Windows 7 To Include "Windows XP Mode"
Unfortunately, while this is a long overdue solution that other companies have used fine before, but it's going to prove problematic for Microsoft. Things that won't work (and Joe User will try to do anyway):
1.) Install their XP-compatible Antivirus program. "It said on the Windows 7 box that I could run old programs!"
2.) Install a printer which works on XP only. "The printer box said it works on Windows. Why can I only print from some programs (the older ones seem to work)?"
3.) Play an old game at reasonable speed. "I installed Super Hardware Killer Shooter for Windows XP and the 3D is running really slow!"
Virtualization is a great thing. I use it work all the time and love it. The public doesn't quite "get it" yet. They're going to see some things work, some things not and wonder why the hell that is. It happened when Apple moved to OS X, but the user base was much smaller so the complaints were less.
Until someone creates a hypervisor which is presented in a completely transparent way to the OS, in that things difficult to virtualize (e.g. video card hardware) run at normal speeds, it's just going to appear to the user "every time I run an old program, either it's too slow or it doesn't work".
Massive EVE Online Alliance Disbanded
"That's what the ultimate goal is."
Of what, exactly? Team-based MMO PVP is one small subset of a genre of gaming (like many other small subsets of genres). While some may be into it, there's a huge number of people that are not. Your use of the word "goal" implies a destination everyone is trying to reach. That's not the case here.
Java Performance On Ubuntu Vs. Windows Vista
The two OSs were similar in ray-tracing, and Vista was faster at Java OpenGL due to shortcomings with the Linux graphics driver.
I know this will be seen as a troll, but who the hell uses Java for ray-tracing or with OpenGL?
Users Rage Over Missing FireWire On New MacBooks
"Are there any laptops that don't suffer from terrible vertical viewing angles?"
Yes, the one right next to it. The new Macbook Pro.
Ask Blizzard Employees About Things That Matter
To Chris Sigaty, lead producer on StarCraft II: has Blizzard ever considered making Battle.net pay to play given the success of World of Warcraft?
WoW: Wrath of the Lich King Release Date Announced
* "It'll be more of the same."
* "You can never win an MMORPG. It's a never-ending treadmill."
* "Thank God I got off that crack a year ago."
* "It won't be as good as Eve/Warhammer/etc."
* "Blizzard isn't going to get another one of my dollars after that DMCA bullshit."
* "I'm waiting for Diablo 3/StarCraft 2."
* "I hate PC games. Console games rule."
I think I've covered the major ones. On that note, I have my copy on preorder.
No XP Reprieve; Windows 7 Release Set
"Who, if they have not already, would install Vista now?"
I heard Mac OS X 10.6 is supposed to come out next year. Who, if they have not already, would install 10.5 now?