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Comment Probably not the whole story (Score 1) 524

If employees were limited to a specific build of a Windows-based machine, with a limited choice in peripherals that had been properly tested along with the rest of the system. And if their upgrades were basically limited to some minor upgrades or replacing the whole thing, I bet the MS Windows machines would have been roughly the same TCO and the Apple ones.

Instead, people were likely free to have more specific demands and wishes granted by sysadmins and people purchasing hardware. Not a surprise to me that taking that freedom away will save money. Not saying taking that freedom away is a bad thing either, just that it feels like we may be looking at a comparison of apples and oranges...

Comment Fixation on the app (Score 1) 51

Everybody seems fixated on how to get an app to run properly in the background, but the problem isn't with the app, it's with the service provider. Instead of getting Chrome to play YouTube videos in the background, how about getting YouTube to allow streaming only the audio part of its content (probably including ads, but that's fine - it's the business they're in).

That way, millions of developers can try their hand at creating the perfect apps for using this content, instead of doing something counterproductive like running web browsers in the background.

Comment Re:Solution! (Score 1) 410

Maybe don't go to countries that don't have service centers for hardware you depend on? Or rather, bring hardware you depend on from a brand that gets service in the countries you go to? (Or doesn't require the guy doing the repairing to buy into the brand's whole marketing bullshit scheme, so anyone could do the repairing?)

Comment What I don't get ... (Score 1) 72

... is why they insist on trying to land it on its feet. It's not like it's going to be taking off seconds after. Why not land it in a material or construction that can take a hit and not care so much about whether it is perfectly upright at the last seconds? It almost looks like Hollywood putting rocket shoes on their stuntmen, instead of having them land in a net, on cardboard boxes or a nice air cushion...

Comment Wrong argument (Score 1) 196

Whether not Pluto is a planet is simply a matter of checking against the definition. If we, in doing so, find the definition either to be too vague to allow us to classify Pluto, or we find the definition lacking - then we can have a discussion about fixing the definition. And after that, deciding whether Pluto is a planet or not is a cinch. So, it this guy has valid arguments about the clarity or completeness of the "planet" definition, by all means lets have that discussion. Although I also fail to see how redefining a category has any scientific value if it's not done in the context of being able to make statements about said category.

Comment Re:file transfer (Score 1) 466

If you have an old modem lying around, you can either call in on still existing service providers and do your thing online, or stick a modem in the other machine as well and call that. No specialized software required and unless you threw everything out, you're likely to own some old modems of you own this hardware.

Comment Re:Its a cost decision (Score 2) 840

You overestimate the value of your time. Or rather, all of use underestimate the value of a blender and the resources (material and otherwise) that go into it. But I guess we'll need another generation that will see the future cost to tell us what assholes we were for wasting perfectly good appliances.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 368

Sure, most readers on /. will agree. But most of the people playing Minecraft aren't readers on here, they're little kids aged 7 or over, playing their little hearts out. And they'll play Minecraft from whatever supplier will keep the service and the brand going for the next couple of months, or years if MS is lucky.

Comment Only 326 ppi huh? (Score 1) 129

You could have mentioned a bunch of non-Apple phones available right now, with far higher ppi than those two Apple devices - without fancy future "in 5 years"-tech. And I'm not talking obscure brands either. But I guess that was kinda the whole point right? A small advertisement with a tech article hardly anyone on here will read.

Comment Re:Where do you draw the line? (Score 1) 650

Most photocopiers aren't on the internet and even if they are, the essential risk and impact attached to failure is far lower than that of a business PC running XP.

I don't see how the Apple one even maps to the XP question. The problem is with support of an essential piece of software being discontinued.

Google Wave was free and never sold or supported as a piece of business software as far as I know. Apart from that, the Wave protocol is open and you were able to migrate the content to open alternatives at the time.

Windows XP is an essential piece of software to many, replacement of which is neither trivial nor free. It's almost exclusively used on machines that frequently (or continuously) require internet access and the software didn't come for free in most cases. You can call OEM versions free, but we know that's not exactly true.

The article seems to make the point that, unless MS extends support, it's only fair (and possibly legally enforceable) to make MS share the source with parties that want to support XP and offer assistance to such parties. Or, just release the source outright.

Comment Technology maturity (Score 1) 260

Social media simply haven't matured to the point where it makes sense to standardize interfaces and infrastructure. Since all of them are allowed to use proprietary interfaces, there is no chance of integration and people are forced to move to the same network to find each other. As soon as I'd be able to read your Facebook post on my Google+ and you'd be able to read and respond to my tweets from your Linkein account, that need goes away. Stuff like RSS was a nice try, but that only carries the content, not the entire service.

But I don't think it will happen anytime soon, at least not without government interfering and I don't think the times are very conductive to that. The reason I say that is the battle for the app space. Suppliers need their proprietary protocols, so they can force you to use their apps and that's one of the ways to control what services and advertisements reach you. Ask yourself: why do we have protocols like XMPP, but do we still need Whatsapp, MSN, ICQ, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, etc. etc.? Again, the protocol doesn't effectively carry the service, but that doesn't mean the services shouldn't support the standard. The companies providing these services have too strong an incentive not to standardize, that outshines any and all incentives that might cause them to.

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