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Devs Flay Microsoft For Withholding Windows 8.1 RTM

elabs It's not devs, it's FUD mongers (413 comments)

The people complaining are not Microsoft fans. Let's be honest, they had no intention of writing apps for Windows 8.1. They just wanted to get their hands on the final bits early so they could raise fear, uncertainty and doubt before the general public saw the final product in hopes of thwarting MS again. I think MS is doing the right thing by releasing to everyone at the same time.

about a year ago

Excess Coffee May Be Linked To Early Death

elabs Looks like Mormons were right about everything (220 comments)

Fresh fruits & veggies, whole grains, no smoking or chewing tobacco, eating meat sparingly, one by one all of the health guidelines outlined by the LDS Church in the 1800's have been adopted by modern health advocates. Finally the ban on coffee joins the list.

about a year ago

Apache Web Server Share Falls Below 50 Percent For First Time Since 2009

elabs Wow, back in 2007 IIS almost caught Apache (303 comments)

According to those graphs IIS almost caught up with Apache in 2007/2008. Very interesting. IIS is actually a very powerful server and has come a long way since it's early days.

about a year ago

3 Reasons Why Microsoft Needs 3 Surface Tablets

elabs It needs a low-price mini variant (266 comments)

To compete with cheap Android tablets they need to release a $199 mini tablet. Some Xbox branding would help with this product. To compete with the iPad they need a new RT variant with upgraded V2 specs. To compete with full tablets, netbooks and laptops they need an updated Pro model with V2 specs.

about a year ago

Early Surface Sales Pitiful

elabs Re:fix this! (251 comments)

I want Metro! I want touch! Microsoft, don't listen to @slashmydots. He's just spreading FUD.

about a year ago

Early Surface Sales Pitiful

elabs 1.5M vs 14M, 10% isn't bad (251 comments)

Hmm, is it just me or is taking 10% of Apple's tablet pie pretty darn good for a new entrant?

about a year ago

Nokia: Microsoft Must Evolve To Make Windows Phone a Success

elabs They have been (230 comments)

I think Microsoft has been evolving for a few years now. It started with Silverlight and spread to Asp.Net and even to Windows Phone. They now embrace open source software and even make some of their own projects open. They are in the process of accelerating their release cycles (something that the Silverlight team did from day one). They are adapting to changing conditions and that includes WindowsPhone.

1 year,4 days

Love and Hate For Java 8

elabs Re:Who has the biggest kitchen sink? (434 comments)

It should advance legitimately instead of just copying other people's stuff. Java 8 is simply playing catch-up to C# at this point. They need to come up with their own ideas and contribute something new.

1 year,5 days

Love and Hate For Java 8

elabs Re:Seems familar... (434 comments)

C# was a fusion of Java, C++ and Delphi. Java 8 is just playing catch-up, sucking in all the innovation that the Microsoft guys have been doing over the past decade. I think you're right that Microsoft is innovating and blazing new trails at a much faster rate than Oracle can copy.

1 year,5 days

Love and Hate For Java 8

elabs After years of saying java didn't need C# features (434 comments)

After years of saying java didn't need C# features they go and steal tons of them from C#! Whether it's properties, lambdas, function pointers or async/await, the Java community has always insisted that those features weren't necessary and that Java was no worse for omitting them. Now they go and steal them and put them into their products and everyone will declare them innovative new Java features. Last month it was Apple stealing the "Metro" UI from Windows Phone. Now this. Is Microsoft the ONLY company doing anything innovative anymore?

1 year,5 days

Apple Profit Falls 22% But iPhone Sales Are Up

elabs Where is the mention of the iPad? (251 comments)

The real story here isn't about the lower revenue or the increase in iPhone sales. The real story here is the drop in iPad sales. in a time where tablets are supposed to be eating the PC's lunch, the iPad is dropping in sales faster than the PC. Why wasn't that the headline?

1 year,6 days

Ask Slashdot: Keeping Digital Media After Imaging?

elabs DVDs only live for 7 years (122 comments)

For born-analog content, always keep the original physical copy. You never know when you will need to rescan at a higher quality or when you will discover errors in your digital copy. DVDs are not born analog. In fact the only have a shelf life of around 7 years. You need to get everything off DVDs and make several digital copies of it. You should keep the DVDs as long as possible but eventually you will not be able to read them anymore. Make sure your digital copies of the DVDs are error-free because there will come a time when you cannot go back to the DVDs.

1 year,7 days

A Radical Plan For Saving Microsoft's Surface RT

elabs Sell it for cost (391 comments)

They should just sell it for the cost of materials and assembly. If that came it at around $199 then people would buy it up like crazy.

1 year,7 days

Microsoft Stock Drops 11% In a Day

elabs Buy! Buy! (467 comments)

Seriously, I think I'll pick up some MS shares on Monday. The market overreacted and MS is stronger than ever. As others have mentioned, even with this drop MS is still up 17% for the year while Apple is down 20% for the year.

1 year,10 days

Microsoft's Surface RT Was Doomed From Day One

elabs Re:ONLY 10,000 apps (442 comments)

I totally agree. In fact having too many bad apps in the app store can really worsen the customer experience. You can't find the good apps because 99 out of 100 are somebody's high school project they never completed. I wish someone would make a third-party site that curated apps. I bet there would be less than 2000 or 3000 truly unique, high-quality apps out there.

1 year,11 days

Microsoft's Surface RT Was Doomed From Day One

elabs I love my Surface RT but... (442 comments)

I have to agree that going up against the iPad Microsoft should have hit harder with a lower price. Surveys showed that the Surface was more popular with teenagers that the iPad. Yet it was priced way above what a teenager could buy (or what a parent would spend). It really should have been given an introductory price of $299 (or less) then, raised to $350 six months later. Had they done that I think things would have come out much differently.

1 year,11 days

Visual Studio vs. Eclipse: a Programmer's Comparison

elabs Visual Studio wins in GUI designer, ALM and more (543 comments)

Visual Studio definitely wins in most categories. The visual designer(s) in VS can't be topped anywhere in the industry. The XML editor is superior. The binary "hex" editor is superior. The built-in memory, performance, concurrency and other profilers don't even exist in Eclipse. The project template system (not to mentionT4 text templates) is also far superior.

1 year,14 days

Microsoft Slashes Prices On Surface

elabs Awesome! (330 comments)

That's a fantastic deal, especially now that RT devices come with Outlook. I need to pick one of these up.

1 year,16 days

Hands On With the Nokia Lumia 1020

elabs Best. Phone. Ever. (227 comments)

Wow, there is nothing that comes close to the Lumia 1020 and it's camera. I've been using DSLRs for quite some time. No camera phone has ever been able to hold its own against a DSLR like the NIkon D800... until now.

1 year,18 days


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