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What To Expect With Windows 9

macs4all Re: Aero Or Go Home (316 comments)

I used "Jus' Sayin' " simply to denote something that the OP wanted, that was already present in an alternative OS (OS X).

As a user of OS X since 10.0.0, IMHO, The Finder, even at it's shittiest, is head and shoulders above any "explorer" version out of Redmond.

And at least Spotlight frickin' WORKS...

5 hours ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

macs4all Re: Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (316 comments)

You make it sound like multi-monitor and multi workspace are options of which only one can be chosen. Using two monitors and eight workspaces here!

Oh, you mean like this?

7 hours ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

macs4all Re: Ah well (316 comments)

I'm just sayin d0gg it ain't that bad.

Yes. Yes it is.

7 hours ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

macs4all Re: Make the server version look like a server. (316 comments)

But Server 2012 is unusable. R2 improved it, but they clearly hate their customers.

1. Why does a Server install have boxes called "this PC" to click on. Just bring back "My Briefcase" and get it over with you lazy pieces of crap.

2. Why does it have a snazzy new front end that then puts back up screens we had in Windows 3.1?

That was my exact feeling. In fact, I have said multiple times about now it looks like Window 3.1... Only worse!

I have to deal with that POS GUI every single day at work. Makes me ever so glad to get home to my Mac, where I can have multiple overlapping windows, multiple desktops and real window-management.

7 hours ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

macs4all Re: Haters gonna hate (316 comments)

You know what I love even more than than Win 8.1 on my Surface Pro 1? The side glances of envy from MacBook Air fanboys as they watch me use the touchscreen.

Yeahrightsure.

But what does your face look like when they do this or this ?

And they didn't even have to get Gorilla Arm to do it!

7 hours ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

macs4all Re:The protruding lens was a mistake (293 comments)

I don't know how their design people allowed a protruding lens in the first place. It really runs contrary to Apple's design sensibility, but I guess we're seeing the first evidence of what happens to Apple without Jobs. The protrusion is ugly, and it mars the flat, smooth design.

And for what? Assuming that they can't make the camera any thinner, make the phone slightly fatter, and make use of the extra space. It's not as though the iPhone 5 was obscenely thick and needed to be made thinner. Hell, just fill the rest of the thing out with additional battery, and give us more battery life.

Well, you know what they say:

"You can never be too rich, or too thin; or have too much protruding bulge..."

12 hours ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

macs4all Re:Parallax. (293 comments)

No, the phone is shown at exactly right angles, and they're right, the lens is photoshopped out. Meanwhile, it's 1 mm. What is that, the thickness of 2 business cards?

How can you tell that it is shown at exactly right angles? All they have to do is offset the angle by the tiniest fraction and "boom", the lens bulge is obscured by the case.

As you said, it is 1mm, and they are shooting it from the other side of the phone in every photo/rendering I have seen.

I submit that you have to be able to see the back of the phone, or perhaps be "dead-on" to the side to see a "bulge" of such diminutive proportions.

That's not really "parallax" by the way.

12 hours ago
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

macs4all Re: Requirements ? (129 comments)

But there is also the corner case of machines like I have with a 64 bit capable CPU but only 32 bit EFI for which I am endlessly trapped on Lion (10.7). Which probably doesn't count in this case, but is always a source of endless bitching for me.

How are you "Endlessly trapped on Lion?"

Apple released the OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" for FREE over a year ago. One of the design criteria for Mavericks was that it would install on any Mac on which Snow Leopard would install. Since you said you were "stuck on Lion" (10.7), which is already 64-bit only, why would this be of concern to you?

2 days ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

macs4all Re: Good decision? (352 comments)

Every argument is not about defending at attacking windows UI. This one is against your misconception about GPUs being sentient beings.

So you've still not read, or understood the statement I repeated in my last post. GPU doesn't do anything on its own. It needs a driver. Lacking a driver, you cannot find a GPU, any class, that can draw a single triangle.

No fooling? With over 30 years of embedded dev. experience, I never would have thought of that! (rolls eyes)

But what I have been trying to get through everyone's collectively addled brains is this:

The excuse that "Windows' 'Moderrn UI' has to be "simple", because they have to work with a wider-range of (Desktop-Class) GPU hardware" is patently absurd, due to the fact that the Windows' software engineers (OS and Driver Devs.) should be able to code an interface with as much "UI-finesse" as what is available in OS X (which is undeniably more "advanced" than the Windows 'Modern UI'), using any reasonable "Desktop-Class" GPU.

I do believe, however, that the main reason that MS decided to make "Metro" so bog-simple (no "shading", no "textures" and no "overlapping windows"), was because they wanted (which is way different than "had to" ) come up with an interface that wouldn't tax the capabilities of Phone and Tablet-Class GPU hardware.

IOW, whereas Apple wisely matched the UI of OS X and iOS more closely to the TYPICAL "Class of Devices" that they were running on (Desktop vx. Mobile), MS just "raced to the bottom" with "Metro", and forced all their "Desktop" users to unnecessarily suffer from a "Lowest-Common-Denominator" UI.

In short: Microsoft took the lazy way out, and then tried to pass it off as a "Unified" UI design.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

macs4all Re: Good decision? (352 comments)

OK, so

1. Microsoft made a decision - to use "primitive" graphics.

2. They have a business model where they need to support a wide variety of graphics chips.

You are saying 1 was surely not caused by the driver insanity resulting from 2. Based on what?

Jeebus! Are you just TRYING to be obtuse; or do you REALLY have a mental defect?

Based on the fact that you can't FIND a "desktop"-Class GPU, that couldn't do stuff like Apple is doing with Mission Control and Spaces, and even at least support for two monitors.

And are you REALLY here to DEFEND Windows "Modern UI", or just argue against me?

4 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

macs4all Re: What about other devices? (418 comments)

Exactly.

I am an embedded Developer with over three decades of paid experience. Do these people really think someone like me (or me) doesn't realize that technically, these devices could be considered a "computing device"?

But, the less fanatical among us nerds, you know, the ones that don't have to prove that they are "smart enough" to get Linux to run on their toaster, just because they can say they did it (woohoo), realize that these are still, at the end of the day, Appliances with an Embedded microcontroller, or System-on-Chip, inside.

So, with that in mind, is a device with a mask-programmed microcontroller a "computer"? You can't run arbitrary code on it. Isn't the microcontroller just another form of ASIC at that point? You can't install Linux on it, any more than you can do so on your Cat. Yet inside that MCU, it's the same CPU core, same RAM, same peripherals, running the same instruction set. The only difference is that it has been built with a last-mask that happens to have a printed pattern on it that causes the part to act as a particular state-machine. But is it a "computer". No, it is not.

So please quit trying to Impress yourselves by declaring just any-old-thing that happens to have an MCU in it a "computer". Because, in just a very few decades (when it will be even harder to find anything that isn't an Embedded System), people will simply look at you like you're daft, punks.

4 days ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

macs4all Re:Android is Crushing Apple Phone Sales - NOT! (222 comments)

This post is an interesting case in wrongness density.

I was simply pointing out that neither side is actually "right".

4 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

macs4all Re:No vendor should be allowed to cram any kind of (418 comments)

... software down the users throat.

I don't care if it's free or not. If it's annoying or unnecessary, I don't want to have to spend two hours to rid my newly bought computer of crapware I don't want.

Then buy a Mac. Not one whit of "crapware". Macs used to come with "trial versions" of MS Office; but I don't think that has been true since they developed the iWork suite. They also had a "trial" version of that, too; but then started simply including the suite for "free" with new Macs.

4 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

macs4all Re:Apple? (418 comments)

If OSX comes "free" with their hardware, but is also sold separately - or even just has a defined value separately - they will likely fall afoul of the law.

Both Mavericks (current version) and soon-to-be-released Yosemite versions of OS X are distributed FREE; but are only licensed for use in Apple-Approved hardware.

Just because you might be clever enough to download Cisco's Router firmware from a Cisco download site (read "App Store") into a D-Link router (and even make it work), does not magically transmogrify that Firmware into Libre "OS" code.

4 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

macs4all Re:Apple? (418 comments)

They might have a better defence as the OS is free. If anything where it might get interesting is that effectively you are buying the OS and it comes with a machine. Thus there might be a way to convince a judge that where Apple is going legally wrong is to insist that you use their machine.

That will never happen, unless you can make Nikon offer its DSLR cameras' OS ("Firmware") to Canon EOS Rebel owners, too.

When an "OS" is offered only for a particular manufacturer's products (which is undeniably the case for OS X, but not for Windows (or even Linux)), then it is more appropriately termed "Firmware", and should be considered simply one more BOM component, like the CPU or Memory.

The fact that Apple specifically states that OS X is licensed only for Apple-Approved hardware (and the fact that they are the authors and publishers of same), only strengthens their legal position.

4 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

macs4all Re:How does MS get away with it in the US? (418 comments)

Can't wait until the tie in between OS and hardware for Macs is shut down too. Being able to use MacOSX on any x86 compatible computer or buying able to buy a macbook without the OS (and don't give me the "Apple give away the OS!" crap, its value is baked in into the hardware, its just indirect...).

We wouldn't want any double standard here!

All Apple has to do is start calling OS X "Firmware", and that neatly sidesteps the whole issue. No court is going to say that a product can't be sold with Firmware written by the same manufacturer.

Think about it.

4 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

macs4all Re:What about other devices? (418 comments)

If it's really free, can I download and install it legally on my assembled PC?

Do we REALLY have to have this discussion each-and-every-time?

4 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

macs4all Re:What about other devices? (418 comments)

It only applies if the OS and device are really two separate entities. For Macs you could argue that you should be able to buy the device without the OS. For phones, it seems that the OS is part of the device, especially in case of iPhones (what else are you going to run on them). Keep in mind that iOS isn't sold separately either, nor are there any charges for upgrades.

That's because the iPhone (which really should be called a computer) is locked down in the firmware by the manufacturer to only run operating systems provided by them. If they would disable this blocking then alternative operating systems could run on the iPhone. It has in the past when good hackers were able to work around Apples attempt to dominate the user, but that has not been successful recently.

I argue that the iPhone and iPad really should not be called a "computer" (unless you also want to call your microwave oven, TV set, A/V receiver, DSLR, DVD/BD Player, VCR, etc. a "computer"), because there are simply absolutely no practical alternatives for the Firmware "OS" that completes the "product" design.

Even a "jailbroken" iPhone is still running iOS; otherwise it would be useless as a phone. All that the "jailbreaks" do is provide a method whereby "unsigned" software packages can be "side-loaded" into the iPhone. However, that unsigned software must still be developed in XCode to run under iOS.

I the case of the Mac, you may have had a (weak) argument; but now that Apple distributes OS X for free, I'm pretty sure that the Italians won't be interested in going after Apple.

4 days ago

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Roger Boisjoly, 73, Dies - Warned of Shuttle Danger

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 2 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "Six months before the space shuttle Challenger exploded over Florida on Jan. 28, 1986, Roger Boisjoly wrote a portentous memo. He warned that if the weather was too cold, seals connecting sections of the shuttle’s huge rocket boosters could fail. “The result could be a catastrophe of the highest order, loss of human life,” he wrote.

The memo was meant to jolt Morton Thiokol, the company that made the boosters and employed Mr. Boisjoly. The night before the Challenger’s liftoff, the temperature dipped below freezing. Unusual for Florida, the cold was unprecedented for a shuttle launching, and it prompted Mr. Boisjoly and other engineers to plead that the flight be postponed. Their bosses, under pressure from NASA, rejected the advice.

The shuttle exploded 73 seconds after launching, killing its seven crew members, including Christa McAuliffe, a high school teacher from Concord, N.H.Mr. Boisjoly’s memo was soon made public. He became widely known as a whistle-blower in a federal investigation of the disaster. And though he was hailed for his action by many, he was also made to suffer for it.On the night of Jan. 27, 1986, Mr. Boisjoly and four other Thiokol engineers used a teleconference with NASA to press the case for delaying the next day’s launching because of the cold. At one point, Mr. Boisjoly said, he slapped down photos showing the damage cold temperatures had caused to an earlier shuttle. It had lifted off on a cold day, but not this cold.

“How the hell can you ignore this?” he demanded. At first this seemed persuasive, according to commission testimony. Makers of critical components had the power to postpone flights.

Four Thiokol vice presidents, all engineers themselves, went offline to huddle. They later said that they had worried they lacked conclusive data to stop a launching that had already been postponed twice. They thought the naysayers might be operating on gut reaction, not science.

Jerry Mason, Thiokol’s general manager, told his fellow executives to take off their engineering hats and put on management hats. They told NASA it was a go.

The next morning Mr. Boisjoly watched the launching. If there was going to be a problem, he thought it would come at liftoff. As the shuttle cleared the tower, his prayers seemed answered.

“Thirteen seconds later,” Mr. Boisjoly said, “we saw it blow up.”

Mr. Boisjoly (pronounced like Beaujolais wine) died in Nephi, Utah, near Provo, on Jan. 6. He was 73. Besides his wife, the former Roberta Malcolm, he is survived by his daughters Norma Patterson and Darlene Richens; his brothers Ronald, Russell and Richard; and eight grandchildren."

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Apple Goes To Bat For Developers Against Lodsys

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 3 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "Apple has apparently put its money, and its legal muscle, where its "lawyer letter" is, in the battle of iOS developers against patent troll Lodsys. Apple has filed a Motion To Intervene in the proceedings in East Texas. Apple's motion states that the independent IOS developers-defendants:

"are individuals or small entities with far fewer resources than Apple and [...] lack the technical information, ability, and incentive to adequately protect Apple's rights under its license agreement."

History suggests that Apple's motion will be granted, and then Lodsys will feel the full force of Apple's legal team; which is surely a lot more than they bargained for.

Slashdot readers will remember that Apple had already fired off a "back-off" letter to Lodsys, stating that it was Apple's position that the independent developers were covered under the license that had already been negotiated.

Now the fun begins!"

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Windows Phone 7 To Axe Multitasking

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 4 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "Under the "Hmmm, maybe Apple wasn't so dumb after all" department, OS News reports that Windows Phone 7 (a/k/a Windows Mobile 7) will not allow multitasking, and, unlike previous versions of Windows Mobile, will only allow "signed" apps to be uploaded through an online store. This is a radical departure from Microsoft's previous versions of Windows Mobile, and is likely an attempt by the software giant to counter widespread complaints regarding WM's lackluster performance, and to improve security."
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Apple Tablet To Be Alan Kay's 1968 Dynabook?

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 4 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "Alan Kay was a researcher with Xerox PARC, and later one of the conceptual contributors to Steve Jobs on the first Mac design. In 1968, he envisioned a precursor to the laptop and tablet computers (in one). Called the Dynabook.

The Dynabook was quite an interesting concept, and some of the capabilites, such as the learning capabilities, still have not been adequately addressed in any existing product.

It is worth noting that Kay and Jobs originally conceived of the Macintosh as a tablet, and in fact, the Dynabook made, er, flesh.

So, is the upcoming tablet to be the final realization of what the Mac was truly intended to be? I think so, and so does this blogger

Discuss.."
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Revising History To Fit The Bible

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 5 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "Not content to mold science class to foment its agenda, this article reports that those ka-ray-zee "educators" in Texas are proposing "revamping the K-12 curriculum to emphasize the roles of the Bible, the Christian faith and the civic virtue of religion in the study of American history. Two of them want to remove or de-emphasize references to several historical figures who have become liberal icons, such as César Chávez and Thurgood Marshall."

Of course, reasoned heads on the Texas Board of "Education" will surely prevail. Those members, hand-picked for their "enlightened" views are exemplified by Board member David Barton, founder of WallBuilders, a group that promotes America's Christian heritage; and Rev. Marshall, who preaches that Watergate, the Vietnam War and Hurricane Katrina were God's judgments on the nation's sexual immorality.

The conservative reviewers say they believe that children must learn that America's founding principles are biblical. For instance, they say the separation of powers set forth in the Constitution stems from a scriptural understanding of man's fall and inherent sinfulness, or "radical depravity," which means he can be governed only by an intricate system of checks and balances."
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Apple Patches Java Vulnerability

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 5 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "Apple has (finally!) patched the Java Vulnerability that nearly everyone else has patched already.

Available now through these links for OS X 10.4 and 10.5 and through Apple's Software Update service, this Update patches a flaw in the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) that could potentially allow a malicious Java Applet to execute arbitrary code on the machine.

Apple had previously advised users to temporarily turn off Java in their web browsers. This patch should allow Java to be turned back on."
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Microsoft Patents PageUp/PageDown

macs4all macs4all writes  |  about 6 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "This article in ITWire details the latest in the abomination that is the Software Patent.

If patenting the obvious is considered something of an art form in the world of IT, then Microsoft is undoubtedly an old master. The Page Up Page Down patent it has been granted would seem to confirm this...

US Patent 7,415,666 goes under the snappy title of: "Method and system for navigating paginated content in page-based increments" and is the latest to be granted to that serial patent application junkie better known as Microsoft.

Anyone who has ever looked at technology patents will know that there is a trick to quickly scanning these application titles in order to weed out the genuine ones from those that are, to be fair, just attempting to patent something that already exists.

So what could a method of navigating paginated content, or stuff on the page, using page-based increments possibly refer to? Ding! Of course, the PgUp and PgDn keys.

Look at the abstract description on that patent and you will see that what Microsoft has cleverly managed to grab ownership of is:

"A method and system in a document viewer for scrolling a substantially exact increment in a document, such as one page, regardless of whether the zoom is such that some, all or one page is currently being viewed."

Which sounds remarkably like using the Page Up and Page Down keys..."
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Apple Files Suit Against Psystar

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 6 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "According to this article, Apple has begun legal proceedings against Psystar, documents confirm. The suit is actually noted to have been filed on July 3rd, through the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The suit accuses Psystar of license, copyright and trademark infringement, as a result of selling its $400 OpenMac computer."
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Jobs offers $100 Credit to All iPhone Owners

macs4all macs4all writes  |  about 7 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "In an open letter to iPhone owners, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that all iPhone owners that have not received other compensation, would be given a $100USD credit as a gesture of good-will.

This should help quell the bad press that early adopters of the iPhone have been generating, and is a sign that Apple does listen to, and value, its customers."
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macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 7 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "MacNN is reporting that following the early morning release of iTunes 7.2, Apple on Wednesday launched iTunes Plus, which brings support for new DRM-free music tracks featuring high quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for higher audio quality. The new higher-quality, DRM-free songs are available immediately for $1.29 per song. iTunes Plus currently includes EMI's digital catalog of outstanding recordings, including singles and albums from Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, Frank Sinatra, Joss Stone, Pink Floyd, John Coltrane and more than a dozen of Paul McCartney's classic albums available on iTunes for the first time."
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macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 7 years ago

macs4all writes "Amit Singh has a fascinating technical article on Apple's use, non-use, and ultimate abandonment of the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). This is the core of the Trusted Computing initiative, a chip that can, depending on implementation, be used to lock you out of reading your own data on "unauthorized" applications, to allow network service providers to discriminate against users of alternative software (e.g., "You're using Firefox — go get Explorer and come back") and enforce DRM — Singh reports that Apple has dropped the TPM from its motherboard designs, with the new MacPros. Singh had created a free software driver for the TPM under OS X that allowed users to exploit its privacy features."
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macs4all macs4all writes  |  about 8 years ago

macs4all writes "At today's long-awaited "It's Showtime!" Media Event(tm), his Steveness announced some spiffy updates to the iPod line, including an entirely revamped Shuffle. Also, of course was the strongly-rumored addition of downloadable (progressive download) feature-length movies from the iTunes Store. Pricing will be $12.99 for movies pre-ordered, or in the first week of release, and $9.99 for all others. Movies will be able to be viewed while downloading, with only a 1 minute delay to start.

But for me, at least, the two biggest announcements came in the form of the release of iTunes 7, which will (finally) offer "gapless" playback for songs (even those already encoded) in MP3, AAC and Apple Lossless formats.

And, last but not least, Stevarino teased the audience with a preview of Apple's Set-top Box, which Steve says will be shipping in Q1 of 2007 (think MacWorld!), and will be "wireless"

Yes, it is going to be another banner year for Apple, folks. Watch the stock go up now!"
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macs4all macs4all writes  |  about 8 years ago

macs4all writes "This MacNN article claims Microsoft executive Brian Valentine, senior vice president of the Windows Core Operating System Division has resigned as the software giant's Windows Vista operating system heads toward completion, and will take up a position at Amazon.com.

Valentine was known for his ability to galvanize Windows-related software development in the critical final stages, and his resignation casts further doubt upon the viability of Microsoft's planned October release to manufacturing partners of Windows Vista,"
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macs4all macs4all writes  |  about 8 years ago

macs4all writes "Garbage cans all over England are under surveillance tonight. And not by sleepy, fallible humans. This article in Live Science claims that at least 500,000 "wheelie bins" now use technology worthy of James Bond's fabled electronics genius "M" (or at least a competent villain from SPECTRE)to identify exactly who is throwing away what."

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