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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

bondsbw Re:Unified Experience Across Devices (636 comments)

And the OS version will probably report something linke 'Version 6.5.xxxx'

This seems odd, but they do it on purpose for driver compatibility.

yesterday
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

bondsbw Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (264 comments)

It seemed more like the following, to me:

Let's create a version of Windows that is aimed aggressively at tablets. None of this Windows 7 Tablet PC edition, rather something that really embraces new hardware and technology. Full pane applications and home screen, with application lifecycle management and an app store, just like other tablet operating systems.

Oh and for added value, let's allow Windows desktop apps to run on it. Users can plug in mice and keyboards and it becomes like a small desktop.

Microsoft had already designed the Start screen, but it turns out telemetry data suggests the Start menu isn't of huge importance. And Fitts's Law suggests the Start screen might actually be better in some ways.

Of course, all that is true, and is great for a tablet-first OS. But then they branded it Windows 8 (not Windows Tablet or something like that) and marketed it as the successor to Windows 7. So, in my mind, it's a marketing screw-up and Windows 9 was always in the backs of their minds as the true successor to 7.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference

bondsbw Re:BUILD 2009? (47 comments)

I also attended the first BUILD, in September 2011, and have the Samsung slate right beside me.

Samsung agrees with me.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference

bondsbw BUILD 2009? (47 comments)

The first BUILD conference was in 2011.

2 days ago
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Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

bondsbw I WANT (69 comments)

I want to be able to code this to make a game:


int main(int argc, const char* argv[])
{
        CreateGameThatIsSortOfLikeAngryBirdsAndMakeMeMillionsOfDollarsOvernight();
}

Anything else is too hard.

2 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

bondsbw Re: Fine! (363 comments)

I haven't tried, so really I don't know, but I suspect that at least 75% of the total border length (that is not on an ocean or country border) could be drawn using latitude and longitude lines, with the rest using straight angled lines.

I don't see any great reason to attempt to make land area or population equal. Our political system accounts for inequality in these areas (although it could do better, and I'm certain we could get rid of the electoral college before we could redraw the states).

But the population center argument makes a lot of sense for reasons you specified. However, this philosophy may require adjustments in the future as population centers change over time.

In any case... it seems the only way this will happen is if the US collapses, and from what most post-apocalyptic TV shows indicates, the way to do that is to permanently kill our ability to create and use electricity.

about a week ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

bondsbw Re: Fine! (363 comments)

Well, ok, and I'd gladly do anything to get Auburn out of the state. :)

Actually the Florida panhandle, in my opinion, makes so much more sense as part of Alabama. The residents, their political leaning, and the general culture are closer to southern Alabama than to the rest of Florida.

But I don't really understand why the boundaries are curved. Natural features still make more sense in my opinion, but ignoring that, why not focus more on lines of longitude and latitude? Perhaps some straight diagonals.

But I agree that the northeast does make more sense (border shapes excluded) than the current arrangement.

I'd like to see this map, but with 8 or 16 states (hey let's make it a power of 2 while we're at it) and straight borders.

about a week ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

bondsbw Re: Fine! (363 comments)

I've seen that map and I hate it. If for no other reason than my state would now be called "Talladego".

about a week ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

bondsbw Re: Fine! (363 comments)

The problem really isn't about keeping laws local (although many laws work much better that way). It is about influence. My elected representatives should ideally only represent the people of my district or state, but many times they represent lobbyists and their own interests.

The ideal in my mind is for the central government to make many of the laws just as it does today, while the states as a whole would have a power to overturn any such laws.

In theory the Constitution provides this in the form of a convention of the states, to pass constitutional amendments. But this has never happened. It is logistically very difficult to get so many states together. And every time it has happened, Congress caved just enough to keep the states from doing something truly unfavorable (unfavorable to Congress, that is).

To that regard, fewer states within the federal system may help. Perhaps 5 or 10 as you mentioned, but still part of a larger federal government. Keeping the federal system helps us maintain a very powerful national defense, and provides interstate agreements that I am not very quick to give up.

about a week ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

bondsbw Re:Fine! (363 comments)

This sounds awfully like something I've heard of before...

It seems like we have around 50 of them...

I don't know, let's call them crates... as if we were part of a united crates of America, or something

Now it seems some folks don't like these crates being involved in anything. They believe the federal government is better than the crates at passing laws, executing those laws, and then judging people against those laws. No matter that the central government's power is thousands of miles away from many of these crates.

Nevertheless, some wish the crates would just go away. Nobody has time for issues like crates' rights.... meh, that's a tradition that has long since been eradicated.

about a week ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

bondsbw Re:Fine! (363 comments)

hahahaha! Gates is anything but. His "charity" is a tax dodgy scam.

It's not about doing "good", it's about increasing his personal wealth.

If he's spending $X on charity, then he gets a deduction of some amount less than $X in taxes. He doesn't end up richer (at least money-wise); he just redirects government funding to suit his charity interests.

about a week ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

bondsbw Re:Fine! (363 comments)

its a problem with ANY group or individual that want to decide what's "best for you."

what's best for you never seems to be very good for them.

If it's not best for you, then aren't you the stupid one for listening to them?

about a week ago
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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

bondsbw Re:What's wrong with American drivers? (179 comments)

Trains and cars are so different in practically every way that trying to compare them, and how their automated operations would work, is useless.

Just the fact that automated cars have to be designed to deal with many various forms of traffic, and do not run on tracks, means the train automation was designed without many of the considerations and safeguards that are a minimum in automated cars.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

bondsbw Re:JavaScript (230 comments)

Better yet, disable HTTP. This is a MITM injection attack and SSL was invented to help prevent this.

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted

bondsbw Re:FTFA (67 comments)

People can complain as much as they want

Yep, that about sums up the Internet.

about a month ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

bondsbw Re:Property rights (215 comments)

I cannot legally build my house right over your house, even if it never touches the ground that you bought.

I don't see the point here. Even if we assume I don't own air rights above my house, that doesn't mean that you do.

about a month ago
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China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

bondsbw Re: And well they should. (79 comments)

Office 365 is a subscription plan with yearly costs. But I feel it is a better plan since any future release is included, and generally costs less in the long run vs. purchasing each version as it cones out.

about 1 month ago
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China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

bondsbw Re:And well they should. (79 comments)

(I wish there were an edit button.)

I just wanted to explain the reason budgeting in advance is preferred, at risk of stating the obvious. Companies tend to have a lot of moving parts, and if part P needs to be ready by date D, it may be due to dependencies. Those dependencies are in many forms including additional development that needs part P, time for QA, deadlines promised to the customer, and so on.

So if suddenly part P is going to take 5 days more to fix a bug that was unforeseen in a third party component, that could have a major effect on getting everything to market. What if QA has a tight schedule and, 5 days later, already has something else scheduled for testing? It might be a month or two before they get around to getting your component tested. Same applies to other forms of dependency.

about 1 month ago

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Identical Twins May Not Have Identical Genetics

bondsbw bondsbw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bondsbw (888959) writes "'In a scientific double-take, new research is challenging the long-held belief that identical twins have identical genetics,' according to researchers Jan P. Dumanski and Carl Bruder at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Department of Genetics. 'Using cutting-edge technology, the researchers found genetic differences in every set of twins, according to the study published online in the American Journal of Human Genetics.' Studies of identical twins have helped scientists distinguish hereditary and environmental factors when researching human development and behavior. This discovery, using 'some of the most advanced genetic analysis equipment in the world,' may impact future studies of obesity, Parkinson's disease, asthma, and other health issues. 'Scientists have always known there were differences between identical twins. Some of the differences were so slight that only a mother could spot them, while others were profound, such as one twin developing a fatal disease while the other remained healthy. "So far it has been blamed on environmental factors," Bruder said.'"
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