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Where Does Dell Go After Losing 3Par?

deanston Where's the niche? (169 comments)

There is nothing Dell can do, that another company cannot do better, whether it's top end cloud infrastructure, sophisticated software and servcies, top end personal hardware, or low end hardware. Dell no longer has a selling point, and it'll keep going downhell until it finds one.

about 4 years ago

Why Microsoft Can't Afford To Let Novell Die

deanston Novell killed itself with its choices (215 comments)

Nothing Novell does is special or cost effective any more. Groupwise? Still sucks on the web and on mobile and feels like desktop email from 2000. Netware? Plenty of competition there. Suse? The lizard's cute but can't beat RedHat/CentOS in farms or Ubuntu and others at home. Mono? Regardless of your opinion about dotNET, the sure thing is Mono will always lag behind latest MSFT version and never gain significant production and commercialization. The closer they get with Microsoft, the easier it is for shops that used to run both Novell and MSFT to drop the extra Novell piece and just go with all MSFT. Same old story.

more than 4 years ago

A Warming Planet Can Mean More Snow

deanston Re:more short term snow = more long term snow (1136 comments)

Ground albedo is but one variable in very complex models trying to estimate future climates. The increase in water vapor, therefore greater cloud coverage, could also increase a greenhouse effect in areas and seasons that are not cold enough to snow. So what is the overall net long term effect? It is certainly a difficult, and thankless, scientific field to get into.

more than 4 years ago

Opera 10.50 Beta Out, With Competitive JavaScript

deanston But... (143 comments)

If the css implementation is shite, it is still shite. Can't make up for the visual suckiness with faster js.

more than 4 years ago

Mum's the Word On Google Attack At Davos

deanston Exports (217 comments)

For decades USSR exported communism, and US try to export democracy, but we really export capitalism. The offspring is China, a single party empire that knows how to take advantage of capitalism and is more ruthless than anything witnessed in the West. China will run into problems, but mostly it will not be from external pressures, but as a result of trying to bring Western consumer standards to their entire populace. So I supposed we'll still have the last laugh, but I wonder if Google will still be significant by then.

more than 4 years ago

Google Chrome Displaces Safari As Third In Survey

deanston Wait for survey of IT managers (235 comments)

For most MS shops still sticking to IE6 as the officially supported browser, this is no surprise nor meaningful. Just confirms corporate and Windows users use more than IE. Safari users unaffected.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Buys Teamprise, Will Ship Linux Tools

deanston Fully integrated Mono on Linux with Eclipse? (200 comments)

I rather have the equivalent of VS on Linux than just another Eclipse plug-in. Here comes the Embrace...

more than 4 years ago

EC Formally Objects To Oracle's Purchase of Sun

deanston How they figure? (334 comments)

So EU is basically saying IBM's DB2 and Microsoft's SQL Server, plus PostgreSQL, together ain't much of a competition?

more than 4 years ago

Yahoo! Opens Floodgates On Homepage To Devs

deanston Yep (49 comments)

Every other story ends up with 200+ replies. This one: 40+. That says it all about Yahoo.

more than 4 years ago

Decoding Adobe's Big Device Push

deanston No thanks (181 comments)

Why bother with browsers at all then? They might as well come out and say everyone should just ditch free web browsers and just install an Adobe plug-ins or a Silverlight runtime, buy their application servers and IDEs, and code in the language that they dictate instead of more open and continually developing web standards that the majority can agree on. That's what Adobe and MSFT hopes. They still think it's 1999 and they can take over your web experience and tell you what is "Rich Internet Experience" and what is not. The only 2 reason Flash continue to be used are 1) annoying ads, and 2) porn. I still haven't met anyone who thinks an entire site developed in Flash provides an enjoyable experience to users after about 2 minutes besides Flash developers and managers that hired them.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Acquires FriendFeed

deanston Foo gives a fud (71 comments)

Frankly most web users probably mistaken FriendsFeed for FriendFinder, therefore the relative small user base. And let's face it - FF just has too many bad connotations.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Finally Joins HTML 5 Standard Efforts

deanston Even Windows developers are tired of IE (280 comments)

MSFT doesn't really care except as a backup plan and to check out the competition and see how it can slow it down. Meanwhile MSFT will skip most standards and just implement Silverlight. Relegating the browser to irrelevance and enforcing a proprietary plug-in has always been the biggest threat to open browser standards, and way for MSFT to keep the desktop dominance. MSFT just wanted to make sure that before all Windows shops eventually toe the line on Silverlight, they can still live with apps on IE comparing to other newer browsers.

more than 5 years ago

Opera Dominates CNET Survey of "Underdog" Web Browsers

deanston CNET is overrated (173 comments)

This is a good survey to show what kind of people care to take CNET surveys.

more than 5 years ago

Toyota Reveals A Humanoid Robot That Can Run

deanston Go Tacomatron! (216 comments)

I expect my next Toyota truck to turn into a Transformer robot whenever some idiot cuts in front of me on the road.

more than 5 years ago

Toyota Reveals A Humanoid Robot That Can Run

deanston Re:Yes, but... (216 comments)

Soon it'll run circles around Linux, when it begins to write its own software, gains consciousness, and declares Linus is dead.

more than 5 years ago

New Class of Galaxy Discovered

deanston Big galaxies are like bloated software companies (104 comments)

and innovate very little. While the smaller, more agile ones foster the biggest stars. Then they attract more matter, merging into bigger galaxies, and become a monopoly.

more than 5 years ago

Could the Cloud Derail a $300 Million Data Center?

deanston Want real government savings? (109 comments)

Stop using Windows on all government desktops and servers.

more than 5 years ago

Negroponte Sees Sugar As OLPC's Biggest Mistake

deanston What would've happened... (268 comments)

... if he had chosen some other OS+Desktop? Linux flavors? OS X as Apple had proposed? Imagine what would the OLPC look like now running iPhone OS. But somehow I think by 2nd year there would've been lawsuit from someone, or back-stabbing manufacturers, or supply line problems that it'll still cost more than a smartphone, and he would've switched to Windows XP anyway from marketing pressures. So all this reflection is pointless.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft vs. Google — Mutually Assured Destruction

deanston Re:Remember Windows on 90% Desktop (416 comments)

Using the Pavlov's Dog analogy always rile up some people. :) Your assertion that the overall mobile market is similar to overall desktop/laptop OS is debatable. I own an iPhone, and other than browsing for research I don't do work on it. I hope you are right, but I'll be more convinced when Windows falls below 80% of all desktop OS, or Bing overtaking Yahoo search.

more than 5 years ago


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