Ask Slashdot: What's Your Beef With Windows Phone?
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.
Ray Bradbury Has Died
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.
Google Merges Google+ Into Search
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.
Filmmakers Reviving Sci-fi By Going Old School
I agree with your point, but the 1982 movie (assuming that's the one you are referring to) probably shouldn't be called "the original".
Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot
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!
Windows Phones Getting Buried At Carriers' Stores
the problem is that windows mobile phones sucked THAT bad. Like Vogon poetry bad.
I hear that even the Azgoths of Kria carry iPhones.
MS Global Strategy Chief: Tablets Are a Fad
...in the meantime, Apple is rolling in giant piles of cash earned from this "fad".
Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Lineup
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.
Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Lineup
I share your feelings about Windows Mobile, but my understanding is that Windows Phone 7 is an entirely new code base and has nothing in common with WinMo.
Exam Board Deletes C and PHP From CompSci A-Levels
Why Mozilla Needs To Go Into Survival Mode
Chrome added extensions a couple of releases ago. Now granted, in the
Chromiverse, a major release seemingly drops every month, but still. :)
Facebook Rewrites PHP Runtime For Speed
Steve Gibson, is that you? :)
Firefox To Replace Menus With Office Ribbon
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.
British Library Puts Oldest Surviving Bible Online
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.
Are Long URLs Wasting Bandwidth?
I'm sorry, but it seems ludicrous to me that Google would consider the URL (see Tim Berners-Lee's thoughts on what URLs should and should not contain) when ranking pages. Is there any proof or documentation that this assertion is true?
Microsoft Caves, Will Change UAC In Windows 7
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."
Great Games To Put On a Free PC?
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.
Programming .NET 3.5
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.
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