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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

Quarters Re:Microsoft is not less evil,more companies are E (525 comments)

Monopoly means single, sole supplier. 89.95% (as of 10/14) is not a monopoly. It's exactly 10.15% (as of 10/14) short of being a monopoly. Just because no desktop Linux distribution can market itself out of a paper bag and Apple is happy with high margin low volume machines that doesn't mean Microsoft is a sole supplier.

"being a monopoly is terrible, because people do not have a choice in using a product"
So if I go invent some new item/widget/process/service/whatever that the world has never seen before and I end up doing amazingly well because of it I'm terrible? I'm the first and only supplier so I have a monopoly for no other reason than I had a brilliant idea and brought it to market. That doesn't make me terrible it makes me an innovator. Almost every government of the world will let me benefit from that by granting my a patent on my idea to give me a legally protected monopoly position for about a quarter decade. Nothing about any of that makes me or my fictitious company terrible - other than you and your incorrect definition of and views on monopolies.

Hypothetical situations that refute your ignorant statements aside, Microsoft is not a monopoly. There are competing products and people every day choose to use them. Microsoft is not attempting to stifle the sales of devices that run other operating systems. It even creates markets on those systems; Office for Mac, Office Mobile for iOS & Android, Skype for just about damn everything - and even contributions to Linux, being the largest kernel submitter for 2012 and most of 2013. All of that helps increase the adoption of those platforms. That is not the behavior of an illegal monopolist.

Communism has nothing to do with monopolies, absolutely nothing. Straw-man arguments are the first and last refuge of someone ill equipped to properly debate the topic at hand. If you believe Soviet era Russia only had one supplier for anything your knowledge of history is woefully small.

I know about computing history in the 1990s. Again, it is irrelevant to the Build announcements this week. The Microsoft of 2014 is behaving amazingly well; developing good products and embracing the idea of letting developers use their tools to deploy software on a multitude of platforms, not just those that Microsoft owns.

The only group of people that don't appear to appreciate what was announced at Build are people that just want to have a villain so they can act hurt and repressed. The only villains doing that to them are themselves.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

Quarters Re:Microsoft is not less evil,more companies are E (525 comments)

Even if your claim of a desktop OS monopoly was true (it isn't), being a monopoly isn't in itself bad or illegal. Using your monopoly position to quash competition in or entering that space is where things go from good to bad. Microsoft's announcement today of opening .NET, providing VS to small teams gratis, and providing an Android emulator within VS (and standalone) all point to the face that Microsoft isn't attempting to stifle competition on desktop, mobile, or anywhere else. They're doing what they've always done best, providing development tools. They're providing tools you can use to deploy software just about anywhere.

about a month and a half ago
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Android On Intel x86 Tablet Performance Explored: Things Are Improving

Quarters Re:When an x86 Android Phone in the US (97 comments)

Why? Why does it matter what CPU is in your phone if it runs the OS you want? I'm honestly curious. How does it materially affect you?

about 2 months ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

Quarters You have to have an inexpensive wedding for 200+ (447 comments)

The two statements about the more expensive the wedding the greater the chance of divorce and that the larger the ceremony you have the less likely you are to end up divorced seem mutually exclusive to me.

about 2 months ago
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Infinite Browser Universe Manyland Hits 8 Million Placed Blocks

Quarters Why is 8M a milestone? (67 comments)

Why not 5M or 10.15365M? What makes 8M a number that needs to be announced & celebrated?

about 2 months ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

Quarters Re:Not just iPhone (421 comments)

Sapphire would not have prevented this. It would have made it worse. Sapphire is much more brittle than glass, which is actually quite flexible. With sapphire people would have bent phones with shattered screens. Luckily you'll probably never see a phone with a sapphire face:

* It's brittle
* It has to be milled to shape, increasing costs over glass due to manufacturing and lack of quick scalability in the manufacturing process.
* It is less transparent than glass, so battery life will suffer due to increased screen brightness requirements to be on par with glass phones

Apple bought that sapphire factory for the high-end apple watches. Sapphire is common on high end watches and Apple wants to hit all of the checkboxes necessary to be able to sell into that market.

about 3 months ago
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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Quarters Re:Ugh (112 comments)

For Pete's sake, read and comprehend before being incorrectly righteously indignant!

September 2013 comes before December 2013 by any reasonable reckoning. If the last post on the blog was December 2013 and the one from September 2013 is referred to as the penultimate post it's a fairly safe assumption that the author is correctly stating that the September 2013 post was the second to last post made.

about 3 months ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Quarters Cyclical logic much? (613 comments)

I'm glad the author cites the blog posts he's written against the idea as supporting evidence that there is a groundswell against the idea....

about 4 months ago
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Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

Quarters I know some good memes they can study (126 comments)

Up the road at Purdue University there are always quite a lot of memes about Indiana University. They're all really negative, so that might affect the study results.

about 4 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Quarters Re:Nobody else seems to want it (727 comments)

The first commercial game I shipped, SVGA Air Warrior (November, 1992) came on five 3.5" 1.44MB floppy disks. Three of those disks contained nothing but drivers for various video and sound cards. DOS absolutely had drivers, they were a nightmare to deal with.

about 4 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

Quarters Meh, I'm not worried... (564 comments)

John Conner will save us.

about 6 months ago
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Dell Exec Calls HP's New 'Machine' Architecture 'Laughable'

Quarters Re:OS Lock In (173 comments)

Do you truly, honestly, I mean...REALLY believe that Microsoft expends any time at all even thinking about ReactOS or WINE, let alone worrying about the .00000000000001 of a fraction of a portion of a negligible amount of a percent effect it might, MIGHT have on their bottom line?

Seriously, answer seriously, please.

about 6 months ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

Quarters Re:Look for skid marks (436 comments)

You're not going to just put a 777 down on some rural 2 lane road. You need a clear 1 mile (or more) straight reinforced runway. Not only is a 777's wheel track too wide for an average road the gross weight of the plane would crush the asphalt (or dirt or gravel) under the wheels. Bare minimum you'd need a fairly modern multi-lane highway. Something like that would be traveled enough that someone would notice a large commercial airliner attempting to land on it.

about 9 months ago
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Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

Quarters He works for Google... (692 comments)

All he needs to do is point a webcam out his window and I'm sure he'll be able to get face recognition hits, names, addresses, SSNs, etc... of everyone standing in his yard.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?

Quarters Given that the C64 is the best selling PC ever... (533 comments)

...and all you ever saw on store displays in the 80's was the result of:

10 PRINT "FUCK "
20 GOTO 10

I'd have to say that code is a contender.

about a year ago
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Work Halted On Neal Stephenson's Kickstarted Swordfighting Video Game

Quarters Re:Yet another story... (124 comments)

Sales are not profit. R* didn't make a billion dollars in one day. GTA V sold $1B worth of copies in a day. At best R* will see about 40% of that. Even then, VCs aren't going to just jump at game development. GTA is the exception, not the rule. It cost over $265M and took somewhere in the neighborhood of five years to make GTA V. During development *every* R* studio was involved with it. There were no other games in production. There was no fallback plan, essentially. GTAV was risky every way you look at it. Mitigating that risk was the fact that it was GTA and that R* has a proven record of being able to deliver. While that's great for them it's only great for them. Take an extremely large random collection of game developers, give them $265M and five years to make a game. You won't see $1B in sales on the first day. Chances are depressingly better than average that you won't break even. Except for the large well established studios (studios, not publishers) it's a very risky industry. VCs are generally risk averse.

about a year ago
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

Quarters Re:Jobs must be rolling in his grave... (773 comments)

Becoming a commodity is the death knell for your company...

Yup. those Camrys were the death-knell of Toyota, that's for sure!

about a year ago
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The Struggles of Getting Into the App Store

Quarters Re:Summary: app developer breaks rules, is denied. (329 comments)

Exactly. I can almost forgive them for the mistake with the word 'encryption' in the metadata. The rest of the rejections were clearly for not following the rules. Disliking the rules is one thing. Complaining because you can't talk to someone to get a waiver for those rules is something completely different. The majority of this article can be summarized as "We did X, which we know wasn't allowed and were surprised when Apple rejected our poor little app. Then in order to fix X we did Y, which we also know wasn't allowed. Yet again we were surprised when our poor little app was rejected." I'm sorry, but if you want your app to run natively on the iPad/Pod/Phone you need to make it compliant to Apple's rules. That the developer was not following the guidelines while creating this app for a paying client speaks quite a bit towards the quality of work one can expect from that team.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Protect My Android Devices From Hackers?

Quarters Re:Submitter here... (295 comments)

What's your argument for there needing to be some sort of correlation between disabling WIFI and that forcing an application to close? That doesn't happen. I can have Navigation open on my Android phone and turn off the GPS receiver. Navigation continues to run, alerting me to the fact that it is no longer talking to GPS satellites.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Protect My Android Devices From Hackers?

Quarters Re:Submitter here... (295 comments)

Seriously, paranoid much? A quick search on Google Play shows that Android Assistant is an app that helps you manage your device (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.advancedprocessmanager). Have you tried uninstalling it from the Apps setting screen. Wiping your phone by battery removal is all good and such, but it solves a symptom, not the underlying problem. In this case the underlying problem could be that you didn't uninstall the app or it could be that you're convinced someone is constantly injecting that app onto your phone...over a wifi connection you say you can't even access. I'll let the court of public opinion determine which is the more reasonable option. So you've got a wifi AP that doesn't like you and a widely available system management app. I don't care how much you insinuate about relatives in secretive government jobs, you're not convincing me that you are the target of some directed and repetitive hacking attempt.

more than 2 years ago

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