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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Beef With Windows Phone?

BRSQUIRRL Reliable, predictable updates (1027 comments)

The thing that makes Windows Phone a no-go for me is that they failed to duplicate what is (arguably) the biggest coup that Apple pulled off with the iPhone: taking the carrier out of the picture for updates. If I buy an iPhone, I can be reasonably sure that I'm going to *reliably* get 2-3 years of updates, fixes, and new functionality.

With Windows Phone (and Android, for that matter), I have no idea if my phone will ever get an update...it all depends on the whim of your carrier.

more than 2 years ago

Ray Bradbury Has Died

BRSQUIRRL Farewell, good sir (315 comments)

While a little overlooked (and dated, to be fair) now, The Martian Chronicles were one of the first sci-fi works I read as a kid and were a big part of making me a fan of the genre. Like all of his works, they were simultaneously beautiful and sad.

Farewell, good sir; you put humanity under the microscope with your writing and, whether we liked what we saw or not, we needed to see it.

more than 2 years ago

Google Merges Google+ Into Search

BRSQUIRRL Re:Uhg (279 comments)

Not to answer for the original poster, but for me personally, I like having a centrally-stored list of feeds and a reader UI that I can access from any web browser. My favorite news reader app for iOS also happens to only support Google Reader as a feed source.

about 3 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

BRSQUIRRL Thanks! (1521 comments)

Despite the (relatively) recent proliferation of tech news blogs, I've continued to read Slashdot over the years because I could be sure that what I was getting was really "stuff that matters". Thanks so much for all of your hard work in making it happen and keeping it going, Rob!

more than 3 years ago

Windows Phones Getting Buried At Carriers' Stores

BRSQUIRRL Re:Windows Mobile (412 comments)

the problem is that windows mobile phones sucked THAT bad. Like Vogon poetry bad.

I hear that even the Azgoths of Kria carry iPhones.

more than 3 years ago

MS Global Strategy Chief: Tablets Are a Fad

BRSQUIRRL Perhaps, but... (643 comments)

...in the meantime, Apple is rolling in giant piles of cash earned from this "fad".

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Lineup

BRSQUIRRL Re:Here is my opinion (391 comments)

My problem with Microsoft is that they insist on programming everything in-house and lock you in to in-house networks and in-house apps. I prefer a rich ecosystem like the iPhone and Android where people can make their own apps and have them integrate into your social networking life.

Um, Windows Phone 7 supports user-developed apps and has an app store.

more than 4 years ago

Exam Board Deletes C and PHP From CompSci A-Levels

BRSQUIRRL Re:Visual Basic? (663 comments)

Thankfully, they aren't. They are accepting VB.NET, which has about as much in common with VB6 as Java has with JavaScript.

more than 4 years ago

Why Mozilla Needs To Go Into Survival Mode

BRSQUIRRL Re:No extensions, no FF killer (464 comments)

Chrome added extensions a couple of releases ago. Now granted, in the Chromiverse, a major release seemingly drops every month, but still. :)

more than 4 years ago

Firefox To Replace Menus With Office Ribbon

BRSQUIRRL Re:Eyecandy in cost of usability (1124 comments)

Here is a video of the presentation at Microsoft's MIX 2008 conference where the Microsoft Office 2007 lead explains the research that went into the creation of the concept of the ribbon as well as the process of designing it. It's actually a pretty fascinating watch if you are interested in user interface design.

more than 5 years ago

British Library Puts Oldest Surviving Bible Online

BRSQUIRRL Re:Written Before Christianity Was PAGANIZED (568 comments)

It has no mention of a resurrection.

C'mon. Why is it that people who are otherwise intelligent, rational thinkers suddenly turn that part of their brains off when it is time to attack Christianity?

Jesus' resurrection is also recounted in the gospels of Matthew (28:1-10) and Luke (24:1-35), passages which are present in the Codex.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Caves, Will Change UAC In Windows 7

BRSQUIRRL Re:Caves? (249 comments)

Yes, that is exactly what happened. Microsoft's previous comments on the matter basically boiled down to "What problem? This works exactly the way we intended it to."

more than 5 years ago

Great Games To Put On a Free PC?

BRSQUIRRL Pocket Tanks (634 comments)

Pocket Tanks is a great artillery game, similar to the classic Scorched Earth. It is technically shareware, but the unregistered version is relatively nag-free and full-featured. It is lightweight, simple to learn, and can be played alone (against an AI-controlled tank) or with another person. It's great fun to figure out what all of the different weapons do.

more than 6 years ago

Programming .NET 3.5

BRSQUIRRL Re:You know..... (224 comments)

I blame Microsoft for perpetuating this misconception, but LINQ (at its core) has nothing to do with SQL or databases.

I too am a little skeptical about LINQ-to-SQL, the implementation of LINQ that allows querying/manipulating SQL databases. But basic LINQ -- the idea of overlaying the .NET class library with a set of generic query operations and then providing new programming language keywords to twiddle them -- is pretty cool. For example, LINQ can work over in-memory collections of objects or XML documents, which allows you to replace lines and lines of arcane search loops with a single LINQ query statement that is infinitely easier to understand and maintain.

more than 6 years ago



.NET Framework Library Source Code Released

BRSQUIRRL BRSQUIRRL writes  |  about 7 years ago

BRSQUIRRL (69271) writes "Microsoft has announced the release of a large portion of the source code for the .NET Framework class libraries, including the base System classes as well as the ADO.NET database, ASP.NET web, and Windows Forms namespaces, among many others. Instructions are available on how to enable access to this code (including step-into debugging support) from Visual Studio 2008. Access to the code is granted under a "read-only reference license". From Scott Guthrie's blog:

We think that enabling source code access and debugger integration of the .NET Framework libraries is going to be really valuable for .NET developers. Being able to step through and review the source should provide much better insight into how the .NET Framework libraries are implemented, and in turn enable you to build better applications and make even better use of them.


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