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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Locutus Re:Well, that took a while (184 comments)

From what I could find that would only be for Android phones so how useful is that. Not much IMO.

Here's something interesting:
http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/03/29/why-did-microsoft-port-office-to-apples-ios-ipad-before-android
why did microsoft port office to apples ios ipad before android

LoB

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Locutus Re:Well, that took a while (184 comments)

that's why we are not hearing about and Android version. How does that saying go, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."? To Microsoft, Apple is the lesser of two evils and by making these PR statements the new CEO can look like he's now a new player while Bill Gates is behind him pulling his strings to do everything they can to try and save Windows. I doubt we'll see an Android version before the Microsoft Surface version if at all.

LoB

about 7 months ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

Locutus Re:Done over 50 years ago (262 comments)

It was also done more recently as the late 1990s when the Rosen brothers created Rosen Motors and built a turbine and flywheel based system for cars. When they could not get any old school auto companies to buy into it they folded the company. I believe Capstone Turbines is the only remaining element of the company. It was created to make the compact turbines used in their auto system.

http://articles.latimes.com/1997/nov/19/business/fi-55325

LoB

about 7 months ago
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Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

Locutus Re:Cost of electric vs gas, and range (810 comments)

As more and more EV's hit the roads, watch the car rental business start expanding as they offer quick and easy rental plans for EV owners. Right now, their primary businesses is travelers but their is nothing stopping them from leveraging their parking lots to charge EV's and rent out vehicles for the occasional "long" distance trip.

LoB

about a year ago
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Toyota Announces Plans For Fuel Cell Car By 2015

Locutus prices will go down when? (115 comments)

When precious metals are replaced? Really? And just how long do they think fuel cells have been around and very expensive too? FYI, fuel cells have been around for many decades and have been in use for about the same period. Mostly by the space, aerospace and defense industries. TFA seems to throw out the concept of a quick reduction in price when it's an old/mature industry and technology already.

It made me wonder if another Bush wasn't in office somewhere pushing this hydrogen stuff again as a distraction to the growing BEV market. Like George and Dick did back when HEVs(hybrids) were hitting the market.

LoB

about a year ago
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Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop

Locutus Re:talk about R&D gone wild (206 comments)

anyone would have come up with that given just a bit of time. Personally, I didn't have a problem with how the OS/2 task list popped up on key stroke command and still think it's a waste of time/space showing the tasks at the bottom or top of the screen. If you recall, OS/2 3 had a task launcher at the bottom of the desktop. It wasn't docked to the screen edge but it wasn't bad with with little drawers which popped up/out to show more options.

I really think Microsoft was using PR instead of real research when they came up with the 95 desktop UI. At the time, OS/2's Workplace Shell was an amazing object oriented desktop with independent folder color settings, folder background settings, developer inheritance so all the bells/whistles you expect from a folder would be part of a new folder which might have a split view. I just recall how many times Microsoft claimed lots of money was spent on research when nearly everything they ended up with was sub standard from what others had already done. Unfortunately I don't think we'll ever get to where OS/2 or NEXT was 20 years ago.

LoB

about a year ago
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Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop

Locutus Re:talk about R&D gone wild (206 comments)

I was getting at their great research they talked about so much which resulted in that UI and they later nailed onto the NT tree.

LoB

about a year ago
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Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop

Locutus talk about R&D gone wild (206 comments)

$100 million and what does it look like? Oh wait, this is the same company which hired researchers to give us Linux facts, came up with and stuck with Windows 95 when OS/2 was NextStep were out there. And who can forget Windows Vista.

I wonder how the next CEO would feel about this kind of profit wasting?

LoB

about a year ago
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Can the US Be Weaned Off Ethanol?

Locutus Re:Ethanol is a crock nobody wants (330 comments)

Exactly and the E10 used can, by law, only be corn based ethanol. So those crying of other ethanol producers being hard is 100% propaganda. The whole ethanol thing was generated by the corn farmers lobby and it had nothing to do with environmental or geo-political oil industry factors.

I'm hoping ethanol gets dumped.

LoB

about a year ago
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Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?

Locutus for Microsoft employees and family (616 comments)

Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer have publicly stated they do not allow their children to use the competitions products so Microsoft must make a tablet so their family members can use tablets. Simple.

LoB

about a year ago
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Bill Gates Seeking Patent To Make Shakespeare Less Boring

Locutus rewriting history (338 comments)

It's been said many times that Bill Gates likes to rewrite history to fit his reality, this sounds like yet another avenue for him to do so. If they ever figure it out and produce something then expect lots of very interesting book reviews in schools of the Microsoft employees kids forced to use it.

LoB

about a year ago
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Windows NT Turns 20

Locutus Re:Oops, forgot Visual C++ 4.0 (213 comments)

Because Borland C++ wasn't a modern GUI IDE and predate MS Visual C--( remember it was not C++ compliant for about 2 decades ).

I do remember when Microsoft got rid of the multi-window IDE and everyone else followed. Hated it and still do.

LoB

about a year ago
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Windows NT Turns 20

Locutus Re:NT was originally a 'stop-gap' OS (213 comments)

not too unlike how MS-DOS was a hack of the cheap and dirty DOS they purchased to sell IBM so they could get MS-BASIC on IBM computers. I heard lots of stories of how the delivered MS-DOS was crap and IBM had to rewrite lots of it to get a functional system and PC-DOS was born. Even DOS/Windows inside of OS/2 ran better than directly on the hardware.

Microsoft is well known for stop-gap software. IMO

LoB

about a year ago
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Windows NT Turns 20

Locutus really? NT still lives inside each new Windows? (213 comments)

And to think I believed their marketing rhetoric all the times they said Windows was a complete rewrite. Except all those times viruses were found to effect versions of Windows from the current all the way back to DOS/Windows versions.

NT should have never had a 5th birthday let alone a 20th but we all know how far a monopoly gets you when you use it with a club and hatchet.

LoB

about a year ago
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Larry Ellison Rejuvenating Hawaii's Sixth-Largest Island (Which He Owns)

Locutus Didn't Mr Hammond do the same? (297 comments)

It sounds like Mr Ellison is on his way in creating his own Jurassic Park. He'll probably use *nix too so the kids can help out.

LoB

about a year ago
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Microsoft Going Its Own Way On Audio/Video Specification

Locutus Re:Annoyingly, they're correct... (215 comments)

yes, I recall there was lots of joy going around with jpeg patent threats back then. Let's relive that it was so much fun.

LoB

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Going Its Own Way On Audio/Video Specification

Locutus Re:Annoyingly, they're correct... (215 comments)

probably very much like HTML5 video since it was corporate greed which fractured the HTML5 video standard and allowed so many differing implementations. IIRC, Microsoft would not accept anything but the ability to use their own codecs so the spec didn't get cleaned up and it was allowed to be a mess.

Surely Microsoft was involved in the WebRTC spec but then again, for 20 something years they have opposed open standards and felt doing it their own way, and usually a Windows-only way, was how they played. This just sems like the same old Microsoft way of doing it.

The only thing is, they might still own the desktop but the big growth market is mobile and they are not even players on the same field. I mean doesn't RIM have more market share than Microsoft?

LoB

about 2 years ago
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Malware Infects US Power Facilities Through USB Drives

Locutus Re:Don't DEAL with problems, SOLVE them... (136 comments)

so pour epoxy in the USB ports and last I checked, Windows still worked on a standards based TCP/IP network.

LoB

about 2 years ago
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Malware Infects US Power Facilities Through USB Drives

Locutus Re:Good (136 comments)

this is the first time a USB devices has been found to pass an infection on to a host computer.

Sorry about all the coffee or Coke on your keyboard.

LoB

about 2 years ago
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Malware Infects US Power Facilities Through USB Drives

Locutus Re:Don't DEAL with problems, SOLVE them... (136 comments)

because a few Linux stations for USB data staging, scanning and final file relocation onto the network is just so outrageously expensive...

LoB

about 2 years ago

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CNN Money falls for Microsoft trick naming OOXML

Locutus Locutus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Locutus (9039) writes "The media has fallen for one of Microsoft's FUD techniques, creative naming. This time, CNN Money repeatedly calls Microsofts Office Open XML pseudo specification "Open Office XML". Somewhere through the process of moving MS-OOXML through the ECMA, Microsoft? recommended shortening the name to "Open XML" even though the actual specification is called Office Open XML. If you think the PHB's were confused before, just wait til they try to read this CNN Money story.

CNN Money fell for this and all over the page they talk about "Open Office XML" when they should be saying 'Office Open XML' and should really be saying 'Microsoft Office Open XML' to keep it clear who designed/wrote/paid for the specification.

http://money.cnn.com/2007/09/04/technology/euro_mi crosoft.ap/index.htm"

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