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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

dingen Re:It was a "joke" back then (275 comments)

So sad we still don't have 4K square screens available for the general public. Everything else has exploded, but pixels are still lacking.

5 days ago
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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

dingen Re:Who is Theo De Raadt? (301 comments)

Because who in the world has ever heard of OpenSSH, right?

about two weeks ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

dingen Re:Here's what I don't get (367 comments)

A kernel isn't an operating system though. I would understand the NT kernel being used in an ATM. But the full blown desktop version of Windows XP? For a dedicated single purpose device? It just doesn't make any sense.

about a month ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

dingen Re:Here's what I don't get (367 comments)

Here's a source that says 6 out of every 10 ATMs is running a version of XP of which support will end coming April: http://www.computerworld.com/s...

In the UK, at least the nation's top 5 banks are paying Microsoft extra fees in order to keep supporting their soon-to-be-obsolete ATMs: http://www.digitaltrends.com/c...

This wouldn't be happening if the machines in question would be running the embedded version of XP, now would it?

about a month ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

dingen Re:Here's what I don't get (367 comments)

It isn't Embedded. Support is being dropped. Why else are UK banks paying Microsoft hundreds of millions of dollars to keep supporting XP for a little while longer?

about a month ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

dingen Re:Here's what I don't get (367 comments)

No. The ATMs in question are running XP Pro, not Embedded. The same thing is happening in the UK, where banks are paying Microsoft hundreds of millions of dollars for extended support contracts (link), just to keep releasing patches every now and then. This wouldn't be the case if the machines were on XP Embedded.

about a month ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

dingen Re:Here's what I don't get (367 comments)

No, it isn't. Support for XP Embedded isn't dropped coming April.

about a month ago
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DirectX 12 Promises Lower-level Hardware Access On Multiple Platforms

dingen Re:Let me guess... (107 comments)

Just in time to make DX12 available only for Windows 9 then :-P

about a month ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

dingen Here's what I don't get (367 comments)

What's a desktop operating system doing on an ATM anyway?

about a month ago
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DirectX 12 Promises Lower-level Hardware Access On Multiple Platforms

dingen Re:Let me guess... (107 comments)

And the result is that DX9 games are still being released, even today.

about a month ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

dingen Re:CSS variables? (256 comments)

The very existence of SASS and LESS prove CSS needs to be fixed. Introducing variables in CSS is one step in the right direction of making SASS/LESS obsolete.

about 1 month ago
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The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

dingen Re:Laughable (260 comments)

The basic premise, that it is an anomaly for us to come together into a common social space, is so ridiculous that I have to wonder what her agenda is for making such a blatantly false claim.

People came together from their community to the marketplace to socialize. People came together at church every single Sunday.

You don't get it. The point is that the entire world didn't come together at the same marketplace, or the same church building, or live in the same city for that matter. It's unnatural for humans to all be in the same spot to socialize, we rather split up in groups of manageable size. That's the premise of the author. Now whether that's true or false remains to be seen, but at least understand the point the article is trying to make.

about a month ago
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OneDrive Is Microsoft's Rebranded Name For SkyDrive

dingen Re:Ubuntu One? (197 comments)

There's also http://one.com/ which offers a cloud storage service.

It would be hilarious if Microsoft was forced to change the name again *fingers crossed*

about 3 months ago
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How Can Nintendo Recover?

dingen Re:Better Hardware (559 comments)

So what kept you from playing Wind Waker on your GameCuber or Wii then, if you're such a Zelda-fan?

about 3 months ago
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How Can Nintendo Recover?

dingen Re:Better Hardware (559 comments)

Everyone who is older than 12 and remotely interested in Nintendo and Zelda, yes.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Paying for Positive Xbox One Coverage on YouTube

dingen Re:And? (128 comments)

The astroturfing itself isn't that newsworthy, but if it could be proved MS is doing something illegal here, it might blow up and become quite something.

about 3 months ago
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How Can Nintendo Recover?

dingen Re:Better Hardware (559 comments)

So people who are fans of Zelda aren't buying Wii U's. Same goes for fans of Mario Kart, fans of Pokemon etc.

Nintendo might be able to get away with having little to no 3rd party games, but if there also aren't that many 1st party games then what is there?

about 3 months ago
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How Can Nintendo Recover?

dingen Re:Better Hardware (559 comments)

Wind Waker is GameCube's Zelda. There isn't one original to the Wii U.

about 3 months ago
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How Can Nintendo Recover?

dingen Re:Better Hardware (559 comments)

Power is an issue, because once again Nintendo cannot compete with the other consoles. This means 3rd party developers aren't interested *again*, because the gap between the PS4/XBONE and Wii U is simply too big. The extra hassle of getting modern games to run on the Wii U aren't worth the effort, so all that is left is lots of Mario's, Zelda's and Pokemons.

And that wouldn't be that bad *if those games were actually available*. But they aren't. It's now 14 months after the launch of the Wii U and there still isn't a Zelda-game, no Mario Kart, no Pokemon, no Mario Galaxy for the Wii U. Just to name a few.

And then there's the controller. The Wii was compelling to a lot of people because of its novel motion controller. The Wii U has nothing of the sort. Sure, a tablet controller might be new in console-land, but everyone and their mother have already got a tablet. And any old iPad/Galaxy/Nexus/whatever tablet is way nicer than the clunky piece of white plastic Nintendo is providing with their system.

Combine all this with the terrible name and you've got exactly the clusterfuck that is the Wii U.

about 3 months ago

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Microsoft is now selling Windows RT exclusively

dingen dingen writes  |  about 7 months ago

dingen (958134) writes "Dell’s XPS 10 tablet models with Windows RT have been removed from the company’s website, which analysts said could leave Microsoft as the only vendor selling ARM-based tablets running versions of Windows RT.

The XPS 10 Web page lists models of the tablet as being “unavailable,” and points users to the Latitude 10 tablet, which runs Windows 8 and has an Intel Atom processor. Microsoft, which sells Surface RT, is now the only device maker selling a tablet with Windows RT.

Dell was the only device maker other than Microsoft selling a Windows RT tablet after Lenovo, Asus, and Samsung bailed out on the device."

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Thurrot says MS should abandon the consumer market

dingen dingen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dingen (958134) writes "Long time pro-Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrot thinks Microsoft should leave the consumer market. Quoting from his "SuperSite for Windows":

Depending on what matters to you, it's been a tough decade for Microsoft. The company's stock price has stagnated as it matured from a quickly-growing upstart into a slow-moving, comfortable, behemoth. But in recent years, faster-moving companies such as Apple and Google have stolen the limelight, thanks to innovative and exciting consumer products. And despite the fact that these companies are behemoths themselves, they've generated significant excitement with shareholders as well.

o here's my suggestion: While Microsoft has spent much of the past decade trying to prove that it is somehow a company that can equally attract consumers and businesses, it has failed to make any headway with consumers at all. And its competitors, which are better able to meet the needs of this market better—indeed, able to anticipate and even invent these needs, as Apple has done—show no sign of slowing. There's only one course of action that makes any sense.

Microsoft should abandon the consumer market.

Relax, relax. This isn't as dramatic as it sounds. Indeed, as I've already discovered, most of Microsoft's revenues are already derived from non-consumer products and services as it is. And its future growth is already tied to the migration away from business-oriented traditional software packages to business-oriented cloud services. Why continue muddying the waters?

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Amazon reports e-books are outselling hardcovers

dingen dingen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dingen (958134) writes "Amazon reports that for every 100 hardcover book they've sold in the last quarter, 143 e-books for Kindle were purchased through their service. The difference was even larger this month, with e-books outselling hardcovers 1.8 to 1.

It seems like e-books are really breaking through, altough then again, who purchases hardcover books anyway?"

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