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Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

A Friendly Troll Re:Perfect Business (158 comments)

Would people be willing to pay for such a browser?

I would pay for Vivaldi, if it had all the features of pre-Blink Opera with a Blink rendering engine. I'd pay $50 for it, happily.

Because there is NOTHING I can upgrade to from Opera 12.17.

3 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

A Friendly Troll Re:DirectX is obsolete (133 comments)

"Europe" isn't just five countries, just as "Asia" isn't China and Japan only. India is having a really big WP surge, Brazil (listed above at 3.8% WP) too; carriers are currently pushing it like crazy, and if you were at the World Cup, you could have seen a lot of Lumias around, nowhere near what the data is suggesting. Their largest bank just released a WP app, due to a big uptick in WP sales. Similar in Argentina, if a couple friends are to be trusted - a lot of people are switching from low-end Androids to low-end Windows Phones.

The problem with various marketshare figures is that it often uses data from US services, mostly ad companies.

4 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

A Friendly Troll Re:DirectX is obsolete (133 comments)

Sadly for them, Android beat them to the punch for "Affordable smartphone OS", while apple beat them to the punch for "Luxury smartphone OS". This leaves microsoft scrambling for marketshare in the smartphone space.

So what's going to happen when WP hits 30% in Asia and South America? It's on its way there. In several European countries, WP is at ~12-14%. Windows 10 is going to make central phone management easier; want to guess what's going to happen with tens of millions of various employees being issued official company phones?

WP is going to continue to grow, and iOS is going to continue to fall, until it becomes an irrelevant quirk.

Having a US-centric view on reality isn't a very good thing.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

A Friendly Troll Re:Be afraid, be very afraid (570 comments)

Easily. You can't install Windows on a new computer without buying it. You only have a free upgrade for a year after the release; after that, you pay for the upgrade.

The customer-product thing was kind of a jab at Google, I think.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

A Friendly Troll Re:No (570 comments)

If I write a random article about a Windows 10 license costing eleventy bajillion dollars, and it gets posted to Slashdot, are you going to believe it?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

A Friendly Troll Re:No (570 comments)

No, absolutely not.

http://blogs.windows.com/blogg...

We announced that a free upgrade for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 who upgrade in the first year after launch.*

This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device â" at no additional charge.

Microsoft is perfectly clear about this.

The article is wrong, the summary is wrong, and whoever decided to post something that links to Mashable's random interpretations should be fired.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

A Friendly Troll Re:No (570 comments)

There are people using XP today, because it's "good enough" and "doesn't warrant spending money on an upgrade" - especially since the upgrade is Windows 8 with its stupid Metro UI.

With the return of the Start menu and general improvements, I can easily see a lot of Windows 7/8 users upgrading. I've just had a chat with a friend who insists that Windows 7 is the best ever (which I agree with), and she said she'll be upgrading to Windows 10, because it's free. 8 was a clusterfuck that had a price tag.

Don't underestimate the value of free :)

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

A Friendly Troll Re:No (570 comments)

I'm not a native English speaker :) Regardless of that, the quote is from "Pulp Fiction".

I'm not going to read a random article that someone pulled out of his ass, when major tech sites on the internet are maintaining actual live blogs, and Microsoft is happily streaming the event.

Don't read articles and random interpretations. There are actual quotes posted online, as well as photos of presentation slides.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

A Friendly Troll Re:No (570 comments)

And now it will be free for a year, because they want people to move off Windows 7, lest it not become the new "it's good enough" XP.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

A Friendly Troll Re:Be afraid, be very afraid (570 comments)

Myerson's quote from the presentation: "People care about their privacy. So do we. You are our customer, not our product."

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

A Friendly Troll No (570 comments)

It doesn't "indicate" subscriptions.

It says pretty damn clearly that the upgrade to Windows 10 costs exactly 0 if you upgrade during the first year after it's released.

English, motherf***er. Do you speak it?

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

A Friendly Troll Re:Know when to hold 'em, and know when to fold 'e (489 comments)

But Windows Mobile for phones? They've tried and tried again and it's pretty much a non-starter. People simply aren't that interested in a Windows UI on a cellphone.

Except that Windows Phone is growing in non-US countries, and is well over 10% in certain places. Wouldn't surprise me if we got to 2016 with WP being 20% in places such as Brazil or India, and some European countries, with iOS relegated from close to distant third.

My company has started issuing official WP work phones. iOS and Android cannot be managed properly. Windows 10 can only improve in that area.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 35 Arrives With MP4 Playback On Mac, Android Download Manager Support

A Friendly Troll Re:owners of older machines, behold... (177 comments)

Firefox is also a smaller download (...)

I'm not so sure any more.

v35 was a 46 MB update: firefox-35.0.complete.mar 09-Jan-2015 09:23 46M

Offline installers are 38 MB.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

A Friendly Troll Re:Pebble? (232 comments)

Sadly, you can all but forget about Pebble in the EU, because it carries an incredible 50% price premium over the US price.

That's way, way too much, and brings the watch from "hey, this would be neat to have" to "jesus, I can buy a full-featured phone with an IPS and Gorilla Glass 3 for that amount of money".

about a month and a half ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

A Friendly Troll Re:AI as our only defense against AI (583 comments)

If you want to protect yourself against the dangers of AI, setup some AI that you *know* will protect you, because it is designed as such.

If it's artificial INTELLIGENCE, then your design is irrelevant to its interests, and your design will be transcended.

Who's to say that your "protecting" AI won't team up with the "evil" AI and they won't form an alliance in which they rule together?

You can't "design" protection into an AI. If it's truly intelligent, it will do whatever it pleases. Maybe its interests will be to protect you and other humans (because it needs you for something), or maybe it will be to get rid of all humans (because it concludes that the rest of the ecosystem needs protection and it's better for this planet).

about 3 months ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

A Friendly Troll She probably wants kids (186 comments)

She's 36, married, no children.

Guess that's what "personal reasons" are. The biological clock is ticking.

about 6 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

A Friendly Troll Re:Unless you change it (688 comments)

So enable the pull downs and title bar. They're still there and still available. I'm using it that way now.

How?

Where's the option?

about 9 months ago
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Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward

A Friendly Troll Re:Two possible uses... (250 comments)

First, taking the name as indicative of the intended purpose, for backups. In that regard, I consider these DOA, since anyone who can fit their entire life in 300GB can use the cloud easily enough

I have 100 KB/s upload (used to be 30 KB/s), and that won't go any higher.

To store 300 GB in the cloud, it would take over 35 days of non-stop upload.

and those of us who rip everthing we own to a home file server would already require literally dozens of these to store a complete backup

On the other hand, I would only need 2 of these discs to store my data (roughly 500 GB).

DropBox wants $50 per month for 500 GB. I'm down $50 before I even got my data up to the cloud. And it's not really a backup; it could be a delayed single snapshot.

about a year ago
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AMD Catalyst Driver To Enable Mantle, Fix Frame Pacing, Support HSA For Kaveri

A Friendly Troll Re:R9 290X vs 650 Ti Boost (71 comments)

Nvidia's drivers are the reason I went to AMD, after nearly a year of them blaming the end user for constant TDR crashes, then deciding to man up and pay to have rigs in the US shipped to California for TDR testing, then releasing a driver which mostly fixed the TDR issues--where they were very quiet on revealing why it was crashing(all they said was "we fixed it in most cases"). Though a few intrepid people found it had to do with the drivers dropping the core and ram voltages so low that the cards became unresponsive and unstable.

Y'know, that's quite funny, because I had TDR crashes with my AMD 7790. The crashes were such that I didn't even get a BSOD, and they were seemingly random (although never occuring under 3D load, only under 2D).

Since I built an brand new computer, I had no idea it was the graphics card. I couldn't reproduce a crash, because sometimes it happened three times per hour, and sometimes a week passed by without issues. Could have been anything in the computer, including SATA cables.

It took a month of system instability until I figured out that Windows did create minidumps (but not in the standard location), which pointed me to the GPU being the problem. After that, it took a week of fiddling around with various drivers and even TDR registry settings, until I realized that fixing the GDDR speed at maximum, and not letting it "save power", fixes the crashes.

AMD tech support was clueless the entire time, and so did the internet, actually, because I couldn't find anyone with the same freezing problem and the same solution.

1 year,21 hours
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Can Microsoft Survive If Windows Doesn't Dominate?

A Friendly Troll Marketshare (497 comments)

I have a PC running Windows. My household has a 100% Windows marketshare.

I buy a tablet and a phone. Suddenly my Windows only has 33% marketshare, while Android went from 0 to 67%!

But I still have a PC running Windows. So does a billion other people.

Gotta love 'em analysts.

about a year and a half ago

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