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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

shutdown -p now Re:Unified Experience Across Devices (514 comments)

It's not clear. Someone at the presentation actually asked a question about Win10 tablets and ARM, but it was dodged and redirected towards phones.

3 hours ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

shutdown -p now Re:All this psychological research... (178 comments)

All those conclusions are the ones that you make, not the study. The study just gives you information, it's up to you to decide what to do with it.

So you're basically complaining that the information is harmful because it leads you to make the wrong decisions, by some arbitrary definition of wrong. Well, perhaps your definition of "wrong" is wrong, or perhaps your ability to make decisions is suspect (I'm almost tempted to troll and say that it might be genetic...).

Either way, it's still science, without any kind of scary quotes, and it's doing good insofar as it's increasing our understanding of the world and ourselves. The evil things that may come of us acting on that understanding is a different thing altogether.

5 hours ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

shutdown -p now Re:More eugenics propaganda? (178 comments)

It sounds like by "eugenics", you mean any notions that genes matter in any way whatsoever.

5 hours ago
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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

shutdown -p now Re:This is the wrong attitude (101 comments)

The Executive branch's job is to represent the operations of the State.

Yes - in the interests of the populace.

The notion that only legislative branch represents the citizenry is bullshit. They are all supposed to represent us, just in different aspects (largely to prevent them from colluding).

5 hours ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

shutdown -p now Re:Can I run Steam on Stream? (166 comments)

I run Steam on my 8-inch Asus VivoTab, which has similar hardware. Obviously you won't be playing Crysis on those, but there are plenty of indie or old games that run great. I play Age of Wonders (the original one from 1999) on mine - works surprisingly well with the stylus.

5 hours ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

shutdown -p now Re:Battery life? (166 comments)

This has not been true since Clover Trail.

5 hours ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

shutdown -p now Re:Screens too small for Windows (166 comments)

I got to work on a guy's Surface tablet a couple days ago. While it was nice and very fast, every time I had to do something on the desktop, it was like trying to read the fine print on a TV commercial.

Since Win8, Windows has DPI scaling on the desktop that actually works (actually it was mostly working in Win7 already, but 8 and 8.1 polished it further).

Surface, in particular, scales everything to 150% by default, if I remember correctly. The text on mine is about the same size as on the desktop. Of course, this means that not quite as many things fit, so some people manually change the setting back to 100%, making everything tiny, but fitting more onto the screen. That guy whom you know must have done that.

5 hours ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

shutdown -p now Re:99 is not sub $100 (166 comments)

You can always buy it in Oregon.

5 hours ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

shutdown -p now Re:Dear MS (514 comments)

If you have actually looked at the screenshots, this is a major backtracking from "one size fits all" as exemplified by Win8.

5 hours ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

shutdown -p now Re:Sigh.... (514 comments)

Tiles in the desktop case are not so much for launching as for widget-like functionality - presenting data at a glance. If you don't need them, you can just remove them all and end up with a clean Start menu that just has the app list.

5 hours ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

shutdown -p now Re:Unified Experience Across Devices (514 comments)

Windows 8 was unified experience for all devices, so long as by "unified" you meant "behaves like a tablet".

This is an unified experience in a sense of the same app running on all platforms from phone to tablet to desktop, and with some UI notions that are meaningful across all devices working everywhere (e.g. a live tile behaves the same on phone/tablet start screen, or in the desktop start menu), while also recognizing that, no, not every device is a tablet, and so many things have to be tailored to the device in question - such as the return of Start menu, and the ability to run store apps in windows, on the desktop.

6 hours ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

shutdown -p now Re:Catching up with Fedora (514 comments)

Yes, terseness. Have you heard of this fancy thing called "aliases"? Powershell has quite a few out of the box. For example, "Get-ChildItem" is aliased to... "ls". And "Set-Location" is aliased to "cd". And "Get-Helped" is aliased to "man". And aliases work everywhere, so "man ls" works exactly as you'd expect it to.

On the other hand, when you have no clue of what a particular command might be to do something that you need done, your chances of guessing it in PSh are much higher, because the canonical names are descriptive rather than terse.

6 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

shutdown -p now Re:If Ebola cross-mutates with the (321 comments)

Who fucking cares about biology here, we're talking about cool things like zombies. YEAH, ZOMBIES!!!1!

6 hours ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

shutdown -p now Re:Call it what you will (323 comments)

Yes, it's the spec's fault, because it sets up the user for silent but catastrophic failure, doing something that is not in any obvious way related to the problem.

yesterday
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

shutdown -p now Re:Nothing to do with language (323 comments)

Even if it does, you're basically allowing the introduction of functions into the scope of your script with both names and bodies defined completely by untrusted input. It's insane.

yesterday
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

shutdown -p now Re: Really? (490 comments)

Wow. And reviews cite "cheap material" and "wears out quickly", at that.

The next obvious question is, why are these guys and their ilk still in business, with price gouging like that?

2 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

shutdown -p now Re:Or utilities could take solar more seriously (490 comments)

I think the suggestion was basically to pay people to install solar - basically, rent it out. Even with all the subsidies, the initial cost is still hefty, and it takes long enough to recoup that not that many homeowners can afford it. But I think that quite a few would agree to have the company install its panels on their roofs, if that meant that they'd get power at a significantly lower price. The lines for this are all already in place, too.

2 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

shutdown -p now Re: Really? (490 comments)

It still sounds like a lot. If you look at the prices of Chinese-made solar panels on Alibaba - i.e. pretty much directly from manufacturer - they're under $1/watt even for the most efficient monocrystalline ones (in fact, most are about $0.7/watt). Now granted, this is price per "ideal watt", but even if you're looking at actual output at 50%, it's still over 15 kW for $30k worth of batteries. Which is a lot, even with AC and all.

Or do solar companies in US resell these at insane margins?

3 days ago

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Microsoft adds Node.js support to Visual Studio

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  about 10 months ago

shutdown -p now (807394) writes "Coming from the team that had previously brought you Python Tools for Visual Studio, Microsoft has announced Node.js Tools for Visual Studio, with the release of the first public alpha. NTVS is the official extension for Visual Studio that adds support for Node.js, including editing with Intellisense, debugging, profiling, and the ability to deploy Node.js websites to Windows Azure. An overview video showcases the features, and Scott Hanselman has a detailed walkthrough.

The project is open source under Apache License 2.0. While the extension is published by Microsoft, it is a collaborative effort involving Microsoft, Red Gate (which previously had a private beta version of similar product called Visual Node), and individual contributors from the Node.js community."

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Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.0 Beta Released

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  about a year ago

shutdown -p now (807394) writes "My team at Microsoft, which works on Python Tools for Visual Studio — a free, open source extension for Visual Studio that adds support for Python to that IDE — has just shipped a beta version of the upcoming 2.0 release with numerous new features and improvements.

PTVS supports most Python interpreters including CPython, advanced code completion, debugging, and profiling. Some highlights of this release are mixed-mode debugging of Python and C/C++ code with integrated call stacks, stepping and breakpoints; the ability to remotely attach to and debug Python programs running on Linux and OS X; and Django support with ability to conveniently deploy Django websites and services to Windows Azure.

PTVS works with Visual Studio 2010, 2012 and 2013 Preview, as well as the free Visual Studio Shell."

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Code from Microsoft submitted to jQuery

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  more than 3 years ago

shutdown -p now (807394) writes "Microsoft has previously announced its support for jQuery JavaScript client framework when it started bundling it with Visual Studio back in 2008. Since then, Microsoft developers, in direct cooperation with the core jQuery team and the community, have developed three new plugins — Templates, DataLink and Globalization. Today, this contribution has finally found its way upstream into the main jQuery code base, and will be included into the upcoming 1.5 release. As all other jQuery code, the plugins are dual-licensed under MIT and GPLv2, making it another rare case of Microsoft contributing code to an Open Source project under the GPL."
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Windows Phone 7 Series - Developer Perspective

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  more than 4 years ago

shutdown -p now writes "As previously promised, at MIX10 developer conference, Microsoft has released details about the development side of the upcoming Windows Phone 7 Series.

It is now confirmed that two frameworks for application development will be XNA for games and game-like fullscreen, high-performance applications, and a subset of Silverlight 3 for everything else. Both frameworks support managed .NET code only — no native (C++) code support. Furthermore, the applications are sandboxed, and "unsafe" functionality, such as P/Invoke, is not available. A fairly detailed set of UI guidelines for developers has been made available as well.

The integrated web browser is claimed to be based on Internet Explorer 7 engine with some extra features, such as proper XHTML support.

An single centralized store will be available, called the Marketplace. It will include both applications and other media (such as music). The Marketplace will be the only way to install applications onto the phone (though, supposedly, "enterprise customers" will have some workaround). There will be an approval process for publishing applications on the Marketplace, and, aside from filtering out malware, it will also require that applications are "generally good taste excluding pornography, hateful/inflammatory speech, and gratuitous violence".

On the hardware side, the specifications will be tightly controlled for the benefit of developers. A standard set of hardware buttons is mandated on all phones ("Back", "Home" and "Search"). Screen size is limited to two standard resolutions: 320x480, and 480x800, and touchscreen must be capacitive, with at least 4-point multi-touch. Other requirements hardware requirements include 3D acceleration, GPS, and accelerometer.

Unlike past mobile SDK releases from Microsoft, a free version of development tools for Windows Phone will be available, named "Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone". A preview of that is presently available, complete with an emulator. In the future, a mobile-oriented version of Expression Blend 4, a designer-centric development tool, will also be available."

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Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 Released, Supports ODF

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  more than 5 years ago

shutdown -p now writes "On April, 2008, Microsoft has released service pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2007. Among other changes, it includes the earlier-promised support for ODF text documents and spreadsheets, featured prominently on the "Save As" menu alongside Office Open XML and the legacy Office 97-2007 formats. It is also possible to configure Office applications to use ODF as the default format for new documents.

In addition, the service pack also includes "Save as PDF" out of the box, and better Firefox support by SharePoint."

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ISO publishes final Open XML specification

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  more than 5 years ago

shutdown -p now writes "ISO/IEC 29500:2008, better known as Office Open XML, is now a published ISO International Standard. Major changes since last public drafts include splitting the standard into "strict conformance" and "transitional conformance" parts, with all the Microsoft Office compatibility hacks going into the latter, "for Office Open XML consumers and producers that comply to the transitional conformance category ... provide support for legacy Microsoft Office applications". The complete standard, including the transitional part, is still rather unwieldy at 7,228 pages; of those, the transitional elements take up only 1,475 pages.

In addition, the ISO press release explicitly references something called "Microsoft Office 2008" at least one time. Presumably, it would be a Microsoft Office release fully compliant with the newly released specification in its final form; however, there haven't been any announcements from Microsoft about a product named "Office 2008" yet."

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Exploits generated autpmatically from patches

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  more than 6 years ago

shutdown -p now writes "A group of researchers wrote a paper (PDF) on automatic generation of exploits from security patches. It works by performing flow analysis on the code that is changed by the code to find the boundary conditions that lead to vulnerability in an unpatched version. It's not just theory, either: they have successfully generated exploits for 5 known vulnerabilities in Microsoft products using their algorithm. The authors note that a successful attack using this method is particularly likely when vendor deliberately delays releasing security patches to the general public, to push them in a single bundle on a regular schedule — as is the case with Windows Update and its infamous Patch Tuesday."
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shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  about 3 years ago

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