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Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:What's the point? (33 comments)

"I'm a Linux user ... I don't use Windows so why should I *or anyone else* care?"

Anyone else?
Christ, did you read what you just wrote? Most people, by far, are not Linux users. You don't care, fine, it's not for you.
Many, many people use office and would also like to use it on their iPad and Android tablets. For them this is good news.

1 hour ago
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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Reasons why I don't like the Internet of Things (245 comments)

I kind of understand the hate for advertisers. On the other hand ads pay for a great many of the free services I enjoy so I except that they're not going away. The ads that bug me the most are the ones that don't pertain to me. It's better when the ads do a good job showing me something I care about. Unfortunately it's worst of all when they think they know me but are way off base like Audible that keeps showing me ads for books they know I've listened to. I'd rather they make good suggestions.

yesterday
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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:What's more irritating? (245 comments)

Remember "Information Super Highway"?

Still makes me twitch a little.

yesterday
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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:But does it matter any more? (173 comments)

You bet market power is being exercised. The OEMs all started rolling out low cost devices with free chrome OS which forced MS to cut the price of its low end sku to $0.00. And it's not a secret. They laid out in plain English what the specs were for a device to qualify.
So not only are they now responding to market pressure, they are doing so in a very transparent way. This is no longer the MS you love to hate.

2 days ago
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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:But does it matter any more? (173 comments)

Nah, MS is off the hook for that. The OEMs can fight back now by refusing to go along (WinRT) or threaten to ship more chrombooks. That's enough competition to keep the feds happy, plus tablets really are computers so it's not the same situation at all. And the EU seems to have its sights on Google lately anyway.

Point is, Win10 is going to be solid. It may take a while to overtake Win7 since that was such a good OS but it will take off better than Win8 for sure and that didn't really do that bad compared to non-MS OSs.

3 days ago
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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Edge == Trident (173 comments)

It is receiving significant rewrites.

3 days ago
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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:But does it matter any more? (173 comments)

Yes, but that's just a dodge. There are 1.5B people running Windows. Tablets are great (I like mine) but it now seems clear that they aren't going to replace PCs on a grand scale any time soon. So PCs are still relevant, including yours. Since that's a fact it follows that the most popular PC OS would also be relevant.

People scoff at Win8 and call it a failure but that's only compared to Win7 and WinXP. It's been more successful than either OSX or Linux as far as PC OSs go.
And Win10 looks pretty nice already with about a year of dev time to go. Anyone who says it doesn't mater is just whistling past the graveyard.

3 days ago
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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:But does it matter any more? (173 comments)

A year or so ago I would have been shocked if you told me MS would release Office on Android. Now that they've gone that far and seem to realize that they're a Software company first, I wouldn't be at all surprised if they made Spartan builds for ios/android/chrome etc.

3 days ago
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Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:William Gibson and others have prior art. (171 comments)

That seems to use a very different technique so it doesn't count as prior art.
Remember, it's not an idea that gets a patent is a particular implementation.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:But (640 comments)

Programs|Startups is only one place where startup things can hide. The changes made to Task Manager in Win8 will show all the startup items, including those in the registry.

about two weeks ago
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PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Will it work with Apple (130 comments)

Yes. As much mind share as the Mac has achieved it is pretty amazing that it's still not selling much better than it was prior to the stupid "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" ads.

about two weeks ago
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PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:My guess (130 comments)

How old were these old Macs? Probably not 7-10 years old.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:But (640 comments)

Want to see what's running at startup?
Right click the taskbar and open Task Manager. Click the Startup tab.

Boom. You can see and manager everything that runs at startup (either from the folder or via registry entry).

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Download from the source (324 comments)

If MS had that much control over the OEMs everyone would be crying about how they are abusing their power again. Even when they did have a lot of control they didn't have *that* much control to keep OEMs from installing crap. If you want a crap free system order it directly from the Microsoft Store. They configure all of those systems and remove all the crapware. That's about the best they can do.

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Application installers suck. (324 comments)

They need (yet again) to do a better job of marketing. The MS App Store doesn't just carry "new ui" apps. Developers can also submit links so people can find desktop apps and get them from the developer's site. Not perfect but still better than cnet.

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Application installers suck. (324 comments)

Why does windows keep this antiquated process around? What would you suggest? Maybe they should have curated store where people could go to get apps with a high level of confidence that they'll be safe. Hmm, that might just work. They would have to be careful and not switch to that new system all at once though since that would surely backfire and piss everyone off. They'd have to slowly tighten the screws over a period of releases.

You should write them and make sure they know of this plan...

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

So if I have a Nexus phone I'll get the patch that fixes this? Or is it true that Google isn't patching it?

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Supreme Leader (177 comments)

If you're right they blew it. They should have blamed Russia and added more pressure. As it happens I don't think they're just making stuff up.

about a month ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Barlo_Mung_42 I would just request (330 comments)

that we not get it all at once please.

about a month and a half ago

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