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Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?

Eirenarch Re:XBOX? (616 comments)

I am ready to bet the reason for the divisions lack of lifetime profit is that they were hiding the initial losses on Windows Phone there for several years.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Drops Price on Nokia's 41-Megapixel Phone

Eirenarch Re:No (197 comments)

I was thinking exactly this. In addition the news about the Lumia 1020 price drop precedes the news about the MS deal.

1 year,12 days
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Jury Finds Google Guilty of Standards-Essential Patents Abuse Against MS

Eirenarch Re:Nice summary (278 comments)

This is factually wrong. MS did negotiate. In fact the judge sent the parties to negotiate but obviously Google did not want money from MS but for MS to stop suing Android manufacturers. In this case they were expecting MS to trade patents worth millions for patents worth pennies (you may not agree with patents but this is the current law).

1 year,15 days
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Jury Finds Google Guilty of Standards-Essential Patents Abuse Against MS

Eirenarch Re:Nice summary (278 comments)

By force of contract signed by the owner of the patent. You know the patent owner has a monopoly over the patent which includes the right to sign an agreement to license it under FRAND terms.

1 year,15 days
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Jury Finds Google Guilty of Standards-Essential Patents Abuse Against MS

Eirenarch Re:Nice summary (278 comments)

Because they have not committed to a FRAND agreement obviously.

1 year,15 days
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Jury Finds Google Guilty of Standards-Essential Patents Abuse Against MS

Eirenarch Re:Who cares (278 comments)

As it turns out the courts care.

1 year,15 days
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Mozilla Planning Firefox Metro For Windows 8 On December 10

Eirenarch Re:This is NOT for Windows RT (179 comments)

The original article is also wrong on this one.

about a year ago
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Playing StarCraft Could Boost Your Cognitive Flexibility

Eirenarch Re:Even More Betterer (124 comments)

It is largely accepted that SC is the competitive game with the highest skill ceiling and also the most unforgiving (qualities competitive gamers put under the word "hard") although I can argue that Quake is "harder".

about a year ago
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Turkish PM: "To Me, Social Media Is the Worst Menace To Society."

Eirenarch Every society... (418 comments)

Every society that can be destroyed by social media should be.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Most Profitable Mobile Operating System: Android

Eirenarch Re:WP8 Isn't all bad (309 comments)

Windows Mobile lost to the less capable OSs (iOS and Android) because of terrible user experience. Capabilities do not matter to anyone but hardcore geeks. It is user experience that matters.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Most Profitable Mobile Operating System: Android

Eirenarch Re:Fuck off (309 comments)

Motorola are the only one fighting and I think we all know why. If Google pays it will be equivalent to them telling everyone who uses Android that they should pay Microsoft. Not that it is not the case already. BTW claiming that behemoths like Samsung can't defend themselves if they think Microsoft do not have anything real is absurd.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Most Profitable Mobile Operating System: Android

Eirenarch Re: Fuck off (309 comments)

And Google act as if their decision makers learn about the industry from /. comments. The result is they lose all battles in court.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Most Profitable Mobile Operating System: Android

Eirenarch Re:Fuck off (309 comments)

I can't blame them for playing the game. They pay other companies tons of money for patents why wouldn't they take tons of money for their patents? In addition Microsoft are company that produces actual products with the patents they own.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Most Profitable Mobile Operating System: Android

Eirenarch Re:Fuck off (309 comments)

Motorola sued Microsoft over H.264 related patents in Germany and demanded a ban on Xbox and Windows :) Microsoft countersuit may potentially lead to the ban of Google Maps in Germany. We're far from safe from all this bullshit.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Most Profitable Mobile Operating System: Android

Eirenarch Re:Fuck off (309 comments)

OK but I think you can't blame Microsoft for the patent system. They did not invent it. They suffered from it and it is well known Bill Gates warned about this. Nobody listened and Microsoft eventually proved he was correct in a "if you can't fight them join them kind of way". In my opinion the patent system for IT is currently a form of tax when entering the field. Microsoft and Apple paid it once upon a time and now they demand it from newer companies. It would be almost unfair if some companies have this obstacle while others don't. Something like applying taxes to one company but not another.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Most Profitable Mobile Operating System: Android

Eirenarch Re:WP8 Isn't all bad (309 comments)

I assume you are a geek. You might want to check my visual brainfuck interpreter (called BF for WP). It sure beats the ones I've seen on Android. Then you may claim to your Android geek friends that WP has better apps because it has better brainfuck interpreters :)

Yes, this post is shameless self-promotion... of WP app... on /. I am doing one hell of a marketing.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Most Profitable Mobile Operating System: Android

Eirenarch Re:Fuck off (309 comments)

Because this is not how patent settlements work. Patent settlements do not list patents they license the entire portfolio related to the product. This means that if tomorrow MS invents something and Google puts it in Android Samsung will be able to use it because they are paying for it even though it is not invented yet. Actual patents are only shown in court and they are certainly showing some patents when suing Motorola. The Motorola case will certainly prove if MS has relevant patents as the legal system defines them although I am sure /. people will invent a "rounded corners" meme and claim that the judge is corrupted or something.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Most Profitable Mobile Operating System: Android

Eirenarch Re:Fuck off (309 comments)

But Microsoft are justifying themselves. They are going to court where companies justify themselves. IANAL but if I read the news correctly they are currently crashing Motorola in each and every court they sue each other. Of course none of the cases is over yet but the "justification" has certainly began.

about a year ago

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Radio Free Albemuth Movie Hits Kickstarter

Eirenarch Eirenarch writes  |  about a year ago

Eirenarch (1099517) writes "The independent film Radio Free Albemuth based on Philip K. Dick's novel of the same name has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a theatrical release. Frankly speaking the campaign is not doing very well and it seems like geek websites have not been paying attention. Did Slashdot readers know about the movie and the campaign?

Oh and the perks on this are great. For $50 you get the DVD signed by the director."
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Microsoft's Anders Hejlsberg Announces TypeScript

Eirenarch Eirenarch writes  |  about 2 years ago

Eirenarch writes "Microsoft's language architect Anders Hejlsberg just announced TypeScript — a superset of JavaScript that can compile to pure JavaScript. TypeScript adds optional typing much like Google's Dart but does not have its own standard library and does not add any external code to the generated JavaScript. Most new features are in line with future proposals for ECMAScript. Yes, it is open source.

You can also try the interactive playground — http://www.typescriptlang.org/Playground/"

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Xamarin: "Android Ported to C#"

Eirenarch Eirenarch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Eirenarch writes "Xamarin has just announced that they got the Java part of Android ported to C# via machine translation. The resulting OS called XobotOS is available on Github. They claim some serious performance gains over Dalvik. For them this is an experiment that they are not planning to focus on but they will be using some of the technologies in Mono for Android."
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Google Tries to Steal Kenyan Company's Business

Eirenarch Eirenarch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Eirenarch writes "The CEO of the Kenyan company Mocality has written a blogpost complaining that Google has tries to steal their customers using fraud. The blogpost includes some pretty interesting technical details on how they tracked down who was behind strange support calls from their customers."
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Happy Birthday, StarCraft

Eirenarch Eirenarch writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Eirenarch writes "According to the Wikipedia article StarCraft turns 10 today. Probably the most popular RTS ever and surely the one with the greatest number of professional gamers. 10 years later it still attracts NEW fans and has the rang of almost national sport in Korea. It is still a major discipline in the World Cyber Games and many other tournaments."
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How to automate PPPoE configuration

Eirenarch Eirenarch writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Eirenarch writes "Recently I was asked how one can automate the configuration of PPPoE connection on Windows. I have seen some ISPs provide software to setup the PPPoE for their customers but I could not find anything on the topic. Help me please. It is not really important for me but it undermines my belief that you can find any (technical) information via Google."

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