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Comment: Idiotic (Score 1) 148

by 2ms (#48197995) Attached to: 'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

I'm sure Microsoft has convinced themselves 1000 different ways that this makes great business.

However, the reality is that there will be no future for Windows Phone when the only brand it is associated with in phones is Microsoft. I consider whoever made this decision to be a total idiot. None of the reputation for quality of experience of Apple. None of the fight-the-power hipness of Android. None of the apps of either.

I consider it sad because I actually like Windows Phone a lot and own one. It's got noticably better performance and general quality of experience than Android, and was available at lower price point than Apple. The product was there, for once. Sad to see it fail for different reasons.

Comment: Re:Total idiots to kill Nokia (Score 1) 352

by 2ms (#47887491) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows
Windows Phone or whatever you call it will be toast when it's no longer on Nokia phones. That's the bottom line. No one in the world wants a Microsoft phone. However, Nokia is arguably the most prestigious mobile maker in the world. It's right up there with Apple. It may have been slower to mimic the iPhone than some others were were. But much like BMW/Mercedes/Audi are being slow to mimic the Tesla Model S, they are still hugely admired, desired, respected. Nobody is going to want to buy a Microsoft brand phone. That's a proposition that has absolutely nothing going for it other than a good OS that has been failing anyway IN SPITE OF the Nokia brand.

Comment: Total idiots to kill Nokia (Score 1) 352

by 2ms (#47884813) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows
That's like if GM bought BMW or something and decided to kill off the brand BMW. People might not buy as many Lumias as they should (IMHO because the marketing efforts of one company can't compete with all the marketing/hype behind Android) but losing the Nokia name would certainly make things much worse. I'd go so far as to say that it's the only thing propping them up all right now.

Comment: Maybe if we would be less hostile (Score 1) 789

by 2ms (#47815151) Attached to: Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling
Maybe if we would be nicer (e.g., not punishing the people of Russia with sanctions), then Putin would still be interested in a reset rather than feeling the need to engage in these kinds of aggressive behaviors. In other words, maybe we should try be nicer to him just as we have with China, Isis, North Korea, Iran, undocumented immigrants from Central and South America, etc.

Comment: Worked for Samsung (Score 1) 181

by 2ms (#47696463) Attached to: Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS
Well, you can't blame him. It's clearly worked for Samsung. Samsung's devices have always been significantly more similar to Apple devices than any of its major competitors' have been. And guess what, they've also been the most successful. It's only logical that the competitors should move in this direction as well. Some would even say that it is fair to make things the same way as Apple has done them, on the basis of that Apple already found the best/öbvious way of doing things from the start. Even Google itself has been moving in that direction with Play, which was originally substantially different from Apple's App Store.

Comment: Concerned about all these ads (Score 3, Insightful) 176

by 2ms (#47229355) Attached to: Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display
Why is there such an incredible number of advertisements for products like this on Slashdot these days? Surely no one actually considers it news that the latest model of some commodity consumer electronics product has a faster processor and more compact form factor than its predecessor.

Comment: Nice Ad (Score 4, Insightful) 62

And of course, we all know that this incredible breakthrough means that any health monitoring capabilities in future devices from a certain American company from Cupertino will only be late copies of awesome Samsung technologies like the Galaxy Gear and so many other wonderful innovations from this wonderful leader in consumer electronics.

Comment: GNU/Linux (Score -1, Troll) 264

by 2ms (#46958777) Attached to: The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux
Ok, I find RMS to be completely annoying, but I find myself being even more annoyed, at this point, by people calling GNU/Linux Linux. Linux is a kernel. Why do people continue to call GNU/Linux (i.e. the whole system) by the name of the kernel it uses? To me it's like if you were to call the Tesla Model S "Goodyear" or something because it had Goodyear tires. Would seriously like a person or two to explain what exactly the reasoning behind this phenomenon is, if indeed there is any.

Make headway at work. Continue to let things deteriorate at home.