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Microsoft May Finally Put Windows RT Out To Pasture

Alex Belits Re:But that wouldn't have had the leverage (293 comments)

Oh but they tried that in the past -- those products had a consistent result of killing the whole market segment then themselves.

1. Windows CE PDAs -- almost completely replaced healthy PDA-oriented OS due to Windows name, then wiped out the first generation of non-phone PDAs due to being absolutely inadequate in all ways possible. Survivors were iPAQ (Windows CE/Mobile), Palm (PalmOS), Visor (PalmOS), Blackberry (Blackberry OS, a phone but from PDA generation).

2. Windows Mobile phones -- sold to carriers, disappointed users, lost all market to dumbphones and Symbian-based Nokia, then completely wiped out by iPhone.

3. Windows Phone phones -- Survive by being produced by zombified Nokia, can't get any presence on the market due to iPhone and Android competition.

4. Windows RT tablets -- No one bought them in the first place.

about 10 months ago
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Female Software Engineers May Be Even Scarcer Than We Thought

Alex Belits Re:Preference? (445 comments)

How do you know?

Please re-read what you are responding to.

stays away from some completely normal activity, but not any of (supposedly similar) others

about 10 months ago
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Female Software Engineers May Be Even Scarcer Than We Thought

Alex Belits Preference? (445 comments)

No, it's not just "preference". There is usually a reason why nearly half of the whole population stays away from some completely normal activity, but not any of (supposedly similar) others.

about 10 months ago
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Washington Post: Assange 'Unlikely To Be Prosecuted In US'

Alex Belits Pointless. (236 comments)

That's a really pointless statement, considering that it's DoJ speculating about possible DoJ decisions.

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft Will Squeeze Datacenters On Price of Windows Server

Alex Belits Re:Who knew... (274 comments)

versus Oracle on Windows on the same hardware (HP DL380's with FusionIO for primary tables and temp and everything else on the SAN).

You forgot at least two layers of virtualization you use to "run Linux" on those servers.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Will Squeeze Datacenters On Price of Windows Server

Alex Belits Re:Fine with me (274 comments)

If anything, competition from Microsoft causes people to hastily add features and polished look while infesting their products with boatloads of bugs and painting themselves into a corner as far as technology development is concerned. The best projects are those that ignore Microsoft completely, Linux among them.

about a year ago
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The City Where People Are Afraid To Breathe

Alex Belits Re:hmm.. (243 comments)

No, the fungus watches Fox News.

about a year ago
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Electrical Engineering Labor Pool Shrinking

Alex Belits Re:Electrical Engineer / Computer Engineer (401 comments)

They can not be standardized because any "Computer Engineer" without sufficient Electrical Engineering background is actually a Shit Engineer.

about a year ago
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Giving GNOME 3 a GNOME 2 Look

Alex Belits Re:As someone who uses GNOME 3... (181 comments)

what they could have done was not had GNOME 3 as an option or had them as exclusive options.

And that would create a massive mess of dependencies in weirdest places, along with a burden of supporting software that can not even be built and tested while some other software is installed, thanks to name conflicts. No, after this kind of sabotage by the original developers, the code is for all practical purposes dead.

Gentoo actually supports old packages (or at least did for a long time), however dependencies and lack of active development make it at best suitable for transition. The problem is, there is nothing to move to in the first place, new versions of GNOME are not going to be usable for the foreseeable future.

about a year ago
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Giving GNOME 3 a GNOME 2 Look

Alex Belits Re:As someone who uses GNOME 3... (181 comments)

Linux distributions had no choice -- GNOME 3 re-uses the names of components from GNOME 2, for its new, incompatible ones. Once GNOME 3 is installed, GNOME 2 can't run. MATE project basically renamed everything with randomly chosen names, just to make the thing run.

about a year ago
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Immigration Bill Passes the Senate, Includes More H-1B Visas

Alex Belits Re:There are three kinds of lies. (274 comments)

Then post a job ad with ERP in the list of requirements, tell your HR not to check for ERP in submitted resumes, and ignore all recruiters, you fools.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Will You Update Your Technical Skills Inventory This Summer?

Alex Belits What's "summer"? (208 comments)

What's "summer"* and how is it relevant for people who are not in school?

*) Written in California.

about a year ago
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Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses

Alex Belits Re:Better idea: (564 comments)

It is very much a bad thing when studying squishy fiction writing is touted as a recipe for better reasoning.

about a year ago
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Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses

Alex Belits Re:Better idea: (564 comments)

People who don't know anything about science should not read scientists' criticism of shitty scientists.

about a year ago
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US and Russia Set Up Cyber Cold War Hotline

Alex Belits Re:Shouldn't it be between the US and China? (72 comments)

No, US blames China for every exploit, and China likes to posture. In reality it's mostly organized crime, and there is plenty of that in Russia.

Unrelated to that -- who cares, at least it keeps US from bringing up invasion of Syria or other truly idiotic crap.

about a year ago
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MySQL Man Pages Silently Relicensed Away From GPL

Alex Belits Dual licensing (243 comments)

And this kis why dual licensing is sucha bad idea -- enemies of the project have an incentive to buy the primary developer and only continue development under the worst of the licenses.

about a year ago
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Supreme Court Decides Your Silence May Be Used Against You

Alex Belits Re:wtf (662 comments)

There is no god, and therefore there arte no god-given right.

One may say that government _recognizes_ the right instead of granting it, but the difference is purely cosmetic -- it is government's decision as implemented in law, what is and what is not a right, and someone may agree or disagree with it, but there is nothing objective about it, at best government implements what majority of people believe to be important right. However as history progresses, this changes -- for example, owning slaves was a right in early US, and now it is not.

about a year ago
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Supreme Court Decides Your Silence May Be Used Against You

Alex Belits Re:wtf (662 comments)

rights of the government

Powers of the government and rights of the people, not the other way around.

about a year ago
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Clearing Up Wayland FUD, Misconceptions

Alex Belits Re:Interesting arguments... (240 comments)

I've actually noticed that, and wondered why it did it.

No doubt, in 1998, when the only way to display things in a browser was to run whole applications in a window embedded in a page, and applications insisted on their own controls that did not consider that window may be that small.

about a year ago

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Users sue Facebook for change in Instagram Terms of Service.

Alex Belits Alex Belits writes  |  about 2 years ago

Alex Belits writes "Users of Instagram image sharing service owned by Facebook filed a class action against Facebook for the change in Terms of Service. The change that takes effect on January 16 2013, will give Facebook to unlimited rights to use and license all photos that users uploaded to the service."
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Microsoft apparently is buying Skype for $8.5B

Alex Belits Alex Belits writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Alex Belits writes "Microsoft is apparently buying Skype for $8.5B. The news first appeared as a rumor at GigaOm ( http://gigaom.com/2011/05/08/more-skype-rumors-big-news-soon-microsoft-in-the-mix/ ) and seem to be confirmed by others.

Skype has significant debt, seems to be barely profitable, and Microsoft has nothing to gain from buying or operating it. Except, of course, their typical strategy — embrace, extend, then either extinguish or turn into a Windows delivery vehicle."

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Yahoo is seeking a deal with Microsoft

Alex Belits Alex Belits writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Alex Belits writes "BBC reports that Yahoo's co-founder and CEO Jerry Yang declared his support for the idea of Microsoft buying the company. This happened shortly after Google dropped their advertising deal."
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