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Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:BUILD 2009? (40 comments)

Curse my faulty memory circuits!
You are right.
2012 they gave us Nokia 920s AND Surface RT units.

I hope this doesn't mean they're not going to do Build. This has been a pretty sweet gravy train.

8 hours ago
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Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:BUILD 2009? (40 comments)

Both wrong. The first Build was in 2010 where they gave out the Samsung slate running the first public developer release of Win8. I still use mine every day.
2011 they gave out Nokia 920 phones.
2012 was Surface RT tablets.
2013 Build was Surface Pro tablets with a crappy Acer 8" thrown in.
2014 they gave out Xbox units (but not for dev which made it strange) and $500 credit at the MS store.

9 hours ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Lacking developers. (189 comments)

Oh, I didn't say anything about revenue. I completely agree that Apple is a really well run money generation machine. They've always done well selling Macs even though the market share was low. Back in the day when I would talk to my mac friends they would assure me that they liked it that way; Apple wasn't going to compromise in pursuit of market share.

Then the iPhone was a hit. It seemed like everyone had one and my friends were all happy to crow about their fat market share and I don't say I blamed them. It feels good to back a winner. WP isn't going away though. Unlike Blackberry, MS is still making money hand over fist in other places and the mobile segment of their strategy is too important to give up on. They'll just keep pouring money into it until it has momentum to self sustain. That's what they did with xbox, windows server and even office back when it was the underdog.

As a fan of WP I have gained an appreciation for how my Mac friends feel on the PC side. Meanwhile Google is just going to keep pushing the peddle and Android will seep into every nook and cranny of our lives. Not a pleasant thought but I don't see anyone catching them any time soon.

5 days ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Lacking developers. (189 comments)

I agree that Windows Phone has very little market share. If we think of this in PC terms, Android is MS, Apple is still Apple and MS is Linux.
As of 2nd quarter data:
Android:84.7% Apple:11.7% and MS:2.5%

My point is that it doesn't make sense to talk about Apple as though they're part of a Coke/Pepsi style duopoly. There's really just Android with everyone else way back there.

5 days ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Lacking developers. (189 comments)

Those stats mix in tablets where Apple does have a solid lead. Looking at just 2nd quarter phone data from IDC:
Android:84.7% Apple:11.7% and MS:2.5%

If this were the PC days Andorid would be MS, Apple would still be Apple, and MS would be Linux so it doesn't make sense to talk about Android and Apple as though they're a Coke/Pepsi style duopoly.

5 days ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Square screens (189 comments)

Youtube really needs to take the lead in solving vertical video syndrome. I'm sure they can autodetect when some lunkhead is pushing up a vertical video and scrunch it into full view. It would look horrible but might convince people to turn the damn phone. They could also keep a count and after three strikes just refuse to accept vertical videos from the offending party.

5 days ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Lacking developers. (189 comments)

The apps isn't really even that big of an issue any more. There will always be a gap in the number of apps but it's getting closer in terms of a usefulness gap. With the exception of an official Starbucks app there's not anything I feel I'm missing.

5 days ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Lacking developers. (189 comments)

I get your point and it's a good one but I just want to put a pin in the myth of the mobile OS duopoly. Windows Phone isn't very far behind IOS. Both are waaay behind Android. It's more accurate to think of it as an Android monopoly and then everyone else.

5 days ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

Barlo_Mung_42 Why don't they have ice? (249 comments)

They seemed to imply it's an Italian thing but I've been to Italy and I'm pretty sure they had ice there.

about a week ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

[Invalid premise] She never claimed that she was violated while in the elevator. I do however agree that it is possible to judge whether it is reasonable for someone to feel a certain way. That is how I know that it's unreasonable for the guys in your camp to feel sooo upset over this specific incident. The extent of overreaction (really, death threats?) only highlights that she has a valid point.

about a week ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

I addressed the only part of your point that was worth addressing. You tried to use something Dawkins tweeted as support for your position. Dawkins has since realized he was using a logical fallacy and apologized (rightfully so). Without that support the rest of your stupid argument falls on its face so I didn't feel I needed to waste any time on it.

about two weeks ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

Dawkins has realized that he was using a logical fallacy and has since apologized for that tweet so everyone in this thread that is trying to defend him looks pretty silly.

She never accused the guy of harassment or assault. She was just pointing out behavior that she found to be creepy and used it as an example of what not to do. The whole video in question had to do with things that make women feel uncomfortable and thus not attend certain conferences. Yes, people have to deal with that from time to time in the larger society but if a specific group of people want to be more inclusive than they certainly shouldn't issue death threats just because someone had the nerve to point out some of those "awkward and uncomfortable" things.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

Barlo_Mung_42 Code in your free time too (275 comments)

I work 9-5 and then go home. When I get there I spend time with my family for a few hours and then work on games in Unity or misc arduino projects or whatever else I'm in to at the moment. Diversity keeps my passion alive so when I'm at work, toiling away with the same code base I've been using for the past 15 years it doesn't feel boring.

about two weeks ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

Oh, and also, Dawkins has since apologized for that comment. I think he eventually recognized the logical fallacy he had used and realized his mistake. So if you consider yourself a rational person you will do the same.

about two weeks ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

Really? You don't think sexual harassment and assault happen in the "1st world"?
You have a *very* selective view of the world around you.

about two weeks ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

The length you've gone to distort the facts of that situation speaks volumes about the source of the problem we're talking about.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:We'll see (504 comments)

Thanks for remembering the details better than I did. I still wonder though what Apple plans to do if India or some other country says the same thing and requires access in order to do business in the country.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Barlo_Mung_42 We'll see (504 comments)

Blackberry used to be secure until they wanted to sell phones in India and the Indian government demanded a backdoor in order for them to sell phones there.
Will India now also refuse the sale of iOS8?

about two weeks ago
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Tinba Trojan Targets Major US Banks

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Flash and Silverlight (61 comments)

Windows doesn't force you to have flash or Silverlight installed. I've been happy running without them for a while now. Also, you're wrong about computers being replaced by phones and tablets. Most people supplement their computer with a tablet or phone but they still use a computer.

about two weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Haters gonna hate (543 comments)

I'm with you only I really like my Surface 2. Does everything I need when I'm on the go and has been the best travel device I've ever had.
Also, don't fear the hate. Slashdot can be a rough place for we hardy few who are here and like Windows but that's no reason to post anonymously; embrace the hate as it only makes us stronger. (Also, there's more of us here than you might think)

about two weeks ago

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