02 in the first level of the path is the "documents" directory


03 in the first level of the path is the "users" directory (equivalent to the stupid "home" designation used by troglodytes)


Note: in directories of type 03 in the first level of the path, the second directory is just the user's id number



Second level designations in a path:


01 in the second level of the path is always the "OpenOffice.org" application directory


02 in the second level of the path is always the "Mozilla" application director


01a in the second level of the path is always "Textual" documents

/01/01 - Open Office.org resides here

/01/02 - Mozilla resides here

/02-00/01a/ - root's textual docs live here /02/01a/01 - the first user's textual docs live here

/02/01a/02 - the second user's textual docs live here

/00/mbox - root's mail is here

/03/500/mbox - the first user's mail is here /03/501/mbox - the second user's mail is here


This is a much easier setup once you get used to it as it makes it VERY easy to find stuff. It also makes scripting possible for searching for files and working with files in a character based setting. I don't allow my users to use anything other than three character numeric file names. I haven't heard a word out of them since I implemented this system. In general, they seem to be pleased since they no longer have to think hard about where their docs are. The docs are always within easy reach, and as an operator, my life has become considerably easier. More time to play Nethack... So get it though your heads you fucking idiots!!! Long file names based on alpha characters are nothing but a big pain in the ass. Get used to the coming paradigm of numeric filenames. It's WAY easier. Fucking idiot amateurs.


A Bastard Operator from Clevo

WTF!!!! OFF TOPIC????!!!! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786657)

HOW is the above comment off topic? We're talking about Micro$oft. The assholes who claim to know how people like to compute. The above post is very clear about how Microsoft fails in so many ways when it comes to simple concepts like filing data. God the mods are really on a crack binge lately. Get your fucking heads clear before you moderate you fucking bitches!!!

This might be sincere... (1)

Spoing (152917) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786518)

...though, it's just as likely a marketing ploy. After all, Microsoft is not a young company anymore;

  1. "Fellas, we've been looking over your TPS reports, and it's obvious that someone has to deal with the customer -- you know, the folks that aren't us. A few of them have this funny idea they can make software without us. We've decided that someone is you...over here...should do something, something important and somehow sensitive. You are sensitive, aren't you? Do something with this 'hip' [fingers quoting in air] 'baloaagging' [fingers in air again] we've heard about and show the human side of us, OK? Thanks! Is Tuesday too soon?"

Who can tell with Microsoft?

Spooky. (1, Interesting)

Trejkaz (615352) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786528)

Channel 9? The funny thing is Channel 9 television in Australia merged with MSN to become NineMSN. It seems that Microsoft have this weird nine fetish.

Re:Spooky. (1)

irokitt (663593) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786686)

There were 9 ring-wraiths. Anyone else got some evil references to the number 9?

Ok here is a question... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786533)

Why do all MS developers have pussies on their faces.

Video Blog (5, Interesting)

niai (310235) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786535)

The videos are much more interested to watch than the text is to read. I get a much better feel about what the person is saying through expression, tone, etc. It's obviously more natural to get information from someone in this way than through text.

Re:Video Blog (1)

niai (310235) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786557)

You also cannot spell words wrong on video, but can look much more like an idiot.

Re:Video Blog (1)

Ploum (632141) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786651)

you are very lucky... There's no way for me to see the video under Linux.

(but it's normal.. The page itself doesn't render perfectly. Just take a very brief look at the code :

body MS_POSITIONING="GridLayout"
form name="Form1" method="post" action="Default.aspx" id="Form1"
input type="hidden" name="__VIEWSTATE" value="dDw4ODMzMTM3NjU7dDw7bDxpPDM+Oz47bDx0PDtsPGk 8MT47PjtsPHQ8O2w8aTwwPjs+O2w8dDw7bDxpPDM+Oz47bDx0P DtsPGk8MD47PjtsPHQ8O2w8aTwwPjtpPDQ+O2k8OD47aTwxMD4 7aTwxND47aTwyMD47PjtsPHQ8cDxsPGhyZWY7aW5uZXJodG1sO
z47bDwvO0hvbWUgOz4+Ozs+O3Q8cDxsPGhyZWY7aW5uZXJod G1
sOz47bDwvbG9naW4uYXNweD9SZXR1cm5Vcmw9L0RlZmF1bHQ uY
XNweDtMb2dpbiA7Pj47Oz47dDxwPGw8aHJlZjtpbm5lcmh0b Ww
7PjtsPC9Vc2VyL0NyZWF0ZVVzZXIuYXNweD9SZXR1cm5Vcmw 9L
0RlZmF1bHQuYXNweDtSZWdpc3RlciA7Pj47Oz47dDxwPGw8a HJ
lZjtpbm5lcmh0bWw7PjtsPC9Vc2VyL0ZvcnVtTWVtYmVycy5 hc
3B4O01lbWJlciBMaXN0IDs+Pjs7Pjt0PHA8bDxocmVmO2lub mV
yaHRtbDs+O2w8L2xhbmd1YWdlcy9lbi1lbi9kb2NzL2ZhcS5 hc
3B4O0ZhcSA7Pj47Oz47dDxwPGw8aHJlZjtpbm5lcmh0bWw7P jt
sPC9yc3MuYXNweDtcPGltZyBib3JkZXI9IjAiIHNyYz0iL1R oZ
W1lcy9kZWZhdWx0L2ltYWdlcy94bWwuZ2lmIlw+Oz4+Ozs+O z4
+Oz4+Oz4+Oz4+Oz4+Oz4+Oz55AAmDo19e1NZP3aqW4orTLKp cA
g=="

Mmmm.... this is so cute ! With standards attributes like "MS_POSITIONING"

This will piss somebody off but... (0, Troll)

bADlOGIN (133391) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786536)

'...Join in, and have a look inside our cockpit and help us fly the plane.'

Gotta ask, "where's Al Queda when you need 'em"?

My favorite part (1)

mrlpz (605212) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786537)

Is the disclaimer listed as a "doctrine"...."this is not a marketing or lead generation tool".....yeah, right...

That site is crap! (5, Interesting)

AstroDrabb (534369) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786546)

What a crappy site. It doesn't render properly with Mozilla/Firefox and as soon I went to the page, I was hit with a bunch of ActiveX controls trying to run. No thanks. Maybe if they want to try to interest other developers in MS, they should NOT REQUIRE MS stuff. The main page has more then 300 HTML errors according to W3C [w3.org] . Come on now. It is not hard to make a little HTML, honest! There is no coding involved. Oh, and this site is .Net. You can see what great standards compliant HTML MS's Web Forms spit out.

Re:That site is crap! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786583)

you're complaining about a site's html validation on slashdot??? [w3.org]

talk about throwing stones in glass houses.

Re:That site is crap! (1)

codemachine (245871) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786753)

The slashdot frontpage has 510 when I ran it through there.

Of course slashdot doesn't look like ass when viewed in any major browser, whereas msdn looks pretty aweful in anything but IE.

Re:That site is crap! (1)

estes_grover (466087) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786643)

What a crappy site. It doesn't render properly with Mozilla/Firefox and as soon I went to the page, I was hit with a bunch of ActiveX controls trying to run. No thanks.

Same here....this stuff tried to load:
The new DLLs have been loaded:
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\STRMDLL.DLL
C:\WINDOWS \SYSTEM\DRMCLIEN.DLL
C:\PROGRAM FILES\WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER\NPDSPLAY.DLL
I said no thanks and Firefox locked up real good.

Boutrous boutrous gali (2, Funny)

Timbo (75953) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786550)

Daviid: Quando es il dejeuner que la nyktos?
La Rutha: O no. Aga non es functivo, ma microsoftos destructivos la dejeuner.
Daviid: De nada. Mater que pater beefsteak cuisinarti tel para.
Lizabet: El parenticos favoritos!
Alberto: Scorchio!

Help them fly the plane? (5, Funny)

nysus (162232) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786554)

Who does Microsoft thing they are appealing to? A bunch of 10 year olds? I'd be a little concerned about the conversation going on inside the cockpit. "Ever seen a grown man naked?"

EULA requires neural implant DRM dongle (5, Funny)

StefanJ (88986) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786569)

I would try to come up with a name for it that is an acronym for "Borg," but I'm feeling really tired this afternoon.

and equation for you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786581)

DRM dongle(in ass)= party all night

Watch out! (5, Funny)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786571)

"...have a look inside our cockpit and help us fly the plane."

AAAAHHHHHHH! Watch out for that giant freaking penguin that's about to eat the plane!!!!

Aw, hell. It's too late anyway.

Named for (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786600)

the audio channel that many airlines use to let passengers listen in on crew conversations during flight, Channel 9's creators state the following...

Damn...Here I was thinking I'll get to see some Cubs games on MSN.

wiki error (1)

primus_sucks (565583) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786606)

Man I was just going to valdalize the wiki but it gave me this error:

We apologize, but an unknown error has occured in the forums. This error has been logged.

Re:wiki error (1)

sharph (171971) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786735)

Don't vandalize wikis. I know microsoft is evil and plan 9 sounds like the dumbest thing ever, but hey, if they want to hang out and play developer involvement, why not let em?

kcts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786607)

Aren't MS from the Seattle area?? And isn't channel 9 KCTS [kcts.org] ?

So Lindows can't have that name because it's too similar to Windows. But MS can start a "channel 9" when "channel 9" in Seattle == KCTS in everybody's* mind.

* at least in Seattle. Perhaps disallow MS to use "channel 9" in the Seattle area?

stupid required subject (1)

codefungus (463647) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786647)

HAHAHA
Microsoft is so stupid. Video? What kind of...

"Hey uh. Those linux guys..."
"Community?"
"Yeah boss. See they talk and ..."
"Let's get one of those. We still have those video guys around?"
"Yeah boss. I think they got moved to the ..."
"Ok. Have them make a community."
"Ok boss"

The Other Channel 9 (4, Interesting)

mercuryresearch (680293) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786658)

I realize the the CB craze pre-dates most slashdot subscribers (and perhaps technical evangelists)...

On CB radios, channel 9 is the channel used for emergencies. Pretty interesting double entendre.

Next Stop (0, Redundant)

F.O.Dobbs (17317) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786671)

Straight into the ground. Let's see what this baby can do!

Top 5 things you don't want to hear on channel 9 (2, Funny)

craXORjack (726120) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786672)

Named for the audio channel that many airlines use to let passengers listen in on crew conversations during flight, Channel 9

I don't know if I would want to listen in on the crew.

5. Hey dude, got anything to eat? I've really got the muchies right now.
4. Do you smell that? <sniff> <sniff> It's like a burning smell...
3. Dallas Tower, we have a flameout on starboard engine 2.
2. Jesus H. Cripes, Climb! Climb!
And the number one thing you don't want to hear on channel 9:
1. Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name...

Recommended Flight Plan (1)

psbrogna (611644) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786708)

"Flight MSFT0009, this is the tower speaking. You are instructed to land the plane at Terminal G, have your passengers deplane and allow them to transfer to an alternate flight. The FAA has deemed your aircraft a threat to public safety and grounded till futher notice. Tower out."

I once knew a cockpit... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8786712)

Join in, and have a look inside our cockpit and help us fly the plane

...her name was Elaine.

Free Long Distance to India? (4, Interesting)

twitter (104583) | more than 10 years ago | (#8786731)

We get to listen to the developers? Hopefully, we will get to listen to the guys who are really writing the software these days. That means my classmates will be able to talk to their classmates in Hyderabad, India [bizjournals.com] , who are busy replacing workers in Redmond. Five years and growning [microsoft.com] . Use Microsoft and help Bill make money for these guys, but mostly himself. It's the American thing to do!

Or you could do the evil commie thing and keep your money to yourself and help people all around the world by using free software. Hire that uneployed IT guy on your block and help a programmer make a living. You won't be sorry you did.

Yep, that business about closed source helping programmers make money WAS A LIE. If 70 billion dollars in the bank, pema-temps and H1B slaves were not evidence enough of where this "Intelectual Property" BS was going, Hyperbad should be.

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