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Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

RotateLeftByte Re:Not that hard IMO (151 comments)

Some very astute comments.

Apple has seen the light in not charging for OSX. They will make their margins elsewhere.
On the othehand, Microsoft can't even give Windows 8 away so they have a precidence already to not charge for Windows.

If they don't, where is the money (viz income) going to come from in the Operating System space?
They don't seem to have a clue really.
Their focus on the 'cloud' could have a big impact on their bottom line. Can they charge a $200-$1000 license fee for an Instance that may only last a few hours/days/weeks? Nope.

so, once again... Where is the income going to come from?

Satya is IMHO between a rock and a hard place. Balmer has left him up shit creek without a paddle.
IMHO, it will be up to his successor to make or break MS. Satya will fix a few of the more obvious things that are wrong with MS. Then he'll head off to pastures new, a very rich man.

Personally, I think MS is at a crossroads. They might do well to look at the maschinations of DEC in the 1994-1997 timeframe. I see a lot of similarities with MS in 2014.

about 6 months ago

Driverless Buses Ruled Out For London, For Now

RotateLeftByte Re:Driverless trains (84 comments)

We already have them in London on the Docklands Light Railway. Been running since 1987

Even some deep level Tube lines were built to have driverless trains but the Unions won't let Tfl introduce them.

about 6 months ago

Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

RotateLeftByte Re:MySQL In-Memory Option is Free! (97 comments)

As ORacle controls MySQL, it might be free but for how long eh?
worth thinking about.

about 6 months ago

German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

RotateLeftByte Re:GCHQ and the NSA... (244 comments)

In other news, Reuters reported that Stonemasons were in huge demand for 'tablet' work.

about 7 months ago

Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

RotateLeftByte Re:If UVA and Mann have nothing to hide (497 comments)

Like you then, Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms Anonymous coward?

What have you got to hide then?
do you like to wear women's clothing and chop down trees? (Monty Python link deliberate)

From the
Can we see those incriminating emails that might be about something totally irrelevant but we need to see them anyway...

about 7 months ago

Facial Recognition Might Be Coming To Your Car

RotateLeftByte In other news (131 comments)

Sales of Chewing Gum and Duct Tape to owners of new Fords rise by 10000%

Being serious for a moment, is there really any demand from the public for this?
Is his being driven by the lawmakers who are frankly desparate to stop Drunks from getting behind the wheel?

Will the car refuse to start if the camera is obscured and the driver can't be identified?
As the Car not the driver seems to be the boss then who owns the pictures?
Who says that the pictures won't be sent to the NSA? Can you be sure.

This is not something I'd want in any car I drove.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

RotateLeftByte No roaming on some networks (146 comments)

My carrier '3' has a deal where calls & texts in the US come out of my UK 10GBP/Month deal.
That's right, no roaming.....

I was over there last month and it seems that you have to use the 'T-Mobile' network. This is fine in the Cities but in many areas there was only AT&T or no signal at all. I was in the Rockies so this might not be the case for other parts on the US.

This has to be the way forward for all networks. Now if only I could get rid of roaming charges in India and other countries that I visit on a regular basis

about 7 months ago

Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

RotateLeftByte Re:So hang on, (345 comments)

Nah, you should have said that

If it has a Harley logo, an awful lot of people with more $$$$$ than sense will buy it. These will be mostly middle aged (or older) men who want to do their 'Easy Rider' trip.

Yes I do ride bikes but frankly, I'd rather be pushing up dasies than be seen on a Harley. Others will have differing opinions though.

about 7 months ago

Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

RotateLeftByte Ok then... (286 comments)

If that is the case then we will invalidate all those local laws you have somehow gotten enacted to stop competition in local areas.
you know the ones that say it is illegal for the local government to give Comcast competition?
The ones that strangle startups at birth keeping your defacto monopoly.
How about a bit or 'real world' economics to sharpen your game then?
See how you like that then?

about 9 months ago

RightsCorp To Bring Its Controversial Copyright Protection Tactics To Europe

RotateLeftByte Re:I anticipate trouble. (196 comments)

The point is, they don't care. They sue/extort first and hope that they don't pick on someone with deep pockets who will sue the bejeezus out of them.
Just don't have any of that public domain music on any device you might take to the USA.

about 9 months ago

Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

RotateLeftByte Re:Seriously? (482 comments)

Roaming fees?

They are being abolished in the EU plus with my Carrier I can use my UK Plan for my phone calls and data while I'm visiting the US. No Roaming there either.

about 9 months ago

Finding the Next Generation of Teachers With "Innovative Microsoft Ads"

RotateLeftByte Linux and Apple users need not apply (122 comments)

Isn't that the obvious ploy of this move.

Embrace the education establishment
Extend the curriculuim so that ONLY MS tools can be used
Extinguish all non compliant teachers as being obsolete

about 9 months ago

I expect to retire ...

RotateLeftByte Re:As soon as possible (341 comments)

Agile is called Fragile at our place.
It is anything but Agile as the edict is 'no spikes'.
Then there is all the technical debt being built up and again the edict is 'sod the documentation, deliver or else'.

I'm glad I'll be retiring in a tad over 2 years and I won't have to put up with the BS any longer but by then Agile will have been replaced by some other buzzword.

about 9 months ago

European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

RotateLeftByte Re:Touristy places will be in for a surprise.. (148 comments)

It does happen and sometimes the costs can be severe.

There is a small costal village in Kent that for a while had no UK mobile coverage. Instead they were connected to a French Carrier 22+ miles away. The uproar foced at least one UK carrier to put a basestation in the village. This ruling will eliminate the charges if you happen to connect to the french carrier

I've been in Basel on the Swiss side yet my mobile insists on connecting to one of the French networks. This ruling won't stop roaming charges if your phone is registered in Switzerland.

about 10 months ago

'The Color Run' Violates Agreement With College Photographer, Then Sues Him

RotateLeftByte Re:Logic (218 comments)

Typically it costs a lot more to 'Pay' to have your brand mentioned than it is to give away some kit for free.
That costs you only the cost price of the items and is often tax deductable as a promotional expense.
Also, in many places giving kit is not considered a bribe whereas paying $$$$$ for some placement is the opposite.

Simple really.

about a year ago

NSA and GCHQ Target "Leaky" Phone Apps To Scoop User Data

RotateLeftByte Can you hear me now? (144 comments)

Why are you listening?
Do you understand me now?
Why are you still listening?
Do you think I have something to hide?
Remember, I'm on your side
So bugger off like a good man
and snoop on the Taleban

1 year,5 days

How Silicon Valley CEOs Conspired To Suppress Engineers' Wages

RotateLeftByte Re:Anti-Capitalistic (462 comments)

In the end if say Google and Apple were in a salary war the ultimate lose would be the employees.
because they would soon shift their positions to lower cost economies.

Don't price yourself out of a job. The Union in one place I worked did just that. That company is now a mere memory and the old site a supermarket.

1 year,8 days

Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

RotateLeftByte None of the Above (387 comments)

There really is no future in IT. The bubble has burst and Everything 'IT' is in danger of becoming just another commodity.
If you aren't already a manager then just don't bother.

Take up a new career NOW before it is too late.
I've been writing software for 40 years ranging from cobol on Punched Cards through C, C++ , Java and onto to more modern things like Ruby, PHP and NOSQL.
I'm just hoping that I can hold on and keep employed until I retire in a couple of years.

Or you could slap on some makeup and pretend to be an H1B Visa holder. I'm sure you will get a job quickly but you will have to drop your salary expectations but hey, at least you are still employed.

1 year,10 days


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