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Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

SurfsUp Thank god for small changes (109 comments)

I have had quite enough reimagining thank you. Just make it smoother, more reliable, more options, fix bugs please.

about a week ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

SurfsUp Re:Hold on a minute (197 comments)

How does this fit into my worldview where H1-B Visa holders are taking all of our jobs and lowering all of our wages?

It depends on your definition of "our". Maybe try thinking "we geeks" instead of "me and my 319 million dear friends in the glorious US of A".

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Posts First Quarterly Loss Ever

SurfsUp Re:Mod Up: Informative (327 comments)

Looks through my posting history - I'm exactly the opposite of a Microsoft apologist.

I applaud you for that, but there is still no need to cut Microsoft slack where they don't deserve it. Which words describe the situation better: 1) "little accident" or 2) "slow motion train wreck"?

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Posts First Quarterly Loss Ever

SurfsUp Re:Another Shitty Summary. (327 comments)

They make ads for that steaming POS.

I take it you were not particularly impressed by Bill Gates' butt wiggle then?

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Posts First Quarterly Loss Ever

SurfsUp Re:Another Shitty Summary. (327 comments)

They're not going to die this year, but they do have a long decline ahead of them, just like IBM in the 90s.

Unlike IBM they won't pull out of it because they have no lucrative hardware business to fall back and no loyal stable of clients to turn themselves into a service operation. And unlike IBM, who only earned the hatred of a few thousand professionals, Microsoft has earned the hatred of millions and is still working on it.

For Microsoft, this ends at $0 per share.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Posts First Quarterly Loss Ever

SurfsUp Re:Mod Up: Informative (327 comments)

the loss isn't from Bing's success or lack thereof. It's from aQuantative's write off

It's from Microsoft's lack of online success in general. Aquantive was supposed to sell display ads but nobody wanted to pay Microsoft to display their ads. For some reason.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Posts First Quarterly Loss Ever

SurfsUp Re:Mod Up: Informative (327 comments)

It's not from their "continued struggles", it's from a single acquisition 5 years ago.

Why do we keep hearing this tired apology over and over again? Aquantive was worth $6.2 billion on the day it was bought then slowly bled bit by bit until it was worth zero. What bled away was its "good will" (aka expected income) as it became increasingly apparent that Microsoft was unable to leverage Aquantive's auction model in the same way that Google had leveraged Applied Semantics.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Posts First Quarterly Loss Ever

SurfsUp Re:Like what? (327 comments)

Until there's something out there that "doesn't suck", I'd like Microsoft to remain healthy and viable.

What do you mean, "remain healthy"? Microsoft has had the corporate equivalent of liver cancer for a dozen years now. Chemo treatment has already started.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Posts First Quarterly Loss Ever

SurfsUp Re:Yay! (327 comments)

I guess when you're big enough you can do a six billion dollar oops and nothing much happens.

They didn't lose $6 billion, only $583 million.

No, they lost $6 billion+ on Aquantive. Thanks for playing.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Posts First Quarterly Loss Ever

SurfsUp Re:Yay! (327 comments)

I actually read TFA and it said they lost $6B due to a bad acquisition and that's why the quarterly profits were where they were.

See, the real story here is that Microsoft has been concealing this loss by carrying Aquantive on its books at far more than its real value. They did this in order to make their quarterlies look better than they actually are, therefore support the stock price. Microsoft hoped that the market would then regard this as a one-time expense (when it was really an ongoing loss over a period of years) and thus forgive them. And judging from the aftermarket movement, this strategem has worked perfectly. Whether it is legal is entirely another question. The word "fraud" comes to mind.

Even if Microsoft gets away with this, which they probably will, one fact can't be denied: Microsoft is weakening. The upcoming Windows 8 debacle should put the icing on the cake.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Wins Mobile Patent On Displaying Lists, Documents

SurfsUp Re:don't hate the player hate the game (306 comments)

And what is wrong with hating the hateful player that plays the hateful game? Apple has gone out of its way to make itself perfectly hateful so I for one must comply.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Wins Mobile Patent On Displaying Lists, Documents

SurfsUp Apple no longer a product company (306 comments)

Let's take inventory. IPhone 4s. A minor upgrade. Ipad 3. A minor upgrade, and a downgrade in terms of weight, thickness and battery life. New products. None.

OK, I think I can see the pattern now. Apple plans to milk its existing assets for everything they're worth and has no intention of creating new ones. That would cost money, you see.

more than 2 years ago
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Valve Software Launches Linux Blog, Confirms Work On Steam Client for Linux

SurfsUp Re:wow! (236 comments)

Pretty sure that they were linux trolls.

Oh yeah, right, like the guy who said "we don't want shit like that in the linux land!".

more than 2 years ago
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MeeGo Startup Jolla Signs Phone Deal

SurfsUp Re:Meego? (63 comments)

Probably doesn't matter in China, but they need a better name all the same. I don't doubt one will land presently. Remember, the Meego name came from a bunch of Nokia and Intel marketdroids. I doubt they have any love for it, other than as a way to identify their particular technology base so people don't think they're totally whacked.

more than 2 years ago
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It Costs $450 In Marketing To Make Someone Buy a $49 Nokia Lumia

SurfsUp Re:Microsoft killed Nokia (363 comments)

Hate to say it, but Nokia was going to die anyway.

That's self serving spin from Microsoft trolls and has been debunked.

more than 2 years ago
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It Costs $450 In Marketing To Make Someone Buy a $49 Nokia Lumia

SurfsUp Re:Too Soon (363 comments)

Nokia was a giant in the cell industry but has been slipping lately.

Slipping? That's an understatement. Go check out the 1 year graph. You can't even see today's price because it's lost under the markers at the bottom.

more than 2 years ago
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Valve Software Launches Linux Blog, Confirms Work On Steam Client for Linux

SurfsUp Re:It's about time, too (236 comments)

The Linux market is at least a few million of generally above average intelligence and income users as proved by the Humble Bundle stats.

more than 2 years ago
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Valve Software Launches Linux Blog, Confirms Work On Steam Client for Linux

SurfsUp Re:wow! (236 comments)

Man, it is hard to make some people happy. Here's one of the more successful game companies trying to make a serious effort to bring better games to Linux, and after 8 comments, there are 6 complaints about it.

You can be pretty sure all eight were from Microsoft and Apple trolls.

more than 2 years ago
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When Art, Apple and the Secret Service Collide

SurfsUp Re:Just a reminder... (358 comments)

It's not cool any more to own Apple products. None of them. I mean, they might be fine for whatever reason you might have for owning an iPhone, but it's important that you realize it is no longer cool. In fact, it is very specifically not cool to own Apple products or to support a company that calls the fucking Secret Service when the whole thing could have been easily handled if they'd just responded to the guy's inquiry about whether or not it was OK to do what he was doing. Think about this: the guy contacts Apple and explains his project because he's not looking for trouble and Apple calls the Secret Service (!) as if the guy had just expressed his plans to assassinate the President. I'm trying to figure out a way Apple could have been more dickish about this besides sending a team of chubby Genius Bar neckbeards to rape and murder the guy's family.

Apple is becoming the shit company to end all shit companies. Their list of anti-social, anti-competitive, anti-consumer and anti-freedom behaviors is growing, it seems, every single day. I understand that some of you already own Apple products and don't have much choice at this point, but unfortunately you're going to have to accept that Apple's behavior is going to rub off on you. Maybe you can buy some nondescript case that will obscure the brand of your device until you can afford to replace it with something that won't make you look like such a huge douchebag for supporting a company like Apple. I really feel for you, but it's not like there weren't signs last year when you bought that iPad 2 and signed the contract. Now you'll just have to live with the consequences of your willingness to ignore those signs. Plus, Apple stuff is so 2006.

But anyone who goes out from here on and buys a new Apple product is not only really not cool, but is inviting douchebag classification.

Secret fucking Service. Unbelievable.

But it's consistent with all Apple's behavior recently. Now... pissing off the environmentalists, that is definitely the last straw. Worse even than kicking in the door of a journalist or calling in an air strike on an artist by the secret service.

more than 2 years ago

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