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Dropbox Wants To Replace Your Hard Disk

badatnicknames Microsoft also (445 comments)

Wants to do the same thing with SkyDrive. I wonder who has the advantage?

about a year ago
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Is Windows 8 Microsoft's Riskiest Bet?

badatnicknames Re:What Risk, where are desktop users going to go? (362 comments)

If you look at it from Microsoft's point of view Windows 8 makes plenty of sense. They gain tablet and phone market shares by leveraging their desktop monopoly. Further they will finally be putting antivirus companies out of business by integrating it into the OS and strongly encouraging Metro apps (They're making it as hard as possible to run unsigned applications. Before they had that support only in IE). They also improve the security of their OS by locking it up and making it a walled garden. They convince developers to pay them for releasing applications that they could release for free before.

more than 2 years ago
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You Can't Bypass the UI Formerly Known As Metro On Windows 8

badatnicknames Same mistake as WinCE (444 comments)

I wonder if the same people at MS who are insisting on Metro on the desktop are the same people who insisted on the desktop interface on WinCE phones. Maybe MS thinks touch monitors will take over on the desktop or tablets will largely outsell desktops.

more than 2 years ago
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The World's Greatest Competitive Programmer

badatnicknames Re:As a Professional Developer... (202 comments)

Many companies will choose immediate profits over maintainability. Sure maintainability is nice to have but if you have to choose you pick the money you can earn sooner over the potential savings later. Your customers don't pay you more because you have more maintainable code.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Drops 'Metro' Name For Windows 8 UI

badatnicknames Re:I have better UI name in mind... (356 comments)

Start UI? They removed the Start button. Their alternative is a usability nightmare. Maybe they want to help grow the market for third party Start buttons.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Lost Decade

badatnicknames Re:It's Hard To Argue with Free (407 comments)

Lock in was how MS got so much control. Without they are actually forced to respond more to market forces like everybody else.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: the Best Linux Setup To Transition Windows Users?

badatnicknames Re:Give them Windows 8 first (448 comments)

What about the migration of people to Linux that was supposed to happen because of how bad Vista was?

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Lays Out Money-Making Options For Windows Store Developers

badatnicknames Re:Well see the best way is this (85 comments)

The problem is open source developers generally are clueless about what users actually want in an OS. Backwards compatibility and usability. With Microsoft fumbling Metro on the desktop this would be a perfect opportunity for other OS's.

about 2 years ago
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Higgs Data Offers Joy and Pain For Particle Physicists

badatnicknames Re:Actually... (186 comments)

Jesus believed in Adam and Eve and Noah's Ark. Consider Mathew 19:4-6 and Mathew 24:37-39. It also doesn't say that the Earth does not move. In fact at Job 26:7, it also says the Earth is hanging upon nothing.

more than 2 years ago
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Higgs Data Offers Joy and Pain For Particle Physicists

badatnicknames Re:Actually... (186 comments)

Like you said there can't be multiple true faiths that conflict with each other. There's only 1 Bible that's the most widely available book which contains explains fully the past, present, future. It is also scientifically and historically accurate and contains fulfilled prophecy. In the Bible God tells you what happened, what he's doing about it, and what the result will be. Also there's only one hearer of prayer that would care whether people want to listen to him (Psalms 65:2, 2 Chronicles 16:9). If you pray to him with sincerity for guidance and he answers you by helping you understand his Bible and learn more about him that would certainly provide evidence.

more than 2 years ago
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Sandia's Floating, Dust-Free, Spinning Heatsink

badatnicknames Re:dust (307 comments)

There's no such thing as a centrifugal force (http://xkcd.com/123/)

more than 2 years ago
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The Death of an HTML5 Game Breeds an Open Source Project

badatnicknames Re:Please, no sound (147 comments)

There should be a way to pause tabs till you actually switch to them?

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Pre RTM Metro UI Leaked

badatnicknames Forcing Metro (484 comments)

Well Microsoft is trying to force everyone to like Metro. They probably think if they can make the desktop look more bland the metro UI might appear a little more appealing. However, it goes against their plans for Windows 8 to have a software rasterizer to allow gpu poor machines to run Aero. Ideally that is what they should have done for Vista. That way there would have been less outrage about not being able to run Aero on Vista compatible PC's.

more than 2 years ago
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Comparing Today's Computers To 1995's

badatnicknames Re:Eh (461 comments)

Programmers back then knew how to right optimized and reliable code that took full advantage of the hardware. Also many programmers knew assembly language for extra optimization. If the programmers from back then were writing for the hardware we have now software would be much more efficient.

more than 2 years ago
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A Defense of Process Patents

badatnicknames Broadly worded patents (249 comments)

Part of the problem is that patent lawyers want patents worded as broadly as possible. However for most software ideas are cheap but the devil is in the details.

more than 2 years ago
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.NET Programmers In Demand, Despite MS Moves To Metro

badatnicknames Re:Confused (319 comments)

I always thought what hindered .Net was Microsoft's refusal to adopt it wholesale. Supposedly, the original Vista made more use of it even for explorer. If they can't convince themselves it's the right way to go why should anyone else. Like you say, it seems for certain things .net can make sense just not for everything. When they adopted it wholesale in VS10 people complained that part of the reason it performed so badly was because of that. There were also alot of limitations that were introduced that weren't there in previous VS versions.

about 3 years ago
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Windows 8 To Reduce Memory Footprint

badatnicknames Re:Like Mac OS classic (306 comments)

What you're saying sounds like what the WM_COMPACTING (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms632618%28VS.85%29.aspx) message was designed to do for 16-bit apps.

about 3 years ago
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Netflix Creates Qwikster For DVD Only Business

badatnicknames Re:It's recognizing where video is going. (481 comments)

There's still alot of value in DVD's by mail. The studios will likely continue to increase the prices for streaming. ISP's continue to impose bandwidth caps. DVD's provide portability without using mobile bandwidth which is even capped more. DVD's have close captions and extras. You can buy DVD's if you really want to own the content.

more than 3 years ago
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Ballmer Hints At 'Metro-ization' of Office

badatnicknames Not a big deal (302 comments)

This is not that big of a deal. They'll probably have both a metro and desktop version. It's the same thing they're doing for Internet Explorer. The metro version can then be used on windows phone and tablets.

more than 3 years ago

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